Tag 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.

Chris Duke visited East Ayrshire today!

P1-4 pupils were excited today to meet Chris Duke, the author of the story ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’.

Chris travelled for 3 hours today to visit Galston Primary, Onthank and Hillhead Primary to share a very powerful message.

The day started with the Kilmarnock Standard photographer speaking to Brooke Hannah in P3W who shared her writing with Chris and he has used it on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Other pupils showed art work related to the various emotions shared in the story of Lucy with the magical colour changing hair.

P1 and P2 then met Chris and also Mary MacInnes who has been selling handmade products to raise money to donate a copy of the book to all schools in East Ayrshire. Mary is a local girl who attended Loanhead Primary School. She wants to spread the message to the community that ‘It is ok not to be ok’ and that blue days will pass.

Some p1 pupils showed their super work!

Chris and Mary complimented the P1-P2 audience!

P3 and P4 also listened well and asked some super questions at the end of the session.

Look out for the article and photos in the Kilmarnock Standard.

Copies of the book can be bought online at www.lucysblueday.com. A version suitable for older children is available to pre order. (P+P not included – discount code is invalid now)

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.

Super total raised for STV Children’s Appeal!

A big thank you to all pupils and parents who donated and participated in our ‘Onthank Danceathon’.

We all enjoyed sessions led by the dance coach Claire Adam who has appeared on the reality TV programme “Got to Dance”.

We raised an amazing total of £469.42 for the STV Children’s Appeal 2018!!

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!

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 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.