Welcome to Willow Class pages where we hope you will find out all about the youngest members of our school:
Year R. Willow Class has 27 children and is taught by Ms Bailey, Mrs Sharp and Mrs Cook they get up to all kinds of fun learning!
It has been a busy and enjoyable start to school life for Willow Class who have all settled quickly, learning the routines of the school day, making new friends and exploring their new environment.
In Term 1, our focus was 'All About Me'. We made some wonderful portraits, developing our observational drawing skills and fine motor skills including pencil grip and control. We have enjoyed lots of circle time games, thinking about what we like about each other and how to be a good friend. We wrote post cards to send our families and enjoyed walking to the post box and then waiting eagerly for them to arrive to our homes. We were also very lucky to have weekly bikeability sessions where we all had lessons on balance bikes, developing physical control and confidence.
During Term 2 we were focused on 'Magic Train Ride'. We enjoyed learning the story and visited a different land each week, including Underwater World, Space (where we loved testing out real astronaut's ice cream) the jungle and Cake Land! We developed our language skills through some really imaginative role play linking to the story and beyond as well as in our role play garage where we used real tools to try and fix a broken bike.
We began the countdown to Christmas with a trip with our families on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway where we went to see Father Christmas. We enjoyed playing in our Elf Workshop, wrapping presents and developing mark making and writing skills writing cards and labels. We made the most beautiful, creative and individual cards, carefully planning our designs and selecting our own resources. We were all super proud of our creations! We worked very hard to practice our nativity and all did brilliantly performing confidently on stage to all our families and friends. Our term ended with a well deserved Christmas party which was lots of fun and a super celebration of our first two terms in school.
Last year's fun learning is listed below:
Terms 5 and 6 were both busy and exciting for Willow class as they came to the end of their time in EYFS and ready to move into KS1. The children have all come on such a journey, with each and every one achieving amazing things.
Term 5 was filled with dinosaurs as a mysterious visitor came to the Willow Class garden leaving behind muddy footprints, a precious egg and a very stinky poo! He visited lots over the course of the term, each time leaving behind a new and exciting clue for the children to find. The children learned so much about dinosaurs and really developed their investigative skills as they turned into detectives, determined to find out who the visitor was! Having dissected some poo (wearing gloves!!!) , the children became certain he was a herbivore and in the end it was decided that we would set up a video recorder over night to see if that would help us. Eventually we were successful, and the footage showed a large dinosaur appearing to look for his egg in our garden. The children loved writing him letters, and reading some giant replies that he wrote.
During Term 6. the children became fascinated with minibeasts. We learnt the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, writing our own versions of this, and enjoyed watching the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly first hand as the PTFA kindly funded a caterpillar kit for our classroom. We were very lucky that all our caterpillars successfully became butterflies and we enjoyed releasing them into our garden. We also had a fantastic visit from 'The Bug Roadshow' where we learnt so much about a range of minibeasts and held some most unusual bugs! Our thanks to the PTFA who kindly funded both of these fantastic learning experiences.
We loved our school trip to the Rare Breeds Centre where we saw adorable piglets, stroked chickens and guinea pigs, enjoyed the butterfly tunnel as well as some children taking part in the pig racing! After a busy day learning about the animals and exploring the play parks and Mysterious Marsh, we were all exhausted by home time!!
Willow Class have learnt so much this year and have developed into a wonderful class of engaged, polite and caring children. They have been an absolute pleasure to teach and will continue to go from strength to strength, I am certain.
Update on our learning in Terms 3 and 4 2019
It has been a wonderful, busy and exciting term for Willow Class. In Term 3, our topic was Ice and Fire where the children learnt about different animals who live in Arctic conditions as well as experimenting with ice in our outdoor environment, finding out how things freeze and how to melt ice. We enjoyed a visit from a fireman who taught us ways to stay safe and we spent time role playing in our fire station, timing our friends putting out fires in our woodland village and creating incident reports! We ended our topic celebrating Chinese New Year, preparing and cooking a delicious stir fry, creating our own Chinese dragons and parading around school.
After half term, our topic was ‘Pets’ and we have enjoyed visits from many furry and feathery creatures including guinea pigs, dogs, rabbits, a ferret a racing pigeons. We learnt how to look after the different animals, the things that animals need to survive and thought about our ideal pets! Our role play areas changed to a pet shop and a vets centre where high levels of involvement were observed as the children imaginatively played and problem solved buying pet supplies and looking after sick animals.
Alongside our ‘Pets’ topic, the children have been engaged in Literacy activities following the ‘Talk For Writing’ approach. We have been building a bank of traditional tales through oral story telling and innovated our own exciting versions of fairy stories. The children have embraced their story telling creating their own story maps and re-telling the tales in a wide variety of ways during their Let’s Explore time. We celebrated the children’s wonderful work with a Cinderella’s Ball where children dressed up and shared their ballroom dancing skills as well as enjoying a delicious banquet. The children showed how confident, engaged and resilient they have become and made us very proud.
It has also been a busy term behind the scenes, with lots of work having taken place to develop the outside learning environment. We were very grateful to volunteers who gave up one Saturday to help us create a wonderful sand pit, water play area, music area to go with our new outside reading hut and Literacy and Maths station. As we look forward to the nicer weather, we know these areas are going to be greatly enjoyed by the children and enhance all areas of their learning and development.
Willow Class have had a brilliant start to their school days, settling quickly and soon becoming confident in daily routines, new friendships and all aspects of school life.
During Term 1 our topic was ‘Marvellous Me’. The children created wonderful self portraits, thought about the different members of their families and learnt all about different types of houses. We went on our first trip out of school to post letters to our families and saw lots of different house types on our way.
As we moved into term 2, we had a new topic of ‘Journeys’. Outside, our role play area evolved into a train station and the children had great fun creating trains and rockets from our large construction materials. ‘The Magic Train Ride’ quickly became our favourite story, taking us to Cake Land, Fairy Land and even space. As the children showed such a particular interest in space, we continued to focus on this, basing our learning around the Jill Murphy story ‘Whatever Next’. As we thought of questions to ask an astronaut and researched the answers, the children also learnt how to make a sandwich. We enjoyed these alongside real life astronaut food at a special space picnic.
We all enjoyed a very special journey as we went on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway to visit Santa! We all had a brilliant day and wrote Santa some superb letters to say thank you for our presents when we got back to school.
As our term has nearly come to an end we have starred in the KS1 nativity play ‘A Star Is Born’. The children did a brilliant job, singing, dancing and acting and are now getting ready for a very well deserved Christmas holiday.