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.

Class Parent Representative are Mrs Hannah Fern.

Recent Willow News

School's Back, September 3rd - Hurrah!

Further to our announcement in June that, following a great deal of planning and re-organisation of space, we  welcomed back the remaining Year-groups for the last few weeks of the Summer term, this... Read more

Miss Allsop models PPE

Our lovely pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 were given a demonstration of the appearance of an adult dressed in PPE (this, following our successful fire drill using new, separate exit... Read more

Airthrie Christmas Movie

An excellent Christmas Market was organised by the ever enthusiastic Class Reps and Claire Haines.   The total raised was £960.00.   What a wonderful achievement!  A big thank you to all of the... Read more

Willow's Autumn Walk

On Tuesday 8th October Willow class went on an Autumn walk on the CLC field. We have been talking about Autumn and the seasonal changes it brings. The children enjoyed collecting leaves of different... Read more

Willow's Easter Garden

During their RE lesson Mr Medhurst has worked with our Reception pupils to create a lovely Easter-themed garden.  Using a range of resources the children thoroughly enjoyed recreating the setting for... Read more

Traditional Tales

This term in Willow our Topic is 'Traditional Tales'.  After reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, the children acted out the tale.  Also, we enjoyed making and decorating our own gingerbread men... Read more

An Inspector Calls!

On Wednesday afternoon pupils in our Nursery and Reception Classes had a friendly visit from a Police Inspector.  He explained how all police officers are here to help everyone and the children had... Read more

Willow News

Willow pupils have been getting 'crafty' using clay to make hedgehogs and paper weaving owls.  Their lovely creations are on display in the Class Room.  Also, our young children have been thinking... Read more

Willow News

Look at some of the things we've been up to in Willow so far this... Read more