Welcome to Willow Class with Miss S Jackson (Class teacher)
Teaching Assistant – Miss A Howarth 
Class Governor – Mrs J Lyon 
We have had a fantastic start to the school year and we can not wait to continue to grow together as a class and learn more about each other.
Now we have completed our baseline assessment, we have started some formal teaching in Willow Class through small teacher inputs. We are also working in small groups completing practical activities that are tailored to our learning needs. We are flying through our phonics lessons and it is amazing to see some of the children starting to segment and blend CVC words and all the children recognising some sounds that have learnt. The children continue to be introduced to new sounds daily and the sounds that the children have been learning will be displayed outside the classroom so you can continue to support your child at home.


We have a very exciting half term planned for Willow Class, our topic will be based around the question ‘How do people celebrate around the world?’ this has been taken from the children’s interests. Topic will be developed throughout the different areas and activities available in the provision. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about various celebrations around the world as well and religions. Our T4W text ‘The Gingerbread Man’ will link into Christmas celebrations. Opportunities for learning will planned that are linked to specific outcomes and targets for the children, these will have links to the different areas of learning that are set out in the EYFS curriculum.


We will be following the Talk for Writing structure in Willow Class with a strong focus on the oral retelling of stories and story structures. Our text ’The Gingerbread Man’ will be our talk for writing focus and it will be used to make cross curricular links with maths. This will also lead to some baking towards Christmas, when we ,make gingerbread men and a gingerbread house.


In maths, we will focus on the recognition of number to 10 as well as addition and subtraction using concrete materials. We have started to look at shapes and shapes in the environment and money, which will link to our topic.


Important information


In Reception, we have snack time which allows your child to access fruit and water during break time. In addition to this you may also purchase apple juice, orange juice and toast for a small fee. This can be order online via ParentPay The children will have access to water throughout the day.

Learning Journeys

We will continue to recording your child’s learning throughout the year with observational notes, videos and photographs (using an iPad). However, we appreciate that a lot of learning also takes place out of school. These wow moments can be recorded and uploaded onto Tapestry. This might be recorded as a quote from your child, a photograph, a picture or writing. If you you would like any further support with adding to your child’s learning journey then please come in and see me. I look forward to reading any observations you make at home!

At home time a tray will be placed with additional support materials for those who would like to help their child at home with writing and maths. Also attached to the window will be wow moment slips, these are for you to write any wow moments that happen at home. They will then be added to your child’s learning journey.


All of the children will be given a reading book at their level, a book of interest to share and a reading diary. Please read with your child as often as possible and complete the yellow diary. There is a reading guidance sheet in the front of your child’s reading diary as well as a tricky word book mark which corresponds with your child phonics group. Please ensure that reading books and diaries are brought to school every day. Reading books are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


At The Oaks Primary School we follow Phonics Play. Each day your child will be introduced to a new phonic sound and then they will be given opportunities to apply the new sound that they have learnt throughout the week. Each day the sound will be displayed by the classroom door so you are aware of the sound that your child has been working on.


Our PE day will be on a Tuesday morning.
Please make sure that all clothes are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Your child’s PE kit will stay in school for the half term, at which point you might like to take it home for a wash! Jewellery should not be worn in school. This is especially important for PE.

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Please don’t hesitate to pop in at the end of the day or contact the school office if you have any queries or anything you would like to discuss.


Many thanks

Miss Jackson