Whitby's Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ

Willow Class


Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with great pleasure that I will be teaching your children this year.  In Willow Class the children will have reached a milestone as they are now Juniors! This year we will build on what they have learnt in Year 2 in Maths and English and they will experience new, exciting topics.

This term’s topic is “Changes in Britain: Stone Age to Iron Age” It is a history topic where we will delve into our ancient historical past. We begin with exploring where this period of history falls on a timeline and we will use our art lessons to explore deeper into what life was like in the Stone Age. 

Our trip this term will be science based as the children explore Forces and Magnets at the Xplore Centre in Wrexham. Here they will try a bridge building workshop and explore the science exhibits. More information will be given at the start of the term.

English will be linked to our science topic and the children will begin creating narratives and explanation texts based on ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. In the second half of the term we will be writing a fable narrative and persuasive text based on the book ‘Fox’ by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks.

In Maths we will be focusing on Place Value to begin with and children will deepen their understanding of numbers up to 1000. We will then move onto addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will be continuously assessed and learning will be adapted to fill any gaps in understanding caused by Covid-19.

As children are now in KS2 it is important more than ever that they continue reading outside of school in order to progress in their reading skills, especially in understanding what they are reading. As per the homework policy please ensure you listen to your child read for at least ten minutes each day – this is a vital step in becoming fluent readers. Please fill out your child’s reading records when you hear them read each night.

What should/shouldn’t your child bring into school?

  • At Oak View Academy we are passionate about becoming Plastic Free, please bring in a re-useable water bottle that has your child’s name on it. 
  • Unless there is a plan in place, please do not send your child in with fiddle/play toys as these cause distractions in class. If you are unsure, please speak to me at school. 
  • The children do not need a pencil case as yet in class, I will let you know if this changes. 
  • Children should have their reading book/diary with them each day in case their book needs to be changed. In KS2 the children can change their own books and can just let me know when they have finished their reading book. 


PE is on Tuesday morning, please ensure they have their PE kit in school, this can be taken home at the end of the week but must be back in in time for PE or your child may not be able to partake in the PE lesson.

Swimming will be on Thursday afternoons this term only.

Mrs Leader will take the class for one hour on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, teaching RE and Maths.

I will always make myself available to discuss your child’s progress and any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to catch me at the end of the day or to arrange another time to meet.

Miss Nadia Notarpippo and Miss Simpson.

Maths curriculum Y3

English Curriculum Y3

Willow Class Blog

15 January 2022

Curious about QR Codes!

In Oak Class this week, we have begun our new topic in computing, and have been exploring how to use QR codes to help us locate information about Africa. In English, we have been reading all about the life of Charles Darwin, using images from the novel to create setting descriptions and gather fantastic vocabulary. […]

15 January 2022

Peculiar Properties

This week, Hawthorn Class have enjoyed reading the story of the Hound of the Baskervilles and finding out how to create a cliffhanger narrative! In Maths, they have used their knowledge of area to calculate the area of compound shapes. In Science, Hawthorn Class had fun exploring a range of materials and classifying them based […]

14 January 2022

Fabulous photographers!

This week Sycamore class have been studying the famous photographer Ansel Adams. They had the opportunity to explore the outdoors and used view finders to focus on where their images would be taken. The children enjoyed taking pictures of nature and landscapes. They also had the chance to explore editing images in the style of […]

09 January 2022

Hawthorn solve the case!

This week, Hawthorn Class were put into investigation teams to see if they could piece together the mystery of our new book. They were given a selection of clues along with a map of Baskerville Hall that led them to the title – The Hound of the Baskervilles! Sherlock would be proud of their detective […]

08 January 2022

All about Africa…

This week in Oak class, We have begun the new term by exploring our new topic of Africa through Art. We created African silhouettes using a variety of harmonious colours and carefully selecting some key images of animals and plants you would typically find in Africa. In PSHE, we explored the value of belonging within […]

07 January 2022

Sound scientists…

Sycamore class have had a fantastic return to school. The children have worked incredibly hard over the past two days and have immersed themselves in our new learning for the Spring term. In Science, the children have been exploring ‘Sound’ through different practical experiments. We will reflect on these experiences next week to further investigate […]