Willow class - our years three and four class

Welcome to Willow

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Meet the teacher

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Our wishes for the world

Our Value

As we move into the summer term, our value for the first half term is SERVICE.  In Willow class we have been exploring Man's relationship with God, thinking about how that changed as a result of the temptation in the Garden of Eden, yet God still trusted us enough to look after his Creation.  We have looked at the delicate balance of nature and the way in which we are responsible for shifting this balance.  

The children have lots of ideas about how we can all play our part in serving the planet: some of their ideas are small but readily achievable by all, some are larger and will be harder to achieve - this does not mean we shouldn't try!

Things like reduce pollution by walking on short journeys instead of taking the car;

stop chopping down woods and destroying habitats and food chains; learn to trust one another so there will be no more wars.

It is important that everybody steps up to the challenges we face going forward and we have written a prayer thanking God for His gift and asking for His help.

Dear God,

Thank you for the sun that warms our world,

Thank you for the gentle rain that waters all of the amazing plants and trees,

Thank you for the beautiful flowers that brighten our planet,

Thank you for the wonderful variety of animals which live across the globe,

Help us to undo our mistakes and heal the damage we have caused,

Help us to make this world a better place for all creation.


Poetry, Animals and Creation

In our English, we used the poem 'Cat Began' by Andrew Matthews as our inspiration for poems about the formation of animals.  

This linked in with our Creation work in RE and everyone was able to choose their own animal to write about.  

We are REALLY pleased with the resulting poems and hope you will find time to read some of them next time you visit school.  This is just a small selection of our work.

Hamster Began
Dragon Began
Owl Began

Move Over Stone Age...The Celts Are Here!

Our history during the first half of the term, has seen us moving on from the Stone Age and investigating what life was like for the Celts.  We worked in groups to research a Celtic job, producing our own written information and illustrations.  We shared all of our findings to create this Celtic collaboration which is our poster explaining what life was like for the Celts.

Find out about Celtic homes. How did the Celts make their clothes? What was a druid?
Baskets were used for lots of different things.
Even the children had jobs to do; there was very little time to play!

All Things Roman!

Before half term, we jumped forward in time again, beginning our work about the Romans.  

Our trip to Verulamium Museum in St Albans was a fantastic day out.  We really enjoyed being history detectives, exploring Roman artefacts and piecing together clues about how the Romans lived in Britain.

The Romans made lots of useful things but they made decorative items too, like this necklace.
An essential bit of kit for a Roman soldier.
What kind of animal could have made this paw-print 2000 years ago?

A Banana Sandwich's Journey

In science we have been learning about the digestive system.  First we chewed some bread so we could have a really good think about what actually happens inside our mouth when we eat.  We quickly realised we were mashing our food to a lumpy pulp before swallowing it.  

Arriving in the stomach we needed some acid (cue the orange juice).  Only then, were we ready to begin the churning process that is our stomach's job.
Crushing and grinding our banana sandwich, just like our teeth do!
Adding acid as the sandwich arrives in the stomach
Churning in the stomach

Ask your child what happened next; you may be surprised at how much they can tell you about the intricacies of your intestines and of course, they will be particularly keen to share the details of the final picture in the sequence!

Leaving the stomach, the food enters the duodenum
Nutrients and water pass through the wall of the gut into the body.
For everything that is left, it is the end of the journey!

We have some final investigative work to carry out in relation to teeth, before moving on to our last topic for the year, which is about plants.  We have already begun growing our own plants in readiness for our investigations and everyone is busy growing their own sunflower at home in their bid to grow the tallest plant in the class (ideal growing conditions should produce a plant approximately 3 metres tall!)

Keep your eye on our page for more news of our discoveries!
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