Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Autumn Term

WB 6.12.21

What a fantastic start to the week. We have been making moving vehicles and preparing our products for our Enterprise stall on Thursday. 

Design and Technology- Moving vehicles

Our Chocolate Enterprise

WB 29.11.21


This week we have been writing letters of complaint to Mr Willy Wonka. We are writing from the viewpoint of one of the children's parents as they are unhappy with how their child was treated during their visit to the chocolate factory. 


In Maths we are learning about multiplication, so far we have learnt about arrays and the 2,5 and 10 times table. The children will consolidate their prior knowledge from the work they did in Year 2 and will  continue to build on this so that they are able to use the formal written method in the new year. 


Science has been an exciting topic this half term, we have been learning about different rocks and their properties. This week we will be learning about the different layers of soil and what their functions . To help us remember this we will be creating 'soil layered sweet pots' we will also be selling our sweet pots at our enterprise on the 9th of December.  


In DT this week have begun constructing our moving vehicles. By the end of the week we will have decorated them and we hope to add the axles and wheels by the beginning of next week. The children are looking forward to bringing them home once they are completed. 


Edible Soil Layers

WB 15.11.21


What a busy week it has been!


This week in English we have been learning about the features of a persuasive text. We used these features to create poster to persuade the children of Thomas Willingale to buy our products at our Enterprise stall. The children will be able to buy: Choc rocks, rocky roads and soil layered sweet cups. 


In Maths we have been learning to add and subtract using the formal written method. We have also been learning how to exchange when adding and subtracting. 


In Art we have been learning about the artist Jackson Pollock, we used his technique of 'action art' to create the background for our calendars. We will be bringing our calendars home with us at the end of this half term. 

Action art by Jackson Pollock

WB 8.11.21


This week we created a poppy wreath in honour of Remembrance Day. On Remembrance Day, the 11th of November, at 11am as a school we gathered outside with our wreaths and had a minute silence to remember those who have fought in wars, in particular World War 1.


This week in English we have be learning all about persuasive texts, in particular persuasive posters. This is to help us next week for when we create persuasive posters of our own to advertise our enterprise.


In Maths, we have carried on with addition and subtraction. It can be quite challenging when we have to do exchanges but we are starting to gain more confidence in it!


In science we have completed our time learning about Plants and have moved onto Rocks and Soil. We have started to explore different types of rocks. We have learnt that there are 3 different types of naturally occurring rocks; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  

WB 11.10.21


In English this week we are learning about instructional writing- we have looked at the features today (13.10.21) and tomorrow we will be learning about bossy (imperative verbs). We are looking forward to writing our own instructions next week.


In Maths we are continuing to learn about addition and subtract. We are becoming more confident when exchanging with base ten and and place value counters. We will soon be ready to use the formal written method. 



WB 4.10.21


What a wonderful start to the week...


Today, we received a letter from Mr Willy Wonka asking us to design a new wrapper for his latest product. We have had so much fun thinking of new and wonderful designs. 


Our week ended with us turning our designs into wrappers/containers using nets of 3D shapes. These were tricky to construct but we all got there in the end. 

Letter from Willy Wonka

WB 20.9.21


It has been another exciting week in Year 3.


We have continued with our diary writing in English. This week we put ourselves in the shoes of Charlie Bucket who one of the lucky winners of a Golden Ticket. Our diaries were written in the future tense as they were written on the morning of Charlie's visit to Mr Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. We wrote about what Charlie was looking forward to and what he thought might happen. We also included Charlie's feelings and emotions. 


In Science, we recorded our findings about the science investigation we set up last week. We learnt that plants need heat, sunlight and water to grow.

Next week we will be learning about how the water travels from the roots, up the stem to the flower. This is called water transportation.  


In Maths, we are continuing to learn about place value. This week we concentrated on finding 1,10,100 more or less than a number. We have also been learning to compare object and numbers. Why not ask your children what symbols we use to represent greater than, less than and equal to. 


In Topic we have been learning about the journey of a cocoa bean to a chocolate bar.  Can your child remember the eight steps of the cocoa bean journey?


Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

WB 13.9.21


It has been a very busy week in Year 3, we have had so much fun and learnt lots. 


In English we have been learning about diary writing. We have been learning to name and identify the different features of a diary. We also had the opportunity to do some role play, where we put ourselves in the shoes of the five lucky winner of the golden tickets from the story, 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'. Mrs Porter and Miss McClelland were super impressed with our acting skills!


In Science, we set up an investigation to find out what plants need to grow. We had four plants, one plant was given light, warmth and water, whilst the others had one restriction, we kept one in the fridge (no heat), one in a dark cupboard (no light) and one on the window sill but did not give it any water.  Throughout the week we will observe the plants and record our findings next week. 


In Topic, we have been learning about Fairtrade. Fairtrade is when farmer gets a fair price for the items they have grown. We then wrote persuasive letters to our parents to persuade them to buy Fairtrade cocoa powder for the chocolate cake we were making. 

Mrs Porter and Miss McClelland have asked us to bring in any wrappers (recycling) that contain the fair trade symbol on them. 

WB 6.9.21


What a busy week it has been! 


In English we have been reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. This week we have been using adjectives and similes to write a character descriptions of Charlie, one of the main characters in the book. We then edited and published our work ready for being displayed in the classroom. 


In Maths this week we have been learning about using pictorial representation to represent two and three digit numbers. We also used these representations to identify numbers up to a 1000. 


Our Science topic this half term is Plants. This week we learnt about the four main parts of a flowering plant and the functions they have. 


We are so glad that in our music lesson we are now able to sing! We are currently preparing for our Harvest Festival that you hopefully be able to come and watch. 


We hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Welcome to Year 3


We hope you have all had a lovely Summer. 

The last two days have been spent settling the children back into their routine and getting to know them. 

This page will be updated weekly with all of the wonderful things we have been doing throughout the week. 


Have a lovely weekend.