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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 - Summer 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have had a really exciting Spring Term and it has been lovely to see their confidence and self-esteem really growing and their maturity developing in all areas; both myself and Mrs Campion are so proud of them all.


Our topic for the first half term will be ‘Traditional Tales’.  Our key texts will include; Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. This will broaden the children’s learning of ‘fairy tale’ literature, through both their reading and writing.

In maths we will be learning about time (hours and half hours), capacity, and recording data and of course, we will be continuing to work towards number fluency.

We shall be having PE on Mondays, with a sports coach supporting our lesson. Please ensure PE kits are labelled and in school on those days.


It is vital that the children read as much as possible to build confidence and phonetic awareness. Please support your child with their new phonics sounds that they will be learning. Most of the children can now read the first set of irregular words (Red words) so I shall be sending home a second set of words, to support their reading and writing.

These are words that cannot be sounded out, so it is important that these are practiced as much as possible. We really appreciate the time you give to support reading at home – thank you.

During this summer term we are fortunate enough to have parent helpers come in and listen to the class read once a week, so the children will have two school reads and a change of books a week.

We will continue to listen to the coloured groups on the following days:

Monday- Red group

Tuesday-Yellow group

Wednesday-Green group

Thursday –Change all reading books (and count reads)

Although the reading challenge has come to an end, we will be introducing Willow Class to the ‘reading raffle’.  Each week on a Thursday we will continue to count how many reads the children do at home. If the children read 3 or more times a week their names will go on a raffle ticket and put in the class reading box. At the end of every half term one raffle ticket from each class is selected, where the winning child will receive a book to take home… so keep reading!


Thank you so much to all the parents that have sent in evidence from home for us to use towards our final assessments. It is lovely to have this parental involvement and to see the children applying their new skills outside school.  


As we approach the summer term and hopefully warmer weather, please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily and a summer hat. I am happy for the children to wear the hats to school daily or keep one in school permanently. They will be wearing them in our outdoor area and at playtimes! Please apply sun screen to your child before school, as we are unable to apply it to the children whilst at school.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards,

Mrs L Forsyth & Mrs K Campion            

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