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We have been SO busy this week.  As well as the usual subjects on our timetable, we have also been working on some Christmas-themed activities.

In Literacy, we each had to plan and deliver a structured talk, like a book blessing, called ‘My Favourite Book.’  Our parents and carers helped us with the planning and we presented in front of the class either yesterday or today.
– “My favourite book is ‘Puppy Academy: Scout’ because dogs are my favourite animal and it is an interesting story.’ (Lacey)
– “My favourite book is called an annual because it comes out every year.” (Tyler)
– “I would recommend ‘Tom Gates is absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)’ to anyone my age as it has funny pats in it and has funny pictures too.” (Ava)

In Health and Wellbeing, we made and tasted lemonade, in preparation for this week’s instruction-writing lesson.
– “I thought the lemonade was really good at first but then it began to taste really sour.” (Oscar)
– “I thought that it was too sweet for me.” (Erin)
– “The lemonade was good because I thought it tasted liked Sprite.” (Mah Noor)

In Art, we learned how to make a chain of paper dolls, all holding hands.  We have been studying the book ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson in our Literacy lessons and wanted to try it out.  We learned how to fold the paper into a concertina, before drawing and carefully cutting out the image.  we made ours into Gingerbread People, in time for Christmas.

For our IDL, we were discussing the skills, abilities and qualities that we need to pursue our desired careers.  For our Christmas Fayre Enterprise Stall, we finished the production of our Christmas key chains.  We are going to count up our money on Monday, to find out if we made a profit or loss, so there is still time to purchase one, if we would like.  Thanks to Miss Low for looking after our stall on the night!

In Numeracy, we showed Mrs Muir what we could remember from having been taught about money in previous years, and from handling money in real life.  We will continue this work next week, including in our IDL discussions.  We learned that money is not the only way to pay for items and services – there are debit cards, credit cards and other payment options available.

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Hello from P3/4NM and Mrs Muir!  Here is a snapshot of some of our learning this week.

In Literacy, we were learning to read and spell words with a variety of sounds, as well as some common words and project-related vocabulary.  Between the 3 different spelling groups, we covered the ‘Magic e with u’, ‘ew’ and ‘oi’ sounds.  We all made a wordsearch containing words with our own group’s sounds and challenged each other to find the words that we had hidden.
– “It was really easy to find the ‘ew’ words in Emma’s wordsearch.” (Emily)
– “It was quite tricky to find the ‘Magic e’ words in Oscar’s wordsearch.” (Eli)
In our writing lesson this week, we continued to learn how to write logically-sequenced instructions.  We had to use a range of sentence openers, to move on from just using First, Next, Then and Finally.  These instructions were designed to teach people ‘How to Wrap a Present’.
– “Begin by rolling out your wrapping paper and place your present in the middle.  Cut the wrapping paper where you rolled it out to.” (Beth and Nadia)
– “After that overlap the paper and stick with tape.  Fold the flaps into triangles and tape them down.” (Ava and Tyler)
– “Once you’ve done that tie a ribbon starting at the bottom of the present.” (Hannah)
– “Lastly, write the gift tag and stick it on the present.” (Eli)

In Numeracy, we were combining many of the skills that we have been learning over the past 8 weeks.  We revised how to round 2- or 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10 or 100, depending on which group we are in.  We used these rounding skills to estimate the answer to addition or subtraction calculations.  We then had to use the addition and subtraction strategies that we have learned to work out the actual answer, before comparing it with the estimate, e.g.
– “69-12 is almost 70-10 which equals 60.  69-12 is actually 57, which is almost 60” (Oscar)

In IDL, we were learning about different careers and professions that people can take up when they leave education.  We also spoke about the different education opportunities that are available after leaving secondary school, including going to college, university or becoming an apprentice.  We all had to give an opinion about what we aspire to do when we grow up, and were encouraged to provide a reason why.
– “I want to be a police officer because i want to drive the police car.” (Adam)
– “I want to be a train driver because I love trains.” (Rhys)
– “I want to be a football manager because I am interested in football.” (Emma)
– “I want to be a dancer because I like dancing.” (Karina)

In Art, we designed pictures which showed our understanding of ‘perspective’.  We cut out and added patterns to tree shapes, which we had to arrange so that some were in the ‘foreground’ and some were in the ‘background’.  Look out for our photos on Twitter!

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Hi from all of us in P3/4NM!

In Literacy, we were writing instructions all about how to ride a bike.  We were being challenged to use more sophisticated language to hook the reader, so we were trying not to use First, Next, Then and Finally.  Instead, we used some different sentence openers …
– “Begin by holding the handlebars.” (Callan)
– “Don’t forget to put on your helmet.” (Emily)
– “Begin by sitting on the saddle.” (Nadia)
– “Don’t forget to put your hands on the handlebars.” (Hannah)
We were learning different spelling rules this week.  Some of us learned how to spell words with the ‘aw’ sound, some were learning ‘soft c says s’ and some were learning ‘magic e with o’.

In Numeracy, we finished off our recent block of work about subtraction.  Some of us were learning how to use the written algorithm to show how to subtract 3-digit numbers, with exchanging.
– “You can’t do 4-8, so you have to exchange 1 hundred for 10 tens.  You cross it out in your jotter. ” (Halle)
Some of us were learning to take a teens number away from a 2-digit number.
– “58-15= 58-10-5=43” (Oscar)

In Health and Wellbeing, we were discussing different food and drinks.  We had to say whether we liked, disliked or had never tried various food and drinks.
– “I have never tried coffee.” (Callan)
– “I’ve never tried aubergine.” (Nadia)
– “I like Fruitella.” (Declan)
– “I like the taste of haggis.” (Cole)
– “I don’t like chicken pasta.” (Emma)
 – “I don’t macaroni because it is too cheesy.” (Karina)

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Good afternoon from us!  We can’t quite believe we are nearly at the end of another busy week.  Here is some of what we have been learning …

Mrs Jones visited us during Numeracy today, to remind us how to use a counting stick to practise counting on and back in different multiples.  This links to our continuing work on subtraction.
Some of us were subtracting through different decade numbers, after having mastered how to subtract through 20 last week.  We again used the empty number line strategy to apply this to higher numbers.
Some of us were using the Dienes materials to subtract 3-digit numbers, including with exchanging.  This was tricky to get right but, as we added in new strategies to help us, including teaching each other, we were becoming more accurate.
We also learned a new game called ‘If … is the answer, what is the question?’, e.g.
– “If 20 is the answer, the question could be 4020-4000.” (Lily)
– “If 100 is the answer, the question could be 10×10.” (Mah Noor)
– “If 145 is the answer, the question could be 145-0.” (Hannah)

In Literacy, we were SUPER excited that our Reading Pets arrived.  We all got the chance to get a Reading Pet, which we named and thought up likes/dislikes/character traits, etc.  During Whisper Reading, we read to our pets and Mrs Muir can come and listen in as well.
– “My Reading Pet is called Nugget.” (Emma)
– “My Reading Pet is shy.  She just likes me to whisper, not shout.” (Karina)
We were planning out our latest set of instructions during our Writing lesson today.  We had to plan the 4 different stages to teach a younger child how to ride a bike.  We completed the plan today and will write out the actual instructions next week.

In RME, we worked in groups to plan and present a dance in the style of a traditional Hindu stick dance.  This type of dance would be part of Diwali celebrations.
– “We worked as a team to make up the dance.” (Hannah)
– “We could finish off by stretching our arms and putting our sticks together in the middle.” (Tyler)

In Science, the P4 children carried out an experiment to find out what could speed up the process of meting ice cubes to return to water.
– “The sugar didn’t make a difference.” (Callan)
– “This one melted first … it had salt in the water.” (Emma)
Hannah worked out that this is why people put salt on the pavements or roads when it is icy!
The P3 children decided to re-run their experiment to find out about what happens if plants don’t get water or sunlight.  We hope it works this time!!

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Happy Halloween from P3/4NM!

In Numeracy, some of us have been learning how to subtract three-digit numbers.  We used our brand new Dienes  materials to help us to understand about exchanging 1 ten for 10 units to allow us to complete the calculations.
– “The Dienes materials made it easier to understand.” (Lily)

Some of us were learning how to subtract through a decade number.  We used an ’empty number line’ to each stage of the calculation.
– “To work out 25-6, we wrote 25 at the end of the empty number line.  We left a gap and wrote on the 20..  We drew a big jump from 25 to 20, and knew that the jump meant 5 spaces.  We then jumped back 1 more space to 19 (because 5+1=6).  The answer was 19.” (Harry)

In Literacy, we were learning how to write clear and logical instructions to tell someone else how to complete a drawing.
– “I followed Eli’s instructions and my picture worked out perfectly!” (Oscar)

We  were revising different spelling rules this week and found some new ways to show what we had learned.
– “I liked drawing a flower and writing the words in each petal!” (Erin)

We borrowed some little ‘Reading Buddies’ from Miss Lowe for our whisper reading.  we liked them so much that Mrs Muir ordered us some of our own.  we can’t wait until they are delivered!!

In RME, we summarised the story of Rama and Sita, and recapped why this story is so important to Hindus and Sikhs during celebrations for Diwali.  We completed some Rangoli patterns, as these would be drawn to welcome visitors during the celebrations.


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We hope that you had a nice holiday week.  Here is what we have been learning this week:

In Numeracy, we have moved on to subtraction, which means taking away.  Some of us have learned to subtract to and from a decade number.
– “A decade number is a multiple of 10.” (Rhys)
– “26-6=20” (Mah Noor)
– “50-5=45” (Harry)

Some of us were learning how to subtract a multiple of 10 or 100 from a 3-digit number.
– “278-40=238” (Lola)
– “472-200=272” (Emily)
All of us had to say which strategies we used to find the correct answers.

In Literacy, we all had a new story or book to read.
– “My book had some children picking up litter out of the pond so that’s why I liked it.” (Callan)
– “My favourite part was when the tent blew down.” (Beth)

We wrote personal or imaginative stories about ‘The Fun Fair’.  We had to include descriptions of what we could see, hear or smell.
– “I saw a fun house.” (Adam)
– “When we got there it smelled like hot dogs.” (Emily)
– “I saw the teacups ride and I heard talking.” (Hannah)

We looked at pieces of art by Pablo Picasso, who was a Spanish artist, as part of our IDL about Spain.  We learned that he produced ‘abstract’ paintings, so we drew an abstract picture of a person.  We are going to paint them next week, using bright blocks of colour like Picasso did.

The Primary 3 children set up a Science experiment, to find out what would happen if a plant did not receive everything that it needs to grow.
– “These seeds are getting no water, so we don’t think they will grow.” (Adam and Beth)
– “These seeds are getting no sunlight, so they might not grow.” (Oscar and Nadia)
– “These seeds are getting no oxygen, so they will maybe be a different colour.” (Eli and Cole)
– “These seeds are getting oxygen, sunlight and oxygen so they should grow just fine.” (Harry and Rhys)
The Primary 4 children are going to conduct a different experiment next week!

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This has been another busy week!

In Maths, we were learning all about position and movement.  We were using compass points and co-ordinates to give and follow directions and to locate positions.  We worked out that Ashley Terrace is to the North of our school and then used this knowledge to work out the position of different parts of our school and local community.
– “Asda is to the South of the school.” (Oscar)
– “Mr Foley’s gym hall is at the North end of our school.” (Tyler)
– “The bowling green is to the East of the building.” (Hannah)
– “The dinner hall is at the West of our school.” (Callan)

This also linked to our IDL.  This week, we looked at a map of our local area and plotted the location of familiar local places.  We found the Leisure Bowl, Asda and some other sites around the town.  We located some other towns/villages in Clackmannanshire and discussed their position in comparison to Alloa, using the compass points that we learned in Maths.

In Literacy, we were learning to create a summary of a familiar story, using our Equitable Literacy book – ‘The Smartest Giant in Town.’   We needed to identify 5 main events from the story and then sequence them in the correct order.
– “George bought some clothes at the shop.” (Callan and Carly)
– “The giraffe was cold.  He got a scarf from George.” (Cole and Rhys)
– “The mice’s house got burned down.” (Halle and Erin)
– “George found a bag of his old clothes.” (Lola, Lacey and Ava)
– “The animals sang a song to George.” (Hannah and Harry)

We wrote imaginative stories about ‘The Friendly Alien’, with a HUGE focus on including capital letters and full stops at the correct points in a sentence.
– “An alien jumped out of the head teacher’s office on the way to assembly.  I told the head teacher that it was a reward but it wasn’t!” (Ava)
– “When I got back to class I saw a strange looking alien.  I went into shock.” (Oscar)
– “Lacey and I were in the office then an alien appeared behind Mrs Duffy.  She passed out!” (Harry)

In RME, we used the Christian Bible story about Ruth to make us think about friendship.  We worked with a partner to sort out statements, deciding whether they were qualities expected of a good friend.  We then ranked them in order, depending on what we felt was the best quality of a good friend.  We all agreed that a good friend is someone you can trust.

Have a really good holiday week!  Goodbye from P3/4 … until next time!


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Hello from all of us in P3/4NM – here is some of what we have been doing this week:

In Literacy, we did more grammar work from our Equitable Literacy text, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town.’  This time, we needed to read the text and identify verbs, to find out what the characters were doing.
– “asked” (Mah Noor, Lily and Jamie-Lee)
– “crying” (Emily and Adam)

– “falling” (Erin and Nadia)
– “helping” (Carly and Lacey)

We wrote imaginative stories today, called ‘Alien Planet’.  Everyone had their own target, to make improvements from last week.
– “My target/wish was to have a capital letter and a full stop in at least 6 sentences.” (Tyler)
– “My target/wish was to look at my plan and use those details in my story.” (Halle)
– “I found a wormhole and it took me to a slime park on a planet.” (Beth)
– “I went to a planet and there was an all-you-can-eat restaurant.” (Hannah)

In Numeracy, we were learning more addition skills.  Some of us were learning to add, which included carrying in some of the columns.  Others were learning to use an empty number line to add through a decade.  This was much easier than last week’s strategy!

As part of #MathsWeekScot, we watched the problems presented by P5JS on the BBC website.  We used addition and subtraction mental strategies to solve them.

In HWB, we were discussing poverty, in preparation for next week’s Challenge Poverty Week.  We discussed what it means to be living in poverty and thought about the financial and emotional problems that this could bring.  We talked about what is important to be happy (needs versus wants) and even suggested some ways that we could help others who may have less than us.
– “it made me think when i saw a video clip of a big sister giving up her food so that her little brother could eat.” (Lily)
– “I was shocked that one family on the video didn’t have a TV.” (Karina)

– “Love from your family is more important than having electronic games.” (Ava)

See you next week!

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We hope you enjoy reading our blog for this week!

In Numeracy, we have continued our work on addition.  Some of us were working on a tricky strategy to be able to add to a 2-digit number, e.g.
– “17+9–>10+7+9–>10+16=26” (Harry)
– “It was hard for me because it was challenging to lay it out properly.” (Oscar)
– “It seemed really complicated to me.” (Emma)

– “I used the pattern of the ones we had already done to work it out by myself.” (Nadia)
The rest of us were learning to add 3-digit numbers, including some examples which had carrying.
– “You have to start by adding the units, then the tens and finally the hundreds.” (Lily)
We all spent some more time getting to know and use Education City.  We love it!

In Literacy, we wrote imaginative stories about ‘The Magic Potion’.
– “I found a harlequin potion in a shop.  I drank it and it turned me into a unicorn.” (Lola)
– “When I was looking for the vinegar I saw something strange in the cupboard.  it was a magic potion.” (Emma)
– “When my family and i drank the potion it gave us very powerful powers.” (Karina)
– “After science class we all drank a potion that tasted like worms.” (Emily)

In Science, we split open a bean that would be planted in soil.  We could see where the tap root was going to develop from.  We then sequenced the 4 stages of germination.

In RME, we learned about the reasons why Christians celebrate Harvest.  We found out about some of the ways that Harvest is celebrated, and we will compare this to Judaism next week.