Year 4/5 - Willow Class
Class teacher : Mrs Keith
In every WillOW, there’s a WOW!
Welcome to the Willow class page. We are a class of 23 enthusiastic and individual students who all contribute to the Willow team. We are in the former Sky room, right next to Elm class. We are taught by Mrs Keith every day. In addition, we are taught RE on Monday afternoons by Mrs Millard, as well as indoor PE on Friday afternoons by Mrs Etchie.
Year 4 and 5 children are expected to continue to develop their independent working behaviours and become more responsible for their own learning. We learn in a variety of different ways, taking our direction from the National Curriculum. We enjoy asking questions, having interesting discussions and learning through doing.
Our topic for Autumn One is Ancient Greece. We share all of the same topic materials with Cedar and Elm Class. You can find out more about what we will all be up to on our Topic Web, ready to download below.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr Seuss
Our class will be building a community of enthusiastic readers. We are off to a good start with our new Willow Tree reading corner, which we hope will grow throughout the year. Mrs Keith loves hearing from students about their reading! Students who have found a great read will be encouraged to share with their peers by creating a recommendation for our “What are we reading?” wall. For our first class read, we voted between two books and chose The Boy at the Back of the Class. This story about the power of friendship and kindness will give us plenty to think about as we work to become a class team!
Reading is so important – it supports learning across every single area of the curriculum. As part of their homework, students are expected to read ten pages a day, five days a week, and log it in their reading record books. Each student will have a designated day on which his or her reading record will be checked. You can support them by reading regularly with them and discussing the texts they read. For fiction texts, you could discuss the genre, plot, characters, endings, language used etc. For non-fiction texts, discuss the type of text, its purpose, audience and structure. There are some question ideas in your child's reading record.
There is a site providing free eBooks! https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
In Maths we will focus on the instant recall of times tables and number bonds. Children are expected to have a quick recall of all times tables from 1x - 12 x 12.
Spellings are given out every Friday and tested the following Friday. Children are given two copies of the spelling list: one to keep in their tray, to practice during quiet moments in the school day, and another set to take home.
Supporting your child
For most of us, coming back to school represents a big change and all of us will react in different ways and, sometimes, at different speeds. Willow class will be working hard on our resilience and on supporting each other as a class team. If you are concerned about your child’s transition back to school or their mental health, here are some resources that may help: