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Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Weekly Update 1.4.21

Mr Kyriacou (n.kyriacou) on: Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone,

This week the children have been focusing on retelling the story of Stone Girl, Bone Girl, which is based on the life of Mary Anning. The focus has been around rewriting the story in chronological order, using inverted commas correctly to show when a character is speaking and using fronted adverbials at the beginning of a sentence to describe the action that follows. 

We have also continued our work with Fractions, looking at how pairs of fractions make 1 whole, whilst also going through our assessment papers and going through any weaker areas that have been identified and discussing strategies as to how we would approach those questions in order to work them out.

As part of out topic, the children got into the role of Mary Anning this week and they become fossil hunters. They searched for and identified different fossils that they found and each group also placed money on the fossils that they thought were the most valuable to them as a group.

The children also completed their fantastic sketches of ammonites that they have been working on since last week and they also completed their own portraits of Mary Anning. I'm very proud of their efforts.

The children's volcanoes were all active and they finally erupted today. They absolutely loved it and it was a great way to finish the term off!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and get lots of rest :)

Take care,

Mr Kyriacou :)


Weekly Update 26.3.21

Mr Kyriacou (n.kyriacou) on: Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone, 

Well, it's been another busy week for Willow Tree. It's been assessment week and I'm pleased to say that the children have tried their absolute best with them and given it their all. In Science, the children have also been busy creating and testing electrical circuits and identifying what components are required to create a complete circuit.

As part of our topic on Volcanoes and Fossils, the children also began working on their model volcanoes. They started off by using scrap paper to create the shape of their volcano and then they used modroc to create a strong shell on top of the paper. They worked brilliantly in their groups and it was so lovely to see that again.

Again, as part of our topic work, we have been looking at Mary Anning and this week the children used Google Earth to explore her hometown of Lyme Regis. They all really enjoyed this :) 

That's all for now :)

Mr Kyriacou :)


Weekly Update 19.3.21

Mr Kyriacou (n.kyriacou) on: Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone,

It’s been another busy week in Willow Tree Class and the children have all been working super hard!

In our assemblies we have been learning how to develop a ‘growth mindset’ when bouncing back from problems or experiencing new challenges. We learnt about the power of the word YET (as in “I don’t know my 6 times tables… yet.”), and also watched the story of Austin’s Butterfly.

In English we’ve been enjoying reading our class novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ – and also ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’, which was inspired by the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning. Today the children used images to sequence the story in chronological order.

In Maths, we have been focusing on Fractions and the children have been doing brilliantly with it. We have been focusing on finding fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions. I've been really impressed with the development of their mathematical vocabulary.

Last week, the children also made some lovely Mother's Day cards.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend :) 

Take care,

Mr Kyriacou :)


Weekly Update 12/3/21

Mr Kyriacou (n.kyriacou) on: Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone,

Well, it's been a busy but productive first week back! It was lovely to see everyone back together and the children have returned to their work with energy and enthusiasm. 

As part of our topic work on Volcanoes and Fossils, the children became 'history detectives' - searching for clues about the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning. We studied her portrait (below), learnt the difference between primary and secondary historical sources, and also considered their reliability.

Thank you for continuing to read with your child at home every evening. Regular home reading is one of the biggest factors in helping children to make outstanding progress with their learning. Please ensure your child brings their reading record to school every day.

Thanks,

Mr Kyriacou :) 


Willow Tree Home Learning-5/3/21

Mr Kyriacou (n.kyriacou) on: Willow Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone,

Well done for surviving 8 weeks of home learning! I think you all (including parents and carers) deserve to be extremely proud of your efforts. School for all commences on Monday 8th March. For full information, see the school newsletter here.

Some information and reminders about next week...

START / FINISH TIMES
In line with our COVID risk-assessment, we are continuing to stagger the school day. The timings for Willow Tree Class are as follows:
Doors open: 8:50am
School begins: 8:55am
School ends: 3:15pm

PE DAYS
These will be the same as the Autumn term - Tuesday and Wednesday. Children will need to arrive in school wearing their PE kits.

WEEKLY SPELLINGS
These can be accessed via the Rufford Park Spelling App, in the same manner as during the lockdown. You can log in through the school website.
USERNAME = FIRST INITIAL - DOT - SURNAME (e.g. "j.bloggs")
PASSWORD = willow

WORLD BOOK DAY
Thank you for all the wonderful pictures you sent in! 
Here are some of your fantastic book themed artworks and recreations of favourite book covers...

Take care,

Mr Kyriacou :)


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