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Welcome to the class page for the Willow class

Anglo-Saxon Shields (DT project)

In preparation for their trip to West Stow Anglo Saxon Museum (at the beginning of next half-term) Willow Class have been busily designing and creating replicas of their very own Anglo-Saxon warrior shields. The shields contain features such as: a central metallic boss, authentic tribal colours, patterned brass bolts and brown leather straps. The shields look fantastic and we are now all looking forward to our trip to West Stow, where we’ll get the opportunity to look at a replica full-size Anglo-Saxon village and handle a variety of artefacts.

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Scientific investigation

During the last week of half-term, Willow Class have been researching and investigating reversible and irreversible changes. Children tested the solubility of a range of materials, by adding them to water. Children observed whether the materials were soluble/insoluble by observing if they dissolved, becoming creating a solution.

In the mobile, Willow Class used culinary skills to investigate the impact of vinegar and yeast in baking, in addition to this they also cooked eggs in a variety of ways (poached, scrambled, boiled and fried) and observed (and tasted) how these different methods affected the egg.

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Homework reminder

A vital element of your child’s learning is their engagement with the weekly homework tasks which they will receive. The school offers a weekly homework club run by Mr Johns, Friday 3 – 4 p.m., to support families if required. If you require any further information regarding this please ask at the office.

Maths – Weekly, task to be given out on Fridays, to be handed in the following Friday. These tasks should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Tasks are selected to ensure all children can be successful however if your child needs help to complete their homework successful please offer support and/or discuss the problem with me at the start/end of the school day.

Spellings – Weekly, ten spellings will be given out on Fridays to be learnt ready for a test the following Friday. A paper copy of the spellings will be given to children and also sent via e-mail to your child’s school e-mail account to ensure they always have access to the spellings when at home.

Reading – Daily, it is important that your child spends time reading at home every day (for approximately 15 minutes). Reading needs to be recorded in your child’s reading record and signed by an adult.

To encourage children to complete their homework; children who are successful in learning their spellings (scoring at least 7/10), reading at home (with a minimum of 3 entries in your reading record per week) and completing their maths homework will receive 25 minutes of choosing time on a Friday afternoon, a period in which they can choose from an assortment of fun activities.

U.F.O observed hovering over the skies of Newton Flotman

Inspired by the book, U.F.O. Diary by Satushi Katoma, Willow Class have been using digital photography to create hoax photographs of a U.F.O flying in the skies over our school playing field. Using digital photographs of U.F.Os from Google and photographs taken on our school digital camera, children used Microsoft Paint to edit and combine them, the effect is ‘Out of this world’.

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Willow Class visit to the Norwich Astronomical Society, Seething Observatory

On Monday, 20th February, Willow Class visited Seething Observatory, home of the Norwich Astronomical Society, to discover more about the universe in which we live. Our hosts Roger and Geoff, gave insightful presentations about: Types of telescopes, constellations, our solar system, the Earth’s moon, the Milky Way and beyond. After lunch the children were given a tour of the facilities, the highlight of which was taking a closer look at the telescope domes, where we were showed how astronomers study the night sky. The trip was truly inspirational and I think the children (and adults) will never look at the night sky in the same way again. Can you spot Betle Geuse or Polaris in the night sky? If not, ask your children to help you out. A special thank you to Mr Cox & Mrs Wolfe for driving the school minibuses and thank you also to Mrs Hawes for supporting the children.

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Out of this world: Maths, Art & DT projects

Children in Willow class have begun Spring term in spectacular (if not messy) fashion with a series of engaging lessons/tasks designed to develop understanding of the solar system. Children, using ICT, first researched and became experts on a specific planet of our solar system, before using the information to develop a scaled model (using toilet paper to represent distance) to demonstrate the distance of planets from the sun. Following this children then created their own Paper Mache planet, which will be used as part of a larger class model of our solar system. In addition to this, children have also created an orrery, which is a model designed to show how the solar system works including planetary order and how planets orbit the sun. Please use our weekly Open Classroom opportunity, every Wednesday after-school, to see this, and other examples, of your child’s work. We will also share this work as part of our class assembly in February.

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Cycling Safety Awareness Course

Willow Class have recently been developing their cycling skills as part of their involvement in a cycling safety awareness course. The course began with ensuring children have the knowledge to check their bikes to make sure are safe to ride, checking tyres, brakes, seats and handlebars, before developing cycling skills necessary to ride safely on the road. The children had a wonderful time and are thankful to the instructors and Mrs Hawes, who gave up their time to support the children with the vital life skills.

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Willow Class: Beowulf Tapestry sewing project

In between our rehearsals for our Christmas production, Scrooge, and continuing this term in our Early Morning work, the children have been using their sewing skills to create their own Bayeaux-inspired Tapestry. Whilst not managing the impressive 50 metres of the original, the class are using their recently learnt embroidery skills to create a large, 2 metre canvas which depicts the story of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon story which the class have been using throughout the term. Please do come and see this creation, and other pieces of your child’s work, during our Open Classrooms, every Wednesday, from 3.00 p.m.

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Willow class trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Museum

On Thursday, 20th October, Willow Class visited the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Museum as part of their topic ‘Dragons, Thor and More’. The class spent the day finding out more about how Anglo-Saxons lived. In the morning the children were given the opportunity to tour the museum, exploring the artefacts which had been discovered on the West Stow site. After lunch the children were shown a video about how archaeologists discovered the Anglo-Saxon settlement at West Stow and highlighted their work creating a replica Anglo-Saxon settlement on the exact site it stood over 1,500 years ago. The children enjoyed a wonderful day of learning and are now looking forward to reflecting on what we learnt back in the classroom. The class were wonderfully behaved, and a credit to the school. We were fortunate to be supported on the trip by Mr Cox, Mrs Critchell and Mrs Wolfe, and are grateful for their time and effort.

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Food technology

As part of the celebration of British food fortnight, Willow Class prepared and cooked an old Anglo-Saxon recipe known as Leek & Vegetable stew. The recipe gave the children an insight into the type of diet Anglo-Saxons would have been used to and highlighted the importance of farming to a settlement’s existence. The children were involved in the whole process, from finely cutting some very strong red onions to accurately weighing out the necessary amount (100 grams) of Barley. The stew was finished off with a sprinkle of sage which gave the mobile classroom a lovely, lasting scent. We also used the opportunity to write down the instructions so if you fancy giving it a go at home please see below for instructions.

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Art

Willow class have been studying the work of the famous Italian artist, Guiseppi Arcimboldo, whose paintings were created in the 16th century. His paintings became infamous as he created portraits using only vegetables and fruit. This term the class have been developing their sketching skills, using a variety of media and have learnt how to add tone. The children each sketched a variety of vegetables/fruits and then added colour using oil pastels. We then used our work to create two large portraits, in the style of Arcimboldo’s work (see below for photographs). Take a close look: Which vegetables/fruit can you see? Is the portrait of a man or women, and how do you know?

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Drama

To try and understand some of the reasons why tribes arrived on British shores at the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon time period (around 450AD), the class have been using their acting skills to roleplay particular scenarios, in which difficult, potentially fatal, decisions had to be made. Children took on the role of either villagers of a small coastal East Anglian village or immigrants from Scandinavian countries looking to settle in Britain. As well as being thoroughly enjoyable the roleplay highlighted some important elements as to why people migrate, an issue as relevant today as it was over 1,500 years ago.

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English

As part of our topic, ‘Dragons, Thor and more’, we have been learning about the mythical Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf. In English the class have been developing their recount skills by taking on the role of newspaper journalists, reporting on the aftermath of the horrific attack by Grendal on the people of Heorot, who were feasting in The Great Mead Hall in Heorot. The writing focused on the importance of: using engaging vocabulary, punctuating direct speech, writing with detail and description and paragraphing text. Below are a few examples of their work.