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 Slater working with us to help us with our learning in Year 1 throughout the year.



Our exciting topic for the first 3 weeks of this term is ...


 Dream Big, aim high.


We will be learning all about ourselves and the world in which we live. We will be researching different careers and the skills we will need.  It is important to learn how we can build our own confidence and self-esteem to achieve our goals and adapt these to working independently within the classroom. 


This year in Year One we will look to build skills linked and adapted within our local community and the wider world such as:

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




In Science we will be learning about our bodies and our senses. This will be linked to the season Autumn and we will be carrying out lots of investigations throughout the next few weeks. 

We will also begin our ongoing project of plants and trees.  Throughout the year we will be using the allotments to grow plants throughout the different seasons and hopefully be able to harvest what we grow. We will be working towards different awards of the Royal Horticultural Awards which is very exciting.

Things to consider before the start of our project...


What do I want to be when I grow up?

Who inspires me and why?

What am I good at and what do I want to achieve?

What do I do when I want to improve something?

What do I know about the seasons?

How does daylight change?

Do the flowers grow in Autumn?

 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 Slater.   :)