Welcome to Willow Class. On our page you will find: exciting class news, pictures of things we've done, and activities that can be used at home to support learning further.
Spring Term 2018
Welcome back to school! We hope that you all had a wonderful, relaxing break, spending time with friends and loved ones.
We are settling back into class routines and we have been very busy with a visit from the museum service, to introduce our 'Footprints from the Past' topic (dinosaurs and fossils).
The children have been enjoying the website below and may wish to explore more dinosaurs with you!
Nearly a whole term completed in Willow class and almost Christmas!
We have been very busy with a range of activities this week:
Making cakes with Mrs Hurley, wrapping empty boxes as practice for wrapping presents, making Christmas tree decorations, practising different ways of making numbers up to 10 and writing Christmas cards.
As you will see from the photos, we enjoyed a visit from Balance Buddies on Thursday and our Willow class party onFriday.
Having fun as we learn!
With the arrival of colder weather, we explored what happened to ice-cubes placed in different parts of our setting. Some of the children also thought that the ice-cubes would need to be placed in water before they started to melt. We labelled each bowl to remind us which bowl had been placed in each place. They waited very patiently to see what would happen and they were surprised by some of the results! Maybe you could try this at home?
As you will see, the wheat which Meg from Farmlink left us has also started to grow, which the children are watching with interest. The hose telephone proved to be very popular on Friday, with lots of interesting conversations to be heard!
We have been learning how to estimate and then count carefully to check our estimates and we are also practising addition daily when we 'pay' for our snack. Milk and fruit are currently 2p each. This is set to change in the New Year!
The children are enjoying practising skills learned in their daily phonics and they enjoy using these skills to write letters, lists and captions. They are also using the sounds charts in the classroom to help them solve challenges.
The Little Red Hen
On Tuesday 7th November, Meg from Farmlink brought her hen Rosie to visit us in Willow class. Meg shared the story with the children and she explained the process of planting and harvesting the grain and how this is turned into flour which is used in a huge range of everyday products.
The children were given the opportunity to plant grain, grind the wheat, look closely at the ground wheat and even to gently stroke Rosie.
Rosie was very well behaved and we all made sure that we used quiet voices, so that we didn't scare her.
At the end of our visit, the children presented Meg with a cheque for £100, which was the amount raised through our 'dress as a Farmer' day.
2 Build a Profile Observations
Please read the following letter which explains how your child will be observed and assessed this year. These observations will add to an overall assessment of each child's attainment when measured against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the year.
Paying for snacks!
For the past 2 weeks, the children have been encouraged to 'pay' for their snack using cubes. They take it in turns and volunteer to run the till. At the moment, both milk and the fruit/veg of the day 'cost' 2 cubes. Prices may be set to rise after half-term!
Week commencing 9th October 2017
As the beautiful weather continued, we have been enjoying outside learning. In particular, the children have been enjoying putting on puppet shows for each other. They used the cable reels to make seating for the audience!
Thank you very much to Kate Jefferies, who kindly gave up her Friday morning to visit Willow, Beech and Hazel classes. She explained a little about the role of police officers in our community and she worked extremely hard fingerprinting all of our children. As you will see from the photos, the children enjoyed having their fingerprints taken and also trying on Kate's hat and jacket.
We have also been reading the story of The Jolly Postman and the children then designed stamps,wrote letters and posted them in our class letter box. (There is a display of the children's work in the corridor outside Willow class).
Willow class stay for lunch for the first time.
This week, we have continued to learn new sounds (/d/, /t/, /i/) and Music Box once again visited us. We practised our Harvest service and look forward to seeing parents / carers on Monday 2nd at 0900.
I have added a link for 'Dough Disco' below, as the children have enjoyed this new activity this week. It is a 'YouTube' clip by Shonette Bason which shows the children several short movements to build up hand strength/ dexterity. They also find it fun!
As you will see from the photos, the children have settled brilliantly to school lunches, they are becoming familiar with the playground routines and they have started to make new friends in other classes.
Week beginning 18th September 2017
It has been very busy in Willow class this week as the whole cohort have been in class together for the first time. You will see some of the activities which they have tried from the photographs.
This week, we have started Read Write Inc phonics. We have started by learning how to say, read and write /m/, /a/, and /s/. It is very important that children start and finish each sound correctly when they are writing them and we have started to work on this in class.
Music Box visited us for the first time on Thursday and we enjoyed sharing singing and percussion activities as a class.
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