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Willow Class - Early Years

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


Willow Class - Spring 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a good Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a ‘Happy and Healthy New Year’. Hopefully the children have come back all refreshed and ready for some more fun!


This half term our Topic is ‘Bears’. The children will discuss and learn about different ‘Bears’, through some exciting stories, which will include fiction and non-fiction books. In the last week of the half term (Wednesday 13th February) I would like to invite the children to bring in a ‘Teddy Bear’ from home and join in with our ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’.

The week beginning Monday 14th January, please could I also ask for each child to bring in a photograph of someone who is ‘special’ to them. This is to support one of our RE lessons in the second week back.


Just a gentle reminder, that children are expected to be reading at home and sharing their reading books with you at least 3 times a week and we need to have that correspondence from home in the reading record. Unfortunately, due to time restrictions this half term, we will only be listening to your child read once a week but they will have the opportunity to change their book again towards the end of the week.

Once again, if any parent or grandparent would be willing to come into school at the end of the week, either at drop off in the morning, or  before the end of the school day, to hear extra reading, I would be most grateful.  Please just let myself or the office staff know if you are able to do this.  If we have a few helpers, I could set up a rotation so that you are not committed on a weekly basis.


We shall be having PE on Tuesdays and Fridays, so please ensure PE kits are labelled and in school on those days.

Show and Tell

We will be continuing with ‘Show and Tell’ time on Friday afternoons, where children can bring in favourite toys to show to the class or just tell us about something exciting that they have done!

Parental Engagement

Accurate assessment at EYFS depends on contributions from a range of perspectives, including those achievements a child demonstrates at home.  We have a fantastic assessment tool, ‘Tapestry’ in place at St Mary’s and each parent now has access to this. 

Tapestry enables parents/carers instant, up-to-date access to view what your child is doing and achieving in school from the comfort of your own home. 

As part of the Home School Agreement it is important that all parents take time to share individual learning journeys with their child and add comments (these could be about what they are doing in school or what they are doing at home).  We expect at least one comment per half term and currently have approximately 70% of parents who do this.  Please help us achieve 100% this term. 

Kind regards,

Mrs L Forsyth & Mrs K Campion            

Willow Class - Communications

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