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P3M 17.6.19

Hi Everyone

NUMERACY

In our groups last week we were adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. In mental agility we practised halving numbers. Please see the maths grid your child brought home for ideas of how you can help your child in numeracy.

LITERACY

New spelling words were given out on Monday and we are doing various activities to help us learn these words and patterns. Dictation is on Fridays. Please see Spelling City for a list of your child’s words. Please use the spelling grid for games to play at home.

We will be finishing our reading books on Monday and Tuesday of this week and the books will be collected in towards the end of the week.

We wrote about our trip to the Botanics after discussing what we enjoyed, what we learned and how it could have been improved.

We have used iPads and information books to make fact posters about plants.

SCIENCE

We developed our understanding of how trees depend on insects and on one another.

TRIP TO BOTANICS- We had planned to extend our knowledge of trees by participating in The Secrets Of Trees programme . Unfortunately the weather was so rainy we were confined to the glass houses. The children were able to learn about the various cacti, fruit trees and ferns growing there.

ART

Linked to our planting of sunflowers we learned a little bit about Van Gogh’s life and then mixed colours to paint our own versions of The Sunflowers.

PE

We have continued to develop our tennis skills.

This will be the last blog of the term.

Mrs Bailey,Mrs Munro and P3M

31.5.19 P3M

Hi Everyone

Can you please return your child’s Learning Story if you have not already done so-we have 5 outstanding and need to write comments and talk about your child’s individual star steps. Thank you.

NUMERACY

We were talking about fractions this week and doing a variety of activities involving halves and quarters. We were also talking about the structure of numbers and breaking up 3 digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones in different ways. We are continuing to practise tables. Please see the Learning wall your child is bringing home with them today. They contain a  number of numeracy activities for you to do at home if you wish.

LITERACY

New spelling words were given out on Monday- please see Spelling City for a list of your child’s words.

We continued reading the books which were given out last week, new books will be handed out next Monday and Tuesday. We are continuing to read to find specific information.

We were writing instructions  for planting seeds  making sure we wrote in a logical sequence using suitable linking words.

REFLECTIONS

In numeracy and literacy we reflected on our individual star steps for the term to ensure we are working on what each child chose to achieve.

We were also reflecting on our year in P3 and completed a Looking Back/Looking Forward sheet to be included in our Learning Story with our reports.

TOPIC

Matthew and Susan from Mortonhall Garden Centre came to visit P3M and showed us how to plant seeds properly. Each child has planted a sunflower /nasturtium seed and a chocolate mint cutting. We are learning to care for these plants. We are also conducting an experiment with cress to observe the best conditions for growing. Please ask your child to explain this to you.

PE

We are learning to develop our tennis skills.

FRENCH

We practised the different words for facial features and played Jacques a dit. We then tried to describe the monsters we had drawn to our learning partners using the vocabulary we knew.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

17.5.19 P3M

Hi Everyone

We have all enjoyed a fantastic health week and have made the most of the beautiful weather.

Here are some of our activities:

We started the week with a whole school assembly where we spoke about the way we can all make a difference in our street, school and community. The children took a family challenge sheet home yesterday.

In PE we were practising jumping different distances and heights.

We discussed well being indicators and played a game to help us understand what they were.

We listened and responded to Tchaikovsky’s Trepak.

We made healthy muffins.

We participated in a classroom yoga session and had daily Just Dance sessions.

Sports day was great fun with everyone participating and trying their best. Well done to the Green team for being the overall winners.

Mrs Murray spoke to us about keeping ourselves safe in different situations.

Outdoor learning- we worked cooperatively with a partner to complete a list of tasks in our wooded outdoor area and used the iPads to take photographs.

We finished the week with a whole school fitness session in the playground.

SOME OF OUR COMMENTS

I enjoyed the running race because I love running.

I liked the sack race because it was fun falling over.

I liked making the muffins, they were lovely.

I really enjoyed taking photos during our outdoor learning.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

We began to read for information and to make notes for a specific purpose. (New reading books will be given out next Tuesday and Wednesday)

We did a whole class standardised maths assessment using the laptops. The class focused very well on this.

We did a whole class standardised spelling test.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

 

P3M 10.5.19

A short week at school for everyone!

NUMERACY

We were looking at place value and the structure of numbers in our SEAL groups. We were talking about numbers being made up of hundreds, tens and ones . We played a place value game on the iPads to help us practise.

LITERACY

SPELLING

We have continued to focus on learning the common words and had a table competition to help us learn.

WRITING

We wrote a couple of sentences about our long weekend and then swapped with a learning partner to check spelling, punctuation and to offer suggestions for improvement.

We talked about proper nouns and completed some written work to help us practise.

READING

All groups got new books this week. As it was such a short week Lassi, Turmeric and Mangoes have until 21.5.19 to read their books. Tuk Tuk will get a new book on 13.5.19.

FRENCH

We learned to say some words for facial features this week. We drew monsters with numerous coloured eyes, ears noses etc. and will use our knowledge of the vocabulary for numbers and colours to describe our monsters in French.

PE

We continued to work on our athletic skills: running, jumping and throwing. We had a javelin throwing competition!

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

3.5.19 P3M

Hi Everyone

This week we have been discussing our new targets for our learning stories. Please ask your child about the individual star steps they have chosen to work on in literacy, numeracy and music.

Details of how you can help your child in literacy and numeracy are in a separate blog post.

PE

We are practising athletics in PE this term.

MUSIC

We are listening to the music of Tchaikovsky and talking about how it makes us feel.

ICT

In ICT we are continuing to work on our typing skills.

FRENCH

We practised the months of the year and saying when our Birthday is.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

 

 

P3M 26.4.19

Hi Everyone

It was lovely to see the class again after the Easter break.

NUMERACY

We were learning in our SEAL groups this week. Please see separate post for details of how you can help at home.

LITERACY

We have been practising our spelling words in preparation for dictation today.

We wrote about our holidays trying to remember what we have learned about writing so far in P3. Our star steps were to : keep checking for full stops, start our sentences in different ways, think about spelling words and tricky words, try to use some adjectives.

We really enjoyed listening to how we all spent our Easter holidays.

Everyone was given a new reading book this week. Mangoes and Lassi have two weeks to read their books.

PE

We took advantage of the lovely weather to do PE outside and started athletics.

ICT

We were trying to  improve our typing skills using the lap tops. We practised using two hands to type, to use the arrow key for capital letters  and not to press return at the end of every line.

TOPIC

We spoke about the landscape in Buckstone and designed posters to encourage people to live here.

FRENCH

We were practising the months of the year and learning how to say happy birthday.

Have a great weekend

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

 

P3M 5.4.19

NUMERACY

As well as working on core numeracy skills in our SEAL groups we practised place value by saying the value of numbers in three digit numbers and talked about different subtraction strategies.

LITERACY

Our new spelling words all have an Easter/spring theme.

We practised using a or an by writing them correctly in a sentence.

We really enjoyed listening to everyone’s talks about their chosen artist and were able to give feedback about communicating well to an audience.

SCIENCE

We explained our magnetic games and how they work to the rest of the class.

TOPIC

We learned the names for different types of houses and thought about the house we lived in.

MUSIC

We were learning how to keep a steady beat and got to choose our favourite singing games.

RME

We watched a short film about the Easter story and discussed what happened to Jesus and why Christians celebrate Easter.( We hid the carrots for the P1 Easter hunt)

Have a lovely Easter break.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

P3M 29.3.19

Hi Everyone

NUMERACY

In our SEAL groups we have been focusing on core numeracy skills. As a class we have continued to practise our 3 and 4 times tables. We have been singing along to Number Jacks and playing games to help speed and accuracy.

LITERACY

In reading we are continuing to develop our comprehension skills through oral and written activities .

In spelling we have practised our words through a number of different activities and everyone had dictation today to assess which words we need to work on. We have also talked about the different spelling and  meaning of there, their and they’re. Ask us to explain them to you!

SCIENCE

We worked in groups  to design a game using magnets.

PE

We continued to work on our badminton skills and also played some team games to improve our fitness.

ICT

We practised the skills we have learned by creating pictures.

TOPIC

We discussed the names for various types of housing and drew our own houses.

FRENCH

We practised our knowledge of numbers and colours by completing some challenging written work

TALKS

P3M please have your talks about your chosen artist prepared for Monday 1 April. We will listen to some each day that week. If there is a problem with this please talk to Mrs Munro or Mrs Bailey. We are looking forward to listening to the talks and learning lots of information about a variety of artists.

TOY SALE

P5 are holding a toy sale on Thursday 4 April to raise money for The Sick Kids. Toys will be priced at 50p, £1 and £2.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

 

P3M 15.3.19

Hi everyone

NUMERACY AND MATHS

This week we returned to core numeracy skills working in groups- please see additional blog for activities to do at home.

LITERACY

In reading this week we were designing our own book cover, making sure we had a suitable blurb on the back. We were discussing our new books in our groups as well as trying to read with expression and improve fluency.

We were writing sentences with a focus on using adjectives and doing various activities to practise our spelling words. We all had dictation on Friday.

SCIENCE

We discussed our magnetism conclusions.

We had a visit from three scientists from Heriot Watt University.They showed us an experiment using oil, water, food colouring and vitamin c. Ask us what we discovered!

PE

This week we were practising badminton skills.

ICT

We learned how to save a file on the laptop and used the iPads to help us with our tables.

DRAMA

We were exploring mime and looking at ways of showing emotions by using body language and facial expression.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

P3M 8.3.19

NUMERACY AND MATHS

This week we have continued to learn about money. We were selecting the correct notes and coins to make amounts and adding and using coins to pay for different amounts. In mental maths we played games to help us add amounts in our head.

LITERACY

We are enjoying our class novel and wrote our own chapter. We got new spelling words on Monday and have been working on a number of activities to help us learn them. We are all trying hard to answer our written comprehension questions in full sentences.

SCIENCE

We were exploring magnets and how they work with different objects- we made predictions and then did a test. We used challenge cards at different stations and tried to explain what was happening and why to a partner.

ICT

We were learning to launch applications and manipulate windows.

ART

We looked at the life and work of L.S Lowry and talked about what we thought of his style of painting. We had a go at recreating one of his paintings called ‘Coming out of School’.

FRENCH

We were practising our numbers and colours by playing games on the iPads and completing a worksheet from a selection.

WORLD BOOK DAY

We really enjoyed the opportunity to ‘Drop Everything And Read’ and were able to share some of our favourite  books with P7.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M