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P3S 15.06.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*practise telling the time on digital and analogue clocks – ‘5 past’, ’20 past’, ’25 to’, ’10 to’ etc.
*write a diamante poem (using nouns, adjectives and verbs)


Numeracy and Maths

This week we have focused on fifths in fractions. We have practised calculating 1 fifth of a number, and have tried to not count up in 5s as our strategy. This is to try and help us really understand the concept of dividing a number into 5 equal parts.

Here is what we’ve started calling the ‘chocolate bar’ strategy. It has been a little tricky to get our head around, as some of us find counting up in 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s difficult, but we have made good progress.


The ‘chocolate bar’ strategy has also helped us to calculate 2 fifths, 3 fifths and 4 fifths more easily.


Literacy and Language

We have started a class novel study on ‘The Magic Finger’. We started off by analysing the characters, and made some predictions about the story. We thought about what we would use a Magic Finger for, and enjoyed creating scenarios to save the world from litter, deforestation and hunger.

In writing, we learned about diamante poems and really enjoyed creating our own. We revised our knowledge of nouns, adjectives and verbs to write these short and sweet poems.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the ‘ea’ spelling pattern. Some words you could practise at home include: head, read, bread, deaf, thread, weather, feather, heather, leather, and earth.


Health and Wellbeing

We had our last week of swimming on Thursday which is very sad. We have absolutely loved going, and our confidence in the pool has improved so much!

Another huge thank you to our parent helpers who have come along over the past 6 weeks. We really couldn’t have managed it without you, and I appreciate your support so much! Thank you!

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As part of our Local Community topic, we went on a wander around the Buckstone area. We really enjoyed going past familiar streets and houses, and spotted lots of interesting things on the way. Some of us explored new areas of Buckstone and walked down streets for the first time.

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P3S 08.06.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*practise calculating 1 half, quarter, tenth and fifth of a number
*write an acrostic poem


Maths and Numeracy

This week we have been learning more about tenths and fifths. We can identify tenths and fifths of a shape, and can draw our own representations as well. However calculating tenths and fifths of a number have been a little trickier.

We have revised our division strategies for this (number lines, equal groups, counting on fingers) and will keep working on it.

We have revised quarter past and quarter to on analogue and digital clocks. This is proving tricky, so we will go through it again next week for those that need a wee reminder.
We have also been thinking about 5 minute intervals, and will go onto practise this next week.


Literacy and Language

This week we have been examining our books through reflective reading questions as usual. We have also looked at the main events in our books, and retold the story in a comic book style.

We have continued our work on poetry, acting out the poem ‘Splish Splash Splosh’. We then wrote an acrostic poem about swimming, thinking of our Thursday swimming lessons for inspiration. We do love an acrostic!

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Our spelling words this week have focused on the sneaky ‘o’ sound that comes before ‘l’. The word ‘salt’ sounds like it should be spelled ‘solt’, but some words like this are spelled with an a’
Some you could practise at home include:  salt, wall, halt, small, bald, stall, scalded, netball, alter and calling.                 



Starting our new topic all about our Local Community, we have been looking at Buckstone! We looked at Google Maps, and enjoyed finding our own house, before creating a big map on the wall together. We have compared Buckstone to other areas of Edinburgh, and have talked about the different types of housing. So if you randomly hear ‘that’s a semi detached house’ while going somewhere, that’s why!


P3S 01.06.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*practise converting analogue to digital time (and vice versa) for o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and more if your child can
*think of some super sentences that use alliteration or rhyming – or both!

Numeracy and Maths

We have returned to fractions this week, revising our knowledge of halves and quarters. We explored the halves and quarters of a shape and object, number and placed them onto a number line.
A few of us are not confident calculating the half and quarter of a number, and placing them on a number line, so this could be practised at home.

We also started looking at tenths. We illustrated tenths of a shape or object, and began calculating tenths of a number. We realised that a sneaky trick to calculating 1/10 is just to remove the zero. This helped us calculate 1/10 of 3 digit and 4 digit numbers. A few of us started calculating 2/10 or 7/10 of a number.

We have been converting analogue to digital times this week. Most of us can do this for ‘o’clock’, ‘half past’ and ‘quarter past’, but we are finding ‘quarter to’ quite tricky. We will go over this again next week.


Literacy and Language

We have started our focus on poetry this week. We really enjoyed reading and analysing ‘Grasshoper’ and ‘Full of Surprises’, which had lots of repetition and rhyming in them. We added in actions, sound effects and illustrations to bring the poems to life.

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We have also tried writing our own alphabet poem. After learning about alliteration, and practising our rhyming skills, we put it all together to create a fun poem with a partner.

We went to see ‘Gretel and Hansel’ as part of the Imaginate Festival, which was an interesting experience! We thought the actors, lighting and set were great, and discovered that not all shows have singing and dancing.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the sneaky ‘o’ sound that comes after a ‘w’. The word ‘was’ sounds like it should be spelled ‘wos’, but some words like this are actually spelled with an a’. Some you could practise at home include: was, wanted,
wand, wasp, 
washing, swap, warm, swamp and war.


Health and Wellbeing

We had another fantastic week at swimming! Our skills are really coming on, as we practise blowing bubbles, floating, picking objects up from the bottom, swimming through hoops, and perfecting the different strokes. Here are a few snaps from our lessons so far!

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P3S 25.05.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*ask your child some questions about their reading book to see if they really understand what they have read.
*talk about any academic worries your child might have. See the HWB section below for more details 🙂


Maths and Numeracy

This week we have learned about carroll and tree diagrams, and practised making our own!
Capture     blank-tree-chart

We have really enjoyed our two weeks of data handling, but will be going back to fractions next week. If you’d like to get ahead of the game, we’ll be revising halves and quarters and starting tenths and fifths (of a shape or object, of a number and placing them on a number line).


Literacy and Language

It has been a week full of solo talks, and everyone has been fantastic! We all showed such bravery standing up and speaking in front of the class about our chosen sport. We especially loved the clear and confident voices, actions, props, posters and creative cue cards! All the practising really paid off! Thank you so much for your help at home.

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Health and Wellbeing

As part of our healthy bodies mini topic, we prepared a healthy meal this week! Getting together with the other primary 3s, we each took a part of the meal to make. One group made a veggie salad, another made cheese sandwiches and another made a fruity salad. This was a really great experience, as a lot of us had never helped prepare food before or wash up afterwards. And of course, we had a tiny taste of all the dishes at the end. Yum!

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We also spoke about our new Building Resilience focus, which is ‘Challenging Our Mindset’. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this” we should think “I can’t do this yet”, and with lots of time, practise and help from others we can achieve the things we want to!
A few of us shared the academic worries we have, like not being good at writing, reading or maths, and we reassured each other that we are only 7 or 8 years old! We will be practising writing all the way through school, and for the rest of our lives, so we have plenty of time to get better. We thought about the progress we have already made since primary 1, in only 3 years of school. We shouldn’t feel down about ourselves, because if we are trying our best that is all teachers and families can ask for. If you can, this is a conversation that would be great to continue at home.
Here are a few good videos you could watch together: Class Dojo videos


Visit from Eczema Scotland

We had a really interesting visit from Eczema Scotland this week, where we learned how important our skin is. We discovered how skin is different for people with eczema. We  used blocks of lego to show how allergens go through skin with eczema more easily, and that’s what makes it scratchy and sore. We then tested how much water is in our skin, using Beth’s cool device! Thank you so much for coming to visit us Beth, it was a really insightful morning for us!

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P3S 18.05.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*your child should have their solo talk preparations in their bag. Could you please help them practise so they are ready to present it to us on Tuesday? They’ll be great!
*ask your child to draw you a pictograph (e.g. of toys in their room), a bar chart (e.g. of the food in your fridge) and a venn diagram (e.g. comparing blue and/or stripy clothes).
Numeracy and Maths

Inspired by Sports Day and our ‘healthy bodies’ mini topic, we have been learning about information handling this week.

We have learned about and created our own pictographs, bar charts and venn diagrams:
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We really liked creating our own questions and doing a survey of the class to make our own pictographs and bar charts. We will look more at venn diagrams, carroll diagrams and tree diagrams next week.
Literacy and Language

In reading we are still trying to think more deeply about our books when answering our reflective reading questions. Analysing the plot, connecting events from across the book, imagining how characters feel and explaining the reasons for our ideas is something you could practise at home too.

We have been preparing for our solo talks this week. We started off by researching online and creating a mindmap of our ideas. Then we wrote out a script, trying to put our ideas into a logical order, before creating flashcards to read from and a poster.
We practised on Thursday, and are keen to do our proper talks on Tuesday.
If you could help your child practise at home that would be lovely, but if you’re away this long weekend don’t worry as we’ll have some time on Tuesday morning.

Our spelling words this week have focused on two syllable words again, to try and help us with sounding out new and unfamiliar words. Some you could practise at home include: number, garden, jester,  cactus, silver, amber, order, dentist and trumpet.


Science Workshop

We absolutely loved our visit this morning from Generation Science! We learned that sound travels through the air, and high pitch sounds wobble quickly while low pitch sounds wobble slowly. After hearing a story about different animals’ wobbles, we created our own seagull and squirrel sounding instruments. Lots of fun!

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P3 Investigate Sugar

As part of P3’s focus on Health & Wellbeing we want to investigate sugar, discovering:

  • Is it good for you?
  • Can you have too much?
  • How much is OK to have in a day?
  • How much is in some of our food?

We identified that cereal and drinks would be a great place to start our investigation as we all enjoy them, with most having them everyday.

Packaging for both cereal and drink often shows clearly the amount of sugar in the product.

It would be appreciated if you could send in any old cereal boxes / drink containers so we can investigate the sugar content. We plan to chart this in Maths on graphs as part of our study on data handling.

Thank you for your help

P3 teachers


P3S 11.05.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*we will be researching and preparing solo talks next week on a sportsperson or sport. Discuss what your child could talk about, and research some information at home.
*practise reading analogue and digital clocks


Numeracy and Maths

During this very short week we have started learning about time. Using our knowledge of halves and quarters, we learned about ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’ and ‘quarter to’ on both analogue and digital clocks.

Almost all of us are confident with ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ on analogue clocks.
Most of us are confident with ‘o’clock’, ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’ and ‘quarter to’ on analogue clocks.
And a few of us are confident with ‘o’clock’, ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’ and ‘quarter to’ on analogue and digital clocks, so this is definitely something we will keep practising.

If your child is confident with all these things, feel free to start thinking about 5 minute increments like ’10 past’, ’25 past’ and ’20 to’.

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Literacy and Language

This week we continued our reflective reading questions, and enjoyed reading our new books in class.

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After watching a scene from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, we wrote our own imaginative story about going through a magic wardrobe that leads to an enchanted land. We looked at the Big Writing marking scale  to see how our creative writing has improved over the year, and what things would make our writing even better.


Health and Wellbeing

I’m sure you’ve heard all about it, but we absolutely loved swimming on Thursday! Everyone really tried their best in the pool, and I was amazed to see what brave and confident water babies we have in the class! We can’t wait for next Thursday!

Thank you so much to our parent helpers for coming along. I really appreciate you giving up your afternoon to help with keeping us safe, getting on and off the bus, the dreaded swimming caps and much more! You were fantastic and really helped make our first swimming trip a smooth one! We couldn’t have done it without you!

P3S 04.05.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*explore quarters e.g. cut pizza into ¼, ½ and ¾ slices, calculate ¼, ½ and ¾ of a number, draw a number line with quarters
*talk about swimming: what we need to bring, how to get changed, how to dry ourselves and how to pack our bag.

Reminder: we are starting our block of swimming on Thursday 10th May 🙂

Numeracy and Maths

This week we have focused on quarters. We practised splitting shapes and objects into four equal parts to make quarters, before exploring two and three quarters of shapes.

We calculated quarter of a number by using our division strategies, and challenged ourselves to calculate 2 quarters (which is the same as a half) and 3 quarters. This was pretty tricky for some, so worth another practise.

We tried using the quarter symbol ¼ and wrote number lines with quarters (e.g. 0, ¼ , ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 2 ….) which was also tricky for a few.

We will be using our knowledge of halves and quarters next week for time, so if you have a moment this weekend you could look at some analogue and digital clocks.


Literacy and Language

In reading, we compared our reading books to analyse the similarities and differences between them. On a Venn Diagram, we tried to compare the characters, setting, theme, events and more! This could be done with books or movies at home.

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We also learned about the difference between facts and opinions. We had a good discussion about how to prove ideas are facts.

In writing, we practised writing an apology letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears, remembering to include the address and date at the top. We also did a bit of descriptive writing. Revising what we learned earlier in the year, we planned a story with a beginning, middle and end, and tried to use interesting sentence openers and descriptive language. A few of us even included a simile which is great!

Our spelling words this week have focused on two syllable words, to try and help us with sounding out new and unfamiliar words. Some you could practise at home include: carpet, sunset, velvet, target, forget, absent, magnet, gremlin, upset, and infant.



Continuing our topic on Food Chains, we learned about the categories ‘decomposer’ ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’. We liked making Food Chain pyramids, and loved playing some interactive games! If you’d like to play at home, these games were great: Food Chain Challenge Food Chain games

We talked about what would happen if a part of the food chain was altered, and thought about some of the contributing factors like the building of new towns and pollution.