Willow Class (Reception/Year 1)

Welcome to Willow class

Willow class is currently made up of 27 children, 10 reception children and 17 year 1 children.

The class teacher is Mrs Murgatroyd and the teaching assistants are Mrs Marsden and Mr Hartley. On Tuesday mornings Mrs Hathaway and Mrs Pilkington teach the year 1 children music and P.E. Mrs Pilkington also teaches art and R.E in Willow class on a Wednesday morning.

Summer term

This half term we are our topic focuses on dinosaurs, monsters and robots. In Literacy we will be focusing on texts based around our main topic theme. The reception children will be focusing on descriptive and informative, as well as segmenting and blending words to aid their reading skills. The year 1 children will be focusing on descriptive writing, instructional writing and non-fictional/information writing. They will be using various forms of punctuation within their writing, such as question marks and commas.
In maths the reception children will be focusing on ordering numbers to and above 20, solving addition and subtraction problems, doubling and halving and using appropriate mathematical language. The year 1 children will be focusing on time, sorting, multiplication and division and solving practical problems using these different methods.
This half term the children will also be developing their computing skills using a software called ‘Purple mash’. They will be learning about coding and will be creating their own codes.
In geography the children will be learning about where in the world various dinosaurs come from.
In history, the children will be learning about the history of dinosaurs and significant people in relation to dinosaur discovery.
In science the children will be focusing on a variety of materials and testing them to make a boat for the monsters. The children will be making predictions and recording their results appropriately.
In R.E the children will be focusing on special places, both that are individually special to them, as well as Holy places of worship. Our Christianity focus will also emphasise and link to the school’s values and mission statement; Love God, Love Each Other, Love Learning.

We thoroughly enjoy hearing about what the children have been up to outside of school and therefore we set aside time at the end of the day for ‘show and tell’, where the children are welcome to bring in something small from home to show to the rest of the class. This half term ‘show and tell’ will happen on set days, these being Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

We look forward to the half term ahead.