Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Summer Term

Week commencing 14th June '21


We have had another busy week showing off what we can do this week, but one of the highlight of our week was probably going on our walk in the local area to identify human and physical features. The children had lots of fun learning! We have also created our own towns, highlighting our own human and physical features, back in class.


Another highlight was our mini Sports day on Wednesday. The children were fantastic team players.  They also got to grips with the rules of Rounders in their other P.E. session.


Just to add to the fun, we took part in a Guinness World record on Tuesday, joining in with 'Young Voices' to break the record for the largest simultaneous sing, joining in with the likes of Billy Ocean.  Thank you Mrs Bartels for organising this!


In Science, we have set up an experiment for what a plant needs to grow and had fun making our own cress heads!


We have also been learning about Buddhism and looking at the life of a Buddhist monk.



Week commencing 7.6.21


Another exciting week in Year 2.


We have been writing, editing and publishing our own poems this week. We created descriptive poems, continuing with our theme of fruit and vegetables, using our senses. The children created some lovely work.


In maths, we have been learning about money and playing shopkeepers, giving each other the correct change.


We have been looking at the life cycle of different animals in science and writing about each stage. We enjoyed seeing the picture of the tiny shark!


In PSHE we have been discussing how to keep safe and who we can talk to if we feel unsafe in any given situation. 


We had a lovely half term in the sun and hope you all did too.


Year 2 Teachers.



Science day fun!

What an exciting week it has been!  


This week it was Science Week, which allowed the children to collaborate in 8 different practical experiments and investigations.  Through participating for these days, children also earned an official 'Crest Awards' certificate, which will be given out shortly.


Elsewhere, we have been learning map skills in Geography and have used grid references and map symbols to create our own maps and keys. The children really enjoyed seeing Debden on the map and looking at all the surrounding features and symbols.


In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. Ask your child if they can read an o'clock or a half past time.


In English, we have been uplevelling our writing to include adverbs and synonyms for boring words, for example changing 'said' to 'shrieked.'


Lastly, in R.E., we have been learning and acting out the story of The Good Samaritan and thinking about what it means to be a Good Samaritan in our modern world.

Week commencing 10th May 2021


We have had such fun this week! In English, we have created a story map of Oliver's Vegetables then we worked in small groups to act out the story. Making actions for each word in the book helps us to remember what happens next. We have also been exploring contractions and past tense verbs. 


In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have learnt lots of new mathematical language and have explored various different unit and non unit fractions. 


In Science we have been learning about living things, exploring food chains and habitats. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary and created our own food chains to put up on a lovely display. 


We will post pictures of this when it is completed :). 


We are excited for next week as we have Science days on Monday and Tuesday so come and have a look what we have been up to next Friday. 


The Year 2 team. 

We have had a fantastic week this week continuing with our theme of Field to fork. The children have enjoyed seeing the new shoots from our basil plants and daily watering the carrot and lettuce seeds out in the planters.


In maths we are continuing with shape and have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes and then comparing them with 2D shapes. We had to sort shapes using a tangible venn diagram in practical maths, the children really enjoyed using the hoops and solid shapes. 


The children have been writing some fantastic riddles in English and these are now up on display outside their classrooms.


This Friday we have participated in the nationwide daily mile with our children walking a mile around the field. We have also been identifying and sorting things that are dead, alive or have never been alive, in science. We had a little look around outside to see what we could spot for each of the categories and then continued indoors with some pictures to sort.


We are all ready for the Bank Holiday weekend and hope that you all have a lovely time with your families.


The Year 2 team.


We have a had a very busy week again in Year 2.  


In maths, we have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties, including how many lines of symmetry they have.  We have had fun using mirrors to help us find this out.


In English, we have edited and published our leaflets for how to plant Carrot seeds and they are looking pretty amazing!


In science, we have been sorting and classifying foods.


We have been also learning all about the purpose of a farm and designed our own livestock farm, choosing which animals we would like and our reasons for having them.


Our basil, that we planted, has started to grow and we can see little seedlings appear. We are still watering our carrot and lettuce seeds and covering them in the evenings to try to protect them from the frost.  Hopefully the weather will start to be kinder to them and we will see some seedlings appear very soon!


Week commencing 16th April 2021



We have had a fantastic first week back at School! We have introduced our new topic 'From Field to Fork' and the children have begun learning all about how plants, vegetables and fruit grow. 


In Maths this week we have been exploring statistics further by collecting our own data and representing it in the form of tally charts and pictograms. We have also been practicing counting forwards and backwards from any number in 2's. 


This week in our English lessons we have been planning a leaflet about how to grow carrot seeds which we will use to create our own explanation leaflets next week! 


We have had so much fun making our very own vegetable patch this week and have planted lettuce, carrots and basil seeds. The children are already enjoying looking after the seeds and learning all about what they need to survive. 




Planting fun!