My name is Mrs Astill and I am responsible for class teaching in years 3 and 4 in Willow class. I am lucky enough to have the support of two part time teaching assistants and as a team we support the learning of the children in our class.
I firmly believe it is important for children to feel valued and be happy to stand the best possible chance of learning and fulfilling their potential, so I encourage good communication between home and school and I plan work that I hope the children find interesting, relevant and enjoy. Homework is set once a week.
Good, respectful behaviour is expected at all times and our school values are discussed and upheld daily. The children are given clear expectations and firm boundaries. A zone board system is operated, where movement up is the expectation and is a positive way of praising good work and behaviour.
We also like to motivate and stimulate our learning through trips and first hand experiences. A few example of trips recently undertaken are Lapworth Geology Museum in Birmingham, Bishopswood Centre, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Wroxeter Roman City and more exciting plans are currently afoot! The children in Willow may attend our school choir and we take a group to participate in the Young Voices Concerts annually, where we perform at the Genting Arena. This is the most incredible experience and is a popular event with both children and parents alike!
We also love inviting guests to school. A particular hit is always Arts Week in May when we have the chance to participate in music, dance, art or drama workshops with visiting specialists. Lots of fun is had by all!