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Jungle Journey

This half term Willow Class have been on a jungle journey. We have been working on our fine and gross motor skills to improve our physical development. We worked as researchers to find out information about the jungle for our friend Umawi who has been planning her visit there. Researchers found out what it is like in the jungle, how we could live there, what we would see and lots more! We loved finding out all about the jungle animals, painting them and writing facts, then pretending to be them! Researchers had their own tent and jungle in Willow Class. We made information books about jungle insects, animals and what to pack for Umawi to take with her on her journey.

Investigation Bureau- Division W

This half term Willow Class worked for Regina Flowerton; world famous explorer. Regina had recently been exploring story worlds but had lost her memory. We decided to be detectives and use clues to find out where Regina had been and what had happened. We discovered that Regina had been to Arabia and met Aladdin, fell down a hole into Wonderland, saved Alice, was rescued by a knight, went on adventures in Camelot, had trouble with a dragon and ran away, found a boat, met some pirates, boarded their ship sailing the high seas. The pirates were mean and Regina was made to walk the plank. She fell into shark infested waters but luckily managed to swim to shore and ended up in Cornwall. Regina sold a cow for an old lady and grew a huge beanstalk with magic beans. The beanstalk led up to a Giants house, who chased Regina down the beanstalk. Regina was hit in the head; that’s how she lost her memories.

Well done detectives, great work!

Shirley from Tiddlywinks also came to work with us this half term. Tiddlywinks helps us to retell and follow stories through PE (movement) and music. We had lots of fun!

 

Studio W- Chinese New Year

This half term Willow Class worked for Olive Stein at Portal Animation Studios. We worked as animators in Studio W, finding out all about Chinese New Year, why and how it is celebrated. Studio W found out about the Chinese Zodiac story, painted the animals, cooked and tasted Chinese food. We made banners, money packets, dragons and lanterns. We had our own Chinese New Year parade where we all wore the lucky colour red, made a huge dragon and played instruments around school. Animators also made two animations for you to watch.

The Park Keepers- Getting Ready for Winter

This half term Willow Class have been working for Percy the Park Keeper looking for signs of autumn then getting ready for winter. We spent lots of time outside looking at the changes happening around us such as the weather and colours of leaves.

After a huge storm destroyed the tree where lots of Percy’s animal friends lived we had to make them new homes.

Percy kept us very busy with lots of jobs, that he didn’t have enough time to do. We looked closely at autumn objects, this helped with our vocabulary. park Keepers wrote lists of things they had to do and get. We also did lots of jobs in Percy’s hut too.

It’s hard work being a Park Keeper, lunch is very important to give you lots of energy. Park Keepers enjoyed learning how to make sandwiches and biscuits. They loved eating them too!

Our Friend Fern

This half term, Willow Class have settled into their full time education. They learnt their way around their new classroom and main school. Willow Class also learnt and now follow new routines and rules in both the classroom and main school. Their listening skills have improved greatly already this year!

Our friend Fern asked us to tell her about ourselves, our family and friends too. We talked about our families, know that we are all different and that, that is okay! We all practiced writing our names in a variety of ways because Fern said we all needed to be able to, Mrs Brown said that she was right! We also thought about what we might like to be when we grow up. We looked closely at our faces whilst painting, using the right colours.

Fern also taught us ways of keeping healthy such as eating our 5 a day, drinking plenty of water, doing lots of exercise and washing our hands.

We are becoming more independent as select our own activities and get our own fruit, milk and water throughout the day. We complete challenges independently in our own time and are working hard to be able to get ourselves undressed for PE and changed into our PE kits and back again. Some of us can do this independently now.

We have cooked yummy biscuits with our friends, making sure we washed our hands and followed Mrs Parker’s instructions.

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Fern taught us about friendship and being kind. We learnt about the ways to be a good friend and painted pictures of each other. Willow Class are all friends and will all take care of each other.

We celebrated Fern’s 5th Birthday together, by throwing her a surprise birthday party. Before the party we wrote shopping lists and invitations to invite each other to the party. We made Fern birthday cards, presents and even made special repeating pattern wrapping paper. At the party we played games, sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ate party food and played with balloons We all had an amazing time!

Let’s Discover

 

This half term, we have continued our work for Regina Flowerton; world famous explorer. This time we took on the role of explorers. We have been exploring our play patch and garden, hunting for and looking closely at mini beasts around us. We learned all about them and their homes.

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In Willow Class we had an explorers tent and lab role play area, where we cooked our meals, slept, looked at our finding and wrote diaries and lists. Explorers made their own camps and dens outdoors with their friends working together as a team.

We used mini beasts to inspire our work in all areas of the curriculum such as our writing, number work and painting.

During our last couple of weeks, with beautiful weather, we enjoyed exploring water, seeing what floats and sinks. We observed how water moves and explored ways we could change it. Willow Class got ready to move to Beech Class with visits to our new classroom and got to know our new teacher Miss Johnson (soon to be Mrs Cowey).

In our last week together, Willow Class had a Celebration assembly and invited their grown-ups. They sang songs that they  learned this year, shared photographs of all the fun they had and even received very special certificates just for being themselves!

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Garden Enterprise

This half term the children in Willow Class became gardeners working for the world famous explorer; Regina Flowerton. As part of our Garden Enterprise topic we worked to find out everything we needed to know about plants, what they need and how they grow. Gardeners found out about the parts of a plant. We observed changes by planting seeds and watching them grow. Gardeners cared for the seeds and plants independently, making sure they got enough sunlight and water. Regina sent us caterpillars and we watched them change from tiny caterpillars that ate and ate then grew bigger and bigger, just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We were super surprised when they formed a chrysalis and emerged as beautiful butterflies. Gardeners used inspiration from flowers, butterflies and famous artists to inspire their creative projects throughout this half term. At the end of the half term, we invited our grown ups to celebrate our hard work with a garden party. Gardeners sold some of the plants they grew, ate lots of cake and had fun together in our play patch!

Stories

This half term, the children in Willow Class have been looking at different stories. We have read and completed activities around two stories in particular, one traditional and one modern: Aliens Love Underpants and Hansel and Gretel.

The children enjoyed sharing their favourite stories with other children in the class during circle time. We talked about which authors we liked – Julia Donaldson was a firm favourite!

The children enjoyed imaginative play through their role play area, which had been turned into a space ship and the gingerbread house. The small world area was turned into a puppet theatre. We went on imaginary journeys and used role-play to retell and make up our own versions of stories.

 

The children created their own aliens and gingerbread houses using junk modelling. We made pretend sweeties and baked and decorated gingerbread men for the gingerbread house.

We solved practical addition and subtraction problems linked to the stories. We designed underpants using repeating patterns. The children also learned the names and some properties of 3D shapes, and used them to build their own gingerbread house like the one in Hansel and Gretel.

As part of our Hansel and Gretel story, we programmed Beebots to navigate their way through the forest to reach the gingerbread house. After reading Aliens Love Underpants, we used the internet and non-fiction books to find out all about Space. We also talked about the importance of ‘Stranger Danger’ and what to do if we get lost in relation to the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Artists with Portal Digital

This half term, the children in Willow Class have been Digital Developers for Portal Digital boss, Olive Stein. The children looked very smart in their work clothes with their ID badges. Every week, we checked our emails to receive our tasks from Olive. Our first job was to sort objects that are digital and not digital. We talked about what the word ‘digital’ means and then found some objects in Willow Pod to sort.

Digital developers enjoyed playing in the Imagination Station that had been changed into an Art Gallery. We recorded a news report for Olive all about it’s opening. The workers loved using money to serve customers in the gift shop and café, and tried their hand at sketching, using ICT to draw self portraits and painting.

As part of our Artists topic, we used non-fiction books and the internet to find out about the famous artists Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. Olive arranged for us to interview Leonardo, who had come through a time machine! Together, we thought of some questions to ask him and we recorded our interview for Portal Digital. We also filmed a documentary full of facts about Vincent van Gogh. These videos can be viewed at the Portal Digital website: http://www.bedlingtonstationprimaryschool.co.uk/theportal

We loved learning all about the life of Leonardo da Vinci. We found out information about Italy and had a go at cooking our own pasta and pizzas! They were delicious and everyone tried something healthy!

Throughout our topic, we experimented with different ways of creating art. We used watercolours to colour in famous pieces of art and food colouring to paint snow. We used sunflower seeds and different materials to make our own sunflower art like Vincent van Gogh. We also used pastels, oil pastels and ICT to create self-portraits as well as plasticine to create models.

Our final task for Olive was to make our own flying machine, like Leonardo da Vinci’s. We practised cutting wood with saws and joining wood using nails and hammers. We had to be very careful and listen carefully to keep us safe! Our flying machine was fantastic!

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