A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class!

Teachers – Mr Baxter and Mrs Lunn


Summer Term 2017 (Second half) -‘Minibeasts’


Where has the year gone? In the final half term of this school year Willow class will be looking at Minibeasts. Here is our topic information – we hope it gives you an idea of the things we’ll be doing and learning about this half term.  (Click to enlarge)

This half term we hope to be making trips to Dawlish Nature Reserve and Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary. Details to follow.

If you would have time to spare a regular half hour to hear our children read in the mornings, we would be delighted! It makes a notable difference in readiness to read. If so, please see Mr Baxter or Mrs Lunn and we will timetable you in.

We are in constant need of junk modelling materials so please send in any boxes, cartons and tubes. We’ll make good use of them in our new `Busy Bee Hive`. We are always grateful for extra large boxes too!

Before we know it, our Foundation Stage children will be Year 1s and where possible we are trying to prepare them for Year 1 expectations. If they don’t do already, it is a good idea to get your child to sort out their own bits and pieces in the morning – snack, water bottle, coat etc – so that they have greater independence, ready for September. If at all possible, see if they can build up to entering the class alone – obviously you are always welcome but it’s an idea to be as prepared as possible for the new school year in September. Many thanks for this.

Please pop in to see us if you have any questions or if you need to tell us anything and do remember to let us know if someone new is collecting your child from school. We need to be informed of this so we are confident that we are sending your child home with the right person.

Thank you for your support

Joe Baxter and Angie Lunn


A few reminders:

  • PE kits need to be left in school. Keep a spare pair of pants/tights in PE bags if you think it necessary. As it is getting colder, tracksuit bottoms are a good idea!
  • Please remember to bring your child’s reading folder into school each day. If it is left in the yellow box, we can write in the reading diary when we hear your child read in school.
  • Mr Baxter will be in Willow on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings and Fridays
  • Mrs Lunn will be in Willow every Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.


Ideally for Foundation Stage children, sharing a book for around 5 – 10 minutes every day helps greatly with progress towards becoming a reader. If you and your child have any energy left at the end of a busy day to read together that would be wonderful! We will continue to send home the words of the week. We practise reading these in school, so if you find that your child is too tired/reluctant to practise recognising these words at home, focus on enjoying and sharing their reading book.