Welcome to Willow Class
Science- making switches
As part of our work on electricity in Science, the children designed and created their own switches. They used different resources to make a switch which could turn a circuit on or off.
This term we have been learning to play the ukulele in our Music lessons. The children have learnt to play the C, F and G chords so far. Thank you Mr Fisher for teaching the children (and me!)
It is the final term of Year 4, and the sun is shining! We have got lots of exciting activities planned over the next few weeks. Look out for a Willow class newsletter which will be coming home later this week. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. See you tomorrow!
A little delayed, but here are some of the photographs which were taken on our fantastic residential trip to Kingswood. The children behaved impeccably and everybody had a brilliant time. I am extremely proud of Year 4 for representing Grove Primary so well.
Just a quick note for all of the parents that have asked, we will be leaving school at 12.30 on Wednesday if you would like to come to wave the children off.
Not long to go now, we hope everyone is getting excited!
Miss Damore and Miss Pullum
Tuesday 5th May 2015- Explanation, explanation, explanation!
Today we have been exploring language that we might use in explanation texts. We have been using the phrases because, as a result and therefore to write silly explanations! Here are some examples of our sentences:
Bananas are curly because fairies bend them. As a result, they are curly. (Izzy)
The Pod is amazing because in the night it floats and moves and inch. Therefore, the Pod is better than all the other classrooms. (Izzy and Nicole)
It rains because there are fairies in the sky crying. As a result, we get wet. (Nicole)
Dogs bark because tiny robots live in their brains and control the sound. (Kaytie)
Rainbows don't wobble in the wind because they are mad from solid steel. (Bradley)
Bananas are curly because ants use them as see-saws. As a result, they sometimes nibble on them. (Jasmine)
Dragons breathe fire because they have a diet full of chillies. (Oliver)
Rainbows are colourful because people play paintball in the sky. (Leo)
Trolls have big feet because they have massive toenails. (Lily)
Fairies have wands because they help children get to sleep. (Katie)
Trolls have big feet because one day they were playing with a bike pump and they swallowed too much air. As a result, their feet are huge. (Charlie)
Bananas are curly because the Normans thought straight lines were boring. Therefore, they curled the bananas so that they weren't straight. (Andrew)
Suffolk Farm Show- Thursday 23rd April
Wow! The children in Year 4 have had a fantastic day today. We had a day out in Ipswich for the Suffolk Farm Show. The children had the opportunity to see livestock including cows, pigs and sheep. Most of the children even held newborn chicks which they really enjoyed. We also visited many local food stalls and the children learnt about where meat and produce comes from. Finally, the children watched a Gun Dog display. We all had a terrific day, and the sun shone brightly.
Wednesday 22nd April- INVENTORS!
We started our brand new topic off with a BANG this week! The children found out that we will be studying important inventors and inventions. The children become inventors themselves, and they had to fulfil a brief; to get a dictionary from the floor to the table without picking it up! They worked in teams and many different inventions were created using materials and resources from around the classroom. I was very impressed at how creative their designs were. Well done Year 4!
Art days- April 2015
Last week, the whole school participated in two fantastic Art days. The children created animals and plants which linked to the Rainforest. The children in Willow class made sloths, toucans, trees, fish and flowers. They had a brilliant time and the final display looks fantastic!
Monday 16th March 2015: Homophones
In our English lesson today we have been learning about homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. We used them in sentences. Here are some that we created:
I blew a speaker.
Blue is my favourite colour.
I won the race.
I am one year old.
I bought new clothes from Primark.
He knew the answer.
The lion had a beautiful mane.
I had the main part in the play.
I had a knot in my tie.
I will not rub your feet!
Everywhere is quiet.
This is quite strange.
I read a book.
Liverpool wear a red kit.
Wednesday 11th March 2015
In English today the children wrote a short piece of descriptive writing about the setting in our current story, 'The lion and the unicorn.' The children were experimenting with using new, exciting adjectives in their writing. They were also trying to vary the way they started their sentences. Here is a fantastic example from Charlie:
Thursday 5th March 2015
Today was World Book Day. The children in Willow class enjoyed reading with their parents and each other today. I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents for providing the children with such fantastic costumes based on their favourite characters. Have a look at some photographs below:
Monday 23rd February 2015
In English today we have been using a thesaurus to improve our verbs. Here are some of our favourite powerful verbs that we have found:
Look: consider, glance, peep and squint.
Run: trot, sprint, bolt and gallop.
Jump: volt, hurdle, spring and bounce.
Walk: swagger, paddle, ramble, hobble and prowl.
Wednesday 11th February 2015
In our Topic lesson today, the children baked their own egg-free sponge cakes using a war time recipe. The children followed instructions carefully, and demonstrated fantastic collaboration skills. The cakes were delicious!
Monday 9th February 2015
The children have been enjoying gymnastics lessons this term. They have been focusing on rolling and balancing, using the equipment in the hall. Have a look at some of their brilliant balances.
Tuesday 3rd February 2015
In English today the children have been learning about newspaper articles. They have been deciding how to write effective headlines. Here are some examples of newspaper headlines which they found along with the technique which had been used:
Play on words: Ears some good news!
Play on words: Tottenham hot splurge!
Pun: Ben spurs on Rose!
Play on words: Simon is spell hound!
Rhyme: Dream Team!
Play on words: Febrrrrry will start with chill for a week
Play on words: Breezy jets
Pun/Play on words: Frankly it's a mess!
Play on words: ..And we're on frightpath!
Wednesday 21st January- Role play
In our English lesson today, the children acted in role of evacuees, as part of our World War Two topic. They acted out different roles, such as children, parents and teachers. We used freeze framing to find out how they felt at various parts of the journey.
Tuesday 20th January- A Science investigation
In Science today, the children carried out an investigation to find out which materials made the best insulators. They covered four cups of water with different materials. These were bubble wrap, tin foil, tissue paper and fabric. Every two minutes the children used thermometers to monitor the temperature of each cup. Tin foil made the best insulator as the cup contained the warmest water after half an hour.
Sentence Openers - Monday 19th January 2015
Today in English the children have been learning to start their sentences in exciting ways. Here are some examples of their work:
Rhia: However we were all sad about the city.
Mayci: Zany Mayci pranced onto the stage of The X Factor.
Katie: Sadly, I buried my dog in my green garden.
Charlie: Excitedly, I played Minecraft.
Olivia: Spotty leopards ran through the spooky woods.
Izzy: Graceful ballet dancers twirled elegantly.
Bradley: Then, I played with my Minecraft lego.
Ellie: After that, I had a strong man knock on my pink door.
Lily: Constantly, my sister kept asking "Can we open our presents?"
Keep up the brilliant work Willow class!
The children in Willow joined up with the children in Fern class for their first exciting lesson about World War Two. They acted in the role of children at school during World War Two. They were evacuated into an Anderson shelter (The Pod) and discussed what the conditions were like. I look forward to more exciting lessons based on our new topic!
I hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and are ready for another exciting term in Willow class!
Just a quick reminder that the children no longer have swimming sessions on Wednesdays. Instead, they will have an additional PE lesson each week. PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Thursdays.
Our next exciting topic is going to be World War 2. Here is a useful website if you would like to find out more about the topic:
Today (2.12.14) in Willow class, we have been exploring how personification is used in poetry. Here are some examples of sentences that we have written:
1) The wind chopped his way through the trees. (Leo)
2) The daffodils waved their yellow bonnets in the wind. (Lily and Olivia)
3) The wind violently pushed his way through the trees. (Mayci)
4) The snowman called Santa for help. (Ellie)
5) The refreshing pool whispered 'come!' to the holidaymakers. (Jasmine)
6) The lego figures whispered to each other on the shelves. (Charlie)
7) The teapots jumped off the shelf during the earthquake. (Katie)
8) The chocolate bar said 'goodbye,' as it melted in the hot sun. (Cole)
9) The refreshing pool shouted out to the holidaymakers. (Izzy)
10) The clothes in the washing machine shouted 'help, it's started again!' (Nicole)
Generalisers and Connectives
In Willow class today (24/11/14) we have been learning to start our sentences with generalisers and connectives. Here are some that we have thought of:
1) Occasionally, sharks swim to the shore and bite humans.
2) Occasionally, people go on holidays.
3) Many girls in Willow class like watching Frozen.
4) The majority of adults drive cars.
5) The majority of poodles have curly fur.
6) The majority of children in Willow class like eating chocolate.
7) Many flowers smell lovely.
8) Many people like eating chips.
9) Usually Mayci and Ella sit together in school.
10) Usually Liverpool win their games.