Reception and Year 1
Class Teacher: Malcolm Hayes
Teaching Assistants: Pascale Mewett and Rebecca Coll (INA)
Welcome to Willow Class. We have a mixed Reception/Year 1 class, with one class teacher, one full time teaching assistant. We are really fortunate to have a very large teaching area, comprising classroom, an art room, a reading room, a kitchen, a large covered outdoor areas and a large open outdoor space.
We really understand that children learn best when they are feeling happy and confident and our aim is to make sure that all their learning takes place in an atmosphere of relentless positivity. Learning is fun – we want your children to understand that from day one.
We have great links with our attached nursery, which means that children are familiar with the school, the staff and the children before they join us as pupils. However, we find that the ‘outstanding’ behaviour, ethos and attitude of our children (as graded in our SIAMS inspection report of 2016) means that children who join us from other settings or midway through the year quickly engage with our class and school community.
As your child progresses through the year, we seek to keep you informed on what is happening through a weekly blog on our school Virtual Learning Environment (DBPrimary), where you can also see rewards your child has achieved for their successes. We also use our VLE to set the children some home learning tasks in which we reinforce the links between home and school as well as between real life and class-based learning.
Our Willow Class values are:
- Every child is an individual
- We are active learners
- We understand the importance of working as a group
- We learn through play and thinking for ourselves
- We have a positive outlook on life
- We aim for happiness, kindness and success.