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Really Weird, chapter 19

Chapter 19, part 1
Chapter 19, part 2

Check you understand the meaning of:

  • Horrendous
  • Loftily
  • Ear-piercing
  • More to someone than meets the eye
  • Supernatural
  • Intervene

Think about these comprehension questions:

  • What do you think was in the box Valentina was holding? Why do you think she doesn’t want Luca to know about it?
  • Why is the zeuglodon in danger?
  • Why is Luca excited to see Mairi?
  • Why does Luca say that everything on Eilean is ‘just down the road’?
  • Why is Luca happy at the end of the chapter?
  • Make a prediction for the next chapter – how will they help the zeuglodon?

P3 French Friday 22.5.20


Have you been counting rainbows in windows? There are so many all over our city. I wonder who has spotted the most?

The French word for rainbows is arc en ciel.

Do you remember the words for some colours in French?

Here is a reminder:

Les Couleurs

bleu – blue

blanc – white (remember we don’t pronounce the finalwhen we say this word)

rouge – red

noir – black

jaune – yellow

vert – green

orange – orange

violet – purple

rose – pink

I’m sure that you know or have heard the rainbow song. Here is the same tune but sung in French. Have a listen to it a few times (it’s very short) and see if you can hear the word for a rainbow. You could try to learn the song if you would like to.



In French the colour comes after the noun. For example we would say – The blue house but in French it would become La maison bleue. The house blue.

In your jotter write today’s date and the heading Les Couleurs

Dessinez (draw)

a. une maison (house) jaune

b. un bateau(boat) bleu

c. un chat(cat) vert

d. un chien(dog) noir

e. une souris(mouse) rouge

f. un cheval (horse) blanc

Have a look at this very silly song which mentions some of the colours and also the word for a rainbow.



I hope you have fun singing these songs and learning some French words for colours.

A plus tard ( see you later) !











Learning Together at Home: 22.05.20

Friday Funday! Here is a little something to hopefully make you smile:

Thank you to everyone who has uploaded their writing so far, feedback will be with you by Monday 😊

Literacy: reading

Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of a book (any book) out loud to an adult. Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!

Literacy: spelling

Here is your spelling dictation for the week. Have someone read out your chosen level while you write the words or sentences in your jotter. Add in your extra two words that you have been working on as well. Remember to do any corrections three times!


planted, lifted, started, melted, needed


My ice-cream melted in the sun while I planted flowers. I needed to go to the shop. I lifted the boxes as I started to run.


I squinted in the bright sunshine as I decided which game to play. My toy was packaged very badly. She voiced her opinion. My mum said I behaved perfectly/

Maths games: division

Division races (with toy cars in this example but you could use whatever you want)

Try this card game: Divide and conquer

Monster division board game

Roll to make fact families

Problem-solving challenge:


Snappy Maths – this game allows you to click and drag items which helps with visualising division problems

Doggy Division – this game also encourages visualising the problem

Hit the button

Mental Maths Train

Division Games

French will be coming in a separate blog post.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Collyns

Really Weird, chapter 18

Chapter 18, part 1
Chapter 18, part 2

Check you understand:

  • Herring
  • Brusquely
  • An avenging ghost
  • Sheepishly
  • Intently (he watched the scene intently)
  • Reconciled
  • Auction
  • Ram (the livestock kind)

Think about these comprehension questions:

  • What do you think Andy might be feeling when “his face goes white, then bright red, then green again”?
  • Why did the brothers stop talking to each other?
  • What do you think they said to each other in the bedroom to fix it?
  • What does a luh look like?
  • How does Uncle Alistair react to the brothers fighting? Why does it interest him so much?
  • Where do you think the ghost disappears to?
  • What gift does the luh give Luca? Why does he give them a gift?
  • How do you think Luca feels about this RWR adventure compared to their other adventures? Why do you think that?

Learning Together at Home: 21.05.20

Happy Thursday everyone!

On Teams there is a ‘Writing for feedback’ folder in the Files section which is where I would like you to upload a photo of your writing from either this week or last week for feedback from me. However, you can also upload any pictures (or documents) of learning that you have been doing in the General channel. Please remember the Playground channel is where you can chat and say hi to each other.

If you would like to share what you have been getting up to at home this week (learning or otherwise) it would be lovely to see your photos in the class Teams or send them via email and I will share them on tomorrow’s blog!

Literacy: spelling

Think about your spelling words. Do you need more practice? Are you ready to show you know them by applying them in a new context or by finding the mistakes? Or are you looking to extend your learning?

Practice your spelling words using one of the suggestions on your spelling homework grid.

Apply your understanding by creating pictures to illustrate the meaning of each word.

Correct these mistakes:

Extend your learning by using the letters of one of your spelling words to make as many other words as you can (for example: slide – side, lie, lied, lid). Repeat with at least 5 of your words.

Use this grid to find other suggestions for how to extend your learning:

Literacy: reading (and Art)

Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of a book (any book) out loud to an adult. Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!

Today’s reading comprehension activity is about Quentin Blake who is an illustrator we learnt about as part of our class novel The BFG. Download this document for the instructions and also today’s art lesson which is linked to the reading task.

Maths: division

Daily 10 on Topmarks – choose a level of challenge that is appropriate for you within Division

Two new challenges have launched on Sumdog this week – one to develop your division skills and one to revise time. They will end at 5pm on Friday.

We have been exploring some different strategies to help us solve division calculations.

We can use equal groups (either with items or with a picture):

We can use an array:

We can use a number line:

We can use times tables facts:

Today I am asking you to find out which strategy is best for you. You will do this using thinkboards. Have a look at my example thinkboard:

You can download the template for your thinkboard or you can make one with a piece of paper.

I am going to put a division calculation in the middle of my thinkboard and then solve the calculation using 4 different strategies. Have a go at the 21 ÷ 3 = example then scroll down to see if your answer matches mine.

When you are ready, solve each of these calculations on your thinkboard and decide which strategy is best for you:

Mild (2, 3, 5, 10)Hot (3, 4, 6, 8)Spicy (6, 7, 8, 9)
12 ÷ 2 =
25 ÷ 5 =
30 ÷ 10 =
18 ÷ 3 =
24 ÷ 3 =
15 ÷ 5 =
27 ÷ 3 =
32 ÷ 4 =
36 ÷ 6 =
56 ÷ 8 =
24 ÷ 4 =
36 ÷ 3 =
72 ÷ 6 =
56 ÷ 7 =
96 ÷ 6 =
88 ÷ 8 =
91 ÷ 7 =
63 ÷ 9 =
These are just suggestions. Complete as many examples as you like until you are feeling confident.

Extra challenge: word problems

Use your strategies to solve these word problems.

You could also have a go at creating your own word problems for someone else to solve. Remember you need to know the answer to check if they got it right!

RME will be in a separate blog post.

See you tomorrow everyone 😊

P3 RME – 21.05.20

This term we are learning about different religious foods and festivals from around the world. Today we are going to learn more about the Buddhist festival of Wesak (or Vesak).

Before we begin, think about:

  • What do you know already about Buddhism?
  • What do you know about Wesak?
  • How do you think food is important during Wesak?

Before we learn more about Wesak, here is a basic introduction to Buddhism:

Then learn more about the Buddhist festival of Wesak:

Think about or discuss these questions with someone at home:

  • When is Wesak celebrated?
  • What is the other name for Wesak?
  • What does Wesak celebrate?
  • How do Buddhists celebrate Wesak?
  • What kind of food do Buddhists eat during Wesak?

If you are interested in learning more about Wesak and Buddhism:

Possible follow up activities:

Make a Wesak lantern – paper or jam jar

Try meditating

Make a vegetarian meal

Make a mandala

Really Weird, chapter 17

Chapter 17, part 1
Chapter 17, part 2
Chapter 17, part 3

Check you understand:

  • Suspicious
  • Negotiate
  • No trace
  • An edge to a voice
  • Abruptly
  • Hospitality

Think about these comprehension questions:

  • Find Shetland on a map of Scotland.
  • How does Uncle Alistair plan to get to Shetland?
  • Why does Luca say ‘a wave of sadness passes over my mum’s face’?
  • What do you think Luca means when he says ‘the music of the sea is home to me’?
  • How does Uncle Alistair know the luh has seen the hunting equipment?
  • How do they work out it’s a ghost that took the sheep?
  • What is ‘Shetland hospitality’?
  • What do you think Uncle Alistair’s plan is to tackle the ghost and get the sheep back?

P3 Science – Wednesday 20 May


We’ve had a look at some seeds growing into some healthy and not so healthy plants and now know the conditions needed for healthy growth.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at seeds.

A quick activity to get us started!

Here is a photo I have taken of some seeds. There are chia seeds, mustard cress seeds, sunflower seeds, corn kernels and a runner bean seed. With help from someone at home, see if you can identify some or all of the seeds:

Here is a photo I have taken of some other parts of a plant. You will be able to identify these.

The difference between the seeds and the other parts of the plant that I have shown you, is that the seeds have the potential to grow. (Some plants can be grown by taking cuttings but generally, the parts of a plant I have shown you here will not grow if I put them in soil or water.)

Here is a close up of the runner bean seed.

When seeds begin the process of growing into plants, it is called germination.

Seeds have a seed coat which protects everything inside until it is ready to germinate. They won’t start to germinate until they have water, air and the right temperature. The seed coat takes in the water and oxygen (air) to begin with and this helps the seed to get energy to grow from its own food store which it stores inside.

Inside the seed, there are tiny roots, leaves and a stem (this is called the embryo). The seed coat breaks open once the water is taken in and the root comes out first. The shoot comes out next and this contains the stem and leaves.

Here is the seed coat from one of our mustard cress plants we grew. It’s not very clear, but hopefully you can see how it has burst open.

I have placed the runner bean seed in some water and am going to observe what happens to it over time. I’ll upload photos to show you.

If you have seeds in the house, you might want to try this too. You could draw what happens to the seed before and after it is placed in the water.

In the meantime, have a look at this clip to help your understanding:

I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Bailey

P3 Handwriting – Wednesday 20 May

Good afternoon!

I hope you are all well on this beautiful, sunny day.

I’m trying a different approach today for handwriting and have recorded a video on YouTube. Normally, I can only record very short clips at a time to ensure the videos will upload successfully. I thought it might be easier just to have one video for you to watch and pause when you need to.

Today, we are learning to form the letters r, e, i and t correctly in cursive handwriting.

If you have previously been working on forming non-cursive letters, continue to do so unless you feel you’d like to have a go at some cursive letters.

If you have been writing longer passages (poems etc), continue to do this by copying from a text you have at home.

Remember our Star Steps:

  • Correct pencil grip
  • Good posture
  • Start all letters at the same place, on the line
  • Keep your pencil on the paper until you have finished a word

You might want to warm up your hands before you begin:

Is your pencil sharp enough? Great! Write today’s date in your jotter.

Watch the clip below and pause it when you need time to write a row of letters. Remember to take your time!

Here are some words for you to write using the letters we are working on today. Careful when joining from r to e – it’s quite tricky!

Here are some more. Look at the third ‘fire’ that I have written. If you were giving me some feedback about the f, what might you say to me? Should it have come down that far?

Don’t forget to self-assess. Green for great and pink for think (or practice).

Learning Together at Home: 20.05.20

Wellbeing Wednesday 😊 I hope you are all being kind to everyone in your house and to yourselves. Head over to the main school blog for this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday activities.

On Teams, please remember the general channel is for you to ask any questions about your learning and for you to share what you have been doing at home. The playground channel is a place where you can chat with each other. 😊 Please let the school know if you need help logging in or need a device to access Teams.

Literacy: reading

Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of a book (any book) out loud to an adult. Keep working on some of the comprehension activities posted yesterday.

Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!

Literacy: spelling

Practise your spelling words at least once using one of the suggestions on the Spelling Homework grid. Remember to practise any words you are finding challenging more than once!

Literacy: writing

Download this document for today’s writing task:

When you have finished, take a picture of your writing and upload it into the ‘Writing for feedback’ file in the Files section of our class Teams.

Maths: division

Daily 10 on Topmarks – choose a level of challenge that is appropriate for you within Division

Two new challenges have launched on Sumdog this week – one to develop your division skills and one to revise time. They will end at 5pm on Friday.

Yesterday we looked at how we can use number lines as a strategy to solve division problems.

Today we are going to explore how we can use our times tables facts as a strategy to help us solve division problems. Think back to the work we did on fact families as this will help us today. Watch this video for an explanation of this strategy:

Have a go at this example, then scroll down to see if your answer matches mine:

When you are feeling confident, have a go at these examples in your jotter:

Mild (2, 5, 10, 3, 4)Hot (3, 8, 6, 7 9)
40 ÷ 10 =
14 ÷ 2 =
30 ÷ 5 = 
24 ÷ 4 = 
70 ÷ 10 =
18 ÷ 3 =
45 ÷ 5 =
18 ÷ 2 =
12 ÷ 4 =
24 ÷ 3 =
27 ÷ 3 =
72 ÷ 9 =
42 ÷ 6 =
49 ÷ 7 =
64 ÷ 8 =
48 ÷ 8 =
91 ÷ 7 =
84 ÷ 6 =
117 ÷ 9 =
72 ÷ 3 =

When you have finished, download this document to check your answers:

Choose one of these worksheets to complete to further consolidate your learning:

Mental Maths Train and Hit The Button are good games to practise this strategy with because they are encouraging recall of facts.

Extra challenge

Apply your knowledge of times tables facts to solve these missing number division problems.




Extra Spicy:

Science and Handwriting will be in separate blog posts.