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Willow Class (Reception) - Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Busler

Welcome to Willow Class
(Foundation Stage)



Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term in Foundation Stage. Our topic for this half term is “People Who Help Us”.  We will be learning about people who work in the police force, fire-fighters, medical workers and postal workers.  We will also have a themed week for Chinese New Year and we will be taking part in our whole school 'One World' week where each class chooses a different country to learn about.  After half term we will be asking the children what kinds of jobs they would like to do when they grow up. 


As always, we encourage the children to be as independent as possible.  Many of the children can now zip up their coats, do buttons and fasten Velcro independently but many still need more practice, particularly with putting gloves on. We start doing PE in the hall wearing PE kits this term.  The children are expected to get changed independently and taught how to keep all of their clothes together to avoid that one lost sock at the end of the lesson.   Please make sure all uniform and PE kits are labelled and if your child comes home missing a sock, vest or anything else do let us know or have a look in our lost property box. 

The children are usually much more confident this term and are beginning to blossom and show their true colours now that they know all of us better and are more familiar with school routines.  This is a lovely term to see children progressing and becoming ready for Year 1. 

Please do come and speak to us if you have any concerns or queries or would just like an update on your child's progress. 



Weekly Routines:
Sound Books: New sounds will be put into your child's sound book wallet each week.  Please add these to the sound book and practice for a few minutes each day.  The children are eager to teach you the story, action and song for each sound. 
Reading Record Books: please try to read with your child every day and write a short comment in their book to let us know how they are getting on
Library Books - we will be visiting the school library after Christmas. 
PE - we do not have formal PE lessons in the autumn term as we spend a lot of time outside being very physical and active.   

Art aprons & raincoats must be in school every day

Parents Meeting - Pronunciation of Sounds
There is a link at the bottom of the page to further information about this and other frequently asked phonics questions.


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Autumn term parents meeting 2018