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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

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Badgers

Term 4

Welcome back! I hope you had a restful half-term and are ready for lots of exciting plans this term.

 

Chocolate  

This term our topic will be 'Chocolate'. The children will be learning how chocolate is made and where it comes from this term. We will also be focusing upon Cadbury's leading up to our exciting trip!

On the first day back after half-term the children will be taking part in a chocolate adventure which will involve: eating chocolate, designing chocolate and even playing some chocolate themed games! Miss Holliday cannot wait.

 

In Literacy we will be reading chocolate themed texts and the children will be planning and writing their own chocolate stories.

 

In Maths Badgers will be finishing their topic on multiplication and division and will be moving onto fractions.

 

Badgers will be going to Forest School this term.

There will be 2 groups as before and each group will alternate every week on a Wednesday morning. Your child will receive a letter home shortly telling them which group they are in.  Please remember to bring to school suitable clothing for outdoors!

 

Important Dates:

Cadbury's World Trip - Tuesday 5th March.

 

Parents Evening - 6th and 7th March

 

Break up for Easter - 5th April 

 

 

 

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This week we were very lucky to have a visit from a real life archaeologist. She showed us what she uses to find artefacts and some of us were even lucky enough to hold a Viking sword!

 

 

Maths

In Badgers we can now multiply 2 digit numbers together using both the grid method and the short method of multiplication. So this week we have been working in pairs to divide. We used our knowledge of times tables to help us to share out equal amounts. 

         

 

 

 

 

Term 3!

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Christmas break and New Year.

 

Vicious Vikings!

This term we will be travelling back in time turning the school into a real life museum! Each Key Stage will be focusing upon a different period in time.

In Badgers we will be learning all about Vicious Vikings. This is a great topic in which the children will have the opportunity to learn all about Viking lifestyles and even plan a Viking invasion of the school!

 

Throughout the term, Badgers will also be producing their own Viking artefacts, such as shields and Viking longboats which will be displayed throughout the school in our museum.

 

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In Maths the children will be finishing their topic on Addition and Subtraction and will be moving onto Multiplication and Division. Please encourage your child  to practise their times tables at home as this will really help in class. All children should have a login to Times Table Rockstars and are expected to play regularly at home to develop their fluency skills.

 

Don't forget swimming will continue on Thursday 10th January.

 

There will be no Forest School this term.

 

 

Reading for Pleasure!

On Friday afternoons the Badgers really enjoy sitting down with a good book. The children make sure they swap partners every week and read with someone they wouldn't normally read with. The children really enjoy this time and love sharing their favourite parts of their stories.

        

 

 

 

Amazing Africa!

Badgers have really immersed themselves into our African topic.

 

In Art the children have been creating their own African silhouette pictures. We have used chalk to create a sunset using oranges and reds.  The children then cut out a black animal outline to stick down, to create a silhouette effect.

 

Our African drumming workshop went down a treat! The children absolutely loved learning to play a drum and create different rhythms. Miss Holliday had a special job of playing in time with a larger drum. At the end the children enjoyed a song and dance to a traditional African song.

 

In Literacy the children have been planning and writing their own African stories. Miss Holliday has been blown away by the incredible descriptions of Africa. 

                                                                                                                

 

 

 

Term 2

 

Welcome back to one of the busiest terms of the year. This term the children will be looking at two topics throughout the eight weeks, starting with "Amazing Africa" and then moving onto "Christmas."

 

Amazing Africa!   

The children will be learning all about countries located within Africa, looking at the different climates and lifestyles and will even listen to some African music!

It will be a fantastic topic with many exciting opportunities for the children.

 

Christmas

Leading up to our annual Christmas Carol Concert, the children will be learning a range of well known Christmas songs. Badgers will even have the opportunity to make and taste their very own mince pies - how festive!

 

As well as busy topics, the children will be going to Forest School this term.

There will be 2 groups and each group will alternate every week on a Wednesday morning. Your child will receive a letter home shortly telling them which group they are in.  Please remember to bring to school suitable clothing for outdoors!

 

Important Dates!

Parents Evenings  - November 7th and 8th

KS2 Cinema Trip - Wednesday 14th November

Swimming starts - Thursday 15th November

Children in Need - Friday 16th November

INSET DAY - Monday 19th November

Christmas Fayre - Friday 7th December

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 14th December

BREAK UP 1PM FINISH - Thursday 20th December

 

 

 

 

Dots!

We have been looking at the story of "The Dot" in class and been linking this closely to our literacy topic on newspaper articles. The children have writing their own ideas about how the famous "Dot" could have been stolen. We have used drama to step out the key features of newspaper articles and will be writing up our final articles this coming week.

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Badgers have loved art this term and have produced some amazing art work using just dots. We studied pointillism and how you can create one big dot by using lots of little dots! We used different art medians to experiment, such as charcoal, chalk, felt tip pens and even watercolours! 

 

Don't forget spelling will be sent home on a Wednesday and should be returned by the following Monday.

 

Welcome back!

 

This year Miss Holliday will be the teacher in Badgers class and Mrs Oglesby will be the class TA.     

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School starts back on Thursday 6th September.

 

We will be starting a new topic in September called "Health and Happiness." The children will be learning about how to stay healthy and the effects of exercise on our bodies. This will start with our brilliant new "Fitness Fridays." We will be introducing new PE activities and games in which the children will do on Friday afternoons; this could include rounders, yoga or even football.

 

Please remember to bring in your PE kits ready for PE on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

 

In our topic we will also be thinking about positive mindsets. We will read a class book together called "Dot" which will closely link to our literacy lessons.

 

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 12th September - Meet the Teacher

 

Wednesday 18th September - House Team photos

 

Friday 20th September - Author visit

 

Friday 19th October - Break up for half term 3pm finish.

 

 

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