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SAVE THE CHILDREN CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

The nursery are organising the charity event to support ‘SAVE THE CHILDREN’.

The children are asking everyone to come to school wearing their Christmas Jumper on Friday 13th December.

Please donate £1 via Parent Pay.

The nursery group will be very excited to see all of your jumpers on the day!!! We are planning to do a tour around the school.

Many thanks,

The Nursery Team

P3 Spelling w/c 2.12.19

Our focus this week is on words containing ‘ou’ and ‘ow’. As usual, you have two ‘tricky’ or common words to learn too. Dictation will be on Friday.

Word List

  • out
  • mound
  • noun
  • cloud
  • south
  • owl
  • how
  • down
  • crowd
  • frown
  • other
  • brother

Challenge Word List

  • outside
  • trout
  • pronoun
  • pounding
  • proud
  • howl
  • anyhow
  • clown
  • crowded
  • drowning
  • other
  • brother

Week beginning 25.11.19

We hope everyone who has been sick this week is starting to feel better!

We have been learning to tell the time on analogue and digital clocks this week. We know the minute hand is the long hand and the hour hand is the short hand. Some of us were working on o’clock (always at the top) and half past (always at the bottom) times and some of us were looking at quarter past and quarter to times. We all found quarter to trickiest, especially understanding that quarter to 4 is 3:45 in digital time not 4:45.

We have been independent learners in charge of learning our spelling words with different activities. We had a chance to make our spelling words from blocks, chose a chilli challenge to complete and chose how we would practise our spelling words. Our sound this week can be made in two ways: oi (like in spoil and oil) and oy (like in toy and boy).

We created exciting characters in writing. Next they will be going on an adventure into a volcano. We loved being creative and were focussing on using WOW adjectives to describe our characters.

We focussed on having a quality discussion as part of our literacy learning this week. We identified the steps to success of a quality discussion as giving sensible answers with lots of detail, answering in sentences that aren’t too long or too short, giving our opinion and giving reasons for them, having good eye contact, speaking clearly, listening carefully and asking follow up questions like ‘why do you think that?’ or ‘tell me more’. We used key language like ‘I agree’, ‘I think’, and ‘because’. We talked about how our next steps will be to make sure we are having quality discussions about our reading books.

We created art using the five patterns in nature and in the style of Andy Warhol. We looked at Andy Warhol’s art and decided he uses the same picture but in different colours, he uses bright colours and he put them all in little squares.

Abigail, Rosie, Lexi and Emma taught us some of the Spring Fling. We asked to learn more about Highland Dancing as part of our topic ‘The Life of Buckstone’.

Home Learning

Reading: we are focussing on having quality discussions about our reading books in class. I am encouraging the children to give their opinion, reasons for their opinion and to ask questions about the book. Some examples of questions are:

  • If you were the main character, what would you have done differently?
  • What did you learn from this story? Has it changed your opinion of anything?
  • How could you have improved the story?
  • How would it effect the story if you changed the setting?
  • Was there a ‘secret message’ hidden in the story?
  • Have you had a similar experience/adventure happen in your life?

Maths: Using and talking about real clocks (both analogue and digital) throughout the day will be enormously beneficial to the children. If you are looking for some online resources to use as well, you could look at this mathsframe game which can be played with either o’clock and half past or the quarter hour (or the next step which is 5 minute intervals) and uses analogue and digital times. This timetools game is matching o’clock and half past times on an analogue clock and level one of this ictgame explores reading quarter hour times on an analogue clock.

Our whole school Building Resilience focus is ‘Be Kind to Others.’ The children have been exploring a concept called ‘Bucket Filling’ based around a book called ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ by Carol McCloud. P3C are experts on bucket filling as we are always trying to be a class of bucket fillers. It is an easy-to-understand concept. Everyone carries an invisible bucket that fills up whenever we do kind, considerate, helpful things for others. We call these acts ‘bucket fillers’. When we say things that are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful to others, this has a negative impact and gradually empties theirs and our buckets. These acts are bucket dippers. We learned that:

·         Kindness makes a difference to ourselves and others

·         Being unkind hurts others, and it hurts us too

·         It is important to be kind to ourselves

If you are interested in learning more, you can watch ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ being read by the author here.

For the Family Sharing Activity the children have been asked to think about how they can fill someone else’s bucket. There is a slip of paper that has gone home to support this. Please discuss ideas with your child and we will continue to discuss ideas in class as well.

Class notices

With all the runny noses we have as a class we would appreciate any donations of a box of tissues!

We have been practising all week for our carol concert which will be on Thursday 19th December at 2.30pm.

A message from some P7 enterprise teams

This term P7 are doing an enterprise project run by Virgin money called Make £5 grow. Please see some adverts from some of our teams.

The Christmas Puddings

The Golden Stars 😉

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Hello we are Abbie. S, Abbi.M, Rachel.S, Ashley and Hana and in P7 we are doing an enterprise project. We will me making our very own scrunchies our business is called SCRUNCHIEHUT!

We are sending this blog post out because we would love it if your child would be able to bring in some money to buy our homemade scrunchies on the 10th December.

We have scrunchies varying prices from £1.50 – £2.00 and different colours such as… Pink, Purple, Blue and our LIMITED EDITION COLOUR YELLOW!!

We would be very grateful if you and your child would be able to donate some old T-shirts or shirts in any of those colours. It would be helpful if you would be able to donate them from the 29th of November to the 6th of December. If you can please give them to P7H (we would prefer no patterns, and the T-shirt needs to be clean.) .

Thank you very much Scrunchiehut.

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Bracelet Bunch

On the 10th of December our group, called bracelet bunch, will be selling bracelets for our enterprise project. We will have lots of different types of bracelets such as: 

  • Bead bracelets  
  • Friendship bracelets 
  • Embroidery thread bracelets 
  • Personalised name bracelets 

We will also have some deals like 3 for the price of 2! 

 Are prices are as follows: 

  • Bead bracelets for £1.00 
  • Friendship bracelets for £1.50 
  • Embroidery thread bracelets for £1.50 
  • Personalised name bracelets for £1.50 

Hope you can bring in your money😀 

thank you 

  ____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  

P3 Spelling 25.11.19

This week, we are focussing on words containing the ‘oi’ or ‘oy’ sound. We have been thinking about where each usually appears (i.e. ‘oi’ in the middle of words ond ‘oy’ at the end). As usual, we have two ‘tricky’ or common words to learn / revise too.

Please work on the list that you chose in class. Dictation will be on Friday, as normal.

  • oil
  • spoil
  • foil
  • joint
  • hoisting
  • boy
  • toybox
  • joy
  • Roy
  • enjoying
  • more
  • before

Challenge words this week:

  • oily
  • spoiling
  • topsoil
  • boiling
  • noise
  • asteroid
  • enjoy
  • royal
  • destroy
  • annoy
  • more
  • before

Week beginning 18.11.19

Holly’s mum came to speak to us about the history of Buckstone for topic this week. Mrs Carter told us about the old quarry and showed us a photo of the men who worked there 100 years ago. Then we learnt about how Buckstone got its name 500 years ago from the King who went hunting here and started at the Buckstane. 2000 years ago, there were Picts here who fought the Romans in a big battle. Mrs Carter told us about the Picts. We learnt they had blue painted on them and that they drew pictures on stones to tell stories and mark their property. We had a go at designing our own Pictish carvings on stones.

We have been independent learners in charge of learning our spelling words with different activities. We investigated and said if words were real or nonsense, we chose a chilli challenge and chose how we would practise our spelling words. Our sound this week was a stretchy ‘o’ which you can make with oo (like in room and moon) and ew (like in few and threw).

In reading we have been focussing on giving quality answers to discussion questions about our reading books. We know that a quality answer means giving our opinion and reasons for them.

In maths we have been practicing our subtraction skills. Some of us have been taking away 10, some of us used empty number lines as a strategy to help us and some of were having a go at missing number subtraction problems.

For art we went looking for patterns in nature. We were trying to find branching, explosions, meanders, packing and spirals. We used what we found to inspire our art.

We were learning to talk about the weather in French this week. We had a go at acting out different types of weather and drawing them.

In PE we were working on defending as a ball skill. We had a go at playing netball with some people defending. We thought about stars and wishes for each other. Some of the stars were that people were shouting when they were ready for the ball, people had their hands up ready to catch the ball and that some people were finding an empty space to be in. Some of the wishes were to spread out more, pass the ball quicker and work as a team more.

We were learning to use the trackpad in ICT this week. We were focussing on clicking, double clicking and using the mousepad to move the mouse. We played different games online and used Paint on the computers to practise these skills.

Home Learning

Reading: we are focussing on having quality discussions about our reading books in class. I am encouraging the children to give their opinion, reasons for their opinion and to ask questions about the book. Some examples of questions are:

  • Where is the book set? How did the main character feel at the start of the book and at the end of the book? Why did it change? Who is telling the story? What is the story about? What kind of book is it and how do you know?
  • Who are the main characters? Name three adjectives to describe your favourite character? What was the main problem in the story and how did the main character solve it? What did you learn from the book?
  • Could you improve the story? What parts would you change? Do you agree with the character when they did …. Could the main character solved the problem in another way? Does the book have a hidden message?
  • What was the most interesting part of the book and why? Why do you think the character did… Who was this story written for? Which character would you like to be friends with and why?
  • What did you learn from the story? Have you had a similar experience? Would you recommend this book to a friend and why? Did this book give you any new ideas about yourself and why?
  • What is the relationship between the main characters? Why do you think the main character chose to … Why did the author use …. word? Can you create a different ending to the book? Why would you change it?

Spelling: the children have opportunities to practice in class through a number of active strategies, all of which could be done at home as well. A particular favourite is drawing a picture and hiding the words in the picture. If you were wanting to use an online resource as well, you could enter the spelling list (posted on a Monday) into spellingcity and try out some of their games as another way to practise.

Maths: we will be looking at time next week. You could be discussing useful vocabulary like quarter past, quarter to, half past and o’clock at home to support this.

Class notices

With all the runny noses we have as a class we would appreciate any donations of a box of tissues!

We have been practising all week for our carol concert which will be on Thursday 19th December at 2.30pm.

P3 Spelling w.c. 18.11.19

Please learn the words in the list you chose in class on Monday in preparation for your dictation on Friday.

We are focusing on words containing the sounds ‘ew’ and ‘oo’ this week.

  • broom
  • cool
  • pool
  • poor
  • new
  • chew
  • few
  • stew
  • grew
  • any
  • many

Challenge Words

  • balloon
  • moonlight
  • poorer
  • cooling
  • fewer
  • threw
  • chewing
  • stewing
  • newspaper
  • any
  • many

Week beginning 11.11.19

We have had a lovely Pudsey day. We really enjoyed going to the bake sale and getting to try the different games and activities like Pin the bandage on the Pudsey, the quiz and trying to guess Pudsey’s birthday.

This week we have been thinking carefully about our building resilience topic of being kind. Today we took turns to say kind things to each other which made everyone feel really happy. We also had a look at the anti-bullying week website, watched the #ChooseKindness videos and had a go at creating our own bullying or #ChooseKindness scenes.

In literacy we read and answered questions about Remembrance Day at the start of the week and most of us were working on discussing our reading books with Miss Collyns. We were trying to give really good answers where we gave our opinion and gave reasons. We had a go investigating our spelling words and finding other ways to spell the same stretchy ‘o’ sound. We found you can make the stretchy ‘o’ sound with oa which usually comes at the start or in the middle of a word (like in oat or toast), with ow which is usually at the end of the word (like in snow or row), with oe (like in toe or Joe), and with a magic o-e (like in home or bone). We found the last two the trickiest to use.

In maths we have been working on different subtraction strategies. We looked at using counting back and counting on to help us solve missing number subtraction problems and we tried to use our double facts to help us solve subtraction problems.

One of the questions we asked at the start of our new topic was about how volcanoes work because we knew already that Arthur’s Seat is a volcano. We watched a video to learn new facts about volcanoes and then chose how to share the information with the class. Here are some of the ways we shared the information with each other.

We were practising our coding skills today with the A.L.E.X. and lightbot apps on the ipads and had a go at programming our robot mouse to get to the cheese.

In P.E. we were improving our defending skills. Harry and Joe did an amazing job at defending during a game of benchball! We had a go at playing basketball as well.

We have also started thinking about the songs we will sing at our carol concert to raise money for Guide Dogs. We have been learning The First Noel and we learnt a Christmas song in French today.

Home Learning

Reading: we are focussing on having quality discussions about our reading books in class. I am encouraging the children to give their opinion, reasons for their opinion and to ask questions about the book. Some examples of questions are:

  • Where is the book set? How did the main character feel at the start of the book and at the end of the book? Why did it change? Who is telling the story? What is the story about? What kind of book is it and how do you know?
  • Who are the main characters? Name three adjectives to describe your favourite character? What was the main problem in the story and how did the main character solve it? What did you learn from the book?
  • Could you improve the story? What parts would you change? Do you agree with the character when they did …. Could the main character solved the problem in another way? Does the book have a hidden message?
  • What was the most interesting part of the book and why? Why do you think the character did… Who was this story written for? Which character would you like to be friends with and why?
  • What did you learn from the story? Have you had a similar experience? Would you recommend this book to a friend and why? Did this book give you any new ideas about yourself and why?
  • What is the relationship between the main characters? Why do you think the main character chose to … Why did the author use …. word? Can you create a different ending to the book? Why would you change it?

Spelling: please keep practising spelling words at home (in the most creative ways you can) – we had a few coats spelt caot today! New words will be published on Monday.

Maths: Mrs Bailey was working on quarter, half and full or whole turns this week and developing understanding of what is meant by clockwise and anticlockwise. You could give the children some instructions or let them give you instructions to further develop their understanding. (E.g. one quarter turn anticlockwise, a half turn clockwise etc.)

 

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Miss Collyns and P3C

P3 Scottish Hamper

We are looking for donations to help us create a hamper that can be used as a raffle prize at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 30 November.

Our hamper will have a Scottish theme, so if you are able to donate anything to fit in with this, we would be very grateful. When we spoke with pupils, we came up with ideas such as shortbread, tablet, oatcakes and Scottish jams. Our aim is to have a variety of different items to help make our hamper look as appealing as possible and we would be delighted to receive any items you can think of. It would be great if we could have these by Thursday 28 November.

Thank you in advance for your help with this.

The P3 Team

P3 Spelling w.c. 11November

Here are this week’s spelling words. Please work on the list that you chose in class to help you with your dictation on Friday. As usual, if you did not choose the challenge words but are now feeling confident spelling the words you chose, have a go at some of the trickier words.

Our focus this week is on words containing the ‘oa’ and ‘ow’ sounds. As usual, there are two ‘common’ words to learn or revise too.

  • oats
  • toast
  • coat
  • coast
  • throat
  • show
  • blow
  • snow
  • row
  • which
  • who
  • where

Challenge Words

  • toasted
  • raincoat
  • coaxed
  • aboard
  • bungalow
  • shallow
  • shadow
  • tomorrow
  • follow
  • who
  • where
  • which