Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 3
Mrs Clarke and Mrs Athwal 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.
In Art & DT, we have begun our exciting journey of building a model stone age cart for the Natural History Museum. We have looked at various different stone age carts and have discussed how each shape and size could have been used for different purposes in the stone age. After doing some careful research, we have begun our own planning of making our model by creating two model templates to help us decide which one will be the best one to make. We have labelled each part and have started to think about which material we may need for our model.
The children are learning to write a diary entry to entertain their readers. Based on our Stone Age topic, the children have been practising to write sentences about life in Stone Age. The children have learnt new Alan Peat sentences in this topic and include a range of conjunctions to extend their ideas/ sentences. To write the diary entry, the children are also learning to use different punctuation to create and effect on their readers: question marks, exclamation marks, commas and apostrophe. We have been using drama to help the children understand the stories and to describe emotions.
In Math, we have been learning fractions. The children started by finding half and quarter of an amount using counters. The children are taught to use the correct mathematical language such as the numerator and the denominator when explaining their working out. Children then started to represent their work using bar model. Next, the children moved on to finding a fraction of an amount using a number line, The children are introduced to the non-unit fractions such as 2/3 and 3/4. In this topic, the children also learnt to solve worded problems involving multi steps.
The children have continued to link their music learning to their topic of the Stone age
They have learnt to sing the song ‘We will rock you Stone age’ and ‘Ug Stomp’.
In addition they have learnt to read simple notation and rhythms related to words about how the stone aged people lived and have played them using voice and body percussion.
In Year 3 this term, we have been learning the 4 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous learning by reading mukta and Kannaa words. For speaking and listening our main focus is on directions. To make our learning interesting we have been using various interactive resources such as flash cards and pictures. For directions we learnt the words in Panjabi and we then used our body gestures to consolidate our learning. Afterwards we did a role play by giving instructions to each other. This month we also been learning about Guru Gobind Singh and the stories of his childhood.
In PE, children in Y3 have been learning to play Dodgeball! They have been practicing the skills needed to play the sport by taking part in target practice games and drills designed to improve awareness.
Dodgeball is a team sport in which you have to move out of the way of balls being thrown at you from the opposition team. If a ball hits your body you are out and your team wins the game when all the players on the opposition team are out.
Children will be working on quick footwork skills and teamwork to improve on their game play. These skills are transferable to many other team and individual sports and we will be discussing this in our lessons.
We have been talking and discussing our Dreams and Goals this term. We have been creating our own Dream jars where we have written down what we would like to achieve in the future. We also discussed and shared with our classmates and as a class motivated each other to start taking steps towards those goals now. As a class we also considered how people overcome obstacles and challenges when they are trying to achieve their dreams and goals. We discussed various different ways of overcoming these situations and how we can look for support from others around us. The main message we all want to follow is to never give up, no matter how hard something seems!
This term we have started to learn about Toaism. We have learnt that Taoists believe that acting good and making good choices helps your soul. We have found that their values are very similar to ours as Sikhs. It was very exciting to learn about the Yin-Yang symbol in more detail and the symbolism of it as well. We have also looked at traditional stories of Taosim and have compared them to the Sakhis of our Gurus as well. For example from the tale, The Butterfly and the Boy, the moral of the story is “Happiness is found in enjoying whoever we are”.
In Science our topic this term is Rocks. We have learned so far that there are three different types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. It has been interesting to find out which rocks are naturally occurring and which ones are man-made. We have also learned that the rock cycle is a process in which rocks are continuously transformed between the three different rock types. It has been exciting looking at our different rock samples with a magnifying glass to discuss the different properties of each rock such as: basalt, granite, chalk, obsidian.
This term children have been learning about the importance of ‘Seva’ (Selfless Service). They have been learning what the word ‘Seva’ means first and then looking at different types of Seva in the Gurdwara and in the world. Next the children learnt how to do Seva themselves by doing role plays. They had to show how they would practise doing Seva in real life. Children had to show Seva being done in either in school, home or the playground. After the role-plays, the children wrote about what they did in their books.