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Willow Class


Willow Class


The Autumn term is all about The Aztec culture and civilisation. From the stunning start of Aztec weaving and mask making to the Mexiclore workshop finale encompassing Art, drama and dance. It is a fascinating topic learning about the lifestyles, the social structure and how the Aztecs worshipped. The Autumn Term also includes a trip to our local Surrey Heath Museum to learn more about local HighwayMen as part of learning to recite The HighwayMan by Alfred Noyes. Guildford Flames come in to school as part of their outreach program to help the children about the effects of drugs and alcohol on our bodies as part of our PSHE curriculum. Bikeability level 2 happens during this term too!


The return in the New Year coincides with the launch of a new topic, The Unsinkable Ship: Titanic. We will be learning about the time line of events, who was on aboard and why they were travelling to New York and beyond. In art, we will be learning how to manipulate lines to create different effects, inspired by Kadinsky. Our English lessons (through Talk for writing) will be linked to recounts in different formats. Our topic will end with a truly fascinating trip to the Sea City Museum, Southampton.


The week before February Half term traditionally is the week for the Year 6 residential trip. High Adventure, Zip Wire, Forest Adventure, Bushcraft and Den Building. It is always a privilege to accompany Year 6 on this trip and witness the exhilaration of overcoming a fear or accomplishing a new challenge.


As we move through the spring term, we approach the Year 6 end of keystage assessments ever faster. Our preparations will be well underway to ensure the children are feeling confident that we are teaching them well and they have lots of opportunity to learn skills and knowledge. During this period, it is essential that all home learning tasks are completed on time as the tasks will be revision and an opportunity to practise skills needed for the ‘SATs’. The importance of daily reading can not be stressed enough - reading for 20 minutes a day really does help to improve fluency and accuracy, reading speed and spelling too; plus the added bonus of different sentence structures and use of grammatical features.


Our Summer topic will be revealed after SATs.