Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Spring Term


In Maths we have been learning about length and height. At the start of the week, we compared height and length and then measured them using non-standard units (cubes and paper clips). After that, we learnt about centimeters and how to measure length and height accurately using a ruler.   


This week in English we have been learning about how to write instructions. We talked about the features of instruction writing and wrote our own instructions on how to make a toilet roll villain. 


We then followed these instructions to create our own toilet roll super villains that will link to our story writing in English. 



In our reading lesson we read a non-fiction text about the life cycle of a butterfly. We then answered questions about the text. We used our retrieval and inference skills.  


Also, in English we wrote descriptive sentences about our chosen superhero. We described how the superhero looked and what powers they had. We used our phonic sounds to build words, capital letters and full stops.  


In Science we have been learning about the five senses and this week we talked about the sense of touch. We know that our skin and hands are associated with touch and allows us to feel different textures. We drew around our hands and added a different texture to each finger. 




In Science we are learning about our five senses and this week we learnt about the sense of sight. We learnt about the different parts of the eye and how our eyes are associated with the sense 'sight'.


This week in English we looked at imperative verbs and we explored the features of instruction texts. We know that instructions often have "How to..." titles, lists, numbers or bullet points, imperative verbs and diagrams or illustrations. 


On Thursday it was World Book Day. Our theme this year was 'bedtime stories' and we came to school in our pyjamas. We had hot chocolate and biscuits and shared books under the table. We read a book called Traction Man and made our own stick character puppets to act out the story. We visited the Book Fair in the library and Year 5 children read stories to us. 



We hope you all had a relaxing half term, we have had a fantastic first week back at school. In English, we continued with our heroes topic and used the features of non-fiction texts to create a fact-file about Spiderman. In Maths we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones, exploring numbers to 50 on the number line and finding one more and one less than a given number. For example, one more than 27 is 28 and one less than 27 is 26. This half term in P.E. we will be focusing on ball skills. The children practised passing the ball from hand to hand, bouncing the ball and catching it with two hands. 

PE - Ball Skills



In English, we have been learning about people who help us in the community. We wrote facts about firefighters and police officers and we used 'and' to join two sentences. 

In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards up to 50 and we have been making groups of 10. In Music, Mrs Bartells taught us about percussion instruments, we learnt the names and played them together to make music.

Next week is half term, we hope you have a relaxing break! smiley

Music Lesson



This week in English, we wrote the ending part to our stories and the children read them to their partner. In Maths, we have been learning about fact families and we have been solving word problems. Also, we subtracted numbers using a number line.  In DT we designed and made our own superhero capes! We used scissors to cut materials carefully and decorated our capes using fabric pens. In Science we were learning about animal diets. We learnt about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores. 

DT Lesson - Superhero Capes!



This week in English, we wrote the middle part of our story, Eliot Midnight Superhero. In our reading lessons, we have been reading a non-fiction text about Neil Armstrong. We have been exploring vocabulary, practising reading for fluency and answering retrieval questions.

On Friday we celebrated Number Day and we came to school wearing something with numbers on. We drew around a number, cut it out and then decorated it. We then played a game where we paired up with another single digit number to make a two digit number and had to call out that number. Year 6 helped the Year 1 children with number based activities around the playground. They worked as a good team and had lots of fun!



This week in English, we have retold the story 'Elliott Jones Midnight Superhero' using Pie Corbett style actions. We also created a story map to help us retell the story. Next week, we will start to write the story. In Maths we have been adding by counting on and we have also been learning our number bonds to 20. Next week, we will continue to practise our number bonds to 20. In History we learnt about Alexander Bell who was a Scottish inventor. We learnt that he invented the first telephone in 1876. We also created some amazing superhero artwork! 

Superhero Art!

Forest School Fun!



This week in English, we have been reading a new book called 'Elliott Jones Midnight Superhero' and we have been using Pie Corbett style actions to retell the story. Next week, we will make our own story maps. In Maths we have been comparing and ordering numbers to 20. Next week, we will practise adding numbers by counting on. In History we learnt about the Wright brothers who invented the aeroplane in 1903. In our reading lessons we have been reading 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. We explored the vocabulary in the text and we answered questions about the text. 



This half term we are learning about heroes! In English, we have been reading 'Charlie's Superhero Underpants'. We sequenced the story and have started to write it in our own words. In Maths we have been understanding the numbers between 11-20. We have been using base ten, counters and Numicon to make the numbers. Also, we have been finding one more and one less than a given number. Next week, we will be ordering and comparing numbers. In History, we have been learning about time lines and we created a time line of our life.


We also visited the Discover Children’s Story Centre! We hopped in The Box Rocket and travelled on an intergalactic adventure to a peculiar planet. Commander Dapo gave us an important mission to relight the planet's magic story stone. We completed the mission! After lunch, we had lots of fun playing in the garden.