Welcome to Willow!
The willow tree symbolises fulfilling wishes of the heart, learning from the past, inner vision and dreams. It symbolises inner wisdom and an open mind with the stability and strength of age and experience.
Like the tree which gives the class its name, we hope that the children in Willow Class will realise their dreams this year. For some of the pupils in this class, it will be their final year at KPS and we hope that they will be good role models for the younger pupils in our school. Willow Class is a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. It is taught by Mr David Willetts, Miss Pam Hudson, Mrs Bennett and Mrs Guyatt.
We hope you all had a good Christmas. We are excited about this term; it is one where the children make the most progress, especially if they are determined to do so. Our topic for this term is 'This is us!'. We have chosen this as a topic as we are keen that the children develop a sense of who they are and what makes them the same as, and different to, other people. We will be using it as a platform for exploring relationships and mental health. Please keep your eyes peeled for the homework tasks...
PSHE this term
This half term, Year 5 & 6 have continued with our topic ‘This is Us’, which has predominantly a PSHE focus. Key questions driving this topic are:
- What is community?
- What is a healthy relationship?
- What are your support networks?
This has built on a sequence of year 5/6 PSHE lessons from the previous term which explored: emotions and feelings and their different effects in the body; tools and strategies to deal with emotions, particularly difficult emotions, as well as the evolutionary reasons for our feelings and emotions.
PSHE lessons for Year 5 in Spring 1 have explored identifying conflict in different situations and the different strategies (such as negotiation and compromise) that we can use to deal with and resolve conflict and disputes.
More recent lessons for Year 5 have explored Relationships:
28.2.20 and 9.3.20
Pupils started by thinking about how they would define love and the different types of relationships we have such as with parents or carers, pets, friends and siblings. We then discussed which relationships we find the easiest and hardest and the reasons for this. We also agreed a list of when we thought relationships or loving someone might be particularly difficult and why. In groups, pupils were then given a range of scenarios to discuss and shared the advice they would give to someone in that scenario.
We spent a further lesson exploring what makes a healthy relationship. We discussed the statement ‘and they lived happily ever after…’ and whether this is realistic.
Through plenty of discussion we established that relationships (including those with family, friendships and romantic) can be up and down and we might not always feel happy, but we must always feel safe. It was also agreed that whilst no perfect relationship can be perfect, key elements of a healthy relationship for the pupils were:
- Respect for each other
- Accepting yourself and each other
- Feeling safe and secure
- Affection and letting each other know you care in different ways
Year 5&6 also spent a lesson this week covering safe touch – shading in an outline of the body to agree where physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and discussing examples such as visiting a doctor or dentist but how can we can still feel safe in these instances. Pupils also listened to a role play to explore the concept of ‘keeping something confidential or secret’. They used a drama activity ‘conscience alley’ to debate if the character should or should not agree to this and discussed when it is right to ‘break a confidence’ or ‘share a secret’. We also agreed who our trusted adults are and that the NSPCC allows pupils to share their concerns in confidence.
03.03.20- Suspense writing
05.03.20- Year 5/6 theatre trip to see Holes at Malvern
24.02.20- Family trees- what makes us who we are?
Digital artwork 15/01/2020
12.01.20- Science learning about the circulatory system
We used the poem 'Leisure' as a stimulus for our own poems. WH Davies spoke in metaphors about the fact people had less and less time to pay attention to nature, whom he personifies beautifully.
We studied the structure and language of the poem in order to write our own versions on an environmental theme, inspired by the speeches of Greta Thunberg.
This turned out to be a much bigger challenge than we anticipated but the children showed great resilience and it shows in their finished work...
Fabulous Fractals! 17/12/19
Today, we linked our learning in maths to maths in nature. Fractals are a curve or geometrical figure in which each part of the shape has the same characteristics as the shape as a whole. Examples of fractals include: snowflakes, shells and succulents.
Fractals are useful in modelling structures (such as snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth and galaxy formation.
What did the Romans do for us?
The Romans in Britain
02.12.19- planning an investigation, managing variables, recording results and communicating findings
29.11.19 PSHE- exploring emotions and how our bodies react to them.
22.11.19- Drafting and editing persuasive letters
18.11.19- Finding evidence of Roman Worcester and a modern city centre map and building timelines around the expansion of the Roman Empire
Please see the topic web page for further details...
Narrative recounts based on the events in Pompeii 04.10.19
PE- Invasion games 03.10.19
To kick off the year we are going to be taking part in a whole-school topic, using 'Playground', an extraordinary book by James Mollison which is a collection of photographs from playgrounds across the world. We will be exploring the images and using them as a prompt for discussions about the children's playground experiences and how we can improve our own provision at KPS. In addition we will be focus on geographical skills of understanding the reasons for differences between human experiences in different locations. We will also be using the images to inspire some art, with a focus on the children's drawing skills!
A couple of images from the book can be seen below and for more information go to James Mollison's website using the link here.