Willow Class (Reception) 2022 - 2023




                                                                           Welcome to  Willow Class


                                                                                         Term 3


Hello and welcome back for Term 3.We hope you all enjoyed the Festive period and wish you all the best for a fantastic 2023!


This Term the children will be starting their learning with the story Whatever Next! We will be using the story to identify characters, story setting and identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story. In Phonics, the children will be starting Phase 3, learning a new set of phonemes, applying them to their reading, and writing. In Maths, the children will continue their learning using the Mastering Number Programme. This term the children’s learning will focus on subitising, counting, ordering numbers and beginning to learn number bonds to 5


Space Stories

As Whatever Next includes a trip to the moon, if your child has a story that you share at home featuring the moon or Space please can your child bring the story into class so we can share the story with their friends.

Forest school with Alicia Term 3

On Thursday 9thFebuary, the Willow Class will have their afternoon Forest School session with Alicia, please send your child to school in appropriate clothes

Reading Books (please remember)

If your child has a reading book, please make sure you sign their reading record. Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday

Coats, Gloves, hats and scarves

If the very cold weather returns, please send your child to school with appropriate clothing to keep them warm during their lunch playtime


Drop off/ Collection

Drop of is between 8:35 – 8:50 and Collection is 3:00 at the mobile

Water bottles /snack

 Please can you send your child to school with a clean, named water bottle each day? We have fruit to give to the children at story time. If you choose to send in their own snack for snack time it needs to be a healthy option and in a named container.

Welly boots

Please can all children continue to have a named pair of welly boots in school?


This term PE will be on a Monday afternoon. Please send your child to school in their PE kit

Contact Information

We try to have an open door policy in Willow Class and we strive to work with parents to ensure all children are happy and progressing at school. Feel free to talk to me in the morning or afternoon. If this is not a suitable time for yourself, you can email any questions/information you may have to Karen.powell@guston.kent.sch.uk


Throughout the year the children will be developing their skills and knowledge through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is divided into two interconnected areas; the Prime and the Specific. The Prime areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The Specific areas of learning are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and the Expressive Arts and Design.

Observing children’s interests is the basis for planning topic themes as this is how young children learn best, through activities that they can make sense of and be inspired by to be curious investigators. This is balanced with teacher directed  topic introductions, such as  celebrations, traditional tales, people who help us. This widens children’s knowledge of their own immediate world.

















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