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Moor Hey School
A Mathematics and Computing Specialist College

Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class 


Teacher: Mr D. Earl

TAs: Mrs A. Stewart 

   Mrs A. Preston


We have 9 wonderful boys in our class. As a class we are settling in well and enjoying our rainbow curriculum. We have lots of new routines and structures in school and the boys are being superstars in following these! Well done Willow!

We do lots of activities every week, here you will find a couple of activities from each week that we want to share with you. 


We are going to be looking at plants in our art, science and topic work. We will be doing some super map work involving countries and their capital cities. We will also be doing some super fun work related to knights and castles. Our final topic for this year will be holidays. 


In maths we are going to be focussing on measures, addition/subtraction, place value, fractions and word problems. 


In our literacy sessions we are going to read The Magic Finger, Secret of Platform 13, report writing and continue our phonics and suffixes work. 


This term we are going to be studying volcanoes and earthquakes; forces and magnets; winter art; rainforests and the Romans. 


In maths we are going to be focussing on time, doubling/halving, multiplying/dividing and word problems. 


In our literacy sessions we are going to read The BFG, winter poetry, and continue our phonics and suffixes work. 


In PE we are going to be playing dodgeball and learning football skills. 

Week beginning 30.11.30


This week in Literacy we have been looking at prefix's and suffix's.  We have also listened to some stories and poems.

As we have looked at what a friend is this week.  We drew around one of our classmates. On one side we wrote good points and on the other we wrote bad points of what makes a good or bad friend. In circle time we filled in a questionnaire and tried to be as honest as possible about sharing and taking turns. To finish off the lesson we made mobiles with a picture of ourselves in the middle surrounded by our eight class friends and we added two kind comments for each friend.  We have also been enjoying doing our daily wake up and shake up to just dance.

Numeracy this week has been about telling the time.  We have looked at O'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to.  We have also looked at Bigger than = > and smaller that = <.

Topic this week we have continued to learn about Australia. We have made our own digeridoo's and learnt about their history.


Week Beginning 16.11.20  Anti Bullying Week


This week in Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes.  We have been looking at symmetry, number of sides and angles and if shapes are regular or irregular. We then looked at 3D shapes with uneven and even sides and prisms. We also learnt about position, direction and movement were we followed instructions clockwise and anti-clockwise.

In Literacy we have learnt what an exclamation mark is used for, we then used it in our writing. 

With it being Anti-bullying week Mr Earl gave us all a part in a play called 'The Shop'. This was so much fun and we really enjoyed acting. So with Mr Earl's help we wrote the 2nd part of the play.  Our performances were filmed for all the other children in school to watch. 

Our Communication Makaton signs this week are please and thank you.  We have also enjoyed playing pass the bomb and I went to the shop to buy....

As we have now finished our S.T.E.M module we have moved onto British Values and S.M.S.C. (Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual).  This week we have covered 'All about Me' were we have learnt how important we are as individuals and that being different to each other is good. We then made bracelets or key chains with a statement about ourselves.  

This week we have started our new topic Australia. We have looked at Australia's capitol city and famous landmarks.  We are also comparing the difference between the Australian and British climate over this week and next, and learning about how our seasons are opposite.  Australians make sandmen instead of snowmen at Christmas!  We have also been learning about animals that are native to Australia.  Did you know that a Koala Bear is a marsupial?

One of our favourite activities this week was cooking.  Mr Earl found a traditional Australia recipe for Anzac biscuits.

The Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit, popular in Australia and New Zealand, made using rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, boiling water, and desiccated coconut. Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps established in World War I. Below is the recipe.





  • STEP 1

Heat oven to180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.

  • STEP 2

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients.

  • STEP 3

Put a dessert spoonful of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets, about 2.5cm/1in apart to allow room for spreading. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To finish off this week we have create our own aboriginal piece of art using dots and traditional colours.


Week beginning  9.11.20

This week we have continued with our topic Superhero's.  In Literacy we have been looking at noun phrases and have been developing our dictionary skills. We have also been using adjectives in our writing.  In numeracy we have been doing place value of numbers.  We have also used our times tables.  We have  looked at different artists, in particularly Roy Litchenstein and Andy Warhol, we then created our own pictures using the same effects used by the artists. On Wednesday we had a special day in school for Remembrance Day. We made poppies and a poppy wreath. We also pretended that we were a soldier and sent a letter home about what it was like in the trenches. Using the word REMEMBER we made our own acrostic poem. 

Week Beginning 2.11.20

Welcome back after half term.  

There have been a few changes in our class upon our return.  Mr Earl is now our Class Teacher with our TA's Mrs Stewart and Mrs Feeney.  We would also like to welcome a new pupil to our class this week.

This week our Topic has been Superhero's.  We have enjoyed many different activities.  We have made Superhero masks, puppets and written a poem using onomatopoeia about Superhero's. We have also made Superhero food.

In S.T.E.M. we have been learning about what caused the dinosaur's to become extinct.  Below are some photographs of our activities.


Week beginning 19/10

This week we are continuing to look at 'Healthy Bodies'. We looked specifically at teeth and blood within Monday's topic session. We created our own 'blood' sensory bottle using different objects to represent parts of the blood. We used: white marshmallows for white blood cells, red orbys for red blood cells and glitter for plasma. Here we are with the finished products! 







We looked at the types of teeth we have in our mouths and what they are used for. We also practiced brushing them properly using bottle bottoms, toothpaste and toothbrushes. 








Week beginning 12/10

This week we have been looking at non-fiction texts, ready to create our own non-chronological reports. We took a look at some non-fiction books in our classroom and put our investigator hats on to try and identify key features of this kind of text. 




These are the ideas that we came up with! They are fab!


We then tried to find these different things in some non-chronological reports using our weapon of choice (highlighters). Here we are doing it brilliantly! 




In our topic this week we have been looking at healthy bodies. We have explored what it's like to be in the digestive system!


First, you can find us pushing and pulling like teeth, swooshing the waddles like our tongues and being squirted with water just like saliva.

Then, we went through the tunnel (oesophagus) whilst our friends were gently pushing down on this (like muscles contracting). 

We landed in the stomach and made our way through the small intestine. Once we got there we used the water squirters to suck up the nutrients and send them into our blood stream. 

Finally, we got to the large intestine where we sorted through the waste and sent it through to poo! (Of course whilst doing this we made lots of trumping noises)


We had so much fun doing this activity and continued our learning on Friday by labelling the parts of the digestive system! 


Here are some pictures from the activity! 


  This first picture is our digestive system! 








Week beginning 05/10

In our numeracy sessions this week, we have been looking at money- using coins to make different amounts, adding amounts and some of us have been looking at checking change. On Friday of this week, we spent some money in our own Willow shop buying some tasty treats for our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film. 






In our topic this week, we have been looking at Chocolate. We planned and made our very own chocolates, we went to the Willow Wonka Chocolate Factory. We made our own packaging out of 3d nets and created our own golden tickets. It was so much fun! 



 Riley and Curtis on the Willow Wonka train with their golden tickets!





Week Beginning 28/09


This week our topic is Chocolate! In our topic session on Monday we looked at how chocolate is made. In our literacy session on Tuesday we created storyboards to show the process of how chocolate is made. We had a challenge to include some different types of words: time connectives, adverbs, adjectives and bossy verbs. See if you can spot any! 


We had a busy week this week! We looked at the history of chocolate and made timelines to show this. Here are a couple of them to show you...




It was very busy work, so we took a sensory brain break and played with our chocolate playdough in between! 







Week beginning 21/09

This week in our literacy sessions we have been looking at instructions. We did a couple of activities where we had to listen to and follow instructions given. We created our fruit kebabs by doing this, here we are making them...





We followed the instructions fabulously and the kebabs were super tasty! 

As part of our African topic we have made an African Savannah habitat. We used lots of different resources to create our Savannah's, they turned out wonderfully! 










Week beginning 14/09



In our numeracy we have been working in groups to complete different activities. Some of us have been working on halving numbers. Others have been working on ordering numbers to 100 and greater/smaller numbers. Another group has been doing word problems involving addition. We are clever clogs in Willow!


Here are some of the things we have been busy with this week...









In our topic sessions over the last couple of weeks we have looked at Africa. This week we focused on Nairobi- the capital of Kenya. We compared where people lived- in Nairobi city and slums in Kibera. We used google Earth to explore the streets and went on to create our own junk models of them. We worked together to build and share ideas and the final product is amazing!


Our junk model city

  • Big and tall buildings
  • Swimming pool
  • Factory
  • Windows 
  • Security guards



Our junk model slum

  • Small buildings with tin roofs
  • Cyber cafe
  • Roads with lots of rubbish​​​​​​​


Week beginning 07/09


Daily Number

We have been doing lots of little activities in our daily number. This week we looked at some shape activities. We made patterns and pictures out of 2d shapes. We persisted with the tricky ones and we took our own pictures (below) using the Ipad.





Keep focused

During one of our keep focused sessions we have completed some lego therapy. During this session we have built up lots of different skills: fine motor skills, patience, following instructions, shape and spacial awareness and resilience. The children have had a fabulous time building them and even played with them after. Well done Willow! 








Week beginning 31/08

This week in our communication sessions we have been looking in our curiosity cube! Inside the curiosity cube were things that nearly all the boys were familiar with... 


A play station controller, play station games and headphones


We tried to answer some of the questions surrounding the box:
-What is it?
-Who it belongs to? 
-How does it work?

-What is it used for>?


We had some fantastic answers!



In Topic this week we were looking at 'All about me'. We explored how we were different and as a fun and tasty activity, we created our faces on biscuits! They were delicious!