A warm welcome
Willow class 2020 – 21
We are a wonderfully energetic mixed class of year 3 and 4 pupils.
Our teachers are Mrs Turvey, Mrs Ruggiero and our lovely HLTA Mrs Smith.
Our learning starts from the minute we enter the classroom and our days are filled with a variety of exciting activities from English, Maths and Science to Topic work (based on our Big Question for the term), PE, Art, DT, Music, PSHE and French.
We are keen to be as active as possible and enjoy practical opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.
We hope to show you all the exciting things that happen in our class so please do keep visiting this page!
So we have finally made it to the summer term and with all our lovely energetic Willows back in school!
We are looking forward to a very productive and fun final term of this year.
Our Big Question
In this term we are looking at the question 'Why is weather wonderful?'
We have shown we already know a lot about the weather and have just started dipping our toes into the world of weather forecasting.
Below you can see our curriculum map for this first half term and what we will be covering in each subject.
Well half term has come round very quickly and we had the opportunity to celebrate some successes on Friday.
Earlier in the term the children had the chance to take part in a virtual skipping programme were they tackled different challenges and in the process learnt new skills with a skipping rope.
There were 3 skipping challenge levels:
Bronze – Beginners
Silver – Intermediate skippers
Gold – Advanced skippers
The children had as many attempts as they liked but to achieve the appropriate level they had to perform 10 of each skill without a mistake. It was great to see that Willow class had children achieving at each level.
As well as this success the children have been working hard at collecting stamps for school work. It was great to see those who had earnt their gold stamp awards as well as Max with his Silver award. We are sure by the end of the Summer term there will be some platinum awards too.
Well done Willows a great end to this busy half term!
In RE this half term we have been learning about a key figure in the Islamic faith - the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
As the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (PBUH) recited what the angel Gabriel told him over many years and this was then written down to create the Muslim holy book - the Qu'ran. However Muhammad (PBUH) also said many important and useful things which also were written down and help Muslims to live their daily lives. These are called the Hadith sayings. Below we spent a lesson talking about and ordering some of his sayings in order of how important we thought they were to living a good life.
We had lots of discussion and disagreement as we found it hard to agree on a specific order as they were all so important!
In music this half term we have been practicing our skills on the glockenspiel and xylophones. It has been quite tricky to follow a piece of music using the correct notes and keeping the beat of the music but each week our skills are improving.
As the weather has improved we are making the most of our wonderful outdoor space both in school and the local area. We each have a forest school name which is our first name and an animal starting with the same letter and an action that fits e.g. Suki Skylark.
We have had the task of building dens using tarpaulin, ropes and equipment in the playground working closely as a team. See some of our efforts below. Do you think they would keep us dry in the wet weather we have been having?
We also visited the local pond at the top of the village to do some pond dipping. We were lucky enough to find some pond snails, waterboat men and larvae of other pond living animals.
Our Big Question
In the Spring term we were thinking about 'What is our window on the world?'
Despite being in lockdown we encouraged the children to use their home windows to explore the idea of what they could see out of their window as a starting point.
This then led into work on our locality which enabled the children to get outside and walk around their home area thinking about services, land use and jobs. As we continued to work remotely the children then looked further afield to our European neighbours.
During the lockdown we embarked on a discovery about sound and how we can make different sounds. We learnt that sounds are produced by vibrations and how these vibrations travel to our ears. Using household materials we experimented with how to change the pitch and volume of sounds too.
Later in the term we discovered new facts about living things and how they can be classified. We learnt to understand why scientists use classification keys and the diverse groups that all living things can be split into. Getting out into our local environment we collected information on locally living things and tried to use classification keys to identify them.
During the first part of the spring term we delved deeper into our understanding of multiplication and division. We looked at mental methods to support calculations as well as thinking about written methods. It was really important for us to focus on learning our times tables to help us with quick recall. A natural link from this learning was to move onto fractions - a favourite in every household. Who doesn't like cutting up chocolate and other foods to work out 1/2, 3/4 etc? We also looked at finding fractions of numbers of items before learning how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
Our final maths topic of the term was time. A tricky one to master but a very important one in our day to day lives. We learnt about analogue and digital clocks and how they represent time both 12 hour and 24 hour. Working out passage of time really stretched our learning and was a challenge we had to work hard to meet.
Our first English unit, in the spring term, was a narrative unit based on the opening of ‘The B.F.G.’ by Roald Dahl. We explored ambitious adjectives to set the scene and to describe the appearance, personality and actions of the characters. We used the text to develop our understanding of some spelling rules such as adding the suffixes ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ for the past tense.
Our second unit was an explanation text about how bees make honey. We explored the features of an explanation text such as a title, introductory paragraph, chronological order and technical vocabulary. To support our writing, we developed our understanding of some spelling rules such as compound words and also how to use the possessive apostrophe.
Our Big Question
This term we have been thinking about 'What it means to be a hero.'
Our lessons have focused on a range of heroes from British history such as Lord Shaftesbury, Florence Nightingale and most recently Emmeline Pankhurst who fought for the right for women to vote.
Looking at Emmeline Pankhurst's life and her campaign to win women the vote sparked much heated discussion and emotion amongst the class. Having sorted opinions for both for and against women being given the right to vote the children made suffragette rosettes which displayed a clear slogan.
The used the three key colours of suffrage - purple, green and white.
The results are amazing and look stunning in the classroom.
On the Friday before half term we paused to celebrate all the achievements of our wonderful class so far this year.
The children have worked so hard on their learning after such a long break from being in school and there was much to celebrate from stamp awards to headteacher and Willow star awards.
Below are pictures of the children receiving their awards.
Bronze stamp awards
Willow star awards
Headteacher awards and cups
Headteacher awards and cups
In science we have been learning about our digestive system and the processes involved when we eat food. We have labelled the system, learnt what the different parts of the system do and how we can help our digestion by eating well.
We then moved onto focusing on the teeth at the start of the digestive system. We made plasticine models of a set of teeth and learnt what each type of tooth does. The final part of our work was to carry out an experiment to see what affect different liquids had on tooth decay. Even in a very short time we were amazed by the results. They weren't what we were expecting!
Day 3 of our experiment
Day 5 of our experiment
The acid rotted the teeth (egg shell) most and the shell completely dissolved. The sugar free squash changed the colour of the shell and made it very soft. The coke and the orange squash also made the teeth (egg shell) very weak.
The water and milk were the only 2 liquids to make no change to the teeth!
We'll be drinking more of these from now on!
Our unit this first half term has been to think about the kind of world that Jesus wanted.
We have focused on learning through Bible stories that show the kind of things Jesus wanted his followers to do, developing this to modern day Christians and how they show Jesus' wishes for our world.
Below are some examples of posters that we created to show the amazing work of Christian Aid who follow the teachings of Jesus and are trying, in the 21st century, to create the kind of world that Jesus wanted.
Welcome to Willow Class, our mixed class of children in Year 3 and Year 4.
Our Teachers are Miss Skelhon and Mrs Turvey. Mrs Smith is our HLTA alongside our TA Mrs Conneely.
Our class page will be updated regularly, with photographs and information, so you are able to see all of the exciting learning we have been getting up to.
Dear Year 3 and 4
Our school is closing just for a while,
but our learning will not stop, just change in style.
There's a very nasty virus which we don't want you to get,
so it's best to stay at home but try not to be upset.
It's ok if you feel a little scared or sad,
it's hard when things are different but not everything is bad,
I will be at my house and you will be at yours,
You will carry on with learning and play and help with chores.
Be sure to write a timetable of what to do each day,
include our Maths and English tasks and don't forget to play.
Whilst many things are changing some things will stay the same,
I am still your teacher and Willow is our class name.
We'll help support each other and keep in touch for sure,
once everything is safe again we'll run back through the door.
We'll be back with our friends again at school and parties too,
but whilst things are different I'll send you lots to do.
With love from
Miss Skelhon xx
On Tuesday 10th March 2020, 6 Year 3 and 4 gymnasts represented Great Gidding School at the Hunts SSP School Games Gymnastics Competition held at the Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.
Take a look at the Physical Education and Sports page under our 'curriculum' tab for more information.
During our concept curriculum lessons, we have been looking at the Stone Age period. We particularly enjoyed designing and making our own Stone Age jewellery.
In science we have been looking at rocks and soils. Our favourite part has been making our own fossils. Take a look at them below!
Roald Dahl is one of the world's most loved children's authors.
On Friday 13th September the staff and children in Willow Class had a fantastic time celebrating Roald Dahl day. Throughout the day the children took part in a fashion parade and engaged in many Roald Dahl themed learning experiences.
Well done to Alice for winning 'best dressed' and receiving a wonka bar!
Our first day of the academic year has been a lot of fun. We have written our class charter, parliament manifestos and had a good ol' chin-wag!
I am looking forward to all the exciting new memories we will make together.