Willow Tree Primary School

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Welcome everyone to the Spring Term.

We have so many exciting topics and experiences to look forward to and we can't wait to share them with you. 

Keep checking Class Dojo for important messages and please don't forget to read and sign your child's diary at least 3 times a week.

There will be an even bigger focus on phonics this term so please keep an eye out for extra resources coming home with your child for extra practise. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will look forward to the term ahead, 

Mrs Fairhurst, Miss Smith and Miss Webb

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Water Bottles - Children can bring a water bottle to school to drink in class but we ask that there are no fizzy drinks. We will send water bottles home each night to be re-filled for the following day. Please make sure your child's bottle is labelled.

Break Times - Fruit and milk will be provided each day but children can also bring in a healthy snack each day. The snack shack is open every break time and costs 40p. 

PE - Our PE days are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Children must come to school in their P.E. kits on these days. 


We start our day with a 60 minute phonics lesson. The children are already familiar with the Read Write Inc programme and it will continue to support the children to become confident, fluent, independent readers. We mainly use Read Write Inc books to support reading because these match the children's phonics progress and are phonetically decodable. We also have to look out for those alien words. They are a load of nonsense but we still have to spot those special friends and segment and blend the words. 


If you would like to help your child to learn their speed sounds then you can download the set 1, 2 and set 3 sounds below.

 Set 1 Sounds .pdfDownload
 Set 2 Sounds.pdfDownload
 Set 3 Sounds.pdfDownload
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Not only do children have to be able to read words using their phonics they also have to know words that they can't segment and blend. These are called our red words! 'You can't Fred a Red.' Children have to remember these words by sight. Below is a list of all the words the children need to know by the end of year. Keep an eye out for these in your children's homework!

 Year 1 Common Exception Words.pdfDownload
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This half term we will be reading some amazing Fairy Tales in our Steps to Read lessons. Goldilocks and just the One Bear is my favourite as it tells us all about what happened next to Goldilocks. 


Place Value

We will be focusing on numbers beyond 10 all the way to 20. We will be spotting patterns using tens frames, base tens, rekenreks and other practical resources.  We will use base tens to learn all about tens and ones and we will play games using number tracks and use number lines. We will learn to recognise the numbers and put them in order. 


In Science we are going to be learning all about the parts of our bodies, we will become sense detectives and learn the parts of our bodies we need to use for these senses and we will learn about animals, grouping them together and learning about what they eat. 

Design Technology

Making Windmills 

How to Make Paper Windmill 2022

The children will be given a project to design a windmill for a mouse.

They will need to ensure that their windmills meet certain criteria:

Their windmill will need to be stable.

They will need to create a turbine with axles that are assembled into the main supporting structure. 

They will then discuss what is good about their windmill and what they could do better.



Bright Lights Big City


For this topic we will be learning all about the UK and learning about our capital city London. We will learn about different landmarks and we will be able to locate different countries on a map. 

Physical Education

Our P.E days are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. 

On a Tuesday we will be participating in Dance . 

On a Wednesday we will be learning different skills that are needed to play football. 


Religious Education

We will be considering the question...

How might beliefs about creation affect the way people treat the world?