Mrs Clarke

3 Shelduck

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.

Mrs Athwal

3 Heron

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October 2020


In this term, the children have been learning about a famous artist called Jean-Michel Basquiat. First, the children looked at some of his art work and shared their own interpretation of his work. Children then used his ideas to create their own piece of work to portray their own emotions before, during and after the lockdown. In this topic, the children learnt to shade and blend colours to create details using pencil, chalk and oil pastel. For their final piece of work, the children will be including their own ideas to express their emotions.


In English this term, we have been learning to write persuasive writing. The children started the term by practicing Alan Peat’s sentences which they included in their final piece of work. Through this topic, the children also learnt to use a range of conjunctions (but, so, if, because, or) to extend their ideas. Another main focus for our writing this term is to use persuasive sentence openers (e.g. the studies show, the evidence shows, I strongly believe, It is true that. Children learnt to plan and edit their work and also present their completed piece as a speech in front of the classroom.


In Geography this term, the children were learning to read various maps to locate places. They used atlases to locate China and its neighbouring countries correctly. During the lesson, the children used eight points of the compass to locate a place accurately. Children are beginning to understand how map reading and compass work are used in real life and why it is important to provide an accurate location. The children also carried out practical activities to locate objects around the school using the correct language.


This term in Maths, the year 3 children have been learning about place value and adding numbers with up to 3 digits. The children started by identifying the hundreds, tens and ones and explain the value of each digit in a number. In this topic, they also learnt to use the correct signs ( <  >  =) to compare numbers. For the addition topic, the children started by using concrete manipulatives to help them understand how to add the numbers starting from the ones correctly. They have also started to add numbers by crossing the barrier.


In Year 3, we have been learning 3 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous knowledge by reading and writing Mukta words. We have also been beginning to construct new Panjabi words. Children are using the Panjabi alphabets sheet to allow them to make connections, furthermore, recognise familiar sounds to enable them to read and write Mukta words. This term, children have also been learning about self-hygiene in Panjabi. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on directions. To make our learning interesting children have been using a variety of interactive resources such as flash cards and pictures. We have also focused on the wellbeing of children during the pandemic, we have done this through a light discussion of what activities the children undertook during lockdown, as well as new ways to relax and have fun.


In PE we have been focusing on getting our fitness back with lots of exercise!  Children have been working hard on improving their stamina by running, speed walking and skipping!

Children 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 children will be lucky enough towards the end of this month to meet and skip with the Skipping Sikh!


In PSHE this term the children started the learning by discussing and sharing their views about facing new challenges. Children talked about the challenges they faced during the lockdown and how they dealt with it positively. In this topic, the children also learnt about how to ask for help when they need it. They also learnt about how they are an individual and that they are different to other family members. Children are beginning to identify the differences and about individuality and how it makes them special. Within the lessons, they also learnt the importance to appreciate and love themselves.


In RE this term we have been learning about Diwali and the significance of the celebration for the Hindus. The children learnt about how the Hindus celebrate Diwali and how this is similar or different to their own celebrations. Children learnt about the Rama and Sita story and talked about good against evil. They also discussed about how their own religious story teach them about good and evil. In this topic, the children also share their views about what they like and dislike about Diwali and their own celebrations.


Our topic for Science this term is Animal including humans. We started the topic by learning about human skeleton and the names of the bones. Children learnt about the importance of the skeletal system and how it protects the vital organs. The children carried out investigations to identify the muscles they use to move their body. The are beginning to understand how muscles contract and relax when we move our body. In this topic, the children also learnt about animals with and without skeleton (exoskeleton and endoskeleton) and how they move.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies this term, pupils have been learning about the 8th Guru, Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji and what happened in history during the small pox epidemic in India during the 1600s. Children have been learning facts about Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji and also the story about what the 8th Guru did during the smallpox epidemic in India.

They have then used what they have learnt to write either their own story in 3rd person of Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji during that period in time or a diary entry in 1st person of someone living in that time during the epidemic.