Welcome to Willow Class with Miss H Kennedy (Class teacher)
Teaching Assistant – Miss J Rainford, Mrs I Kacirova
Class Governor – Mrs J Lyon 

Willow class have settled in well after the Christmas break with their new teaching team and we all cannot wait to continue together on our learning journey for the rest of the school year.

We are continuing on with our formal teaching of Phonics, Maths and Talk for Writing. Our focus in phonics is beginning to blend CVC words independently to allow the children to become more confident in their reading. The children are gaining more and more knowledge of different letters and their sounds everyday which is an amazing thing to watch. We are still following the Phonics Play scheme for phonics so the children will be introduced to a new sound each day.

This half term we are focussing on the book “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” as our Talk For Writing text so we will be doing lots of exciting activities related to this text. There will be lots of opportunities for learning linked to this text in the continuous provision daily for the children to enjoy and progress in.

In maths, we are consolidating our knowledge of the numbers 1-10 and then moving onto looking at different 2D shapes and their properties. We will be looking at different shapes and patterns in the environment around us.

Snack: Every morning we have snack time where the children have access to fruit, but you can also purchase apple juice, orange juice and toast for a small free. This can be done online through ParentPay. The children constantly have access to their water bottles throughout the day.

Learning Journeys: We are continuing to record the children’s progress through observations on Tapestry, as well as a paper learning journey that will contain examples of the children’s independent writing. We would still like to encourage you to upload any examples of your child’s learning at home via Tapestry so we can celebrate these achievements as well.

Reading: The children will still be sent home with a reading book of their level which will be changed three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We would like to encourage you to read at home with your child as often as possible and ensure that their reading books and diaries are returned to school each day.

PE: Willow class will be doing PE twice a week, once on a Tuesday morning and again on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school that is clearly labelled with their name. We will keep their PE kit in school for the half term, and then you may like to take it home it give it a wash. Jewellery should not be worn in school, which is especially important for PE.

Please do not hesitate to pop in at the end of the day or contact the school office with any queries you may have or anything you would like to discuss.

Many thanks,

Miss Kennedy.