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

May 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

In this term we have been learning about printing. We found out that printings can be done in many different ways and our chosen method was the Styrofoam block printing. First, we carefully used the tracing paper to gently transfer the image onto the Styrofoam. We used printing ink, paint roller and Styrofoam to print our images onto a paper. To make our print images to stand out just like Andy Warhol, we cut out the images into two parts and used different ink colours to create the multi-coloured print effect.

Computing

During the last half term, pupils have applied their knowledge and skills to insert and format shapes using texture, pattern and gradient to create pictures.

They know how to use the CTRL key to copy and paste shapes easily. They are able to layer, manipulate and resize shapes.

Pupils have also been taught how to use the mouse scroll key or the slider on a laptop to zoom in and out of their work.  This has been beneficial in allowing pupils to view a full page whilst working on their pictures.

Pupils also had an opportunity to consolidate their understanding of symmetry by using mathematical games.

English

In English, children worked on an extensive diary entry describing an encounter with a sabre toothed tiger. Children wrote from a perspective of a stone age boy who accompanied his father during a hunting trip. Pupils had to change the mood throughout the text to create different effects on the reader. During these lessons, pupils shared engaging sentences with the rest of the class and explored how they could improve their writing. Students were encouraged to reflect on their own work as well as provide constructive feedback for their peers.

History

This month, children took part in an interactive workshop to consolidate their learning about Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. Children had a rare opportunity to observe a number of artefacts including a 3D print of a sabre toothed tiger. During this workshop, pupils worked as a group to hunt for a mammoth and build a Stonehenge. They learnt that hunter-gatherers worked as a group as it increased their chance of survival. At the end of the day, pupils explored different types of weapons and discussed how they changed throughout the time.

Maths

In Maths this term we have been learning to identify right angles on various 2D shapes and on objects around us. We also learnt that 2 right angles make a half-turn, 3 right angles make three quarters of a turn and 4 right angles make a complete turn. We have also been learning whether an angle is greater than or less than a right angle and identify whether it is an obtuse or an acute angle. When learning about shapes, we also identified the horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.

Music

Year 3 have been singing songs to support team work and perseverance:

‘Build it high’ and ‘Count on me.’ We have focused on their ability to listen to each other and adjust their pitch accordingly and to improve their diction and understanding of the lyrics being sung.

They have investigated the sounds of a variety of percussion instruments, in particular, listening to different pitch and dynamics.

They have used their understanding of the sounds to create and follow their own graphic scores.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month children are preparing for Sports Day.  We have been practicing for events such as 50m sprint, different types of throwing, egg and spoon race and football dribbling.

Children have been learning about the spirit of competition and the Olympics.  They have also been learning about the great efforts professional athletes make to be competitors and the level of hard work and discipline needed to perform at the top level. Above all, they have thought about good sportsmanship.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE, pupils continued to explore how disagreements and arguments can be handled effectively. During these sessions, children were provided with a problematic situation and a few solution scenarios. First, children had to role-play it and then agree with their group what the most suitable solution could be. Pupils were encouraged to use ‘solve it’ technique to make sure that problems were solved fairly, honestly and all facts and feelings were taken into account.  Children were encouraged to reflect on character’s feelings and their behaviour. Everyone had an opportunity to discuss and justify the most important rules of solving a problem.

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE this term the children have been learning about the Hindu God. The children are learning to understand that the Hindu belief that there is one God with many different aspects and how their God is presented in many different forms. They children also learn how the sacred text helps people to understand their religion. Through this topic, children also spoke about their own life and how their roles and responsibilities change when they are at home, as a pupil at school, as an older sibling, as a friend and as a daughter/ son.

Science

In our Science topic, the children have been learning to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning. Children observed the changes taking place and discussed whether the change is reversible, and what new material was made as a result of burning. The children have also been learning to set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests. The children made careful observations and used a wide range of diagrams to present their work clearly.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh studies we have been developing a project based on Vaisakhi. We used a range of resources such as videos relating to the birth of the Khalsa. Once we watched these videos we had class discussions in which the students were able to share their thoughts and opinions and ask any questions. The pupils then worked independently to create a realistic way to show what happened on Vaisakhi day in 1699. We compared how people celebrated Vaisakhi then and now and the similarities and differences. Furthermore, we looked at how Vaisakhi is celebrated in our school. The children also successfully created posters on the 5K’s including their knowledge on why we wear them and the symbolism behind them.