Willow Class (Year 4)

Welcome to Willow Class
Willow Class is a Year 4 class. Mrs Chapman is the class teacher. They have support from our teaching assistant Mrs Cessford. 
On Wednesdays  afternoon, Mrs Cessford takes them swimming  whilst the class teacher has their PPA time. 
Willow Class
Our weekly timetable is as follows:
TUESDAY -  we have a forest school session in the afternoon  so wellies are needed in school.
WEDNESDAY - Year 4 go swimming in the afternoon and should bring their swimming kits with them to change at Morpeth.
THURSDAY - reading books are taken in and changed and reading is logged for the reading ladder.
FRIDAY - This is our PE day, children should come to school in their PE kits. ALSO we go to the library, reading books come home and spellings are completed and reset. 
Welcome to Willow Class
What we have been up to throughout the year:

AFRICAN ARTS WEEK – WB: 11th September

What a wonderful time we have had this week developing our Art skills to display in an exhibition at the end of the week. We started by working with artist Katherine Renton to create our own pinch pots out of clay. We had to use the blending technique to attach the neck, ears, antenna, legs and tail on after we had moulded the pot. Once it was dry, we gave the pots a PVA coating, then painted them white before applying our training on mixing tints to give our giraffes our preferred shade of yellow. We practised fine line drawing with the paintbrushes and added the patterns. Meanwhile in class, we learnt about Edward Tinga Tinga, we learnt about the artist, explored contrasting colours and then made careful observations to draw and paint our own Tinga Tinga inspired elephant art work. For the patterned border we reapplied our fine line drawing to make intricate contrasting colour patterns.

EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES  - Tuesday 26th September 
This year for EDL we focussed on Germany. The children started by listening to a letter from a German boy Johann who explained about what a typical day may be like for him. They discussed what they had learnt and recorded these facts in a concept map. Later they watched a range of information videos and added additional facts to their plan, presenting the facts they have learn on canva in a presentation. Also through the day they listened to the animated story of Little Red Riding in German, tasted German food, learnt a show hitting dance and took part in a quiz as a school at the end of the day. 
HANCOCK AND QUAYSIDE VISIT  - Thursday 16th November 
We had an action packed day in Newcastle to support our curriculum. We started at the Hancock, reinforcing their work on the stone age. The museum provided two resource cases including fossils and a stone age village discovery near by in Low Hauxley (which we helped with nearly ten years ago). After exploring the museum a little such as the animals, Romans and Egyptians we headed to the quayside. Firstly, we travelled over the millennium bridge and viewed al the bridges and mega structures from the impressive viewing platform. We then went to look at the Bessie Surtees building, making comparisons to when we did Tudor buildings in KS1 as part of our Great Fire of London topic. Finally, after heading over the swing ridge we marvelled at the impressiveness of the glasshouse. It was an exhausting but truly impressive trip.