Willow Class (Reception/Year 1)

Hello and welcome to Willow Class

Willow Class is made up of 16 Year 1 children and 6 Reception children. The class teacher is Mrs Murgatroyd and the class teaching assistants are Mrs Milburn and Mrs Lapworth; Mrs Pilkington also teaches the children on a Wednesday morning.

Autumn term – 1 –
We are thrilled to welcome all the children back to school. It is so lovely to see all of their little faces; they really do light up the classroom.

Our topic this half term is ‘Ourselves’.

Phonics – The Reception children will be focusing on Phase 2 phonics and will be building up their recognition of Phase 2 graphemes, whilst learning to segment and blend them for reading. The Year One children will begin by mainly focusing on Phase 3 phonics and will progress onto Phase 4 over the coming weeks. Phonics really does help the children with their reading and writing and if you would like to practise phonics at home with your child, here are some websites where you can find lots of fun games and free resouces:




. In Literacy, the children will be focusing on texts relating to our topic, such as:

. Non-fiction texts in relation to our bodies and healthy eating
. Oliver’s fruit salad
. Funny bones
. On Sudden Hill

The Reception children will begin with focusing on letter formation and will take part in lots of exercises that will help with this. They will also be writing CVC words and simple captions.
The Year One children will be focusing on incorporating their phonetic knowledge into their writing and there will also be a heavy focus on simple sentence writing and sentence structure.

In Maths, the Reception children will focus on recognising and understanding the value of single digit numbers.  The Year One chilrdren will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 20 and will use these numbers within addition questions and they will also focus on the ‘Part-whole’ model to enhance their understanding of number bonds.

In History, we will be focusing on ourselves and events that are within our living memory. We will also be looking at timelines and will create our very own timelines.

In Science, we will be making predictions and conducting an investigation to find out what happens to our bodies after exercise.

In Geography, we will be map reading across our school grounds and will also be focusing on contients and oceans; we will use maps, globes and atlases to support this.

In Computing, we will be thinking about logging ourselves onto computers, saving our own work and re-opening it. We will also have a heavy focus on Online Safety and appropriate behaviour online.

In Music, we will be focusing on rythm, pulse, listening and recall.

In P.E, we will be focusing on the children’s fundamental movement skills.

P.E Days – The Reception children have their P.E lesson on a Tuesday and should come to school dressed in their P.E kit (Once they are in full time).
The Year 1 children have their P.E lesson on a Monday and should come to school dressed in their P.E kit. Please refer to the ‘Parent Handbook’ for information relating to P.E kit and any other uniform queries.

Book bags – Book bags should be brought to school each day. Please remember to sign your child’s reading journal if they have finished their book and then it can be changed for them.

We very much look forward to the half term ahead!

Homework – We always encourage regular reading at home and always say ‘little and often’ is best. The Year One children will recieve spellings to practise each week in preparation for a fun quiz the following week. Spellings will be uploaded onto Google Classroom for the children to access at home; their log-in information can be found on the inside cover of their reading journal. Additional homework to support learning will also be given as necessary via Google Classroom.

‘Let everything you do be done in love’