Willow Sunday 17th March-Evening We have discovered that it is Bumble who is leading the others to stand in their food bowl and flap their wings to try and escape. We keep counting them and we still have 8! They are happily chirping at the moment. This is the last evening at Mrs Hawkings house and so soon after a few more cuddles we will clean the chicks out and settle them down for bed. Although they have had a lovely time I think they have missed you Willow and can’t wait to see you all tomorrow! Sunday 17th March So the cheeky chicks have managed to somehow get their drinking water EVERYWHERE in their box. A good clean out and they are now all snuggled together having a mid-morning rest! Saturday 16th March- Evening The chicks have had lots of attention today. Sleepy is mostly sleeping and we think they have grown overnight! The feathers on their wings are continuing to develop and we can see that they are becoming more confident and one of the boys (we think Chirpy) tried to escape via the top of the water bottle. The seem to be doing a lot of digging and playing. Nearly time to settle for bed time. Saturday 16th March The chicks were well behaved and slept well (Mrs Hawkings did check on them twice in the night!) they were up early, Mrs Hawkings and her children had lots of cuddles before cleaning them out. We think they are getting used to their names now- Cookie and Lavender are very well-behaved when they are being held as well as Stripey and Goldie. Some of them are just having a quick wash cleaning themselves. Photos to follow! Friday 15th March The chicks had a bit of a bumpy car journey to Mrs Hawkings house but all arrived safe and well. Mrs Hawkings and her children made sure they had fresh food, water and bedding to settle for the night. Mrs Hawkings children had a little cuddle before we put them to bed for the night. Chick names-Click on link Week commencing 11/03/19 Monday: The eggs arrived early and the lady set up all the equipment ready for the end of incubations….How EGGciting! An enormous beanstalk had grown in our classroom over the weekend….we spoke about size and height and we read the story Jaspers’ Beanstalk…We then spoke about the days of the week and we ordered ourselves by height! In the afternoon we went out on a Wild Walk; this week the weather was a little less blustery and we spotted more signs of spring! Tuesday: We put beanstalks in order from smallest to tallest and spoke about other ways in which to order them, We used objects to measure the beanstalks too! We ran out of soil and pots to plant our beans so we had to use plastic bags, cotton wool and water…. we will see what happens! We are still waiting for signs of hatching…We think there are signs of pipping on the shells! Wednesday: How EGGmazing…We have three baby chicks and they are so cute….and as the morning went on 2 more arrived! Today was our outdoor day; where we swept, picked up, cleaned, cleared, planned and plotted our outside area….What a great job – we all deserved a hot chocolate with marshmallow after our hard work! Thursday: Today we arrived to EGGcellent news – 3 more chicks arrived overnight – 8 in total! We set up the chicks new home and were learning how to care for them. We then stoked the chicks before they went in to their new home! We colour coded the chicks and we watched their behaviours and wrote down their characteristics! Friday: Today we held the chicks for a little cuddle …EGGmazing! We names the chicks and got them ready for their road trip to Mrs Hawkins house. It was Red Nose Day…see how fantastic we looked in our bright colours (photos below!) Willow class dressed for Red Nose Day in ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ 8 chicks have now hatched and the children have enjoyed taking care and looking after them. Week Commencing 4.3.19 On Monday we continued to learn the story of the Enormous Turnip! We ventured out into the wind and looked for signs of spring! On Tuesday we un-muddled instructions about how to make a pancake, we then learned how to make a virtual pancake. After that we the real pancakes arrived…we chose two out of three toppings to have on our pancake and we cut them in half and put one topping on one side and the other on the other half and chose our favourite – YUMMY! On Wednesday we planted sunflower seeds…we are going to care for them and watch them grow and grow and grow! Thursday was World Book Day – we all dressed up in our favourite traditional tale character. During the day the adults in school came to read us stories – It was great fun! We also had a visit from a very special tortoise called Pixie and we watched the fable The Hare and The Tortoise! Friday we spent time with our buddies and did PE with them – WOW, what a week! Week commencing 25/02/19 “We launched our topic by discovering some tiny seeds… We named our role play ‘The Garden Shed’ and made containers to keep our seeds in. We investigated vegetables and wrote down which vegetables our seeds would grow into. We planted outside and wrote labels. We did some observational drawing of our turnip that had began to grow. We wrote invitations to see our puppet show. We enjoyed the sunshine and made jam sandwiches – yummy! We followed instructions using positional language and spoke about 3D shapes. Our turnip grew bigger and bigger ~ we PULLED and PULLED until …POP! Here is the topic overview for Spring 2 2019 Topic Overview Willow Spring 2019 Friday 8th February- To find out what we got up to this afternoon look at Beech’s Class page. We worked with our Year 6 “Buddies” on a special project! Monday 4th February 2019- Thank you to Mrs Ward who made us a delicious Chinese feast this morning. We tried some new things such as chicken and sweetcorn soup, lychees, rice as well as prawn crackers with sweet and sour sauce. We had fortune cookies and enjoyed trying to use chopsticks to pick up the prawn crackers and rice. We are very excited to be taking home lucky red packets with white rabbits in. Friday 1st February 2019- Hello Willow Class! Enjoy your day in the snow! Miss Nicoll and I would have loved to have seen your faces when you saw the snow this morning. Please can you have a lovely time in the snow and ask a grown up to take a photograph of you to put on Tapestry. When we see you on Monday we will talk all about your snow adventures so think of lots of words you can to describe it. There are new Phase 3 tricky words to learn in your book bags, as well as your letter cards. Which new words (of 2 or 3 phonemes VC/CVC ) can you make and read using the letter cards satipn and mdgock? I can think of mat, dip. See if you can write them down and write them in a sentence. Remember to have a fun time, but stay safe. From Mrs Hawkings and Miss Nicoll. Willow Class is where our children begin their important journey through Vernham Dean Gillum’s Primary School. Welcome to Willow Class- Gung Hey Fat Choi! Our theme this half term is Chinese New Year. We received a parcel that Postman Pat had delivered l called Mi Lin. She said we could look after it and explore all the Chinese things inside. When we have finished we will return it to her in China. There were lots of things inside, like Chinese clothes, lanterns, a bamboo parasol and lucky red envelopes. We have learned that 2019 is Year of the pig and that we were born in either the year of the horse or the year of the snake. We have been reading lots of stories about Chinese New Year and learning about where China is compared to Vernham Dean and how we’d get there. We planned have planned our roleplay as a Chinese Restaurant and with Miss Nicoll’s help put all the things we needed in it. On Monday we took an aeroplane to Beijing in China with Captain Harris flying the Air Asia plane and Mrs Harris as cabin crew. We have explored raw noodles and rice and compared it to cooked noodles and rice and have just begun to learn a Chinese New Year dance, which we are looking forward to performing to you. Happy New Year Willow Class children and parents! I wonder what 2019 will bring?…………. When you return to school you will have Mrs Hawkings, Miss Neale, Miss Nicoll and of course we welcome our new teacher Mrs Dunesby who will be teaching you on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It will be very exciting and we have a brand new theme this half term which is Chinese New Year! Copy of Year R Chinese New Year Overview Spring 1 2019 Please have a look at the overview to see what Willow class will be learning this half term. Please remember to bring your bookbags/zippies everyday and a water bottle. Please also remember to bring coats and hats/gloves/scarfs in case of cold weather! PE is on Tuesday and we will also be having a session on a Thursday so please make sure PE bags are in school on these days. If the children are able to bring in one of the toys they received for Christmas on the first day back that would be great as they will be a stimulus for writing/art work and talk! Please don’t send in their most precious or expensive toy and please can it be in a named plastic bag- thank you! Welcome to Willow’s Class Page Gosh what a busy term we have had! It seems only yesterday the new Willows were starting school but that was an action packed 16 weeks ago. Here is a quick review of what we have been up to the past term; September In September we started our journey here at Vernham Dean Gillums. Once we settled in, it was time for our topic of Harvest. We read the traditional tale of The Little Red Hen and learnt all about the process of making bread. In class we had a go at grinding wheat to make our own flour, which was a lot harder than we expected! Then we made our own bread, this was tricky as we had to use our strong arm muscles to kneed the bread dough for ten minutes, by the end we needed a rest so we tasted lots of different kinds of bread and voted on which was our favourite. During September we also took part in our first church service for Harvest where we were brave and stood at the front to sing out apple song to our families and friends. October October was here before we knew it and this month we supported lots of charities taking part in special activities to raise awareness for different things. To begin with it was National Restart a Heart Day, for this we talked about our hearts, what they do and how to keep them healthy. We also learnt that sometimes a person’s heart can become very poorly and stop beating which means we need to act fast to restart it. We had a special workshop where we learnt what to do in an emergency and how to restart a heart, we each had a go at CPR on the dummy to the rhythm of ‘Baby Shark’. To finish off the month we supported the NSPCC by holding a dance-a-thon. We all joined our coloured houses and took part, while in class we discussed what the NSPCC was and why some children might need help and support in their lives. November November began with lots of focus on fireworks and bonfire night. We all felt very arty and in our Discovery Time we all chose to make our own firework pictures using chalks, pastels and black paper. It was great exploring the different affect we could have on the paper by smudging the pastels or adding a tiny bit of water. 2018 marked 100 years since the end of WW1 so we spent lots of time discussing war, soldiers, fighting, peace, love and caring for each other. It was a tricky concept to grasp for us but we learnt a lot by watching a video called ‘Poppy Day’ made by Cbeebies about a rabbit. Miss Neale brought in some medals and photos of her Great Grandfather who fought in the wars for us to look at, this was very interesting and we thought of lots of great questions to ask about him and the war. The medals were wonderful and our favourite was one from Afghanistan because it had an elephant on it! We also made our own poppy using clay to contribute to a display at the village hall for Remembrance Sunday. December Well this turning out to be the most exciting and busy month we have had so far! Elf Noggin, elf Bobbin and Buddy the Chief helper bear arrived in class on the 1st of December with a book about the story of Christmas for us. The elves have been cheeky making a mess in our class during the night so we have had to write to Father Christmas lots to tell him what they have been up to whilst also making sure we have written our Christmas lists and leaving them by the magical door. We have been writing non-stop this month being so careful to use our sounds and beautiful letter formation. The Willow children are now known as the Writing Willows! A new challenge we have faced this month is the Christmas show, it’s been very daunting for us all to stand up on stage and sing but we have loved every minute of it. We’ve been working so hard to learn all our songs whilst remembering to move into the correct position at the right moment, next stop the west end! Welcome to the Willow Class of 2018 page. We are now a few days into our first week full time and the children have settled in wonderfully. We have been learning all the new routines of the school day, including snack time and discovery time. During circle time we made a class charter together, we discussed important factors for every one in the class to think about from being a good friend to being polite. We went on our first Wild Walk around the local area and met some sheep before having our snack and a play in the field!