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

June 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

In DT this term, the children have been researching about food around the world and our main focus is England, France and Canada. Children chose pancake as the food they like to find out more from these three places. They compared how the pancakes are made from these countries and look at the ingredients. Children also learnt about healthy food and used this information to discuss and identify the healthiest pancake. During this term, the children have been researching and reading about healthy pancake recipes and vegan recipes to help them create their own version. 

Computing

Pupils have been introduced to the fact that programs respond to inputs in order to do different things. They also understand that programs execute by following clear, sequential instructions.   

In ‘Up in the air’, pupils entered a code to fly a plane using specific keys on the keyboard. In ‘Fly the helicopter’, pupils used buttons to program the movement of a helicopter. 

Pupils were able to design their own backgrounds and create a simple game. They also had the opportunity to play and evaluate each other’s games. 

In ‘Alien Sequences’, pupils realised the importance of using a timer to create a sequence. They used a code that incorporated a countdown to start a spaceship race.  

English

In English, we have started discussing our new book – The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We discussed the main characters, their feelings and Lila’s quest to became a true firework maker. We have also explored how the author engages us and makes us want to read on the next chapter. We explored different writing tools that need to be used a description to be effective.  Children described the jungle Lila had to go through on her way to Mount Merapi. Children used a great range of fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases to build a clear picture in the reader’s mind.  

Geography

This month we are learning about the importance of longitude and latitude and the basic map reading skills. Children identified Equator on the map as well as Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Children recognised and marked the main lines of latitude including Tropics of Cancer, Tropics of Capricorn, Antarctic and Arctic Circle on the map. Pupils can point that that latitude help us measure position from North to South. We have also discussed the longitude and pointed out the Prime Meridian. Children now recognise that the longitude helps us measure position from West to East. At the end, we identified various jobs that rely on reading coordinates.   

Maths

In Maths this term, the children have been learning to identify 2D and 3D from different orientations. They also named and describe the properties of various 2D and 3D shapes including the number of faces, edges and vertices to describe the shape using the correct mathematical vocabulary. Children looked at pictures of shapes in different orientation and identify them clearly based on their properties. In this topic, they also explored the difference between a prism, which has the same shape all the way through, and a pyramid, which tapers to a point.

Music

The children have been linking their music learning to their topic of FranceThey have learnt to sing the song ‘ Douze’ which helps them to learn to count to 12 in France. In addition they have learnt to play the piece on the chime bars giving particular attention to the changes in sound, dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and team work (for examplekeeping in time with each other) They have begun to play and sing ‘Frere Jacque’ as a round. 

Panjabi

In Panjabi this month we have been taking a look at some traditional stories. In year 3 we have been focusing on a story called “The Two Wise Goats”. We discussed the story using some corresponding pictures and we then worked in groups to re-tell the story and construct a story map. During this the children also expanded their vocabulary bank as we corresponded the Punjabi word to the same in English.  

Children then watched the animated story and remembered the order of the story.  

 

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month was our school Sports Day.  Children took part in many different races where they were required to put all their previous learning into action.  They had to use techniques learnt in PE lessons to compete against each other in a variety of challenges and races.  Some of our races involved problem solving where children had to work as part of a team to complete challenges faster than the other teams.  This put many skills learnt in PE lessons into practice and the children were excellent in displaying their teamwork and tenacity to finish any challenge they were confronted with. 

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

This month, children learnt how a baby changes in the first year of its life. We welcomed a visitor with a small baby to share his experiences as a parent. During this session, children explored how quickly the feeding and sleeping routine changes during the first few months. We also compared a human baby to other animals like a penguin or turtles and came to conclusion that different animals look after their young in different ways. At the end, children had an opportunity to ask a range of questions to find out the main points in a child’s development. 

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE this term the children have been learning about the Hindu God. Our focus for this month is Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the tri-murti and explain how these are the main deities and what they represent. Children learnt that there is one God who Hindus see in many different forms and he is called Brahman. They find out about his roles and responsibilities and what he represents. Children also compare Brahma to their own God and religious leaders. In this topic, the children also learnt about how Vishnu and Shiva are different similar/ different to Brahma.  

Science

Our topic for Science this term is Animals including Human. They named a variety of animals, including humans, that have a skeleton as well as the functions of the skeletonChildren have been learning about bones and the main organs in their bodies. They have discussed the similarities and differences between human and other animals and identified the smallest and the biggest bones in the bodyChildren carried out various experiments to learn about what bones are made and how the food we eat affect the growth. Through the experiments, they also learnt to record their findings clearly and accurately.