Welcome to Willow Class


Hello! My name is Mrs Hill and I am the class teacher in Willow Class.  We are very lucky to have Mrs Spencer working with us to help us with our learning in Year 1 throughout the year




Our exciting topic for Spring 1 is





''Down on Longshaw Farm'


Children will begin this topic by exploring different materials in Science, discussing the different properties. Children will be able to sort items by the materials that they are made out of and explain the differences between different materials by comparing their properties. 


We will then go on to consider human and physical features in Geography and how these differ from each other. The children will use their understanding to help them compare and contrast a farm with Blackburn Town Centre.  


Though our Art lessons we will be exploring the work of a local artist who uses farm animals as her subjects and use these to explore paint and brushstrokes to recreate our own versions of the work. 






This year in Year One we will look to build different skills: 

  • resilience
  • perseverance
  • creativity
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • building our character skills
  • working in collaboration with our friends
  • communicating and being a good citizen.


 Reading books

Please ensure that your child's book bag is in school every day.  Please read with your child every night and discuss what you have read.  You do not need to read the whole book at once. Reading books will be changed three times a week but only if your child has had two good reads of their book.


Some activities you can do to support reading and understanding are...

* Act out the story

* Use expression

* Retell the story without the reading book

* Do a word hunt

* Be digraph detectives

* Ask your child to try and change the story slightly



Homework will be given out every Friday. The homework will reflect on the children's learning throughout the week. Please ensure homework is handed back in on Thursday to ensure new homework can be given out on the Friday.



Please make sure that every piece of clothing your child brings into school has their name clearly on it. This is to ensure if any clothing does get lost or misplaced it can be easily returned. 


We have two P.E. sessions every week, including a FUNDA session with a specialist teacher. One is on Wednesday and one is on Thursday and P.E. kits will be sent home at the end of every half term to be washed. Please ensure that they are back in school ready for the first week back.


Useful Websites

Oxford Owl- You can sign up as a parent.
Phonics Play- Some free games and resources
Twinkl- You can sign up as a free member. Then search for phonics screening

Jolly phonics 

Teach your monster to read.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesistate to come and speak to me.


Thank you for your continued support, 


Mrs Hill and Mrs Spencer.   :)