What a busy first year at school it has been. Despite the ups and downs of the current year the children have been incredible, developing a true love for learning and gaining super skills they will build upon each year at Willow Lane. As a team, we are very proud of how far all the children have come and the goals they have achieved along our journey together. Last half term we had another fun filled day at Borwick Hall, taking on new challenges and developing confidence through exciting activities. We also learned about growing and how to care for our new vegetables!
Our topic this half term is ‘When I Grow Up!’ Each week we will be focusing on different jobs that others do and people who help us within the community and wider world. We will be heading out of school and exploring our fantastic city of Lancaster, discovering the variety of jobs.
The class have been split into two smaller groups for Phonics which means all the children are focused at an appropriate phase (3 or 4). All the children are doing brilliantly and working on gaining more independence ready for Year 1.
A big thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. It is crucial that your child gets the opportunity to practise, consolidate new sounds and become more fluent readers. We expect children to read at least 3 times a week at home and keep a record of this in school. Therefore, it’s important to note it in their reading record.
Due to the current national lockdown, we are teaching our children through our Remote Education/Home Learning offer. Our approach includes our teachers sharing videos of themselves on a platform called Seesaw, workbooks and learning activities for children to complete and additional inputs such as stories and assemblies. The learning includes English, Mathematics and topics from across the curriculum including PE, Science, Art and Geography. Further information can be found at https://www.willow.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/pupil-voice/
Wow! Firstly we would like to say how proud we are of all the children in Red Class. Over the last half term they have shown amazing resilience and determination. They have taken school in their stride and are all very focused on developing their knowledge and learning new skills. We have been working very hard on developing early reading skills such as recognising letter sounds and blending CVC words. Most children are now able to recognise several phase 2 sounds and are applying the skills learnt when reading their books at home and in school. We hope to complete phase 2 very soon and start focusing on phase 3 sounds just before Christmas. It is certainly all systems GO here in Red Class at the moment and we are enjoying every minute of it!
Our topic this half term is ‘Imagination Station!’ Each week we will be focusing on different mini-themes such as Space, Winnie the Witch, Pirates and Superheroes. We will be enjoying different adventures and growing our amazing imaginations to create fantastic writing, art and much more. We have already had a space picnic on the Moon which was very exciting. We would love for you and your child to have fun expanding their imagination at home. This is a great topic and allows everyone to be a child again. Spend the time creating stories with your child using different characters, pretend to be an astronaut and have your tea in space. All these crazy experiences will lead to focused and exciting conversations and writing when in school!
Next week I will be sharing a couple of videos on Tapestry to help support you when reading with your child at home. On Friday 13th November I will be holding a Parents’ Zoom Chat to share information about the year head and how you can use your new phonics pack to help child at home.
PE is every Wednesday. Children must arrive in their kits/ sportswear. Team colour PE t-shirts are a must, as they help with groups. Reading Books are changed Mon, Wed and Fri once marked as read. Face coverings are advised when picking up and dropping of children in school.
Thank you everyone for your support over the last few weeks in preparing your child for the adventures of school and compliance with the new procedures to keep everyone safe. All the children have coped very well with the new experience and have come in to school happy and ready to learn each morning. They are starting to learn the routines and expectations, already showing great listening skills on the carpet. As a team we are very impressed and can’t wait to watch them flourish as the year progresses.
Our topic this half term is ‘Busy Being Me!’ We will spend lots of time getting to know each other, playing games and discovering all areas of our classroom. The children will be exploring what makes them unique and sharing their likes and dislikes. We hope to investigate our 5 senses and learn about how we use them every day. We have spent a little time recapping Phonics phase 1, due to missed time at nursery and are now starting to look at the first letter sounds in phase 2.
If you would like any more information about the phonics phase your child is working on and how you can help at home please do get in touch via the school office.
Reading at home has a huge impact on a child’s development in reading. After this week children will receive sound books to explore and spot sounds with an adult. We change books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday but only if indicated as read.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that we use to collect observations and evidence to assess your child’s development. In the next few days you will receive an email to active your parent account. This will allow you to see what they have been up to at school and develop conversation at home.
PE is every Wednesday. Children must arrive in their kits/ sportswear. Team colour PE t-shirts are a must, as they help with groups. Children need book bags in school every day to send home any important letters. Children all have access to their own school water bottle and fruit throughout the day, so don’t need any additional bottles or snacks sending in.