Mock General Election - Thursday 8th June
We have been working on the General Election in Willow Class and debating current affairs such as Brexit, Immigration, Tuition Fees, Nuclear Weapons and Taxation. We held our own Mock Election in Willow Class during lunch time on Thursday 8th June, running alongside the real General Election. All children came and placed their vote and put it into the Ballot Box. We counted up, using each year group to represent a constituency, and here are the results:
WINNER - Conservative Party (4 seats)
2nd = - Green Party and Liberal Democrat Party (3 seats each)
4th - Labour Party (1 seat)
5th - UK Independence Party (0 seats)
We wonder if the real election will reflect our results!!?!
What's going on in Willow this Summer?!
We have lots of exciting things planned in Willow this term!
The children in Year Five will be having a wonderful time with Mrs Morrissey and Mrs Fowles taking part in activities such as; skiing, climbing, archery, trawling and kayaking. Our fingers are crossed for warm weather!
The children in Year Six will be visiting London with Mr Tatnall and Mrs Fowles where they will be visiting some very exciting places including The Globe Theatre, Greenwich, The London Dungeon and Wicked at The Apollo Theatre!
The Royal Navy
We will be looking at the history of the Royal Navy and learning about The Cutty Sark!
Deserts of the World
In this geography topic we will be learning about the many deserts of the world, their wildlife and geographical features. We will also be working on data handling in connection with map work and climate.
Letters to Celebrities
We have been writing letters to our favourite celebrities... and are hoping for some replies!
Schools Shakespeare Festival
We will be taking part in the Shakespeare Festival again this autumn so roles will be allocated in July. The exact date will be announced by the end of term (but it is likely to be the beginning of November).
We will be keeping a close eye on the General Election as news progresses and holding our very own Mock Election in school on the big day, Thursday 8th June.
The Reading Challenge
Willow Class continue to storm ahead of the other classes in The Reading Challenge. It is really important that every child in the class reads 3 times every week with an adult at home!
World Book Day
The children looked wonderful in their costumes on World Book Day! Each child dressed as their favourite book character and brought in a book from home to share with their class. We had a parade to show the school our fabulous costumes. The teachers gave a prize to the best costume in each class- a very difficult category to judge!
There were lots of book related activities going on the afternoon. Key Stage Two wowed us with their acting skills and Key Stage One did some beautiful writing and made egg characters.
We had a fantastic afternoon to mark Shrove Tuesday or ‘Pancake Day’. Each class had a pancake race where they had to flip their pancake 3 times whilst running. The winner from each class celebrated by eating a fresh pancake at the winners table! Some children also competed to see who could toss their pancake the highest and catch it again (using a tennis racket). Next year we are going to need more pancakes!
What's been going on in Willow this half-term?
Battle of Hastings Re-enactment
On Friday 14th October, 950 years to the day after the original battle, Willow class re-created the Battle of Hastings at The Lord Rank Playing Field in Micheldever. The Year 5s played the victorious Normans and the Year 6s played the Saxons. A good time was had by all - but the cardboard armour probably got a bit more soggy than it did 950 years ago!!
Following our visit to Reading Museum, we have now put the finishing touches to our very own version of the Bayeux Tapestry. It is going to sewn up and put on display in school in a few weeks.
The Schools Shakespeare Festival is Approaching!!!
We are not just days away from the School Shakespeare Festival at The Winchester Theatre Royal!! We are performing The Comedy of Errors on Tuesday 8th November. The children have worked amazingly hard on the fast paced script - you can be sure of an evening full of thrills, spills and laughter!
In maths we have been looking at test of divisibility to find prime numbers. We have also been looking for patterns in the prime number sequence.... nothing found yet, but when we do we might make our millions!!
50 Word Stories
We are writing 50 word stories in literacy for Birch Class to read. This will be excellent practice for choosing precise vocabulary - and it will make the Radio 2 500 Words Competition in spring seem like a piece of cake!
Everyone in Willow is reading at least three times a week with an adult at home. We are hoping for a 100% record up to Christmas!!
Willow Class Adventures at Kingswood Activity Centre on the Isle of Wight!
WHAT'S GOING ON IN WILLOW IN THE SUMMER TERM?
We have a jam packed term this summer, mostly centring around our exciting topic - ITALY! We will be looking at the geography and culture of the country and comparing it to our own.
SCIENCE - OUTDOOR STUDY
In science we are carrying out an outdoor study gathering information about the climate of Micheldever and comparing that with Rome and some other locations across Europe. We will be collecting information about temperature, wind, rainfall, pressure and other weather conditions as part of our study.
GEOGRAPHY - RIVERS
We will be looking at The River Tiber in Italy as part of our geography work and comparing it with our very own River Test! We will be learning about the features of rivers and the main differences between rivers in different areas of the world.
LITERACY - SHAKESPEARE
We will be filming our very own version of one of Shakespeare's plays. This year's title will be revealed after half term but it will be one of the plays set in Italy to tie in with our topic (although nearly half of his plays are set in Italy so this doesn't really narrow it down much!)
MATHS - SCALE MODELS OF THE COLISEUM AND THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA
In Maths this term we will be using our multiplicative skills to make scale models of these two Italian landmarks.
We are looking forward to working more in the outside environment on our residential trip in June!
DECADES DRESS UP!
After half-term we will be having a dress up day every Thursday to run alongside our topic of Britain Since the 1930s. These are the important dates to remember:
Thursday 25th February - The Fabulous Fifties
Thursday 3rd March - The Swinging Sixties
Thursday 10th March - The Shocking Seventies
Thursday 17th March - The Awesome Eighties
Thursday 24th March - The Nifty Nineties
WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON IN WILLOW THIS TERM???
We have been working very hard on our Mayan Civilisation topic and learning all about their unusual way of life. We have had lots of fun, especially on our Mayan Day when we dressed like Mayans, created some Mayan art work and even tasted Mayan food!
THE SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
We were excited to perform in the SSF this year with our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke! The large audience seemed to enjoy our show and laughed along with all the jokes!
FICTION STORIES FOR KS1
We have all been planning and writing fiction stories for children younger than us in the school. We will be reading the stories to them in the week running up to Christmas.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
Look out for our Christmas Carol Service this year starring Millie as Father Christmas, Alice as a Victorian Housewife and all your favourite Willow Class actors in cameo roles!!!
Welcome to Willow - Year 5 and 6
Welcome to the Willow Page!
WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON IN WILLOW THIS HALF TERM?
We have been keeping in close contact with the latest thrills and spills of the election campaign and looking closely at the different Political Parties' Manifestos. We have been debating in class which party will be best for us and looking at how important it is to have your say about these important issues. We have also been on the campaign trail ourselves and held our own school election on Thursday 7th May. The results were as follows (each Year Group represented a constituency):
Conservative - 1
Green - 2
Labour - 2
Liberal Democrat - 2
UKIP - 0
So we would be looking at a hung parliament or a coalition government!
We have been out and about in the local area working in our lovely outdoor environment to support our learning! We have been up to allotment for digging and planting, to the field for games and artwork and over to the church-yard for creative inspiration! We have also been at the field for the annual Micheldever Primary School Rounders Tournament - current leaders are the Red Team.
The Year Sixes took their end of Key Stage Assessments for Maths, Writing and Reading on May 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th. Everyone has worked so hard and should feel very proud of themselves! We celebrated with a SATs Picnic at the field on the last day before half-term!
We have started work on our exciting Shakespeare project! This year we will be working on Twelfth Night. During June we will be shooting our modern day adaptation of the play which will be screened at the Year 6 leavers assembly in July. It will also be available on DVD (from all good websites).
Coming up later this term we will be learning about Deserts of the World in our "Too Hot! Too Cold!" topic, working on our end of year production (to be announced after half term!) and looking at transition to Secondary School and saying goodbye all out Year Sixes!! On top of all this we will also have time to spend a week on our residential!