It’s been a brilliantly productive week in P3Y. We have all worked so hard and are very proud of our achievements.
In maths this week, we have been learning about different units of weight and have been comparing the mass of different objects. We started by holding at 1kg and ½ kg weights and then estimated whether various items in our class (such as iPads, a bag of rice, a bag of potatoes and a brick) were more than 1kg, the same, or less than 1kg. We then used scales to measure the objects so that we could evaluate whether our estimates were accurate or not.
In literacy this week, we have used the wonderful book ‘Twenty-five December Lane’ to create a class floor book to showcase all our knowledge. We have made predictions about what we think the book will be about, and used the front cover and blurb to create our ideas. We also identified words in the story that contain the phonemes and digraphs that we have been learning. We were able to recognise, read and write sounds such as ‘th, ee, er and ng’. Today, our task involved sorting words from the story into categories depending on whether they were nouns, verbs or adjectives. We were then able to use these words and create our own sentences. This has really helped expand our vocabulary and we can now use interesting words such as ‘peered’ and ‘ancient’ to create very interesting sentences.
In Health and Wellbeing this week, we have been identifying the positive and negative factors that can affect relationships and friendships. We talked about the good qualities of our friends, the ways that they make us feel happy and the things that we do that makes us think that we are good friends. We also discussed the things that people sometimes do that might change a relationship or friendship, such as saying mean things or acting unkindly. We agreed that we all have to take responsibility to ensure that we are good friends to one another, and that we can take opportunities to make new friends.
P3 have worked so hard this week and I am so impressed with all the effort they have put in to every task they have had. Well done everyone and enjoy your weekend!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in P3Y! We’ve had a festive start to a new month with lots of Christmas related activities happening.
We have been learning about the history of the Christmas tree. We know that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were some of the first people to have a Christmas Tree in the UK in 1840. We were able to recall many more interesting facts about Victorian Christmas trees and created an informative report about what we had learnt. We made sure that our facts were in the correct order, and that our sentences contained full stops and capital letters where needed and used connectives to extend them.
In maths this week, we were exploring the weight of different objects. We started by lining up picture cards from what we thought was the lightest, to the heaviest object shown on the card. We then needed to decide whether we thought we would weigh these objects using grams, kilograms or tonnes and had to justify our answers. Next week, we’ll be exploring finding and comparing the mass of various objects using scales.
We’ve been getting crafty in P3Y this week, with many winter and Christmas themed creations! We used mixed media to create a snowy Christmas window scene using mixed paint, card and cotton buds. We think the end result was really effective and eye-catching.
We have many more exciting plans lined up for next week and can’t wait to get stuck in!
Have an excellent weekend everyone!
Phew, what a busy week we have had! It’s been another great week of learning in P3Y and everyone has been working their socks off.
In numeracy this week, we’ve been learning about fractions. We have looked at fractions as a portion of a shape and fractions of an amount. We used visuals to help us in understanding halves and quarters, then expanded to looking at thirds, fifths, eighths etc. We understand that the bottom number in a fraction tells us how many parts there are and the top number tells us how many out of that part are being shown. We’re going to keep practising showing the fraction of a value by using concrete resources such as blocks to help us with finding a quarter of 12, for example.
It’s certainly been a literacy-rich week for us here in P3Y as we’ve done lots to celebrate ‘Book Week Scotland’. Today we did a ‘class-read-along’ of our new book ‘Look Up’ by Nathan Bryon. This lovely book was gifted to us in our ReadWriteCount bags and we really enjoyed the chance to all read along in our own copies together. We’re looking forward to using our other gifts over the weekend and sharing them with our families at home.
As part of our health and wellbeing this week, we have been further practising our mindfulness. We took part in a ‘superhero listening’ guided meditation then took our new skills out in to the play ground where we used each of our senses to make observations and tune in to the world around us. This helped us feel more calm and in control of our thoughts.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone – looking forward to another excellent week ahead of us! Miss Young
We have had another fantastic week in P3Y with lots of excellent opportunities for learning.
In maths this week, we have been exploring using money. We have identified the different coins types and used various coins to make exact amount up to 10p, 20p, 50p and £1. Miss Young set up a pretend shop and had different items for sale at various prices. Using the coins we were given, we had to work out what we could afford and hand over the exact amount. We will be continuing our learning on money next week – ask us about the coins you have in your pockets over the weekend!
In literacy this week, we have revised our initial sounds and digraphs. We’ve practiced saying each sound, thought of words we knew that used that sound, then had a go at spelling the words independently. We have also started a new class novel this week, ‘The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World.’ We’re only on chapter 4 and so much has happened in the story already! We’ve been discussing interesting word choices and been having a go at using the new vocabulary we’ve come across in sentences of our own.
We have been learning about mindfulness and what it means to be present as part of our Health and Wellbeing lessons. We’ve practiced different techniques to help us rest, relax and reset our senses. such as guided meditations and considering our surroundings for a sensory scavenger hunt that we’ll complete next week. We understand the importance of taking time to reconnect with our emotions and allow our brains time to wind down and relax as we all live very busy lives!
Thank you for all your wonderful contributions this week, P3Y! Can’t wait for more fun next week!
We’ve had another fantastic week of learning in P3Y!
Miss Young was so impressed with our writing this week. We have been learning about the use of adjectives, nouns and verbs in creating descriptive sentences. We have also learnt about the 4W’s of story writing – When, Who, Where and What. Using the 4W’s means we remember to add in lots of detail so that our readers are engaged and excited by our stories.
In maths, we have been learning to divide. We have used concrete resources to help us solve worded problems such as, ‘If Lucy has 18 sweets and she wants to share them equally between her and her 2 friends, how many will each person receive?’ Our first step was to count out 18 counters, draw 3 groups on the paper, then share the counters into each group, one by one, until we have used them all up. We’re learning to convert worded problems into written questions like 18 ÷ 3 = 6.
In IDL this week, we have been learning about Emperor Qinshihuang’s Terracotta Army. We learnt some amazing facts about the army and created travel brochures that we think will convince lots of people to visit (when safe to do so of course!)
We hope everyone has a brilliant weekend!
Miss Young and P3.
It’s been so lovely to welcome everyone back to class and hear all about their holidays and how they spent their time off. We’ve been very excited about the lead up to Halloween and what a spectacularly spooky week we have had in P3Y!
In numeracy this week, we’ve explored the properties of 3D shapes. We have been able to name them, identify their edges, faces and their vertices. We compared shapes by looking at different models of them, and named objects in our classroom that have similar properties. We’ve also been working on our division and have used our knowledge of the 5 times tables to help us split up concrete resources such as counters and cubes in to equal groups. We answered questions like ‘how can I share 15 sweets equally between 5 friends?’
In literacy this week, we have used our knowledge of adjectives, nouns and verbs to create descriptions of different Halloween characters. We used images to help us come up with adjectives to describe their appearance or personality, nouns to name the objects or clothes they might have and verbs to explain what they are doing. There were lots of wonderfully descriptive sentences being written about various characters and we all agreed it made our writing sound much more exciting. We also listened out for descriptive language in the story of ‘Assipattle and the Dragon Stoorworm’, a story about a terrifying, destructive dragon as big as Scotland!
We have been learning about the growth mindset. We have discussed the differences between having a fixed mindset (‘I can’t do this’) versus a growth mindset (‘I can’t do this, yet’). We watched the short Pixar film ‘Piper’ and agreed that Piper needed to adopt a growth mindset in order to overcome his fears of the waves. We would recommend watching this little film, it’s very engaging!
We’re looking forward to continuing our learning next week and sharing what we’ve been up to!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Phew! We have arrived at the end of term 1! We’re so proud of all we have achieved this term. It wasn’t easy coming back to school and readjusting after such a long time off during lockdown but we have worked hard, stayed positive and shown fantastic resilience.
It was a wonderful week of learning to round of the term. In numeracy and maths, we have been using concrete materials to help with our understanding of place value. We played a board game that involved rolling the dice, moving the number of spaces shown and making the number on the board out of the dienes materials. It was a race against the clock as we tried to complete as many turns as we could. We also worked through some problem solving questions, such as figuring out how many people were on the bus altogether by breaking the question down, and showing our workings as we worked through each step. Today, we explored everyday 3D objects after revising the properties of different 3D shapes. We found various shapes in our classroom, named them and then drew pictures of them. For example, we identified that our water bottles were like cylinders, the tips of our pencils like cones, the rubbers like cuboids and the dice like cubes.
This week, we developed our comprehension skills by answering open and closed questions about the book we are reading. Many of us agreed that open questions allow us to answer the question with much more information. We showed what we understood about our book by redesigning the front cover for it, including key details about the characters, the setting and the story development. On Wednesday, we did a piece of extended writing about what we are looking forward to in our October holidays. We were to include details about what we would like to do, use a full stop and capital letter for each sentence and use a connective such as ‘but’ or ‘and’ to extend our sentences.
It’s been an amazingly arty week in P3! We have explored different artistic techniques like pointillism, marbling, and mixing hot and cold colours to create new shades and tones. We created eye-catching designs for Christmas cards (even though it’s still a wee bit too early to be thinking about Christmas!) and made wonderful Chinese dragons in a range of brilliant colours.
On behalf of Miss Darcy, Mrs Armitage and myself, I wanted to say a huge thank you to every member of our class for their amazing contributions this term. I’m very proud of you all and can’t wait to continue our learning in term 2! Miss Young
We can’t believe that it’s nearly the last week of term 1! We talked about the expression today, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and we all agreed that it’s true!
We are very proud of all of our fantastic achievements this week. Many of us feel that we are growing in confidence and are showing progress in lots of areas of our learning. As part of our numeracy and literacy rotation stations, we have had options of mild, medium and spicy tasks. At the start of the term, lots of us chose to do the mild options as we were worried about getting things wrong. However, we are learning that if we get something wrong, we can use it as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and try again!
In maths this week, we have been practicing telling the time. We agreed that as a whole class, we are great at telling the time to o’clock and half past. We explored times to quarter past and quarter to and worked through a range of examples. For our numeracy, we have been furthering our understanding of using multiplication arrays for our 5 times tables. We worked through a series of worded and picture problems, drew out the arrays then turned it into a multiplication question.
We were very lucky to receive a letter from our head teacher, Mrs Penman. She asked us to inform her of what we have been learning about and what we are enjoying or not enjoying about school. We each wrote a letter in response, concentrating on writing in full sentences, using connectives such as ‘and’ and ‘but’ and we all tried our best with our spellings. We have also spent some time this week working on our note-taking skills. We wrote down key words and events from the beginning, middle and ends of our reading books, then used these to give a summary of the story.
Our exploration of life in Ancient China continued this week. We learnt about Ying Zhang, the first Emperor of China who conquered all 7 of the Chinese states to create one common country. We discussed his interest in remaining the most powerful emperor ever and his commission of the terracotta army. We are excited to continue our learning about the Chinese dynasties and learn more about the ways of life in this huge and interesting country.
During our golden time on Friday, we celebrated the fact that every single person in P3Y had tried their best with their learning and behaviour this week and had a dance party – we have some awesome movers in our class! I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Thank you once again for being such a brilliant bunch.
We have been very busy in Primary 3. It’s been full of fabulous learning opportunities and we are really proud of the skills we are developing.
In literacy this week, we have been revising the sounds ‘ea’ (as in each) and ‘ch’. We created sounds flashcards, built the words using multilink cubes and made mind-maps with all the words we could think of that used these sounds. We then practiced our segmenting and blending skills whist reading our new reading books aloud. To develop our writing skills, we created a persuasive poster to convince people to buy the book ‘Georges Marvellous Medicine’ and included the reasons why we loved the book.
Within maths, we have been sharpening our mental maths skills by doing a ‘Daily 10’ mental maths challenge – the first time felt tricky, but we all said that we had improved in speed and accuracy as the week went on – we’re not scared of a challenge in P3! We have also been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We used our knowledge of 2D shapes to discuss the features of 3D shapes – some of even managed to make 3D models using playdough and match-sticks!
You’ll be very impressed to hear that we can now write our names in Chinese. We watched a tutorial on the formation of Chinese characters and practiced using our whiteboards and pens. We were then given a Chinese translation of our names and we used pastels and sugar paper to create our own Chinese name posters – they were very effective. We also learnt some very interesting facts about China and created information posters – be sure to ask us to share our top facts with you! Next week, we’ll be learning more about ancient China and will be exploring the famous Shang Dynasty.
I would like to take this chance to thank each and every member of our class for their fantastic contributions this week – I am very proud of all that you achieved already this term.
Have a wonderful weekend Primary 3! Miss Young.
Below is our focus for this term for different areas of the curriculum. I hope you find this information helpful. Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can be of any further help.
Miss I Young (Class Teacher)
Context for Learning – Interdisciplinary Learning
- Interdisciplinary Topic – Ancient China
- This term we will be exploring Ancient China – making comparisons and connections between life in China and life in Scotland, delving into the history of the country, investigating past and present and using stimuli such as the great Chinese Dynasties, the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall of China and ancient and modern Chinese inventions. We will learn about Chinese cultures and traditions and analyse and create Chinese artworks, music and texts.
Literacy in Primary 3
- Revise handwriting ensuring correct letter formation, size and consistency.
- Revise and consolidate initial sounds and digraphs previously taught
- Revise digraphs: ai, oa, ie, ee, or, oi, ou, ea, etc.
- Use phonological knowledge to segment and blend independently in reading
- Use word attack strategies to break down tricky words in reading and spelling
- Revise and use comprehension strategies – 3 sharing’s: likes and dislikes; patterns and connections and puzzles
- Identify the features of a text, share predictions and make observations
- Listen attentively to others in groups and contribute positively, asking appropriate questions
- Focus on personal writing: ‘All About Me’ ‘My Family’ and ‘My Weekend’ writing pieces.
- Developing sentence structure and length through use of punctuation and connectives such as ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘so’ and ‘because’
- Adding additional detail and information to sentences through use of nouns and adjectives.
Numeracy & Mathematics in Primary 3
- Revision of addition/subtraction strategies within 20, extend this is to within 100
- Revision of numbers to 100: Identification, sequencing, ordering, number before/after and in-between and number bonds
- Introduction of numbers to 1000
- Place Value: Partitioning of 2 and 3 digit numbers, looking at Hundreds, Tens and Units
- Time: Revision of o’clock times using analogue and digital clocks and half past timings, introduction of quarter past and quarter to both on analogue and digital clocks
- Revision of basic 2D shapes and their properties and introduction to the properties and features of 3D shapes.
Health & Wellbeing in Primary 3
- Focus on individual wellbeing – recognising and identifying emotions, discussing body sensations associated with emotions and reviewing regulation strategies to help deal with emotions.
- Developing our understanding of emotions through literacy – using the Agents of Hope programme and Emotionworks Recovery programme
- Discussions of lockdown memories – likes and dislikes, fears, worries and positives that came from lockdown.
- Getting to know you activities to unite us as a class and sharing of our personal strengths and goals.
PE in Primary 3 (with Miss Clarkson)
- receiving passes, travelling with a ball, scoring, protecting goals, looking at speed, respect and tolerance
French in Primary 3 (with Mrs Jacobs)
- Revision of French greetings, days of the week, months of the year and numbers to 20.
- Learning French vocabulary through rhyme and song.
- Starting conversations and sharing preferences, likes and dislikes.