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.
We have been looking at the technique of Cross Stitch in DT this term. The children first learned about what cross stitch is and then practicing using the needle and plastic sewing board. They then sketched out their own picture using crosses only to decide their final piece. We then used special ‘binka’ material to start the process of cross stitching our final piece.
In English this month, we have been learning to write an alternative ending to Hansel and Gretel story. Children revisited the traditional tale by reading the original story, role play such as hot seating. In this term, the focus for writing is to entertain the readers so first, the children discussed the features of a traditional tales and talked about how they would adapt the ending to make it their own version. They also learnt Alan Peat ‘list’ sentences and ‘As-ly’ sentences.
In gardening this term, the children have been learning about plants and life cycle. Children started by looking at different seeds and the type of plants to plant in different season. Children helped to unweed the garden patch and suggested the type of plants they would like to grow in their garden. Children also talked about the importance of growing plants and how bees and other insects are important in pollination. During the session, children also learn about how to care for their plants.
This month we have really enjoyed getting stuck in with all the joy of cooking in our food tech room! We have enjoyed baking delicious jam tarts and decadent chocolate brownies. The children have thoroughly enjoyed mixing, kneading and constructing their goodies to produce amazing treats for themselves and their families.
In Math, we have been learning fractions this term. 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.
I continue to be really proud of how Year 3’s have been responding to online music lessons.
The children have been learning samba rhythms which include ostinatos (repeated patterns) and syncopations (rhythms that fall between the main pulse beat)
They have used words like the ones below to help them collate and play a group rhythm piece They have created ostinatos from the lyrics in the song.
In addition, the children have been learning to read simple notation and playing call and response games to consolidate their learning.
keeping to a steady pulse beat.
This term, children have been taking 3 PE lessons a week! The children have taken part in fitness lessons, team building and sports/games.
The aim in our lessons this term has been to brush up on motor skills and get our fitness back up to scratch! Children have been pushing themselves to increase their stamina and strength after being away from their normal school life for such a long time. We have been going on daily walks, doing shuttle runs and lots of sprinting games.
We hope that the children will keep their fitness training going over the holidays so we can continue with many more sports and games when they return.
In PSHE this month, we have been discussing relationships within our families. We have identified the roles and responsibilities of each member of our family have discussed how these roles are necessary to have an effective and well-organised household. The children created mind maps about their families and had whole class discussions to see if we agreed or disagreed with our class members.
In science this month, we have been learning about Plants. We first looked at the different parts of a plant and what a plant needs to grow – air, space, water, soil and sun. We then learned about the different parts of a flower and how the life cycle of a flowering plant includes the process of germination, fertilisation, pollination and seed dispersal. Finally, we conducted a science experiment where we placed celery in coloured water to see what the results would be. We found out that plants need to survive and they draw water up from through their roots through their capillaries.