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20 04, 2022

Jubilee!

By |2022-04-20T22:13:40+01:00April 20th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Jubilee!

Welcome to the Summer Term and to our final whole-school topic of the academic year. What could be more fitting (or motivating) than a national celebration... A jubilee! Over the next six weeks we will be building our knowledge of the Queen and her 70 year reign, learning all about our capital city and [...]

27 03, 2022

Let the Reading Rivers Flow!

By |2022-03-27T20:09:53+01:00March 27th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Let the Reading Rivers Flow!

Every child at Willow Brook was given the same homework task on World Book Day... to create their very own Reading River. In a simple picture map, everyone sailed from their earliest memory of books to charting the last book that they read. The results were staggering and the buzz of conversation as rivers [...]

24 03, 2022

Doing Something Funny for the Money!

By |2022-03-24T11:48:35+00:00March 24th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Doing Something Funny for the Money!

Red Nose Day was a day full of fun at Willow Brook! With over 24 acts reaching the afternoon final of The Willow Brook Comedy Show, the day lived up to its 'Funny is Power' theme! Imogen in Year 4 was our ultimate comedy champion with an 'improv' routine to rival Michael McIntyre and [...]

8 03, 2022

International Women’s Day at Willow Brook

By |2022-03-08T20:35:57+00:00March 8th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on International Women’s Day at Willow Brook

Today Willow Brook celebrated International Women's Day and made sure that every girl who shares our space knows that they are strong, valued and able to chase any dream that they might have! In assembly we thought about the number of girls (a staggering 130,000,000) who would not be going to school today... and [...]

4 03, 2022

A Wonderful World Book Day

By |2022-03-04T15:17:55+00:00March 4th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on A Wonderful World Book Day

In our pursuit of yet more reading happiness, Willow Brook children enjoyed a fabulous day celebrating the 25th World Book Day! Since the launch of our Waterstones Challenge, there has been a new enthusiasm for reading around school - new authors and recently released texts have filled the classroom shelves and the best of [...]

28 02, 2022

Life Savers!

By |2022-03-04T15:24:20+00:00February 28th, 2022|Class 4, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Life Savers!

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Tim Baker into school this week to arm Year 4 with the knowledge they might need in a situation of life and death! Tim is a doctor who often works on the air ambulance, and he was keen to make sure that Willow Brook children understood some first [...]

17 02, 2022

Futuropolis

By |2022-02-17T21:48:48+00:00February 17th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Futuropolis

This half term, the whole school is moving into Future Street! History often takes us back in time, but who knows what will happen as we arrive bemused and wide-eyed in the world of 2050. Keyworth might feel a little different as we experiment with alternative sources of energy; investigate the potential of drones, [...]

6 02, 2022

The Big Garden Bird Watch

By |2022-02-07T16:22:56+00:00February 6th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on The Big Garden Bird Watch

Last Friday, we joined with the rest of the nation to watch and enjoy the many feathered friends who share the Willow Brook garden with us! We are lucky to have such an array of birds in the fields. There are woodpeckers, robins, wrens and finches... not to mention the two buzzards who circle [...]

17 01, 2022

Race to Waterstones: Lap One!

By |2022-01-17T13:35:59+00:00January 17th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on Race to Waterstones: Lap One!

In this morning's assembly the first week's results from the reading challenge were announced and added to the Race to Waterstones track! With the hope that reading is shared most days at home, our aim is for a member of the family to add three comments in a reading record book to count towards [...]

6 01, 2022

The Great Willow Brook Reading Race

By |2022-01-06T16:20:00+00:00January 6th, 2022|Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class R, Front Page Slider, Whole School|Comments Off on The Great Willow Brook Reading Race

It is no surprise to hear that one of the strongest influences on learning is reading. Books and stories build vocabulary, comprehension, imagination and confidence, as well as enabling a child to explore and make sense of the world. Reading opens up the curriculum, stimulates memory and inspires interests and ideas. As well as [...]

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