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Summer 2:

Welcome Back! I can hardly believe it is the end of the school year and Summer is upon us already. We still have so much learning to do!

Our topic this final half-term is “Hunted”, a brilliant topic with hundreds of learning opportunities for us to take part in. In our English lessons we will be putting our persuasive skills to the test as we hold classroom debates over contentious issues such as hunting as well as writing folk tales based on the Brer Rabbit stories by Joel Chandler Harris. . We will reinforce this learning in Science wherein we will build on our knowledge of animals by studying predator/prey relationships, food chains and habitats.  We will supplement this learning with Art, Design and Computing sessions wherein we will explore observational painting and drawing, healthy food and databases!

Please could you discuss the following key words with your child:

Predator, prey, food chain, mini-beast, adaptation, habitat, insect, abdomen, thorax, environment, identification, characteristic

Home Reading is still our main form of homework. The children read their home books in class when not working with an adult but an additional ten minutes a night can make an enormous difference, improving comprehension skills, language, vocabulary acquisition and writing so let’s make this last half term the big push and get everyone reading!

If you have any concerns feel free to catch me; I like to start work early and am free after school. If you can’t find me, you can always call the office and we can catch up that way.

Summer 1:

Welcome Back! It’s Summer term already (even if the weather says different) and, as we head into the final stretch of the school year, we have yet more fantastic learning ahead of us!

Our topic this half-term is “Water, water everywhere”, and we will be learning all about this vital substance in a variety of ways. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Non Fiction writing, specifically brochures, and we will be creating our own about the lovely local town of Silverdale as well as writing our own stories based on ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber. We will reinforce this learning with History and Geography lessons structured around the importance of water to ancient civilisations and the locations of the world’s major rivers and oceans. Finally, we will supplement this learning with Art, Science and Computing sessions wherein we will explore paint, states of matter and web design!

Home Reading is still our main form of homework. The children read their home books in class when not working with an adult but an additional ten minutes a night can make an enormous difference, improving comprehension skills, language, vocabulary acquisition and writing so let’s all get reading!

Spring 2:

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had an excellent half term break and is looking forward to more fantastic learning as we move towards the sunny weather!

Our topic this half-term is “A Passport to Europe”, a fantastic topic that engages children in many different ways. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Information Posters and Story Writing. We will be researching different countries and creating fabulous flip-flap posters and learning all about Lemuel Gulliver’s amazing journeys through the eyes of a Lilliputian named Fig in “Fig’s Giant.”. We will reinforce this learning with Geography lessons wherein we will become experts on the continent of Europe, learning about its varied cultures, languages and the incredible landscapes that contain them. Our Music, Science and Computing lessons will all link together into the creation of a radio travelogue which the children will make by combining images, music and their own knowledge of Europe.

Home Reading is still a big priority at Willow Lane. Reading embeds language and concepts, improves grammar and vocabulary and develops the imagination; all of these things combine into making amazing writers, not just in English but in all lessons. 10 minutes a night makes a huge difference so let’s get everyone reading!

If you have any concerns feel free to catch me; I like to start work early and am free after school. If you can’t find me, you can always call the office and we can catch up that way.

As ever, thanks for all your support and help in making Willow Lane an amazing place to learn and teach; long may it continue!

Spring 1:

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas break with friends and family and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2018!

Our topic this half-term is “The Art of Food”, a topic that is full of opportunities to ‘teach to the heart’. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Advertisements and Story Writing specifically food adverts and stories that involve food in some context such as ‘The Chili Challenge’ and ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’. We will reinforce this learning with Science lessons wherein we will look at the function of our teeth and digestive system, with lots of yucky experiments involving mashing up food and observing what happens when we soak eggs in different liquids. We will combine our learning about adverts and teeth in our Computing lessons to create a persuasive presentation about the importance of a healthy diet on our bodies and top off our creative topics with Music lessons focusing on composing songs about food.

School is maintaining its emphasis on the importance of home reading and Blue Class are improving with the number of home readers but we can do even better! The learning benefits of regular reading are enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable so let’s work together to get everyone reading!

Autumn 2:

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a great half-term and took the chance to recharge their batteries for another busy time in the run up to Christmas. We have lots of learning to do before then though and lots of fun, challenging work ahead too!

Our topic this half-term is “The Great Plague” and is full of fascinating learning opportunities that the children are really keen to get started with. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Newspapers, Fairy Tales and Poetry, specifically the stories and poems of the Pied Piper and newspaper recounts of life during the plague. We will reinforce this learning with History lessons wherein we will look at life in London during plague-time, how the plague spread, its origins and how it affected our country at the time.

Additionally we will be looking at the wider world through Geography lessons and how we are impacting on our environment with our lifestyle choices-an important factor in the spread of the plague in 1665. We will also focus on Art and Design more this half term, particularly the study of drawing and colour with regards the human body as well as all of our other lessons such as Maths and Computing.

Home Reading continues to be important in every year group in school. With regard Blue Class we are working towards everyone reading at home but we are not quite there yet! The learning benefits of regular reading are enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable: let’s work together to get everyone reading!

Autumn 1:

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had an amazing Summer break and is ready and recharged for another fantastic year at Willow Lane! Your teachers this year are Mr Miller, Mrs Shepherd and Miss Newton.

Our topic this half-term is “Sparks Might Fly” and is full of fascinating learning opportunities that the children are really keen to get started with. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Explanations, Narrative and Film-scripts, specifically the incredible novel, “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” which ties together our main themes of invention and creativity beautifully. We will explore circuitry in Science as we create our own, Wallace and Gromit inspired contraptions and use our Design lessons to ensure that their form matches their function. Our theme of electricity continues into Music wherein we will listen to and compose our own pieces of electronic music and also computing, in which we will use the program Scratch to create circuit-based programs.

To support us in all of this learning, reading at home continues to be hugely important. Great readers make great writers and the benefits to vocabulary building, fluency and confidence with language that come from even 10 minutes of reading a night are immense so let’s get everyone on the reading train!