Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term



 The children have been enjoying learning about dinosaurs this half-term. 

 They have been learning lots of different dinosaur names and what different dinosaurs ate.

 They have sorted dinosaurs in to meat and plant eaters and learnt the special words to describe this; carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores (plant eaters) and omnivores (meat and plant eaters).


The children have been counting, adding, sorting, weighing, describing and labelling dinosaurs.

We have read story books, information books and e-books about dinosaurs to learn more about them. 

People Who Help Us


Our topic this half-term is 'People who help us'.


The children have been very busy learning about all the different people and occupations that help us in different ways.

We have been talking about medical occupations including; doctors, nurses, paramedics, opticians, and dentists.

We will be moving on to discuss other emergency services and their role in helping us throughout the term.


Phonics and Reading:

We hope you have all been able to view our Reading and Phonics presentation. Please remember to read with your child four times a week and remember to sign and date their reading diary. Please read the book chosen at school as well as sharing any other books you may have at home. The books we send from school will support your child's story language and vocabulary and are linked to the letter sounds they have been learning. We try to read with each child twice a week in school and change their reading book twice a week, but will only change the children's book when we can see they have been practising their reading at home.



The children have been showing us what they know about numbers and shapes and we have been developing their mathematical understanding with a wide variety of practical mathematical activities.




Welcome to our Reception class page


Beech Class:  Mrs Piper, Mrs DaCosta, Mrs Richardson,

                         Mrs Marshall and Mrs Bromelow


Elm Class:      Miss Hartnell, Mrs Parrish, Mrs Duffy


The children are beginning to learn the school and class routines and are developing positive friendships with their peers and familiar adults.

We hope you are all now accessing your child's individual learning journal on Tapestry where you will be able to see photographs and videos of your child at school.

If you are having any difficulties accessing your child's Tapestry journal, please speak to Mrs Jones in the Broadway office.