Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term

WB 16.11.20


We've had another busy week with lots of learning! During maths we have been converting different measurement. It was a little tricky at first but we soon got the hang of it. 


Our English work has covered persuasive letters. We looked at the types of words which would persuade others. We continued to use 'There's a Pharaoh in my Bath' as inspiration for our writing and wrote letters to Professor Jelly to try and persuade him to open a coffin.


We have been sorting and groups living things in science using different criteria e.g. animals and insects which lay eggs / do not lay eggs.


We are continuing to learn about all things Egyptian in our Topic lessons. This week we have been looking at pyramids and the things which were important to Egyptians. Did you know that the base of a pyramid was always a perfect square? Also, the pyramids of Egypt are all built to the west of the Nile River! 

WB 9.11.20


What a busy week it has been. We have been busy learning about Ancient Egyptians, Remembrance Day, measure and persuasive writing. 


In English we have started reading the text, 'There's a Pharaoh in our bath'. We are using this text to help us learn about persuasive writing. We have identified the features of a persuasive text and used the speaking and listen tool, conscience alley, to explore a character's dilemma. The dilemma was whether or not the character should open the Pharaoh's coffin. What would you do? 


In Maths we have been looking at efficient ways of subtracting, estimating and using the inverse which concludes our addition and subtraction topic of work. Yesterday, we started our new topic of work, measure,  where we looked at how to convert cm to m and m to cm.


Our new Science topic this half term is 'Living things and habitats'. We are looking forward to learning about the life processes of living things and how different living things are adapted to their habitat/environment. 


We are continuing with our theme of buildings this half term however our focus will be Ancient Egypt. This week the children have learnt about who the Egyptians were and how they used to live. We have also been writing our names using hieroglyphics. 


Did you know today is World Kindness Day. How have you been kind today? 


Wishing you all a lovely weekend.




WB 5.10.20


As we approach the end of another busy week we would like to share our learning with you. 


In Maths we have been learning about:

  • Rounding numbers to a 1000
  • Counting in steps of 25
  • Negative numbers
  • Roman Numerals


Some of the children found these areas of maths very tricky so we used Supermovers and BBC Bitesize to help them use songs and rhymes to help them remember.  


Our focus for English this week was character descriptions. We used the main character from our book 'Beowulf' to describe. Why not ask your child what simile or metaphor they used to describe him?


In Science we have been learning about changes of state in materials. We know that these changes can be reversible and irreversible. Chocolate meting is a reversible change as it will return to a solid after it has melted.  Can you think of an example of an irreversible change? 



  • Children need to be reading to an adult at home at least once a week.
  • Homework is set on Thursday and should be completed by the following Tuesday.
  • Spellings are given on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. 



WB 21.9.20


It has been a busy week in year 4!


In English we have been learning about using descriptive language features in our writing, these include: similes, metaphors, personification, adjectives and adverbs. We have also been learning about coordinating conjunctions. These are words used to join two sentences together.


In Maths we have been learning to count in 1000s, how to partition 4 digit numbers and reading and placing number on a number line up to 10,000- this was particularly tricky. 


Our Science topic this half term is States of Mater. Can you name the three different states of matter? 


In PHSE this week we have been learning about diversity and what makes us unique. 


In Topic we have been learning about the wigwam style shelters of the Mesolithic (Middle) Stone Age. Did you know they used animal skin to cover their wigwam style shelters?


Wishing you all a lovely weekend.