Welcome to Summer Term in Unit 3
Year 6 'Go Ape' at Haldon
It was all smiles in Year 6 this week following a fantastic trip to Go Ape in Haldon forest. The children wowed the adults with their bravery, team work, kindness and respect for each other. They climbed high and low ropes, flew through the air on zip wires, took part in team games and played together in the park. It was lovely to see them support each other to overcome fears and enjoy the freedom of an outdoor setting.
“I enjoyed Go Ape because I faced my fear of height and completed the course. Now I love heights”. Hannah
“It was great to get outdoors”. Natalie
“It was extraordinary! The best day out ever” Tulaila
Year 6 Computing Lesson from Exeter College
After our successful visit last term, Mr Murray from Exeter College came into school to teach Year 6 in a computing lesson. As part of the lesson, the class were able to look at the inside of a computer, take it apart and put it back together again. Mr Murray also brought in his virtual reality headset, and the pupils were able to take it in turns to explore this technology for themselves. Many pupils commented on how strange it felt whilst wearing the headset!
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed this lesson, and especially learnt a lot about the inside of a computer.
Year 6 science investigation fun
Hawk class created their own lava lamps this week. They poured water into clear plastic cups, then poured vegetable oil on top. After a short while, the oil and water separated; the oil was at the top. A few drops of food colouring were added and the water at the bottom changed colour. An effervescent tablet was then dropped in - the reaction was quick and it really looked like a lava lamp.
The science behind the investigation: we found out that the oil rests on top of the water because it has a different density to water. The effervescent tablet (made from citric acid and sodium bicarbonate) reacts with water and forms carbon dioxide gas. Carbon dioxide bubbles carry the coloured water to the top. Have a look at the video below - the results was quite spectacular.
Year 6 SATs week
We are so proud of the hard work, commitment and determination displayed by our Year 6s during SATs week.
Well done to each and every one of you.
Year 5 sporting champions
Year 5 have been working really hard to improve their sporting skills, with the help of Exeter City Football Club. They have been taking part in a Move and Learn Project and have learned about Exercise and Fitness, The Body, Diet and Nutrition and Hydration. During their PE sessions, they have focussed on football, dodgeball and handball. Great work Year 5.
On Friday, Unit 3 spent the morning at the field building shelters. The children had to find the materials for themselves- thank you to all parents who helped them to find such a variety of materials to use.
The children had to use teamwork when building their shelters. There were many different designs, including some where a frame was built first, and some which were based more on the materials available, including cardboard boxes and wooden pallets.
To finish, all children enjoyed a picnic lunch inside their shelter.
Year 5 and 6 get creative
Unit 3 launched their new 'Survival' topic with a Design and Technology afternoon. The children worked in groups to think of ideas for a shelter and made their own prototype. They found different ways to join their parts of their structure and worked collaboratively to problem solve. We were really impressed by their team work and the end results were fantastic. The next steps will involve creating a detailed design, sourcing materials and making a shelter.
Year 5 Go Ape!
Year 5 and 6 Go Ape!! Kestral and Buzzard class had the most amazing time when they visited Go Ape. It was fantastic to see children conquer their fears and support each other to complete the challenges. Their bravery, manners and team spirit was clear to see and they represented Willowbank brilliantly.
Welcome to Spring Term 2019
World book day fun in Unit 3
Year 5 and 6 had a very creative world book day. The children arrived dressed in some amazing book character outfits. Each child took part in a rotation of activities including designing a book corner, creating a pop up book page and making videos about their favourite books. Great work Unit 3.
Year 6 visit Exeter College
Following our recent careers fair, Year 6 were invited to visit Exeter College for a tour of their city centre buildings. They watched a presentation about courses on offer at the college and had the opportunity look at some of the facilities around the different sites. Year 6s were really impressed by the art work on show and loved the gym and hairdressers onsite. It was a brilliant day and the children came away excited about their options for the future. Exeter College were very impressed by our Year 6s and congratulated the children on their ‘great enthusiasm and excellent behaviour’.
African drumming workshop
Unit 3 kicked off this half term with a musical theme. To support our Africa topic, the children in Year 5 and 6 took part in an African drumming workshop delivered by Shumba Arts. They learned some traditional West African rhythms using clapping, djembe drums, log drums and feels and shakers and created some amazing sounds.
The children fully embraced the experience and showed great determination and commitment. They were extremely proud of their achievements and were really keen to share their skills. We therefore called a whole school assembly and the children were given the opportunity to perform as a group. We were overwhelmed by their confidence and enthusiasm. Well done Unit 3.
Year 5 drumming
Unit 3 Careers Fair
The whole of Unit 3 took part in a hugely successful careers fair. Representatives were present from Devon County Council Human Resources Department, British Airways Cabin Crew, Devon and Cornwall Police Dog Handler, Civil Engineering, Exeter University, Exeter College alongside small business owners from Flo's Nails, The Distinguished Dog Company and Needs Cleaning Needs Company. Each child had the opportunity to speak to all representatives and they asked some well thought out questions. The children were really inspired by the event and came away with some amazing ideas for the future.
"Today was amazing.We learned so much and had so much fun". Kiya
A message to our visitors. "Thank you for spending time with us talking about your careers. You've inspired many young minds. Your love for your jobs sets an example to us" Alex.
All adults in school are incredibly proud of Year 5 and 6, who conducted themselves with maturity throughout the event and proved themselves to be great ambassadors for Willowbank School. Well done Unit 3.
Science in Year 6
Year 6 have been learning about electricity. They planned their own investigation to find out whether wire length would affect how components work in a circuit. They made their own predictions, carried out the investigations independently and discussed their results.
Fantastic work Year 6.
Our local Police Community Support Officers visited Year 6 to talk to them about internet safety. Year 6 listened really carefully and asked some well thought out, sensible questions.
Kestral and Buzzard classes will be visited next week. Further information can be found using the link below.
Home learning in Unit 3
Year 5 and 6 have been busy with their home learning projects. The children have been very enthusiastic about the range of suggested activities and we have already seen some amazing examples of cookery, art, story writing and poetry. Mrs Hillson was so impressed, she gave out Head Teachers awards to 3 members of Hawk class. Keep sending in your projects, we love to see them.
Unit 3 Careers fair - Wednesday 30th January at 9.30. If you would like to come along and talk to our Year 5/6s about your work please let us know.
Spring Term Theme - Africa
Our topic this term is Africa. At the start of the term, the children took part in an African art day. Everyone worked really hard and there were some amazing end results. There are definitely some budding artists in Year 5/6. Well done Unit 3.