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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October 2019


In art this term, the children have been learning about water colour painting. The topic was introduced by colour mixing activities where the children learnt about primary and secondary colours. They also learnt the technique to explore the shades by manipulating the darkness and saturation of the pigment using certain amount of water. Another skill that the children learnt was to create the right texture by using the light and dark colours effectively as well as the dry and wet paint. The children also researched about a famous Chinese painter, Dong Yuan, a master of figure and landscape painting.


Pupils have continued with the coding unit this month. They have developed a greater understanding of the importance of using clear, sequential instructions. They were 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.

In ‘Space Travel’, pupils used a timer within their code to make objects perform actions in sequence. For example, they incorporated a timer to make a rocket take off after a few seconds. They then gave a sequence of instructions to fly the rocket to the moon and the Earth. Finally, they created a game that involved the rocket visiting and stopping at three different planets whilst avoiding asteroids!


In English we worked on completing our diary entries. Children used a range of engaging vocabulary to immerse the reader in their writing. Children wrote from cobra’s perspective and described how they met Guru Nanak Dev Ji sleeping under the tree. Pupils used five senses to describe the setting to keep the reader informed and relaxed. Next, children attempted to change the mood in the stories and worry the reader by describing how the cobra approached sleeping Guru Nanak. Pupils used a range of expanded noun phrases to describe the cobra. The final part of their writing surprised the reader as the serpent realised that Guru was a special being and he should protect him.


In Topic, we focused on travels of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We identified continents on the world map and a range of countries that were visited by the Guru. Children identified dangers of travelling long distances in the past and reasons behind Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s travels. Children also learnt about Henry VIII who ruled over England during the life of Guru Nanak. Pupils discussed similarities and differences between the rulers and the impact they made on the people. We also identified main historical events and we ordered them on a timeline.


In this term, Year 3 have been learning the place value up to 4-digit numbers. Children learnt to identify the place value of each digit in a number. They have used a range of concrete manipulatives to represent and compare the given numbers. This have helped the children with addition and subtraction up to 3-digit numbers. They started by using dienes to represent the numbers in the sum correctly and used that to help them with the abstract where the children were taught how to translate the two-dimensional drawings into the conventional mathematics notation to solve the problem.


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

They have learnt to sing the song ’follow your dreams, believe in your strengths’ which focuses on being proud of who they are, having good self -esteem and learning to care for others. This also reinforces the message of ‘Guru Nanak Dev Ji.’

They have Played music games related to the tempo, pitch, pulse and rhythm.

The children have created their own rhythm pieces by using a grid to create their own graphic scores, including rests, and are learning to play them under the title ‘A fast moving machine’ This includes staggered starts.


In Year 3 the main focus of this term has and will be on Guru Nanak Dev Ji since we are celebrating the 550th Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. First we learnt about the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, followed by Guru Ji’s childhood and the stories surrounding the birth and childhood, we also learnt some key vocabulary from these stories. After this we looked at a story called A Cobra Serves. The first thing we did was learn some key words from the story in Panjabi such as snake and cattle. Then by looking at pictures corresponding the story we constructed sentences and wrote them down in our books. By looking at the pictures in our story we remembered the order of the story.


For PE this term, children have been learning how to play Handball. As Handball is a team sport we have focused on teamwork and communication. Children have been practicing to communicate verbally and non-verbally with their team by means such as eye contact and calling out the name of who they pass the ball to.

We have also used focuses such as “we can encourage each other when mistakes are made”. This was embedded into our lessons to help promote the idea of helping each other and not to blame teammates when the team is losing or not playing well. Instead we learnt that giving positive comments to each other boosts our confidence and will ultimately benefit the team and individuals.


During PSHE lessons, children discussed situations and behaviours that could make them feel stressed. They recorded their worries in the worry bucket. Next, we discussed possible techniques to deal with them. We identified positive verbal responses as well as calming techniques to help us cope in stressful situations. Children shared their opinions and experiences of how they can effectively deal with unpleasant experiences. As a result, children can use a worry box to place written down notes with their worries and fears.


Our topic for Science in this term is Animals including Human. The children have started the topic by learning about human skeleton and the functions of bones. They also compared human skeleton to other animals and how animals have adapted to their environment. Throughout this topic, the children learnt to carry out our various experiment and record their work clearly using the correct scientific vocabulary. The also learnt the importance of an experiment to be a fair test and explain clearly how this is done in experiments. The children also have started to learn about variables and share their ideas.

Sikh Studies

This month pupils have been learning about the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching a short animation on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life. They firstly derived as many teachings as they could from the short clips shown from the animation. From there they chose one of the teachings and then applied it to a real life situation that they could relate to through role play. Here are the photos of them preparing and showing their role plays. This took place over a series of lessons. Afterwards they wrote down how they can use each of the teachings from Guru Nanak Dev Ji in their day-to-day life.