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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November 2019

Arts

In DT this term, Year 3 have been learning to plan, design, make and review various Stone Age inspired craft. Before making the product, children learnt to think carefully about their product by taking into consideration the purpose, the users, the function and durability. During the lessons, the children used a range of equipment to create their Stone Age tools. Children learnt to talk through their design, what inspired them and review their work. Children are also beginning to learn how to review and make improvements to their craft.

Computing

Pupils have been introduced to the fact that programs respond to inputs in order to do different things. They also understand that programs execute by following clear, sequential instructions.

In ‘Up in the air’, pupils entered a code to fly a plane using specific keys on the keyboard. In ‘Fly a helicopter’, pupils used buttons to program the movement of a helicopter. Pupils were able to design their own backgrounds and create a simple game. They had the opportunity to evaluate their game and make further improvements.

Pupils have also been introduced to touch-typing this term. They have been practising and improving their skills using an online program entitled ‘Dancing Mat’.

English

In English, we started our new book which took us all back in time to the Stone age. First, children make predictions about the book trying to use visual prompts. After reading and discussing the book, children took part in drama classes to understand the feelings of characters and their thinking process. We also started to work on a range of suffixes (-ment, -ness, -er, -est, -ing). Children explored how the root word changes when we add various suffixes. During English lessons, children worked on retrieving key information from the text and making inferences. In grammar, children started to differentiate between Past Simple and Present Perfect.

History

In History lessons, we started discussing our new topic – Stone Age. Using Ug the genius boy of Stone age book, we explored how people lived in the past and how they had to hunt, build their houses and protect themselves. Children had a chance to discuss a video about the Flintstone family and find similarities and differences between the life in Stone age and present times. Pupils can now explain the periods that Stone age is divided into and where the name ‘’Stone Age’’ was derived from. Students also discussed their needs and wants and how they changed throughout the time.

Maths

In this term, we are learning multiplication and division. The children have been practicing their times table to help them in this topic. We started by learning to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. Children learnt to use dienes and Numicon (concrete manipulatives) to represent the calculation. There are beginning to understand what a multiplication number sentence represent and make their own stories. The children move on to pictorial representation by using grid method and finally record their work using the formal written method.

Music

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

They have learnt to sing songs related to their topic of ‘The Stone Age’ one of which is a arrangement based on the Queen song ‘We Will Rock You’ All topic related songs helps to inform the children of facts which they remember, due to the relation between melody and lyrics.

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 called ‘Remember’ which taught them about the importance of remembrance day

Panjabi

This month the children have been learning about the story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Cobra in Punjabi by learning the vocabulary of the story in Punjabi and retelling the story in Punjabi verbally and also in writing in their books. Pupils have been using cartoon images of the story about the Cobra and Guru Nanak Dev Ji and after sequencing the story in the right order they have been writing the story in Punjabi next to the pictures. Then they have retold the story themselves in Punjabi afterwards to the rest of the class.

PE

In PE, we have been learning about teamwork and problem solving.  We have been trying to complete challenges that require us to work together to achieve an objective. For example, River Cross.  In River Cross the class had to work in groups to try and cross the imaginary river only using the equipment provided.  In groups of 5 the children had to figure out how to get from one side of the playground to the other using only two large hoops. Children were encouraged to share their ideas and also to listen to others. As the lessons have progressed children have learnt that when working as part of a team its vital that all members of the team play a role and that when they work together they have more chance of success.

PSHE

In PSHE we started our new topic- Celebrate the difference. We read The Family Book story which helped us in our discussion about a family. Children explored what makes a family as well as different types of families. It helped children to understand that each family might have different members and they may support each other in various ways. Pupils had an opportunity to present who belongs to their family and explain how families can be similar and different at the same time. Pupils also took part in the Odd Socks day. They celebrated their individuality and prepared posters to present their interests, favourite sports, games, friends and food.

RE

In this term, the children have been learning about Christianity and the significance of Christmas. The children learnt about the Christmas Story and the significance of the events that took place. During this topic, the children will also learn about Jesus and the role he plays in Christianity. Children will begin to compare other important role model/ figure in different religion and how they are important to them. Children also discuss how the true Christmas celebrations have changed over time. The children will also read stories from the bible and share their views about miracles.

Science

In Science this term, the children have been carrying out various experiments and investigations. They are beginning to show understanding about variables and how this can have an impact on the results. During the lessons, the children also talk about fair test, the importance and how they can collect their data accurately. The children are also beginning to suggest ways to record their data using a variety of diagrams. One of the experiments the children really enjoyed this term is an investigation to find out the juice with the highest Vitamin C content. Children learnt so much about vitamins for the body and how by reading ingredients on a label could help them make the best decision about the nutrition value of a food product.

Sikh Studies

This month, the children have been using role play to explain about Guru Nanak Dev Ji to a non-Sikh. Using the footage captured by Newsround of our school celebrations, pupils have got into pairs and practised doing a role play of having to explain to a non-Sikh person about Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The non-Sikh person has just learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching Newsround and wants to know more from pupils at this school. This has enabled children to share their knowledge that they have acquired this term so far on Guru Nanak Dev Ji and use it in a real-life setting.