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Welcome to Willows

 Spring Term

Our Topic this term is - The Hungry Caterpillar 




Welcome to Willows class page.  Last term we learnt lots about the local area. A huge thank you for your support with homework, please continue to write in their home school record, so I know that you have done homework at home. Please aim to read at least 3 times a week and Math Passports. Book bags need to be in school daily. 

I'm sure you are now familiar with the language and our structure but if you have any questions please come and see me.  


The children in the Reception group will work within the Foundation Stage Curriculum, which will give them lots of opportunities to experience the continuous provision and enhanced activities, both inside and outside the classroom. The children will be encouraged to work both independently and in groups. This term they will be focusing on science (lifecycles and looking after animals and plants) and being creatives, pupils will paint, collage and use clay within this term.  


As well as child initiated activities we will have adult directed tasks and will base these on 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. Enclosed is a general outline but this may change to reflect the childrens' interests and ideas.

The Year 1 children will join up with the pupils in Beeches most afternoons and will learn  about The Local area which focuses on National Curriculum Objectives (see Beeches class page and topic overview).


We intend to have PE lessons on Tuesday afternoon for Year R  and Acorns will work with a coach from Progressive Sports working on multi-skill activities.

Year 1's will take part in swimming on a Wednesday morning, please remember your swim kit.

On Thursday afternoons  will be teaching basic country dancing moves and sequences. 

All Willows pupils will take part in Forest School sessions on Wednesday afternoon,  so they will need the correct clothing for these days, but it may be better to leave their change of clothes in school all week.

They also need a coat every day as many of our learning tasks will take part outside.  


The children will have free access to water and the toilet.


Diary Dates:

Term starts on 12th February 

Thursday 1st March- Celebration of World Book day 

Friday 2nd March- in Assembly- Farwell assembly for Caroline Smith- Governor 

12th March- whole week- science week 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March Parents evening 

Friday 23rd March  Sports Relief 

Thursday 29th March Easter service at 2:15 at the Church and last day of term 


Next term dates 

19th April Willow's class cake sale (donations of cakes, biscuits will be much needed and help after school at the sale) 

25th May 9:15 will be Willow's sharing assembly


Some general reminders.


Celebration Service is at 9:15 each Friday morning. All are welcome.

Don't forget to label everything, we have a very big box on unnamed clothes at school. 

Please check your child's book bag each day for letters and their sounds, homework or any notes . I know lots of you are doing homework, please remember to write it in their reading records and book bags need to be in school daily. 

Thank you 

Nicola Rylatt (Class Teacher)