Hello and Welcome to Willow class webpage.
In Willow class PE is on a Monday and Thursday, so your child will need their PE kit in a named bag hanging on their peg. We try to go outside when the weather is dry, so as well as a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, your child will also need a pair of jogging bottoms or leggings, they will need plimsols or trainers to run around in.
Forest School happens fortnightly on a Thursday for Willow class. This term this will be on the 23rd April, 7th and 21st May, 11th June and 9th July. Your child will need a warm change of clothing that you don't mind getting muddy, a pair of wellies or old trainers, a waterproof coat and a spare bag for muddy boots.
We visit the school library on a Friday. Please encourage your child to share their book with you at home and return it to school each week to be changed. They can choose either a fiction or non-fiction book.
Homework is given out on a Friday in a named folder and needs to be returned to school the following Thursday at the latest.
If you have any questions please feel free to speak to Mrs Mountney, Mrs Fisher, Mrs Parmar or Mrs Dutton.
Today we went to Cineworld in Stevenage to listen to a musical production by the BBC called Ten Pieces. It aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance or digital art. It included a range of music from baroque to contemporary. Ask them to share their favourite piece of music from the production with you and explain why they enjoyed it.
The clips can be viewed at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w
We had lots of fun in our first Forest School session. We played 1,2,3, Where are you? and found lots of good places to hide. We also used magnifying glasses to explore the school grounds and made some interesting discoveries, a birds nest, leaf skeletons and seed pods. We also found a hole in the meadow bank and even though the children spent a long time watching for something to appear, nothing did - maybe next time!
At the end of the session we played mammoth, hunter, mouse, it was great fun. Ask the children to teach you how to play, I'm sure you will enjoy it too!
This week (22.9.14) we have been learning about Helen Keller. After listening to a story about her life we had a go at writing a biography. We have also learnt about Louis Braille and how he invented the Braille system we still use, when he was only 15.
We wrote our names using the Braille alphabet, looked at a selection of 'Magic Key' books which contain Braille writing and tried to send a 'bell ball' round the circle with our eyes closed. We have had lots of fun!