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Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class, Mrs Ashley-Irving and Mrs Beaumont are very excited to be working with you all this year. We have lots of exciting activities planned, by the end of the year you will have not only learned a lot but also be more independent and responsible too!

About us

Teacher: Mrs Ashley-Irving

Teaching assistant: Mrs A Beaumont

Pupils: Reception and Year 1

Topic – Memory Box and Do You Want To Be Friends?

Using our new Cornerstones curriculum this term we are combining two topics to help us settle in.  We will learn all about what makes a good friend and we will share our memories and special moments from home.

To start our topic we are having a picnic on Monday 18th September at 1.30pm, we will be making light refreshments and would like you to bring the whole family! Grandparents, younger siblings, everyone is welcome!


Reception will be starting to learn phase 2 sounds - this week we will cover S A T P.  We will also revise these sounds in our phonics stars sessions on a Tuesday afternoon with Katie.  You are welcome to attend from 19th September at 1.45pm.

Year 1 are now revising phase 3 and 4 phonics and beginning to learn phase 5 sounds ay, ou, ie, ea as well as tricky words to read oh, their and people.


Is given out every Friday to be completed and returned the following Thursday.

All children have a maths work book to complete one page per week, additionally reading daily - please give your book to Mrs Ashley-Irving or Mrs Beaumont when completed - and sounds to learn at home to support class phonics.  Finally optional topic homework will be handed out.


This term we will have sports coaches for PE sessions on Thursday afternoons so please continue to ensure kit is in school at all times. We are often having PE outside so please ensure kit is appropriate for outdoor PE.


We no longer complete weekly spellings tests.  Spellings will be learned as part of our phonics and other lessons, if a word they are capable of is frequently miss-spelled it will be written into their spelling book to practice.


Children are read to twice a week in school, please ensure book bags have their reading record in and are in school at all times. 
Try to read often at home, asking your child questions about what they have read to ensure they understand it.

I have some book marks to aid these questions if you would like one please let me know.

Curriculum Evening

If you were unable to attend or just forgot some of the details here is the presentation I showed.  Any questions please come and ask me.

File icon: pptx Welcome to Willow Class [pptx 6MB] Click to download

Making paper mache balloons

As part of our Up! topic we explored colour mixing by painting balloons the three primary colours and then painting one by mixing the colours.  Come see our painting area for the finished product!

Teddy Bear's Picnic!

On Monday we had a brilliant day! In the morning we baked biscuits then in the afternoon we had a picnic with our friends and families.  We talked about how toys were different then and now, we made teddies and coloured teddies! What a busy and fabulous afternoon!

Going on a sound walk

We went around school to hear which classroom was the quietest, we also went outside to listen carefully. We heard birds in the sky, leaves rustling on trees and even a plane!

Listening on our playground

What might you hear on your sound walk?

Making some noises!

Next we used the provision in the classroom to make our own noises - Lucas was the loudest!

Making some noise!

Eddie was the quietest!

Making patterns

This week we have been learning about grouping, when we went outside we grouped ourselves into lots of groups - those wearing socks and those not, those wearing a coat and those not, those with light hair and those with dark hair (although Eliza and Jacob were a bit tricky to group), girls and boys.

Then in the classroom we grouped shapes and counters.

Phonics letter S

We went outside to practice our mark making of the letter S!

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy