Children and staff at Willow dressed up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day. The best-dressed children were awarded a book voucher.There were activities based on books and reading throughout the day. A celebration assembly was held where teachers read their favourite stories to the children.
Willow School Council organised a fundraising event, Pyjama Day, on 23rd February. It was a huge success and it was fantastic to see so many children and staff dressed up in their pyjamas and taking part in activities throughout the day. Thank you to all the parents and staff who donated a £1.A whopping £400 was raised by the School Council.This money will be spent on playground resources for the children.
Today Year 2 visited Black Park. The children went on a learning walk to see which micro-habitats they could find, having been studying them throughout the Spring Term. The children also looked at plant life and growth which is their upcoming topic. Both the children and adults had a brilliant time and discovered lots of nature all around them.
A lucky group of children have been able to take part in Astronomy Club. This is what they had to say: I really enjoyed Astronomy Club because we had snacks, chatted with our friends, made power points, looked through the telescope and learnt about Space! My favourite part was looking through the telescope. I enjoyed learning about constellations and black holes. Aaliyah Wadi 5N I really liked Astronomy Club because I learnt about Space. The best part was using the Night Sky app on the ipad to see the constellations and the planets. Gracie Edwards 5Q I enjoyed learning about the Solar System. Astronomy Club was fun! My favourite part was when we made the solar system from card and hung the planets on string. Sakina 3P My most enjoyable part of Astronomy Club was identifying the constellations like the Big Dipper. The most facinating part was when we created our amazing powerpoints about black holes, planets and stars. Nadia 4C Mrs Newton
Year 4 at Willow visited the Gurdwara in Slough on Wednesday 6th December. The Gurdwara held a workshop which included activities such as a tour of the most important parts of the Gurdwara, a turban tying exercise, a Q & A session with a religious leader who also explained what the 5 Ks were that he wears, as well as an opportunity to eat a free lunch there – thereby participating in the Sikh practice of Langar! When entering the Gurdwara, the Sikh community cover their heads. Therefore, the Gurdwara provided both adults and children with something to cover their heads. The trip also allowed the children to make links with their learning and the real life experience of exploring the Gurdwara, having learnt about the Sikhism faith already this year.
Charlie and team took Marish and Willow KS1 choirs to perform as part of a massed choir with the other school choirs of Slough. This project takes a huge amount of work and practice. It’s wonderful though and the children get to experience performing professionally, in a venue, for a large audience. Thank you so much for all the people working with the singing, supporting the concerts and especially for Mr Booth who has led this brilliantly. Gillian Dibden (a very well established and successful choral leader) has commented on how lucky we are to have Mr Booth leading music for us at Marish and Willow
This afternoon 4C took part in a URENCO workshop. The children had great fun taking part in various experiments. These ranged from sorting various items dependent on their size, spotting the difference between, crystals, powders and grains and testing for different acid and alkali solutions. Dr Ken (the workshop leader) was very enthusiastic in his delivery of the workshop and interacted with the children throughout the afternoon (throwing in the odd joke here and there).
Year 6 across both schools when to visit a local gurdwara called Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Marish went in the morning and Willow went in the afternoon. This is what Willow did - once we reached the Gurdwara, Nirmal Singh came to receive us. He explained that we had to cover our heads with scarves (which they provided to those who did not bring any themselves), take our shoes off and wash our hands. And the reasons why we did all those things. We had langar (free vegetarian food) which was delicious. After this we were divided into 3 groups of 20 children each, and we went to see the kitchen where we saw the huge pots and pans used to cook. We walked into the 'walk-in fridge' which was a small room, very very cold. This is used to keep milk cool. We then went upstairs to see the Sikh holy book called Guru Granth Sahib ji. There was a lady reading from it. Mrs Dhillon and few other Sikh children went and bowed in front of the Guru Granth Sahib ji. After this we went into another room where Nirmal Singh explained the 5 K's and about the Golden Temple in India. Finally a couple of children had a turban tied on their heads. It was a lovely experience and we learned alot.
Y5 teams from Marish and Willow had an amazing enrichment day at Upton Court Grammar school. They worked in teams to solve maths challenges and produced excerpts from Shakespear. Our children outdid themselves, with Willow Y5s achieving 1st place the Maths Challenge and Marish Y5s achieving 3rd place. All the children had a lot of fun and the parents were very proud of them.
On Monday the 10th of July Year 1 were rewarded with a trip to Whipsnade Zoo for their outstanding achievement in Phonics this year. The children have worked very hard on their phonics and this was a successful trip. All the adults and children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different animals.
On Friday 7th July,100 children from Marish Primary in Langley and Willow primary in Wexham were invited to Langley grammar school to graduate with honours for completing 100 hours or more of voluntary learning outside school hours. This was the 7th year of graduation organised as part of the Slough Children's University. Children’s University is an international initiative about honouring and celebrating achievements of children who participate in extended learning. Pupils at both school automatically become a member of Slough Children's University when they join the school and all their extended learning hours are recorded each year. One of the Year 6 Marish pupil Myeisha graduated with 953 hours and received the Bronze Fellowship, as well as a cup for outstanding commitment to the Children's University. Jakub at Willow received a trophy for completing 232 hours and a Bronze Diploma. Mr.John Constable, Head Teacher of Langley Grammar school handed out the trophies and certificates and spoke to pupils and parents about how extended learning is important to develop well rounded personalities and that is what good Universities look for in their candidates. Friends and family who were all at the venue cheered this Class of 2017. Marish Academy Trust firmly believes, initiatives like these motivate children to become life-long learners.
On Thursday 1st December Marish and Willow participated in their first ever Wycombe Wanderers EFL Cup Competition. Marish Academy Trust entered four mixed Year 5&6 teams for this tournament, two teams from Willow and two teams from Marish. With 14 teams in the event and only two teams from each group progressing to the semi final and the eventual winners earning the opportunity to play at Wembly Stadium. Marish and Willow faced a variety of tough opposition. All teams registered points on the board, with Marish A team so close to progression after coming 3rd in Group A after two wins, 1 draw and 2 loses. A Massive well done to all that participated. The children involved received 2 free tickets each to a Wycombe Wanderers FC home match at Adams Park.
Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have been focusing on a range of fundamental skills this term. Autumn Term 1 - Movement Patterns and One Leg Balance Autumn Term 2 - Dynamic Balance to agility and Static Balance Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 have been focusing on improving their skills in a range of sports. Autumn Term 1 - Tennis (Forehand, Backhand and Serve) Autumn Term 2 - Athletics (Running, Jumping and Throwing)
The Willow Halloween Disco took place on Friday 21st October. It was a sold out event enjoyed by pupils,parents and staff alike.This fund raising event that had been organised by PEAS, our parental engagement steering group at school run by Mr Meakin and Mr Rossiter raised a whopping £244.00. Proceeds will be invested in enhancing learning for our pupils.Thank you to all who participated and helped with the event.
Year 6 Gurdwara trip on Monday 17th November. They went to Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Slough, this is a Sikh temple. They walked there as its so near. They went on this trip because they have been learning about Sikhism in RE. They were able to see what they had learned in class in person at the Gurdwara. They were told about how the Gurdwara works and why they do things the way they do. The main principles of Sikhism were explained and children enjoyed taking part in workshops and few children were very lucky to have a turban put on, along with My Sinclair. They ended the trip by having a delicious langar meal.
Children from Marish and Willow who had achieved Gold Award and above (100 + learning hours) were invited to this year’s graduation ceremony. There were some exciting performances by children from both schools and inspiring speeches by Mr. John Constable (Head-LGS) and Mrs. Christine Small (Governor-Marish). Children graduated amongst huge applause from parents and friends. Congratulations to all graduates.
Day 1: We arrived safely after a long journey, all the children were extremely well behaved throughout. Once we arrived and the excitement had slightly worn off, we had dinner and enjoyed an evening of orienteering. All were tucked up in bed by 9.30pm. Day 2: All the children appreciated my wake up call at 7am, breakfast consumed and we headed to Cite des Sciences (Science Museum). On our way back we got a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, sung some songs and had some magic tricks from Mr Meakin. The rest of the day and night will involve some free time, swimming, dinner and our evening entertainment. Day 3: The children have had another fantastic day, the morning started with a trip to the local village as the children took in the sights and mixed with the locals in the Brie Comte Robert market, their mission which they chose to accept was to buy enough ingredients to feed their team for lunch. We then headed back to campus with our next mission in hand, which was to prepare lunch!. You will see from the pictures below just how fantastic their efforts were, a wonderful surprise. We then all headed back to our rooms to throw on our old clothes and meet down by the activity headquarters. What lay in store for us…. Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Archery and 4 Team Challenges. We are now heading to dinner and will be having a disco tonight as this is our last evening here, (Sad face emoji), however, they will go to bed this evening with the thoughts and dreams of Euro Disney tomorrow. All your prince and princesses are safe and sound and they all still love you lots. See you soon Mr Meakin Ps. We have more photos on Twitter @MarishtrustPE and the full catalogue of pictures will be updated on both websites and TV’s once we are home. We will update you again tomorrow and continue to enjoy your peace and quiet
Year 4 have been learning about fair trade and the important difference it makes in the lives of farmers in the developing world. On Friday, 20th May, their parents were invited to a ‘Fairtrade Coffee’ morning which was held outside in the school quad. They had the opportunity t to sample some of the tasty treats the children had made, drink some fair trade tea and coffee and find out about what ‘fair trade’ means. Even though it threatened to rain, a fantastic time was had by all!
- Makin model teeth in science. - Making a tree full of our own personal goals for the future. - Turban tying on the Y4 Gudwara visit. - Y4 Dentist visit (brushing model teeth) - Y4 Maths fractions jigsaw lesson. The children really enjoyed these activities and produced amazing work! Miss Ward.
This term we have been exploring our new Big Dig area outdoors where children have been searching for dinosaur bones. Children are learning how to operate ICT equipment, they are also recording their voices. The Ice cream parlor is our new role play area where children expand their interest in holidays, summer. The children have an opportunity to have a ride in the Ice Cream Van and sell the ice cream. On our learning wall display, we have photos of our recent home projects. Mrs Wegrzyn
5P have really enjoyed learning about the SOKUL space suits and trying them on. The children have really been inspired by our topic Space and it has created engagement and interest in the subject. The children have commented that they were inspired through working with our Space Ambassador and the activities they took part in. Mr Parkin.
5N have really enjoyed working with different materials and testing them to see which materials would be suitable for Space Rockets. They completed 4 different experiments. 1) Electrical Conductivity, 2) Thermal Conductivity, 3) Mass and magnetic attraction and finally 4) The 'bounce' test. All the children enjoyed the investigations and were able to draw sensible conclusions. Mrs Newton
A big thank you to Joy Stone for her work with Y5 staff and pupils for making our Friday 11th March investigations such an enjoyable experience. It was a real pleasure to see the enthusiasm, excitement and determination shown by the pupils as they carried out the experiments and made their discoveries. We will be continuing our investigations into "Martian Soils". We are looking forward to her next visit in June with the Sokol spacesuit. Bernie Newton - Science Lead
69 Children from Willow primary graduated at the 5th Slough Children's University Graduation at Eton on 25th June 2015 The Children's University™ is a national project which recognizes the achievements of young people who take part in high quality out of hours learning activities. The Children's University aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged 7 to 14 (and 5 and 6 year olds with their families) and engaging the wider communities as learning partners in the realisation of this.This is an opportunity to congratulate the parents as well that have supported and motivated their children in engaging in out of hours activities. Keep up the good work!