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3KP

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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We have our own 3KP email! If you would like to contact us, please do so with the secure form below- we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Key Information:

3KP have indoor PE on a Wednesday and outdoor PE on a Friday.

3KP's entrance and exit point is the main gate next to the car park. Please wait on the playground area outside of the Year 3 classrooms.

 

 

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Times table of the week: 2s

Our Class Charter

Enquiry Overview: Transition Enquiry

To help us transition from the Infants to the Juniors we will be completing a transition enquiry. We will explore what it means to  be a `Historian`, `Scientist`, an `Artist` etc. and the skills involved when learning about these subjects. Alongside this, we will focus on easing the transition, getting to know the children and the expectations of St. Stephen's Juniors. During this transition, we will be using the book `Leon and the Place Between` by Angela McAllister in our writing lessons. It is a fantastic book; full of wonder and excitement! Read on below for the blurb:

 

"When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam is no ordinary magician. Leon is taken on a journey right into the Place Between, where magic becomes really real."

PE (Article 24 - You have the right to be healthy).

Throughout this term, we have been working hard to develop our street dancing skills. We watched a video and decided as a class a few moves that's would work together to create the perfect street dance for 3KP. Over the last couple of lessons, we've been working in smaller groups to try and ensure that our dancing is in sync and we are able to move in tine with each other and the music. This has really helped our collaborative learning skills as well as our dancing ones. See the pictures below of our amazing team work...

Being a geographer (Article 13 - You have the right to find things out)

This week, we have been really busy learning how to be geographers. We spoke about all the different skills we would need, such as reading a compass and observing the world around us, and we had a chance to test each one.

The one skill that we really enjoyed looking at was using grid references. It took us a while to get the hang of it, but by the end we were all ready to create our own maps and guide our talk partners to different locations using our keys and knowledge of the grid references. Have a look at some of our maps below. 

Being a scientist...  (Article 13 You have the right to find out things).

This week, we experimented what would happen when a toy car went down a ramp of different materials. We had foam, a sack, the table, wood and sugar paper and the playground as different ramps, to see which one would create the most friction. Before we began, we predicted which material we thought was going to get the car to move the furthest distance. Unfortunately, none of our predictions were quite right, but it was a good place to start. 
We could see which material created the most friction by calculating which surface the car traveled the least amount. The further the car traveled, the less friction that was involved. We measured the distance the toy car traveled using the metre sticks in the classroom and filled out a table. The material that created the most friction was the sack and the material that created the least friction was the table. 

WOW! (Article 24: The right to an education.)

In Week 3, we had lots of fun on our WOW day. We were introduced to the book we will be focusing on in our writing lessons. First of all, to immerse ourselves, we watched a range of circus acts such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats! We then considered what we think may happen in the book and why, using the evidence we had gained from the first few pages. Next, we explored the four main characters' thoughts and feelings by using freeze frames.  Finally we learnt and performed a page of the Leon and the Place Between! We really enjoyed performing using both our voices and actions to make it even more exciting! 

Being a scientist...  (Article 13 You have the right to find out things)

This week, 3KP learned what is takes to be a scientist. Looking at all the different skills we need to call ourselves this, we completed a variety of different experiments and tests to see if we were able to be scientists. 

We observed changes over time by looking and describing the changes to whipped cream over the course of the afternoon. After that, we tested different styles of paper airplanes to see which ones would travel the furthest and then took them onto the playground to race them. 

We also grouped and classified the class in a variety of ways, the most popular being which food we liked best. Miss Porter was hungry just looking at all of the different food choices. In order to see if we could trust sources and use a range of secondary sources to find the evidence we needed, we looked at a fact about butterflies - they taste with their feet!! - and we backed it up with different sources. 

Forest School! - (Article 29: Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full.)

In Week 2, we had a fantastic time at Forest School! We particularly enjoyed creating our hedgehogs and owls using the natural resources in our secret garden! 

In the trees, we made dens made out of sheets and different materials - they were pretty small but we still had a good time in them! As well as this, we had a puppet show. The puppets were made out of clay and sticks and we had a chance to put some googly eyes on them to give them some extra detail. Each group did a different show and we all worked together to come up with the idea and perform it. 

We even got to take our puppets home at the end!

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