Willow Class (Reception) 2023 - 2024




                                                                           Welcome to  Willow Class


Throughout the year the children will be developing their skills and knowledge through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is divided into two interconnected areas; the Prime and the Specific. The Prime areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The Specific areas of learning are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and the Expressive Arts and Design.

Observing children’s interests is the basis for planning topic themes as this is how young children learn best, through activities that they can make sense of and be inspired by to be curious investigators. This is balanced with teacher directed  topic introductions, such as  celebrations, traditional tales, people who help us. This widens children’s knowledge of their own immediate world.


                                                                                     Term 4


Hello and welcome to Term 4 in Willow Class. 

Below is some general class information for Term 4.

This Term our activities will be linked to the stories; The Train Ride and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Activities will include creating the Willow Class Express, the Opening of  the Class Cafe in case the Tiger pops in for tea. Designing and creating African drums to use at the upcoming Music event and lots more..

Children will be using their phonic knowledge to write labels, captions and sentences linked to our class books.

EYFS & KS1 Music event

EYFS & KS1 Music Event will take place on Thursday 21st March at 2:15pm in the school hall.

World Book Day 7th March

The children will take part in a variety of activities including a book Quiz with YR.1 & YR2

Parents Evening

Parents evening will be held on 25th and 26th of March, I look forward to chatting with you about the wonderful Willows ( further information will be sent via the school office later this term)

Drop off/ Collection

 Drop of is between 8:30 – 8:45am and Collection is 3:00pm at the mobile

Water bottles /snack

Please can you send your child to school with a clean, named water bottle each day. We have fruit to give to the children at story time. If you choose to send in their own snack for snack time it needs to be a healthy option and in a named container.

Reading for pleasure

Each afternoon the children will choose a story book to bring home to share. These books are for you to read to your child. It would be lovely if you could encourage your child to talk about the story.

Little Wandle reading books

If your child is bringing home a reading book, these will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please sign the comment box so we know you have heard you child read.

Naming uniform

Please can you ensure all items of your child’s school uniform including shoes are named. It is very difficult at the end of the day when we have multiple jumpers that are not named. Although the children seem to be able to do the smell test, this does not always work.


This year the children’s PE lessons will be taught by Adventure Sports, supported by the EYFS team. Please send your child to school in their PE clothes every Wednesday.

Contact Information

We try to have an open door policy in Willow Class and we strive to work with parents to ensure all children are happy and progressing at school. Feel free to talk to me in the morning or afternoon. If this isn’t a suitable time for yourself, you can email any questions/information you may have to Karen.powell@guston.kent.sch.uk


Karen Powell
























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