Welcome to Willow Class!
Our Willow class staff team currently consists of Gina Dennis (Monday and Tuesday teacher), Juliet Boyce (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday teacher), Di Salter our general teaching assistant every morning and Jemma Coombes our 1:1 teaching assistant working all day. We hope you will find us friendly and approachable and will do our very best to assist you in any way possible. Over the summer holidays our class has grown and we welcome two new recruits to Year 3, we hope you and your children will make them and their families feel welcome. This makes our class total currently 29, 12 Year 4 children and 17 Year 3 children.
As we enter Year 3 and 4 we would like to start the term as we mean to go on, by promoting independence and resilience, both important characteristics of learning. Therefore we are asking all parents and carers to support us in dropping off and saying goodbye to their children at the door to the cloakrooms. We are expecting all children to be able to sort their belongings, hang their own items up, know what they are having for lunch, do their own dinner tickets and hand in their home learning or change their reading books independently. They can do this on their own and we would really appreciate your support encouraging this. Thank you in advance.
English and Maths Curriculum
Over the course of the next term (dare we say it, until Christmas) we will teaching all aspects of the curriculum by linking it with World War 2, which is our main topic.
To begin with our English lessons will be focusing on the story of the Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes and our class story book will be My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright. We will then be picking other stories, letters, non-fiction texts and diaries to learn. When we change text you will know by looking at our English Working Wall.
In Math's we will be focusing on the areas of Number Sense (counting , place value and ordering), Additive Reasoning (addition/subtraction, estimating, solving problems involving money and measures), Multiplicative Reasoning (counting in multiples and multiplication/division facts for the 3, 4, 8,12 times tables) and finally Geometric Reasoning (comparing and classifying 2D/3D shapes, angles and symmetry). Like English, you will see when we change Math’s focus by looking at our Math’s working wall.
World War 2 Links Across the Curriculum
Our History focus will obviously be Britain during the Second World War. By the end of the topic most children will know when the War started and some of the countries and key individuals involved, recall basic details about basic events and know about the Battle of Britain, describe some of the things people did on the Home Front, what people did for entertainment during the war and how wartime events are commemorated. We are hoping to visit Cobbaton Combat Collection to gain hands on experience of air raid signals, shelters, uniforms and weapons. We will also be visiting the War Memorial in North Tawton in Remembrance.
Our Geography focus will be a comparison and will look at ‘What was it like in…?’ and we can compare life in different areas of Britain and across Europe such as looking at North Tawton compared with London.
Our Science focus will be on sound and electricity and we will identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating and recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. We will link this to the Blitz and air raids. We will also identify common appliances that run on electricity and construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers again linking it where possible to our topic.
In Art and Design we will be creating atmospheric paintings and images using colour mixing to recreate the impact of the Blitz and we will also be looking at different types of Air Raid Shelters, where possible designing and making our own.
In PE, we will be looking at invasion games and developing our skills associated with this. We will also be learning a ‘Lindehop’ style dance associated with era. This dance will link where possible to our music lessons where we will be focusing on the styles of music, instruments and changes that occurred during this time.
Computing will take place weekly where we will follow the National Curriculum’s guidelines on coding.
RE and PSHE will also take place weekly focusing on New Beginnings (PSHE) and Worship, Pilgrimage and Sacred Places (RE). This will also be linked to our weekly school theme that will be celebrated in assemblies.
French is also part of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum and where possible the children will be learning new words, phrases, songs and chants.
Guided Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will take place daily where the children will take part in a carousel of activities throughout the week. Each day there will be a different guided reading group, a follow up activity, a comprehension activity and two spelling, punctuation or grammar activities. Your child will have a note in their green home learning diaries detailing the day.
We request green books are in school daily please.
Individual reading will take place as often as possible depending on adult support in the classroom and timetabling.
PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Therefore we believe it easier if a PE kit comes into school at the start of term (September) and stays in school before going home for a wash before half term in October. If the children get particularly wet, muddy or sweaty one day then we will send kits home, however leaving a kit in school hung on a peg should be fine for a few weeks.
In the kit please have…A plain white t shirt, a pair of black shorts/trousers, a pair of trainers, spare socks and possibly a spare jumper for colder days ahead.
PE is a vital part of our curriculum and therefore a PE kit is an absolute MUST. We will contact parents/carers if a child fails to have this in school. If you struggle to gather any part of the kit please let us know .
Thank you for taking the time to read this page. We really want to encourage fantastic home/school links and hope you find us friendly and approachable. If you need to speak to us in person please feel free to arrange a mutually agreeable time and date with the school office. We will do our very best to accommodate you.
Willow Class team