This week Willow Class have been busy making some special cards. Today we went on a walk to the post box to post our cards home for our mums. We have been learning about our address, and lots of children were able to remember their address when writing their envelope.
Before we set off we talked about how we would stay safe on our walk and the children had some good ideas. They remembered about staying on the 'safe side' of the pavement from our road safety talk earlier in the year.
When we got to the post box all the children posted their card (we posted Riley M's for him because he was poorly today) and we all had a good look at the postbox. The children found the key hole that the postman would use to unlock the postbox ready to take the cards to the sorting office. We also looked at the time that the postbox was emptied each day.
When we had finished we walked safely back to school.
We hope all the mum's reiecevd their special surprise in time for Mother's Day!
Willow Class were very very excited to be going out to Forest School today for their first fire.
They have been learning the rules over many weeks and can now be trusted to follow the rules and stay safe.
First we made the pancake batter in the classroom, we weighed out the flour and whisked in the eggs and milk. We talked about the words 'scales', whisk' and 'ladle' as these words were new to many of the children. Then we got ready to go to Forest School. On the way we stopped at the silver birch tree to collect some sticks and twigs. We learnt that silver birch wood is very good for lighting a fire because of the oils in the bark. The children sat at the log circle and snapped the birch into smaller twigs ready for the fire. We remembered from our Silly Science session what fire needs to burn - 'fuel, oxygen and heat' .
Miss Perkins lit the fire using some cotton wool and a flint and steel. It was very exciting, Keaton said, "this is the best Forest School ever!"
Cody said, "I can see it, I can see the flames, it's burning."
The children saw how blowing more air on the fire made the flames bigger as the fire had more oxygen.
Nevaeh said, "the flames are going massive now, be careful Miss Perkins."
Some children had a go at making a spark with the flint and steel with Mrs Benellick, it was quite tricky but a few children were able to do it.
When the fire was hot enough we cooked our first pancake. The children noticed how the batter changed as it cooked and how the wood changed as it was burnt by the flames.
All the children wanted to try some pancake and enjoyed adding their own topping. Lots of children wanted more pancake, luckily we had enough time to cook more for everyone who wanted seconds! 🥞
Before we went back to school we talked about how important it was to put the fire out properly. Even though it looked like the fire had gone out, it was still extremely hot and could be dangerous for animals or people. Some children carefully held their hand over the fire with Miss Perkins and could feel the heat coming from the burnt wood. Miss Perkins poured on lots of water. The children enjoyed the loud hissing sound as the water hit the hot embers. After lots of water had been added some children felt the fire again and this time said it was cold.
We had such a lovely morning outside in the sunshine together sharing a fun and exciting experience. The children can't wait to have another fire, they want to toast marshmallows and cook popcorn next time.
Willow Class joined the KS1 children in the hall for their exciting Silly Science session.
They learnt about what we need to make fire; fuel, oxygen and heat. They loved watching the flash cotton flash on fire!
They learnt about the force of gravity and watched it bring the rockets back down to the ground.
They watched some exciting chemical reactions!
Willow Class all looked amazing in their world book day costumes. We turned our carpet into a catwalk and the children enjoyed showing off their costumes, telling their friends about them and asking each other questions.
All the children wanted a turn and were confident to walk up and down our catwalk. Some even did some dancing, spinning or some in character acting!
Willow Class voted Bella as their Golden Ticket winner. They said that they loved her costume and thought that she was always a very kind friend. Well done Bella!
Grove Primary School are taking part in the Voices and Visions Art Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral. This years theme is called 'People and Places' and we are focusing our art work around the seven continents of the world.
Willow Class are looking at the continent of Europe.
We looked at planet earth on Google Earth and zoomed in on Europe, the United Kingdom and then England and Malvern.
The children are working together to create a big piece of art work that represents Europe. They have been practicing a range of skills and techniques to make different pictures and objects for the different countries.
During art week the children in Willow Class enjoyed improving their drawing skills by following the instructions of 'how to draw' sheets. They did some fantastic drawings of animals that live in Europe as well as sea creatures and aeroplanes.
Well done Willow Class. ✏️
When making some famous buildings in Europe, lots of children enjoyed the opportunity to begin to learn how to use a saw. They learnt how to stay safe by wearing a glove on their non sawing hand. They learnt to use light pressure while sliding the saw gently back and forth. Some children used the saw with support while others showed enough skill to have a go on their own.
We will continue learning to use saws in our Forest School sessions.
Some children enjoyed making some of Europe's famous buildings during their child initiated play.
This is Natan's model of the Eiffel Tower. This is Owen's model of the Colosseum.
Willow class had an amazing day in the Wyre Forest. The children were all excellent ambassadors for our school, behaving beautifully and being polite to members of the public. Well done everyone, your teachers are very proud and are looking forward to planning more trips for you this year.
We enjoyed looking at the animal sculptures that we found on our way around the forest. The children were able to use what they have been learning at school to help them name and talk the animals.
We found the Gruffalo ... he was asleep! We tried lots of things to wake him up, shouting, tickling, but he was still fast asleep!
We enjoyed our picnic lunch and even had time to explore the play area before we came home. Some of us were very tired and had a little nap on the way back, just like the Gruffalo!
The children in Willow Class have had a fun few weeks settling in and getting to know each other. They have been very busy exploring their new learning environments both inside and outside whilst learning new rules and routines. The adults in class have been finding out about the children's interests and abilities ready for new learning in the term ahead.
Willow Class are lucky to have lots of experienced adults working with them everyday to help with their learning.
Class Teacher - Miss Perkins
Full time Teaching Assistants - Miss Jones & Mrs Benellick
Part time Teaching Assistants - Miss Sparrey