Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class!

 
Mr Fox and Mrs Curd

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to Willow Class! 

 

 

Homework

Children are encouraged to read for a minimum of 5 times per week. They are given some opportunities in the week to complete an entry in their reading record. Please could parents ensure that their child/children's reading record is signed at the end of each week. If your child completes 5 reads, has their reading record signed off by an adult, and hands it in on a Monday, they will earn themselves 10 dojos, alongside the pleasure of enjoying a book.

Extra activities

Times tables and reading are always encouraged to be practiced at home and will benefit your child greatly with most tasks required of them within the school day. Children have been given reading, writing and maths targets which they should know to practice in their own time as well as in school.

I would encourage all parents to develop their child's understanding of concepts such as time and measurement, as well as practising times tables and division facts regularly, as it will help them a great deal throughout the year. 

For advice on how we teach maths at HPS, and how best you can support your child at home please refer to the wonderful page Mrs Flower has created here!

Reading

When reading with your child, asking them specific questions will enhance their comprehension skills and promote the idea of reading for pleasure.  For example,

Who were the most important characters in the story and why?

Tell me something you enjoyed about the part you just read.

How did a certain character feel when a particular event happened? How do you know?

What do you think might happen next?

Once they have finished reading a book, children are encouraged to complete a book review (available in the classroom), and a book spine to be added to our brilliant bookcase in the cloakroom.

P.E

For P.E this term, Key Stage 2 have P.E on a Monday morning. Both year 3 and 4 will need an indoor P.E kit as we will be inside. We will be learning about Dance, and moving to music. Mr Mawn, from the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP), teaches alongside Mr Fox, providing high quality and interesting lessons. For more information on NOSSP please visit their website. North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership

We will also be attending a number of sports festivals arranged by NOSSP this year. The first is a Small Schools Football Festival at Sibford School on October 3rd. These provide a tantastic oppurtunity for children to compete against other school. 

Later in the year, we will swimming at The Warriner School on a Wednesday afternoon, so it is vital that appropriate kit, a towel, and poolside shoes (e.g. flip flops) are brought in on a Wednesday. 

Music Steps

During the Autumn term, we are lucky enough to be learning to play the Violin or Cello with Sarah Bourne-Taylor. The whole-class lessons take place on a Tuesday morning, and the course will last 10 weeks. The course will culminate in a christmas performance, showcasing the skills the children have learned in the lessons. Please ensure that if your child takes their instrument home to practise, that it is looked after, and brought in on a Tuesday to be used in the lesson. It is an extremely exciting oppurtunity, and if your child is interested in taking their learning further, contact the school office, who will provide Sarah's contact details. 

Yearly overview 2017-18

To find out what your child will be learning about in this school year, please click here!

Topics

The topics this year are as follows. 

Autumn 1 - Woah, woah, woah it's Magic!

Our focus texts for this term are The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, and Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. These will provide a wonderful platform for imaginative writing, and hook the children with their intreging storylines. In Science we will be investigating Forces and Magnets, finding out whether it is magic or science when everyday items are attracted to something! The focus in Maths will be on Place Value, and constructing a deep understanding of number. Mr Green has something special planned for when Mr Fox is away with Rowan Class, so keep your eyes peeled, and we will be learning about Tag Rugby and string instruments, as stated above. 

Autumn 2 - Travel

Spring 1 - Europe

Spring 2 - Awesome Oxfordshire

Summer 1 - The Animal Kingdom

Summer 2 - Mega Structures

Each will inspire focus texts to be used in English, and other interesting lessons across the curriculum.

Please fell free to contact me at j.fox@horton.oxon.sch.uk with any questions or queries!