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Water Primary School

Water Primary School


Willow Class - Year 1

Welcome to Willow Class at Water Primary School.  Miss Launder is the class teacher, supported by Miss Bulling and Miss Fourie as the class teaching assistants.

We hope that you have all had a fantastic half-term and are looking forward to the new term ahead.  We have lots of very exciting things planned for the children.

Sensational Safari

Our geography unit for this half-term will be Sensational Safari.  This unit will focus on the geography of Kenya through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country.  The children will learn about the key geographical features of the country including Kenyan wildlife, landscapes and culture.  The children will also learn about the similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK along with continuing to develop their geographical skills through a variety of fun and interactive activities.


In English we will begin by looking at a narrative book unit called 'Handa's Surprise'.  This story will link with our geography unit of Kenya.  At the end of the unit, the children will use their writing skills to retell the story in their own words.  The non-fiction unit will link with this story and the children will write a information text about an animal.  The final English unit is poetry and this will be based on our senses.  

The children will also have access to our writing area, phonics area and reading garden to further develop their independent literacy skills.

Phonics will take place each morning at 9.05am, home reading books will be changed Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the children will have access to the school library.


In maths this half-term, we will continue with place value (numbers to 20); addition and subtraction before moving onto numbers to 50.  For the final part of the half-term, we will be learning all length and height, weight and volume.  There will also be challenges in our maths area to further develop independent numeracy skills.  Additionally, the children will have access to Timetables Rockstar daily. 


In science this half-term the children will learn about human and animal bodies and consider similarities and differences between them. The children will engage in a variety of activities including drawing and labelling the body, using their senses to conduct an investigation, describing animal bodies and sorting animals into groups. 

Physical Education

In PE this half-term, the children will be developing their fundamental movement skills and simple tactics through Games activities.  PE will continue to take place on a Monday morning.  Please send your child to school every Monday in their school PE kit in accordance with our uniform policy.   

Continuous Provision

The children will also carry out continuous provision challenges within the classroom and outdoor area to support and develop their knowledge and understanding of subjects.  Some examples of this are; writing area, maths area, science area and our reading garden.  The reading garden will contain books relating to all areas of our learning.  

For full details of the curriculum, please refer to the Year 1 Curriculum Map.

Class Dojo

Children will continue collecting points throughout the week and points will be given in accordance with our core values; active & healthy, respect, resilience and self-  belief.  The children each have an 'avatar' of themselves.  Please send photographs through Dojo and encourage your child to write about their fun times together.  

Home Learning

Home learning is set each half-term and home learning books will be sent home for the children to complete.  This will include some very fun, creative and interactive home projects for you, which will also link to our curriculum.  

Please continue to read with your child at home.  By reading stories to your child as well as listening to them read will encourage a love of books and reading which has a huge impact in all areas of learning.  Little and often is great.  If you need any assistance with phonics, our door is always open and we are happy to help.

A spelling quiz will take place each Friday.  Spellings will be sent home each week for the children to practise and their mark will be sent home also.  We encourage children to use Spelling Shed which is a fun and exciting way to practise spellings.  

Timetables will also be set on TT Rockstars each week for the children to practise and a fun game/quiz will take place each week.  The children will need to specifically focus on their 2, 5 and 10 timetables. 

Please note that the door to Willow Class opens at 8.50am where a morning task will be set for the children each morning.  Registration will take place at 9am.    

If there is anything at all you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate.  As always, our door is always open to you!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all in the new term! 

Water Primary School

Burnley Road East, Rossendale

Lancashire, BB4 9PX

01706 216414