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Year 1 – Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class!

It’s a big change moving from Reception to the more structured working time of Year 1 and we spend a lot of time in the first half of the Autumn term making sure that children, learn the routines, know where everything is, understand what is expected from them, and most importantly, feel happy and secure in their new class.

See what we’re learning about in Willow class by clicking on the picture below!



We start each day with ‘Early Work’ where children are set a small task to do whilst the register is taken. Then we go straight into our first Phonics session of the day: learning new phonemes, and using games, rhymes and opportunities to write to consolidate and revise knowledge.
After Phonics, we have a reading session, children are placed in ability groups with books and games, learning the skills that they need for independent reading. The adults in the room read with a group each day.

After reading is a 5 minute break for fruit and water and then we start our Literacy session. This takes us up to Break time.

After Break we have a Numeracy session, and just before lunch we have second blast of Phonics.

Our Foundation subjects are mostly taught in the afternoon sessions: Science, PE, History, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) etc. Thursday afternoons is allocated to a concentrated Handwriting session, led by Rebecca Wilkinson. Friday afternoons are spent responding and finishing off work from throughout the week, using circle time to give the children an opportunity to say how things are going, and the infamous ‘Show and Tell’!

When it’s their house week, children are able to bring in something to show the class. This should be something that they are able to talk about and explain why it is special to them.

On Fridays, children will bring home a homework book with a short task to complete. This homework book needs to be back in school by the following Wednesday in order for the work to be marked and new homework set.

Children will bring home a spelling book on Friday, with spellings to learn for a short test on the following Friday. These spellings will also be in the weekly email that is sent out to parents.

Mrs Tait
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs Tait