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

March 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In Art this term, the children have been learning to understand Pop Art and Pop Culture and the artist we have chosen for this topic is Andy Warhol. The children will learn about Andy Warhol’s life as an artist. They will look at the definition of pop culture and mass media and have a big discussion of what that it means to us today. The children will look at, discuss Andy Warhol’s celebrity screen prints and discuss the artwork focusing on colour. Year 3 will learn to improve their art and design techniques in this topic. 

Computing

In computing lessons, the children have been learning to enhance their Microsoft Word skills. The children have been creating a wide variety of documents with increasing confidence. Within the sessions, they also learnt to edit work and copy and paste images from another folder. The children are also beginning to edit their work by using the review tools to check the spelling and grammar. They have also learnt to save their work correctly and to upload at a later stage to resume their work. As part of the lesson, the children are also taught and reminded of online safety rules. 

English

The children have been learning about traditional tales and the book we chosen is Hansel and Gretel. Children read the story and compared it to other traditional tales, focusing on how the stories were written. They also use drama to re-enact the events and discussed the characters’ actions and the setting. They have been learning the impact of the language in traditional tales and applied this in their own independent writing. In their writing sessions, the children have been practising and writing expanded noun phrases to describe characters and settings with more details

Geography

The children have been learning about Stone Age people: where and how they lived. They have been using an atlas to identify some of the places around the world where humans from prehistoric times lived. The children also used maps to identify places in the UK that have evidence of prehistoric humans. They have been making comparisons of the places and researching how and why places are changing. Children are beginning to understand how human lifestyles including homes and the environment have evolved from millions of years ago. 

History

The children are learning about the Stone Age this term. In this topic, they have been comparing their lives to people who lived during the Stone Age. They are beginning to identify the differences and how their needs and wants have changed from their ancestors millions of years ago. By learning this topic, they have been developing their understanding of the different periods of time and the changes between the different ages. As an archaeologist, the children have been looking at different artefacts and learning how this helps them to understand more about prehistoric humans.

Maths

In Maths this term, the children have been learning about measurements. They have been learning how to convert larger units to smaller units. Children then apply this information to solve various multi step questions. Other measurement lessons that the children have been focusing on are finding the perimeter of 2D shapes.  Another topic that the children will be taught is to estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.  

Music

We have been focusing on the origins of ancient Celtic music, beginning with two of the best known ancient instruments – the carnyx and the crwth. Pupils will then look at the broader genre of Celtic music and how it has developed, up to the present day. The children also learn to write their own lyrics for the song and perform in groups. They have been using a wide range of musical instruments and learn about how to incorporate specific instruments to create a harmonious musical piece. Children have also been learning about rhythm and tempo in the lessons. 

Panjabi

The children have been practising six sets of Panjabi letter and four symbols. They also learnt the next symbols Lawana and Dolawana. Now they are learning how to make simple sentences in Panjabi like (ieh plyt hY). 

Physical Education (P.E.)

The children have been practicing their football skills, focusing on passing and dribbling the ball. Alongside this they have been learning about teamwork and how to share their ideas in order to solve problems. Having the confidence to share their ideas as well as solve problems together will help the children throughout the year in many other subjects

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

Our focus in PSHE this term is about staying safe. The aim of this topic is to teach children how to deal with situations where someone they do not know approaches them in person, online or over the phone. The children have been been learning what a stranger is and the dangers that can happen. The children have been relating this topic to the story ‘Hansel and Gretel’. They have been sharing their own views about the siblings talking to a stranger and the consequences. The children also looked at different scenarios and discussed with others whether they have responded appropriately.  

Religious Education (R.E.)

This term the children have been learning to recall key events in the Easter story and understand why Jesus’ crucifixion symbolises hope for Christians. This topic also focuses on one of Khalsa values, love. The stories have also been teaching the children about true friendship and sacrifice. Children have been sharing their ideas about things they can do to show their love and gratitude to people who are special to them. As the children will be celebrating Vaisakhi this term, they will also compare the stories from their own faith to the Easter stories and the values we all hold in common. 

Science

Our Science topic this term is materials. The children have been learning to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties. The children have carried out various experiments to understand electrical conductivity and magnetism. The children have been carried out fair tests and beginning to suggest variables for the experiments. This term, they will also begin to think about their own enquiries as a basis for the investigations and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.