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P3MB Friday 18.12.20

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM P3MB!

This week we have been learning:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

We completed a time assessment to see how much we have learned about digital and analogue time.

We used shapes to create a symmetrical tessellation.

We completed a picture to make a symmetrical Christmas tree.

LITERACY

We have been focusing on trying to learn the common words we are not sure of.

We wrote an imaginative story based on the plans we had written last week about the Nutcracker.

FRENCH

We learned some French Christmas vocabulary and watched a short story about Pere Noel.

MUSIC

We are continuing to listen to the music of Tchaikovsky and we compared different pieces of music by him and chose our favourite one.

We began creating our own version of Trepak using instruments and linking what we know about sound.

RME

We read the Christmas story together and talked about why Christmas is so important to Christians. We discussed what religion is and how it is important to respect all beliefs.

PARTY

We had great fun at our party, everyone joined in the games and enjoyed the snacks and juice back in the classroom.

We have come to the end of the first term of P3. The children have coped so well with all the Covid measures in school and have continued to approach their learning with enthusiasm. They have been stars.

We look forward to seeing everyone in January 2021 and hope you all have a lovely holiday.

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P3MB 11.12.20

Hi everyone,

This is what we have been learning this week:

MATHS and NUMERACY

We continued to look at symmetry. We were recognising when a shape has symmetry, working out how many ways a shape could be folded to show symmetry and using a mirror to check symmetry. We challenged ourselves by completing shapes to make them symmetrical.

LITERACY

We made a plan for a piece of writing based on The Nutcracker. We described sounds and feelings and wrote about what might be happening. We will complete this piece of writing next week.

We wrote a personal piece of writing about what Christmas means to us.

In handwriting we learned to form t and k correctly and revised f.

(Reading books will be collected in next week).

MUSIC

We listened to pieces from the Nutcracker Suite and drew pictures based on what we heard/ what we imagined.

ART

We created Christmas cards using our thumb and finger prints.

PANTO

We all enjoyed watching Jack and the Beanstalk together.

PARTY TIME!

On Thursday 17 December P3MB will be having their Christmas party. The children can bring in their own juice and party snack to have afterwards in our classroom. Children are allowed to wear party clothes/ non uniform that day.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 4.12.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

We began to look at symmetry. We identified symmetrical objects and talked about lines of symmetry. As part of our outdoor learning we created symmetrical pictures using natural materials.

Please see separate blog post for photographs.

We continued to work on digital time.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Create a symmetrical picture. If you have paint at home you could use this or use materials you find outdoors.

A number of children continue to find digital times challenging, please continue to practise these, especially quarter to and quarter past.

LITERACY

We talked about our learning stories and discussed what we might write in them. We each wrote a comment for literacy and numeracy.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

You could practise all the tricky/common words we have been learning since the start of P3. Choose the activity which you find the best to help you learn them.

Tricky words covered :

you

your

come

some

they

said

here

there

go

so

no

my

by

live

like

give

have

little

down

only

old

who

where

which

any

many

more

before

other

brother

where

were

HWB

We discussed bullying again and identified examples of bullying behaviour. We spoke about what we could do to prevent bullying and wrote about the part we could play in this .

ART

We created a piece of art for the whole school window display.

Following on from last week’s sketches of trees we painted a winter sky using our new oil pastels and cut out winter trees from black paper.

The children put a great deal of effort in to this piece of work , they really thought about the colours they should use and enjoyed using the paintbrush to blend them. The results are fabulous.

MUSIC

We talked about what we would like to find out about Tchaikovsky and listened to the Dance of the Mirlitons from The Nutcracker.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

We identified different kinds of disabilities including invisible ones and watched a short film about a 10 year old boy with vision impairment.

The children gave this film their full attention and it prompted some mature and thoughtful discussion.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 27.11.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY AND MATHS

Our mental maths warm ups have included using different subtraction strategies.

We have continued to learn about time this week and our focus has been linking analogue times to their digital equivalent.

We counted in fives and linked that to a clock face to help us remember:

60 minutes = 1 hour

30 minutes = half an hour

15 minutes = quarter of an hour

45 minutes = three quarters of an hour

Our written work involved writing times on analogue and digital clock faces.

Some of us challenged ourselves with word problems involving time.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Keep talking about time with your child, look for digital times around the house. A number of children found quarter to in digital time challenging. Count in fives around the clock face to help them think about minutes.

LITERACY

We continued to focus on comprehension in reading groups, asking and answering questions about the text.

We wrote about a personal experience or event to help us put full stops in the correct place.

In grammar work we discussed putting a or an in front of a word and the reasons for this.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Ask your child to explain when we use a and when we use an. You could put some words in a pile, ask your child to read each one and decide whether an or a should go in front.

We were practising writing f cursively this week. Many of us found this tricky. You could practise forming f correctly at home.

ROAD SAFETY WEEK

We watched the Green Cross Code video and practised crossing safely in the playground as part of our outdoor learning.

MUSIC

We started reading The Nutcracker and listened to the Dance of the sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky.

ART

We spoke about the trees being stripped of their leaves and how you could see the different sizes of branches more clearly now. We sketched some of the trees in our woods trying to draw the way the branches grew.

PE

We are continuing to improve fitness levels through running and games.

HANGING DECORATIONS

Thanks so much to everyone who made a hanging decoration for us, they are so imaginative and creative. Our classroom is looking very festive now. Further contributions still very welcome.

Have a lovely weekend,

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P3MB Friday 20.11.20

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY AND MATHS

In mental maths we practised using different subtraction strategies.

Our main maths activities focused on telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. We re-visited quarter past and quarter to and discussed 0’clock and half past on digital clocks.

We used a textbook to answer questions on time. The class tried very hard to set their work out carefully, making sure that their writing was neat and they had a heading and date at the top of their page. They did a really good job.

We also practised saying the months of the year trying to make sure we knew the order they came in.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Practise the months of the year. If you can say them in the correct order, ask someone at home to ask you some questions, for example:

What month comes after May?

What is the month before December? etc

A game to play

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#

LITERACY

We practised asking questions about our books in our reading groups.

We identified nouns as part of our grammar work.

In writing we used the mynah bird characters we created last week to write a story about them. We talked about an interesting story having a beginning, middle and end and wrote a plan before we started.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Try to identify some nouns in your reading book or in another book you are enjoying.

OPTIONAL HOME LEARNING TASK

We were talking about trying to make our classroom look festive and decided we would like to have some decorations hanging from the ceiling. If you would like to make a decoration from materials you have at home, your contribution would be very welcome. Please bring your decoration in some time in the next two weeks and we will hang it up.

ANTI- BULLYING WEEK

We have been doing a number of activities to help us identify what bullying means and who we can talk to about this. We continue to reinforce how important it is to be kind to one another in our words and actions.

ART

We painted mynah birds. We looked carefully at the shape and the colour of the mynah birds on the Smartboard and drew the outline using pencils first.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 13 November

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We continued to practise different subtraction strategies in mental maths activities.

We started to tell the time on analogue clocks. We talked about 60 minutes being in one hour and 60 seconds in one minute. We played games to help us think about how long one minute is. We linked times to real life and spoke about what we would be doing at specific times in the day. We revised half past and 0′ clock and drew these times on blank clock faces. Some of us challenged ourselves by working out word problems using time.

We introduced quarter to and quarter past and tried to show these times on our individual clocks.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Talk to your child about time and link times to specific events in the day. For example “What time do I get up/ go to school/ have dinner”. Look at analogue clock faces in your home and talk about quarter to and quarter past ,noticing where the clock hands are.

Literacy

In reading this week we were developing our reading comprehension skills using the Blooms ‘remembering’ questions.

In writing we created a mynah bird character and profile to use in a story next week.

We listened to the final book talks.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

When you are sharing your child’s reading book ask them the Bloom’s remembering questions :

The story is set in ………………………………………………

The main characters in the story are…………………………………

At the beginning of the story………………………………………

They could write their answers down if they wish, making sure they are writing in full sentences.

PE

We did a variety of games to improve our fitness levels and have fun.

RME

We watched the story of Rama and Sita and spoke about Diwali. We drew Rangoli patterns outside using coloured chalks.

HWB

We watched an online assembly from NSPCC about children speaking out and staying safe. We discussed who the children could speak to inside and outside school if something is worrying or upsetting them. We looked at the Childline website and played some of the games there.

CHILDREN IN NEED

We had lots of fun this morning. Many of us dressed in yellow or spots and we followed a kindness trail in the playground. We watched a special assembly about Children in Need and wore our Pudsey masks. We wrote something kind about each person in our class and guessed how many sweets were in the jar.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 6th November 2020

Hello everyone

This week we have been learning:

Maths and Numeracy

We have continued to look at different subtraction strategies this week.

We were counting on to find the difference and discussing different ways of finding the second number in subtraction calculations when the second number is missing.

e.g. 15 – ? = 8

We were counting backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s.

We spoke about fact families again and worked with a partner to complete two addition calculations and two subtraction calculations when given two numbers.

e.g. 12 and 7

12 + 7 = 19

7 + 12 = 19

19 – 7 = 12

19 – 12 = 7

We also revised left and right and practised making full, half and quarter turns. The terms clockwise and anti- clockwise were introduced and we practised giving and following directions as part of our outdoor learning.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue

LITERACY

Reading

The children worked in groups to research information on mynah birds. Each group worked on different questions the class had previously decided on and then gave feed back to the rest of the class.

Talking and Listening

We have really enjoyed listening to the children talk about their favourite books. There has been a huge variety in the books chosen and the class were able to practise being a good audience.

Writing

The children wrote about bonfire night, they discussed their ideas beforehand and wrote an individual plan.

Handwriting

This week we were practising the letters : m n l and u.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please continue to work on your child’s spelling words at home. Any activities done at home really do help with the retention of the rule we have been working on in school. The new spelling words are posted on the blog on Mondays.

Please talk to your child about their reading book. Ask them to predict what is going to happen in the story. Once they have read the book, talk about what happened in the beginning, middle and end. If they wish to, they could write a summary of the story and practise using full stops and capital letters correctly.

ART AND CRAFT

This week we designed Christmas cards for the parent council fundraising.

We painted poppies on stones to be placed outside Fairmilehead church for Remembrance day.

Have a lovely weekend.

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P3MB Friday 30 October

Hello everyone, we hope you all had an enjoyable break last week. It was lovely to welcome the children back to school and to hear about all the things they were doing.

This week we have been learning:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

In mental ,maths we were counting backwards in ones, twos and tens, starting from different numbers.

We began looking at different subtraction strategies and started by counting back by one, two and three. Some of us challenged ourselves by using larger numbers.

We talked about fact families looking at the link between addition and subtraction-

eg 6 + 3 = 9

3 + 6 = 9

9 – 3 = 6

9 – 6 = 3

We talked about fact families having the same three numbers and making sure we always start with the largest number when we are using subtraction.

We also linked our health and well being discussion to maths and completed a graph based on different emotions. Afterwards we discussed how different our graphs were because we all experience similar situations differently.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Use two dice to to get three numbers in a fact family-

If you threw a 6 and a 5, your fact family would be 6, 5 and 11.

Write the two addition facts and two subtraction facts you could make from these three numbers.

Challenge

Throw the two dice twice to make two 2 digit numbers.

Eg 2 and 6 become 26, 3 and 4 become 34.

The fact family would be 26, 34 and 60

Write the two addition facts and two subtraction facts you could make from your three numbers.

LITERACY

We are all really enjoying our Secret Seven class novel.

We made predictions about what might happen next in the story and wrote our ideas down.

We used our imaginations to write a mixed up fairy tale (just like the play in the Secret Seven book) and had some great ideas for our stories.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

We are really looking forward to listening to the children review their favourite book. We will be starting this next Monday 2nd November. (Please see previous blog post for further information.)

PE

We are continuing to improve our fitness levels and have been working on running skills this week,

ART AND CRAFT

The children enjoyed making some Halloween crafts and worked together well to share resources and help one another.

We loved looking at all the different pumpkins on our Buckstone pumpkin trail.

Here are some ideas to do at home for Halloween:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-he-648-halloween-family-fun-activity-pack

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 16.10.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

We completed a maths assessment which covered the areas of numeracy we have been working on since the start of P3.

‘We have been counting in 3s and 4s’

‘The assessment was quite tricky’

‘It was a bit fun too’

We created 3D objects using 2D drawings, art straws and plasticine. We discussed vertices, edges and faces.

‘It was REALLY fun but quite tricky to make a cube’.

‘I found it easy and I was the first one finished’.

LITERACY

We used ‘Tunnel in a Hedge’ as a story start and wrote the rest of the story focussing on full stops and capital letters.

‘This was very fun’.

‘We all like to add a lot of detail’

We summarised the story of ‘The Three Little Ghosties’, trying to divide the story into beginning, middle and end without using too much detail.

‘We used the summary words to help us.’

‘It was a good story’

.HWB

We looked at the Building resilience PowerPoint and in a circle time shared occasions which we have found difficult and talked about the things we did to help us cope

.’We were talking about things we find difficult and discussed lots of lovely ways to cheer ourselves up.’

We enjoyed our fitness sessions in the playground and played lots of games to make sure we were running about.

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HOME LEARNING

Please remember to look at the blog post from Monday 12 October. This has all the information about the book talks which are due the week beginning 2nd November.

Have a lovely October break everyone.