Green Acorns

Welcome to Acorn Class

Reception at Willow Primary Academy is where your child will experience an engaging curriculum, based on real life experiences and their own interests.  We value the importance of talk and new vocabulary, which is why our curriculum is driven by high-quality texts.

Our Early Years environment promotes curiosity; encouraging our pupils to be risk takers, problem solvers and critical thinkers.   It supports children in learning about the world and exploring their surroundings to build on their knowledge and experiences. It is important that the environment meets the individual needs of all children and offers opportunities for engagement, investigation and exploration.

Our main aim is to ensure your child feels safe, happy and secure and that they have the building blocks to enable them to succeed as they begin their journey into Key Stage One.

We hope you enjoy finding out about all of the fun things we get up to in Reception.

Key Information

  • During the Summer term, we will be doing PE outside every Wednesday.  To promote independence, your child will get ready for PE at school.  Therefore, please make sure your child’s PE is in school.
  • Your child should read either their Read, Write, Inc book or their linked ‘book bag book’ daily.  This needs to be recorded in their reading record, which will be checked weekly.  Your child will earn Pride points when they read lots at home!
  • Don’t forget to share the book your child has chosen from the book corner.  Use different voices to make it sound exciting or funny.  Your child will love it!


Phonics - Reading and Writing

Below are some documents which will help parents to support their child with phonics at home:

Our Learning

Find out what we are going to be learning this term!  Click on the links to see our theme webs:

Summer 2 – Theme 2  Under the Sea

Useful documents for parents

The links below provide parents with an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Early Learning Goals that pupils are assessed against at the end of Reception.

There is also a link to activities you could try at home that are linked to the different areas of the Early Years profile.  If you try any of these activities at home, please upload them to Tapestry for us to see!

Early Years and Key Stage One Leader and Reception Teacher

My name is Miss Simmonds and I have recently joined the Willow family. I have previously taught for 16 years in both Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Most of my time has been spent teaching in Year 2, but I have a wide range of experience from EYFS to Year 4. However, my absolute passion is Early Years and I am so excited to be teaching in Reception again! I have also led English for 14 years and I look forward to bringing my experience of this to inspire all pupils to be readers and writers.

Miss Lisa Simmonds

Learning Partner

Miss Fiona Fan

School Mascot

Willow the Lion


To see all of the amazing learning in Ash Class click this link!