Learning at School

2016: Term 1 Week 1-5
Overview with ideas of how you can support your child at home

Written Language
Focusing on teaching children writing processes and strategies using a variety of text forms eg: character descriptions, retelling their own events and experiences, poetry writing, and recount writing.
*Encourage children to write about experiences they have had with their family. Bring them to school to share with the teacher and class.

* Guided and shared reading programmes
with a specific teaching focus for each reading group (guided reading will start in week 3)
* SSR Sustained Silent Reading where children silently read their choice of book for 10 minutes each day.
* Teacher Reading / Buddy Reading
* Introducing daily phonics learning and practice
*Read to and with your child regularly

Oral Language
Focus: Listening
* Children are learning skills for effective listening
* Children will be able to describe a good listener eg: Good listeners look at the person speaking
*Encourage your child to talk about what has happened during their day at school. Ask them questions

Visual Language
* Handwriting Teaching correct letter formations and size

Social Studies
Learning Matters:
Key Questions:
  • What is learning?
  • How do we learn?
  • Who is responsible for my learning?
  • How can we create a Learning Focused Classroom?

The Willowbank Way

  • What does nurturing relationships look like?
  • How do we develop our learning?
  • How do discover our potential?


Major focus 2016 Creativity, exploring the elements of dance, drama, music and art.

  • Thinking creatively about the world
  • Solving problems
  • Thinking outside the box
  • How could I…?
  • What might I……

* Strategy and Knowledge development (Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication/Division).
Children will work in groups according to their level of ability in all areas of Maths.

Algebra, Statistics, Measurement, Geometry covered throughout the year
*Practise counting forwards and backwards from the biggest number that you can

Physical Education

Ball skills

Children will develop skills such as throwing, catching, kicking and striking as part of the PE programme. These skills will then be practised as part of a game during Sport time. Children will also develop an understanding of participation and sportsmanship to enable them to contribute appropriately.

*Play ball games with your child


Children will be working in class to learn a range of basic computer skills such as opening, saving, mouse control and working in new programmes to develop learning and thinking across all areas of the curriculum.

Check out your child’s classroom wiki


  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Simple greetings