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Art Club

Art Club

The Year One and Year Two Art Club children have been busy designing and making their own clay pots which they have enjoyed painting. During Art Club the children have learnt about artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Monet. Over the next few weeks the children will...

Reception – Chinese New Year

Reception – Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We started the week by looking at China, then looked at Chinese food and all wrote our very own Chinese menu. Mrs McKee came in to tell us more about Chinese New Year and we really enjoyed taking part in all the...

Lunchtime Science Club

Lunchtime Science Club

Today our Reception children enjoyed our lunchtime Science Club. We were experimenting with bubbles and creating our own bubble wands.

Year 5 – Finished cam toys

Year 5 – Finished cam toys

Here are some of our amazing cam toys. We created a strong frame by measuring and cutting lengths of wood and added triangle corners to give it even more strength. Then we added the cam mechanism and decorated them to match the themes in our designs.

Festive Reading Challenge – The Entries

Festive Reading Challenge – The Entries

Well done to all of our children who entered the Festive Reading Challenge. It has been so lovely seeing so many children enjoying reading and thinking outside the box in where you can enjoy reading a story. Staff have been blown away by the creative, original photo...

Festive Reading Challenge

Festive Reading Challenge

At The Willows, we strive to provide opportunities for our children to engage in reading activities and actively read for pleasure. During this festive season, we would like to set you a reading challenge that shows how fun and creative reading can be. You need to...

Brass, String & Woodwind Christmas Concert

Brass, String & Woodwind Christmas Concert

Tuesday 14th December saw all of our musicians join their families in the school hall to celebrate their musical talents and progress. Throughout the pandemic we have been incredibly keen to continue our music lessons in one way or another. Our peripetetic music...

Inter-House Dodgeball Competition Results

Inter-House Dodgeball Competition Results

A big well done to all of our pupils across school who participated in our first inter-house competition of the year, playing dodgeball. Pupils from each year group competed against their peers from the other house teams in our dodgeball tournament. Each classes...

Spring Term Golden Mile Challenge

Spring Term Golden Mile Challenge

After the success of our first term's Golden Mile whole-school competition, I am excited to announce the start of a new competition for the Spring Term. At The Willows, we are passionate about encouraging children to live a healthy, active lifestyle and our Golden...

Reception – A Winter Painting

Reception – A Winter Painting

In Reception we have been looking at different objects and paintbrushes we can paint with to create pictures. We have worked hard on our latest masterpiece where it took us a few days to create our final painting. Children loved using the dabbers to create their cold...

Year 6 WW1 History Visit

Year 6 WW1 History Visit

On Tuesday 14th December, Year 6 had a very special visit from Sergeant Powell, a World War 1 sergeant who was brought in to teach Year 6 about all things World War One and put them through their paces. The children learnt some simple drill steps on the parade ground,...

Year 6 Christmas Craft and D.T. Day

Year 6 Christmas Craft and D.T. Day

Today, Year 6 held a Christmas craft and D.T. day. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to extend their learning in D.T. and art, using a range of different tools and materials. The children used hand drills and glue guns to create a Rudolph tree...

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch

Thursday 9th December saw Jo, Sharon and Sarah in our School Kitchen working very hard again - it was our Christmas Lunch Day. We all very much love this day as they prepare an absolutely beautiful Christmas Dinner for us - if you think it's difficult preparing...

Year 4 Brass4All Christmas Performance

Year 4 Brass4All Christmas Performance

Since September, our Year 4 children, working with Mr. Squires-Evans and Mrs. Spacey, have been learning to play a brass instrument - either a baritone, cornet or trumpet.  In these three months, the children have worked incredibly hard and have been able to record...

Reception – A Wriggly Nativity

Reception – A Wriggly Nativity

It was amazing to see our youngest children perform 'A Wriggly Nativity.' All the children stood up confidently and spoke so clearly to an audience, remembering their lines. I know everyone in the school along with their families were incredibly proud of them. They...

I’m A Year 6, Get Me Out Of Here! Survival Day

I’m A Year 6, Get Me Out Of Here! Survival Day

On Thursday 2nd December, Year 6 held their highly anticipated I'm A Year 6, Get Me Out Of Here Survival Day.  The main focus of this adventure day was to enhance the learning the children have done about survival this half term in their topic, to give them the...

Year 6 – Quidditch Afternoon

Year 6 – Quidditch Afternoon

On Wednesday 1st December, Year 6 played Quidditch for the afternoon as their prize for winning our termly Golden Mile competition. The children ran over 300 miles as a class, beating their nearest competition by around 60 miles, so by way of reward they were...

Year 6 Survival D.T. Project

Year 6 Survival D.T. Project

Over the last two weeks, Year 6 have been working hard in design technology on their survival shelter project, which will culminate with the children building enormous shelters in the Forest School area on Thursday 2nd December.  The children had a design brief which...

RE Inspection

RE Inspection

Mrs Johnson (our Chair of Governors) was delighted today to be able to share the report from our recent Diocesan RE Inspection in which we achieved 'Outstanding' in all areas. This Section 48 Inspection, as it is known, covers all aspects of the Catholic Life of the...

Year 6 WW1 themed P.E.

Year 6 WW1 themed P.E.

In Year 6, we aim to make links between our half termly topic and every subject - P.E. is no exception! This half term, the children have been working in small groups to create freeze frames recreating different still images of World War 1 trench life. We have learnt...

Year 3 and 4 Quidditch Club

Year 3 and 4 Quidditch Club

This half term, Year 3 and 4 children have been invited to take part in Quidditch Club, after school on a Monday evening. Quidditch is a fast paced, multi-skilled sport which is probably best described as a mixture between dodgeball and handball. The children have...

Reception – The Annuciation

Reception – The Annuciation

In Reception we have been learning all about Mary. The children really enjoyed learning about The Annunciation. They used the small world and role play to act out the story.

Reception – Fire Fire!

Reception – Fire Fire!

This term Reception are looking at the Fire Service. We have enjoyed playing in the Role Play Area pretending we work for the Fire Service. The children have also enjoyed looking at different story books about the Fire Service.

Year 3 Star

Year 3 Star

We are all so proud of Victoria and the wonderful work she has been doing outside of school. Victoria decided  she wanted to try to raise money to donate to charities who work with homeless people. She collected money from family, did odd jobs at home, sorted and...

Year 3 Stonehenge

Year 3 Stonehenge

We have enjoyed finding out all about Stonehenge. Did you know that work on Stonehenge started around 5,000 years ago but it took over 1,000 years to build, in four long stages? Archaeologists beiieve that the final changes were made around 1,500BC, in the early...

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

On Sunday 14th November, Evie and James (our Head Girl and Head Boy) as well as Deborah and Katie (Deputy Head Girls) joined members of the public and other organisations from Kirkham to remember those who gave their lives for us during times of war.  They represented...

Year 5 and 6 Archery Club

Year 5 and 6 Archery Club

This half term, Year 5 and 6 children have been taking part in our amazing after-school Archery Club! The children were at first fooled into thinking we would be doing soft-archery, but to their surprise, they were to be taught how to use real bow and arrows with...

Excellent Progress in Woodwind!

Excellent Progress in Woodwind!

Mr. Irwin, our Woodwind teacher was so impressed with the progress of Chloe, Scarlett and Sienna, he insisted we video them playing Wallace and Grommit. Mrs. Barnett was thrilled and so asked the girls to play in our Star Award Liturgy for the rest of the school! You...

Year 6 – Remembrance Prayer & Liturgy

Year 6 – Remembrance Prayer & Liturgy

On Wednesday, 10th November, our wonderful Year 6 children led us in our Remembrance Prayer and Liturgy.  They called us to be grateful for the sacrifice soldiers past and present that have given their lives so that we can live in peace. Evie-Marie read the Sermon on...

Fr. Andrew visits Year 6

Fr. Andrew visits Year 6

On Wednesday 3rd November, Fr. Andrew came to visit Year 6 to hold a talk and answer their questions about the role of a priest and Fr. Andrew's personal experiences of becoming a Catholic priest. Year 6's current R.E. topic is all about vocations, in particular the...

Year 3 – Baptism

Year 3 – Baptism

When we are baptised we become a member of the Church’s family. Year 3 have been learning about the promises made for us at Baptism by our parents and our Godparents. We really enjoyed visiting church where Fr Andrew helped us find out about the structure of the Rite...

INSET Day Liturgy

INSET Day Liturgy

Just as the children regularly lead and take part in Prayer and Litrgu, so too do our staff.  As we returned to school today after our half term break, Mrs. Roddy lead us in a beautifully reflective liturgy about the Feast of All of Saints. Mrs. Roddy called us to...

Reception – Celebrating the Author, Julia Donaldson

Reception – Celebrating the Author, Julia Donaldson

This term Reception have been looking at books by the Author, Julia Donaldson. They have really enjoyed listening to all the different stories and comparing the characters. It has been fantastic to see the children's love of reading flourish and hearing them retell...

Reception – Family Fun

Reception – Family Fun

It was lovely to see all the Reception families at our Julia Donaldson theme family fun session today. The children enjoyed taking part in different activities which reflected the characters and stories from Julia Donaldson. Thank you to everyone that came along, it...

Year 4 – Brass4All

Year 4 – Brass4All

Brass4All is our wonderful programme run by Mr. Squires-Evans, our Specialist Brass and String Teacher, that gives every child in Year 4 the opportunity to learn a brass instrument completely free of charge.  Our PTFA purchased the instruments two years ago and ever...

Reception – Autumn Topic

Reception – Autumn Topic

This week we have started looking at the season, Autumn. It has been lovely to see the children bringing in natural objects they have found on their autumn walks with their families. The children have enjoyed painting squirrels and acorns and creating an autumn tree....

Year 4 – Investigating Sound

Year 4 – Investigating Sound

Throughout this half term, Year 4 have been learning about Sound - more specifically how sounds are made. In the lesson you can see below the children were tasked with recognising that vibrations make sounds and it is these vibrations that then travel to the ear. ...

KS1 Football Club

KS1 Football Club

This half term, Mr. Sharrock has been running a Football Club for children in our Year 1 and Year 2 classes.  The aim of the football sessions was to teach the children the foundations of football, help improve their passing and shooting skills, play mini games and...

Reception – The Baptismal Font

Reception – The Baptismal Font

Today we visited our church, met Father Andrew and looked at the Baptismal Font. It was fantastic to see how much the children had learnt during our Baptism topic.; they could talk about all the special things that happen during a Baptism. The children said they...

Year 1 – Making Penguins!

Year 1 – Making Penguins!

In Year 1, this term, we have been learning about the Antarctic and some of the animals that live there.  We have focused on the penguins, and made our own out of clay. The children used lots of different techniques including rolling, pinching, squeezing and squashing...

Year 2 – Forest School

Year 2 – Forest School

Our first topic in English was to write a letter to The Big Bad Wolf as one of The Three Little Pigs. When we had finished our work we went down to Forest School and built the stick house from The Three Little Pigs! We tried to stop this from being blown down. While...

Year 6 – Outdoor RE Artwork!

Year 6 – Outdoor RE Artwork!

We are currently learning all about The Kingdom of God and positive values in R.E. lessons. We have learnt all about what God’s Kingdom is, how we become mebers of God’s Kingdom and how we accept the invite of becoming a part of God’s family. It is however the...

Year 6’s Trip to Tower Wood!

Year 6’s Trip to Tower Wood!

Between Monday 4th and Friday 8th October 2021, our Year 6 children embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. They waved goodbye to their families and set off to the Lake District to spend the week at Tower Wood.  They had an absolutely amazing week, learnt plenty...

Interactive Panels!!!

Interactive Panels!!!

As we all know, IT is an ever changing environment where one minute you have the latest tech and the next it is out of date. At The Willows we have had interactive whiteboards for a number of years and updating the software as often as possible.  This summer we took...

Welcome Prayer & Liturgy

Welcome Prayer & Liturgy

Each year our Year 6 children lead a Welcome Prayer and Liturgy for our new Reception children, the children who have joined our school in the last 12 months and staff who are new to our school. We welcome them to our 'Willows Family' and present them with a marian...

Whole School Mass

Whole School Mass

It was so wonderful to be able to go to church together again and celebrate Mass as a school family. For some of the children this was the first time that they have been able to go inside our beautiful chuch and witness how awe inspiring it is. We loved being able to...

New KS2 Equipment

New KS2 Equipment

Keeping our children active and healthy is a significant priority for us at The Willows. One of the ways that we do this is to continually invest in equipment and resources to keep our children engaged in being active. Over recent years we have installed willow...

Prayer Leader Training

Prayer Leader Training

We all love leading Prayer and Liturgy and have missed doing this during Covid. We were very lucky to have Mrs Wright join us to train four Year 5 children and four Year 6 children as Liturgy Leaders. She helped us think about the different parts of Prayer and Liturgy...

Year 2 – Prayer & Liturgy

Year 2 – Prayer & Liturgy

In Year 2 we get to plan and deliver our own child led Prayer and Liturgy sessions. Each week a small group of us go into the Prayer Area and plan each aspect of the prayer and liturgy. Later that day we deliver this to the class with support from Miss Harrison. 

Year 2 – Our R.E.

Year 2 – Our R.E.

This half term in RE we have been lucky enough to go over to Church with Miss Harrison and Mrs Barnett to do some learning. We got the entire Church to ourselves and enjoyed asking lots of questions, explored the stained class windows and even learnt how to genuflect...

Reception – Forest School

Reception – Forest School

We were so lucky to spend the afternoon in our Forest School Area. We started the afternoon by using the hammocks and climbing through the trees. Mrs. Hayes built us a campfire - don't worry, we all learned how to be safe around it. We used our campfire to toast some...

Year 3 – Healthy Heads

Year 3 – Healthy Heads

Over the past few weeks we've loved welcoming Jane into school to deliver the Healthy Heads programme.  As the name suggests, the programme aims to help the children understand their mental health more particular given the stressful times we have all been through...

Reception – Our Class Prayer & Liturgy

Reception – Our Class Prayer & Liturgy

Today we came together as a class for our Prayer and Liturgy. The children took responsibility for placing the Bible on the prayer table, placing the crucifix and lighting the candle. We then gathered to think about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We then said the ‘Hail...

Go Green for CAFOD!

Go Green for CAFOD!

This autumn, leading up to the COP26 climate talks in November, CAFOD are asking us to ‘Go Green’ by taking on a climate-related fundraising challenge. In school, we spent the day reducing the amount of energy we use - turning of lights, using less water etc. We also...

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

Now that the children have made their First Reconciliation, after waiting 19 months, it is time for them to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time.  The children, their families and the Catechists are working hard to prepare for the...

Reception – Learning about Baptism

Reception – Learning about Baptism

This week in R.E. we have been looking at the Sacrament of Baptism. The children have enjoyed sharing photographs from their own Baptism and talking about their Godparents. The children then went on to make their own Baptismal candle and enjoyed role playing a scene...

Our School Orchestra

Our School Orchestra

We just had to share this piece of Latest News with everyone!  We are so incredibly proud of our School Orchestra. Music and the performing arts have taken a massive hit over the past two years as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Mrs. Barnett has been passionate...

Year 5 & 6 Football Competition

Year 5 & 6 Football Competition

On Monday 20th and Monday 27th September, 9 children from Year 5 and 6 took part in the Carr Hill Primary Football Tournament. The children competed against other local primary schools in 6 a side matches that were held at the fantastic astro turf pitches at AFC...

Year 5 – Tennis

Year 5 – Tennis

We have had some fabulous weather for our Tennis lessons. Have a look at our amazing skills:

Reception – Our Church

Reception – Our Church

This week we have been talking about our church - St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church - or as it is known locally, The Willows. We were really lucky to have a whole school Mass and go inside to celebrate the beginning of a new school year together. We then...

Reception – Our First PE Lesson

Reception – Our First PE Lesson

There is more to a PE lesson in Reception than you’d think. It isn’t as simple as getting changed and going into the hall. We’ve got lots of extra things to learn that the older children take for granted. We need to remember to take our uniform off and put it into our...

First Reconciliation Service

First Reconciliation Service

In February 2020, just before COVID hit, our children had just about finished their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. As the pandemic worsened, Father Andrew made the sensible decision to postpone the celebration of...

Year 6 – Prayer & Liturgy

Year 6 – Prayer & Liturgy

Year 6 children lead Prayer and Liturgies every Tuesday in class. The children plan their own Prayer and Liturgies using a wide range of resources and set up the worship table independently based on the theme they have chosen from their piece of scripture. The...

Year 5 – Portraits

Year 5 – Portraits

What do you think of our portraits? Aren’t they amazing? We really captured a good likeness.

Year 5 – Prayer & Liturgy

Year 5 – Prayer & Liturgy

Prayer and Liturgy is a special time for us to get closer to God and Jesus. We have a Prayer and Liturgy every day in school and we plan and lead our own for our class. Have a look at some photos:

Reception – Meeting our Buddies

Reception – Meeting our Buddies

All the staff at The Willows know it is a big step starting primary school. To help us settle in to school life, we are given a special friend, called a buddy, from the Year 6 class. The Year 6 children have been at The Willows the longest and know everything there is...

Reception – Learning to say our prayers

Reception – Learning to say our prayers

Prayer is a very important part of being at The Willows. In Reception we have six prayers to learn throughout the year. We say a special prayer at the beginning of each day, before we have our dinner, after we have had our dinner to say thank you to God and one before...

Year 6 – Positions of Responsibility

Year 6 – Positions of Responsibility

On Monday 13th September, Mrs Barnett made the highly anticipated announcement of the Year 6 positions of responsibility. Following the inspiring Year 6 speeches on Thursday, every child from Years 3 to 6 held a confidential, independent vote of who they considered to...

Year 6 – Meeting our Buddies

Year 6 – Meeting our Buddies

On Friday 10th September, the day had finally come for Year 6 to meet their Reception Buddies! The children were so excited and could hardly contain themselves when they heard the news. We decided to hold a Forest School morning, where the Reception and Year 6...

Our First Day in Reception

Our First Day in Reception

Today was our very first day at primary school. It was a big step for us all to come into school, wave goodbye to our families and say hello to our new teachers. Mrs. Aris, Miss Dugdale, Mrs. Vallely and Mrs. Hayes were all so nice to us.  We got to meet all the other...

Year 6 meet their Reception Buddies

Year 6 meet their Reception Buddies

On Friday 10th September, the day had finally come for Year 6 to meet their Reception Buddies! The children were so excited and could hardly contain themselves when they heard the news. We decided to hold a Forest School morning, where the Reception and Year 6...

FOMO Donation

FOMO Donation

Over the past few months we have been looking at replacing the laptops that the children use in school. We have over 50 laptops which are now getting slow and are unable to run the latest software that we have in school.  Rather than sending these devices to a company...

Head Girl and Head Boy Speeches

Head Girl and Head Boy Speeches

This morning, Thursday 9th September, our Year 6 children introduced themselves to our Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 class and told them why they think they will be the ideal candidate for the roles of Head Boy and Head Girl.  We were incredibly proud of all our Year 6...

A very special Friday…

A very special Friday…

Today marks an extremely special occasion for our Willows family; it is the first time we have all gathered together for our worship since March 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on so many elements of our everyone’s lives, from seeing our friends and family...

Welcome Year 6

Welcome Year 6

We have had a wonderful first few days in Year 6 and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the class. It should be a fun-filled year ahead, with Tower Wood just around the corner and the prospect of a year without Covid related disruption impacting our school...

Golden Mile Update – 7th June

Golden Mile Update – 7th June

Take a look at the video below to see how we are doing towards our Golden Mile target and ultimately, our Climbing Wall Goal!

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall

As a reward for our children's continued hard work and perseverance through such difficult times and also for their incredible efforts running the Golden Mile, we arranged for a mobile climbing wall to visit school on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th May 2021. Over the...

Golden Mile Update – 21st May

Golden Mile Update – 21st May

Take a look at the video below to see how we are doing towards our Golden Mile target and ultimately, our Climbing Wall Goal!

Golden Mile Update – 14th May

Golden Mile Update – 14th May

Take a look at the video below to see how we are doing towards our Golden Mile target and ultimately, our Climbing Wall Goal!

Inter-House Handball Competition

Inter-House Handball Competition

Fearing that there the children’s opportunities for competition in Sport and P.E. were being hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic and not being able to mix bubbles, we held an inter-house handball competition across school. Each class held their own inter-house...

Golden Mile – 20th March

Golden Mile – 20th March

Take a look at the video below to see how we are doing towards our Golden Mile target and ultimately, our Climbing Wall Goal!

Lucy’s Sponsored Read

Lucy’s Sponsored Read

Lucy's Sponsored Read Lucy completed a sponsored read at home and raised a fantastic, £235. With the money she raised she purchased books for our Reception and Year 1 class. Thank you Lucy. Both classes loved the books for their Reading Area.

Donated books to Reception

Donated books to Reception

Reception received a book each from the 'Book Bean and Ice Cream' shop in Kirkham. We will all enjoy reading 'Supertato'. ​

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass On Wednesday 17th February, our children would normally gather together to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Fr. Andrew would lead us as we process around the hall offering our Lenten Promises. Given that Ash Wednesday falls during our half term, the...

Christmas Card Competition

Christmas Card Competition

Congratulations to Alice who won the school wide Christmas Card Competition.  Each year, throughout the school we hold a competition to see who can design the most creative Christmas card. Each class then submit their designs and a winner is chosen for each class....

Inter-House Dodgeball Competition

Inter-House Dodgeball Competition

During our final week of the first half term, all of our classes held an inter-house dodgeball tournament where scores were added up to find out which house was victorious across school. The children had a brilliant time playing dodgeball, showing fantastic agility...

Coming Soon! Virtual Tour

Coming Soon! Virtual Tour

Happy Valley Productions This week, we welcomed James and James from Happy Valley Productions into school - with full PPE obviously.  We have commissioned the Preston based company to create our Virtual Tour ready for what would have been our annual Open Evening. With...

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

After what has seemed like a life time we are all very excited to be back at school. The children have been amazing and have settled back into school life so quickly. This has not been an easy time for any of us and we each have our own story to tell, our own...

Welcome to Seesaw!

Welcome to Seesaw! We have now rolled out Seesaw to every child in school. For those that don’t know what this is - it’s an online learning platform that allows us to set various different activities for the children to complete - perfect for the current climate! It...

Year 2 Caterpillars

  Year 2 received a special delivery before we broke up - 5 caterpillars. We were excited to watch the life cycle happen in our classroom. On Friday Mrs Aris took the caterpillars home so they could continue their life cycle. I will continue to update the website so...

Headteacher: Mrs S. Barnett | Victoria Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2BT
Telephone: 01772 684 371 | Email: bursar@willows.lancs.sch.uk

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Headteacher: Mrs S. Barnett | Victoria Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2BT
Telephone: 01772 684 371 | Email: bursar@willows.lancs.sch.uk

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