P3S 12.1.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*count backwards in 1s from 110, and count forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s (or other numbers if your child can)
*answer some questions about your reading book:  Guided Reading Questions
Guided Reading Mat


Maths and Numeracy

We have started our new maths focus this term of multiplication and division. This week we introduced multiplication by practising counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, before counting up equal groups of counters and cubes.

We created ‘arrays’ which use rows and columns to help children visualise multiplication. Here is a wee picture that explains what they are:


And here is a video that you might want to watch with your child: BBC Teach

In class, we used cubes to create arrays (e.g. 4 rows of 2) before counting up the columns (e.g. 4 rows of 2 = 2, 4, 6, 8.). We were trying to avoid counting in 1s, which was tricky for some. At home you could practise making arrays out of pieces of pasta for columns of 2, 3 and 5 (or other numbers if your child can manage), or cotton buds to represent 10. Or you could draw it out of dots on a piece of paper.

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At home, the language to use at moment is “6 groups of 5” (where the objects or dots don’t need to be structured like an array) or “6 rows of 5” (in an array) before counting up in 5s to work out the total. Some of us are able to create and draw “6 times 5” or “6 x 5”. And some of us can do everything in our heads without cubes or drawing to work out “6 x 5 = 30”.


Language and Literacy

Getting back into the swing of reading, we were answering our usual Reflective and Close reading questions about our books. We are trying to read the question carefully and write detailed answers to show our understanding of the book.

In writing, we focused on using interesting and different sentence openers in a story of our choice, and of course having full stops and capital letters in the right places.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the long vowel sound. We learned that there are different ways of spelling the same sound: oa normally goes at the start and middle of a word, while ow normally goes at the end.
Some words you may wish to practise at home could include: boat, coat, roast, bow, slowly, rowed, flowing, snowman.  


Health and Wellbeing

In preparation for some Burns celebrations, we practised ceilidh dancing this morning and absolutely loved it! We learned the Canadian Barn Dance and started learning the Virginia Reel. Lots of rosy cheeks and giggles dancing along to Cotton Eyed Joe!

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Mrs Cross from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (and primary 2!) is going to be visiting the primary 3s every Thursday to teach us kodaly singing. We were practising keeping a steady beat with our clapping rhythm while singing – and had good fun saying the rhyme Robin Hood and his Merry Men who arrived at school at half past 10. We really enjoyed our first week with Mrs Cross, and are so looking forward to next our next session!

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