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...
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.