Year 1 – Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class.

Welcome to Willow Class, the learning environment for Year 1. Miss Darby and Mrs Roberts are our class teachers and we are very lucky to have some fantastic teaching assistants in our class too! They are Mrs Clark, Mrs Meridith, Miss Duce and Miss Scott.







In the morning we follow the Read Write Inc. programme for phonics, which includes sound talk, word reading, spellings and reading.

Our morning learning also features English and Maths. In English this term, we will be linking our reading and writing to our new topic of Africa and the Animal Kingdom. We will be looking at the story of Handa’s Hen and using this to help us learn about using question marks as a different type of punctuation. We will also be using adjectives to describe the different animals we might see from the story. We are also hoping to write our own information pages about African animals when we have learnt a bit more about them with a special visit from the Animal Man! We can’t wait to see what animals he brings to show us!





So far this year in maths, we have been learning about all the number facts and composition of numbers to 9 to develop our understanding and fluency. During the spring term, we will be learning about combining two or more parts and using the addition symbol to show this. We will also be introduced to using the equals symbol = to show the equivalence between the whole and the sum. We will then move on to developing our understanding of partitioning and begin to use the subtraction symbol too. We’re going to be very busy! We currently use our school garden and Forest School to support our maths learning by completing tasks outside, excitement is in the air when exploring nature.

During the afternoons we practise Geography and History which are delivered through our topic. This half term it is ‘Let’s go on a Safari’ where we will be looking at Africa, focusing on the country of Kenya. We will be making comparisons of Kenya and the United Kingdom and learning about the landscapes and animals found there.

Our Science topic for this half term will be a science based unit where we will examine The Animal Kingdom where we will be looking at classifying different animals into scientific groups. This learning will be supported by our exciting visit from the Animal Man!

We also learn about Computing, RE, Art and PSHE in the afternoons.

P.E. takes place on a Wednesday afternoon with our talented sports coach Mr Hounsell and a Thursday morning however we ask parents to ensure that P.E. kits are kept in school throughout the week as session days may change.

Word Aware 

Summer 1 words that I am learning in class.

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