P3 blog 3/2/17

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Literacy comes in many shapes and forms; this week we continued a story in the style of the author. It was a funny story so we had to use phrases that would make the reader smile! We had great fun sharing and assessing them! We have also been looking at the use of punctuation in a piece of text we know why writers use exclamation marks, speech marks and ellipsis… Our spelling patterns this week are: Ants ‘th’ – which is confusing as we often say ‘f’ as in ‘wif’ instead of ‘with’ so keep practising! Bees and Moths had ‘ough’ that made an ‘o’ sound as in bottom. We made spelling scribbles, practicing the pattern over and over, we think we’ve got the hang of it!
We are continuing our work with fractions as we are finding this tricky. We know that finding a half is the same as dividing by two, that finding a quarter is the same as dividing by four and so on. We are finding it tricky because some of us are not confident with our tables so please keep practising at home!
We have been very busy practising our assembly for our parents and carers. Our teacher thinks we have worked really hard on it and we all hope it is a success on Friday! We know all the show songs, now we need to learn them off by heart without the words, but we are doing so well that it shouldn’t be a problem. We also designed our own tartan with paint. We will make them into kilts by adding a sporran and a kilt pin!
Remember our assembly tomorrow!!

P3 27/1/17

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This week we have been looking at adjectives in our reading and in our writing. Inspired by Tam O’Shanter, we wrote a ghost story using adjectives to create a spooky setting! We assessed these ourselves using the success criteria. We have also been working in groups in Reading Routes, we read a piece of text and highlighted the parts that made us smile! We have been doing a lot of listening and talking this week as we prepare for our assembly and the school show.
This week we have continued to work with fractions. We learned that fractions are just like division for example, to find ½ of 16 is the same as dividing by 2! Easy! To be able to work with fractions we need to know our tables really well. Keep practicing these at home!
We have been really busy learning the songs for the school show. We had auditions and all the parts have been given out. Please practise at home, but remember to put your script back in your bag so we can use it in school when we rehearse! We need to practise projecting our voices, so mums, dads and carers please help out by giving constructive feedback.
Remember – P3 assembly 3rd Feb at 9.05am
School Show dates – Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of March. More information to follow…

P3 blog 20/1/17

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We are still working on Scots language. We were reporters this week and wrote a newspaper article after hearing a strange story from a local man called Tam, who claimed he was chased by ghosts over the Brig O’ Doon! Our articles had to include a catchy headline, an orientation and a picture with a caption along with the main body of the text. Our teacher thinks we have some budding journalists in our midst! We are learning to project our voices for our Tam O’Shanter drama, which we will present at assembly on the 3rd of February.
In numeracy we are learning about fractions…it is not as tricky as we thought as we can see the link between them and division. We have realised that if we know our times tables well, this will help us when we find, for example, ½ or ¼ of a number. We can now look at a shape that has been split into equal parts and work out the fraction of any shaded parts. Remember, the total number of parts is always the number at the bottom of the fraction and the number of parts shaded goes on the top.
We used our knowledge of Tam O’Shanter to create a piece of artwork using mixed materials. We used paint to create the look of a bonfire burning inside the ruined kirk and silhouette to create the building. We then used black pens to draw in the trees. They were very effective! We are learning the songs for our school show and there are many lovely singing voices in our class. We have also been auditioning for various parts in the show, we’re having lots of fun finding out the story!

P3 blog 13/01/2017

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Happy New Year! Welcome back. We wrote out New Year’s resolutions, thinking about things we could do in and out of school to make us happy. We have also started looking at Scots words by reading texts and writing our very own Scots alliterations all about hoolets! We are making this into a book and we will share our work with parents at our class assembly. We are learning about the Rabbie Burns poem Tam O’Shanter. We have listened to it and are working on drama and presentation skills so we can re-tell the story.
We have been examining the properties of 3D shapes by using ICT, making skeletons out of straws of various 3D shapes and cutting out nets, folding and gluing to make them also. Some of us even made an octahedron!
For the month of January we are completing topic on Rabbie Burns with a focus on Scots language. This will lead in nicely to our school show which will involve Scottish mythology, culture and geography. There will be an opportunity for us all to give a class talk on a Scottish mythological creature of our choice!. Look out for further instructions in homework jotters for dates and criteria. If you have not done so, remember to bring your P.E. kit back to school!
P3 assembly is Friday 3rd February at 9.05am – all welcome!

P3 blog 16/12/16

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This week has been a little different. We completed our First Christmas books and we read them to P1. It was lovely to share our learning with a different class! We completed our weekly reflections for the last time in 2015. Next year we will set new targets for term 3. We also listened to a story called The Giving Tree and wrote to Santa thinking about what special things we could give our families at Christmas time, we thought of things such as cuddles and kisses, love helping round the house and spending more time with brothers and sisters.
We have continued with work on money and giving change. We have also looked at symmetry by examining snowflakes then making some to decorate the classroom!
In science after last week’s water experiments, we learned that there are three states of water. In groups we made posters showing examples of solid water, liquid water and steam! We also looked at how the molecules of each state behave and acted this out in the class. We made menorah lamps when we learned about Hanukkah, one of the festivals of light that we are learning about just now. We have created a lovely, colourful display with our class Christmas tree, the diva lamps for Diwali and our menorah candle sticks!
We all really loved P1’s Nativity at the church service. We sang our hearts out!
• Have a safe and happy Christmas!
• Children are back in school Wednesday 4th Jan
• Remember to bring your P.E. kit back to school!

P3 blog 9/12/16

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In Literacy this week we wrote and illustrated our own books all about the very first Christmas. We used our note taking skills and made a plan to work out what we would write on each page. We are going to visit P1 and read our stories to them, we hope they enjoy them!
In maths we were learning to work with money. We were adding coins, finding the correct amount, finding the amount using the least amount of coins, using ICT to play shopping and match the amount games and some of us were giving change. We found giving change tricky, but if you count from the pence first and then move to the pounds, we didn’t get into such a muddle! E.g. you have £5, you pay for food which costs £3.67, start by taking the 67 up to the next multiple of 10 which is 70. So that’s 3 jumps = 3p. then from 70 to £4 would be counted in tens, so 30. 30 + 3 = 33p. but that is only up to £4, so one more £ and that takes us to £1.33! Practice this at home…
We painted our diva lamps for Diwali, as we are looking at 3 festivals of light in RME. We also looked at the properties of water in science and did some cool experiments!
• The P3 & P5 Christmas party is on Tuesday 20th in the afternoon
• The Christmas service and Nativity is on Wednesday 14th

P3 blog 25/11/16

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In Literacy this week we wrote imaginative stories about Roman gods. We described the character and the setting. Some of the stories were very imaginative, and we discussed how reading lots of stories or having your parents read to you helps with story writing and imagination. The Ants spelling words this week ended in –ng, like strong, sing etc. The Bees and Moths has –se endings like cheese and because. We also learned about alliteration in our read to learn reading groups. We can now use this in our writing.
In maths this week we continued work on telling the time and converting times from analogue to digital and vice versa. We also stared learning about the properties of 2D shapes. We looked at sides, corners and lengths of sides. We went outside on a shape hunt with our parents. We had to look for the shapes we had been learning about, in the environment. We then made pictures by drawing round these shapes, they were fantastic! We are continuing with problem solving activities and this week we are drawing sketches to solve a problem!
We were learning about the movement of the earth in science and we made moving posters which show the two ways the earth moves and what effects this has for us. We now know that rotation gives us day and night and revolution gives us our seasons because the earth’s axis is tilted. We also drew a line of 4 Roman soldiers, listening to instructions as we went along. Then we decided we needed to draw a line of Celtic warriors to even things up a bit… they look fantastic!
Thank you to all the parents who came along to our maths in context afternoon, the children really enjoyed having you around.

P3 blog 18/11/16

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This week was Anti Bullying Week and we had special visitors in school! The Rookie Rockstars team sent two very talented people called Glynn and Rhoda to help us learn the songs with super, positive messages that fit in beautifully with the ethos of our school. During the mornings when we were learning the songs, we also completed challenges, sang a rock medley and had question time! We loved it! We completed our week with Rookie Rockstars by recording all the songs we learned. This will be taken away and produced by a sound engineer before being made into a CD that we can all buy. Next week we will be performing to family and friends on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We have to be at school by 6pm and come in the P1 entrance. Family and friends should come in the main entrance. We don’t need to wear our school uniform for the performances, we can dress like rock stars! We look forward to seeing you all at our concert.

P3 blog 11/11/16

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In Literacy this week we used onomatopoeia in a poem. These are sound words. We thought about all the sounds we might hear at bonfire night and watched a wee film to remind us. We came up with lots of onomatopoeia words and wrote super poems! The Ants spelling pattern this week is –oa- as in boat, coat etc. and the Bees and Moths were learning that ch- can also sound like k as in school, chemist, echo etc. In reading we looked at similes and worked in groups to find and discuss the use of them in a text. We also listened to a North American legend about why leaves turn red in autumn. We used visualisation and main ideas to make a book cover for the story and pick out the four main ideas and sequence them. We were very busy with literacy this week!
In maths this week we are learning about time using both analogue and digital clocks. We made our own clocks, placing the numbers in the correct place and naming the two hands. We are focusing on o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past the hour. Some of us are looking at all the minutes past and to the hour, realising they are in 5 minute jumps. We played matching games and other time games on the laptops.
We have been researching Roman gods and looking at their positions and jobs in Roman mythology. We also looked at our solar system and researched facts about the planets and why they were named after Roman gods. Lisa was kind enough to share her inflatable planets and we acted out the planets rotating round the sun in order. We also did some drama work on life in a Pictish hillfort before the Romans invaded. We are still working with Lynne on football skills and will be rounding off with a festival at the leisure centre. More information about this will be given out nearer the time.
Thank you for your continued support!

P3 blog 4/11/16

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In Literacy this week we listened to Shakespeare’s Witches’ chant poem as inspiration to create a witches’ brew recipe! We came up with some really disgusting ingredients and spells! We turned this into a class book of spells. We used the correct lay out for a recipe, listing ingredients and equipment. Then we wrote out the method using vocabulary such as first, then, next, finally etc. We have been practising our spelling words, Bees and Moths have been learning ‘g’ spellings that sound like ‘j’, like giant, gems etc. The Ants are learning ‘ai’ words that sound A, such as stair, fair etc. In reading we have been discussing what the main character might be thinking at different points in the story. The Lynx were making up a sea creature and labelling it with nouns.
In maths this week we were working on division and playing games relating to times tables so we can see the link. We were also revising all our previous work, just to make sure we don’t forget about adding across a ten or a hundred, place value and estimating. We are still working in our problem solving groups and this week we were working on problems that you need to draw out to solve.
We completed a super timeline of the Romans in Britain and Scotland. We looked at the lives of the Celtic people before the Romans invaded. We didn’t think it was fair that they made us pay taxes and took our resources. Boudicca, a Celtic queen didn’t think so either and fought back. We thought about what the Romans might think of her and designed wanted posters for her capture.
Thank you for your continued support!