Mrs Clarke

3 Shelduck

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 3

Mrs Clarke and Mrs Agarwal warmly welcome you to Year 3.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 3, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Agarwal

3 Heron

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December 2019

Computing

Our children have continued with the coding unit this month. They have developed a greater understanding of the importance of using clear, sequential instructions. They have been introduced to the meaning of the term ‘algorithm’ as being the steps that a computer uses to solve a problem or reach a goal. Pupils were encouraged to think about their own examples in real life, such as following the steps within a recipe.

Pupils have added key presses and buttons within a code to make objects move. They were encouraged to check their program as they developed their app and to ‘debug’ the code if they found an error.

DT

Earlier this term, Year 3 made a plan of their chosen stone age tool. They completed their design, thinking carefully of the user’s age and size. The children used paper mache to create a 3D model of their Stone Age tool. During the activity, the children learnt about using papers in different ways to create a strong axe. They learnt the importance to refer to their plan and how to make improvements by making changes to their design. Children also learnt to explain why they have made the changes and how it will benefit the user.

English

In English we were learning how to write for effect. Children used a range of vocabulary to describe different elements of nature like wind, clouds, rivers, sun and plants to relax and keep the reader calm. Through class and peer feedback, children shared their favourite and most engaging parts of their writing. They also chose sentences that were not most effective and suggested improvements to achieve the desired effect. Children continued their writing and they had to change the mood in their writing to make the reader worried. They described the weather changes that gave the reader the hint that something unusual was about to happen.

History

In Topic, we discussed how people’s houses changed from Stone to Iron Age. Children had a chance to explore what materials were used in Stone, Bronze and Iron age for building houses. They explored the use of materials like daub and wattle in covering the walls. Pupils learnt about roundhouses and the differences and similarities between houses in the past and present time. Children recognized that people did not enjoy many modern facilities like electricity, running water or strong building materials. As a part of our topic, children also discussed the first settlements – hillforts and their importance for people living in the past.

Maths

Children are continuing with multiplication and division topic this term. They have been practicing times table to help them solve the questions. In this topic, the children also learnt to solve multiplication and division problems using different strategies and explain which can be done mentally and as formal written method. The children also learnt to use inverse to check their answers and show different ways to record their work such as repeated addition, multiplication and grid method. Also, the children have started to solve multistep problems including both multiplication and division.

Music

The children have been continuing to linking their music learning to inter-related music techniques, in particular pulse, rhythm and dynamics and tempo

They have perfected songs related to their topic of ‘The Stone Age’ concentrating on breathing, diction, pitch and phrasing.’  They have learnt to sing and add actions and rhythms to stone aged stomp.

They have used phrases about the stone age to write and play their own rhythms. These rhythms are based on the Kodaly method using ‘Ta’ and ‘Te-Te’

The children have created their own rhythm pieces by using this method.

As well as topic related music, they also learnt a song traditional carols which teach them about the story of Christmas.

Panjabi

In Year 3 this term we are learning 4 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous knowledge by reading mukta and Kannaa words. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on directions. To make our learning interesting children have been using various interactive resources such as flash cards and pictures. For Directions we will be learning words in Panjabi and then we will use a gesture to consolidate their learning. Afterwards they did the role play by giving instructions to each other.

PE

Slough Borough Council has launched an ambitious new activity programme at Khalsa Primary School.

We are working with Active Movement – an organisation set up to focus on simple changes in behaviour that empower people to sit less and move more.

The Active Movement programme is designed to evolve with the children’s own mobility, communication, education and maturity. The programme aims to educate and inspire children to reduce their sedentary behaviour and increase low-level activity as part of the home and school life.

Our children filled out a questionnaire last year to assess their levels of activity.  This year the questionnaire was filled out again and the results will now be evaluated so we can receive catered guidance on how to improve.

PSHE

During PSHE, we discussed ‘’Solve it technique’’ to support children in solving everyday problems. Children learnt that first of all we must respect each other and care for other’s feelings. Children also discussed why it is important to listen to each other and their version of what happened. Pupils worked in small groups to discuss different scenarios from everyday life. Pupils had to agree what the characters had to do to solve their problem and which points of solve it technique were most relevant for their characters. As a part of our lesson, students also shared their ideas why words can hurt us.

RE

In this term, the children have been learning about Christmas. In this topic, the children learnt about the true meaning of Christmas and how it is important to Christians around the world. The children also learnt about how Christmas is celebrated around the world and made comparison. They are beginning to understand that Christians from different countries around the world might have their own way of celebrating Christmas. Children listened and watched the nativity and also talked about the similarities and differences to stories in their own faiths for an example Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab.

Science

This term we have been learning about animals including human. The children are beginning to understand the importance of fair test and suggests their own variables before carrying out an experiment.  The children learnt about the human digestive system and talked about how food is digested. They also carried out experiment to find out how the digestive system is affected by the type of food we eat. Children also learnt that water plays a vital role in making sure that food is broken down to enable the body to absorb the nutrients.

Sikh Studies

To mark the month of Shaheedi (Martyrdom) we have been looking at the story of the Chaar Sahibzaade (4 sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Children were told detailed stories during the Gurdwara Assembly and in class about the Chaar Sahibzaade. Then the children were asked to write a letter to a non-Sikh named John who saw a picture of the Chaar Sahibzaade and has asked the class to write to him and explain who the 4 boys in the picture are. Children wrote as much information they could in the letter to explain who the Chaar Sahibzaade are to a non-Sikh person.