Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class!

Mr Fox, Mrs Russell and Mrs Symons




Hello and welcome to Willow Class! 



KS2 Reading Expectations

Children are asked to read at least 5 times per week. It is the only homework we send home, so there are no excuses.Each read should be recorded in the child's reading record. Reading records will be checked every Monday, and those who have completed the 5 reads, will receive 10 dojos.

For each read, you should record a word that you:

•would like to use in your writing; or
•are unsure of, along with its meaning (you will need a dictionary).

Entries without the above will not count towards the 5 reads. Moreover, if the expected 5 reads are not completed, children will be catching up during break times in the classroom.

Extra activities

Times tables and reading are always encouraged to be practiced at home and will benefit your child greatly with most tasks required of them within the school day. Children have been given reading, writing and maths targets which they should know to practice in their own time as well as in school.

I would encourage all parents to develop their child's understanding of concepts such as time and measurement, as well as practising times tables and division facts regularly, as it will help them a great deal throughout the year. 

For advice on how we teach maths at HPS, and how best you can support your child at home please refer to the wonderful page Mrs Flower has created here!


When reading with your child, asking them specific questions will enhance their comprehension skills and promote the idea of reading for pleasure.  For example,

Who were the most important characters in the story and why?

Tell me something you enjoyed about the part you just read.

How did a certain character feel when a particular event happened? How do you know?

What do you think might happen next?

Once they have finished reading a book, children are encouraged to complete a book review (available in the classroom), and a book spine to be added to our brilliant bookcase in the cloakroom.


For P.E this term, Key Stage 2 have P.E on a Monday morning. Both year 3 and 4 will need an outdoor P.E kit as we will be learning either on the playground or JUMPA. Mr Mawn, from the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP), teaches alongside Mr Fox, providing high quality and interesting lessons. For more information on NOSSP please visit their website. North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership

We will also be attending a number of sports festivals arranged by NOSSP this year. These provide a fantastic oppurtunity for children to compete against other school.

Later in the year, we will swimming at Sibford School, so it is vital that appropriate kit, hat and a towel, are brought in.

Music Steps

We are currently taking part in the Music Steps programme delivered by Sarah Bourne-Taylor. The children are given the oppurtunity to learn either the violin or cello over a 10 week period. If your child is interested in taking their learning further, contact the school office, who will provide Sarah's contact details. 

Yearly overview 2018-19

To find out what your child will be learning about in this school year, please click here!


The topics this year are as follows. 

Autumn 1 - All of the Lights

Autumn 2 - Natural Disasters


Spring 1 - States of Matter


Spring 2 - Stone Age to Iron Age

Summer 1 - Geology Rocks!

Summer 2 - Poetic Sounds

Each will inspire focus texts to be used in English, and other interesting lessons across the curriculum.

Please fell free to contact me at j.fox@hornton.oxon.sch.uk with any questions or queries!