# P3S 09.12.18

Two things to try over the holidays 🙂
*practise individual multiplication facts (e.g. 2 x 4, 6 x 5) and count forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s
*play some Numeracy and Literacy ICT games on ‘Topmarks’ and ‘ICT games’

If anyone comes across some school reading books over the holidays could you please pop them in your child’s bag for next Monday? We seem to have lost a few this term.

And if your child hasn’t brought back their PE kit since Christmas, could we please have it for Monday as well? Thank you so much 🙂

Numeracy and Maths
This week we have continued looking at the links between the 2, 4 and 8, and the 5 and 10 times tables. We drew arrays, number lines and used our fingers to help us work out multiplication calculations.

At the moment we aren’t learning to recite our times tables (2 x 1 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4…..), we are just learning individual multiplication facts (e.g. 2 x 4 = 8, 2 x 7 = 14). This is so your child really understands the concept of multiplication, and isn’t just memorising the words. Once we have this understanding, we will move on to reciting the times tables.

To challenge your child at home, you can ask them to multiply larger numbers, mentally calculate the answer quickly, use different strategies or tell you ‘multiplication and division stories’ (if 2 x 5 = 10, and 5 x 2 = 10, then 10 ÷ 2 = 5 and 10 ÷ 5 = 2).

Literacy and Language
We have been answering our reflective reading questions in class this week. We are trying to write full and detailed sentences to show our understanding of what we have read. And we have been enjoying our silent reading, as always!

We have written our final draft of our Visit Scotland leaflets! After lots of researching and redrafting, they are packed full of exciting information about the things to see, do and experience in Scotland.
We have also been using different connectives to join sentences together, and learned that lots of different words can connect ideas together.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the aw and au sound. We learned that au can come at the beginning and middle of a word, but never at the end. Aw however can be used at the beginning, middle and end of a word.
Some words you could practise at home include fraud, fault, haunting, paw, law, fawn, dawn and crawling although your children could think of their own words as well.

Health and Wellbeing

We have finished off our ceilidh dancing for this term, and ended on a high dancing beautifully in the new hall.
We also practised some more gymnastics this morning by creating our own floor routine; travelling across the mat in different ways.

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Music
We are loving having Mrs Cross in from NYCoS! We have continued learning to keep the beat, using our voices and bodies at the same time when singing rhymes.
And we have begun learning to say and clap out te-te and ta beats of 4, which is the start of reading music. I’m sure your children will be able to tell you all about te-te and ta.

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Hope you all have a lovely February break! I’m sure it will fly by, and we’ll be hearing all your exciting stories before we know it. 🙂