P3B go on an adventure with Mr Benn

This week we have been writing an exciting story based around the adventures of Mr Benn to improve our imaginative writing techniques.  For this week’s challenge we all had to choose a job for Mr Benn that he had not done before.  We had to decide which outfit he would need to wear which would be suitable for the job we had chosen.  When Mr Benn changed into his outfit and walked through the door we had to tell the reader all about the adventure he went on.  We then had to decide how he would get back to the clothes shop and what object he would bring back to remind him about his amazing adventure.  We are looking forward to reading and sharing our stories with each other in class.

In Maths we have been learning about multiplication.  We have been using arrays to help us with this and have made fantastic “array houses” showing different multiplication calculations.  Using the array we learned for example that 2 x 3 is the same as 3 x 2 as the array pattern still has the same amount of symbols within it.  We also used a coat hanger to show this as well by spinning it around to show for example that 4 x 3 is the same as 3 x 4.  We then used our new Numicon number resource to make different array patterns and solve the multiplication sums.

In non-number maths, we have been learning how to read timetables for trains and buses. We found this very tricky especially when Mrs Fleming was asking us to calculate how long between stops. This would be a great thing to practise the next time we get a bus or train with an adult.

In Health and Wellbeing, following on from learning where food comes from, we have been learning about the 5 main food groups. Ask us to name them and see if we can remember! Answers at the end of this post 😁. We cut out pictures from food magazines and had to sort them into the correct food groups.

In French, we have started learning common weather phrases. Mrs Fleming will be asking us to describe the weather in French when she is in class.

Mr Ritchie, Mrs Fleming and the Tiggerrific P3B’s

ANSWER – 5 main food groups are: Fruit+Veg, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Dairy and Oils+Spreads.


P3B Week commencing 2nd March

In Maths we have been continuing our work on number talks and subtraction.  We are now able to subtract a two-digit number from a two-digit number using both written and mental strategies.  We will be finishing off our subtraction work by looking at subtraction written problems set in a context.  Once we have completed this we will be moving on to multiplication!

In writing we all went to the library to select a book of our choice.  We read the books and then wrote up a book review.  We had to write down our opinions about the book giving reasons why we liked or disliked the characters, story plot and setting.  We then had to write up a recommendation for the book and give it a star rating.

Mrs Manlove our school librarian set us a competition to design a new book cover for our favourite book.  We discussed the importance of using colour, text size and making sure our overall design was in proportion to make the cover look attractive and encourage people to pick the book up to see what it was about.  We also looked at a range of different book covers created by different illustrators to see how they used different sizes of texts in different positions to create attractive and eye-catching effects.  We are looking forward to finding out the winner of the competition.

We also had a visit from P7 who did an art lesson and showed us how to make and design a bookmark.  They also told us about the new book club that will be starting in the library and also the book swap that is happening this week as part of World Book Day.

Thursday was World Book Day and Mrs Fleming was teaching us. We dressed up in some brilliantly creative costumes and took part in lots of fun learning activities.  In PE, we went on a bear hunt just like the popular storybook and learned how to move our bodies in different ways. We read “The Disgusting Sandwich” by Gareth Edwards and completed some fun reflective reading tasks based on this.  We even got to recreate the disgusting sandwich using real, squelchy, squishy ingredients! YUCK!!  We had 2 special visitors who read us stories throughout the day – Mrs Manlove from school and the author Lynne Rickards. Lynne read us one of her own books called Willow the Wildcat and we got the chance to ask her lots of questions about her job. We also got to watch P1b perform their World Book Day themed assembly which was hilarious! It was an action packed fun day for us all!

Today we invited our parents into the classroom to take part in our “BEAR” event.  We read and discussed the story “Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar and then completed our Reflective Reading activity stations – Textplorers, Picture It, Find the silly words and Jigsaw Jumble.  We all had great fun working with our parents and completing the tasks at the different activity stations.

Mr Ritchie, Mrs Fleming and the tiggerrific P3B’s

P3B goes farming and 80’s disco dancing!

This week we had a very interesting visit from Mrs Jess Findlay, a retired farmer who works for the Royal Highland Education Trust.  She gave us a presentation all about her life on the farm and the crops that she grew.  We learned about wheat, barley and oats.  She brought samples of the actual crops so that we could touch and smell them.  We also saw what happened to them once they had been cut and processed through the combine harvester and discussed what the resulting grains could be made into.  She then showed us a poster about the different breeds of cows and explained that some are reared for producing milk and others are reared for producing meat.   She also brought in a huge carrot from her farm and explained that it would keep much longer than one bought from the supermarket as it was covered in earth.  The earth keeps the carrot cool so it lasts much longer than the washed ones we can buy in the supermarket.

In grammar we have been learning about past, present and future verbs. We learned that we could use “Uncle Ed” to help us write or identify a verb in the past tense.  The verb would end in “ed”.

In writing we used our class novel to help us write an imaginative story.  The story had to have a character who was sad at the start of the story and then something had to happen to them to make them happy at the end.  We worked with our learning partners to brainstorm lots of different ideas of what might make our character happy and added this to our writing plan.

To coincide with the school show “Fame” we all dressed up in costumes from the 80’s.  It was tiggerrific seeing everyone all dressed up during the school fashion parade in the hall.  Each class took a turn of walking the “catwalk” to model their costumes.  We then all took part in a “Jane Fonda” workout which involved us completing a dance exercise routine.  She was very fast, so we all had to move very quickly.  We were all tired out at the end and needed a rest before returning back to the classroom.  We then learned about what it was like to live in the 80’s by looking at the different types of clothing people wore, the music and bands they listened to, what cars and technology looked like. We also looked at the different TV shows and toys children played with.  We were amazed that we still play with some of the toys today and also the size of a mobile phone.  It was ginormous compared to the phones we have today and could only be used to answer calls.  The phone battery only lasted a few hours and the phone could not take pictures, play music or send text messages etc.  We loved watching some of the TV shows and cartoons from the 80’s.  Our favourite one is the adventures of Mr Ben.  To complete our day, we also learned some dances from the 80’s with our favourite being “Push pineapple” by the band Agadoo!

Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s

P3B Kilted tatties!

We had a fantastic visit from one of our parents; Mrs Schofield, who is a kilt maker to trade.  She brought in samples of tartan and explained how the cloth was made into a kilt.  To demonstrate this she brought in a sample kilt and also a length of material, 5 meters long which was the amount needed to make a kilt for a child or a lady.  To make a kilt for a man you would need 7 meters.  It was so big that we all had to go outside the classroom into the corridor so we could lay it flat.  Mrs Schofield demonstrated how the kilt is folded to make pleats for the back of the kilt.  It is very important that the tartan is folded in the correct place so the pattern of the kilt looks correct.   We then went back in time to learn about the “great kilt” which was used by the highlanders.  It consisted of a large piece of material which was wrapped around the wearer and held in place with a belt and a clasp.  Mrs Schofield used Mr Ritchie as a model to demonstrate the different way the great kilt could be used to carry things, as a raincoat and a blanket.  The great kilt was made from wool so was very hard wearing, very warm and also waterproof as long as it did not get too wet.  We all really enjoyed our visit.

We have also been looking at the history of tartan and how it is woven on big looms.  Traditionally you can use up to eight different colours to make the design linked to the different Scottish clans.  Using this information we then designed our own tartan and have modelled the kilts in the classroom using our “kilted tatties”.  Our display looks as if the tatties are all dancing in their amazing tartan kilts!

In Science we have been looking at how glass is made.  We learned about the manufacturing process and the different things glass can be used for.  We then designed information posters to explain the process for display in the classroom.

In Maths we have started to look at subtraction using the column or “chimney” method.  We have learned that sometimes we need to exchange or borrow a 10 from the 10s place value column and add it to the units column to enable the number to be subtracted.  We have found it quite tricky but Mr Ritchie has given us a catchy saying to help us remember about knocking on the door of the “bank of tens and asking if we borrow any, and if we can we are not greedy as we only want to borrow one ten”.

We are continuing to read our class novel “Flash the Sheep Dog” by Kathleen Fidler and we have just learned that Tom has received his new sheep dog puppy called Flash.  We are all looking forward to hearing about what happens next!

Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s

P3B Week commencing 3rd February 2020

This week we have been celebrating “Scotland Loves Languages” with our P7 Language Ambassadors who came to teach us a French lesson involving our numbers.  We practiced counting forward and backwards up to thirty and then played a variety of games to improve our counting and pronunciation skills.   We then chose our favourite foreign language words and made flags of the countries the words were from to create a nice display for our classroom.  We chose foreign words from Spain, Scotland, South Africa and Italy.

In writing this week we have been looking at how we could make our imaginative writing more interesting for the reader.  We discussed how we could improve our sentences by up-levelling them using “wow” words to describe the different characters or the scene the story was set in.  We came up with some fantastic adjectives and then used these to up-level different sets of sentences.  We also had to remember to check that we had used the correct punctuation when we wrote the sentences.  After the sentences had been up levelled, we then looked at using different linking words to expand the sentence to make it longer and add more detail about what was happening for the reader.

In Maths this week we have been learning more strategies of how to subtract 9, 19, 29 … from a two-digit number by rounding up to the nearest ten and then adding back on.  We have had to think about the place value of the numbers and also to lay our work out very neatly to show our workings.  With Mrs Doran we have been continuing to work on time and have been using the mini clocks to help us work out and display the correct times to solve our problems.

We have also continued to enjoy the new outdoor play area with Mrs Stapleton especially as more items are being added.  We are all looking forward to playing in the “muddy kitchen” area when it opens next week!

In Reading we have been enjoying our new class novel “Flash the Sheep Dog” by Kathleen Findler,  and learning about the adventures of Tom as he settles into his Aunt Jane and Uncle John’s farm in the Scottish Borders.  Tom went to visit the cattle mart in Peebles with his Uncle so to help us understand the story we have been watching some videos about real life cattle marts in Scotland.  We are all amazed at the speed the auctioneer speaks when he is selling the livestock – you have to listen very carefully and not raise your hand in case the auctioneer thinks you have placed a bid. Tom is finding life in the Scottish Borders very different from the one he had in London with his mother.

P3B Week commencing 27th January 2020

In writing this week we have been working on imaginative writing using a story starter.  The story starter was based around a small door that we found in a large oak tree in the middle of the woods.  We listened to a soundtrack of the door opening.  The door was very creaky as it began to open slowly…….   Working with our learning partners we brainstormed lots of different ideas of who might be behind or coming out of the door.  We then used this information to help us structure our story so that it had a beginning, a middle and an ending.  We all came up with lots of interesting characters for our story and we are looking forward to reading and listening to them.

In maths we have been continuing to develop our subtraction strategies and also using our number bonds to help us with our Big Maths challenge.  With Mrs Doran we have been working on using the clock to tell the time using the stations of the clock.

We have also started using the new play area outdoors and had great fun at the start of the week playing in all the snow with Mrs Stapleton and some of our classmates.

In PE we are continuing to learn how to pass and dribble the ball.  We have then been playing mini five-a-side football games to try out our new skills.  Our mini teams are very competitive!

In Health & Well Being we have been using our Circle Time to learn how to improve our listening, teamworking and social skills.  As a group we decided what we needed to work on and then used “Talking Ted” to help us take turns to discuss ideas of how we could improve our skills in the areas selected for discussion.  We then played a communications game where we had to listen to our partner and recreate the picture, they had drawn by listening and following their instructions.  This was a lot of fun and proved to be trickier than we originally thought it would be!

Mr Ritchie and the Tiggerrific P3B’s

P3B Week commencing Monday 20th January

In PE this week we have started to learn some of the skills required to play football.  We have been learning how to pass the ball to each other.  We have also been learning how to dribble the ball around cones and each other.

In Maths we have been continuing to work on developing our subtraction skills by subtracting numbers from 100 using our number facts to 20.  We have also been working on developing our “number talk” skills and using different strategies to work out the correct answers.

This week we also have been looking at Scottish poetry and language.  We looked at the story about the Gruffalo which was written in scots and discussed the meaning of the different words.  We then used this knowledge to help us learn the Scottish poem about the Crocodile which we performed at the Scottish Assembly today in front of the school.

We also took part in the P5 design competition where we had to design a new T-shirt to help raise funds for the Sick Children’s’ Hospital in Edinburgh.

In writing this week we have been looking at different types of book “blurbs” used by authors to help readers decide if they would like to read their books. Using this information we then wrote a new “blurb” for the Scottish story “The Secret of the Kelpie” which we have been studying in class.  In addition to this we also designed a new front cover for the book.

In Health & Wellbeing we finished designing our playground crows based on the story about the “Birds on a Wire”.  Each crow contains an individual message from us about how we should play and behave in the playground.   All our crows are sporting lovely tartan designs waistcoats!

In our Reflective Reading this week we played “Blankety Blank” where we had to find the missing words from the story “The Secret of the Kelpie”.  We found this quite challenging but managed through discussion to find most of the words.  We then further challenged ourselves by making a list of alternative words the author could have used  in the story.

Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s.

P3B Week commencing 16th December

In the last week before we break for the Christmas holidays we have been keeping ourselves very busy in P3B.  We have been using our numeracy skills to complete Christmas Maths challenges using our knowledge of place value, addition, the one hundred square and symmetry.  We also took part in a Christmas maths challenge where we worked in teams to solve problems which were written in a context.  We found some of the questions very challenging!

In Technology we took part in a team building challenge where we had to use newspaper, glue and cello tape to build the tallest tower we could.  The tower had to stand on its own for at least 12 seconds and support the weight of a small tigger toy.  We had to work together as a team, listen to each other and work efficiently as the challenge was set against the clock.  We had 15 minutes to complete the challenge.  Some of the towers were not strong enough but the winning tower managed to stand on its own to support the tigger toy and was 22cm tall.  We then discussed how well we performed as a team, what went well and what we would do differently the next time.  One of the most important lessons we learned was not to rush into the task but to come up with a plan before starting the challenge.  We then put these ideas into practice when we took part in the second challenge to design and make a pair of shoes for the class Christmas elf.  The shoes had to fit a member of the team and be able to come off and on.  The shoes had to be strong enough to walk around the classroom without falling apart and meet the design brief written by the elf.  We all had great fun designing, making the shoes and learning valuable team skills.

On Tuesday we had our Christmas party with the P4’s.  We all had a great time dancing, singing and taking part in all the different games.  Mr Wells was the DJ and he kept us all amused with his singing and jokes.   We were all quite exhausted after the party!

This week we also learned how to plant bulbs which were kindly donated to the school.  We put three bulbs in our pots and have taken them home to look after them.  We hope they will grow and produce a beautiful display in the spring.

Today we performed our song “Frosty the Snowman” at the Carols around the Christmas tree concert.  We gave a tiggerrific performance and also showed off some of our amazing snowmen designs during the performance.

We are now all looking forward to our holidays and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s.

P3B Week commencing 9th December

In writing we have been making recipes for “Good Friends”.  We all worked together to brainstorm our ideas of what “ingredients” would make a good friend.  We came up with loads of interesting ideas including a dollop of kindness, a sprinkle of happiness, a teaspoon of resilience and a cup of helpfulness to name but a few.  We then used these ideas to write a recipe to bake a good friend! The recipes produced were all very good and we are going to use these to remember what makes a good friend.

In Art we have been busy designing and drawing pictures of snowmen to decorate the hall for the Carols around the Christmas tree.  We chose the snowman theme as it ties in with the song we will be singing about Frosty the Snowman.  We have been learning the words to the song ready for our big performance next week.

In Maths we are continuing to work on our column addition, with the focus this week being on carrying forward a number.  We are all getting much better at remembering to add on the carrying number and to keep our work neatly laid out in the correct place value columns.

Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s

P3B Week commencing 2nd December 2019

We have had an extremely busy time this week as we turned our classroom into a mini factory to produce all our goods for sale at the Christmas Fayre. During the week we learned how to be mini entrepreneurs as we ran different production lines to make wooden Christmas tree decorations, lolly pop stick reindeer and snowmen. We also had to make up bags of magical reindeer food. We also purchased coloured Christmas themed wristbands as we thought they would sell well and help us to make more money for the school.

During the production process we learned the importance of quality control and why it was so important that we cut and glued everything neatly, coloured and decorated the tree decorations carefully so they would be attractive for people to buy. If they did not look attractive, or they were falling apart then our customers would not buy them so we would not make any money or have to sell the items at a reduced price.

As part of our Maths lesson this week, we looked at the importance of working out the correct price to sell our items so we would make a profit. We also practiced counting the prices of the various items and giving change so we could provide a good service to our customers. We also continued to work on our column addition and the importance of using the correct layout.

In writing we looked at designing attractive posters to advertise and explain to our customers what we were selling. We learned that this is a very important part of running a business and is just as important as getting the price of the items correct.

On Thursday we all had a lovely Christmas lunch in the hall which was enjoyed by everyone. The hall was also beautifully decorated with the big Christmas tree and Christmas decorations and festive music playing in the background. The food was delicious!

On Friday all our hard work came together as we ran our class stall and displayed all our beautiful products. We took it in turns to work on the stall. It was very busy at times and we are looking forward to hearing from the PTA how much profit we made. We would like to thank everyone for coming to our stall and buying our products.

Mr Ritchie and the tiggerrific P3B’s