Category Archives: Primary 3

World Book Day 2020

P4 have had a great day celebrating World Book Day 2020. We had dress up fun, shared our favourites stories and books, did book related tasks and some of us enjoyed paired reading with our buddies in P3.

P4K our DFS Group, had a wonderful time celebrating too. We are reading plenty of books and managing to fill in our Reading Passports for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Onthank is Blooming!

Our school is in bloom.
Kale, broccoli parsnips, herbs, sage, radishes, potatoes, peas, runner beans and carrots



Over the summer the P6 Dig for Victory effort has produced an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Pupils will return to school next week and can enjoy some of the produce we gave to the kitchen to prepare. Well done everyone in last sessions P2, P3, and P6.

Active Learning in P3

We are all enjoying being active in our learning!

Sometimes we learn best when we are cooperating with others, using interactive Maths materials, learning our phonemes through games and simply…having fun while learning!

P3C have been beginning to divide. They have been learning about the concept of sharing.

P3W have been consolidating various phonemes through rotational tasks.

Owl Magic

P3 are doing a novel study on ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We have been learning about owls, habitats, food webs and nocturnal animals.

We had a visit from ‘Owl Magic’. Davie brought 6 owls into the school. We were able to ask questions and we had the opportunity to hold an owl.

Christine who is a Ranger at Dean Park came to visit yesterday and she gave us even more information. We are all owl experts now.

P3 ‘Welly Wednesday’

On a Wednesday afternoon P3 will be participating in ‘Outdoor Learning’.

Today we got our wellies on and we went on a hunt for some Autumn leaves. We had so much fun!

Back in class we enjoyed an Art lesson using our favourite leaf. We had to study the markings and colours on the leaf.

Pupils should remember to bring wellies or outdoor shoes every Wednesday to allow them to participate.

P3 were excited to meet Barney the Dinosaur!

We were so lucky to have a visit from the ‘Dino Team’ today! Kevin entertained us with fun and games and some of us got to hold a real snake!

We also had a visit from Barney the T-Rex. We had to feed him and take him a walk. We also explored how tall a T-Rex would have been and how long it would have grown to be.

An exciting afternoon to celebrate all the work we did during our ‘Dinosaur’ topic!

No Pens Day Wednesday

Today as part of our Dyslexia Friendly Schools journey, the whole school was involved in NO PENS DAY WEDNESDAY.  This is a national speaking and listening event which  encourages exciting classroom discussion.  Check out the blog for class photos.

P3 Growth Mindset Challenges

All P3 pupils have been participating in ‘Growth Mindset’ challenges. Pupils showed great determination as they tackled five different challenges which can often be difficult or frustrating.

P5 pupils assisted at the ‘tying shoelaces’ challenge and many P3 pupils were successful.

Some groups managed to build very tall towers with plastic cups! We needed to have steady hands!

‘Beat the Buzzer’ was really tricky but we had lots of fun and plenty of laughs.

We tried drawing pictures and writing with our opposite hand. Some people discovered that they can do this very well and others decided that they would need to keep trying to get better at it.

We had fun playing ‘Jenga’. Again, we had to concentrate and take our time so that we were successful.

We now know that having a ‘Growth Mindset’ makes learning more fun!

When we learn something new we are happy, motivated and determined.

Katie and Erin were so happy to now be able to tie their shoe laces. They made a new ‘pathway’ and they can now help others!

Roald Dahl Day 2018

Pupils in P3W enjoyed Roald Dahl Day 2018. Roald Dahl has been our “Author in the Spotlight” this term.

We have read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and we created our own magic medicine.

Pupils brought in their favourite Roald Dahl books, we participated in some mindfulness related to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and Owen took on the role of Willy Wonka. We also answered Maths problems related to many of the characters in Roald Dahl’s famous books.

At the end of the day the pupils took home a bookmark to use in their own books when reading for enjoyment.

We will have a vote to see who our next “Author in the Spotlight” is.

Stretching like Grandpa from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Owen welcoming us all into the Chocolate Factory.

P3 Enterprising Homework

As part of our ‘Dinosaurs’ topic, the children are being invited to:

  • Design and make a ‘Sockosaurus’

If they wish to take part in the challenge, they should complete the following:

  • Fill in the Sockosaurus planning page.
  • Use the ideas on their planning page to help them create their Sockosaurus.
  • Use a clean sock to make their Sockosaurus.
  • Their Sockosaurus can be lifelike or imaginative!
  • Try to create features to show a face.
  • Decorate their Sockosaurus using bright colours and interesting details.
  • Use a variety of materials, if possible.  Be as creative as you can!
  • Children should be prepared to share their Sockosaurus with the rest of the class.

Pupils should bring their Sockosaurus to class on Friday 5 October.

Have fun!!!

P3 Pupils have a ‘Growth Mindset’

Our P3 pupils have had a visit from ‘Try’atops the Growth Mindset dinosaur.

Tryatops has been encouraging the pupils to develop a positive attitude towards learning and to understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process.

Pupils are learning the importance of the word ‘YET’. Instead of saying “I can’t do it” we should say “I can’t do it YET”.

We want all pupils to feel comfortable and happy in their learning environment.

Over the next few weeks during our Health and Wellbeing lessons we will be facing some challenges and showing how determined we are to succeed.

P3W pupils chose a motivational phrase to write on the classroom pencils.

P3 rocks!

The rock painting craze is taking over at the moment. Mrs Carten’s class have painted some rocks for Whiteley’s Retreat Rock Garden just outside Ayr. Whiteley’s Retreat is a holiday home for children, young people and their families who have cancer or other life altering illnesses. The rocks will be delivered to Whiteley’s on the 16th June.

If anyone wishes to donate decorated rocks they can bring them to Mrs Carten’s classroom before 15th June. All rocks should be bright, cheery and uplifting. Thank you.

Come Dine With Us

Primary 3 pupils invited parents and carers to come and dine with us.

We got the chance to talk to many of you during our ‘Come Dine with Us’.  We were able to discuss a variety of topics and were delighted that many parents offered their time to work with us to improve our school.   Please look out for the opportunity to volunteer with our 60 minute make-overs.

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