Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term

Week 7

Our final week of term - we are all super excited for the Christmas holidays.


This week though, we finished our witches masks, inspired by Macbeth. Hope you enjoy the photos!


We had our Christmas Carols Service on Tuesday and really enjoyed singing outside for the parents. We even had snow!!


Tuesday's fun continued with our Christmas party after school - games and party food!


All that remains is for us to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2022 - see you next year!

Christmas Carols

Our Masks!

Week 6

Assessment Week - another busy week as we also prepare for Christmas!


The children have worked very hard and used their growth mindsets to do their best in the tests this week - they should all be so proud of the progress they have made so far.

During the week, a present appeared from Santa Clause - a lovely book. He said that he is very proud of how well we have all been doing.

The week ended with a fun Santa Dash on the track - lots of festive hats as we walked/ran or jogged lap after lap.

Santa Dash!

The Christmas Elves are keeping busy!

Week 5

Our work on anti-bullying has continued with a very thought-provoking film called: Only Human. The film explores racism and explains how we are all human and have all come from some form of mixed heritage (we might just have to go back in the generations to find it). The film evoked much discussion in class as we identified the melting pot of backgrounds among us all.


Our fraction work has continued with adding and subtracting. This draws on so much Maths, factors and multiples to find common denominators as well as our times tables knowledge of course.


Our focus in English and History has shifted to the Georgians and our reading of the famous poem, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have written a summary of the 17 verse narrative poem and enjoyed hearing about the famous Dick Turpin, formerly a butcher (before he turned highwayman) from Essex!


Christmas has arrived in Thomas Willingale, trees and tinsel abound around the school!

Week 4

We have continued studying 'Macbeth' this week and have enjoyed writing character descriptions about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  The children have really got to grips with the characters, and have included some fabulous vocabulary to describe the dark natures of both, particularly at the end of the play. 


In Maths we have continued with our learning of fractions and have worked exceptionally hard to understand how we order fractions containing a range of denominators.


In Art, we made decorations for the school hall.  We decorated nets of shapes and then folded them to form a 3D present - they look wonderful!


Today, some Year 5 and 6 children attended a tag rugby competition.  When they returned, we were all delighted to hear that the children had been impeccably behaved, and that they had come second and third.  Hurray!!!

Week 3

This week is Anti-Bullying week and the central message is to be kind - through positive actions, we can help to get rid of bullying.

One kind word is all you need!


The detailed plans of our Macbeth masks from last week have started to take shape this week! We used newspaper and plenty of glue to get the basic structure completed.


Our work on Macbeth continued in English with descriptive writing about The Heath setting. Some wonderful vocabulary evoked the bleakness of Shakespeare's play.


We have moved onto fractions in Maths, using our times tables knowledge to simplify fractions and to find common denominators - the children are very excited about learning to multiply and divide fractions.


It was Governors' Day in school on Wednesday and we had Governors coming into class to see the children and the classroom environments.


The week ended with Crazy Hair Day - enjoy the photos!



Crazy Hair Day!

Autumn 2 Week 2

This week in English, we have been getting to grips with one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, 'Macbeth'.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed it and they are looking forward to writing a setting description next week and a character description the week after.


In Maths, we have learnt about square and cubed numbers and also BIDMAS / BODMAS (acronyms we use to help us remember the order that you need to do your mathematical calculations where there is more than one mathematical operator).  Although this looked a little daunting initially, the children have worked hard and have experienced great success!


In Art / Design, we have drawn pictures of, and thought about how to construct the witch's masks we are making this term.  This links to our work on Macbeth in English.


Autumn 2 - week 1

A new half term saw another busy week. We continued our learning about The Battle of Hastings and wrote monologues as one of the contenders for the crown in 1066. The children have really engaged with this exciting period in history. We look forward to getting their work up on display.


In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of long division and moved on to looking at factors and multiples. We have Orders of Operations to look forward to next week!


We finished our unit in Science about the heart by learning about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy. This included looking at what can damage our bodies: drugs, including alcohol and cigarettes. We were lucky enough to have a cube that showed the amount of sticky tar that builds up in lungs after 2 months of smoking. The children were horrified and hopefully suitably scared enough to stay away from cigarettes for life!



Week 8

Here we are, our final week before half-term. It was busy again with Harvest Festival - we sang and recited and donated to the Epping Forest Food Bank.


To finish off our topic on the heart in Science, we made some clay sculptures of the heart. We used our prior learning to help us create lifesize models. We hope you enjoy the photos.


Our big challenge in Maths this week was long division - we have all worked so hard to learn it but have also enjoyed the challenge. Rome wasn't built in a day so the hard work continues after half-term.


As historians, we have started to look at a hugely important date in British history - 1066 and The Battle of Hastings! The children can do any further research for themselves over half-term (detail on Seesaw) and this will help when we come to write our monologues as one of the contenders for the crown.


Speaking of Seesaw, we have advised the children to practise their times tables on TT Rockstars (link on Seesaw) and perhaps even challenge the teachers?!


Above all though, have a wonderful week off and enjoy the break.

Clay Sculptures of the Heart.

Week 7

Just when you thought it couldn't get any busier in Year 6, it just did! Assessment Week with Crucial Crew and First Aid training in the mix too.

The children were very mature in their attitude to this week's testing - they used their growth mindsets and resilience to get through all of the tests. We have begun to share results with the children and explain the 'scaled score' and we look forward to continuing the discussion next week as well as going through the papers - we can all learn from each other.


Crucial Crew was a zoom call with TIC - Theatre Inspiring Change - a theatre company that explores challenging issues using drama. We watched an excellent dramatisation of child trafficking of drugs and County lines and then had a zoom to hear more about it. Once again, Year 6 showed great levels of maturity as we all explored some difficult ideas and questions.


First Aid was an excellent opportunity to train how to do CPR and put somebody in the recovery position - a lifesaving skill as well as a life skill.


Final week next week before we break for half-term, it really has flown by! 

Science - Dissecting Lambs' Hearts!

DEAR Time - Drop Everything And Read!

Week 6

Great fun in Year 6 this week - to consolidate our learning about the heart, we dissected some lambs' hearts. The children were able to examine them closely and identity the two atria and two ventricles. We looked at the veins and arteries and were able to put our fingers through the aorta. We even pulled on some heart strings! We hope you enjoy the photos but hope you don't feel too squeamish!


Some more children had the opportunity to do Bikeability.


It was National Poetry Day on Wednesday so we read some poems and we finished our Science lesson by writing a poem about the heart.


Finally, on Friday we enjoyed some DEAR time - an opportunity to Drop Everything And Read - we did it during Maths!

Week 5

This week in History, we continued our work on Ancient Rome and the gladiators and wrote some descriptive pieces as either a gladiator or as a member of the crowd. The children have really engaged with the drama of the times.


Bikeability has begun - freedom, adventure, the road to enjoyment and confidence on two wheels – that’s Bikeability.


In Science, we had more drama, this time, acting as the blood and imagining the double circulation through the heart. Deoxygenated blood was being exchanged for oxygenated blood as the children journeyed through the body.


Finally, in Maths, we continue to work on our fluency with addition and subtraction and look forwrad to moving onto multiplication and division next week.

Drama in Science - acting as the blood travelling to and from the heart.

Us at the Royal Opera House

Our Trip to the Royal Opera House

Week 4

A great week has ended with a fantastic trip to the Royal Opera House to see the Magic Flute. Unfortunately, we are still in our way back, but look what fun we have had!

Week 3

We can't believe it, it's already the end of week 3!


We have had great fun in English this week learning all about The Battle of Marathon.  Your children have made notes, written plans and written an explanation text about The Battle of Marathon.


In Maths, we have been ordering numbers up to 1 million.  It was quite tricky to start with, but we have all used our growth mindsets and we are now feeling confident with this topic.


In Art, we have been using shading techniques to produce a picture of some of the characters from our class book, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'.  They are not quite finished yet but they look fantastic so far!


We are really excited and are looking forward to next week when we will go on our first trip together.  We will let you know how we get on!

Our Displays

Have a look at the great work that we did on Transition Day and these now liven up our Year 6 corridor.

We looked at the art of Jackson Pollock and produced our own splatter art and we also thought about our growth mindsets and created art based on this.

These are great reminders of what we have all achieved so far and what we will go on to achieve in Year 6.

Week 2

Here we are at the end of our first full week in Year 6. We have been busy in Maths learning about Place Value and extending our knowledge to numbers in the millions.

In English, we have begun looking at The Battle of Marathon, one of the most famous battles in History. As historians we have been gathering evidence from different sources, learning about the significance of this battle and getting ready to write chronological reports next week. The children have shown a great interest in this conflict between the Persians and the Athenians.

Week 1

What a  great first couple of days!  We have started reading our class book, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', which I know will be fabulous and also a bit sad! We've also painted our own interpretation of the front cover - they look wonderful. As soon as they are on display will take a picture and show them to you.  


In English, we've written a diary about our summer holidays.  It sounds like everyone has been very busy and Mrs Holland and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.


In Maths, we have focused on our times tables - it was great to see how much the children have remembered.  We will carry on working on these during the year.


In PE, we had fun playing games which will help us prepare for our 'tag rugby' topic this half term. 


Both Mrs Holland and I agree that it has been super getting to know all the children and we are looking forward to teaching them this year.