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Week beginning 30.3.20

This week we would have been learning about Easter.


So activities for this week include

- Make an Easter card for Grandparents or other relatives the children wont be seeing over Easter. The children need to use their phonics to write a message inside the card. 

There are lots of ideas on pinterest. You could cut a potato in half and cut a pattern into it for printing eggs with paint. The children could press some spring flowers and stick them on or cut pictures from magazines. There are some lovely ideas using cotton wool for lambs too. I don't want to dictate too much as it really depends on what you have available.

Please let the children post the card themselves whilst exercising or scan it and help them to send it via the internet if you are in self isolation.

-Design own Easter egg

-Write a letter to Easter bunny

- Make Easter biscuits-

or and alternative

Practise reading and spelling all phase 2 tricky and high frequency words.

Better readers need to practise writing/spelling phase 3.


We would have been learning the story of The Little Red Hen during the last few weeksbefore/after Easter,  had we all been in school.

The children can still engage in this to some degree with your support.

- Use this link to help children to learn and retell with Pie Corbett actions. This supports development of concentration, listening and story language.


Draw a story map with your child to support retelling the story.

Learn the story of the Little Red Hen using actions as per video.

Other activities you could do with your child include:-

Making masks form paper plates to support retelling.

Making collages and models of the animals.

Making bread.

Using small world toys to set up a scene with animals to renact the story. (change the animals if necessary). They could think about what else they could make with flour and make something different at the end.


Stay safe and well everyone. Remember, with children this age they should have opportunities for sustained play to develop concentration. If you are struggling to get them to engage with topics suggested, follow their interests and find opportunities for counting, reading, writing, drawing, creating and physical development. 


ABCdoes is great for ideas and support if you are struggling to engage your child.


Take care everyone. 


This week we have really focused on germs and how they spread. We have reminded the children about hand washing. Today we used glitter to show the children how germs could spread by coughing. The children saw how coughing without putting their hand over their mouth spread the glitter. By the end of the morning the glitter had spread to all areas of the classroom! We also watched how soap acted on a bowl of water with pepper on the surface. As the soap is dropped in the pepper moves away. We discussed that this was like germs with the soap chasing the germs away or the germs not liking the soap so running away from it. Possibly not the best scientific explanation but it certainly demonstrated the need for soap! 


Covid 19

With the current situation we are aware that some families may need to self isolate, as may some members of staff. With this in mind, I have prepared a pack activities that children can do whilst in self isolation if they are not ill themselves. I will send these packs home with the children on Wednesday 18th March. These should only be done if the children are in isolation, however I know some of the "Keen Beans" in Willow may want to do them anyway! 

I will also add some website links for online learning to this page later. 


We have been working on Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds (phonics) so by all means enhance their learning opportunities by looking for sites to support this. They were given bookmarks with key words and tricky words so they could also practise reading and writing these. 

In maths we have been working on recognising all numbers to 20 and finding one more or one less than numbers to 10 and then 20. 


We are still finding out about owls so some children may wish to find out more. Their are lots of videos about owls on youtube which they may want to watch. 


The aliens landed again but this time in the woods. We went to look for them and some of us think we may have seen them. They sent us lots of messages and we wrote back to them. We painted pictures of aliens and designed space ships for them. We also created a space station role play area. 

We have been learning the story "Whatever Next". A teddy goes into space and on the way to the moon he meets an owl. The children acted out the story in small groups. 


This had led to further stories about owls. during the last few weeks we have read "Owl Babies", "The Owl who was afraid of the dark" and other stories. We have also been looking at non-fiction books about owls. All the children have made a page about owls to go in a class book. Many children have enjoyed finding out about owls and drawing pictures. We have also used feathers to create collages of owls. These will be shown at our class assembly before going on display in school. 

This week we have been finding out about things that happen in Spring and we went on a Spring walk. We found Spring flowers, buds and seedlings. 


27.1.20 This term we are going to be doing a topic about space. We have already heard stories about space and aliens and we have been working on building a space station. We will be making rockets and aliens froms boxes, lego, playdough etc. We are hoping that the aliens may visit us again (they have been before). 


We have been discussing kindness and being cool and we have a new class motto. 


It's cool to be kind!

So if the children say they have been cool in school you can ask them what kind things they have done!


A quick reminder that we will be doing some outdoor PE this term, dependent on the weather so the children will need outdoor kit including PE shoes.

What a busy Christmas term we have had!
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Picture 3 A new castle for Winnie the Witch


This term we have started with a short topic about Halloween and Bonfire night. The children have been dressing up as witches and wizards in our role play area. They have enjoyed making spells and some children have written some spells too. They had to decide what their spell would do. There were a variety of idea including turning teachers into frogs! 

This Monday we had a visit from the Police as some of the children had shown an interest in the work of the police in their play. It was very exciting to dress up in uniforms and get inside the Police van. Pictures to follow. 

We are going to be starting to learn songs for the Nativity play very soon. The children in Willow will be animals in the performance and as soon as we know what they will be we will send letters home asking for support with costumes if necessary.



Well, what a great few weeks we have had despite the weather. 

We had planned to have a mini topic based on the book Funny Bones to support the previous work on our senses. However, last week one little boy decided to become a pirate. He made an eye patch and a boat. He then had to have a pirate's hat of course. 

So I helped him to make one. 

Very quickly the other children became excited about making pirate eye patches, hats, boats etc. and so our plans had to change! 

The following day we found a treasure map in our classroom and we all put on our pirate hats and eye patches and went to search for treasure.


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And this is what we found!!
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So, since then we have been busy making treasure maps, pirate ships and treasure chests.

We have also made pirate ship flags and painted pictures of our own pirates. Some children even wrote sentences about their pictures.

Who knows, we may even have a visit from pirates in the next few days!




Picture 1 A scary pirate with a treasure map and telescope.
Picture 2 Making pirate ships outside.
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Picture 4 Off to sea in a pirate ship!
Picture 5 Painting a treasure chest gold and silver!
Picture 6 Adding some jewels and sparkles.
Picture 7 What a beautiful treasure chest!
Let's hope the pirates don't find them!

Week beginning 23.9.19

The children are settled and enjoying investigating, creating and developing friendships in Willow. They have been investigating their environment using all their senses. 


We have been working on fine motor skills by sorting pasta, colouring, threading and painting. 

The children have learnt to get ready for P.E.  and have joined in with the rest of the school in Merit assemblies. 

What a great start! 

Picture 1 improving our fine motor skill with pasta sorting
Picture 2 Some children enjoyed making a zoo.
Picture 3 Off on an adventure!
Picture 4 Making an obstacle course.
Picture 5 Building a house.
Picture 6 In the mud pit!

Welcome to Willow 2019. 

So, after a first week of home visits, the new children in Year R started school happily this week. The feedback from parents has been that the children are really happy and enjoying school. So a positive start. 

Karen Gough and I have spent the week getting to know the children and helping them to  feel confident and to get to grips with some of the rules and routines of the school and class. 

The children have learnt about morning routines, lunch time routines, a few class rules and home time routines.  

They have met the other classes, toured the school, learnt some new songs, listened to stories, engaged in number activities, painted, played with the toys, played in the sand and water, dressed up, engaged in role play and of course, made new friends. The list is endless! 


Just a few pictures of our first few days...
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Please can I remind parents that children need


  • wellies 
  • a water bottle
  • PE kit ( T shirt and shorts for this term).  
  • a key ring on their book bags


There will be a meeting in September about the EYFS Reception class year in which I will explain further about the ethos and practise in Early Years. The date for this will be in the school newsletter. After half term I will also be offering training for parents where I will help you to support your children to learn to read and write.