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.
We continued working on quarter to and quarter past in maths, trying to link times to our daily routines. Some children are still finding this quite challenging. Talk to your child about the time and what happens at specific times throughout the day. The children have been working on number activities in their SEAL groups and practising the 4 times table in mental agility.
This was Book Week Scotland. We had a visit from a storyteller. The children really enjoyed listening to his stories. Some of their comments were-
‘He was really funny’.
‘He used actions to make the stories more interesting’
‘He used really good expression’
P6 were so inspired by the storyteller they came to P3 and shared their stories with us.
We had a very good discussion about favourite books and then we wrote about them. Primary 1 to 3 received book bags and we voted on our favourite book from a selection of three.
The children have been working on their new spelling words, there are games to play on Spelling City. See previous blog for further information.
We had a visit from an art student from Boroughmuir who worked on winter windows with the class. We also began to make our Christmas crafts to sell at the Christmas Fair.
We have started practising songs for our carol concert – further details to follow!
We continued to practise family words in French and tried hard to ask each other about whether or not we had brothers or sisters.
We have begun to have a greater focus on spelling in P3M and, as part of this, have changed the approach we have been using.
Pupils will be given a list of words to learn and will then practise these, in class, using a range of different activities over a two week period. Pupils will then complete a dictation to allow them to apply their learning in the context of a written passage rather than as single words.
If you would like to help your child practise their words at home, you can use the following link to view the list on Spelling City. Your child will know which group they are in.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
In maths this week we started off with a time assessment looking at the work we have covered over the last two weeks: revising o’clock , half past and learning quarter to and quarter past using both analogue and digital times. We will be revisiting time next year. We also did some work on the months of the year, making sure we know the order they come in and which months are in which seasons.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from a paramedic and a medical technician on Wednesday. The children had thought of questions to ask them about their work and we all had a look inside their ambulance. We had a very good discussion about what skills you would need to be a paramedic and the children wrote about the experience afterwards.
In reading we were thinking about characterisation and describing a character. We also did written comprehension. Please chat to your child about the characters in their reading book- What kind of person are they? Would you want to be their friend – why/why not? Saffron group have a non fiction book this week so they could choose a book from home to discuss characterisation. Next week is Book Week Scotland so we will be participating in lots of fun reading activities.
The three groups had dictation today to practise the words they have been working on over the last two weeks. Further information regarding spelling to follow.
Following on from last week’s assembly we had a circle time all about worries and what strategies we can use to help us cope with them. Lovely to see all the worry monsters the children have made at home. Some children have used Lego in school to create monsters too.
We began our new topic on food chains and the children drew their own food chains.
We really enjoyed being the first class to see the P5 Assembly and we were a quality audiencefor them.
In art the children used scrapers to make firework shapes on their paintings.
We had a great time taking part in all the Children in Need activities. A big thank you to P7 and their teachers.
Well done to all the awesome Primary 7 children who organised and delivered a fun and inclusive Activity Day raising vital funds for Children In Need. There were Free Activities where children could win a prize: Pin the Bandana on the Pudsey; Best Dressed Children per Stage. There was also a Free Quiz: winners will be announced next week once the Primary 7s have had a chance to mark the answer sheets.
P7M planned a Guess Pudsey’s Birthday competition at 50p per guess. We used a Random Date Generator to choose the date which was 30th November. The winner was a girl in P5HW. P7M presented her with her cuddly Pudsey backpack.
The Bake Sale organised by P7F was a massive sellout! Not a crumb was left! The Primary 7 children engaged with all the children and listened carefully to what their customers wanted and ensured they gave them the correct change.
P7R had queues out of the door for Face Painting. The Artists did a superb job of turning their customers into tremendous Pudseys, Tigers, Cats, Lizards and Dragons!
Mrs Magill, Miss Fotheringham and Miss Robinson are incredibly proud of you all!
Primary 6 have decided to support the local charity Social Bite!
Social Bite are on a mission to STOP homelessness in Scotland.
The way P6 are going to support them is by doing a Wee Sleepout, sleeping in the gym hall.
The reason we chose to do a sleepout rather than anything else is because every year Social Bite do a sleep in the park to raise money. We wanted to know what it would feel like to be sleeping out of our comfort zone with no mattress, and no technology, but it won’t be as bad as being homeless but it will still be hard.
If you would to sponsor us please visit the Just Giving link below.
Here’s our update to let you know what we’ve been learning this week.
We have continued to work on time.We were drawing hands on analogue clocks and writing numbers on digital ones to show quarter past and quarter to. We have spoken about our routines and what we might be doing at quarter past and quarter to the hour throughout the day. We have also worked on converting written analogue time to digital . This is quite challenging , especially the quarter to times. More practice definitely needed with this! Our numeracy work has been saying the number 10 before/after a given number.
In literacy we began our spelling programme and the children have been split into groups with their own lists of words to work on. These will be added to Spelling City shortly and shared with you so you can help at home. The children will take part in a variety of activities over a two week block to help them learn the spelling pattern they are focusing on.
We have continued to work on answering written questions in reading. We are practising reading the relevant pages again to find the information we need and then writing the answers in sentences – trying not to start with the word because.
In writing we have been working on sentence openers again, thinking about different ways of starting a sentence. The children worked very hard on a piece of imaginative writing. We are encouraging everybody to read their writing over to check that they have thought about the star steps we are working on that day.
We are starting a new topic on Food Chains. The children talked about how and what they want to learn.
In PE we were working on netball skill and general fitness.
In French we revised some words for colour by singing them to a well known tune- ask your child to explain!
We have started making firework pictures using acrylic paint and pastels. We will finish these next week.
Your child is coming home with a piece of paper about a Christmas card competition. This is entirely voluntary and is to be done at home. Please see email from Mrs George for further information.
The children were very excited to share their learning with parents today.
In literacy this week we were thinking about asking and answering questions in reading. We will continue to focus on questioning over the next few weeks.
As it was Hallowe’en we tried to write a spooky story by continuing the story -“It’s Too Frightening For Me” by Shirley Hughes. The children had some great ideas, have a look at our display in the corridor outside the old gym hall. Next week in writing we are going to look at sentence starts and how we can make our writing more interesting to read.
We were revising some tricky words this week in spelling , our spelling programme will begin next week.
In numeracy we have been counting in 4s and looking at the 4 times table. We have been revising O’clock and half past times and learning quarter past and quarter to using analogue and digital clocks. We will be continuing with time next week. Please encourage your child to look at clocks in his/her environment and try to tell the correct time.
In music the class were listening to Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and drawing their responses to it.
We have been looking at the emergency services and talking about the skills and qualities you would need for jobs in these areas. We have been practising saying our full address.
In PE we have beeen doing circuits and trying to improve our fitness levels.