Willow is housed in the purpose-built Reception link classroom which leads directly onto the garden. Children continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the curriculum is carefully structured to enable them to learn through both play-based activities and more adult directed tasks. Learning through play continues to be a vital part of daily life in Willow, enabling children to grow in confidence, whilst nurturing their interests and curiosities. Children develop key social skills, learn to communicate about their learning, ask how and why questions, investigate and explore. They make full use of the garden as their 'outdoor' classroom.
During a typical week, the pupils enjoy sessions led by specialist teaching staff covering French, Drama, Music and PE. Cooking is also regularly incorporated into their lessons and Willow is close to the small Hillfield kitchen area, of which they make full use!
Willow enjoys excellent pupil to staff ratios. This enables us to tailor the curriculum to support individual needs and ensure good progress is made towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. If children require additional support this is identified and implemented promptly. We value parents as partners in their children's learning and encourage daily communication.
Out topic based planning ensures that your child will develop their experiences in 7 key areas of learning. These are divided into 'prime' and 'specific' areas.
The 'prime' areas are fundamental throughout the whole of the EYFS and support the child's development in all other areas. They include:
The 'specific' areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in school life and prepare them for further learning. They include:
Topics are flexible and tailored to the interests of the class.
Classroom activities are enriched by participation in whole school events. These include weekly assemblies, Forest meetings, the annual Carol Service, and, in the Summer term; Sports Day and the Summer Concert. Also, we welcome visits from parents who are able to offer specific knowledge or skill sets relating to our topics, eg, parental talks about religious festivals such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid or dentists and doctors to give simple health talks. Additionally, we organise visiting speakers which vary from police officers to The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
On 13 June we welcomed some very special visitors to Airthrie. PD Ace, PD Jango, PD Holly and their handlers from Gloucestershire Constabulary came to visit Willow and Ash classes to bring to life... Read more
Willow, Ash and Beech pupils have recently enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of their Science learning. This event consisted of activities including quizzes and... Read more
Our young pupils in Reception brought their favourite fruits to School on Friday to make their own smoothies. Well done, everyone - your healthy snacks looked and tasted... Read more
Lots of squirting, damp, giggling Willow children having fun 'milking the cows' and filling up the... Read more
Our pupils in Willow have been thinking about the special people in their lives who help them. As a festive surprise they made some Christmas cards and the envelopes and enjoyed a walk to the post... Read more
Our young Reception pupils made observational drawings of the nocturnal animals in the fascinating resource kit we borrowed from the library. They enjoyed writing their own labels, made clay models... Read more
We are very impressed that Toby managed to bring in a very tall maize plant from his farm to show the other children in Willow. He proudly explained how his family harvest the crop and then feed... Read more
Yesterday, the children in Form Willow had a very exciting visit from two police officers (PC James and PC Steve). We listened very carefully as they told us about their jobs. We also... Read more