Welcome to Willow Class. We are a mix of Reception and some Year Ones. Our Teacher is Mrs Costello and our Teaching Assistant is Mr Eastham.
We start our day with a morning challenge, this varies throughout the year from funky fingers to reading to maths challenges. Next we go into Collective Worship, followed by some phonics following the Read Write Inc. Phonics starts in September as a short session and builds in length and challenge throughout the year.
We then go into provision. Mrs Costello loves having the door open all day so that we can choose whether we want to learn inside (in both Ash and Willow Class) or outside.
After some time in provision we do our Maths. We start our sessions with CLIC followed by our class teaching. Mrs Costello teaches Maths in Reception through Numberblocks, which means we learn through a mastery approach which allows us to get a really deep understanding of each number turning us into real mathematicians. In Year 1, we start as a group and then move on to do tasks in small groups with an adult whilst accessing continuous provision
Inside we have all areas including: some table space for our focus work, a creative area to develop our fine motor skills, a construction and small world area, a home corner for most of the year, however, sometimes this will change with our interests, a fine motor skills area, a trunk with some jigsaws and games in, a challenge area, a reflection space, a reading corner and that is just the inside! We then have some extra provision set out in Ash Class which we can access too. Mrs Costello always makes sure there is maths, reading and writing opportunities in all areas.
Outside, we have a construction area on a large scale, this helps us to develop our gross motor skills to get our shoulders and core strong for writing; we have small world which has different resources to inside so we have a variety to play with. We have water and sand outside to develop our science and maths knowledge. As well as the extra fun things that Mrs Costello sets up for us!
Every day is different here in Willow Class as we go with the children’s interests as well as following the topic throughout the school.
Please click here for a copy of our welcome letter.