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.

Summer term – 1 –

Our topic this half term is ‘Transport’.

Phonics – The Reception children will be focusing on 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 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 Transport
. Cars (Disney)
. The Naughty Bus
. Aliens Love Underpants

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. They will also be using these numbers for addition and subtraction purposes and will be thinking about non-standard measurements. The Year One chilrdren will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 100. They will also be focusing on multiplication and division and will be using practical equipment to help them make arrays, equal groups and share.

In Geography, we will be using world maps to locate our country and we will be comparing Halton and our local surroundings with London; this links in nicely with our literacy book ‘The Naughty Bus’.

In History, we will be focusing on the history of transport, making comparisons with modern day transport and we will be conducting research about George Stephenson, the Wright brothers and Tim Peake.

In Science, we will be conducting an experiment based around the speed of cars, as well as looking at floating and sinking in relation to boat travel.

In Computing, we will be introducing the children to Spreadsheets and they will be collecting their own data to make their own spreadsheets with.

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!