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Willow Class - Early Years

The Teacher for Willow Class is Mrs Oakes.  The Teaching Assistant in Willow Class is Mrs Campion.


Willow Class - Spring 2018

Dear Parents / Carers,

Happy New Year!   

We have had a fantastic first term and are really impressed with the children’s learning so far. The children walk into school happy and excited for the day ahead which is so lovely to see. We welcome Mrs McDonald this term, who will be reading with the children every other Monday.


Our topic for the first half term will be ‘Space’.  Learning will include investigating night and day, nocturnal animals and occupations. We will also be looking at astronaut’s food and exploring healthy eating and self-care. We are very excited to have visitors coming in this term to help with our project. Mr Sadler is a pilot and will be talking to the children about flying in daylight and at night.  Mrs Rose, who is a nutritionist, will be discussing healthy eating with the children. We are also really hoping Mr Rose, a chemist, will be able to come in and do some experiments with the children at some point during the term.

Mystery Reader  

We started our ‘Mystery Reader’ last term and the children absolutely loved having someone come in and read to them.  If anyone would like to bring in their favourite childhood book to read, please let me know.


We shall be having PE on Tuesday and Thursday, please ensure PE kits are labelled and in school on those days.

Show and Tell   

We will be having a ‘Show and Tell’ time where children can bring in favourite toys to show to the class or just tell us about something exciting. This will be every Friday afternoon from 19th January.  Please only bring show and tell items on this day. 

Home Learning    

As part of our topic on space, it would be lovely if the children could make and bring in a nocturnal animal. This can be made in any way, so please feel free to let the children be as adventurous as possible. These should be brought into school by 26th January please.


We are progressing so well with our reading. Please try to read with your child at home too, it really helps secure this very important skill. We have sent home ‘red words’ (words that cannot be sounded out) for all children to practice.


We hope you enjoyed the booklet of your child’s learning that was sent home at Christmas. Please ensure you look at Tapestry through the term and add any learning that your child does at home, this really helps us to see skills being applied outside the classroom.

If you have any queries or question please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team.  

Yours sincerely

Mrs J Oakes, Class Teacher                        

Willow Class - Communications

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