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Willow Class (Reception) - Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Busler

Welcome to Willow Class
(Foundation Stage)

Summer Term


Welcome to the summer term in Foundation Stage. This is a very busy term for all of us as we prepare for the transition to Year 1. This term our theme is 'British Woodland Animals’. We began the term by reading ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ by Nick Butterworth. We will then focus on a different British woodland animal each week including foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, owls, squirrels, badgers, snakes and insects. An overview of the curriculum can be seen at the bottom of the page. This shows the main adult focus for teaching but the children additionally access a wide variety of activities and resources across our inside and outside environments as part of their child-initiated and child chosen-learning.

This term we will go on our school trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum. Whilst there we will be taking part in an ‘Owl Babies’ workshop where the children will be learning about the habitat of a tawny owl and the nutritional needs of baby owls.

This term also includes our Country Dancing afternoon and Sports Day. Please check that your child has a pair of plimsolls in school and that these fit them!

The weather is still quite changeable so please make sure that your child has a raincoat in school at all times. On chillier days they will need a coat in school. Please remember that our outdoor areas, particularly the woodland, are shaded for much of the day and are significantly cooler than the playground. Children are often cold in the woodland well into the summer term.
On sunny days children also need a sun hat. Please ensure this covers the ears and the back of the neck. Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to school. Do not send sun cream into school as we are not permitted to apply it to your child. If your child still has snow boots in school you may want to swap these for wellies now. Please ensure that all of your child's clothing is NAMED.

Please do come and speak to your child's class teacher if you have and questions or queries. We are looking forward to an exciting term working with your children.




Weekly Routines:
Sound Books: We have now sent home most of the sounds that we teach in Reception.  We will, however, continue to send new tricky words home. 
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 (Spring and Summer terms): these must be returned every week on Wednesdays. Your child chooses their own library book and therefore may sometimes choose something which they later realise is not as interesting as they thought it would be – this is part of the learning process!
PE is on Wednesday.  Please make sure full PE kit is in school on this day, including plimsolls. Girls must have their hair tied back.

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.


Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.

Outdoor Day - April 2018


Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who helped during outdoor day this term.  The children worked with their buddies on a range of projects including: investigating water, birds, making a music station, woodland art, gardening & outdoor maths challenges.  The children and staff had a fantastic day outside in the sunshine.  Photos will follow soon...

Autumn term parents meeting 2017