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Year 1 Willow

Welcome to Willow Class - Year 1


Hello and a big welcome to Year 1 and Willow Class!

My name is Miss Morton and I am the Willow Class Teacher. Mrs Beaumont, (our class teaching assistant Mondays-Thursdays) and Miss Baker (our class teaching assistant on Fridays) will also assist your child with their learning.


Each morning before school, please come to the Willow classroom door (next to the Cherry garden) at 8:40. Please could your child bring a water bottle (containing water) and their book bag. Please note that at this time, toys from home should not be brought into school. Pick-up from school is at 3:15 from the Willow classroom door. On Tuesday’s, the whole school participates in the ‘Daily 10’ on the school playground/field. All children should make their way to the school playground/field at 8:40 on this day.

Children in Key Stage One are entitled to a free school meal. Please order this via the ParentPay system. If your child would prefer a home-packed lunch, this can be brought in with their book bag and placed on our lunch trolley.  


In Willow Class, children will have a P.E lesson every Tuesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their P.E kit on this day. If your child has long hair, please ensure that their hair is tied up. Also, if it is chilly outside, please ensure that your child is wearing their school jumper/cardigan or P.E hoodie on top of their house t-shirt. Children who are participating in Mr Ward’s P.E club will not need to change their clothing.

Our Learning

In Willow Class, Year 1 children will access the curriculum through carefully planned learning activities. Miss Hudson and I have worked closely to identify learning opportunities which may be needed, particularly in the Autumn term. Transition into KS1 is gradual. My aim is to make the transition process from EYFS into Year 1 as smooth as possible. At the beginning of the year, children will access different learning activities and challenges through play and via continuous provision. In addition to this, interesting and engaging activities will be introduced each day in which the children will usually work in small, focus groups with an adult.



Reading is incredibly important. I recommend reading 5-10 minutes every day with your child. At Coltishall Primary School, our reading books are aligned to your child’s phonics stage. Your child will be given two reading books every Monday to take home for the week. Books are to be returned the following Monday.

When reading, please don’t hesitate to ask your child to read the same book again. This process will help to aid your child’s reading fluency and comprehension.

Phonics Screening Check

In June, Year 1 children will participate in the phonics screening check. This is a check in which children will read a mix of real and made up words containing graphemes learnt. Please be assured that your child will be put at ease by myself and will most likely not even be aware that they are participating in the screening check. They will most likely find it fun due to lots of nice, colourful alien pictures.


In Willow Class, homework will be given once children are settled after the Autumn half term holiday. Homework will be given once a week on a Friday and will usually consist of a small activity or task which focuses on recapping and embedding learning.

Knowledge Organisers

Each half term, your child will come home with this half term’s knowledge organisers. Our knowledge organisers focus on the key knowledge and skills that your child will be learning across our foundation subjects this half term. Please take a look at these to see some of our exciting learning opportunities.

If you have any questions about our exciting learning opportunities in Willow Class, please do not hesitate to contact me via Class Dojo.