Welcome to Willow

Teacher - Willow Jacob Millin
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In Willow Class we support all of our children and young people to achieve the best that they can through an exciting and challenging approach to learning, both in the classroom and within the local community.

We make learning fun and rewarding through a series of projects based around a different theme each half term. Though this, our learners can experience and practice skills that demonstrate how each curriculum area can be applied in the real world.

We have the highest expectations and aspirations for all of our learners and continually adapt our approach in response to their changing needs and interests.

Spring Term 1 2020 Timetable

Curriculum Information for Parents. Spring Term 1 2020Topic: Adverts & Advertising
SubjectProfileIdeas for home
EnglishAdverts and advertising provide the theme this term. We’ll be using these to continue to work on our reading, writing, speaking and listening. We’ll hone in on styles of writing – adverts are written to persuade others to try something, a product, event or experience. This will be a great opportunity to use adjectives that we have learnt about this year.Talk with your child about a wide range of adverts – on the TV, on the radio, on billboards, in shops, in newspapers and magazines. Point out ads in a wide range of places e.g. on the sides of buses, in shop windows. Get creative – cut and stick images from magazines to create your own ads.
MathsWe will be focusing on counting and calculations, consolidating a basic understanding of numbers, brushing up on addition and subtraction and, where appropriate, introducing multiplication (lots of, sets of) and division (sharing) We will also practise lots of estimation – making a sensible guess before counting to check. Make counting and recognising numbers a part of daily routines e.g. count stairs as you go up, count down as you come back down; setting the table – how many forks do we need? More or less? You may have board games than involve counting or adding – play together. When shopping, practise estimating– how many apples do you think are in this bag? Count to check.
PSHEWe plan to begin discussing growing up and the changes that happen as we do. After a general introduction, we will work on some of the emotional and physical changes that occur as we grow up. We’ll be doing this lesson on a Monday afternoon and I’m hoping to send you a list of what we’ve covered, so you can choose whether to ask your son/daughter about their lesson. Answer their questions as honestly as you’re able. Do contact us with any queries or concerns.
ScienceWe’ll be learning about different types of forces e.g. squeezing, bending, stretching, pushing, pulling, and looking at their place in everyday life. We’ll introduce friction and look at examples, as well as talking about gravity.Use the vocabulary of forces and motion. Play games (or with toys) where you can push or pull, move forwards, backwards or side to side. Find household objects that can be bent, squashed, squeezed or stretched. Compare items that can be squashed easily with unsquashable ones.
ComputingIntroduction to the internet and email. We’ll be focusing on internet safety and how to deal with inappropriate content. Pupils will learn how to construct an email and send one correctly. If your child uses a PC or tablet at home, ensure you have child locks activated (Please ask if you need support for this). Spend time with them, using search engines like Google to find information. Stress the importance of keeping safe online. This is a great website with information for parents and teachers: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
ArtWe will be looking at the abstract art of Kandinsky this half term. Pupils will learn that Art does not always have to involve accurate drawings and clean lines. We will create our own pieces of art using an abstract approach which will then be displayed in our Willow Class Gallery!Explore the work of Kandinsky online. Do you like his artwork? Do you have a favourite piece? What is similar about his artworks in all of the pieces you have looked at?
GeographyWe’ll focus on weather, building up to talking about climate as the pattern of weather over a long period of time. We’ll look at weather patterns in different countries. We hope to do some practical experiments to find out about rainfall, temperature, and wind-speed.Talk about the weather; Maybe look at the forecast on TV or in a newspaper. Make a simple weather chart. Use an old pop bottle cut in half to collect rain in your garden. Talk about appropriate clothes for different kinds of weather – especially at this time of year.
MusicSinging focus – looking at call and response music (my turn, your turn). We’ll be learning about the structure of some songs and finding different ways of organising sounds. Enjoy a wide range of music with your child. If you like to sing, sing together. Teach them simple songs – perhaps ones you knew as a child. Look out for call and response TV themes e.g. Sponge Bob Square Pants.
MFLThis term (up until Easter break) we’ll be looking at aspects of the language and culture of Greece.Have you ever holidayed in Greece? Share your experiences, photographs and stories. Do you like Greek food? Find a recipe together.
REExploring Judaism – looking at aspects of the Jewish view of life, including human rights and responsibilities, comparing them to the views of society and other religions.Talk to your child about things they see on TV or out in the community. Talk about what’s fair and unfair. Encourage them to take responsibility for a small job around the home and explain that it is important for us all to play our part in family/community life.
Design TechnologyWe will be looking at novelty gifts this half term. Pupils will look at how products are made by deconstructing some of them to view all the parts that are needed. We will also look at the materials that many of them are made from and possible reasons behind the designer’s choice. Do you have any old toys or gifts that you no longer need that could donate to the class? Pupils would love to receive them so that we can explore their construction and individual components.