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Welcome to Willow Class!

 

Welcome to Willow Class! We have a ‘can do’ attitude and love learning in lots of different ways. Our class has children from Reception to Year Two and we all help each other to be happy learners. Our lessons promote our creativity and independence; often learning through investigation and problem solving. 

Stay Safe with Thomas!

 

Willow class took part in a live read of 'Stay Safe with Thomas'. The children heard and followed the story which was even read by a real train engineer. We learnt how to stay safe near railway tracks - ask us to test our knowledge! Then we took part in quiz alongside all the other schools watching from around the UK. Matlock Bath came 2nd - well done Willow Class! We even got a shout out from Network Rail, we were all very excited (have a look at the picture!) 

Stay Safe with Thomas!

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Willow Class visited Cromford Mill as part of our topic 'Marvellous Matlock Bath'. We became mill workers for the day and were put to work! The children signed their contracts agreeing to work and then we learnt to card cotton. It's harder than it looks! After a well deserved lunch, we went for a walk around Cromford Mill and the village. Dressed as workers we saw the houses where they would have lived and the allotment where their vegetables would grow. We even got to see 'the lock up' where children would go if they didn't make the right choice... 

 

A fun-filled day had by all!

Valentine's Treats-Homemade with Love❤️

The Time Machine

This half term we are travelling through time to find out about famous explorers, exciting events and what childhood was like in the past. The children have been super researchers so far and today we even had some special visitors in school to talk about their school experiences and childhoods. We are excited to share what we learnt and also to talk about the objects and questionnaires that families have very kindly shared from home. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped!

 

Here are some pictures from today's interviews...

Jayson's poem recital!

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Sparkle and Shine!

In our topic this half term we have enjoyed learning about different celebrations from around the World. We have acted out traditional stories; produced wonderful artwork; written poetry; made sweets and even danced! Who knows what we will find out about in the final three weeks?...

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Number lines in Magic Maths!

Autumn 1 'Who's been eating my porridge?'

 

In Willow Class this half term we are enjoying exploring traditional tales. We are developing our love of reading and writing skills to write our own, fun-filled version of a traditional tale. Also in our topic sessions we have been learning about moving pictures and their mechanisms. We can't wait to apply this new learning to design and make our own moving picture for part of a traditional tale.

Families are welcome to join us  at the beginning of our school day until 9:15am on 24/10/18 to share the finished outcomes! 

See  below photos of some of the mechanisms we've practiced making so far....

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the older children come to help us in our classroom! We made some Challah bread when we were learning about Shabbat and Judaism.

Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork for Father's Day

Dance Festival

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I was incredibly proud of the fantastic performance Willow Class gave in front of a huge audience at Anthony Gell! The children worked hard to learn, practice and perform a routine which the lovely Mrs Forrester from Anthony Gell taught them. It was so nice to see the children not only enjoying their performance, but also watching dances from other children, all the way up to year 11. Once again their enthusiasm was fabulous- well done!
Here is a video of the rehearsal...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

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A Day in the Life of a Mill Worker

 

Willow Class enjoyed a fantastic trip to Cromford Mills where they played the parts of child mill workers. They were super stars; getting stuck into the activities and impressing the adults with their beautiful manners and hard work. 

 

Thank you to all the staff at Cromford Mill as well as Mrs Gostick and Mr Holt for all your help and enthusiasm.

 

Take a look at some of the action from a thoroughly enjoyable day...

 

OUTDOOR PAINTING FUN! Willow Class had a fabulous time changing colour tints and using natural materials in their paintings. They took advantantage of the wet paving stones to help them blend, leaving a beautiful effect. What messy fun! A big thank you to Mrs Gostick for your creativity and organisation.

We got out and about in Matlock Bath to find out more about our local area...

Willow Class meet Wilson!

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Cooking with ingredients from our garden

Searching for minibeasts

Animal Aboriginal Art

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