Welcome to Year 1 - Willow Class
Welcome to Willow class. Our names are Ms Brown and Mrs Bates and we are the class teachers. Ms Brown teaches from Monday to Thursday afternoon and Mrs Bates takes over for Thursday afternoon and Friday. Mrs Spooner and Mrs Jones are our wonderful teaching assistants who support Willow class. Mrs Spooner is with us each day in the morning and afternoon and Mrs Jones is with us each morning and at lunchtimes.
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 are gradually introduced to the different areas of learning in their new classroom. They have access to a range of resources as they did in Year R. They are 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. Planned activities are introduced each day and the children work in small focus groups with an adult as in Year R.
Our timetable is flexible but generally, we have a Maths focus, English focus, Guided Reading session, Letters and Sounds (phonics), PE (Monday and Friday) in the mornings, and Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, DT and RE in the afternoons. Nearer Christmas, homework will be set on Thursday and it is expected that it will be handed in by the following Tuesday. We try to ensure that homework practises what we have been doing in class together, or prepares the children for some new learning.
At the beginning of the academic year, we write and agree as a class, a Class Charter which makes clear behaviour expectations.
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. This may take some time but it is an important step. Your child should quickly gain independence and 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. Please don’t wave to your child when they are beginning the day; this can be distracting and unsettling for your child.
Mrs Tuttle will continue to collect tuck money for milk, as in Cherry Class. This can be put in the tub at the beginning of each term. 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.
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.
In Willow class we encourage the children to change their books for reading at home every day.
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. As usual reading records will stay with the books so you can put your comments in to let us know how your child is doing at home.
Please remember that your child will not necessarily be able to read every 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.
We make regular use of the school library and books are chosen and taken home every Tuesday. It is helpful if books can be returned the following Tuesday so new ones can be selected.
Your child will have simple homework activities later in the term. We will send out further information about homework in the coming weeks.
Katrina Brown and Susan Bates September 2016
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!