Willowbank virtual visit
Stories read by Mrs Davies and Mrs Kyte
To further support your child's transition and for them to become familiar with the adults that they will be working with at Willowbank, our Foundation Stage teachers, Mrs Davies and Mrs Kyte will be adding 'story time sessions' to this web page and Willowbank Primary 2020 Facebook page. They will be reading the stories in different locations around the school so their new surroundings will also become familiar to them. A collection of stories will be kept for you to access and so if your child has a favourite story or has been talking about Willowbank, you can rewatch the films. They can also be used as conversation tools if your child is asking questions about starting school.
Storytime with Mrs Kyte
Preparing Your Child for Starting School Introduction
Preparing your child for starting school
It is important that your child begins to practise how to dress themselves before they start school. Learning to get dressed builds your child’s confidence and independence and gives your them a sense of achievement. Getting dressed also helps your child to develop many other skills such as fine motor, gross motor and thinking . To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank have put together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.
Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with dressing themselves.
Number with a focus on counting
As your child grows up they will have experience of number in their day to day lives. For children this can be made more explicit through number books, singing songs or noticing numbers when out and about. Being familiar and understanding number gives children a firm foundation which can be build upon as they continue their learning.
To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank have put together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.
Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with number.
Speaking and Listening
Providing your child with opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills are important in laying the foundations for when they begin learning phonics, after they have started school. The emphasis is on encouraging your child to: tune into sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank have put together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.
What is phonics? Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound /k/ can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch. Reading and writing can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.
Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with speaking and listening.
Passionate about Home Learning
During the lockdown period, Mrs Jaworski has been using her many years of teaching experience and expertise to keep her toddlers busy at home. She has been creating a variety of fun activities and learning opportunities which use every day equipment and are easy to prepare. We are delighted that she has posted these on Instagram to share, inspire and support families in our school community.
Click on the link to ‘mytwotoddlers’ below to learn more
Continuous Provision are the resources provided in the classroom for your child to interact with. The idea of continuous provision is that it encourages children to develop what they have learnt with increased independence, confidence and creativity. Within our continuous provision, we also facilitate enhanced provision. This means that additional resources and opportunities are used to consolidate, develop and extend your child’s learning to meet their needs and interests.
Below is a slide show of the continuous provision we provide as well as some of the enrichment opportunities we offer. These opportunities include visits to the library, Killerton, police station, fire station, parent workshops and visits to Orchard Lea Nursing Home.
What shall i do if my children is feeling unwell?
Our traffic light below can be used as guidance.
Please note that this was written prior to COVID-19.
RED-STAY AT HOME Raised temperature , Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses such as chickenpox and measles, if your child has a rash, check with your GP before sending them to school. Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children can return to school after 48 hours.
AMBER– SEEK ADVICE Headaches. A child with a minor headache does not usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep your child at home and consult your GP.
GREEN– COME TO SCHOOL* Mild cough, mild cold, sore throat (unless accompanied by raised temp) Feeling tired.
*We will contact you if your child deteriorates during the school day.
Our embroidered jumpers, cardigans and PE polo t-shirts can be purchased from Thomas Moore's in Exeter. We are pleased to tell you that their shop in Fore Street, is due to reopen on Monday 15th June.
Please note that their price guide has been recently updated, please see the pdf document below. Thank you