Welcome to Willow

Teacher - Willow Class/Staff Governor Jacob Millin

Appointed 19/10/2020
4 Year Term of Office

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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 Timetable

Curriculum Information for Parents. Spring Term 1 2020Topic: "Winter"
SubjectProfileIdeas for home
EnglishWe will be exploring the season of Winter this half term. Pupils will explore and create their own poetry on the season as well as reading stories that take place during the Winter months. Towards the end of the half term pupils will create their own story using information and ideas that they have collected together.Read as many different sources of writing as possible -books, magazines, labels, advertisements, leaflets, cereal boxes! Encourage your child to try sounding out any tricky new words. Take time to observe how little growth takes place during Winter with regard for plants. Discuss why this may be. How is Winter different to the other seasons?
MathsOur next topic in Maths is ‘Shopping’. Pupils will plan a shopping trip for a chosen event. This will involve looking at what items shops sell, how much they cost, what time the shops open, how long we will have to go shopping and using money correctly. Spend time writing out our own shopping lists for trips. What do you need to think about when planning a visit?
PSHEPupils will be looking at public institutions and voluntary groups this half term. Our focus will be on how they help the local community and how we can join in.Take opportunities to discuss what groups there are near your home, Beavers/Cubs/Brownies? Are there any groups at your local village hall? How are they helping your local community? Is there anything that your local community still needs?
ScienceThis half term we will be focusing on different types of ‘waves’, from water waves, light waves and sound waves. Pupils will take part in experiments in order to discover how energy travels. Look at videos on the internet of waves. How do they work? Where does a wave begin?
GeographyAfrica is our focus for this half term. Pupils will look at the differences between African countries as well as comparing it to our own environment. Talk to your child about what they already know about Africa. Visit a library or look online to find out facts that they can share in class.
ComputingPupils will begin this half term investigating how computers can represent real and fantasy environments. As they gain new knowledge they will then begin to develop their own model environments, based on what they have covered in their English topic of Winter. Explore Google Maps together. Pupils have used this in class and can show you many locations. Spend time looking for other environments online, can you see any in games or videos?
D.TThis half term we will be looking at special dietary needs. Pupils will investigate why groups of people choose or require a specialist diet. Towards the end of the half term, pupils will create their own menu based on an identified group. Find out if anyone in your family or your neighbours have any dietary requirements. If possible, ask how their diet helps them? Have a look at food packages. Items that people could be allergic to are in bold. Can you find any foods that’s have no items in bold?
ArtThe local artist Robert Gillmor will be our focus this half term. We will attempt to replicate his print work and make observational drawings to use in our artwork. Have a look online at the artist Robert Gillmor and discuss his techniques towards art. Look for birds or other animals that your child could draw in the garden or whilst out on a walk.
MusicSongs from different European countries is our next theme in Music. We will be learning some of the songs in their native language to perform at the end of the half term. Listen to music from different countries together. Discuss what you each like about the song/music. How does it make you feel? Try to find out the English translation for the song.
MFLThis term we will be exploring the traditions, language and culture of Germany.Have you ever been to Germany or know any German words? Share your experiences, photographs and stories. We would love to hear and see them!
PEOn Tuesday mornings PE will focus on gymnastics and its benefits in maintaining a healthy and flexible body.Encourage your child to be active and aim for one physical activity each day (go for a walk, ride a bike, climb the stairs 3 times in a row, hop instead of walking for 2 minutes, stretching exercises whilst sat down)
REWe will spend time exploring Buddhism. This will be taught as a whole day event and will look at ideas and traditions.What information can you find out about the Buddhism? There is a good website that you can explore together at : ‘Primary Homework help- Buddhism’