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

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In this term, we have been focussing on tracing and print making skills. In these sessions, the children learn the correct way to hold a pencil, how to use a good, firm grip and the use of fine motor skills when tracing a picture. The children have also used foam to trace the image on and learn how to include details to create a clear image of the portrait.  In our printmaking lesson, the children learnt to choose suitable colours to create the ‘Pop Art’ style of image as famously used by Andy Warhol.

Computing

The children have learnt how to insert a variety of shapes into their work.

The children have tackled a challenging task of creating a symmetrical picture of a butterfly using a variety of shapes. They know how to copy and paste these shapes using shortcut keys. The children have drawn upon their skills to manipulate and resize the shapes accurately.

They have learnt how to format the shapes by incorporating different colours, textures, gradients and patterns. They have used the process of layering to create their picture.

English

This month children discussed how atmosphere can be changed throughout a piece of writing. We identified and compared a range of vocabulary that can help us achieve a desired effect on the reader. In these sessions, children were working on keeping the reader relaxed and entertained.

They focused on describing the surrounding area in detail so that the reader can create a clear image in their mind.  Pupils can suggest that something unpleasant is about to happen by describing a number of changes in weather. We have also worked on expressing how a concerned person behaves and what are the best ways to incorporate it in a text.

History

In History, we discussed how farming and keeping animals fenced helped people create first settlements. Pupils had an opportunity to discuss how houses and building materials have progressed through Stone, Bronze and Iron age. Through this topic, children learnt about the characteristics of round houses and one of the first hillforts in Dorset.  We compared prehistoric houses to contemporary ones and pointed how their similarities and differences. Children have also explored the idea of future houses and improvements that might be made.

Maths

In Maths, we have been learning about measurements. In this topic, the children had the opportunities to use real life measuring tools to measure a wide range of objects accurately. From this, the children started to convert the bigger unit of measurements to smaller units. Children are beginning to understand the rules that they need to use to solve converting measurement correctly. Another topic that we have been learning in this term is finding perimeter of an object. The children used the measuring skills to measure and calculate the perimeter and understand how this skill is used in real life by architects.

Music

Year 3 have been singing songs ‘We will rock you’ and ‘ In the Stone age’. They have used actions and rhythms based on stone age activities to create their own rhythm piece.

In addition, they have followed graphic scores and started to write and follow their own using percussion instruments.

Panjabi

In Panjabi children are learning traditional stories. In year 3 children have been learning about a story called ‘Two Wise Goats’. We have discussed the story through pictures and they have been working in their groups to help each other to re tell the story in Panjabi. They have also made a story map in their Panjabi books to remember the story.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Children have been learning to play Tag Rugby.  We have been one of the lucky schools to receive coaching from London Irish Rugby.

The children have been learning the basic rules for Tag Rugby and also learning about teamwork.  The coach has been teaching them about tackling and also how to show respect to each other.

We have linked the lessons to healthy eating where children are being taught about balancing their diet and the different food groups.  This is also being done by specialists from London Irish

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

This term we have been focusing on solving various friendship problems. Children had an opportunity to role play many scenarios in which people felt hurt, bullied or left out especially during play times. Children are beginning to identify feelings in different circumstances and how our actions might impact our friends and family. We discussed how being honest and admitting a mistake can help us solve a problem. Children begin to understand that people can feel hurt not only physically but also mentally.

Religious Education (R.E.)

The children have been learning about Jesus as the role model in Christianity. Through this topic, the children also learnt about the characteristics of religious leaders from other faiths including their own.  They are beginning to compare and give their own views and relate this to their own life and being a super citizen. Children are beginning to identify the similarities in the qualities of a leader and how their roles are very similar to each other.

In this topic, children also learn about how in the past, the message from God is spread and the importance of recording events that had taken place.

Science

Our Science topic this term is materials. The children have been carrying out various experiments related to evaporation and condensation. The children worked in groups to learn that solutions can be separated using evaporation. They will also carry out investigations to find out what affects the speed of evaporation and make appropriate enquiries. Children make observations and learn how to record their findings clearly. We have also been learning about states of matter and changes of state. They will learn that changes of state are reversible reactions and will find out about how states can be changed.