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.

Spring term

This half term our main topic theme is animals. In Literacy we will be focusing on texts based around our main topic theme. The reception children will be focusing on story language, as well as segmenting and blending words to aid their reading skills. The year 1 children will be writing instructional texts, fact files and lost posters and they will be using various forms of punctuation within their writing, such as question marks and commas. They will also be focusing on speech bubbles and identifying speech within texts.
In maths the reception children will be focusing on ordering numbers to and above 20, solving addition and subtraction problems and using appropriate mathematical language. The year 1 children will be focusing on metal arithmetic, measuring, fractions and position/direction.
This half term the children will also be developing their computing skills using a software called ‘Purple mash’. They will be learning how to create simple algorithms.
In geography the children will be learning and developing skills of map reading and they will make comparisons between various environments and will begin to think about where food comes from (globally).
In science the children will be investigating similarities and differences in various materials and will be conducting experiments to find out which materials are most suitable for creating shelters for woodland animals.
In R.E the children will be focusing on Easter and the motions of the Easter story.  The children will be thinking about what they can learn from the stories Jesus and the Easter story, and will also link this 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.