Westgate Academy

Learning and Growing Together




We have 27 wonderful children in 3AC. In our class, Miss Chapman is our class teacher and Miss Sexon is our teaching assistant. We hope that you enjoy our class page! 

Thank you for taking the time to follow our Year 3 journey!

Below is our class timetable for Term Six:  




What a SWEET first day back!

To continue our topic all about stories, we spent our first day back after half term doing lots of fun activities about 'fantasy' stories. We learnt all about wands in Harry Potter and designed our own, we tasted sweets and chocolate and invented a treat which Willy Wonka himself would be proud of and we walked the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to make character puppets! This week, we'll practise our SPaG skills using each of these three stories to help us! 






During term 5, we have been looking at the book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. This week, the children all created an adventure story with a 'Wild Thing' style monster in their story! To celebrate the term and all their hard work, we are having a lovely crafty afternoon in 3AC. The children have designed their own Wild Thing creature and are applying the paint skills we've learn this term by using water colours to paint them! We are then going to have a golden time afternoon with some sweet treats! cheeky


Below are some pictures of our painting! 

Rock Investigators!

In Science this week, we compared and grouped different rocks based on their appearance and properties. To do this we worked hard in pairs and showed excellent teamwork skills! We investigated whether it was hard or soft, if it was permeable, does it react to acid (vinegar!), whether it is buoyant and if it has layers We absolutely loved doing this, but didn't enjoy that our classroom smelt of vinegar afterwards!

Well done for your hard work this week 3AC! You ROCK! 


On Thursday afternoon, we practised our painting skills using watercolours. First, we looked at the different types of brushes and what effect they give when using the paints. We then used what we’d learnt to paint a tree. We knew we had to use a smaller brush to create the delicate branches and a thicker brush for the tree stump. Some of us even went one step further and thought about how the tree would look depending on the time of the year – a leafless tree in winter and a bent tree in a storm.



Wow! What an amazing start to Term 5! This week we started exploring 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill in our English, Reading and Topic lessons. We've learnt lots of interesting facts about Shackleton and his crew who travelled to the South Pole! We even learnt that they took 69 dogs with them and we learnt all their names! We also liked the name of their ship cat - Mrs Chippy smiley


On Thursday, we discussed the question 'should Shackleton have organised the journey?' We then worked in teams to discuss the for and against arguments for this journey. We really enjoyed making and sharing our arguments.


To launch our new Topic, ‘Journey to the Islands of Stories’, we had a creative day Art day. First, we read the book ‘Tower to the Sun’ by Colin Thompson and for our Picture This, we recreated one of his illustrations using sponging and collage. Have a look at our wonderful artwork on our new classroom display!

The Wonders of Where We Live - Knowledge Organiser



Today, we had the loveliest day at Rand Farm Park. We started our day by meeting the large animals like the cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, and alpacas. We even got to see some lambs and piglets! The farm rangers gave each of us a big bag of feed so we could feed the animals. We learnt that some of the animals are very greedy and dribbly!


After that, we went to meet the chicks. We learnt about how the rangers at the farm care for the eggs before they hatch. Then, we were lucky enough to hold some little chicks! They were so tiny and fluffy, and they kept dropping to sleep if we stroked them. One cheeky chick even did an accident in Miss Chapman’s hand, which we all found very funny!


Then, we went over to see the new lambs that had been born and we were all given the chance to bottle feed them. They were so greedy!

After our dinner break, we went to meet the small animals like rabbits and Guinea Pigs. We all got the opportunity to hold a rabbit or guinea pig. They were so friendly and loved cuddles. We even got to meet Rand Farm’s famous farm cat!


We then all walked back to the large animal barn to watch a milking demonstration. Mabel the cow was our glamorous assistant. We learnt lots of interesting facts about how much milk a cow can produce in a day. We were really surprised by how much milk Mabel made!


Lastly, we then got to ride in a trailer on the tractor and have a tour of the fields and the rest of the farm. We saw a breed of sheep that can shed its own coat and a tiny Shetland pony! It was very bumpy, and we were all squealing like we were on a roller coaster ride!


Before we went home on the bus, we got to go and play in Rand Farm’s amazing outdoor play park! What a brilliant day we’ve had!


See below for some pictures of our day at Rand Farm Park

A Super Special Guest

As part of our English learning, we were very lucky to have a very special guest come to our classroom this week!

Meet Margot the Cavapoo puppy!


In the first part of our English lesson we thought of questions to ask Margot's owner - Miss Bryan. Then we invited Margot into our classroom. We all sat really quietly so we didn't scare Margot away! We got to find out lots of interesting facts about her and even got a chance to stroke her. 


Here are some pictures of us meeting Margot: 



This week we began our new unit in maths - statistics! In today's lesson, we applied our knowledge of pictograms to do some problem solving. We were given a mathematical picture to answer questions about.  



In our Art lesson today, we used man-made and natural materials to print and make a picture. We used materials like broccoli, corks, pasta, cotton buds, potatoes and apples. It was so much fun! 


Below are some pictures of us creating our masterpieces! 

English - Instructions


We have started a new unit in English this week all about - instructions! We started this unit by practising how we give instructions. The teacher gave us some simple instructions and we had to listen really carefully to create the image our teacher described! We had lots of fun and couldn't believe how differently some pictures looked at the end of the instructions, even though we all got the same instructions! Then, we looked at some of the features that are included in instruction texts. We learnt that they normally always have a 'what you need' section, bullet points and numbers, a title and imperative verbs, plus lots more. Next week, we will look at writing instructions to make chocolate cornflake cakes for our very own Great British Westgate Bake-Off! Miss Chapman is very excited to help out by eating all leftover chocolate! laugh


Here are some pictures of us showing amazing teamwork to highlight the features:



During our Art lessons so far this term, we have been recreating an image by Leonid Afremov using the printing skills we have learnt. We used pallet knives and cotton buds to create the colourful sky. We had so much fun getting messy with all paints!


This is the picture we've been recreating:



Here are some pictures of us completing our art:

Reading - Fluency 

Today in our fluency reading lesson, we practised our 5P's by creating a story for a wordless picture book! We first watched the video for the book 'Chalk by Bill Thomson.' Then, in pairs we showed amazing teamwork to create a story and dialogue for the 3 characters in the story. We had lots of fun making up our stories! 3AC can't wait to look at our next wordless picture book! 


If you'd like to watch the video the link is below:




We had great fun in indoor PE this week!  First, we learnt different jumping and landing skills and then used what we leant to create a stepping stones crossing. We then had good fun playing the floor is lava! 


Our Tour of Lindum Colonia

We've had a very exciting week so far! On Monday, we went on our first trip in Year 3! Mr Halfyard very kindly took us on a wonderful tour of uphill Lincoln to visit the Roman landmarks that we can still see around our beautiful city! We went to visit what was left of the four Roman gates (Eastgate, Westgate, Southgate and Nova Porta). We also learnt that Lincoln used to be called 'Lindum Colonia' and the settlement was built on a hill, so the Romans could see enemies approaching and to protect themselves from flooding. 

Roman School Afternoon

In Topic, we have been making scrolls as part of our learning about Roman Schools. We got out the saws and used them to cut the wood to the right size for our scroll. We then designed what will go inside our scroll. Some children wrote Roman numerals, some created a poster to recruit soldiers to join the war and some drew an ideal soldier! 


See below for some pictures of us in action! 

Life of a Roman Soldier

Last week, we were visited by Centurion Agrippa! We had a wonderful time and learned so many new facts! First, we found out about Roman soldiers' weapons and uniform. Can you remember what a gladius and a pilum is? 


Then during a teamwork sorting activity, we found out about what the Romans did for the Celts. We couldn't believe how many things the Romans introduced to our country! Did you know they introduced carrots, stinging nettles and the sewage system! 


Later, we were visited by Boudicca and Caratacus. We loved doing some role-play and debating as a class whether the Romans should be allowed to come to Britain or not! 


In the afternoon, we completed lots of exciting activities! We carried out an archaeological dig in the classroom, sieving the soil to reveal the treasures. We found brooches, buckles, rings and even a cannonball! 


After that, we got into our battle formations! We practised our loudest Celt war cries and used our shields to block the enemy! We learnt that the well-trained Romans marched in a wedge formation and a testudo formation to protect each other. Then we learnt how to carry our swords and shields correctly! 


To finish our amazing day, we learnt how to play two Roman board games. This was great fun! What an amazing day we had! 




Wow! What an amazing first term we've had! We've already done lots of learning and settled in fantastically at a new school!

To celebrate the end of term 1, we decided to create French number biscuits. We practised saying the French numbers we've learnt this term whilst making tasty biscuits to take home and share (or eat all to ourselves smiley) Thank you for a wonderful term 1. Hope everyone has a lovely half term! See you in a week! 

Miss Chapman 

Obstacle Course Challenge! 

We had an amazing indoor PE lesson this week! Miss Chapman set the children in 3AC the challenge of working in teams to design their own obstacle course. They could use whatever equipment they wanted for their course and can make their challenges whatever they like.

3AC had some amazing obstacle course ideas and some children even linked it to the sports they play outside of school! Well done 3AC!  

Happy Lincolnshire Day! 

In our Art lesson on Friday, we used sketching pencils to recreate Newport Arch in Lincoln which was a Roman gate near our school. The children in 3AC tried really hard to add all the little details and blend to create shadows. Take a look at some of the fantastic sketches the children produced! 

Ça Va?



This week in French we learnt how to ask how others are and different responses we could say. We really enjoyed working together to say different phrases to each other in French! smiley



Our PC SLIMER Reading Book

Today, we did our first PC SLIMER reading lesson in Year 3! PC SLIMER stands for all the skills we need to know in order to be successful readers. We started the lesson by reading the first chapter of 'I Was There...Boudica's Army.' 3AC were amazing at recalling the main characters in the book! Our task was to RETRIEVE information about what the characters look like and draw them. We are excited to see what happens next!