# Hello!

Introducing the lovely Primary 3 Sharks!

Start of Term
Well, what a busy few weeks we have had!

We started the term with lots of ‘getting to know you’ conversations and games, and of course some shark related activities.
We decided that our Class Charter should be ‘under the sea’ themed, so had a lot of fun creating sea anemones and sea weed by blowing paint (…sorry about the messy t-shirts!).

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Then we made some colourful fishes and star fishes by collaging, before sponge painting our shimmery sharks.

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Numeracy
We have been looking at place value. We can identify the value of digits in a number. We know that in the number 385, there are 3 hundreds, 8 tens and 5 units. Some of us even know how many thousands there are in 4 digit numbers!
Drawing, building and writing numbers in different ways has helped us to show our understanding of place value. We have been reading numbers out loud, placing numbers on number lines in the correct order, putting numbers in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest, and calculating 1, 10, 100 and 1000 less/more than another number. Some of us even know that 10 less than 406 changes not just the tens column but the hundreds one as well, as the answer is 396!
We have also been practicing counting forwards and backwards from random numbers in different ways. Counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s and 4s can be a little tricky, but practice makes perfect!

“I would like to count in 12s” – Taylor
“I would like to do more counting in 5s” – Alfie
“I would like to do more counting in 3s” – Jonnny
“I would like to learn about millions” – Joe

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Literacy
We have been reading Shark in the Dark and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book which are (you’ve guessed it) rhyming books. We have been identifying the rhyming words and creating our own rhyming sentences, on top of spotting wow words and punctuation in these books.
We have started reading Silly Billy this week, which is a book all about worrying. Talking a lot about our own worries and the worries other people might have, we have discussed how we can help ourselves and each other to feel better. We know that when we feel worried about something we can talk to an adult, tell a friend, talk to a worry doll, put a note in our class Chatter Box or do something that makes us happy. We are never alone, there are people we can talk to.

“I enjoyed making the worry poster” – Evie
“I would like to do more reading with my reading group” – Stephanie
“I didn’t know about the dinosaur Giganotosaurus until Rowan told us about his book” – Joe

With our creative hats on, we have been doing lots of imaginative writing. We wrote our own version of Shark in the Dark, created an under the sea story and wrote a story about magic bubbles that take us to our happy place when we are feeling sad or worried. We love reading our stories out loud to each other!

“I would like to do more joined up writing” – Alana and Amy

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Drama
One dramatic afternoon, we worked in groups to make a still image where we had to hold a pose without moving or making a sound (the not making a sound part was definitely the hardest part!). After playing some funny drama games (the most memorable one being ‘Portal’) we made under the sea animals with our bodies. Can you guess what we are meant to be?

“I would like to do more drama” – Rebecca

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Health and Wellbeing
Having successfully passed our Fire Fighter fitness training, we have moved onto practicing our football skills in PE. Working together as a team when dribbling, passing and coordinating our movements will be our main focus for the next couple of weeks.

“I enjoyed football” – Rowan

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Interdisciplinary Learning
We have been learning all about the Emergency Services. We can spot potential hazards in school and at home, and know that we must tell an adult if something is wrong. We also know that in a serious emergency we call 999. We have looked at Fire Fighters and Paramedics so far, however were lucky enough to have a very special visit this morning. PC Howie, a local Police Officer, very kindly came to visit all the Primary 3 classes to tell us about his job. He told us that police officers are here to help us and keep us safe, before showing us his hat, baton (very exciting), walkie talkie (where he made a call to his Sergeant to say hello to us) and his handcuffs (with Mr McKeesick as our captive). We learned lots of fascinating things from PC Howie, a big thank you to him for coming in!