Willow Class (Reception/Year 1)

Welcome to Willow class

Willow class is currently made up of 24 children, 9 Reception children and 15 Year 1 children.

The class teacher is Mrs Murgatroyd and the teaching assistant is Mrs Marsden. 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.

Autumn term

This half term our main topic focus is ‘Light and Dark’. In Literacy we will be focusing on texts based around our main topic theme. The Reception children will be focusing on building their phonic skills in order to aid them with their reading and writing. They will begin to use their knowledge to form sentences with a variety of writing activities linked to our topic theme. The Year 1 children will be focusing on poem writing, instructional writing and description 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, place value, addition and subtraction, 2D shapes and using appropriate mathematical language. The Year 1 children will be focusing on fractions, money, time and measurement of capacity and will be solving practical problems regarding all of these.
This half term the children will also be developing their computing skills using a software called ‘Purple mash’. They will be learning about algorithms and the importance of following instructions carefully.
In geography the children will be learning about maps, particularly focusing on ‘table-top maps’, as well as creating their own.
In history, the children will be learning about the history of the gun-powder plot and will be sequencing the events on a timeline.
In science, the children will be focusing on a variety of materials, their uses and describing them. They will conduct a number of experiments using materials, such as:
. Testing materials for transparency
. Testing materials to find out which are magnetic and which are not
In R.E the children will be focusing on how Christmas is celebrated in the UK and across the world. 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.