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 tool for the Natural History Museum. We have looked at various different stone age axes 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.
This term, the children are learning to write a story 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 story, the children are also learning to use different punctuation to create and effect on their readers: inverted commas, question marks, exclamation marks, commas and apostrophe. We have been using drama to help the children understand the stories and to describe emotions.
Our topic this term is Stone Age. The children have been reading and researching about how human lived throughout the Stone Age to present time. The children are beginning to understand how lifestyles have changed and as a result influence our needs and wants. In this topic, they have been looking at how homes have evolved from thousands of years ago and made comparison. Children learnt about how people in the past get their food; from hunting to buying food in the shop. In lessons, they also learn to use timeline which help them understand different time periods.
In Maths this term, we have been learning multiplication. The children started by using concrete manipulatives such as dienes and counters to represent 3 digit x 1 digit. The children then moved on the use pictorial representation to record their work. In this topic, the children also learnt to use formal calculation method to find their answers. For this topic, the children have been using their times table knowledge to answer the questions and beginning to solve problems and explain their answers clearly using the correct mathematical language.
In PE, we have been focusing on getting our fitness back with lots of exercise! We have been working hard on improving our stamina by running, speed walking and skipping!
We have been taking part in the daily mile walk as well as participating in shuttle runs which have been designed to increase in difficulty from week to week. Skipping has fast become a very popular hobby at our school and for the last few weeks we have been trying to learn the Double Dutch.
For PSHE we have been discussing the impact of Covid on people all around us during times of celebration such as Diwali and Bandi Chor. We have used role play to reflect and empathize with those people who may not be so fortunate to celebrate with their families and have discussed how we could help those people out in the best of our abilities. Children also shared their experience celebrating Bandi Chor during lockdown and suggest how to think more positively during difficult times.
In RE this month we have started to learn about the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. We have also learned about the different parts of the Nativity story to decide what they feel is most significant part of the story for Christians today. The children have been talking about the significance of Christmas and what it means to each person individually. Children also talked about how religious stories are important and compared this to stories in Sikhism. They are beginning to understand how all religions have their own religious leaders and holy book to teach their followers.
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 month we have been learning about Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi and how it helped the poor people during the national lockdown in India. It was thanks to Bangla Sahib that so many of the hungry got fed who were unable to work or get food in India’s lockdown.
Children looked at news reports of what Bangla Sahib did during lockdown and then did a role play of how Bangla Sahib helped those poor people of Delhi. Then to understand about compassion and Seva, children wrote down how the different people in their role play were feeling, from those making the Langar to those receiving it.