Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term

WB 4.12.23


This week, we have been jam packed in Year 4. On Wednesday over 40 of us were able to attend The Nutcracker at London's Royal Opera House. It was an amazing experience that we all enjoyed. 




On Friday, we took part in a santa dash, with some of us running up to 15 laps of the track!




We were also visited by a very special guest on Thursday...





Santa Cha Cha

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Santa Cha Cha 2

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WB 27.11.23


This week, we enjoyed No Pens Day on Wednesday where we participated in a range of fun activities. This included, painting, matching games and lots of technology based games and activities.






In English, we wrote a beautiful magazine article comparing rich and poor Tudor houses. 


In computing, we created our own surveys, which we were then able to respond to and gain a range of data to show our results. 


In PE this week, we all performed a line dance to the song Cotton Eye Joe. We were all very brave in doing so and had lots of fun sharing our routines. 





WB 20.11.23


This week in Year 4 we have been continuing to learn our times tables up to 12 x 12. Additionally, 

we learnt how to multiply by 1 and 0 and how to divide a number by 1 and itself.


In English, we have begun to research Tudor homes, looking at the differences between rich Tudor homes and poor Tudor homes. Over the next 2 weeks, we will be writing a magazine article, titled, 'How the Other Half Live'.



Over the past 2 weeks, in art, we have been creating our own Roman Villias. Here are several of our wonderful villas:




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On Wednesday, we had an assembly to celebrate our completion of NHS's Brain Buddies course.





WB 13.11.23


We have had another wonderful week in Year 4. We have been working really hard on learning all our times tables. So far in Year 4 we have have explored the 3, 6, 7 and 9 times tables. Next week, we will be looking at the 11 and 12 times table. 


We have finished writing our fantastic 'defeating the monster stories'. They were full of complex expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and powerful verbs.



In science we have been looking at classification keys and used one to classify different aliens!




As part of our buildings topic we have looked at homes from ancient Rome. We found out the poor people lived in wooden huts in the countryside and insulaes in the city. Additionally, we discovered that rich people lived in domus' in the countryside and villas in the city.



Furthermore, on friday we began to create our own Roman villas using cardboard boxes, paper and card. We had so much fun creating our homes and have worked really hard. Next week we look forward to decorating our houses further. 






WB 6.11.23


On Monday, 24 children were able to part-take in level one bikeability. They had an excellent time and were all very excited to of been able to take part.




In English, we have planned a defeating the monster story and begun writing it. We have been focused on trying to included complex expanded noun phrases. Our stories are based in ancient Roman Britain with influences from Roman mythology. 


In maths, we have made an excellent start to our multiplication and division topic. We have been focusing on the 9 and 6 times tables. 





WB 30.10.23


This week in English, we have begun preparing for a 'defeating the monster story'. Our stories will be based in Roman with links to Roman myths. Therefore, in reading we used the story of The Lernaean Hydra. Next week in English, we will be planning our 'defeating the monster story'.


In maths, we were introduced to finding the area of a shape. To find the area of a shape we counted squares. We then compared the area of shapes to find the greatest or smallest area. Next week, we will be starting our multiplication and division topic.


In history, we begun looking at Ancient Romans. We began to understand the rise and fall of Roman buildings as Romans invaded, settled and then left Britain.


On Friday, we created mosaic poppies to make a class wreath in honor of Remembrance Day next week. 


In PSHE, we learnt about character and different Character Strengths. 



WB 16.10.23


Olympic Park Trip











WB: 9.10.23


This week in maths we have carried on doing addition and subtraction. We have progressed further to look at using column addition and subtraction to calculate 4 digit calculations. 




In reading and history we have been celebrating and learning about Maro Itoje and how he is an inspiration for many during Black History Month. 


Additionally, we were lucky enough to attend a Black History Month workshop where we used drama to learn more about Rosa Parks. 






WB 2.10.23


This week in English we finished writing our portal stories. In these stories we travelled to ancient Egypt and explored the tombs. 


In maths, we have begun looking at addition and subtraction. To start this topic we have been looking at mental addition and subtraction.


In Geography, we found out more about the River Nile and why it was important during ancient Egyptian times. We then used water colour to represent the River Nile with the pyramids in the background. 






WB 25.9.23


This week in English we have been looking at fronted adverbials and started to plan our own portal stories. 



In maths, we have been exploring negative numbers and roman numerals. 






In Science, we investigated how how temperature can affect the state of matter. To do this, we used different temperatures of water to melt chocolate and timed how long each one took. We discovered that, the hotter the temperature the quicker chocolate melts.




We were also lucky enough to be visited by two Leyton Orient players who are our school's Junior Duke abassorders. We were able to ask them questions about how they got to where they are today and learnt more about how to become involved with Junior Dukes. 




This week, we have begun learning about Ancient Egypt and their pyramids. We found out about King Tutankhamun and then created a mosaic of him.





Additionally, we learnt that pyramids have three chambers, the King's, the Queen's and the Subterranean chamber. We found out how, Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun's tomb. To explore this further, we used drama to act out as if we were Howard Carter in the tunnel, during his discovery.




Ancient Egyptian Tunnel

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WB 18.9.23


This week in Year 4 we have continued to learn about buildings in the Stone Age. We learnt in particular about Stone Age teepees. From this, we then created teepees of our own and wrote wonderful instructions on, 'How to Build a Stone Age Teepee'.




In maths, we learnt how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. 





WB 11.9.23


This week in Year 4 we have been busy learning all about prehistoric homes, including caves, teepees and roundhouses. We have learnt that the Stone Age lasted from 3 million BC to 3,000BC and was split into three time periods, the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. 




Additionally, we have explored Skara Brae and how it was discovered, as well as its importance. Next week we will be looking in depth at the similarities and differences between Skara Brae and our own homes.




In English, we have looked into how Stone Age Teepees were made. Next week we will be writing our own instructions for how to make a Stone Age Teepee!


In maths, we have carried on looking at place value. We have been practicing ordering 4-digit numbers and finding 1000 more or less to 4-digit numbers. 




In science, we learnt about states of matter and the differences between solids, liquids and gas. We looked at particles and how states of matter can change due to force being applied. We conducted an experiment to see how a liquid, double cream, can become a solid, butter, when force is applied. 





WB 4.9.23


What a lovely first week we have had in Year 4! 


We were extremely lucky to be visited by author Stephen Clifford. We were able to ask lots of questions about being an author. We learnt about time travel! We then had the opportunity to do some writing of our own based on a portal leading to an alternate reality.




We all had the opportunity to share what we got up to during the summer holidays. We then wrote a recount of this during our English lesson.


In maths, we have begun our first topic, place value. We have recapped what we already know so that we are ready to move on further next week. 




In computing, we have also started our first topic of the year, online safety. To show what we already know about online safety we created beautiful and informative posters.




Next week we look forward to starting our first curriculum theme... Buildings!