Willow Class 2019-20

Class Teacher: Mrs N Marshall 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs L Sheppard
Welcome back to a new term and a Happy New Year. Please find below the newsletter and an overview of our topic for this term - Ancient Greece.
This term, we are looking forward to swimming on alternate Tuesdays and year 5 will have the opportunity to experience Gamelan workshops (a separate letter has gone out) on Wednesdays. We are also looking forward to our trip to Young Voices with some of the children on the 28th January and the Knex Challenge on Thursday 23rd January.
These great canvases were designed and painted after exploring 'pop art' and in response to a competition at Taurus Crafts. Good luck to our entrants, hopefully you will get the chance to see the finished ones on display there over the summer.
The children produced some great art and DT work linked to our Ancient Greece topic. There were a variety of chariot and clay pot designs created and they looked amazing.
Forest Harvesting 
On 13th February, year 6 were invited to spend the morning with Forestry England at Bromley Woods to see harvesting in operation. They participated in a range of activities including tree recognition and measuring the girth of trees. They learnt about the need to consider the wildlife and how the foresters take care to return the forest to its original state once they have finished. They saw a tree felling machine in operation and phad the chance to see it up close. It was a great opportunity and they thoroughly enjoyed their morning. Thanks to the community ranger for organising the visit.
Young Voices
What a great time we had at the Young Voices concert in Birmingham yesterday, the children were a real credit to the school and sang and danced their hearts out.
Welcome to a new year in Willow class, we are very much looking forward to working with your children, and you, over the coming year.
The children are settling in well and we have a range of topics and activities planned for the year ahead. This term we are studying Ancient Civilisations, starting with a focus on Ancient Egypt. We hope that you will enjoy sharing in your children's learning. Do come in and see us if you have any questions or queries.
Centenary tree planting 
On Remembrance Day, year 6 were invited by Forestry England to a tree planting ceremony in Ellwood, to  mark the 100th anniversary of their organisation. It was particularly poignant as we remembered all the foresters who went to war and did not return, with a two minute silence.
The children also planted an acorn and wrote tributes to trees with the Forestry England educational team. We are hoping to join in more local projects with them in the future.
Year 6 started the year with their cycling proficiency sessions. Congratulations to them all on achieving a good standard of road safety, we hope they will continue to remember the rules and keep safe on the roads.
26th September is European Day of Languages and Willow class celebrated it with a taste of Germany. We learned how to greet each other in German, linked up with Germany via Skype and enjoyed tasting some of their food.
DT day
On Monday 18th November, Willow had a busy day completing two DT projects as part of our Ancient Egypt topic. We baked Egyptian bread and designed, constructed and tested shadufs - contraptions used by the Ancient Egyptians to bring water from the River Nile to irrigate their crops.  
Money Sense Workshop
On Monday 26th January the year 5 and 6 children participated in a financial workshop run by volunteers from NatWest bank. They had to solve a fraud crime, learning about how banks look after our money and the need to keep private details safe, particularly online. 
In computing we have been looking at tessellating patterns in the environment and creating our own using art software online.
Prayer Spaces
On Friday 8th November, Willow class enjoyed a session with Reverend Michelle and Jonathon carrying out a variety of activities linked to the Lord’s Prayer. The children took time to think about what they have, what they need and what they want; they recorded what God means to them; took time out in the quiet space to think and completed jigsaws and a building task.