Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Spring Term

Week beginning 21st March 2022


This week we have been working hard to show our teachers all that we have learnt so far this year in Grammar, Maths and Reading. 


In History we have learnt about farming in the past and compared it to farming in the present. We learnt about different types of modern day machinery and how the farmers are able to produce more food with less workers. 


In Science we have been learning about food chains recapped our knowledge of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. We had to order pictures to make a successful food chain. We used language such as produce, consumer and predator. We learnt about MRS GREN and how this can help us remember the seven characteristics of living things (movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, nutrition). 



Week beginning 14th March 2022


In Maths we have concluded our learning of fractions by counting in 1/3's, 1/2's and 1/4's and have introduced our new topic: Shape. We have been exploring 2D shapes and some of their properties; sides, vertices (corners) and faces and 3D shapes and some of their properties; faces, edges and vertices.  


In English we have created a story map for 'Oliver's Vegetables' and used this to help us plan and begin to write our own sequel. We have discussed using possessive apostrophes, past tense verbs, adverbs, synonyms and speech marks if we feel confident. 


In History we have learnt about the history of farming and how machinery is used more than hands on farms nowadays. 


In Science we have learnt about habitats and microhabitats, we went on a habitat walk around the school and explored a tree. We used magnifying glasses to see if we could spot any habitats or microhabitats in and around the tree. 



Week beginning 7th March 2022


In English we have learnt about synonyms and identified 'boring' language in 'Oliver's Vegetables' that we can up-level with a more interesting synonym. These synonyms were written down and will be used as a word mat to help the children with their writing next week. We also retold the first part of the story using a story map. 


In Maths we have continued our learning on fractions. We have learnt that a unit fraction has a numerator of one and a non-unit fraction has a numerator that is greater than one. We have been finding fractions of amounts, shapes and numbers. 


In Science we kicked off Science week with a silly science workshop! The children learned that we need oxygen, fuel and heat to start a fire and that energy can not be created or extinguished but can be transferred. Most importantly, the children had lots of fun! 


Week commencing 28th February 2022


In English this week we have written a recount about planting the carrot seeds. We used technical vocabulary such as; trowel, rake, sow and watering can. We used time connectives and conjunctions to join our sentences together and to explain why it was important to do each step. 


In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have identified and found a fraction of an amount and shape. We have learnt the following fractions; 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3. We shaded fractions of a shape and used the sharing and bar modelling method to find fractions of amounts. 


In Geography we have been learning about pastoral farms; farms used to rear animals. We have learnt that milk, cheese and butter comes from a cow, eggs come from chicken and bacon and sausages come from meat. 


In Science we have continued our learning about the 7 characteristics of living things and used this prior knowledge to help us identify whether an object is living, dead or never lived. We understood and used scientific vocabulary such as; respire, reproduce, excrete waste and nutrients. 


Week commencing 21st February 2022


We have had a great first week back! We have kick-started our new topic 'From field to fork'. 


In Shared Reading we have started reading 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French. We have been using the retrieval and predicting vipers this week in our work. 


In English we have been looking at the features of a recount and have begun writing a recount based on planting our own carrot seeds! 


In Science we have learnt what plants need to grow and labelled the key features of a plant. We have learnt the different parts of a plant and what role they have in helping the grant grow and stay healthy. We have learnt that plants create their own food in their leaves through a process called photosynthesis. 


Take a look at us prepping and planting our carrot seeds in the planting patch at school. 


Week commencing 7th February 2022


We have finally finished Fox! We have been so keen to find out what happens between Fox and Magpie and we were not disappointed. We wrote a monologue from the point of view of Magpie, exploring how she feels being left in the hot, dry desert alone and being tricked by Fox. We wrote using exclamation and question marks and also discussed using commas when we use more than one adjective. We then wrote from Fox's point of view, the children created some fantastic narratives. 


In Maths we have been learning how to read and write the time to 5 minute intervals. The children had lots of opportunity to make the time using their own clock and read and draw the hands on blank clocks. We have began to discuss duration of time and used this to answer word problems, we will spend more time on this next term. 


In Science we have learnt about the 7 characteristics of living things. We learnt about things that are alive, dead or never lived and how we could used the 7 characteristics to help us decide. We went for a walk to spot things that belonged to each group. The children had lots of fun and we had to think like scientists to help us figure out what group some items belonged to. 


In D&T we made a habitat using levers, wheels and winding mechanisms. The children were continuously evaluating as they created their habitats and amending their plans where necessary. 



Week commencing 31st of January 2022


We have had a great week! In English we have found out at the Magpie has left with Fox and have written as Magpie, exploring the ways her thoughts and feelings have changed towards Dog and Fox. We have thought of different synonyms we could use for run and extended our learning by including adverbs. We have included the suffix 'er' and 'est' in our writing to link with our phonics learning. 


In Maths we have been learning all about time. We have learnt to read and write the time for O'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on an analogue clock and have learnt that there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. It was number day on Friday! So we had a fun-filled afternoon playing lots of Maths games! 


In Art this week we have designed and made an aboriginal mask. We used thin and thick brushes and understood that if we add more pressure to a paintbrush, more paint would be placed on the paper and if we add less pressure the lighter the mark will be. We used thick brushes for areas where more paint is required and thin brushes to add dots and detail. The children had lots of fun!




Week commencing 24th January 2022


In English, we have continued reading 'Fox' this week and have discussed using persuasive language to convince Magpie to go with either Fox or Dog. We made a conscience alley and had to take on the roll of Fox or Dog to persuade them to go with them. The children then had to write persuasively in the roll of Fox using sentence starts such as 'It would be outrageous if...' 'It would be a disgrace if...' 'I strongly believe that...'. The children produced some fantastic pieces of writing. 


In Maths we have been collecting data to draw and interpret pictograms and block diagrams. The children have learnt some new vocabulary such as most popular, least popular, find the difference between, more than and fewer than. The children have also had to read pictograms in scales of 2's, 5's and 10's. 


In Geography this week the children have been continuing learning about different famous human and physical features and landmarks in Australia.The children have created travel brochures to encourage people to travel to Australia. We have learnt lots about Australia; it's climate, population, flag and different reasons why people choose to live on the coast and not in the outback. 






Week commencing 17th January 2022 


This week in English we have finally met the character Fox! We discussed how language can be used in the text to explain to us how characters are feeling without using speech. We made predictions about the impact Fox will have on Dog and Magpie's relationship and also wrote down the thoughts and feelings Dog and Magpie may have about Fox. We have been learning about the suffixes 'er' and 'est' and adding these to adjectives to compare nouns. 


In Maths we have been learning about tally charts and we had the chance to collect data from the class. We recorded what each child's favourite Australian animal is using a tally. We have also been interpreting tally charts, using key language such as more than, fewer than, most popular, least popular and altogether. We have had great fun! 


In Science we have been learning about habitats and different animals suitability to their own habitat. We compared a Polar Bear and a Koala, discussing why each one would or wouldn't be suited to living in the Arctic. 


In Geography we have learnt about lots of coastal cities in Australia and the humongous outback in the middle of Australia. We had to label some of these coastal cities on a map and then explore some of the human and physical features and landmarks in these places. The children created posters about some of the famous landmarks; botanical gardens, Kangaroo Island, Uluru and the Great Barrier reef. 


Week commencing 10th January 2022


In Maths this week we have continued learning about division and the relationship between multiplication and division. We have been practicing different methods to answer division calculations and use the numbers in division calculations to find the multiplication calculations. We have understood what 'commutative law' means and the 'inverse relationship' between calculations. 


In English we have read more of 'Fox' and explored the way the Magpie's view of Dog has changed. We have discussed expanded noun phrases and began to use question marks and exclamation  marks within our writing. 


In Science we have continued learning about Australian animals and have learnt some of the most common Australian animal off-springs. In Geography this week we have learnt about some famous landmarks in Sydney and some key facts about them! We have identified these landmarks as human features. Next week we will be looking at some physical features in Australia. 



Week commencing 4th January 2022


What a great first week back! 


In English we have been looking at a new book called 'Fox' by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks. It is a story based in a bush-fire in Australia. We have met the three main characters in the book and have been writing a monologue in character of the Magpie who has burnt her wing and been taken by Dog. 


In Maths we have started learning about division. We have learnt that division means to share an amount between groups. We have learnt the sharing method to divide by 2's, 5's and 10's and have already shown a great understanding of this! 


In Science we have learnt about a lot of different Australian animals, what animal group they belong to and whether they are a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. We have learnt about marsupials and nocturnal animals. 


In Art we have created our own aboriginal art work that use a pointillist style. We used cotton buds and paint to create the dots and looked at some past aboriginal art work to help inspire us.