Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Spring Term

Spring term 2


This half-term we will be learning about Space.

The children have been:

  • Reading the stories 'How to Catch a Star' about a boy who wants to catch a star and 'Whatever Next' about a bear who wants to go to the moon.
  • Practising their addition in practical ways and recording number sentences.
  • Introduced to subtraction and take-away using practical methods.
  • Continuing to learn and use new letter sounds in their reading and writing.
  • Retelling and writing lists, captions, sentences and stories.


As the half-term progresses the children will be learning about the moon, different planets and aliens.


How you can help at home:

Please continue to support your child at home by reading with your child a minimum of four times a week. 

Your child could practise reading and writing words and sentences with the tricky words;

a, the, to , no, go, I, into, he, she we, me, be, 


Next week we will be learning about 3-d solid shapes. The children will be encouraged to create their own 3-d rockets and name and describe the 3-d shapes that they use.




Spring Term Week 2


This week in Reception the children have...


*Been reading the book Dinosaurs Love Underpants.  

*Designed and labelled their own underpants like the ones in the story.  

*Learnt about addition, used a variety of counting objects and had a go at writing the number sentences. 

*Talked about what it was like when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth and how it was different from today.

*Watched clips, looked in books and used good descriptive language to describe the setting.  

*Learnt the letter sounds y, z, zz and qu and had a go at writing words featuring the sounds. 


Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday! 




Spring term week 1.

Our topic this half-term is 'Dinosaurs.'


The children in Reception were excited to find two large eggs this week.  The children have predicted what might be inside them and have been looking after the eggs, hoping they will hatch. The children gathered leaves, sticks and grass to make a nest for the eggs and have been observing them in their classrooms. The eggs have begun to hatch and have cracks and there is some jelly-like slime. I wonder what will hatch from the eggs?


In mathematics this week the children have been using size language and making comparisons between dinosaurs heights and lengths.

The children continue to work on their phonic sounds, segmenting and blending words to support their reading and writing.  Please remember to read with your child every week and sign your child's reading diary, thank you.


Next week the children will be learning about dinosaur settings and environments.



Mystery eggs