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 our main topic theme is plants. 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 focusing on descriptive writings, instructional writing and poem writing. 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 place value, measuring and fractions.
This half term the children will also be developing their computing skills using a software called ‘Purple mash’. They will be learning about e-books and will begin to create their own.
In geography the children will be learning about where food comes from (globally).
In history, the children will be learning about Ana Atkins, Charles Darwin and other significant people in relation to our topic.
In science the children will be focusing on plants and how they grow. The children will also have the opportunity to plant their own seeds and take care of them.
In R.E the children will be focusing on special times and occasions and how different religions celebrate these.  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.