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Year R. Willow Class has 30 children and is taught by Ms Bailey and Mrs Cook they get up to all kinds of fun learning!

Term 6 Newsletter 2019

Update on our learning in Terms 3 and 4 2019

It has been a wonderful, busy and exciting term for Willow Class. In Term 3, our topic was Ice and Fire where the children learnt about different animals who live in Arctic conditions as well as experimenting with ice in our outdoor environment, finding out how things freeze and how to melt ice. We enjoyed a visit from a fireman who taught us ways to stay safe and we spent time role playing in our fire station, timing our friends putting out fires in our woodland village and creating incident reports! We ended our topic celebrating Chinese New Year, preparing and cooking a delicious stir fry, creating our own Chinese dragons and parading around school.

After half term, our topic was ‘Pets’ and we have enjoyed visits from many furry and feathery creatures including guinea pigs, dogs, rabbits, a ferret a racing pigeons. We learnt how to look after the different animals, the things that animals need to survive and thought about our ideal pets! Our role play areas changed to a pet shop and a vets centre where high levels of involvement were observed as the children imaginatively played and problem solved buying pet supplies and looking after sick animals.

Alongside our ‘Pets’ topic, the children have been engaged in Literacy activities following the ‘Talk For Writing’ approach. We have been building a bank of traditional tales through oral story telling and innovated our own exciting versions of fairy stories. The children have embraced their story telling creating their own story maps and re-telling the tales in a wide variety of ways during their Let’s Explore time. We celebrated the children’s wonderful work with a Cinderella’s Ball where children dressed up and shared their ballroom dancing skills as well as enjoying a delicious banquet. The children showed how confident, engaged and resilient they have become and made us very proud.

It has also been a busy term behind the scenes, with lots of work having taken place to develop the outside learning environment. We were very grateful to volunteers who gave up one Saturday to help us create a wonderful sand pit, water play area, music area to go with our new outside reading hut and Literacy and Maths station. As we look forward to the nicer weather, we know these areas are going to be greatly enjoyed by the children and enhance all areas of their learning and development.




Newsletter Terms 3+4

Willow Class have had a brilliant start to their school days, settling quickly and soon becoming confident in daily routines, new friendships and all aspects of school life.

During Term 1 our topic was ‘Marvellous Me’. The children created wonderful self portraits, thought about the different members of their families and learnt all about different types of houses. We went on our first trip out of school to post letters to our families and saw lots of different house types on our way.


As we moved into term 2, we had a new topic of ‘Journeys’. Outside, our role play area evolved into a train station and the children had great fun creating trains and rockets from our large construction materials. ‘The Magic Train Ride’ quickly became our favourite story, taking us to Cake Land, Fairy Land and even space. As the children showed such a particular interest in space, we continued to focus on this, basing our learning around the Jill Murphy story ‘Whatever Next’. As we thought of questions to ask an astronaut and researched the answers, the children also learnt how to make a sandwich. We enjoyed these alongside real life astronaut food at a special space picnic.


We all enjoyed a very special journey as we went on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway to visit Santa! We all had a brilliant day and wrote Santa some superb letters to say thank you for our presents when we got back to school.


As our term has nearly come to an end we have starred in the KS1 nativity play ‘A Star Is Born’. The children did a brilliant job, singing, dancing and acting and are now getting ready for a very well deserved Christmas holiday.



Term 1 Newsletter