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The Windrush Journey


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This half term, Willow Class will study the history and some of the geography of the West Indies and its people. We will investigate the British involvement, leading up to the Windrush Journey in 1948 and the subsequent effect this epic journey had, not only its occupants, but on many that followed and consequently on Post War Britain.


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We will also listen to Calyso and Reggae music, design and make our own musical instrument and headress, ready to present in our class assembly at the end of this half term.

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In English, we will start with reading and performing some Caribbean poetry including poetry from Benjamin Zephaniah and Grace Nicholls. We will then write some of our own Caribbean style poetry. Next, we will analyse and then write newspaper reports about the Windrush journey and finally this half term, we will write diary entries from the point of view of the West Indian immigrants about their life in post-war Britain, using first hand interviews from 'Home Coming - Voices of the Windrush Generation' by Colin Grant.


We will continue to develop our writing, by extending our sentence structure, including relevant and exciting vocabulary and using punctuation to enhance the experience of our readers.

We will continue to develop our fluency, comprehension and love for reading by chosing great texts and reading regularly in school and at home.

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In maths, we will begin this term with perimeter, moving on to multiplication and division. We will continue to use the concrete, pictoral and abstract model of learning that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils and the bar model to support problem solving.

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Please continue to encourage your children to learn their times tables. A 'little and often' approach is the best way to ensure secure knowledge of the multiplication and division facts and these can be practised on the Times Table Rockstar Website.

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For our science this half term, we are continuing to work scientifically to now investigate and learn about...


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In our Learning Outside the Classroom sessions (usuallyThursday afternoons) we will be concentrating on: 

Bio Diversity and Survival Skills

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We will continue to run the Daily Mile, weather permitting, so please remember to have trainers in school every day.

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In PE, we will be learning some dance routines, ready to perform at the Dance Festival on 25th March. 

We will also to continue developing our rugby skills in our weeklyTag Rugby sessions.

Please ensure that PE kits are in school every day.

Thank you!

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