Kents Hill Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5PS


Mr Michael Thomas

Kents Hill Junior School


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Week beginning 13.01.20

This week in year 3 our fingers have turned green! We have been doing lots of work on plants in science this week and we were lucky enough to use our brand new science lab!

We have been investigating the requirements of a plant by testing whether a plant can still grow healthily without water, heat or light. We worked together to plant seeds in some soil and set them aside to grow in different conditions: in the cupboard (no light), by a window (no heat) and another without being watered (no water). 


We have also been investigating how water is transported through a plant. We have done this by putting a flower into water that has been dyed red, we have done this so that we can see which flower in which condition has the fastest rate of water transportation. We have put our flowers in different temperatures and predicted which one we think will have the fastest rate of water transportation.


We have been looking at poetry about how we are all unique and special. This has helped us to write our own poems about ourselves! We have worked really hard to include descriptive phrases, use joined handwriting and capital letters to start each new line.


Week beginning 08.01.20

This term we are going to be learning about empowerment across the world. We are going to ask ourselves 'How are we going to change the world?'.


To introduce the children to our new topic this term, the year 3 teachers turned mean! Miss Jackson decided that she only wanted to give a biscuit to children that live in Benfleet, Mrs Rice only allowed children with blonde hair to colour in and have fun and Mrs Izatt only allowed the girls to do the sawing and the boys had to clean up their mess for them. 


Don't worry, this was all done to show the children how people around the world can be treated differently due to where they live, what they look like and their gender. The children discussed how this was unfair and that we shouldn't treat people differently because of these reasons. We all decided that everyone around the world should always be treated equally!


Over the Christmas holidays, year 3 have transformed the year group area to promote empowerment throughout this term. We had time to explore our new area to discover a brave lady knight, a variety of empowering people placed in our gallery of greatness and a refugee area.


This week we have also started our new text for the topic, our book is called 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' written by Onjali Q. Rauf. So far we have learned that there is a group of four friends in a class that has had a new boy join, although he does not speak English so hasn't made any new friends yet. We have made some predictions about what we think may happen next based on clues from the text so far, the front cover, the title and the blurb.




Week beginning 16.12.19

This week in year 3, we have been reflecting on our learning throughout the term. We have really enjoyed presenting and celebrating our explorers end of topic homework this week, sharing all of the wonderful work that we have put into it!


We all learned some Christmas songs to perform to our parents and families before inviting them to our classrooms to complete a Christmas crafternoon! We had so much fun during our performances, congratulations to 3IC for winning the singing competition and being awarded the elf trophy!


Week beginning 09.12.19

This week in year 3, we have been designing and making our very own bags for an explorer. We had to think carefully about what our explorer would need for their expedition in the rainforest, South Pole or Space. To create our bags, we used the running stitch to join materials together to attach pockets, handles and straps. We also had to think about what fastenings we would used to secure the explorers belongings in our bags.

 Once our bags were completed, we evaluated and made improvements assessing our bags against the success criteria. Then we were able to test our bags with a variety of objects.




Week beginning 02.12.19

This week in year 3, we have been practising our French skills! On Tuesday we had a French day and we had visitors from King John School come to help us learn new vocabulary. We were able to practice our numbers from 1 to 10 and even challenged ourselves to learn some numbers up to 20! We also learned about a famous French man called Louis Pasteur, he created vaccines for different illnesses that people and animals were suffering with.


As we have been learning all about Space, we have created our very own space art. To create these pieces of art work, we had to use scissors to cut out our own circle stencils to allow us to make planets. Using oil pastels, chalk and charcoal we created the planet Earth and the Moon. To add more effect to our work, we used white chalk to create shining stars in the background.

In PSHE, we have been learning how to regulate our emotions by using colours to explain how we are feeling. This has also helped us to recognise how others are feeling by looking at their facial expressions and actions. We have been able to work together to find ways to help ourselves and others when they may be feeling blue, yellow or red, so that they can feel green again!



Week beginning 25.11.19

This week in year 3, we have been working extremely hard on our first published piece of writing. We have used our knowledge of the explorations of space to create beautiful backgrounds to display our writing about 'The history of space' in our books. We ensured that we used our best handwriting and checked our work carefully before publishing it in an interesting way.


In Science, we have been learning about the parts of a plant. We can now recognise the most important parts of a plant: the roots, stem, leaves and flower. Each of these parts of a plant have different functions and purposes, we can now recognise how these help a variety of plants to survive and grow healthily.


This week has been assessment week and all of year 3 have worked extremely hard, we have been super proud of them all! They have made sure that they have read the questions very carefully, thought about how to answer them successfully and then checked their answers once they had finished their paper.


3IC completed their class assembly in front of their families and all of year 3 and 4. They had been practising to make sure that their assembly was informative and interesting for their audience, ensuring that they all knew their lines and the lyrics to an amazing explorers song! The audience really enjoyed listening to 3IC present what they have been learning about so far in year 3, a very well done to all of 3IC!


Week beginning 18.11.19

This week in year 3, we have been learning about the amazing history of space! We have looked at a variety of explorations in space to help us to understand why it is so important. We then used this knowledge to write a report about the first animal that flew to space, the first human to explore space and the first people to land on the moon! 


We tried our very best to include a title, heading and sub-heading to organise our work effectively, writing in paragraphs, including factual language and using consistently joined handwriting throughout.


We have read another chapter of our text 'The Explorer' and worked on summarising a page. Firstly, we chose the most important events within the page by underlining them, we then decided which events would have an impact on the rest of the text and lastly, explained each of the events to create a summary of a specific page. 


In Maths, we have been working on adding and subtracting using adjustment. We have looked at how to adjust a calculation to make it simpler and quicker to work out. 


3IC have worked really hard on their class assembly this week, which they will be proudly presenting to their families next week!


Week beginning 11.11.19

This week in Year 3 we have been learning about rainforests around the world. We now know that there are four layers of the rainforest: the emergent layer, the canopy layer, the understory layer and the forest floor. Using this information, we then compared rainforests to Antarctica and our own homes. Luckily, one of the differences between the rainforests and our homes is that there are no deadly jaguars lurking around!

In English, we completed a Free Write persuading our parents to save the rainforests. Here are a few examples of our work:



Week beginning 04.11.19

After a restful half term break, Year 3 have dived straight back into their learning. What a super week of learning it has been too!

On Tuesday, Darren from ‘Roots to Food’ visited us and we took part in a healthy cooking roadshow.

The teams consisted of children from each year group and a teacher head chef. They had just 15 minutes to create a healthy, balanced meal with the ingredients provided. Here are some pictures of the house teams in action:



In Maths, we then had a go at weighing out some of our own ingredients for a recipe and reading scales. We ordered different weights from smallest to greatest too.



Week beginning 21.10.19

This week in year 3, we have completed our pieces of art based on 'The Great Wave'. After our flour paste had dried, we used the appropriate coloured paints to finish our final pieces! We made sure that we used the correct size paint brushes to neatly paint our designs and to paint in the correct sections of our design. We even used our colour mixing skills to make a lighter blue to add effect to our paintings.


We have learned about the history of three famous explorers and their explorations. We learned a lot of information about Christopher Columbus, Ernest Shackleton and Neil Armstrong and about the different explorations that they led. Using the information that we collected, we were able to complete a quiz about the explorers to consolidate our understanding. This information was then used to create fact files for each explorer, linking them to the areas of the world that they explored!


Using our knowledge of these explorers, we were able to write a non-chronological report explaining their explorations and discoveries. Whilst we were writing our reports we had to make sure that we were using paragraphs, headings and sub-headings, consistently joined handwriting and writing in the first person. We all took lots of care to use the important facts about each explorer to explain who they were, where they explored and what happened during their explorations. 



Week beginning 14.10.19

This week Year 3 have been learning to make predictions and ask questions about the Explorer text.  Some children have begun using a resource called widgit online to help them access this challenging reading material more independently.

Science this week was all about skeletons!  Great teamwork was shown with lots of collaborative and practical activities.  Some children started using more scientific names for bones such as tibia and cranium. 

We have also started using our lovely art sketchbooks this week during a project based on The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai.  The children improved their sketching skills and were introduced to a new resist technique using flour paste.  We are really impressed with the pride the children are demonstrating within their sketchbooks and how well they evaluated and improved their first attempts. 

Another great week Year 3! 



‘The Great Wave’ Flour Paste Art

On Friday 18th October, Year 3 ventured into the Art Room for the first time to re-create their own versions of ‘The Great Wave’ by Katsushika Hokusai. First, we sketched ‘The Great Wave’ in our art books.


Next, we went to the Art Room to use the flour paste on fabric to create our waves. We had a practise of how to use the flour paste first. It was quite messy and very sticky!

Week beginning 07.10.19

This week in year 3 we have used a number of skills to write an interesting recount of our local area walk, this includes: writing in paragraphs, the use of first person, expanded noun phrases, writing in chronological order and time connectives. We made sure that we used consistently joined handwriting to present our work as best as we can!

In French, we have learned how to say and write the months of the year! Janvier, Fevrier, Mars, Avril, Mai, Juin, Julliet, Aout, Septembre, Octobre, Novembre, Decembre. 

In PSHE, we thought about the importance of rules in the world and within our school. We talked about what a 'nightmare school' would look like without any rules and how this would effect the children and their education. This helped us to realise that rules are extremely important in our daily lives, to keep us safe and to ensure that we have a valued education. 

Week beginning 30.09.19

This week in year 3 we explored our local area in Benfleet by walking from our school, all the way to the creek and back again. During our walk we were looking for different types of human and physical features in the local area. Human features are things that have been made by humans, for example cars, houses and fences. Physical features are things that have been created naturally by the world, for example trees, grass and rivers. We used a table to record our observations of these different features, including a tally chart to record how many of these features we could find throughout the walk.

During the walk we were able to visit the Methodist Church, where we learned a lot about the different rooms that people can visit, for example the chapel. We had the chance to talk to the priest of the church, who spoke to us about the daily commitments, the beliefs that are practiced and why people like to visit.

We were lucky enough to visit the Benfleet creek to continue our learning of the Battle of Benfleet. We saw some battle monuments that represented the battle and some Viking longships on the fences around the area!

In Science, we have been looking at nutrition and how we can have a healthy balanced diet. We learned about the different types of foods that are included within the different food groups: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, fibre and water. This helped us to accurately fill in a nutrition food pyramid to help us to understand how we can have a healthy and balanced diet.

In maths, we have been learning how to order numbers in ascending and descending order. Ascending order is when the numbers are increasing and descending order is when the numbers are decreasing. We have been working hard to correctly order numbers up to 1,000 in these orders!


Week beginning 23.09.19

As we come to the end of September, we are feeling really proud of how well our Year 3 pupils are settling into the Junior School.  This week Year 3 delved deeper into our reading text ‘The Explorer’.  We explored the characters in the story and compared what they are like.  One Year 3 pupil wrote ‘I know Fred is kind yet brave because he goes looking for Max when he thinks he is missing.’  Lots of children enjoyed discussing the immaturity of Max including what he threatened to do to Con if she went back to the plane! 

In RE, we explored the main beliefs of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and linked this with our history lesson in which we re-created a battle scene.  We were really impressed with how well the children worked collaboratively during their drama activity.  Their verbal responses demonstrated fantastic empathy and understanding of their characters. 


Week beginning 16.09.19

This week year 3 have started learning how to count from 1 to 10 in French! Un, deux, trois...

We have also learned about nutrition and a healthy balanced diet, we created a food pyramid to represent the different food groups and desired amount of nutrition needed.

Based on our story 'The Explorer' we developed our own ideas about how we would survive in the rainforest after crash landing. We then used these ideas to write a diary entry about our experience so far. We tried to include emotive language and a variety of conjunctions to make our work the best that it can be!


Week beginning 09.09.19

This week in year 3, we have began reading our topic book called 'The Explorer' which is all about a group of children crash landing in the middle of The Amazon Rainforest. 

As part of our English lesson, we created a role play about what we would do if our plane crash landed in the rainforest and we were the only survivors. We thought about what we would do for food, where we would sleep and how we would get home!

We have been learning about the history of Benfleet, recognising how the local environment has changed and developed over the years. This then led us to learn about the different countries and cities within the United Kingdom. We used atlas' to help us locate and identify the countries and cities within the United Kingdom. 


Week beginning 04.09.19

This week in year 3, we have focused on welcoming our new year group to Kents Hill Junior School. They have all settled in extremely well and we have been very impressed with their enthusiasm and hard work!

We have completed a variety of activities such as a treasure hunt around the school grounds, a free write to recount their week to their year 2 teacher and we have learned how to use our new home school diaries. In physical education we completed a range of skills based activities to demonstrate our abilities, which the children were motivated to complete successfully. 


If you have any questions or queries at any point, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us via the home/school diary or the school office. We will also be present at the end of the school day on the gate.

We are looking forward to our first exciting topic:

Please check back each week to see what we have been learning about!