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.

Recent Willow News

Funny Bunnies in Willow

Some super Spring bunny artwork by our Reception... Read more

The Christmas Post

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

Nocturnal Animals

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

Toby's Maize

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

PC James and PC Steve visit Airthrie

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

Summer madness in Form Willow

Giving Mrs Cuffe a 'mudbath' earlier today in the lovely... Read more

Summer Activities in Form Willow

Pupils in Form Willow have been learning about mini-beasts this half-term. They have used this as inspiration for their writing activities using their phonic knowledge to help them sound out... Read more

Digging for Dinosaurs

This term, our new topic in Form Willow is Dinosaurs and Dragons. We had fun 'hatching' dinosaurs from ice eggs and wrote about our... Read more

Willow's Explorations in Space

Our young pupils in Form Willow are really enjoying our topic on space. The children asked if we could make a big mobile with all the planets...and so we did! We also made our own galaxy,... Read more

Remembrance Day Preparations

We watched a short film about Remembrance Day and the significance of poppies.Some of the children chose to draw or make their own poppy pictures and discussed what they had learned. "Poppies... Read more