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Thursday 18th June

Today are your last two chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree. Keep your eyes peeled for some more stories next week through our new Facebook group - Willowbank Primary School 2020.

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 25 - Everything comes right (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 26 - The Land of Presents (read by Miss Jay)

Wednesday 17th June

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 23 - The Land of Tempers (read by Miss Jay)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 24 - A most exciting time (read by Mrs Staples)

Tuesday 16th June

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 21 - Some peculiar adventures (read by Mrs Staples)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 22 - Watzisname has some strange news (read by Miss Hayman)

Monday 15th June

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 19 - The Land of the Old Woman (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 20 - The Land of Magic Medicine (read by Miss Jay)

Friday 12th June

Good morning Year 1. For lots of you, this is your last day of home learning! Miss Jay and Mrs Staples are very excited to see lots of you in school on Monday. For those not coming back to school on Monday, don't worry... we will still be keeping in touch and are looking forward to seeing the learning you are doing on the Virtual School. On Monday, please follow the link on the 'First Federation Virtual School' section of the At Home Learning page.

Don't forget - we will still be uploading our daily chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree onto this page, so if you are keen to find out what happens at the end of the book, please check this page each day for your next chapters!

We hope you have a lovely day, and a really nice weekend.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 17 - Rick gets everyone into trouble (read by Miss Jay)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 18 - A surprising visitor (read by Mrs Staples)

Thursday 11th June

Good morning Year 1, we hope everyone is having a nice week so far. If you are coming back to school on Monday, there is some useful information on the 'Parents' - 'REOPENING - WHAT TO EXPECT' section of the website. There are some photos that show you some things that may look a bit different when you return. Make sure you ask someone at home to share this with you before Monday, we think it will help some of your worries to go away.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 15 - A shock for the boys (read by Mrs Staples)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 16 (Part 1) - The Land of Goodies (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 16 (Part 2) - The Land of Goodies (read by Miss Hayman)

Wednesday 10th June

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It certainly looks like you have worked hard so far this week, thank you for sending us your learning so far. We hope you enjoy today's learning!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 13 - The Land of Toys (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 14 - An exciting rescue (read by Miss Jay)

Tuesday 9th June

Good morning everyone! Thank you to all of you who emailed your learning to us yesterday, we always love seeing what you have been doing. We are very excited to have received a parcel in the post yesterday which contains a certain type of insect... we wonder if anyone can guess what they are?

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 11 - Up the tree again (read by Miss Jay)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 12 - The Land of Do-As-You-Please (read by Mrs Staples)

Monday 8th June

Good morning Year 1, we hope you all had a lovely weekend. There are lots of exciting things planned for your home learning this week! Don't forget, we are uploading two chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree for you to listen to each day, and thought you might like to listen to one before bedtime!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman 

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 9 - The Land of Dreams (read by Mrs Staples)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 10 - A few more adventures (read by Miss Hayman)

Friday 5th June

Good morning everyone, we can't believe it's Friday already and the end of another week of home learning. We hope you enjoy what we have planned for you today - please keep sending us photos of your amazing learning as well as all of the other lovely things you have been doing.

Have a lovely day, and a great weekend.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 7, part 1 - Mr Change-About and the Enchanter (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 7, part 2 - Mr Change-About and the Enchanter (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 8 - How can they escape? (read by Miss Jay)

Thursday 4th June

Good morning and happy Thursday everyone!

We wonder if you have seen lots of slugs and snails about after yesterday's rain? If you have, it's because slugs and snails need moisture to survive, and they dry out very quickly when they are active but it is hot and dry! Keep an eye out and see how many you can spot when you are out and about over the next couple of days.

Have a lovely day today.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 5 - Saucepan makes a muddle (read by Miss Jay)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 6 - What can they do now? (read by Mrs Staples)

Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning Year 1. Wow... we were so impressed with all of your learning yesterday, and can see that you have got back into the swing of things after half term.

Don't forget, there are two chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree for you to listen to today, we hope you enjoy them!

Have a lovely day

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 3 - The Land of Topsy-Turvy (read by Mrs Staples)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 4 - The Land of Spells (read by Miss Hayman)

Tuesday 2nd June

Good morning and welcome back after your half term break - we hope you enjoyed it! We are very excited to share that there is a new Cooking Club section on the At Home Learning page, and Mrs Staples has had a go at creating her own fruit animals! Make sure you go and take a look and maybe have a go yourselves.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

Today we are starting our new text... The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. We are going to try to read you two chapters a day and thought you might enjoy listening to a chapter as a bedtime story. Please let us know what you think so far.

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 1 - Rick comes to stay (read by Miss Hayman)

The Magic Faraway Tree: Chapter 2 - Off to the Enchanted Wood (read by Miss Jay)

We hope you enjoy the last two chapters of The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon. We will be starting a new text after half term which we think you will love!

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 14 - Chest of Souls

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 15 - Sun Rise

Friday 22nd May

Good morning everybody, this is your last day of learning before you have just over a week off for half term. We hope you have lots of exciting things planned, albeit most of these from home! To note:

  • Well done for lots of your correct guesses... Miss Hayman's friends are of course HEDGEHOGS! She is going to keep an eye on them over half term and keep us updated.
  • Miss Gibbs has put some exciting information onto the PE section of the At Home Learning page all about the Devon Virtual School Games - giving you the opportunity to take part in competitions from home, with medals and certificates to be won in each activity. Make sure you take a look, and send us any photos of the activities you complete.
  • We have just a couple more chapters of The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon to share with you before we finish the book. Although there will be no learning on the website next week, we will be uploading the last two chapters of the book on Monday and Tuesday!

Have a lovely day, and a happy, safe half term.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman 

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 13 - Jim, the Captive

Thursday 21st May

Miss Hayman has some new friends who have decided to make a home in her lovely garden... see if you can guess what the animal is from the following clues. 

A group of this animal is called an array

They rely on hearing and smell because they don't have very good eye sight

They make grunting sounds a bit like a pig

We will share a photo of the animal with you tomorrow, but please let your teacher know if you think you can guess beforehand!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Miss Hayman and Mrs Staples

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 12 - The Duel

Wednesday 20th May

Good morning, we hope everybody is well. We are missing you a lot but have lots of fun things planned for you and we can't wait to see some photos of what you have been up to. Miss Hayman is reading the next chapter of The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon today but this is in two parts, so please make sure you listen to both!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 11 (part 1) - Aboard the Ghostly Galleon

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 11 (part 2) - Aboard the Ghostly Galleon

Tuesday 19th May

Happy Tuesday Year 1. Not long until half term! Don't forget, when you do your English learning today, we uploaded the Traction Man story for you to listen to. Scroll down to Monday's learning if you would like to listen again to refresh your memory.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 10 - The Parley

Monday 18th May

Good morning Year 1 and welcome back to another week of home learning. We are very excited about what we have got planned for you this week, so we hope you enjoy it. On Friday, we are challenging you to take part in PE with Jo Wicks... we have chosen Friday because he always dresses up and encourages you to aswell! So please start thinking about a costume you could wear for Friday's workout!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 9 - Full Moon

Traction Man

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Friday 15th May

Good morning everyone, how is it Friday again? We hope you are spending some time outside in the beautiful weather, us teachers are still enjoying our daily walks and bike rides! Please keep sending us photos of the other exciting things you get up to, we love seeing your photos.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman 

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 8 - Key of Souls

Thursday 14th May

We thought we would share some fun animal facts with you today.

Did you know that a crocodile cannot stick its tongue out?

Did you know, a slug has four noses?

Did you know, horses and cows sleep standing up?

If you know of any interesting facts, please let your class teacher know - we would love to share them with everybody!

Have a lovely day,

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 7 - A Plan

Wednesday 13th May

Good morning Year 1. We are glad you are enjoying your computing this week and it's nice to see you are thinking of your instructions carefully. While the weather is so nice, we thought we would remind you off Miss Mogford's Outdoor Learning section of the website - this week she has already put up some ideas for minibeast hunts, colour hunts and leaf imprints! Let us know how you get on.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 6 (section 1) - Grandpa's Tale

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 6 (section 2) - Grandpa's Tale

Tuesday 12th May

We hope everybody is well and found yesterday's learning interesting and we look forward to seeing more photos of the things you have doing as we move through the week.

Miss Hayman is reading Chapter 5 of The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon today, she has worked hard on her best pirate voice so we hope you like it!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 5 - The Blackhole

Monday 11th May

Good morning Year 1, we hope you had an enjoyable long weekend and managed to get outside in the sunshine. We have loads of exciting things planned for you this week, including lots of reading activities linking to our class text as well as some computing!

If you managed to do any cooking over the weekend linking to last week's maths work, please send us some photos, we hope to update our Class Pages section of the website later this week.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 4 - Miss Pinky

Thursday 7th May

Good morning everybody, we are going to start the day with some jokes today. These were found and sent in by Monty in Bats Class, we hope you like them:

What do aliens like to listen to?

Nep-tunes

 

How did the egg cross the road?

It SCRAMBLED across

Don't forget that tomorrow is Bank Holiday, so we would like you to enjoy time at home with your families. If you are looking for extra learning though, remember that Mrs Staples has uploaded some resources linked to VE Day onto the 'additional resources' section of this page.

Have a lovely day today.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 3 - Panic!

Wednesday 6th May

Good morning Year 1, we hope you are enjoying your learning this week. This Friday is a bank holiday; it would usually be on a Monday but this Bank Holiday has been linked to the VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, which marks the end of World War II. Mrs Staples has kindly uploaded some resources to the 'additional resources' section - please take a look and send us some pictures of the things you get up to.

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Chapter 2 - The News

Tuesday 5th May

Good morning everybody, 

We hope you're ready to start listening our new text... The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle. We will be reading a chapter every day. Miss Jay is starting today with the prologue (an introduction to the story) and Chapter 1. Please let us know what you think so far.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon: Prologue and Chapter 1 - The Museum

Phonics Fingers to Segment and Blend

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This video will help to remind you of the actions we use to represent and read single sounds, digraphs and split digraphs and then blend whole words together.

Monday 4th May

Good morning Year 1, we hope you had a great weekend and made the most of the little bits of sunshine we saw.

Today is the FINAL chapter of George's Marvelous Medicine and we are so glad you have enjoyed it. Don't worry... tomorrow we will be starting our new story which we think you will love just as much as this one.

Have a lovely day, we can't wait to see some of your fantastic learning.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 15

Friday 1st May

It's suddenly Friday again... where did the last week go? We are so pleased to hear how brilliantly you are doing with your Bubbles stories and are looking forward to seeing some finished pieces today. 

We have updated our class page with some photos of lots of the amazing things you have sent to us - make sure you take a look and see what your friends have been up to this week too.

Have a great day, and a fantastic weekend.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 14

Thursday 30th April

Good morning everyone, it’s lovely see how hard you have all been working this week! Please make sure you check the newsletter tomorrow to see if any of the photos you have sent us have featured… we had so many to choose from. Tomorrow, we will be revealing the new book we will be reading to you each day so make sure you check the website in the morning to find out!

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 13

Wednesday 29th April

Good morning everyone and a very happy Wednesday. We are so pleased to see you are enjoying your fidget spinner activity to support with your spelling this week, please keep sending us lots of photos. We are also incredibly impressed with the art work you did linked with The Colour Monster - we can't wait to share some of these on the newsletter this week.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 12

Tuesday 28th April

Good morning Year 1. To start the day, here are a couple of jokes. Do you have any jokes you could share with us?

 

What do you call a sleeping dinosaur?

A dino-snore

 

What's a witch's favourite subject in school?

Spelling!

 

We hope you have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 11

Monday 27th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you all had a lovely weekend. There are lots of exciting things planned for you today which we hope you enjoy. Keep emailing us with suggestions for our next class text which we can share on the website; we think we may have to do a vote as we’ve had lots of ideas from you all already!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 10

Friday 24th April

Good morning everybody! How is it already Friday? These weeks are flying by. We hope you are ready for the things we have planned for you today. Please send us photos of your story maps and core value hand art when you finish these, we are very excited to see them.

Most importantly, have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 9

Thursday 23rd April

Good morning Year 1, we hope you are managing to enjoy some time in the sunshine - we are so lucky to have such beautiful weather at the moment. Please keep letting us know what you are getting up to, we love seeing your photos or hearing your news over the phone.

We are starting to think about our next class text to read each day (we have just over a week's worth of George's Marvelous Medicine chapters to share with you before we finish the book). Does anybody have any suggestions of short chapter books we could share with you next? If you do, please send your teacher an email!

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 8

Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning everybody, we can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! We have lots of exciting things planned for you today but please don’t feel that you have to complete all of it. We are still really enjoying receiving photos of all of the other amazing things you have been doing, such as adventuring outside, making models, even more baking and some of you still have your tuck shops up and running!

Miss Gibbs has uploaded some more PE resources for you to have a go at too, should you wish to try something different. There are some active workouts and some fun challenges for you to complete!

Have a lovely day

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 7

Tuesday 21st April

Good morning Year 1. We were very impressed with all of the learning we were sent yesterday, please keep sending your photos to us... it is making our day seeing your amazing learning and lots of smiling faces!

We hope you have started to tick off some of your reading bingo challenges... some of the children in school yesterday managed to tick off two or three, can anybody beat that? Can you come up with some of your own to add to the grid?

Have a lovely day,

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 6

Monday 20th April 2020

Good morning, we hope you all had a lovely weekend and are excited for a new week of learning. 

We have heard that Joe Wicks is adding some World Trivia questions to his PE session this morning; join him on YouTube at 9 o'clock to get both your body and brain active. Please let us know how you get on.

Also, don't forget to email any pictures of your rainbow drawings or of you and your family clapping for the NHS to admin@willowbank.devon.sch.uk - Mrs Hillson is very excited to see these!

Have a lovely day, we are looking forward to seeing your wonderful learning this week,

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 5

Friday 17th April 2020

Good morning Year 1, we hope you have enjoyed all of your learning so far this week, this is the final day before the weekend where you can get some well-earned rest!

It has been lovely to speak with so many of you on the phone this week and hearing all about the interesting things you have been doing - we've heard lots of you have been busy gardening, seed planting, learning how to do gymnastics, creating Youtube videos, baking and many more interesting things.

We hope you enjoy chapter 4 of George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, it's Mrs Staples' turn again today, please let us know what you think of the story so far. 

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 4

Thursday 16th April 2020

Good morning and happy Thursday... this week seems to be flying by! We have been incredibly impressed with all of the amazing learning that we have been receiving through email so far this week, please keep it up.

Chapter 3 of George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl is now ready for you to listen to and is being read by Miss Hayman, we hope you enjoy it!

Have a lovely day.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 3

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Good morning everybody! It was lovely to see so many of you back into the swing of learning yesterday and we hope you enjoy the activities we have set for today. Please continue to email us with some of the learning and other exciting things that you have been doing at home, we are looking forward to putting some photos onto this week's newsletter!

Chapter 2 of George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl is now ready for you to listen to, please let us know what you think of the story so far. 

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 2

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Good morning everybody, we hope you all had a lovely Easter and made the most of the glorious sunshine! We also hope that you're feeling rested and ready for some more exciting learning to take place.

The teachers in Unit 1 are trying something new today and have had to be very brave! Please make sure you listen to Mrs Staples reading Chapter 1 of our new text... George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. There will be a new chapter uploaded each day so make sure you look on the website daily to hear the next part of the story.

Have a lovely day,

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Chapter 1

Friday 27th March 2020

Happy Friday everybody! We hope you have a lovely day today. Along with all of your other exciting learning, Miss Hayman has found something incredibly exciting which you may wish to try... Becky Bettesworth has put a 'Love Keeps Us Together' poster onto her website for you to colour in! Please send us any finished posters so we can see your wonderful work.

https://beckybettesworth.co.uk/collections/free-download-to-colour-in/products/love-keeps-us-together

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good morning, what a beautiful day it is today!

Over the last few days, Mrs Staples has been enjoying nice, long bike rides and Miss Jay has been doing lots of walking in the village that she lives in. Miss Hayman has been playing catch with her dog Simba in the garden every day! What are you doing to make the most of the sunshine? Here are some of our ideas:

  • Joe Wicks PE lesson outside in the garden
  • Helping with the gardening or planting seeds
  • Having a picnic lunch outside

We are all so excited to see what you get up to today, please remember to send us photos!

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good morning everybody!

Wow Year 1... we have been so excited by all of the amazing learning you have done at home so far - thank you to mummies and daddies for sharing this with us! It has been lovely to see that you have been doing other things as well - lots of games, exercise and even a spot of baking.

Have a lovely day today, we are glad the sun is shining and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

We all hope you enjoyed learning from home yesterday. We know that for some of you, there was quite a lot of learning on our website for you to complete, especially if you had brothers and sisters trying to do their learning too! Please remember to do what you can, but that you do not need to do everything if it is too much! The # challenges we provided are additional learning opportunities to extend your thinking – if you do not get to complete these, that is ok!

It is a beautiful day today, we hope you get the opportunity to go outside for some fresh air, perhaps a short walk or Jo Wick’s PE lesson outside. We look forward to seeing what you have been up to later on today.

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning Year 1, we hope you have had a lovely weekend and are ready for an exciting day of learning. We look forward to seeing all of your fantastic work soon!

Miss Jay, Mrs Staples and Miss Hayman

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