Welcome to our class blog!

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Welcome to our Wacky Willow blog!  We hope you enjoy visiting it to find out about the learning in Willow Class.

 

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Seriously talented hat designers!

As part of our Titanic theme the children in Willow class have been learning about milliners and designing their own hats. First they looked at photographs by Cecil Beaton. Then they compared the hats in these photos to Philip Treacy’s contemporary hat designs. They sketched hats and created their own paintings of August Macke’s The Hat Shop as well as some Shirley Valentine artwork. Finally it was time to create their own designs….enjoy these stunning results!

In the afternoon the children, who came dressed as Titanic passengers and crew, had a tea party and sampled food from third, second and first class. They proudly wore their hats and also brought their cats in the shape of felt finger puppets they created last week.

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

 

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All aboard RMS Titanic!

We hope everybody had a relaxing half term break. We have kicked off a new half term in Willow class with a focus on the historical event of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The children had a history day at the start of the week where they learned lots of facts about the Titanic disaster and how it affected the Southampton community.

In English we are using Michael Morpurgo’s Kaspar Prince of Cats as a stimulus for writing about the event. Over the next few weeks the children will be focusing on diary and letter writing. In Maths we are continuing to learn about fractions in the context of problem solving.

With next week encompassing World Book Day, we would love any parents or grandparents to come into class next week and read their favourite childhood story or poem to the children. If you would like to share your story with the class, please speak to Mrs Jones or Mrs Burton. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Pop art superheroes!

Children in Willow have continued writing their superhero stories this week. We have also looked at ‘pop art’ artists including Andy Warhol and they have completed their responses to his iconic ‘The Reigning Queens’ artwork with amazing results!

Next week we will also be constructing our superhero vehicles….please remember to ensure your child brings in a suitable box or bottle for their vehicle (no larger than shoe box size please). In English we will be writing comic strips whilst, in Maths, we will start looking at fractions of shape and number. We will also be learning about Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

 

A snowy end to a great week!

This week in Willow class the children have continued writing their superhero stories. In Maths we have started to learn about sharing and dividing a number of objects and we will continue this through problem solving activities next week.

The Children today wrote some amazing descriptions of their experiences on our beautifully snowy field….which some described as “looking like a blanket of cotton wool”.

 

Who is your superhero?

Willow class children have begun the Spring term with an exciting new theme of Superheroes! They had a fantastic dress-up day followed by a drama workshop where they had to take on the persona of a superhero. In English, the children have begun to look at the story of Nat Fantastic and the Brave Knights of Old as part of their Fantasy unit. In Maths the children have been learning about and applying different strategies to tackle subtraction problems.

 

African art and story writing

Willow class have been getting creative through story writing. They have been focusing on stories from Africa including The Enormous Elephant and The Greedy Zebra which has supported them in writing their own African tales. They have also been writing diary entries with themselves being the character of the greedy zebra who likes to munch slowly on sweet smelling grass.

As well as story writing, the children have been learning about the artist Charles Searles. They have identified 5 facts about him and had a go themselves at recreating his Three Soul Visitors painting using oil pastels and watercolour wash. The results are stunning! Well done to all of Willow class children,

Next week we will be performing out Nativity, The Inn-Spectors. We hope you can join us for the performance at All Saints Church.