Welcome to Willow Class
Home Learning-A Guide for Willow Class
How much should I be doing?
It is stated in the government guidance that you must complete at least 3 of home learning every day from Monday - Friday. Every day you must complete 1 Maths task, 1 English based task from ‘Once Upon a Picture’, 1 other task
either from the topic section of the ‘Once Upon a Picture’ or an RE task, and 1 reading session / spelling task. Don’t forget to break up your learning. Take time to exercise, have fresh air and have a healthy snack and drink. It doesn’t
matter about the order that you complete the lessons in, but it’s is advisable to do the Maths and English learning first. A good routine really helps, and it is important that you do have weekends off to reset ready for the next week’s
How my weekly work will be set?
Each week, work will be uploaded onto Google Classroom. You can choose which platform you wish to work on. The first set of work is already uploaded and it is to last you until the 15th January. Each new set of work will be live on
Sunday night at 7pm.
In classwork section , you will find:
Maths lessons – I have given a dated list of learning videos with corresponding worksheets for maths sessions.
You will notice that these run from Monday- Thursday. During your Friday maths hour, please complete one of the maths activities that will be set on purple mash under the heading of 2do.
Once Upon A Picture Lessons – This is work based on a picture, which will cover English, and other subjects such as
Art & Design, Design and technology, Science and Music.
RE Lessons (1 activity a week) – You should aim to complete the activities on the Powerpoint over 2 weeks. We will re-upload the correct Powerpoint and resources each week.
Reading – Please continue to read at home daily. Log into ‘Oxford Owl’ to choose your Read Write Inc book. You could choose to read aloud to another person in your household, over Zoom to your relations (ask an adults
permission) or to your teddies or even yourself in the mirror! Don’t forgot to talk about what you have read with someone.
Purple Mash – Tasks will be set on purple mash under the heading 2do
PE ideas- Please see the PE folder in class work for PE ideas
How will I record my learning?
1. Write and record in your home learning booklet. Please send a comment to say you are working in your home learning journals, so we know you are accessing the work. You may like to take a photo / video of your activity and upload it.
2. Write and record in Google document. Don’t forgot to ‘Turn-in’ your work.
You should aim to ‘Turn-in’ your learning daily.
How will my teacher respond?
1. I will be checking Google Classrooms as often as possible. If you have any problems/questions, please let us know
and we will do our best to answer them.
2. I will be scheduling a ‘Zoom’ meeting for the class. These will take place on at 1.30pm Thursday for roughly 20-30 minutes. This is an opportunity to see your classmates, have a general chat and complete an activity together. On
Thursday 14th January please bring an object to show and tell .
3. A link will be posted on the news feed of your Google classroom. You will need to click on the link (or put in the meeting code into Zoom) and there will be a password to enter. Once entered into the call, you will be held in a waiting
room until it is time to start the meeting. You must have permission from a parent to join the Zoom call.
Click on the link to see what Willow class children are learning about:
Welcome to Willow Class
All About Our Class!
Staff: Miss Knott is the main class teacher. Mrs Browne and Mrs Houghton and Mrs
Isaacs are the teaching assistants.
Level of Work: The children will be continuing with some of the Year 1 curriculum to
ensure that there are no gaps in their learning. Throughout the half term we will be
moving onto the National Curriculum Scheme for Year 2 and this will be differentiated to ensure that all children find their learning stimulating and challenging and supportive at their own individual level.
Seating arrangements: The children will spend short periods on the carpet for whole
class teaching, using their whiteboards to ensure active learning, and will be sat in
different table groups depending on the task set. In some lessons there will be a range of activities carried out in a carousel so that the children get a wide range of
experiences and different styles of learning.
Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour. The children
have written their own class agreement that they have all signed. We have a Space
themed behaviour chart in the classroom and children will move their own name
depending on behaviour. At the beginning of each day the children’s names will start on.........
READY! With excellent learning and behaviour your child will move their name on to
BLAST OFF and then further onto Reaching for the Stars – TO INFINITY AND
If your child’s name is on BLAST OFF they will receive a sticker of their
choice. If your child’s name is on INFINITY AND BEYOND they will get a good job
card – 3 of these will get a special prize and Mrs Girton is informed of their excellent work and behaviour! If your child’s name is on LAUNCH DELAYED or REPAIRS NEEDED we use the restorative justice approach in order for the children to talk about their behaviour and think of ways to improve it/fix the problem.
The children will wash their hands on arrival at school and will be expected to wash
their hands regularly throughout the day. We have installed a hand sanitizing station
directly outside of each classroom and the school hall, your child will be expected to
use this every time they enter or leave the room. The class also has a snuffle area
where the children go to blow their nose, put their tissue in a pedal bin and then wash
Water bottles: Please provide your child with a water bottle, these will be kept in a
tray in the classroom. Please fill these with water only.
Snack: Year 2 are provided with fruit each day before break time. If you wish to pay
for your child to have milk please speak to Mrs Allison in the office for more details.
P.E. Days: Monday and Thursday with Miss Knott. Please ensure that your child comes
to school in PE kit on these days. They will remain in their PE kit for the day. They can wear a tracksuit over their kit as it is getting colder now.
Correct kit: All children should wear blue shorts, red t-shirts, white socks, daps
or trainers for PE. Children can wear a jumper outside but not a coat. Please label all
Jewellery: No jewellery including bracelets, earrings or charity bands. Stud earrings
only. No earrings on PE days please.
Homework: There will also be the home learning task which is explained in the
curriculum newsletter. There will be optional homework at half term.
Reading books and reading record: Please sign your child’s reading record and mark
how many times they have read to you. Please try to hear your child read daily and help them to develop their comprehension skills by asking them about the text they are reading. This will give them the opportunity to recall and describe events, discuss
characters and develop their inference skills. Your child will be given a new book
weekly. A Book mark has been sent home with your child with guidance on for home
Attendance: We have a really full timetable so please try to ensure your child is at
school every day full of energy to learn. It is very difficult for us to catch up missed
learning and this is a disadvantage to your child's achievement.
Picking Up: Please can you let the office know if your child will be picked up by another adult and whether this is regular or a one - off. This will help when dismissing the children.
Availability: Please let Mrs Allison in the office know if you wish to meet with me
(socially distanced and preferably outside).
Topics: Please see the long term curriculum map for more detail.
Autumn 1 - What was life like in a castle?
Autumn 2 - Are all habitats the same?
Spring 1 - How is life different in two cities?
Spring 2 - Why is it important to keep healthy?
Summer 1 - What do plants need?
Summer 2 - Why do we remember Mary Seacole?
We are all very looking forward to having a fantastic year of learning and fun. Thank
you so much for all of your support.