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Primary 2/3EC Week Beg 02.11.20

Hi Everyone! Another busy week in our class. We have covered lots of different things. Here is a little snippet of what we have been doing

IDL: Ancient China

In our topic this week we have been looking at Chinese Culture and inparticular Chinese Vases. We listened to a story which told us that Chinese Pottery was decorated with images that told a story. We also learned that blue and white were popular colours for pottery. after listening to the story we then created our own Chinese Inspired Vases. We looked at images that were popular with these vases. After designing the vases, we then used paint to make twigs, we added pick toned tissue paper for the cherry blossom. we were all very proud of our art work and these all look great up on the wall for everyone to see.


This week was a consolidation week for phonics. We were revising ‘oi’ ‘ue’ and ‘ou’ We used different activities and games to do this-

“I liked playing the bingo game” Layla

” I found the word reader, word maker game fun!” Kendal

” I liked the Dragon’s den game on the ipads. I got 10/10 for my score!” Melissa

In writing this week we used our knowledge and skills from last week’s Halloween writing to write another character description this time on ‘George, The Smartest Giant in Town’

“I loved doing my writing this week. I wrote lots and it was really fun!”

“I tried to use a connective in my writing this week I used ‘and'”

In our writing we tried hard to use adjectives to describe George.

“George was very handsome!”

“George was very generous because he gave the animals all of his clothes. The animals said he was the Kindest Giant in town”

Our comprehension work focused around our Instructional text (reading book). Mrs Cuthbert is very pleased with how everyone is getting on.

“We have to fill in the missing words”

” We have to find the true and false sentences”

” I like finding the words in the word search”



In Numeracy we have been revising concepts such as  identifying 10 more/less than a number, we have consolidated 1/2s and 1/4s of an amount and have also been looking at 2D shapes with Mrs Jacobs.

We are becoming much more confident with our halves and doubles and have been using different games and activities to do this.

Next week in Maths we are going to be looking at money.

This week in P3Y…

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.

Primary 2/3EC Week beginning 26.10.20

What a super first week back we have had. All children in P2/3 have come back enthusiastic and eager.


In literacy this week we have continued to revise and consolidate all our digraphs to date. We learned a new digraph ‘ue’ as in blue. Throughout the week we have played word reader/maker games to help with our spelling and reading of ‘ue’ words, we have played a bingo games, revised Nouns and have looked at character descriptions. We have completed comprehension tasks based around our reading books and have completed sequencing tasks.

I writing this week we used Halloween characters as stimuli to then write a character description for them. Mrs Cuthbert was very impressed with our writing.



Throughout this week we covered different concepts in maths. We looked at 10 more/less than a given number as well as 1 more/lesss. We revised halves and looked at quarters: identifying a quarter, colouring in a quarter and calculating a quarter of an amount using manipulatives.



Primary 2/3EC had an awesome Friday at school. It was great seeing everyone all dressed up and the children took delight in commenting on the different costumes in their class. As well as the dressing up competition we participated with some Halloween mindfulness colouring and in the afternoon we made some Halloween crafts.

This week in P3Y…

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,

Miss Young.

This week in P3Y…

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

Primary 2/3EC week beg 28.09.20

Another busy week at Sunnyside. This week has been Maths Week Scotland, we have continued with our Ancient China IDL, and have continued to embed French into our daily routines.

One of our MathsWeek Scot activities:


During rotations this week P3s revised and consolidated adding and subtracting in 10s. We used a train concept to help us do this as well as visualising the 100 square.

We are becoming much more confident with Place Value and have consolidated our learning through games, activities and manipulatives.

“I like using the ipads to help me with my learning and teaching” Harris

Another calculation that we have been focusing on has been division. We are more confident at identifying the number of objects needed and how many groups to split them into. Primary 3s were introduced to the division symbol ➗ and were using manipulatives to support them in calculating the number sentence.

“I can identify the number of objects we need to get from the problem and then I can share them into the groups” Erin

“The division symbol is like a subtraction sign but it has a dot above and a dot below”  Kyle

In Literacy this week as well as learning a new digraph ‘ou’ we did some imaginative writing. We read the book ‘The pirates who lived next door’ at the end of the story Jim Lad said he would come and collect Tilda on Tuesday for an adventure. We wrote a story about what they might have got up to.

” I thought very hard about my capital letters and full stops as well as what happened in my story. I really enjoyed writing it and I did well!” Melissa

We tried to use all our grammar knowledge and phonics rules to write accurate sentences.

“Our success criteria was to us capital letters and full stops in our writing” Malcolm


We had another exciting China lesson this week. We learned about Dynasties and the first Chinese Emperor.

First we located China on a map.

King Ying Zheng was 13 when he came to power and he wanted a new China. At the time China was spilt into 7 states. The king wanted a United China with 1 set of rules, 1 language and 1 currency. It took him 25 years to achieve this. All of the 7 states has been fighting with each other for over 200 years.

We completed a reading for information task during class. We loved drawing the pictures of Ying Zheng.

This week in P3Y…

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.

Miss Young.

Week beg 14.09.20 Primary 2/3EC


This week has been very busy with lots of different learning experiences. The children are working exceptionally hard and I am really proud of their progress.


This week we had a grammar focus on Upper and Lowercase letters. The children were able to link this learning to The Nouns work that Mrs Jacobs has been doing with our class on a Thursday. They were able to make the link that some uppercase case words were Proper Nouns eg  Erskine Street, Cyprus etc

The children then worked in pairs to match upper and lower case letters.

‘We learned about Upper and lowercase letters in the alphabet. It was good fun. We had to match the upper case letter with the lower case letter’    Isla

Primary 2/3 were also very impressed with their Wisper Reading this week. We did one session outside as part of Clackmannanshire’s big outside read.

‘We took part in Whisper reading- it was amazing. We also did this outside as part of the BIG read outside  Melissa and Erin



In  numeracy we have been revising sharing/dividing. We have been using practical materials to help us do this. We are able to collate the correct number of item and then identify and share the objects equally.

‘I have really enjoyed maths this week, it was really fun!’ Fraser

With Mrs Jacobs we have been revising basic 2D shapes. We did lots of different activities and games to show our prior knowledge.


We are very excited about our China topic and this week we looked at Chinese writing. We learned that Chinese writing is called Hanzi

‘I loved doing Chinese names!’ Melissa

‘We wrote our own names in Chinese and it was really fun! We got to do this ourselves’ Erin

Think you will agree that our writing looks fab!!!


This Week in Primary 3Y…

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.