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P3M 15.3.19

Hi everyone


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


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.


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!


This week we were practising badminton skills.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


We were learning to launch applications and manipulate windows.


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’.


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


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

P3M 1.3.19

Hi Everyone

NumeracyWe have continued to learn about money this week and have focused on working out the amount of change we would get when we total up items.


We are continuing to develop our comprehension skills using our reading books.

All spelling groups had dictation today to test our knowledge of the spelling words we have been practising for the last two weeks.

We all wrote a story about space for the World Book Day competition. We were trying to start our sentences in different ways as well as using adjectives and remembering punctuation.

Other areas of the curriculum

Science- We watched a short film about magnetism and explored the properties of magnets by doing some experiments in the classroom.

PE – We were practising jumping and landing and working on our upper body strength.

ICT – We were discovering how to access and launch apps using the lap tops.

HWB – We discussed different ways of making sure we were active for at least 60 minutes every day and drew a picture of how we could achieve this for our display in the corridor.

Modern Languages

We played a circle game to revise colours and numbers in French and played Round the World to practise our knowledge of the numbers 1 to 10 in Spanish!

Please see separate blog entry for suggestions of things to do at home.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

P3M 22.2.19

We hope everybody had a good break.


This week we have been learning about money. We discussed what we knew about money and how it was still really important to understand the value of it even in these days of card and contactless payments. We set up a shop in the classroom and a French café. We are learning to recognise and identify coins and notes to £20, to use different combinations of coins to pay for items and to calculate total amounts spent.


Following our whole school health and wellbeing assembly on getting active we wrote about a sport or activity we enjoyed. We are trying to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting.

New spelling words were given out on Monday and we have been doing a variety of activities to help us learn them.

New reading books were given out on Monday and Tuesday and we have been working on written and oral comprehension in class.


PE- We were practising different ways of balancing on different parts of the body.

Science- Through a variety of games we looked at forces in the playground and discussed : how they work and what makes them stop? Does the wind have any impact on them?

ICT – We built a house to practise our click and drag skills.


We were practising having a short conversation using the French phrases we know and started to look at the numbers 21 to 31.

Further information about how you can help at home is in an additional blog.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

P3M 1.2.19

Hi Everyone

We have had an exciting and very busy time in P3M this week.


We have continued to work on sequencing numbers, addition and subtraction and developing early multiplication and division skills.

Things to do at home

Snow Leopards – add numbers by going through the 10

9+4=13       so      9+1+3=13


8+6= 14     so       8+2+4=14 Use the second number to make 10 first then add the number which is left.

King Cobras – How many altogether?

7 groups of 3      8 groups of 4        8×5


Black Panthers

Use counters or draw dots – This array has 2 rows of 5 dots- how many dots are there altogether?

This array has 6 rows of 2 dots- how many dots are there altogether.



The children were given their new spelling words on Monday and we will be doing a variety of activities in class to help us learn these. Mrs Bailey posted the link to Spelling City on 28.1.19.

Things to do at home

Please share your child’s reading book with them. We are focusing on using questions to gain a greater understanding of  the text. We have been using recall questions to help us remember what happened and how and why questions to think more deeply about the story and characters. New books are given out on Mondays or Tuesdays depending on your child’s group.

We have been trying really hard to remember to use full stops and capital letters correctly. Maybe your child would like to write about something they have enjoyed or a TV programme they have watched. Ask them to check their writing over- have they used full stops correctly?

Other areas of the curriculum

P1-3 had  a visit from Professor Eco who entertained the children by singing songs and playing games about litter, transport and energy.

On Thursday  P3M were scientists for the afternoon and investigated mixtures of solids, liquids and gases to discover which combination fizzed! Ask your child what they learned.

PE – Gymnastics-we were looking at ways of travelling.

Science- We continued our learning on forces and were conducting some experiments to help us understand how the size and weight of an object can affect its movement. We were all very excited when Mrs Ritchie came to visit us to talk about gravity. This was something we were keen to learn more about when we planned our topic recently. We learned lots of interesting facts and were shocked to learn what the world would look like without gravity!

French- We tried to consolidate our knowledge of French phrases and vocabulary by having a conversation with our learning partner. We asked them their name, how they were and asked what age they were. Ask your child to teach you!

Spanish- We are lucky to have a Spanish speaking pupil in our class and he taught us to count in Spanish from 1 to 11.

Music – We participated in some more singing games to help us keep a steady beat. We also learned how to clap the rhythms shown in a basic form of music notation. We are really enjoying our sessions with our visitor from NYCoS.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Munro, Mrs Bailey and P3M

25.1.19 P3M

Hello Everyone


This week we spoke about the language in the poem My Hoggie by Robert Burns. We discussed the meaning and pronunciation and recited it together. We have been listening to well-know fairy tales in Scots.

We have continued to learn our spelling words through a variety of activities and all wrote a dictation today to test our knowledge.

In reading we are asking and answering written and oral questions about our books.

We were writing our personal star steps for our Learning Stories.

We have been writing sentences to practise using full stops and capital letters correctly.

Things to do at home

Talk about your child’s reading book with them. Ask them questions about the story and characters and get them to make up some questions for you.

Please see previous link to Spelling City for a list of your child’s spelling words and a selection of games for them to play.


Maths and Numeracy

This week we have continued to focus on core number skills. We are practising counting forwards and backwards in 3s and 4s starting from different points.

Things to do at home

Black Panthers-

Determine the number in equal groups- e.g. there are 4 groups of 5, how many altogether? Mental agility: Addition and subtraction in tens- 32+20, 65+30, 47-20 etc. Using our knowledge of doubles, work out doubles plus or minus 1- e.g. 5+6, 6+7 etc

King Cobras-

Subtraction within 20, eg 16-5,14-6 etc. Rolling two dice to make a 2 digit number- write or say the sequence of numbers following on from that number.Mental agility: practise counting forwards and backwards in 3s and 4s.

Snow Leopards –

Determine the number in each group- e.g. The farmer puts 42 eggs equally into 7 boxes. How many eggs are there in each box? Mental agility: Subtracting from a decade number e.g. 70-6,70-9 etc. Addition through a 10 eg 9+5, 8+3 etc.

Other areas of the curriculum

In science we were predicting then testing whether different toys needed a push or pull force to work.

In PE we were travelling using different forms of rolling. We also learned some highland dance steps and used them to come up with a dance sequence of our own.

French- we continued to practise numbers to 20 by playing some games .

Music with the teacher from National Youth Choir Scotland.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Munro and Mrs Bailey




18.1.19 P3M

Hello everyone

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

11.1.19 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



P3M Final blog of 2018

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


7.12.18 P3M

Hello everyone

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