Our spelling words all contain ‘magic e’ this week. The ‘e’ has the effect of changing the preceding vowel sound from short (its sound, as pupils learned initially) to long (its name). As usual, there are two common words to learn too. Dictations using these words will be completed at the end of the week.
In our SEAL groups we have been looking at features of multiplication : describing equal shares, organising equal shares, determining the number of equal groups. Our focus in mental maths has been the 2, times tabls and we will continue to practise this next week.
Our focus in reading for the next few week is to identify features of poetry. We will be looking at Scottish words and poetry next week and encouraging the children to recite some poetry. (See separate blog)
All children have been given new reading books.
We are trying to use adjectives in our writing this term and created our own characters who could be a member of the Midnight Gang, our class novel. We tried to describe the character’s appearance and personality.
Please see separate blog for details of the spelling words we have been focusing on this week.
Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays and we will be doing gymnastics.
On Tuesday afternoons Mary from NYCos is exploring different features of music with P3. This week the class were learning songs using clapping and stamping to explore rhythm.
Our topic for the next few weeks will be the emergency services. If there are any parents/family members who work in this area and would be willing to share their experiences with P3, we would be delighted to hear from you.
We have been learning about poetry this week and have been thinking about actions we can use as we recite the words of a poem. With 25 January not too far away, we have been discussing Robert Burns and his poem ‘My Hoggie’.
We would like everyone in P3 to learn a poem written in Scots and be ready to recite it to the class or a small group on Wednesday or Thursday next week. We have sent some poems home as suggestions but would be delighted to hear any poem (in Scots) that you enjoy. You might learn a whole poem or even just part of one and you may recite your poem on your own or in a small group. It will help you to perform your poem with actions and expression if you are able to recite it without reading the words, but do not worry if you don’t manage to do this.
The school is holding a ‘Celebration of Burns’ on Friday next week (24 January) and someone / a group from each class will be selected to recite their poem. If you think you would like to do this, you will need to be prepared to perform your poem in front of the class first of all and then your class teacher will select someone / a group based on that performance. (We will not ask anybody to do this if they do not wish to.)
If you would like to be considered, please select one of the poems from the list sent home so that we do not recite the same poem as another year stage.
When selecting for the ‘Celebration of Burns’, we will be looking for individuals (on their own or as part of a group) who:
speak in a clear voice that others are able to hear.
show they have thought about making their poem interesting for others to listen to by thinking about some actions to go with the words.
We would love to hear any Scottish songs or tunes you can play on an instrument too and will consider these for the whole school celebration.
Continue to practise the common words sent home in October.
Reading books were collected in on Tuesday. If you are looking for some ideas for books to read over the holidays, have a look at these lists from the Book Trust and the Scottish Book Trust. Perhaps your local library will have copies that you may borrow.
Please complete the reading assigned to your group.
We will be working with groups, using their current reading books, on Monday and Tuesday next week but will collect all books in on Tuesday. We will issue new reading books at the start of next term.
Dictations, based on the spelling words that were published on Monday, will be completed on Monday 9 December. We will not be issuing new spelling words next week and pupils should instead focus on learning the common words that were highlighted and sent home in October.
We have been working on developing our skills counting in threes this week. We have listened (and danced) to the following song but it gets quite fast.
See if you can practise counting in threes until you can keep up with the penguin!
Expressive Arts / RME
Our concert songs are starting to sound fantastic! Keep practising at home, especially if you are singing a verse as part of a smaller group.