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Health, Wellness and Super Science Week!

Children in Willows will be learning all about ways that we can keep ourselves healthy and well, as well as some exciting Science activities in the afternoons. This will include: some sports and fitness sessions, Taekwondo, meditation, a visit to the NHS bus, a talk about how we can keep our teeth healthy, healthy eating workshops, a hygiene investigation, making butter and exploring the forest school area for minibeasts. Look out for photos soon!


West Midland Safari Park Trip

On Tuesday 7th March, children from Willows, beeches, Larches and Firs classes went out on a trip to West Midlands Safari Park. We had such a lovely day looking at all of the animals out enjoying the sunshine. This was the first time that the children in Reception have been on a trip with the school. We saw all sorts of animals including: giraffes, lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, penguins, meerkats and many more! Check out our pictures below. 

West Midlands Safari Park Trip

World Book Day 2017

We had a lovely day reading lots of stories on World Book day. We focussed on the story, 'The Tiger who came to tea' by Judith Kerr. We made tiger masks, painted pictures of tigers and even had a Tiger Tea party with cucumber sandwiches, tea and jaffa cakes!  

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Willows class would also like to say a huge thank you to the children in Oaks who came and read some of our favourite stories to us. 

Oaks children reading with Willows

Sleep Awareness Day

Since returning from our half term holiday, the children in Willows have been very busy! On Friday 24th February, we had 'Sleep Awareness Day'. We came to school in our pyjamas and slippers! We talked about why good sleep is so important for us and how it helps us with our behaviour and concentration at school. We  talked about different things that help us to get good sleep, then we tried out some techniques to help us to unwind and relax. 


Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day!)

On Shrove Tuesday, the children in Willows and Beeches had fun making pancakes! We mixed the eggs, flour and milk to make the batter, then we cooked them in a pan. Later on we tasted the pancakes and put some delicious toppings on, like sugar, lemon and syrup - yummy! The year one children had been reading the story 'Mama Panya's Pancakes', a story from Africa. They decided to make their pancakes using Mama Panya's recipe in the story. They tasted quite different from our sweet pancakes as they had used chilli flakes in them - very spicy indeed!

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Children in Willows class have really enjoyed listening and retelling Michael Rosen's story, We're going on a Bear Hunt. We had lots of fun exploring the different sounds we could re-create using different types of instruments, as well as some messy play and painting with squelchy squerchy mud! We even went on our own bear hunt around the school, where the children had to work in teams to read clues on a map to help them find the hidden bears. The children have enjoyed making their own story maps and learning to retell the story in pairs and as a whole class. In Friday's celebration assembly we performed a retelling with our musical instruments in front of the rest of the school and parents. We did a fantastic performance and were really proud of ourselves! 


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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

This week, we read the story of This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch, as well as singing the well know song The Teddy Bears' Picnic. We decided to plan our own Teddy Bears' Picnic! The children drew pictures and wrote lists of items that we needed for our picnic, as well as playing a memory game. We then went for a walk around the school site to decide which was the best location for our picnic - as this time of year is not the best picnic weather! The children finally decided that we should have our picnic in the wooden gazebo in Forest School. The children all brought a teddy with them, we put blankets down and shared pomme bears, bear shaped cookies and gummie bears! We then had to hunt for bears that had been hidden around the forest school area - we had a great time. See the pictures below. 

If You Go Down to the Woods Today...

The children in Willows have enjoyed listening to the story of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They have acted out and retold the story in our Bears Cottage role play area, learned a new nursery rhyme and even a rap! This week, Mummy Bear emailed us with her porridge recipe so that we could rewrite it for Goldilocks. We tested it out by carefully following the recipe and we tasted the porridge afterwards. 

Making Porridge

Spring Term 2017


Happy new year! This term our class Topic is all about 'Bears'. We will be learning the stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Children in year one will join in with Beeches class Topic every afternoon, as well as taking part in swimming lessons every Wednesday morning up until half term. 


* Celebration Assembly is on a Friday morning at 9:15am. All parents/carers are welcome to attend.

* Reception PE will be on Thursday afternoons.

* Year 1 PE will be on Friday afternoons.

* Year 1 swimming will be on Wednesday mornings up until half term.

* Forest schools will be on Wednesday afternoons for Reception children. Please send in Wellies, long sleeve t-shirt/jumper and trousers - it is very muddy at this time of year!

* Please check your child's book bag for letters with Newsletters and dates for your diary, as well as, phonics homework and sound cards to practise regularly. 


Please feel free to come and see me if you have any concerns, or alternatively you can email me.


Miss V Ball (Willows class teacher)