Welcome to Willow Class
Teachers: Miss Knight
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Smith
Welcome to Willow Class. We are a mixed year 4 and 5 class.
It is our aim to provide an insight to out everyday learning activities on this page of our website.
In Willow, we focus on securing children's fluency in the four operations, which include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our aim is to ensure that children develop their confidence with efficient written and mental methods, children should also develop the ability to solve a range of problems.
We follow the Maths Mastery approach in order to deepen the children's understanding of mathematical concepts. The Mastery approach helps children acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
During our Maths lessons, children experience a range of mathematical representations to key concepts. This allows children to embed the systems and operations that children are learning, as well as giving them the opportunity to discuss relationships and patterns mathematically.
By the end of Year 4, children should have memorised their times tables, up to and including the 12 times table. This is supported through Maths fluency lessons, which will include times table games and activities to stimulate the children's learning.
In English lessons, we cover a range of skills which enable children to communicate their ideas with the wider world.
Our writing is inspired by a key text which children will spend time looking at in detail. Learning is supplemented through a range of experiences that are based around our key text. This might include writing stories, poems, letters, information texts and instructional texts.
We understand the importance of reading and how it allows children to acquire knowledge and build on what they already know. Through reading in particular, children have the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Therefore, reading is key to developing learning in English.
Children in Willow take part in Guided Reading sessions. This focuses on two concepts, word reading and comprehension. During our Guided Reading sessions, children use the acronym VIPERS to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains that are part of the UK's reading curriculum, these are:
Sequence or Summarise
We provide opportunities for children to read daily and promote a continued love of reading at home through encouraging the completion of a reading journal.
Science is a core subject in Primary school and it is essential that we develop children's ability to think and work scientifically. It is our aim to ensure that children are provided with opportunities to explore science in a range of exciting and practical ways.
In Years 4 and 5, children are encouraged to ask questions about key scientific concepts. They are then able to explore, investigate and conduct experiments to find the answers for themselves. As they do this, they will learn about concepts such as fair testing, taking measurements, gathering and recording data and reporting their findings.
We also provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges to further encourage the development of scientific skills.
In Willow, children engage in a series of Science topics, including: all living things, properties, changes of materials, sound, forces and Earth and Space.