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Autumn 2 - Who is Azzi?

End of term party afternoon

Painting Christmas cards

After a busy assessment week we found time on Friday to... finish off our ART week work, building our Azzi refugee settlements and also try some refugee linked food.

Mrs Ashworth's guinea pig 'Madam' has enjoyed listening to the children reading. She will be back in again soon!

We made our own board games during golden time and made up our own rules

We have had a great time carrying out experiments into 'water transportation' in plants. We even went to Ms Keely's office to find a water place to put them.

We have been smashing our Big Writes while in our PJs for 'Children In Needِ'

Who is Azzi?

Welcome back to the start of an exciting half term! I hope you feel ready and raring for all the exciting things coming up. Please read on to find out more about our key learning drivers up until Christmas. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr Read into the classroom. He has already spent 1 week with us at Westglade and will spend the first 4 weeks back with us in class too. He will then be elsewhere over the year and re-join us in the Summer term. I know you will continue to welcome him into Westglade as you have done so already. As always, please feel free to speak to any of us at the end of the day or arrange a time to do so.


Miss Grafton, Mrs Ashworth & Mr Read

This is Azzi

Azzi is a girl 'in-between' two cultures and ways of life. Her family come from a country ripped apart by war and have travelled to a new place for safety. She joins a new primary school and slowly begins to make new friends and share her culture with the seeds she brought from her own country.

Her story is told through some amazing imagery in the graph novel 'Azzi in between'.

This book is the focus of much of our learning throughout Autumn 2


In English: we will be exploring different narratives, stories from another culture, creating diary entries and composing poetry.


In Science: we will be looking in more detail at the seeds Azzi brings with her. This will lead us to look at identifying and describing the functions  of different parts of flowering plants; investigate the way in which water is transported within plants; explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal; explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant.


In Geography: we will research types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. We will be using the country setting from the book but also begin to look at the effects this had on modern situations like the Calais Jungle.


The above are our key drivers and we will weave other curriculum subjects in and around them. For example, we will be growing our own plants towards the end of the year, preparing and cooking a meal, creating experiments, tying in computing and SEALs and for ART week creating landscape silhouettes. We will even have sessions with Dogs Trust and our Dance PE coach linking in with these topics.

The art of seed dispersal - David Attenborough (to whet your appetite ready for Science)

Plants use many ingenious methods to distribute their seeds. Here we see some of the ways this is done, from a high pressure jet to using rain power. This video is taken from BBC's The Private Life of Plants documentary series.

Seeds - Hooks & Spikes

This video looks at the burdock which uses hooks and the grapple plant that uses spikes to help in the transportation of their seeds. This video is taken from BBC's The Private Life of Plants documentary series.

The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit

Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem? From: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S RISE OF ANIMALS: TRIUMPH OF THE VERTEBRATES: Dawn of Mammals