P3S 19.1.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*make or draw arrays, talking about the equal rows and columns
*answer the reflective and close reading questions grid (which hopefully is in your child’s bag :))


Maths and Numeracy

We have continued learning about multiplication and division through making, drawing and calculating arrays. We are now able to say that an array, for example, 4 rows and 3 columns so there is 12 altogether. We are trying to count up our arrays in rows or columns (e.g. 3 + 3 + 3 +3 =12, or 4 + 4 + 4 = 12), rather than in 1s.

We are trying to write all the information we can about each of our arrays: 4 rows and 3 columns,   4 + 4 + 4 = 12,      3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12,          4 x 3 = 12,          3 x 4 = 12.

Here are some examples of the things we have practised in class, that you could say at home too…
“Show me 6 rows and 4 columns. How many are there altogether?”
“I have 15 counters, put them into 3 rows. How many columns are there? How many in each row?”
“How can we divide 12 into equal rows and columns? How many different arrays can you think of?”

This resource has lots of written ideas for arrays that you could try at home as well: arrays


Language and Literacy

As part of reading, we identified the main events in our books and plotted them onto a timeline. We then chose what we thought was the most important event, and used this to design a new front cover for our book.
Using higher order thinking skills, we answered inferential questions which involved having to read between the lines. Thinking more deeply about our reading books is a little tricky for some, but we will keep practising 🙂

In writing we learned how to make notes, building up to writing a Visit Scotland leaflet in two week. After talking about life in Scotland and Scottish traditions, we watched a Visit Scotland advert before deciding what we wanted in our own leaflet. We made a mindmap of our initial ideas, and will go on to research more next week.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the oi and oy sound. We learned that there are different ways of spelling the same sound: oi normally goes at the start and middle of a word, while oy normally goes at the end.
Some words you might want to practise include: oil, spoil, boiling, coin, moist, choice,  noise, boy, toybox, royal, enjoyed and annoying.



As part of our mini topic on Scotland, we have been reading some Scots language poetry. Starting off, we guessed what Scots words meant and had a lot of fun with ‘breeks’ and ‘mingin’ and ‘fitbaw’. Then we analysed J K Annand’s ‘The Crocodile’ and Walter Wingate’s ‘The Sair Finger’. We practised reading these poems out loud to a partner in our most Scottish accents, before a few of us bravely volunteered to read the poem to the whole class.


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After talking about tartan, and why people wear it, we designed our own style of tartan by weaving paper. It was a little bit fiddly, but the patterns look super!


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Primary 7 Elections

As part of the primary 7 topic on Scottish Democracy, we were lucky enough to take part in their elections. After hearing their political speeches and receiving our own individual voting card, we went up to their classroom to vote for our favourite party. The primary 7s have put in a lot of time and effort, as it really was just like a real election (enthusiastic campaigners outside the polling station and all!) We can’t wait to find out the results after the votes are counted on Monday!