Willow Class Curriculum Provision – Autumn Term 2019

Autumn Term in Willow Class

 Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and we hope that you had a wonderful summer!  We are looking forward to an exciting year in Willow Class and lots of learning and fun through our range of topics.  Our first topic is:


Throughout this term, we will be identifying and classifying a range of different dinosaurs.  We will look at the parts of their bodies and what they were used for and also the habitats in which they lived.  Children will learn to discuss the past and use words and phrases relating to the passing of time.  


During english lessons this term, Willow class will be labelling dinosaur pictures and writing short reports about them.  They will also look at writing a set of instructions towards the end of the term.  Year two will be writing a short narrative relating to our topic.  Children will be using their phonics to sound out words, and writing simple sentences, using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.  Year two pupils will be using question and exclamation marks in their work and also a range of sentence types including compound sentences.  In year one, children will be taking part in phonics sessions where they will learn about vowel digraphs and how to read and write words containing these digraphs.  Spelling tests will take place every Friday.  Please help your child to practise their spellings at home. A good method to use is ‘look, say (t-h-e spells the), cover, write and check’.  Please also remember to read at home with your child daily and to discuss the book, as this will really support their reading fluency and comprehension.  We will be using a chart in the classroom to record home reading and there will be rewards for children who remember to read regularly. 


We will start the academic year by recapping counting methods in our maths lessons. This will include counting to 100, and also looking at how to read and write numbers to twenty (year 1) and 100 (year 2) in numerals and words.  We will then look at finding one more and one less, number sentences and number bonds.  We will learn to describe a range of 2D and 3D shapes.  Year two will learn about place value, column addition, column subtraction and word problems over the course of the autumn term.  They will also look at some simple multiplication and division. 


Our science focus this term is plants. We will be looking at different seeds and planting some in our outdoor area.  We will observe them as they grow and find out which conditions are best for healthy plants.

 Foundation Subjects

Our historical focus this term is ‘Lives of Significant Individuals’ and we will learn about Mary Anning, who is famous for finding fossils in Lyme Regis in the 1800s. Our art work will also reflect our dinosaur topic and we will be drawing pictures of dinosaurs, focusing on line, texture and shading.  We will create dinosaur themed prints and moving dinosaur pictures.  In computing, our unit is entitled ‘We are Collectors’ and involves looking for images on the internet safely and organising these images.  Willow class will be developing their learning of music through daily singing sessions and use of percussion instruments.  We have a range of songs which link to our topic which we are enjoying singing. PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays. Please ensure that your child brings in their PE kit.  This term, our focus is improving coordination.  Children will be developing footwork and learning to hold a variety of balances.  They will also explore jumping and landing. 

 For the new year one children, this year will be different to their previous year in reception, in terms of structure, but we will endeavour to provide a smooth transition by providing practical and free-flow activities at the beginning of the term.  Also, all year one children will be paired with a year two buddy, who can help and support them in their new class.


Thank you for your ongoing support,