P3 blog 22/9/17

Hello from P3!
We’re just back from the September weekend, but already we have worked hard! We have completed another animal challenge, this time on wildlife in Asia. We painted pandas, a snow leopard, a Bengal tiger, an Asian elephant and an orangutan! We found out facts about these animals and drew flags of the countries we found in Asia.
In maths we have been playing a fun loop game, where we are using speed and our knowledge of place value to complete the game.
In Literacy we learned how to write an acrostic poem. We used the words WORLD WILDLIFE as a theme for our poem. We used our knowledge so far about wildlife to complete the poems.
As the weather changes, please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for all weather as we like to go out rain or shine. We will also be visiting Annet House on the 28th September, to hear an author talk, so make sure you have a waterproof jacket in case it is raining!

P3 blog 15/9/17

Welcome to P3’s weekly blog!
In maths this week we continued with number sequences and worked on place value. We played games to show us how numbers are made up. You can practise at home by talking about numbers e.g. 305 how many 10’s are in this number? (none!) How many hundreds? (3). We were also adding 10 and 100 to numbers, e.g. 267, 277, 287, 297, 307… practise going across 100 barriers at home as we find this tricky…
In literacy our spelling pattern is wr- silent w as in wrote, wrinkle etc. We have enjoyed different activities including elk boxes and fancy writing to help us learn our spelling words. We learned that we must always begin sentences with capital letters and end with full stops. We wrote about losing a tooth, a personal piece of work.
We began our new topic, Animals around the World, starting here in Linlithgow and moving out to the whole continent of Europe. We worked in teams painting animals, researching fun facts about European animals or drawing flags of the countries of Europe! We will look at a different continent each week and rotate the stations we are working at. We are looking at food chains in science, thinking about the animals we learned about in the Europe challenge. We were learning the names of animals in French too…
Reminder: could children please have their reading books in their bags every day as we do work with them throughout the week.
Have a lovely long weekend!

P3 blog 8/9/17

Hello again from P3!
In maths this week we were learning about handling data. We looked at all the different leisure activities we take part in and sorted the information first by using tally marks. We then sorted the information into pictographs and we could answer questions like, ‘Which is the most popular activity?’ We have made a lovely display outside our class with these and our mind maps and newly designed sports strips. We have also been learning about place value, using hundreds, tens and units.

In literacy we have been learning different activities to help us learn our spelling, like rainbow writing, writing in elk boxes and partner work. We were still working on the –tch spellings this week as we only started at the end of last week. We also used our imagination to write about a sport of the future. We came up with some pretty amazing sports such as sky diving from the moon, hoverboard football and flying rugby where you need to wear special boots that make you fly!

We really enjoyed making our pictographs! We worked as a team, which we will be doing a lot in P3. This helps with communication skills and working with each other’s strengths. We also worked on a piece of art using the artist Kandinsky as inspiration. We listened to music while we worked to see if we ‘heard colours’ like Kandinsky did. Our finished products will be displayed in the hall, look out for them!

A wee reminder:
Please send children to school with their reading books every day as we use them in class. All homework is due on Monday.

P3 blog 1/9/17

Hello everyone and welcome to our first P3 blog!
In maths we have been learning about multiplication and different strategies we can use to find the answers. We have been focusing on the 2, 3, 5 & 10 times tables. We are also working on sequencing numbers. You can help at home by asking what is the next number after or before… The tricky ones are what is the number after 599 or what is the number before 700. Play games walking along the road or in the car, it all helps!
In Literacy we got our new reading books and worked on some predicting skills, looking at only the front cover and writing down what we thought the book would be about, we weren’t even allowed to read the blog! We have written postcards to our teacher from where we were on holiday. We have also written about our Rights Respecting school and what rights we enjoy during our time here. Our spelling pattern this week was –tch as in match, kitchen etc.
We made our class charter and made up the rules we think we should follow. We also made up rule we think our teacher should follow and chose some UNCRC rights that we enjoy at school. We have designed a new football strip and gathered information about leisure activities in Linlithgow. We will use this information to make a graph to show all the different leisure activities we take part in. In P.E. we have been competing in races, Mrs Clapton is teaching us ball skills and Mrs McGilliard has been teaching us to work well in a team. What a busy start back to school!

P3 blog 22/6/17

Hello from P3!

This is the very last blog of P3! It has been a fabulous year, especially as we got to do the school show with P2.  We have really enjoyed our latest technology topic, enabling us to turn our classroom into a medieval castle! We have reflected on our targets for this term and wrote about our achievements. We got to meet our teacher for P4 and wrote a letter to her, telling her all about ourselves, saying what we liked in P3 and what we are looking forward to in P4.

We have been completing some work on science. We looked at inheritance using Mr Men and Little Misses. We looked at traits passed on to us from our parents. The Mr and Mrs Men had babies and we had to guess the parents by looking at the traits. We made up our own characters, a mum and a dad and they had babies which included traits from each of them. We also looked at the circulatory system, which is how the heart and lungs work. We learned about how the red blood cells take oxygen from the lungs all round the body and then pick up carbon dioxide, a waste product, and take it back to the lungs for us to breathe out. The heart pumps all the time allowing the red blood cells to move in the right direction. We had some really interesting discussions round this!

Next week we will have a medieval banquet to round off our topic. We made menus for a healthy banquet using knowledge from the Eatwell plate.

Lastly, please have a safe and relaxing holiday! It has been a pleasure teaching you all. We will see you back on Tuesday 22nd August in your new classes!!!


P3 blog 16/6/17

Hello from P3!

It has been an interesting week, even though we were off for the Marches! We have been working on problem solving, finding all the different possibilities in the problems we were working on. We work in groups of three so we can contribute effectively and help each other.


We made Sun Safety posters which we will share around the school. They all have messages on them about how to keep safe in the sun, even in Scotland! We used the message: Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on some sun cream Slap on a hat! Also wear sun glasses, drink water and find shade if it is too hot, especially at mid-day!


We have been thinking about foods we would like for a healthy medieval banquet and the types of food they ate then. We linked this to the Eatwell plate where we learned what constitutes a healthy diet. We learned that fruit and veg should take up a third of your diet and carbohydrates should take up another third. The remaining third is split up with protein taking up the biggest portion, dairy or an alternative taking up the second biggest and a tiny bit for oils and spreads. Sweeties and crisps are not on the plate, but it is ok to have a little of them every so often!


P3 blog 8/6/17

Hello from P3!
In literacy we wrote a character study on a character of our choice from our reading books. We drew a picture of our character, wrote lots of adjectives around them and used them all in a paragraph. We also invented a character and labelled them with similes. There were many strange and wonderful characters with a cape as red as blood, teeth as sharp as nails and hair as wavy as the sea! We also had the privilege of attending the Linlithgow Book Festival to listen to an author called Mike Nicholson. We had read his book previously in class!

In maths we played round the world, which is a times tables game of speed and skill. We also went outside to look carefully at multiplication and make arrays from chalk, stones and twigs. We drew as many ways as we could think of that helps us work out a multiplication. Some of us were interested in long multiplication and we were shown how to break down the numbers and use the ‘box’ method.

Our castle now has an owlery. We drew beautiful owls using chalk pastels and they are now roosting in our class! Our entrance to the class is now a big wooden door with a portcullis. The portraits of the staff are also now on display.

P3 blog 2/6/17

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It has been a very busy week this week as it was Outdoor Education week, WOW jotter week and P3’s turn for CEM quizzes! Even so, we managed to do all three!

In one of our outdoor lessons we looked at the rules of a Haiku poem, originating from Japan. They have a total of 17 syllables over 3 lines, the first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 and the third 5. They are mostly written about nature from seasons to the tiniest dew drop. We went outside to look at the world around us and following the rules, we wrote a number of Haiku poems. When we went back inside, we chose our favourite one and wrote it out neatly and illustrated it! We also did a spelling activity outside. We used chalk AND nature to create our spelling words, some were very imaginative, creating letters out of leaves, stones, twigs etc…

We also completed a scavenger hunt (in the rain!) and collected different objects for display!

We brought in our own books to do some quiet reading while some of us completed our CEM quizzes on laptops, we also coloured in detailed pictures for relaxation during CEM time. We did some meditation and yoga to keep a fresh head! We revised lots of concepts including fractions, times tables, division and number talk strategies. What a busy week and it’s still not over!


P3 blog 26/5/17

Hello from P3!
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

Hello from P3!
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.