This week in numeracy we have been subtracting from a decade number (80-7), adding and subtracting in 10s, sequencing numerals ,looking at the missing addend(15 add what makes 19?) and developing early multiplication and division skills.
In mental maths we have been counting in 3s 4s and 10s and linking that to times tables. we have been practising our near doubles ( if 6+6 is 12, 6+7 will be 1 more).
In literacy we have continued to use our reading books to ask and answer both written and oral questions to develop our understanding of the text. New reading books will be given out on Monday and Tuesday.
We have been practising our new spelling words through a variety of activities. Please see earlier blog for link to Spelling City. We have started to use a textbook to practise grammar and consolidate our knowledge of punctuation.
In writing we were trying to engage the reader by starting our sentences in different ways. We worked with a learning partner to do this and shared our writing with each other.
Mary from NYCO started to work with the class . We sang and played lots of fun games. Mary will be with the class every Tuesday up to Easter.
We started using the laptops in class: practising logging on , using the mousepad and looking at the main functions of a keyboard.
We started to think about our new topic which will be about forces.
In French we were revising the numbers 0 to 20, playing lotto and trying to use the correct pronunciation.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M
Happy New Year to all our P3M families. We hope you had a lovely festive period and that 2019 is a happy and healthy one.
It was lovely to see the children on Wednesday morning. A cold start to the day but they were so excited to see each other again and share their holiday news.
We have been writing and talking about our holidays, trying to use the correct punctuation and to remember our tricky words. Spelling activities have focussed on practising tricky words. Everybody got a new book this week which we will continue to work on next week too.
As a class we were counting forwards and backwards in 4s. We worked in our SEAl groups to add and subtract from decade numbers, practise near doubles, counting forwards and backwards in 10s,saying short backwards number sequences, counting on and counting back.
We all enjoyed watching the fantastic talent on display at BGT and were especially proud of Team Ezra giving a fantastic performance in front of a packed hall of pupils and adults.
Have a great weekend.
P3M, Mrs Munro and Mrs Bailey
Thank you to all family and friends who supported P3 by attending their carol concert in aid of UNICEF. The children sang beautifully and we raised a fantastic £135.88.
The class have been enjoying a variety of Christmas themed numeracy and literacy activities this week. We have been working on shape and tessellation in maths and the class have designed their own wrapping paper using tessellated shapes. We summarised a short Christmas film and the children finished presenting their book reports to the class.
In RME we revised our knowledge of the Christmas story and talked about why it is an important time of year for Christians.
The children have been finishing off their Christmas art work this week and will be bringing home a sparkly tree decoration and a hanging Santa.
We hope that you have a lovely holiday period and wish you all the very best for 2019. I’m sure you will join us in wishing Mrs Tait all the very best and hope that she has a chance to relax for a little while before her exciting new arrival!
Mrs Bailey, Mrs Munro, Mrs Tait and P3M
Christmas has arrived in P3M! We have been practising Christmas carols in preparation for our concert on the 10th December @ 2.30pm- please come along if you are able. We have been making sparkly decorations from bread to hang from the Christmas branch and have started making other decorations. We loved watching the P1 Nativity.
The children have been thinking about their learning in p3 and have had 1:1 conversations with us about their progress. The learning stories come home today, please share them with your child.
In maths we were working on data handling, using tally marks to decide on Santa’s favourite reindeer. We were using a calendar to answer questions and revising the days of the week and the order in which they come.
In literacy new spelling words were given out- please see Spelling City. Reading books will be collected next week, no new books until the new year. We were writing about our favourite part of Christmas and sharing our memories with each other.
In science the children were using i-pads to research and create food chains.
In PE the class have been working on ball skills.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Munro,Mrs Bailey, Mrs Tait and P3M
Another busy week in P3 .
We have been concentrating on using different addition strategies this week:
using doubles and near doubles
using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20
adding on 10
counting in 2s,3s,4s,5s
We have been looking at our own star steps in numeracy and thinking about what we can do to achieve them.
In literacy we have been thinking about our reading books and how we can summarise the stories. Again , this was our individual star step up to Christmas.
We have been working on a variety of spelling activities to help us learn our spelling words and we had dictation today.
The class enjoyed their trip to the panto and told me all about it.
In art we made Christmas trees from pine cones – please buy one if you come to the fair! We have also started some other Christmas crafts for our classroom.
We are continuing to practise our Christmas carols for Monday 10 December – please come along if you can, 2.30pm in the new hall.
We all had great fun doing the Orcadian strip the willow in the hall today for St Andrew’s Day and Team Ezra were delighted to be voted winners to go forward for B.G.T.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Munro,Mrs Bailey, Mrs Tait and P3M
We have had another busy week in P3M.
We continued working on quarter to and quarter past in maths, trying to link times to our daily routines. Some children are still finding this quite challenging. Talk to your child about the time and what happens at specific times throughout the day. The children have been working on number activities in their SEAL groups and practising the 4 times table in mental agility.
This was Book Week Scotland. We had a visit from a storyteller. The children really enjoyed listening to his stories. Some of their comments were-
‘He was really funny’.
‘He used actions to make the stories more interesting’
‘He used really good expression’
P6 were so inspired by the storyteller they came to P3 and shared their stories with us.
We had a very good discussion about favourite books and then we wrote about them. Primary 1 to 3 received book bags and we voted on our favourite book from a selection of three.
The children have been working on their new spelling words, there are games to play on Spelling City. See previous blog for further information.
We had a visit from an art student from Boroughmuir who worked on winter windows with the class. We also began to make our Christmas crafts to sell at the Christmas Fair.
We have started practising songs for our carol concert – further details to follow!
We continued to practise family words in French and tried hard to ask each other about whether or not we had brothers or sisters.
We all smiled beautifully for our photos!
Have a great weekend
Mrs Munro,Mrs Tait,Mrs Bailey and P3M
In maths this week we started off with a time assessment looking at the work we have covered over the last two weeks: revising o’clock , half past and learning quarter to and quarter past using both analogue and digital times. We will be revisiting time next year. We also did some work on the months of the year, making sure we know the order they come in and which months are in which seasons.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from a paramedic and a medical technician on Wednesday. The children had thought of questions to ask them about their work and we all had a look inside their ambulance. We had a very good discussion about what skills you would need to be a paramedic and the children wrote about the experience afterwards.
In reading we were thinking about characterisation and describing a character. We also did written comprehension. Please chat to your child about the characters in their reading book- What kind of person are they? Would you want to be their friend – why/why not? Saffron group have a non fiction book this week so they could choose a book from home to discuss characterisation. Next week is Book Week Scotland so we will be participating in lots of fun reading activities.
The three groups had dictation today to practise the words they have been working on over the last two weeks. Further information regarding spelling to follow.
Following on from last week’s assembly we had a circle time all about worries and what strategies we can use to help us cope with them. Lovely to see all the worry monsters the children have made at home. Some children have used Lego in school to create monsters too.
We began our new topic on food chains and the children drew their own food chains.
We really enjoyed being the first class to see the P5 Assembly and we were a quality audiencefor them.
In art the children used scrapers to make firework shapes on their paintings.
We had a great time taking part in all the Children in Need activities. A big thank you to P7 and their teachers.
Have a great weekend.
Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Tait and P3M
Here’s our update to let you know what we’ve been learning this week.
We have continued to work on time.We were drawing hands on analogue clocks and writing numbers on digital ones to show quarter past and quarter to. We have spoken about our routines and what we might be doing at quarter past and quarter to the hour throughout the day. We have also worked on converting written analogue time to digital . This is quite challenging , especially the quarter to times. More practice definitely needed with this! Our numeracy work has been saying the number 10 before/after a given number.
In literacy we began our spelling programme and the children have been split into groups with their own lists of words to work on. These will be added to Spelling City shortly and shared with you so you can help at home. The children will take part in a variety of activities over a two week block to help them learn the spelling pattern they are focusing on.
We have continued to work on answering written questions in reading. We are practising reading the relevant pages again to find the information we need and then writing the answers in sentences – trying not to start with the word because.
In writing we have been working on sentence openers again, thinking about different ways of starting a sentence. The children worked very hard on a piece of imaginative writing. We are encouraging everybody to read their writing over to check that they have thought about the star steps we are working on that day.
We are starting a new topic on Food Chains. The children talked about how and what they want to learn.
In PE we were working on netball skill and general fitness.
In French we revised some words for colour by singing them to a well known tune- ask your child to explain!
We have started making firework pictures using acrylic paint and pastels. We will finish these next week.
Your child is coming home with a piece of paper about a Christmas card competition. This is entirely voluntary and is to be done at home. Please see email from Mrs George for further information.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Munro,Mrs Bailey,Mrs Tait and P3M
The children were very excited to share their learning with parents today.
In literacy this week we were thinking about asking and answering questions in reading. We will continue to focus on questioning over the next few weeks.
As it was Hallowe’en we tried to write a spooky story by continuing the story -“It’s Too Frightening For Me” by Shirley Hughes. The children had some great ideas, have a look at our display in the corridor outside the old gym hall. Next week in writing we are going to look at sentence starts and how we can make our writing more interesting to read.
We were revising some tricky words this week in spelling , our spelling programme will begin next week.
In numeracy we have been counting in 4s and looking at the 4 times table. We have been revising O’clock and half past times and learning quarter past and quarter to using analogue and digital clocks. We will be continuing with time next week. Please encourage your child to look at clocks in his/her environment and try to tell the correct time.
In music the class were listening to Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and drawing their responses to it.
We have been looking at the emergency services and talking about the skills and qualities you would need for jobs in these areas. We have been practising saying our full address.
In PE we have beeen doing circuits and trying to improve our fitness levels.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Munro,Mrs Bailey,Mrs Tait and P3M.
We have been finishing our topic on India this week.
These are some of our thoughts on the topic.
‘I liked learning about the different religions’
‘I enjoyed listening to Mrs Watson tell us about an Indian wedding’.
‘I liked learning about the animals in India.’
‘I enjoyed learning about the dabbawalas’
We used iPads, books and short films to learn about India. This week we used the iPads to research information about the snakes who live in India.
Some of us made lassi this week,we all got the chance to try it. Some thoughts:
‘I liked the lassi.’
‘I thought it was too strong because of the cardamom.’
‘I enjoyed the mango juice.’
We would like to give everybody in the class the chance to make or bake something at some point over the school year. If you would be happy to come in to help us with this, please talk to Mrs Munro or Mrs Bailey.
Have a great holiday.
Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Tait and P3M.