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Welcome Back!

We hope that you had a wonderful summer break and are ready and raring to go for the 2019-2020 academic year! The children have made a fantastic start and are already getting stuck into their new learning. Over the next few weeks we will update all of the class pages so that you can see the curriculum overviews for each class as well as the unit maps for the topics that each year group will be covering up to Christmas.

We have updated many policies which can be found on our policies page but as always if you have any questions or queries please do get in contact via the school office!

A reminder about The Willows school uniform:

•        White shirt/blouse or blue/white polo shirt, blue Willows sweatshirt (preferably with logo)

•       Grey/black skirt, trousers or pinafore

•       White, black or grey socks or black, blue, grey tights.

•       Smart black shoes (no flip flops, boots, trainers, and no shoes with high heels permitted)

•       For the summer term blue checked dresses and grey/black school shorts  can be worn.

The Willows PE kit is:

•       Blue T-shirt (logo optional), Black shorts and plimsolls or trainers

•       Black, grey or blue track suit for cold weather

•       P.E kit bag

•       Children who do not have PE kit on more than 2 occasions will have a letter sent home to parents

Earrings – simple plain studs – no hoops or other styles (Health and safety). These should be removed or taped up for PE

We advise children with long hair to wear it tied up for health and safety reasons and to prevent incidents of head lice

Brightly coloured hair is not allowed in school.

No make up or nail polish of any kind.

Persistent offenders will have a letter sent home

Please see the calendar for the latest dates for the diary!

Family Information Service

West Berkshire Council run an extremely useful directory of services which every family should know about. Click here to find out what West Berkshire Council can offer you and yours. Information and services include; out of school clubs, youth clubs, training in ASD & first aid, funding sources, health links, internal and external services as well as everything you need to know about  applying for an Education Health & Care Plan. The most recent FIS newsletter can also be found below.

Million Minutes Update!

Willows total so far

The children have read for a total of f 504,060 minutes (the equivalent of 8401 hours of reading).

The class with the most reading so far is Eucalyptus class who have read for a combined total of 1418 hours – well done!

Acacia are closing the gap in second place with 938 hours!

 In KS1, Yew class are doing really well with a total of 455 hours!

 Please continue to support and encourage your child/ren to read for at least 10 minutes a day, recorded in their reading record and signed by a parent. 

See a break down of each class’ hours in our class competition below…

Please continue to support and encourage your child/ren to read for at least 10 minutes a day, recorded in their reading record and signed by a parent.

One Million Minutes!   As a school we are embarking on the million minutes challenge. If every pupil in the school was read with, read to or read on their own for 10 minutes a day, each week day, we would have read over 1 MILLION minutes by the end of this academic year.  Are you up for the challenge?   Prizes to be won!    Find out more by clicking the link below    Million Minutes →

One Million Minutes!

As a school we are embarking on the million minutes challenge. If every pupil in the school was read with, read to or read on their own for 10 minutes a day, each week day, we would have read over 1 MILLION minutes by the end of this academic year.

Are you up for the challenge?

Prizes to be won!

Find out more by clicking the link below

Million Minutes →

One Million Minutes Tracker!

How is your class doing in our One Million Minutes Challenge? School Total = 7066 hours (423,960 minutes)

Times tables rock stars!

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations.

Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables!

To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! Last week we launched our Times Table Rock Stars challenge with the children. For more information on accessing TTRS see our Maths Lab pages.

childcare options at the willows!

At The Willows we are pleased to offer flexible early years childcare arrangements with options for mornings, afternoons, early week or late week sessions. Early week sessions run from Monday morning to Wednesday lunch and late week sessions run from Wednesday lunch to Friday afternoon.

There are currently vacancies in sessions for Saplings (2-3 year olds) and Nursery (3-4 year olds). These are open to funded children or can be paid sessions

Sessions are £12. For children attending 2 sessions in a day (morning and afternoon), Lunch is charged at £2 per day for children who stay for a full day.

Bookings can be made via the school office and are set for a term at a time. If your childcare needs are not covered in the session options above please contact us to discuss the alternatives we can provide.

We believe that giving children varied and challenging experiences out of the classroom environment generates greater success within it.

We believe that giving children varied and challenging experiences out of the classroom environment generates greater success within it.

PTFA

We are lucky to have an incredibly active and dedicated PTFA, who raise money for the school. There are many ways you can be a part of the PTFA and support the school. We welcome and encourage new members. 

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