Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term

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.