P3 blog 26/5/17

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In literacy we learned about functional writing. In our class castle there lies magic! We decided to share this magic and write spells that you could order from a catalogue. There are some strange and wonderful spells for sale in P3! We also chose a character from our book and asked open questions to him or her in relation to the story. We answered what we thought the character would say.
In maths we finished our medieval themed Bluebot mats and challenged each other to find directions using vocabulary such as left, right, forwards, backwards, clockwise, anti-clockwise, north, south east and west. Some of us also learned about turning 45, 90, 180, 270 and 360 degrees. In numeracy we were revising fractions, division and times tables.
For our class castle, we drew portraits of the staff and made big chunky frames for them as no castle is complete unless it is full of portraits! We are in the process of making frames for the portraits, big chunky gold frames. We also learned about technical drawing and drew plans of the castle; a plan is a bird’s eye view. We had some interesting rooms in our drawings, including a haunted room!
P3 quite often watch and discuss Newsround with milk, but not every day. We also have a class novel that the teacher reads. This week because of the sensitive events, we did not watch Newsround as the news was very upsetting. Our teacher said if we wanted to watch it, ask parents and discuss this topic at home. Many thanks.

P3 blog 28/4/17

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In literacy we learned to plan using a story map. In keeping with our castles theme, we planned a fairy tale and used our imaginations. We then assessed each other’s work, looking at our story maps to see how well we used them to plan our tales. Some of us reviewed our reading books and gave them a mark out of ten and explained why we gave it the mark we did. The rest of us focused on the main character and found words to describe their behaviour. We are also working in reading skills groups, focusing on a short novel. This week we learned about inference.

In maths we are working on measure. As the weather has been lovely, we went outside and drew castles in groups. We estimated the length of them, then measured them with metre sticks. Most of us were very good at estimating! We also looked at scales and weight. We know we use grams and kilograms to weigh things. We estimated which objects were heavier than others and used a balance to check our estimates. We are continuing with number talks where we teach each other strategies to work out numeracy work.

We have begun our new topic on Medieval Castles. We made fact files which we can add to when we research using books or laptops. We are learning how to read information and write it in our own words. As this is a technology topic, we are using new skills to make and turn the class into a castle banquet hall. We understand that technology is not just electronic devices, it is also using materials, discovering their properties and how to solve problems by measuring and constructing both 3D and 2D work.

P3 blog 30/3/17

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In literacy we went for a walk in our playground with our clipboards and looked for signs of spring. We wrote lists of things we found. We then used all the words to create a spring poem. Our learning intention was to use imagery to create a spring poem! We also wrote a blurb for our reading books and designed a new front cover for it. We had a special treat for all our hard work during the school show, watched The Water Horse, a film about a wee boy finding an egg which hatched into a mythical monster! We loved it!

In maths we revised what we have been learning this term by taking part in a ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ style quiz. We answered questions on adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, area, place value, time and rounding up and down! Wow! We have learned lots this term! We need to keep practicing our tables as it makes many aspects of numeracy a lot easier if we know them.

Have a great Easter Holiday!

P3 blog 24/3/17

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Wow! The show, The Last Monster in Scotland was an amazing success!!! What stars we all are! Such a lot of hard work, dedication and resilience went into this show. This displayed what confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens we are! Amazing work P2 & 3!

In literacy we wrote a personal piece on what we want to be when we grow up. There were lots of interesting jobs and great explanations of why we wanted to do these jobs. We also learned that text does not need to be from a book. We listened to a man reading The Musicians of Bremen and completed some work relating to it. This is text too, as are films, songs, story CDs etc…

In maths we looked at symmetry and used a mirror to complete pictures and patterns. We found the line of symmetry in many shapes, letters and in nature. We drew the other half of Easter egg patterns and spring animals; they were very accurate and symmetrical.

We have completed our Fairtrade topic and learned so much about why Fairtrade is so important. We also learned a lot about honey bees and that they help pollenate most of the food we eat. We learned that a lot of pesticides are killing off the bees and some governments are trying to stops this. You can see our display set up outside Mrs Livingstone’s office.

P3 blog 9/3/17

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In literacy we looked at good sentence openers. We planned our own piece of writing and tried to use good sentence openers to make our writing more interesting. Our teacher banned the word ‘then’. We marked each other’s work by giving them 2 stars and a wish! The Ants were spelling words with ‘oo’ in them and the Bees and Moths were looking at –ture endings as in adventure, future… We are still very busy with the show and are doing so well at remembering our lines, we now need to make sure we project our voices!

In maths and numeracy we learned about area. Area is a measure of how much space there is on a flat surface or shape. We used counters and squares to find out the area of different shapes including our hands, feet and shapes we made up on squared paper. We counted the squares to find the area. Some of us covered shapes in counters to measure the area of a flat shape. We had great fun drawing lots of weird and wonderful shapes to find the area. We also worked on problem solving, two of us made a problem that we gave to the rest of the class to solve, it was tricky! We have been revising what we have learned so far… we realised that we need to try and remember what we’ve been taught as we had forgotten some of the numeracy we have learned this year. Our teacher will help with lots of fun revision tasks.

We have nearly completed our beautiful Fairtrade Honey display! We have added our t-shirt designs to the display. We have used many skills making this, including ICT skills, drawing skills, collage skills, designing skills and of course gaining more knowledge about Fairtrade. We also painted our clay bees, they look so cute! We have also been rehearsing our show using props so we know what to do with them and where to put them. We are really excited about the show!

P3 blog 2/3/17

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Sorry we have missed some blogs, we’ve been really busy with the show and other things!
In literacy we were learning note taking skills. We watched Newsround and took short notes. We then used our notes to write up a report of the day’s news using subheadings. Our teacher was impressed by both the note taking and the write ups! The spelling pattern this week for the Ants is ‘ee’ as in sleep and the Moths and Bees were working on silent g as in gnome, and design. We also looked for connectives in our reading books… what a busy week!
In maths we were looking at strategies to add near 10’s and near 100’s. We thought about adding multiples of ten then adjusting our answers by adding or taking away 1 or 2. For example 27 + 31 if we add 3 lots of ten that would take us to 57 and then adjust the answer by adding one more to 58. We played games to help us with speed.
The school show is coming along fantastically well and the tickets are now on sale! Could all children continue to practise their lines at home as by this stage we should know them without using the script? Remember to project your voice and speak s.l.o.w.l.y so you are understood! If you have not brought your costume in for the show, we need it ASAP!! We are into Fairtrade Fortnight and P3 are learning about how bees make honey and the benefits of Fairtrade. We are looking at countries that produce Fairtrade honey and we are making a beautiful display with flowers and bees. We also made a honeycomb and bee out of clay which we are leaving to dry and we’ll paint it next week.

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!