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Children explored the meaning of ‘remembrance’ by learning about artefacts that Mrs Kyte brought in that belonged to her grandparents and playing ‘Kim’s Game’. They then learnt how to make Anzac Biscuits (similar to those that soldiers ate during wartime) and tasted them. Children learnt how 'Jelly Babies' were first launched in 1918 to celebrate the end of the First World War and were originally called 'Peace Babies'.  Children designed their own ‘Peace Baby’ and explored their ideas.


“I’m going to draw birds on my Peace Baby because “they are peaceful and quiet.”

“I’m going to colour my peace baby red because it is like poppies and love hearts.”

“My Peace Baby is going to have a happy face. My Peace Baby is blue because blue makes me feel calm.”


Secret Reader

After enthusiastically trying to guess who our secret reader was, the children were delighted to settle down and hear a few stories read to them by a grandparent.


 At Willowbank, we strive to foster a love of reading both in school and at home. The aim of "Secret Reader" is to show children that adults love reading too so we would like to invite parents, grandparents or other family members to come in and read a children's story.   This could be a book you particularly enjoyed reading when you were growing up or a current children's book brought from home. 

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Singing with the Children at Toddler Group

Mrs Davies was helped by children in Wren and Robin to teach the children at our Tuesday Toddler Group new songs and practise ones they are already familiar with.

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Special Delivery!

Wren and Robin classes were pleased to meet Dave, the postman, this morning. He delivered a parcel and explained how he knew where to find us by talking about our address. We were interested to find out more about being a postman and listened carefully as he talked about his uniform, what a postman does and how he keeps safe when it is dark.

We had great fun predicting what may have been delivered.

“it’s a toy . . . a dinosaur toy”

“it’s a rectangle”

“a bus, it’s the same shape”


We were pleased that it was another Paddington Bear, so that the Paddington Bear in Wren class now has someone to play with. The children decided that Hide and Seek would be a good game for them to play. We then explored positional language.

Parent Information Evenings

It was lovely to see so many parents attend our information evenings. We hope you enjoyed exploring your child's books and found the information about expectations, curriculum and opportunities to become involved in your child's learning useful. For those unable to attend, please look at the presentation attached.

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Our Curriculum

 Below are our 'S Plans' of what we will be teaching during our Maths sessions.

Year 1 Maths

Year 1 Maths 1

Foundation Stage Maths

Foundation Stage Maths 1

Orchard Lea Nursing Home

This week, Mrs Davies visited Orchard Lea with small groups of children and her 'Singing Sack'.  The children sung a variety of familiar songs and rhymes.  Having the children visit is a real benefit to the residents and their enthusiasm to participate is much greater with the children present. It is also a great opportunity for children to develop their self confidence in different social situations and build their repertoire of songs and dances.

Luna and Sally visit Forest School

Today the children were greeted by two special visitors during their Forest School session. Luna and Sally (the tortoises) helped Miss Mogford to explain about hibernation as part of their work on seasons and exploring the world around them.

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Maths Parent Workshop

This week's parent workshop focused on Maths. Children participated in some fun activities including gloves filled with sand, counting using the light box and games of 'Pirate I Spy'. It was great to see so many parents. Please look at the noticeboard, MyEd and our school website for when the next workshops are. We look forward to seeing both Year 1 and Foundation Stage parents, grandparents and other family members to join in the fun.

Parent Workshops

This Wednesday, our parent workshop focus will be Mathematics. Join us to find out what your child has been learning and how you can help them at home. There are plenty of fun, learning activities to participate in. We look forward to see you!

Here are some of the activities children participated in during our last parent workshop.
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Orchard Lea Nursing Home 

We have had another fabulous visit to Orchard Lea by continuing our fortnightly small group visits. We will be placing names of those children who visit on our noticeboard so that they can be encouraged to share their adventures with those at home. This week we took a variety of balls, hoopla games as well as skittles and great fun was had by all.

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The Exciting Launch of Bug Club for Year 1 children

We are very excited to announce that we are now allocating books electronically, following our weekly guided reading sessions. This is a fantastic new resource which the children are already thoroughly enjoying. The children are able to answer quiz questions based on the books that they read, earning coins which can then be spent on rewards!

Children have all been given a username, password and school code which allows access to the site. Details of these have been stuck into the front of their Reading Logs along. The website link to follow is

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Parent Workshops

Our parent workshops have begun! They have been extremely well attended in the past and are back by popular demand. The workshops are an informal opportunity for parents and carers to participate in a variety of activities. They give ideas on how to support your children at home and show how to make learning in Maths, Reading and Phonics both exciting and engaging.

Some of these workshops will be ‘Stay and Play’, where younger siblings are welcome to participate in the activities provided. We would appreciate that during these session, younger siblings be respectful of the classroom environment so you can all benefit from the sessions.

Parent Workshop Autumn Timetable



Workshop Focus


2.50 – 3.15pm


What is phonics?

What is segmenting and blending?


2.50 – 3.15pm


Developing a real understanding of number.


2.50 – 3.15pm


Developing reading skills and a pleasure in reading.

‘Stay and Play’


2.50 – 3.15pm


Mark making.


2.50 – 3.15pm

Phonics (session 2)

Progression phonics?

What is segmenting and blending?

‘Stay and Play’



Christmas Craft morning

September Starter's Welcome

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend our informal gathering on Friday. It was an opportunity to meet other parents, our parent support worker and learn about our wonderful PTFA. Mrs Kyte talked briefly about what to expect in first few weeks of your child joining Willowbank as well as some Phonics and reading tips. We have uploaded this below for all parents.

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Orchard Lea Nursing Home

This week saw our first visit to Orchard Lea Nursing Home where the children shared some familiar stories with the residents. A small group of children will be visiting the residents every other week (the groups will change with each visit). They will be participating in different planned activities with the residents which will focus on a variety of speaking, listening as well as personal, social and emotional areas of the Year 1 and EYFS curriculums. Both the residents and children had a fabulous time. They eagerly shared their experience with Mrs Ingram when they returned to school.



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'Our Story' S Plan

'Our Story' S Plan 1

Our theme for this term is ‘Our Story’. This theme gives your child a great opportunity to share their existing knowledge and understanding as a starting point for their learning. More information about the aspects that we will be exploring are in our ‘S Plan’ below. In addition to our planned activities, learning opportunities are also developed through child-led interests. 

S Plan for 'Oi Frog'

S Plan for 'Oi Frog' 1

Maths S Plan

Maths S Plan 1

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome back after the summer break. We hope that you and your child had an enjoyable summer and feel refreshed and ready to start the new term. We have planned an exciting term with lots of activities and opportunities. We are really looking forward to working alongside you as your child continues their learning journey at Willowbank.

Meet the team

Meet the team 1 Mrs Davies and Mrs Kyte (class teachers)
Meet the team 2 Miss Mogford, Mrs Holbrook and Miss Young (TAs)
Meet the team 3 Miss Burke and Mrs Holley (TAs)