Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Summer Term

Our Fairy Tale Ball

Fairy Tales


During this term, the children have been enjoying listening to and joining in with different fairy tales including;

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella
  • Rapunzel
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • The Frog Prince


The children have written their own Jack and the Beanstalk stories and taken on the role of different characters in their role-play. They have written invitations for a fairy tale ball.


They have sequenced different fairy tales and used fairy tale language to retell stories.

The children have been developing their communication, language and vocabulary skills by describing different fairy tale characters.


All the children enjoyed their fairy tale ball. The children dressed up in their favourite fairy tale costumes and danced together in the hall with music and balloons followed by party food in their classrooms.



NSPCC Number Day 2021

NSPCC Number Day


We enjoyed many different mathematical activities both inside and outdoors including:

*Comparing the weights of objects using balance scales
*Building and constructing models using 3D shapes
*Sequencing numbers to complete dot to dot animal pictures
*Finding 2D and 3D shapes in shaving foam and talking about their names and properties
*Filling containers with cereal and talking about the capacity
*Exploring the large foam Numicon number shapes
*Completing number puzzles
*Creating pictures using shapes
*Counting, matching and recording numbers
*Playing mathematical games on the interactive whiteboard



Our topic this term is growing.


The children have been:

  • planting cress, bean and sunflower seeds and observing their growth
  • learning about the life-cycle of a ladybird
  • searching for insects and other minibeasts in our reception wild area at the end of the reception garden
  • sequencing and retelling stories involving growth - 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'The Little Red Hen', 'The Little Seed' and other stories
  • sorting and describing plants, farm animals and minibeasts
  • making observational drawings of plants and animals
  • continuing to develop their reading and writing skills through weekly reading with an adult, sharing stories, daily phonic group and writing activities
  • continuing to develop their mathematical skills through counting, addition, subtraction, doubling and halving numbers, measuring, weighing and shape recognition