Willow Class (Reception/Year 1)

Hello and welcome to Willow Class

Willow Class is made up of 16 Year 1 children and 5 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.

Spring term- 1 –

Our topic this half term is ‘Houses and Homes’.

Phonics – The Reception children will be focusing on Phase 2 and early Phase 3 phonics and will be building up their recognition of graphemes, whilst learning to segment and blend them for reading. The Year One children will begin by mainly focusing on Phase 3 – 5 phonics. 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 houses and homes around the world
. The Three Little Pigs
. Adrift

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 using their phonetic knowlegde to write sentences. We will be focusing heavily on sentence structure, as well as using adjectives and conjunctions in our writing.

In Maths, the Reception children will focus on recognising and understanding the value of  numbers to 20. The Year One chilrdren will be focusing on the place value of numbers within 50 and will use these numbers within addition an subtraction problems.

In History, we will be focusing on homes from the past compared to homes now. We will also be exploring the inventor Alexander Bell and items he invented for the home.

In Science, we will be exploring materials and conducting experiements to find materials that are strong enough to withstand the blow of ‘The Big Bad Blow-Dryer’.

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. We will also be locating different homes around the world using maps.

In Computing, we will be thinking about e-books and the children will begin to the create their very own e-book.

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 –
Reception children and 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.

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.

Working online –
Remember that if you are completing any searches online to use ‘children’, ‘child’ or ‘kids’ in your search to ensure any adult or unsuitable content is filtered out.

Don’t forget…
Always remember what KS says: If you have ‘yukky feelings’, then Say NO, Walk Away and Tell a Trusted Adult. The same rules apply online as in real life. Ask an adult if you are unsure about ANYTHING online. Make good, sensible choices and ask for help if something goes wrong


‘Let everything you do be done in love’

We very much look forward to the half term ahead!