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What's happening in Willow Class?
Moving into the second half of the Spring term, the children have much to cover - most notably in the core curriculum areas of English and Mathematics.
In English, the themes for composition element of the children's writing will include both narrative and non-narrative, formal and informal, the creative and the constrained. The half-term begins with the children writing an interview (as part of the School's celebration of World Book Day). The focus will be upon the order of the questions, and the ability to derive a question from the previous answer of the interviewee. Both of these features contribute to the fluency of the exchange between interviewer and the person being interviewed.
There will also be the opportunity to write creatively. Among our narrative pieces this term, children will develop settings and characters with the purpose of engaging the reader in a story opening. This will then broaden out to encompass the way in which traditional tales are composed, offering children the chance, at text level, to develop the plot, while displaying, at sentence level, different structures and a range of grammatical features that will include commas, dashes, brackets and hyphens.
It is hoped that there will be enough time to study the style of biographies and autobiographies. Most children tend to enjoy writing about themselves and this motivation will, it is hoped, inspire some interesting recounts of memorable events in their lives. As well as this, children will hear a detailed account of the childhood of Charles Dickens, from which they will practise note-taking skills and exercise their judgement as to the most relevant information to select for their own biographical account.
There are many mathematical topics that the children would benefit from studying. Some of these, such as fractions and algebra will be looked at in the early part of the summer term. Before then, however, the children will be busy learning more about angles, 2-D and 3-D shapes, co-ordinates, time, and graphs, tables and charts.
Alongside all the above, there are still the other subjects to fit in - most notably Science. It is hoped that the children will improve their understanding of electricity through practical investigation, and of the life cycles of plants and some creatures, including humans. Foremost, however, will be the life cycle of flowering plants, and this will be studied through the research of both visual and written resources.