Welcome to Willow Class ~ Year 1
Information for parents
Welcome to Willow class at the beginning of the new school year. We hope this information is useful to support the routines in our class. We have an open door policy, so if you have any queries or concerns, please come and speak to any Willow staff. Alternatively you can contact us on Class Dojo.
Staff in Willow Class
I am Katrina Brown, the teacher in Willow supported by Mrs Sarah Spooner and Mrs Louise Dott, our very experienced teaching assistants. Mrs Spooner will be in class all day and Mrs Dott will be in class most mornings.
Transition from Cherry to Willow Class
The learning environment plays a very important role in the transition process and we aim to support the children so that changes can be managed as easily as possible. The children will still have the different areas of learning in their new classroom. They will have access to a range of resources as they did in Cherry. They will be given responsibility for making informed choices when learning through themes and will be able to work independently as they continue to learn in the inside and outside spaces available. English and Maths activities will be introduced each day and the children will usually work for part of the day in focussed small groups with an adult.
Morning routine for the first half term
Please bring your child into the classroom from 8.40 (no earlier please) and encourage him/her to organise books, lunchboxes and other items in the appropriate places. Then go into the playground until the whistle blows at 8.50. Please say goodbye to your child in the playground and let them come into the class independently as they do at any other time when the whistle is blown.
Morning break – snack time
Children who would like milk at playtime can pay half termly. Your child will be able to go to the tuck trolley in the bandstand at playtime where milk will be given out. Free fruit or vegetables are still offered in class each day.
Shared Reading at school 8.40-8.55
On Monday morning books are available in the classroom from 8.40 am for children to share with parents or other adults. Please come along and encourage your child to share a book.
Shared reading at home
In Willow class we encourage the children to change their books for reading at home every day. We place them on the school reading programme where the books are colour banded. Children choose their own book from a selection of the appropriate colour. We like the children to be as independent as they can and the routine of putting their books in the ‘Books in’ box first thing in the morning will become established fairly quickly. They will change their books during the day at an allocated time and these will then go in the ‘Books out’ box and be given out at the end of the day. Reading records will stay with the books so you can put your comments in to let us know what your child enjoyed about their book.
Please remember that your child will not necessarily be able to read all of the book unaided and your encouragement and support is very important. Please share and talk about the pictures and text as you enjoy the books. If you have any queries regarding your child’s reading please come and let us know.
Please have named PE kits in school for Mondays and Fridays. Also make sure all their school clothes are named as they frequently get mislaid. We try to go outside for games lessons where possible so a pair of trainers would be useful, also a warm top.
We make regular use of the school library and books are chosen and taken home every Thursday. It is helpful if books can be returned the following Thursday so new ones can be selected.
Later in the term your child will have a menu of activities to choose from related to our topic of learning. One activity is expected each week. We will send out further information about homework after half term.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us about any concerns you have.
Katrina Brown September 2018
In May 2017, we had an exciting visit from Cosmo’s dad to show us his water bottle rockets as part of our transport topic. Each house had a different rocket . The Greenfinch rocket flew the furthest, about 30 metres. Willow children thought of many reasons why the rockets flew different distances.
See our photos in the Willow "Out & About" gallery!