Home Page



Term 1

Week 1

Week ending 8.9.17


How lovely to welcome the new Willow class back to school, looking bright eyed and bushy-tailed!


The children are settling quickly into the class routine and raring to go!


What have we learned this week?


'I learned to hold my pencil correctly.'

'I learned how to form my numbers correctly.'

'I learned to write the names of numbers.'

'I met Hector, the class dog and told him all about myself, because he was shy.'

'I learned to sort food into different groups: vegetables, fruit, meat and fish.'

'I started to make a symmetrical kite.'

'I learned how to play tunnel ball and 'the up and down freeze game'.'

'I learned how to log my dinner onto the interactive whiteboard and how to make an array of the names.'




Dear Parents,


Below is a guide to what your child will be learning in Willow Class this term. If you have any queries, please contact me.




We will be learning to read and spell words with long vowel digraphs, i.e.: ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘oa’, ‘o-e’, ‘ow’, ‘ai,’ a-e’, ‘ay’, ‘ie’, ‘igh’, ‘y’, ‘oo’, ‘u-e’, ‘ew’, ‘ue’, ‘oo’ (as in good). At the beginning of each week the children will be given spellings to learn, these will be sent home on Friday and tested the following Friday. We will be investigating the use of capital letters, commas and exclamation marks and using them in our writing. We will also try to make our writing more interesting by using connectives, such as suddenly, unfortunately, luckily, etc. Our text work will be based on fiction and poetry, with familiar settings and we will use non-fiction to look at instructions. Good letter formation is a priority, with Year 2 children practising a cursive style. Children are invited to take home a home reading book as often as they wish- please fill in the title and date in their home reading book, together with any comments about their reading. The children are invited to take Bouncer Bunny and his cousin Betsy, for a sleepover: they record what the bunnies do at home, in Bouncer Bunny’s Diary. They may also take Willow Bear home for a weekend visit.  Speaking and listening is crucial to children's development and 'Show and Tell' is on Mondays, although often spills over to other days!





Children are becoming familiar with reading and writing numbers over 100. They will count on in ones, twos, fives and tens. They will practise recording in number sentences, using +, -, =, x and division. They will learn to recall pairs of numbers that total 10 and 20 and addition doubles to at least 10+10, together with corresponding halves. Year 2 children will become familiar with multiplication facts of the 10x, 5x, 2x and 3x tables and deduce corresponding division facts. They will recognise odd and even numbers. We will also be looking at: length, 2D and 3D shapes, time, money and position and the associated vocabulary. We will recognise halves, quarters and thirds and investigate maths problems and puzzles. We will look at ways of handling data, including tables, bar charts and Venn diagrams.




We shall be studying ‘Animals, including Humans’, finding out about their needs and how they grow.




Our topic is Famous Events- we shall be finding out about Remembrance Day.






We are comparing a village in another country with Elham.






This term we are studying Christianity: the Creation and the parables of Jesus. We will be making a book of the Christmas story, linking with our Nativity play.





We will learn to use a word processor to improve the presentation of our work. This will include saving and loading work, editing and printing; we will use a variety of programs throughout the curriculum and produce artwork. ICT is used on a daily basis in Literacy and Numeracy, and where appropriate, in other areas of the curriculum





We will learn ball skills and develop these into playing football. P.E. is on Fridays. Please wear suitable plimsolls or trainers and bring a cosy top and trousers or a tracksuit to wear.




We shall investigate the sounds we can make, loud and soft, short and long, fast and slow and rhythm. This will develop into using percussion instruments to compose and perform music. Mrs. Hickman teaches the Ocarina, as well as singing and percussion on Wednesdays. We will be practising singing songs for the Nativity play.




We are investigating making different marks on paper and colour mixing. We will develop this into studying portrait painting and sculpture. In the second half of the term we shall be designing and making pop-up cards for Christmas.





Thank you very much to all the parents and friends of Elham School, who give up their precious time to help in Willow Class: your contribution is very highly valued. If anyone feels they can help with any area of the curriculum we would be delighted to hear from you!



Yours faithfully,




Genevieve Ferguson

September 2017





Term 1

Week 2

Week ending  15.9.17


We made the most of the fine weather and went on a conker hunt! We had Rugby Tots in and we learned how to carry a rugby ball, score a try and kick a goal!


What else have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ee', 'ea' phoneme.'

'I learned how to write 'ee' joined up.'

'I learned about homophones.'

'I learned to order numbers.'

'I learned to say a number in between a pair of numbers.'

'I learned about our new R.E scheme and the story of The Creation.'

'I learned that some foods are treats and some are everyday foods.'

'I learned the names of the seven continents and five oceans.'

'I learned how to hold an Ocarina.'

'I learned how to dribble a football.'


Star of the Week: Arthur for being quick to help in class and for always trying his best.


Term 1

Week 3

Week ending 22.9.17


We have been busy preparing for our Harvest Festival in the Methodist Church next Friday - watch out for a pride of lions!  We had a visit from Sound Art and had great fun with Mrs Sharp using microphones to record our voices making different sounds and rhythms.


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'oa' phoneme.'

'I learned homophones with the 'ow' phoneme.'

'I learned to join 'ee' and 'oa'.'

'I learned to dribble in football.'

'I learned to use my Unifix bricks to add two numbers.'

'I learned my number bonds to ten.'

'I learned the story of 'Androcles and the Lion':  this story shows the generosity of Androcles, the lion and the Emperor.'

'I learned to write a prayer about 'perseverance.'


Star of the week:  Gabriy'el for always trying her best and for being quick to help.


Term 1

Week 4

Week ending 29.9.17


We went to the Methodist Church for our Harvest Festival on Friday.  The theme was 'Generosity' and when discussing this with the children I was surprised how many of them thought about being generous with your actions;  as a result we told the story of 'Androcles and the Lion' in church and showed the magnificent lion heads they had made. Despite being nervous, they read very well: we were very proud of them!


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ay' phoneme.'

'I learned homophones.'

'I learned how to count in tens and ones.'

'I learned how to partition numbers into tens and units.'

'I learned what is healthy food and what is a treat.'

'I finished making my Butterfly Kite and flew it!'

'I finished making my lion for 'Androcles and the lion'.'

'I learned my number bonds to 10.'

'I wrote the instructions for making my kite.'


Star of the week: Joe A. for an excellent attitude towards his work.

Term 1

Week 5

Week ending 6.10.17


We had some beautiful sunny weather towards the end of the week and were able to go outside and collect horse chestnut leaves for our science lesson and play football on the playground.


What have we learned this week;


'I learned the 'oo' phoneme.'

'I learned that words that are spelled the same but have different meanings are called 'homographs.'

'I wrote instructions for making a jam sandwich.'

'I learned to use time-connectives to order my commands.'

'I learned that commands must start on a new line.'

'I learned that commands star with a capital letter and end with a full-stop or exclamation mark.'

'I learned to use a bullet point at the beginning of my commands.'

'I learned to use imperative (bossy) verbs in my commands.'

'I learned how to identify a horse chestnut leaf.'

'I learned my number bonds to 20, by using my number bonds to 10.'

'I learned to add multiples of 10 up to 100, by using my number bonds to 10.'

'I learned to combine a tens number with a one digit number.'

'I thought about what God might look like and what sort of person would create the World.'

'We thought about what we would like to find out about Tocuaro in Mexico, so we can compare it with Elham.'


Star of the week:  Samuel for trying hard and always being helpful in class.




Term 1 

Week 6

Week ending 13.10.17


Again some lovely 'Indian summer' weather to hunt for Sweet Chestnut leaves and nuts and to practise our football skills!

We ended the week with the start of Book Week: Ian Crosher from KIC Theatre is an old friend of the school and never fails to delight the children with his exciting drama activities!  He is already booked in with us for the next two years as he is so popular and he gets snapped up really quickly!


We have lots going on next week!!


On Monday we have Tales from the Book of Life, visiting us again - I can't wait!  On Wednesday Ian MacDonald a local author is coming in to do workshops and Jane Buss will be in KS 1 and Reception on Friday enthralling the children with tales of Keiller, the Cathedral Cat.

Do not forget the Scholastic Book Fair after school next week until Thursday; a lot of the books are at discount prices.

There is a competition for KS1 and Reception to draw a Super Hero.

Next Friday is Dressing-up day for Book Week - come as your favourite Super Hero!


We will be sending home Readathon sponsor cards, for the children to complete, if they wish, over half-term:  this is to raise money for Roald Dahl children's charities, for very poorly children.


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'u' phoneme.'

'I learned to recognise a sweet chestnut leaf and nut.'

'I learned to order coins, starting with the smallest.'

'I learned to add two amounts of money to make a total.'

'I learned to identify common nouns.'

'I wrote instructions for making my kite as a Hot Task.'

'I wrote a prayer thanking God for his wonderful creation.'

'I learned how to draw a face.'


Star of the Week: Erin for always trying her best and being helpful in class.


Term 1

Week ending 21.10.17

Week 7


What an exciting week we have had! 


On Monday 'Tales from the Book of Life', combined music and storytelling to entertain the children.  Ramona has visited us for a number of years and plays an enormous array of instruments, notably the harp and viola. Tony Cooper, stood in for Tony Edwards, and enthralled us with tales from around Kent.  We wish Tony E. a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him next year.


On Tuesday, the children were invited to enter a competition:  KS 2 had to write a 'day in the life of their Super Hero' and KS 1 had to design a costume for their Super Hero.  In Willows, Sabine won for her beautiful drawing of 'Cloud Woman' (she also came dressed as Cloud Woman!). We also had an assembly visit from a representative from the Scholastic Book Fair - she must have inspired the children, for over £820 was spent over the four days after school.  An enormous' thank you' to Mrs. Clayton for arranging the rota of parent helpers and to all our wonderful Mums for selling the books!


On Wednesday, Ian MacDonald, a local author, read from his books and spoke about the craft of writing.  After school he signed copies of his books, which proved very popular!


On Friday, Jane Buss (Philips), another local author (and grandmother to Jacob and Joanna), read her book 'Keiller, the Cathedral Cat', to Acorns, Hazel and then Willows.  They enjoyed asking her questions and will be able to do some interesting follow- up work.


We also, of course, had our traditional 'Dressing-up Day'. I applaud the creativity of the parents and children!  The Kent Messenger took some photos - so look out for them next week!





Term 2

Week 1

Week ending 3.11.17


Welcome back after a lovely half-term!


We have started learning the songs for our Nativity play - 'Off to Bethlehem' and the children have been allocated parts:  understandably, they are very excited!


What heve we learned this week?


'I learned the 'oy' phoneme.'

'I learned to plant a daffodil bulb and to write the instructions how to do it.'

'I learned how to trace a picture.'

'I learned to measure using a non-standard measure.'

'I learned to make 'Maurice the Metre Man.'

'I learned to measure things more than a metre, less than a metre and the same as a metre.'

'I learned the learned you can write metre as'm' and centimetre as 'cm'.'

'I learned there are 30 cm on my ruler.'

'I learned to mark centimetres on my Maurice the Metre Man.'

'We measured ourselves on the Height Chart.'


Star of the Week: Beaumont for making an enormous effort to make his writing smaller and neater.

Term 2

Week 2

Week ending 10.11.17


This week we were visited by Fire Fighter Max, who showed us his uniform and told us not to touch matches and to get regularly check our smoke alarms;  the children did some very good recounts following his talk.  We also went to church for the first time this term and took part in a service led by the Year 6s.


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ow' phoneme.'

'I learned to count in twos.'

'I learned to write a recount.'

'I learned the names of 2D shapes.'

'I learned the properties of 2D shapes.'

'I measured lines in centimetres.'

'I learned my words for the Nativity Play.'

'I practised my acting for the Nativity play.'

'I learned some songs and actions for the Nativity Play.'


Star of the week:  Sabine for always trying her best.


Term 2

Week 3

Week ending 17.11.17


What a busy week with two parent evenings, but it was lovely to meet all my parents!

On Friday, we celebrated 'Children in Need' day - it was hard to know who had chicken pox and who had gone spotty for the day!


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'o-e' phoneme.'

'I learned to find symmetry in 2D shapes.'

'I learned to count in tens.'

'I learned to do column addition.'

'I learned the story of The Little Red Hen' with actions.

'I learned to put capital letters and full-stops in my sentences.

'I learned to describe how I feel when I do exercise.'

'I practised the Nativity Play.'


Star of the Week: Tamsin for always working hard and teaching us Polish!



Term 2

Week 4

Week ending 24.11.17


We held our annual seed competition and had a lot of beautiful,  varied collages, based on the song 'Autumn Days'. 

The winners were; 1st Samuel, 2nd Daisy, 3rd Tamsin and 4th Charlie.  Well done to all the children who entered; Mr. File, who judged the competition , was very impressed with your creativity!

On Wednesday we had our first music concert of the year and I was very proud of the Willows as they played their ocarinas beautifully in front of the whole school and then joined in a rendition of Silent Night with all the other classes.  Thank you very much to Mrs. Hickman for organising the concert and to Miss Hickman for joining her in playing her wind instruments.


Rehearsals for our Nativity Play are coming on apace - prepare to be amazed by your children!



What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ey' phoneme/grapheme.'

'I learned to put commas in lists.'

'I learned that 'and goes between the last two items in a list.'

'I learned to do column addition.'

'I learned to count in tens from any number.'

'I learned 'The Rule of Three.'

'I learned describing words are called adjectives.'

'I learned to write a prayer about 'wisdom'.

'I learned to put actions to our Nativity songs.'


Star of the week: Joe H. for trying hard with his writing.

Term 2

Week ending 1.12.17

Week 5

On Thursday, we had a visit from the 'Make time for Music' team.  They demonstrated a range of instruments and the children were very keen to have lessons ( drums featured heavily on their wish list - sorry parents!).

Friday, 1st December, what an exciting day this was!  The children came into school to find the class had been decorated with a Christmas tree, a 'Merry Christmas' banner, an advent calendar, a Father Christmas/ stocking advent calendar and a stable with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and all the characters from their Nativity play.  Needless to say they were very excited!  Thank you, Riley for your help!

To add to the excitement, it was the Christmas Fair after school and we had fun practising our 'Bean Bags in a Basket' game. We had a constant stream of children taking part and everyone enjoyed the fair. 


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'dge' phoneme.'

'I learned the 2 x table.'

'I learned that 'x' means multiply, times or' lots of'.'

'I learned that x 2 is doubling.'

'I learned that multiplication is repeated addition.'

'I learned that you can do multiplication in any order, like addition.'

'I learned that adjectives are describing words.'

'I learned to put adjectives in a 'Rule of Three.'

'I learned to retell the story of 'The Little Red Hen.'

'I learned that Mexicans make tortillas.'

'I learned that Mexicans put plain chocolate in their stews: it is called 'mole'.


Star of the week: Howie for a great attitude towards his learning and making very good progress.




Term 2

Week 6

Week ending 8.12.17


On Wednesday we went to the pantomime! " Oh no we didn't", "Oh yes we did!"  It was up to its usual brilliant standard and the children loved it and were very well behaved.


After a throw off for first place in the 'Bean Bag in a Basket' competition, at the Christmas Fayre, the winner was Arthur for KS 1 and Sammy for KS 2 - well done boys!

Friday saw our first proper dress rehearsal in front of Age UK, Elham Pre-school and KS 2;  the children sang beautifully and their acting was amazing!  We are looking forward to our matinee performance on Monday, starting at 2.00 pm and our evening performance on Tuesday, starting at 6.00 pm.  Please bring your children back to school for 5.30 pm and collect them at around 6.45 pm.


What have we learned this week?


'I learned to halve numbers.'

'I learned halving is the opposite of doubling.'

'I learned how to write a letter.'

'I designed a bedroom for a special baby.'

'I learned my 2x table.'

'I finished my' Little Red Hen' story.'


Star of the week:  Beaumont, who stood in for Howie for our Friday performance of 'Off to Bethlehem', and was magnificent!






Term 2

Week 7

Week ending 15.12.17


What an amazing week we had!


On Monday we had our matinee performance of 'Off to Bethlehem'.  The children were magnificent!  Then on Tuesday we had our evening performance - the best ever!  Well done Acorns, Hazel and Willows, we were very proud of you.  Especial thanks to Mr. Davison, our lighting director, Alice, our voice coach and Mrs. Lewis, publicity and Box Office - well done team!


On Wednesday we made Christingles, using oranges, a candle, red tape, cocktail sticks and sweets.  In the afternoon we went to church and lit the Christingles - it was a beautiful service.  Father Christmas visited Mrs. Lewis and left Christmas cards for the children - they were beside themselves with excitement!


On Thursday we made our Christmas cards - a lovely Nativity scene, and made snowflake calendars, with a picture of the children in costume.


On Friday we had a class party because we had achieved 20 marbles in the jar, through team work.  The children were allowed to bring games from home and it was lovely to see them playing together.


Happy Christmas everybody! 

Term 3

Week 1

Week ending 5.1.18


Happy New Year everybody!


It is lovely to see everyone healthy and happy to be back at school!


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the silent letters 'kn' and 'gn'.'

'I learned that dividing between (by) 2 is the same as halving.'

'I learned about everyday materials and their uses.'

'I wrote about my favourite day in the holidays, using time-connectives and joining words.'

'I learned how to hold a hockey stick and how to dribble.'

'I learned to share between 3,4 and 5.'

'I wrote my New Year's resolution.'

Term 3

Week 2

Week ending 12.1.17


It is great to get back into the swing of things - the children have worked so hard!


On Tuesday, we had Dance with Mrs. Everett and then we went to Church in the afternoon.  On Friday we continued our Hockey training with Mr. Hodgeman:  it was great fun, but cold - do make sure your child has warm clothes to wear for outside P.E. (they can wear gloves - I did!) and trainers.


What have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ie' phoneme.'

'I learned that if a word ends in a 'y' and you want to add an 's', you need to change the 'y' into an 'i' and add 'es'.  For example, 'cry' becomes 'cries' and 'try' becomes 'tries'.

'I learned how to use exclamation marks, for example when there is a loud noise or someone is shouting, if there is danger and you are warning someone, or if something is funny or unexpected.

'I learned there are four different types of basic sentence - question, statement, exclamation and command.'

'I learned how to divide with a remainder.'

'I learned how to make different amounts of money.'

'I learned how to give change.'

'We decided the questions we wanted to ask about The Great Fire of London.'

'I learned about The Monument.'

'I learned The Great Fire of London was in 1666.'


Star of the Week: Jack for always being so helpful and trying his best.