Willow Tree Primary School

Realise your potential, Realise your goal, Reach for the stars whilst Growing, Learning and Achieving Together

Starting School in September :-)

Welcome to the start of your child's exciting learning journey at Willow Tree! 


In order to get your child off to a flying start, there are a number of ways that you can help them before they start school. 



Developing your child's independence will allow them to function throughout the day without feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.


Encourage your child to be more independent by practising:

  • Putting on and fastening a coat
  • Putting on/taking off shoes and wellies
  • Toileting - the full works!
  • Hand washing
  • Using cutlery
  • Carrying lunch 


Personal Skills

During the day, your child will be interacting with lots of adults and children. They will need to:

  • Share resources
  • Take turns
  • Wait patiently
  • Listen to others


Physical Development

Providing plenty of opportunities for physical activity will develop their gross motor skills. Visiting local parks, having a walk to feed the ducks, using large playground equipment or visiting soft-play areas are brilliant ways of building confidence as well as skill.




Communication and Language

Develop your child's language skill by chatting to them as often as possible. When you are out and about, talk about what you can see, hear, smell, feel and taste.


Develop a love of Reading

By far, the best way to develop your child's vocabulary is by sharing books together. Look at the pictures together and discuss what is happening. Point to the words on the page as you read them and encourage your child to repeat words  and join in with familiar phrases. Please watch the two short videos below for more information about the importance of reading with your child.




During their time in Nursery and Reception, pupils engage in a range of adult and pupil led activities to develop their gross and fine motor skills in preparation for holding mark making tools and writing. Opportunities for pupils to strengthen their core, co-ordination, stability and upper body strength are planned through regular short movement sessions as well as through play in our learning environment.


When developmentally appropriate pupils in the early years begin learning the correct letter formation patterns by ‘air-writing’ and using large movements to draw with chalk or paint to support them in embedding correct starting points and directional flow.


Please encourage your child to use the correct letter formation when completing homework activities or any other writing activities at home (for example writing greetings cards).

Mathematical Development

Develop your child's awareness of numbers by singing counting songs or rhymes. Ask them to show you numbers using their fingers. When you are out and about, look for numbers in the environment, for example on doors, car registration plates or road signs. Follow the link below for some songs to sing together :-)


10 Counting Songs to Teach Your Kids - Empowered Parents 


See you all soon! :-)

A warm welcome to our Early Years Foundation Unit.


Welcome to the Reception and Nursery class page. Here you will find out all about our learning and routines. 

The school day for Reception Children is from 8.45am prompt to 3.15pm.

The school day for Nursery Children is 8:45 to 11:45am.


The staff are always available to meet and greet in the morning and again at the end of the session.


Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings are PE time. Our theme for PE is Travel and Movement, this term.  Children will need black pumps or trainers and our school PE uniform. As you can imagine there are a lot of identical items of school uniform In our setting.  Please put your child's name in Jumpers, Cardigans, T Shirts, Shorts and Pumps.


On Monday afternoons, we go to our Forest School to learn about our environment and the things that share it with us. We will provide over-trousers, cagoules and wellies but the children may prefer to wear trainers now that the weather is warm.


Reading books will be exchanged throughout the week so please make sure their book bags are in school every day. We hope that you will share the book with your child at least four times during the week.


School provides a wide choice of delicious meals for our children.  If however, you choose to send a packed lunch, please think carefully about the nutritional value of what you send.


We use Tiny Tracker to share the children's learning adventures and other information with parents and carers.   It is always a treat to read your comments on there too.


Daily, the children have access to snack. We provide nice cold milk, fresh water and a variety of fruit.

If you wish to send a drink to school, please ensure that it is water.

If you have any problems or queries, no matter how small, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the team who will be happy to help you.  


To find out more about the sort of activities we get involved in, watch our videos.  We hope that you enjoy them.


(Teacher) Miss Haunch,

(Teaching Assistants) Mrs Moulsdale, Miss Cowley, 

(EYFS Lead/Deputy Headteacher) Miss Haslam

Our Early Years Vision


We will:

· Promote a love of learning

· Encourage your child’s confidence, resilience, responsibility and respect.

· Help children understand about the diverse society in which we live.

· Provide opportunities for intellectual, physical, communication, social and emotional development.

· Meet the needs of your child.

· Provide formal and informal learning experiences both in and out of doors.

· Foster your child’s well being.



Topics covered this half term are: 

Our topic this term is related to Friendship and Animals.  We will start with some discussion to  stimulate our children to think about our locality and the animals and people who live within it.  This will promote a piece of research into the impact of human activity on our world and each other.    We shall visit Willow Tree Woodlands and also walk to Sutton Dam to once again compare buildings, wildlife and landscape. 


In English we will be learning letter sounds in words.

In Maths we are learning about numbers up to 5 and amounts which equal each numeral.

In PSED we are finding out about our choices and feelings.

In RE we shall be discovering the Special People in our immediate lives but also in the world beyond.

In Science we shall explore the Natural World.

In Geography we shall find out more about People, Culture and Community.

In History we shall compare school life in the past to that of ours now.

In PSED We are thinking about 'being me in my world'.

In Art and DT we shall be finding out about how we can combine different materials to make models or images of things that we have seen around us.

In Music we shall make music both in and out of doors.


Topics covered previously: 


All our activities in English were related to growth and new life. We are found out about babies. We raised Caterpillars, Tadpoles and Pheasant Chicks and watched them grow into adults.. We were visited by babies of different species including human, dog and cat.

Upon our visit to Windmill Farm we saw lots of baby animals. Exposure to all these exciting events prompted the children to want to read, research and write.  All the  children were learning to read sentences and write them using their Phonetic knowledge of letters and sounds. 

It has been very interesting comparing the different habitats in which the animals lived and also investigating what habitats our locality offered.

Realistic Frog Life Cycle Set Stock Illustration - Download Image Now -  iStock    Nature School with Anne - Springtime Baby Animals - Douglas Valley Nursery


In Maths we continued to learn to count accurately but to larger numbers now.  


During RE  investigated Special Times.  


Our investigations about our world included classifying and sorting living things, finding out about habitats, life cycles,  using maps and staying safe around animals, when playing outside, and in the sunshine.  


In PSED we found out about relationships in our lives.

Building empathy | Early Years Educator


You can find out more about our Curriculum Overview for 2022/23 by scrolling down to the document.

Below we have provided some videos, information documents and a Timetable of the weekly activities for your perusal.