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

July 2019

What we have been learning so far:


In DT this term, the children have been researching all the different types of pancakes from England, France and Canada. The children discussed and decided to make French pancake/ crepe as their final product. In this sessions, the children worked in groups and agreed on their preferred toppings and how they will present their pancake/ crepe (flat or rolled). In this lesson, the children learnt about choosing the best ingredients (also thinking about their guests/ customers’ needs), healthy eating and presentation. After tasting their pancake/ crepe, the children provided feedback and review the food. The learnt to give suggestions to improve the recipe, taste or presentation.


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, children practised how to write for effect. Pupils became familiar with a range of challenging vocabulary to describe a jungle/rainforest. They attempted to make the reader informed and immersed by using senses to describe various elements of the rainforest like trees, wind, rivers, and sounds. As a class, we focused on replacing vocabulary that can be easily repeated and replacing it with synonyms. We used a whole class feedback to share the most effective examples as well as points to be improved. As a result, children produced a lively description that will be used as a part of their stories.


In Geography, children compared climate in three Canadian cities: Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. They discussed data in tables to find out which cities have the coolest and longest winters, sunniest and hottest summers as well as which cities are the windiest. At the end of the session, children shared why and which city they would like to visit. As a part of this topic, children learnt that we have 24 time zones and they are dependent on the position of sun. Children compared time difference between France, Canada and the UK and identified a few countries that have more than one time zone.


In Maths this term, the children learnt to use grid method to show their calculation. The children used their times table knowledge to solve various multiplication and division problems. They also practiced to give their reasons clearly by explaining them using the correct Mathematical vocabulary. Another topic the children revisited this term is addition and subtraction. They practiced to solve multistep worded problems and learnt to show their working out clearly and step by step. They children also encouraged to use a wide range of strategies to show their understanding and on a particular topic for example bar model, pictorial representation, using counters and Numicon.


The children have continued to link their music learning to their topic of France

They have learnt to sing the song ‘Douze’ and ‘Frere Jacque’. In addition, they have learnt to play several pieces on the chime bars giving particular attention to the changes in sound, dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and team work.

They have also written and followed their own rhyth

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month a group of children were selected to attend a Tag Rugby festival hosted by London Irish Rugby club.  The children took part in many games and activities and also played in some matches.  This was a great opportunity for the children to showcase their skills as they had already received 5 weeks of tag rugby lessons at school in the previous months.

Children also took part in an Active Movement survey where they were asked about how much exercise they get on a normal school day and on the weekends.  Active movement will use the results from this survey to make recommendations for us to use to increase the level of exercise our children get in and out of school.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE, children learnt how an unborn baby develops in a mother’s womb. First, we discussed that different animals might look after their unborn babies many different ways, e.g.: turtles lie their eggs on the beach and never return or penguins which warm their eggs between their feet. We welcomed a pregnant visitor and pupils had an opportunity to answer a few focus questions. We discussed how the unborn baby feeds and removes its waste. Pupils discussed the importance of healthy diet for a pregnant woman and the changes she could notice in her body. Children were presented with a range of drawings from different stages of pregnancy and discussed how a baby develops.


In science this term, the children have been learning about ‘Animals including Human’. The children learnt about human circulatory system and the three independent systems and how they work together.  They are beginning to understand how the system is responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients, oxygen and other gases. When learning about how the heart works, the children had the opportunity to look at a model heart and see how the blood is pumped in and out to the body. They also learnt how the blood carries oxygen around the body.

Sikh Studies

This term we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji, we presented our knowledge to the school through an assembly. Children from a variety of classes took part in singing shabads about the shaheedi of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. In year 6 we presented Guru Ji’s life as well as the reasons behind why he was tortured. In the assembly we spoke both Panjabi and English to present the history behind the story. After the assembly we all worked as a team to serve Shabeel, as well as discussing the reason behind why we do a Shabeel.   In year 3 we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s life and background involving his family. We started off by mind mapping our knowledge about Guru Ji’s life. The main focus of our learning was the 5 days in which Guru Ji sacrificed himself. We looked at some pictures that depicted each day and constructed some paragraphs for each day. As well as this we looked at the contributions that Guru Ji made for Sikhism. In addition to this we learnt about the compilation of the Adhi Granth.