Welcome to Willow Class. On our page you will find: exciting class news, pictures of things we've done, and activities that can be used at home to support learning further.
Have a great half-term everyone!
We look forward to seeing you again after the holidays!
Our last weeks before May half-term
Following on from the work which we have been doing in maths in previous weeks, we wrote shopping lists and a shop was set up in our role play area, where the children could browse and then pay for their shopping...
Finally, we have been working on 2D and 3D shapes again in our final week. The children particularly enjoyed the following songs, which you may like to share with your child at home.
Welcome back everyone! We are settling back into routines well and working hard.
This term, our topic is 'Heroes and Villains'. We are starting our topic by sharing the well-known story The Three Little Pigs.
English: This week, we have been assessing letter formation and phonics attainment for each child, to ensure that every child is appropriately grouped for this final term. We will resume targeted group work on Monday.
We are making sure that we not only know our sounds, but also that we can name the letters of the alphabet. There is a YouTube link below which the children have enjoyed!
Rescheduled World Book Day: Many thanks to the PTA who provided a mystery envelope to every child in school. 5 lucky children in each class found a golden ticket in their envelope and collected a book token in exchange (photograph below).
In maths this week, we have been thinking about time (days of the week, months, seasons etc) and we are starting to
tell o'clock times. You will find an o'clock maths activity and a days of the week paper chain to make to practise this.
We have enjoyed listening to songs about the days of the week and months. See below.
Science: we are enjoying exploring and photographing our sch
ool grounds, looking for signs of spring.
Request: On Tuesday 8th May, there will be a meeting for new parents (for next year's reception class children).
I think that it would be beneficial for new parents to be able to speak to current parents of Willow class children (in an informal way). If any parents are prepared to give up some of their time to attend this evening , please speak to Mrs Curry. Many thanks!
On Tuesday, Sam from Taunton museum came to see Willow and Beech classes to tell us about pirates and to explain why they were 'villains'. The children learned what pirates were like, what they did and were able to dress up!
You will see that we were all able to handle a range of artefacts, to make pirate flags and to play with pirate themed toys.
Back in class, we have continued to share the story of The Three Little Pigs. This week, we have been 'hot-seating', trying to imagine what the characters in the story were thinking and feeling.
To develop a lifelong love of learning and valuable life skills, we aim to support every child to develop a positive learning and life approach. As part of this, you will increasingly become aware of the characteristics of PRIME.
Nelson (our school mascot) accompanies and illustrates each strand of this.
I attach a 'poster' to identify each of the characteristics of PRIME which we will be aiming to develop in every child during their time at Ruishton school. Please see below.
What a busy end to term!
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Easter Service on Tuesday. The children were tired after a packed term, but they were thrilled to be able to share their learning with you.
We enjoyed a science morning on Wednesday, during which we enjoyed 4 activities, including making lava lamps with Mrs Keene and trying Chromatography with Mrs Curry (photos above).
We Skyped Sun class in our link school in Parikrma, Bangalore. Our children were very excited to talk to children from a different country and they explained what they would like a plant to grow (if it could grow anything). Children in Willow class were keen to grow fruit, sweets, chocolate, Easter eggs and toys. The children in Sun class wanted to grow a range of things: chocolate, flowers, candles, bells and fruit.
We are looking forward to speaking to them again in the summer term.
I have also attached 2 photos to show the amazing baking skills demonstrated by Willow class children (and their families) in the Bake Off challenge issued by the PTA. Well done to all involved!
Week ending 2nd March 2018
Last week, Dani from Farmlink brought in an incubator and eggs for us to observe. She has explained to the children what will happen and they are already very excited about what will happen in the next couple of weeks! Many of them are checking up as soon as they arrive at school to see if anything is happening yet!
This Tuesday, Dani came back to 'candle' the eggs (this shows the condition of the air cell, yolk and white and enables the germ development to be observed) . We are expecting the chicks to hatch over the weekend of the 17th/ 18th March.
Week Ending 9th February - a short, but busy half-term!
It is hard to believe that we are half-way though the spring term already!
This week, we have been very busy, as you will see from the photographs below.
We concluded our science experiment. Having put our uncooked eggs in white vinegar for a week and having observed changes in the shells over the course of that week, the children were eager to see what the eggs would be like.
Mrs Curry carefully poured the vinegar out and the children touched the eggs carefully (if they wanted to!). The children observed that the eggs felt 'squidgy', 'rubbery' or 'springy' and they were surprised by this.
If the children were careful, they were able to drop the eggs from a low height and watch them bounce in the plastic tray.
We discovered that if the eggs were dropped from a greater height or squeezed too hard, then the shell (which had become 'plastic-like') broke and the eggs exploded!
It was messy, but the children all enjoyed looking at (and touching) the eggs. It was very interesting and not what they had expected!
Shape Shop To complete our shape work, Mrs Curry showed the children how to play 'Shape Shop'. Mrs Curry 'telephoned a volunteer and described a 2D or 3D shape and the volunteer had to identify and hand Mrs Curry the shape based on the description alone. Having shown the children how to play, they were eager to try this independently and apply their learning.
We also continued to make Chinese New Year pictures, cutting out shapes to make Dragon masks.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful break and we will see you all on Monday 19th February!
Week ending 2nd February 2018
This week, we have continued to practise matching numerals to quantities correctly and then we worked together to find one more / one fewer from a group of up to 5 then 10 objects. We are also working together to show the children how this can be recorded.
We have talked about Chinese New Year and we have started to learn a little about how this is often celebrated in the UK. The children have enjoyed learning which animal of the Chinese Zodiac relates to their year of birth and learning about the celebrations.
We have started a science experiment involving uncooked eggs (unfortunately not dinosaur eggs!) and white vinegar. For each of the 4 house groups, we have submerged one egg in vinegar and a second egg in coloured vinegar (just for fun!). We are watching closely to see what will happen, but so far we have had some surprising results! We will see what has happened to them on Monday!
In the outside area, we have noticed that our bulbs have started to grow and again, we are watching closely to see what happens next.
Nearly a whole term completed in Willow class and almost Christmas!
We have been very busy with a range of activities this week:
Making cakes with Mrs Hurley, wrapping empty boxes as practice for wrapping presents, making Christmas tree decorations, practising different ways of making numbers up to 10 and writing Christmas cards.
As you will see from the photos, we enjoyed a visit from Balance Buddies on Thursday and our Willow class party onFriday.
Having fun as we learn!
With the arrival of colder weather, we explored what happened to ice-cubes placed in different parts of our setting. Some of the children also thought that the ice-cubes would need to be placed in water before they started to melt. We labelled each bowl to remind us which bowl had been placed in each place. They waited very patiently to see what would happen and they were surprised by some of the results! Maybe you could try this at home?
As you will see, the wheat which Meg from Farmlink left us has also started to grow, which the children are watching with interest. The hose telephone proved to be very popular on Friday, with lots of interesting conversations to be heard!
We have been learning how to estimate and then count carefully to check our estimates and we are also practising addition daily when we 'pay' for our snack. Milk and fruit are currently 2p each. This is set to change in the New Year!
The children are enjoying practising skills learned in their daily phonics and they enjoy using these skills to write letters, lists and captions. They are also using the sounds charts in the classroom to help them solve challenges.
The Little Red Hen
On Tuesday 7th November, Meg from Farmlink brought her hen Rosie to visit us in Willow class. Meg shared the story with the children and she explained the process of planting and harvesting the grain and how this is turned into flour which is used in a huge range of everyday products.
The children were given the opportunity to plant grain, grind the wheat, look closely at the ground wheat and even to gently stroke Rosie.
Rosie was very well behaved and we all made sure that we used quiet voices, so that we didn't scare her.
At the end of our visit, the children presented Meg with a cheque for £100, which was the amount raised through our 'dress as a Farmer' day.
2 Build a Profile Observations
Please read the following letter which explains how your child will be observed and assessed this year. These observations will add to an overall assessment of each child's attainment when measured against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the year.
Paying for snacks!
For the past 2 weeks, the children have been encouraged to 'pay' for their snack using cubes. They take it in turns and volunteer to run the till. At the moment, both milk and the fruit/veg of the day 'cost' 2 cubes. Prices may be set to rise after half-term!
Week commencing 9th October 2017
As the beautiful weather continued, we have been enjoying outside learning. In particular, the children have been enjoying putting on puppet shows for each other. They used the cable reels to make seating for the audience!
Thank you very much to Kate Jefferies, who kindly gave up her Friday morning to visit Willow, Beech and Hazel classes. She explained a little about the role of police officers in our community and she worked extremely hard fingerprinting all of our children. As you will see from the photos, the children enjoyed having their fingerprints taken and also trying on Kate's hat and jacket.
We have also been reading the story of The Jolly Postman and the children then designed stamps,wrote letters and posted them in our class letter box. (There is a display of the children's work in the corridor outside Willow class).
Willow class stay for lunch for the first time.
This week, we have continued to learn new sounds (/d/, /t/, /i/) and Music Box once again visited us. We practised our Harvest service and look forward to seeing parents / carers on Monday 2nd at 0900.
I have added a link for 'Dough Disco' below, as the children have enjoyed this new activity this week. It is a 'YouTube' clip by Shonette Bason which shows the children several short movements to build up hand strength/ dexterity. They also find it fun!
As you will see from the photos, the children have settled brilliantly to school lunches, they are becoming familiar with the playground routines and they have started to make new friends in other classes.
Week beginning 18th September 2017
It has been very busy in Willow class this week as the whole cohort have been in class together for the first time. You will see some of the activities which they have tried from the photographs.
This week, we have started Read Write Inc phonics. We have started by learning how to say, read and write /m/, /a/, and /s/. It is very important that children start and finish each sound correctly when they are writing them and we have started to work on this in class.
Music Box visited us for the first time on Thursday and we enjoyed sharing singing and percussion activities as a class.
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