Welcome to Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class

Miss Murphy warmly welcomes you to Willow Class, a class of Year 3 and Year 4 children.  She works closely with the Year 3/4 team of teaching assistants to support learners across the entire domain:  Miss Jenny Allen, Miss Laura Bibby, Mrs. Karen Cole, Mrs. Kelly Conibear and Mr. Barnaby Poslett.


Learning in Willow Class

Learning in Willow Class

We endeavour to provide a broad curriculum that is relevant, engaging and fun.  Wherever possible, a cross-curricular approach to learning will be used in class. This is to ensure that children are able to make connections between other subjects and the world around them. In order to do this, we facilitate discussions around questions, explicitly teaching, modelling and practising the following skills:

* Being a good listener

* Communicating clearly

* Justifying opinions

* Questioning assumptions

* Thinking hypothetically

Our focus on the Characteristics of an Effective Learner encourage the children to be ‘Ready Willing and Able’ for the challenges of learning.  We explicitly teach and reward these competencies throughout all learning contexts, to establish and embed the essential skills required to become lifelong learners.

Our PE afternoon is THURSDAY - please ensure children have their kit in school.

Homework is set on FRIDAY and is due in the following THURSDAY.

We value a close home-school partnership, so please feel free to contact Miss Murphy or any of the teaching assistants to discuss, share and celebrate your child’s on-going progress.

Many thanks for your continued support.



Autumn 2018: Adventurers and Explorers

Term Focus: Being Me in My World/Celebrating Differences

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self-Discipline, Gratitude

We are pleased with the way that the children have embraced the challenge of the new year and how quickly they have all settled into their new classes, with their new classmates and routines. As part of essential Year 3 and 4 learning, we expect children to continue reading at home every evening.  Each child has a new Reading Record for the new year, and we encourage parents to monitor their child’s reading (either supported or independent) at home.  At school, we will check the reading records periodically and children will receive a certificate each time they achieve a new milestone:

Bronze Certificate:  Reading 25 times

Silver Certificate:  Reading 60 times

Gold Certificate:  Reading 100 times

We will continue to send home weekly spellings and homework every week.  This is an important part of developing independent learners while still allowing families to continue to be involved in their child’s learning.  We also look forward to more successes as the children continue to use ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ to improve their maths fluency – this can be done at both school and home, as well!

All three classes are now using SeeSaw – a digital learning platform, which allows them to share their learning and collaborate with others.  This has been very successful so far and we are pleased with the number of families that have connected with their child’s learning on the platform so far. 

We are all very excited about this term’s integrated learning topic on water.  The children have eagerly begun to gather information about the water cycle, our rights to water and the use of waterways, as well as how our actions impact the water on our planet.  We are looking forward to developing our own artistic interpretations of the water cycle and collaboratively creating a film of our own, to embed and share our learning.

Looking ahead, we will continue to learn more about animals and their living processes, including how the human body and skeleton.  Ask your child to tell you some of the amazing facts we have already discovered in ‘The Book of Bones’!