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Willow Class - Year 5




Welcome to Willow Class



Welcome to Willow Class!


On this page, you will find information about the curriculum, upcoming events, photos and much more!


Class Teacher - Miss Arrandale


Teaching Assistant - Mrs May


PPA Cover - Mrs Bravery on a Thursday afternoon.

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2018!


This term our topic is Ancient Egyptians!

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Holding a debate

Happy Autumn Term 2 everyone! 


Just a ‘few’ notes:


Please continue to check the class page on the website for photos, information and class updates. A lot of time goes into this. There are also challenges for the children to complete. 


The children and I are very excited about the ‘Teach your Parent’ session. This will be a great chance for the children to share and embed their learning they have been doing in class. If it is a success we’d like to make it a termly occurrence. Please return slips as soon as you can. 


Homework will begin again this week- mathletics/ spellings/ spellodrome/ maths passport and CGP grammar book. 


Children will be beginning to plan the Christmas Fayre Young Enterprise stalls with their groups. Children and Parents are not allowed to provide any resources from home to be part of the stall apart from decoration. Children have a budget of £10 from school to spend on their stall. The winners will be the team who make the most profit added to their teamwork money points during planning sessions. All children will need to be available for the Christmas Fayre to run their stall in allotted sessions. If you are available to help in Willow class during the Christmas Fayre to support the children, a few extra adults on shift would be great.


If you think you can help with a Christmas Craft day in the last week of term, please let me know. Day to be confirmed. 


If you have any unique skills to support the curriculum that you would to share in a lesson with the class, please also let me know. 


Please share on the other parent group in case others are not on this group. Direct parents no on FB to the website. Many thanks, 


Miss A 

Term 2 Week 1

This week has been such a busy week!

On Monday, we learned all about Growth Mindset and how this can help in our learning. We organised our talk partner and discussed how a talk partnership can be successful for learning. We thought about our own goals and how we could achieve them. In the afternoon we began our gymnastics unit focusing on different types of jump and how to land safely.

On Tuesday, we went on a very exciting trip to the Dorchester Tutankhamen Exhibition. We saw so much, it was amazing. Check out the pictures above- well worth a visit as a family!

On Wednesday, we made our poppies for Rememberance Day and mind mapped everything we saw at the exhibition in order to write a leaflet to persuade other schools to visit. During the afternoon, we started our new RE unit learning all about how the Jewish people were waiting for a saviour or messiah to help them.

On Thursday and Friday, we wrote and published our leaflets about the exhibition and finished our 'Wanted!' posters as part of our RE. With Mrs Bravery, we began to think about the Christmas Fayre Young Enterprise stalls. Each year, Year 5 are given a budget of £10 to design a stall to run at the Christmas Fayre. The team who earns the most profit and money points for good team work will be crowned the winners! Prizes may be on offer! Next week, teams will be finalising their shopping list and deciding how much of their £10 to spend on resources.

On Friday, we also had our mindfulness session with Mr Anderson while some children attended the orienteering challenge. This week, we focused on the 5 finger breathing exercise and FOFBOC (feet on floor, bottom on chair). We also practiced our mountain pose and counting our breaths.

A great week for all! Well done!

Class Treat

Willow's class treat will happen on Tuesday 23rd October. They have chosen to wear pyjamas for the day and a DVD in the afternoon.


Week 7

WOW!! Look what appeared in our school field over the weekend!

Can you help the alien find the last 7 planets? What will our planet be like? Who will inhabit it? What will it look like? What land features will it have?

This week we will be writing stories based on the spaceship and the new seven planets discovered. We will have to use our imaginations to come up with an interesting story. We will be focusing on beginning sentences in different ways to ensure our writing has variety. Remember we are trying to begin sentences in different ways. Look out for the red words! An easy way to remember this is ADDSPICE:

A is for adverb. E.g. Anxiously, he crept towards the open door of the spaceship.

D is for drop in clause. E.g. The alien, who had a red and black spotty back, crept towards his spaceship.

D is for description. E.g. Eerie red mist was scattered across the barren floor.

S is for simile. E.g. As fast as a cheetah, he ran and ran until his legs could carry him no further.

P is for preposition. E.g. Across the galaxy, silence descended all around.

I is for Ing word. E.g. Dashing through the purple sparkling puddles, his boots became sodden and heavy.

C is for conjunction. E.g. As he chased the purple alien across the crunchy sand, he noticed his footsteps made no print.

E is for ed starter word. E.g. Amazed, he gazed towards the silouette on the horizon.

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Week 6 Part 2

During the second part of the week, we carried on with lots of exciting activities! During science, we tested absorbency of cloths in order to write our recommendations to Bestival. In English, we have been publishing our newspaper reports about the discovery of Tutankhamun.

In Maths this week, we have been learning about addition and solving problems related to this. Can you solve the problem below and bring your answer in to Miss Arrandale?

On Friday, the Salisbury Museum hosted our mini museum in the hall. All the artefacts from the classes looked amazing! Can you find yours? 

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Week 6

This week has been busy already! On Monday, we had a visit from the Salisbury Museum to talk about our mini museum which will happen on Friday. Can you remember what the word 'museum' meant?

On Tuesday, we made our artefacts for our mini museum. We made Egyptian bracelets and necklaces. Photos will be added shortly. Could you make your own Egyptian artefact at home and bring it in for our display?

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Week 5

In maths this week we have been learning to round number to any power of 10. We have still been learning about newspaper reports in English in preparation to write our own for the discovery of Tutankhamun next week. Can you find any facts about the discovery to enhance your newspaper report?

In Art, we began making Egyptian death masks with Mrs Bravery. In science, we planned and carried out an experiment to test the strength of paper. It was very exciting, especially when the paper snapped and the stones in the bucket spilled everywhere! Could you carry this test out at home to test different paper types?

Autumn Week 4

This week, we have begun our unit on newspaper reports in English. We have researched lots of different reports and tried to spot the main features. Using a well known fairy tale, we were able to innovate a pre-written report in order to practice the structure of a newspaper report. We retold the story of Little Red Riding Hood and interviewed characters through hot seating them.

Can you find any newspaper reports at home and bring them in for our working wall?


In maths, we have been comparing and ordering large numbers. On Friday, we started learning to round numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000.


In art, we have been designing Egyptian masks and didn't they look fantastic? See some examples below.

Autumn Week 3

This week we have been learning about the Egyptian myth Osiris and Seth. We started by reading and learning the story through acting small sections in groups. We then planned our own versions of the story using a story board. After this, we wrote our own versions which will be displayed on our Egyptian wall.

On Friday, we also had our Harvest Festival in the church. This was a lovely service and we created some prayers. Well done to those who read the prayers so well. In class, we have been thinking about what we are grateful for and looking at the fantastic work some charities do around the world.


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Parent Meeting

Thank you to those who came to the parent information meeting. For anyone who couldn't make it, you can find the powerpoint presentation below.


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We have had a very busy week getting back into the swing of school! Well done to all the children for settling in so well :-)


A few reminders:

  • Record daily reading in your Home Record (Dinosaur Diary).
  • Once you have finished a book, complete a book review in your green reading record. Then show this to Miss Arrandale.
  • Spelling sheets need to be completed by Monday.