We need to learn how to spell all these words by the end of Year 2.
Forest Schools... We had a great time this morning doing Forest Schools. We used our senses to focus in on our surroundings and made notes in out forest school notebook. We really enjoyed drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows around the camp fire. This afternoon we are going to use our notes to create a poem of our own in the style of the poet Richard Long.
29/09/17 Coding online
We have been coding today using Espresso Coding. As well as using drag and drop programming, we are expanding out knowledge and depth of understanding by explaining step by step what the program did when we ran it.
11/09/17 - Our marvellous mathematicians!
We like to share the teaching in Willow class, so today, two of our amazing mathematicians showed us how to break down large numbers into their 10s and 1s. They will be maths co-ordinator soon!
Our first ICT lesson was amazing, with Willow pupils remembering what they had been taught in Silver Birch. Building on this, they made a maze out of objects, worked out the directions needed to navigate the maze then write them down to allow other to follow their program. They did an amazing job and we will be exploring this further in the coming weeks.
8/11/17 - Programming Beebots
Retelling a story through drama.
In our first week in Willow, we have been looking at stories with familiar settings. So far we have looked at Family and Growing Up. On Thursday we looked at Get Lost Laura by Jennifer Northway.
After reading and discussing the story, Willow class split into groups and re-enacted the story using drama. Being able to tell a story using different methods encourages greater story telling and recount. We will be working towards writing our own stories in the next few days.
Retelling a story using drama
Lucy and Alice tell Laura to get lost.
Laura actually does get lost.
Lucy and Alice find Laura with their mum.
Creating Art outside!
Science - Plants
Philosophy for children
Willow class really enjoyed taking part in some P4C (philosophy for children) activities this week. We used the book 'You Choose' and had some fantastic discussions about why we make certain decisions and about the choices we make. Well done Willow class - you are all deep thinkers!
Science Experiments with Elm class
We really enjoyed testing whether the bigger we get the more we can do. This is all part of our topic 'Animals including humans.' We worked with some Y5 children to test whether (because they were bigger) they could run faster and for longer than us in Willow class. We really enjoyed combining PE and Science.
We love algorithms in Willow class and it links really well to our English topic on instruction writing and our Geography topic on directions. This week we invited Reception children into class. They followed our simple algorithms to sort cubes. We worked hard on ensuring all the steps were clear and that we achieved the outcomes we wanted.
World Book Day!
Willow class really enjoyed taking part in a storytellers workshop with Eden today! They used drama techniques to bring characters to life. It was made extra fun as we were all dressed up as our favourite book characters! :-)
Willow class really enjoyed Diversity day. We read two fantastic stories, did some excellent art work and wrote poetry all about why were are so fantastically unique! It was great to celebrate the differences we all have! :-)
Chinese New Year!
Willow class really enjoyed a dance workshop this week. We learnt all about Chinese New Year, that red is the luckiest colour, that the dragons have green noses and the colour green represented good health. We had such a fantastic afternoon!
We love jam sandwiches!
We are learning to write instructions in our English lessons. We decided to write a set of instructions on how to make a jam sandwich, of course we then had to make our own! We worked well in pairs to make our sandwiches and had an excellent time sampling our work!
Willow class really enjoyed searching for 2D and 3D shapes around school this week!
The King of Syria wanted to make all the rules.
Jewish people had to worship like him.
The Maccabees were a strong team!
They fought with the King of Syria.
Even though there was less of them...
The temple was destroyed. They rebuilt it.
A miracle happened! The lamp burnt for 8 days!
Willow class really enjoyed doing some drama work based on the story of Hanukkah!
Willow Class welcomes Zig and Zag!
Willow class have been looking after our school Guinea Pigs for the last two weeks! We have done Science and English work based upon them and really enjoyed learning all about them.
Willow class have been investigating different types of materials. We each chose a material to look at in more detail. We thought about some questions we would like to ask about our material and some ways we could investigate. We then used microscopes, water and our partners to twist, bend, stretch and look through our materials. We learnt lots about our materials!
We love being Scientists!
Reverse Advent Calendar
In Willow class we appreciate that this festive season is as much about giving as it is about receiving. We have decided to create a 'reverse advent calendar.' We will put an item of food into a box each day of advent (up until the 16th when we break up!) and then donate it to Otley food bank. You are superstars Willow class! Happy Christmas!
Thank you for all your very kind donations Willow class!
16th December - Six items added!
15th December - two items added!
14th December - two items added!
13th December - two items added!
12th December - twelfth item added!
11th December - eleventh item added!
10th December - tenth item added!
9th December - ninth item added!
8th December - Eighth item added!
7th December - Seventh item added!
6th December - Sixth item added!
5th December - Fifth item added!
4th December - Fourth Item Added!
3rd December - Third Item Added!
2nd December - Item Two!
1st December - First Item Added!
Three superstars in Willow class who have all done extra homework this week! Fantastic!
We have worked really hard on our maths this week.
We love PE in Willow class! We have been looking at creative dance this week. :-)
We love reading!
Willow have been working really hard on their reading comprehension this week. We were specifically looking at using a highlighter to find evidence in the text.
We decided to make moon habitats as part of our History topic on Neil Armstrong. What do you think?
In Willow class we are all climbing up a Lego tower! To do this we have to have superstar behaviour. The more we climb, the more prizes we get. The first prize is a fantastic certificate and one of Mrs Warren's golden Headteacher stickers! We had three winners this week! Well done our Willow class Superstars!
In Willow class we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong as part of our History topic. We have learnt all about space and the moon. As part of this we have designed a 'moon habitat' to help us survive on the moon. We then used a range of materials to build our moon habitat. Next we are going to evaluate them.
We love maths!
Some of us in Willow class have been using Numicon to help us with our maths work. We really enjoyed using it to help us with our adding!
We love Science! We really enjoyed searching the playground for lots of different materials. Once we had found lots, we decided whether they were natural or man-made materials.
We love our outdoor space at Ashfield!
Some of our Willow class children have really enjoyed exploring our outside space. They worked together to create this fantastic grass hotel! It took them a few of their own lunch times to get it just right. We think it looks fantastic and shows great creativity and team work!
Willow class 2015 - 2016
Following on from our our Seaside themewe enjoyed an afternoon"beside the seaside, beside the sea"
"oh I do like to be beside the seaside ..."
Following on from health week, we loved the Bondgate Bakery experience sooo much that we were #inspired to bake our own!!
What are these prickly little critters that we so carefully baked??? Answers on a post card please!
Star Wars - light sabre training
Footloose dance academy - group dance
Martial Arts with Aegis Otley
Archery & Fencing with Premier Sports
Health Week has been Awesome!!
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Willow class have been learning about the Gunpowder plot in History. We have completed some amazing learning logs, some fireworks art on the computer and have been using Pie Corbett's actions to create wanted posters for Guy Fawkes.
Symmetry using leaves
A few weeks ago we were learning about symmetry in maths. We decided to make symmetrical patterns using leaves we found in our wildlife area. The children challenged themselves to see if they could make a pattern with 2 lines of symmetry. All the staff were very impressed with the results!
Investigating the names and properties of shapes
Children in pink group had a go at sorting shapes. They then discussed the properties of these shapes. They were looking at the amount of sides and vertices (corners) the shape had in order to help them identify it.
How many sides and vertices does a hexagon have? Can you impress your adult by answering the question?
Maths games lesson
Last week, we had a go and playing some different games such as snakes and ladders, treasure hunt and matching numbers to pictures. We had lots of fun and used our maths skills too.
We have looking at Venn diagrams and using them to sort odd and even numbers. We had to work systematically to get the numbers in the correct places!
Bella knew that 87 went outside the Venn diagram because it ends in a 7 (making it odd) and is larger than 50. Well done Bella!
We read a poem each day and now the children have started to perform the poems. They are amazing!
We have been looking at traditional stories in English and retelling them to each other. Today we started to look at a Ghanaian traditional story called Anansi and Tiger. In the story Tiger asked Anansi to capture Queen Bee and Snake. The children were set the challenge to think of ways Anansi could do this. They worked in pairs and then presented their ideas to the rest of the class. We will be reading the rest of the book and finding out if our predictions were correct!
Christmas Jumper day and party.
KS1 enjoyed a super party yesterday in the hall.
We played lots of great games such as sleeping lions and musical statues. We all looked fantastic in our Christmas jumpers plus we raised money for charity. Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas homework - your child has been sent home with this work to complete over Christmas
We have begun to learn how to write instructions. Before we did any learning the children were asked to write instructions on how to wash their hands. They then tested out their instructions in order to help them see what they might have missed out. This was a great learning opportunity. At the end of the unit the children will re-write their instructions.
Testing out our instructions
We are looking at animals and humans in science this term. We decided to complete an experiment to see if taller people had bigger feet. We had to work out what equipment we would need, think about a method and then decide how to record our information. We haven't finished the experiment yet but as soon as we do we will let everyone know the answer!
Over the Christmas holidays the children made board games that tested their knowledge of 2,5 and 10. Today, we played the games. It was absolutely fantastic!
On the 26th February we were lucky enough to have a STEM festival in school. We were very excited to meet Sue Bowler who came to speak to us about our solar system and even showed us some meteorites!
We also had a chance to learn about radio, morse code and even speak to people over the radio!
Learning about how radios work
Learning about morse code
Chatting to people over the radio
Asking questions about radio
Applying our new knowledge about morse code
After all that fun we went off to the hall to have some more!
We were demonstrating fizz inflators (if you want to make one yourself check out https://sciencebob.com/build-a-fizz-inflator/)
We then had a chance to look around the science fair and have a go at the different experiments. Some children even met Tim Peake!