Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Willow Class Blog


Term 1 Week 4

It's been another busy week in Willow Class!  On Thursday afternoon, we all went to a cross country running competition at Stoke Row Primary.  Although the course was long and with uneven terrain, everyone ran brilliantly, showed excellent team spirit and were fantastic representatives of the school.  Well done Willow Class!

Despite all the trips out, we found time for English and maths learning too!  We planned and began to write our own Stone Age adventure story, using adverbials to add detail and move the story along.  In maths we ordered numbers and learnt about rounding numbers to the nearest 10.

Term 1 Week 4 Trip to the Earth Trust

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic trip to The Earth Trust where we spent the whole day outside learning about the Stone Age.  We looked at woolly mammoth bones, a Stone Age flint axe, and a bison vertebrae from the Stone Age.  We stormed an Iron Age hill fort, lit fires in the woods and worked in teams to make shelters.  A good day was had by all!

Term 1 Week 3

We have continued our science work by sorting rocks according to their properties.  We carried out experiments on different rocks to discover whether they are permeable or impermeable, whether they are durable and whether they have a high density (and sunk) or low density (and floated).  We then sorted them and looked for patterns.  We also continued our work on place value in maths by finding 1, 10 or 100 more or less.  Year 4 extended their knowledge by looking at thousands.  We thought about arguments for and against the question, 'Would you like to be a child living in the Stone Age?' After, we held a class debate with many good points and counter-arguments made.

Next week, we are looking forward to our trip to the Earth Trust and our cross-country competition at Stoke Row.

Pupil voice

I learnt what the words durable, permeable and impermeable mean

I know what a dugout boat was

I learnt how to say 'au revoir'

I learnt the A minor chord on the ukulele

Term 1 Week 2

This was our first full week back after the summer break and it was a busy one!

We continued our work on 'Stone Age Boy' looking at adverbials to describe time and place  such as 'as evening fell' and 'inside the dark cave'. We wrote postcards home as if we were the boy.  We also used drama to explore how the boy felt as he entered the cave.  We learnt more about cave paintings in history and recreated our own in art.  In science, we started learning about the three different different types of rock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  Everyone agreed our first swimming lesson was great fun!

Pupil voice

I can now count in 50s.

I learnt how to do a cave painting.

I learnt about the different parts of the brain.

I have started to learn the butterfly stroke.


Term 1 Week 1

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back to school this week and into Willow Class!  The children have come back to school full of energy and enthusiasm for the new term.

As well as settling into the class and welcoming new class members, we really got stuck into our new topic, 'The Sensational Stone Age'.  We started our work on 'Stone Age Boy' in English, and  in history we ordered key events in chronological order and started to think about the threats and assets the Stone Age people found in their natural habitat.  We also had our first ukulele lesson of the term with Mrs Davies.

Next week, we look forward to our first swimming lesson on Thursday.