Welcome to Willow Tree Class!
A very warm welcome to Willow Tree children and parents, thank you for visiting our class page! We will be having lots of fun adventures so make sure you check out this page to find out about all the things we get up to!
Phonics is very important, especially in year 1 so we've left some useful links and games below that you can use at home!
On Friday 11th October the amazing Spud and Yam came to visit our school. Willow tree had a lovely time singing along to traditional African songs as well as having the opportunity to play instruments for themselves!
Our reading corner is based on the wonderful book 'Super Daisy' by Nick Sharrat. The children absolutely loved the story and our reading corner gives the children a chance to turn into superhero's while they are reading. Take a look below!
Willow Tree Class 2018-2019
Useful links and information
Alert Alert Alert!!!
Willow Tree Class has their class assembly this Friday, 3rd of May, at 10.00 am.
Come and support us in our first class assembly of Year 1.
After learning about pollution and how plastic is harming our environment, the children have decided to recycle plastic lids to create something beautiful.
When we collected enough lids, we separated them by colours. We then decided on the design, creation, and we glued the lids on. We presented our work at our assembly to celebrate Earth Day.
This week some eggs have arrived at our school. Few days later...8 of them have hatched and now we have 8 beautiful, fluffy chicks. What a great way to learn about the life cycle of animals!
As part of our PSHE lessons, the Life Bus came to our school to teach us about 'My Wonderful body'.
We met Harold the giraffe who taught us about healthy eating.
We learned parts of our body and how we should look after it.
Michal "dairy food is good for our teeth"
Elisa "I loved when the light went off and all the stars were on the ceiling"
Rania "my favourite part was when Kiki and Derek had a fight and then Harold helped them to resolve it"
Chase "proteins make our muscles stronger"
Important information: As you probably know, during this term, the children will be taking part in the phonics screening test, so that the school can check each pupil's knowledge and progress.
In order to help your children in the days leading up to the test, I have put together a list of activities you could do at home and uploaded links to videos and websites to support them with with reading and phonics generally. Click on the document below:
We started our new Topic 'Under Da Sea' with a special treat from one of our parents. Mrs Farsoun came to our school to show us 3D videos of different seascapes around the world. We visited America, Mexico, Hawaii and Australia and never left our school!
We continued our learning about the underwater world with a fantastic day at the Sea life Aquarium. We saw sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, tropical fish and we even touched a star fish. It was a great day and we learned so many things about the ocean and its creatures.
We were so inspired by the colourful underwater world that in the following weeks we made clay sculptures of sea creatures in our D&T lessons.
In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of place value and learning different strategies to solve additions. We even drew our own number line in the playground and jumped in Tens and Ones!
In English we have been learning to write instructions using imperative verbs and time conjunctions, to make our very own Wild Thing sock puppets, inspired by the book "Where the Wild Things are".
In RE we have been retelling Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem and reflecting on the days leading up to Good Friday.
The children have also been using their fine motor skills to weave the handles for their Easter baskets.
On a sunny Monday afternoon, during our Science lesson, the children found something unusual in the school garden...
What a fun way to discuss the different types of animals; herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Ask your child how they identified each type of animal and what they have learned.
Willow Tree class was transformed into a mini version of Willesden High road for our Geography lessons.
We looked at aerial maps of Willesden Green and used it, together with our knowledge of the area, to build our own 3D map in order to learn directions.
We wish you all a lovely Easter and we are looking forward to seeing the children , rested and ready for another exciting term, on Tuesday 23rd April.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Act of Worship this morning.
The children were really happy and proud to share their learning of songs and prayers with you.
As always, we have been really busy:
In History, we have been looking back in time to see how things have changed, focusing on how houses have transformed through years. At the end of the topic, we are going to create rooms in 'olden days' style, using recycled shoes boxes.
In Science, we have been looking at 'Materials'. In our Gardening lessons, we have classified the material in 'natural' and 'man-made'.
At the beginning of the Spring term, we looked at the features of Performing Poems. in English. Inspired by the poem 'Down by the School Gate' by Wes Magee, we have written our own Performance Poem.
First, we went into the garden, collecting sounds then, we worked in groups to put our own sounds together; we used rhyming, rhythm, repetition and some alliterations to write our own poems.
In Maths, we have been learning to use different strategies to solve Addition and Subtraction simple word problems. We have been learning shape properties and classified them in 2D and 3D. We went on a shape hunt around our school garden and identified 2D and 3D shapes in the environment.
We had an assembly on Healthy Eating this week. We learned how many portions of fruits and vegetables we should eat in a day and how important it is to exercise in order to keep healthy.
Linking it with History, we looked at food eaten in the past; how ingredients have changed and which food we still eat. We then decided to make our own vegetable soup.
We made a list of the vegetables we should use, we went to Sainsbury's and bought lots of vegetables. On our way back, we stopped in our school garden to harvest the chard, cabbage and kale planted last year. The vegetables were chopped, cooked and eaten by the children. They all loved our vegetable soup...No leftovers!
We have been thinking about our world, how to respect it and take care of it. We have recycled plastic bottles and made Christmas decorations to sell at our Christmas Fair.
In class we have been reading the story of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and used Makaton sign language to retell the story.
We have thought about feelings, how we can be a good friend, care about each other and make good choices. This links with our whole school ethos, Golden Rules and British Values.
As we are now entering the Advent season, we have been thinking about what Advent means for us and how we prepare for Christmas.
We have written messages on small cards and made them into our Advent Calendar.
We have also made an Advent wreath using recycled plastic bags and twigs from our school garden.
The children have been busy practising their lines and singing the songs for our Christmas production, they are amazing!!
Thank you for your support.