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P3S 12.1.18

Two things to try this week 🙂
*count backwards in 1s from 110, and count forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s (or other numbers if your child can)
*answer some questions about your reading book:  Guided Reading Questions
Guided Reading Mat

 

Maths and Numeracy

We have started our new maths focus this term of multiplication and division. This week we introduced multiplication by practising counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, before counting up equal groups of counters and cubes.

We created ‘arrays’ which use rows and columns to help children visualise multiplication. Here is a wee picture that explains what they are:

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And here is a video that you might want to watch with your child: BBC Teach

In class, we used cubes to create arrays (e.g. 4 rows of 2) before counting up the columns (e.g. 4 rows of 2 = 2, 4, 6, 8.). We were trying to avoid counting in 1s, which was tricky for some. At home you could practise making arrays out of pieces of pasta for columns of 2, 3 and 5 (or other numbers if your child can manage), or cotton buds to represent 10. Or you could draw it out of dots on a piece of paper.

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At home, the language to use at moment is “6 groups of 5” (where the objects or dots don’t need to be structured like an array) or “6 rows of 5” (in an array) before counting up in 5s to work out the total. Some of us are able to create and draw “6 times 5” or “6 x 5”. And some of us can do everything in our heads without cubes or drawing to work out “6 x 5 = 30”.

 

Language and Literacy

Getting back into the swing of reading, we were answering our usual Reflective and Close reading questions about our books. We are trying to read the question carefully and write detailed answers to show our understanding of the book.

In writing, we focused on using interesting and different sentence openers in a story of our choice, and of course having full stops and capital letters in the right places.

Our spelling words this week have focused on the long vowel sound. We learned that there are different ways of spelling the same sound: oa normally goes at the start and middle of a word, while ow normally goes at the end.
Some words you may wish to practise at home could include: boat, coat, roast, bow, slowly, rowed, flowing, snowman.  

 

Health and Wellbeing

In preparation for some Burns celebrations, we practised ceilidh dancing this morning and absolutely loved it! We learned the Canadian Barn Dance and started learning the Virginia Reel. Lots of rosy cheeks and giggles dancing along to Cotton Eyed Joe!

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Music

Mrs Cross from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (and primary 2!) is going to be visiting the primary 3s every Thursday to teach us kodaly singing. We were practising keeping a steady beat with our clapping rhythm while singing – and had good fun saying the rhyme Robin Hood and his Merry Men who arrived at school at half past 10. We really enjoyed our first week with Mrs Cross, and are so looking forward to next our next session!

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P3S Welcome back!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas and a much deserved restful break. The staff were in school today and can’t wait to see those smiling faces tomorrow!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the lovely gifts and cards you and your children gave before the holidays. That really was incredibly kind and thoughtful of you.
It’s safe to say that the chocolates have vanished, but one of my good friends from school is getting married in the summer so I will save the voucher until then and hopefully find a nice dress for it.  Thank you all again! 🙂

See you tomorrow bright and early!

P3S 15.12.17

Two things to try this week 🙂
*order numbers from lowest-highest and highest-lowest, discussing units, tens, hundreds and thousands
*re-telling what has happened to different characters in a reading book

 

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have continued revising shape, place value, addition and subtraction. We remembered how to order numbers from lowest to highest and highest to lowest, and how to add on and take away 1, 10, 100 and 1000.

We used our knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies to create our own maths board and card games. We also got the chance to use the primary 3 ipads for the first time, so we played some maths games on them which was exciting!

Looking at shape again, we built our own Santa’s Grotto out of different shapes. A couple of us have forgotten the names of 2D and 3D shapes, so we will revise that again.

 

Literacy and Language

We have continued studying ‘The Man who wore all his Clothes’ this week, predicting what will happen next and summarising what has happened to different characters in each chapter. When there are lots of plot lines, some of us find it tricky to remember what has happened to individual characters.

In writing, we took inspiration from wintery pictures before choosing what cold and snowy story to write. As usual, we loved reading our stories to each other at the end.

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Our spelling words this week have focused on the i sound. We learned that there are different ways of spelling the same sound: igh normally goes in the middle of a word, while y normally goes at the end.
Some words you may want to practise at home could include: right, sight, flight, sunlight, goodnight, spy, trying, why and frying.

 

Health and Wellbeing

This week we have been talking about helping others as a way of making and maintaining good relationships. We had to help a partner navigate their way through an obstacle course blindfolded, thread beads and make 3D shapes from cubes with only one hand, behind our backs or without speaking.

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French

We have been revising greetings, the numbers from 0-20, and have learned the days of the week. If you would like to practise some French at home, there are lots of good Youtube videos you can watch and speak along to.

 

Topic

We have finished off our Egyptians topic this week by sharing our learning. We chose to make different things to show what we have learning about the Egyptians, with some of us making jigsaws, top trumps cards, quizzes, puppet shows and more. A few of us even showed our pyramid models in assembly!

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Pantomime

We had a fantastic time at Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday! We loved the singing and dancing, and helped our friends during the scary bits! It definitely is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas now.

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Christmas Jumper Day 15th December

Tomorrow, Friday 15th, Buckstone Primary School are helping raise money for Save the Children.

This is a reminder for as many children and staff as possible to wear a Christmas Jumper to help raise awareness for those less fortunate across the world.  If participating you should bring in a £1 donation. 

Thank you.

P3S 08.12.17

Two things to try this week 🙂
*play some place value, addition and subtraction maths games on Topmarks or Study Ladder
*identify the main events in the beginning, middle and end of your reading book

 

Numeracy

We have revised all of our addition and subtraction strategies this week through playing lots of active games. We enjoyed playing board and card games with a partner, and using a strategy of our choice – or making up our own strategy! If you would like a copy of any of these to play at home just let me know 🙂

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Continuing our learning about symmetry, we practised drawing symmetrical Christmas shapes. Some of us found this pretty tricky!

 

Literacy

In reading we have continued answering comprehension questions on our books to test our understanding. We have tried to write in full sentences and give as much detail to our answers as possible.
Having finished reading George’s Marvellous Medicine, we have started reading Flat Stanley as our ‘milk and story’ book. We have also started a mini study of The Man Who Wore All His Clothes, which will have a festive ending!

After writing a newspaper article about our trip to the museum last week, this week we chose our own article topic. We reminded ourselves about the features of a newspaper, before writing on a range of different topics!

Our spelling words this week have focused on the ea sound.
Some words you may wish to practise at home include: tea, meat, east, steal, cheat, beast, beach, scream, speaking and reaching.

 

Health and Wellbeing

We have continued thinking about how to be a good member of our class ‘back-up team’. We thought about co-operation this morning, and did some co-operative drawing which involved deciding a drawing theme with our group, and swapping our drawings half way through for a partner to continue. Some of us found it difficult to compromise and make a group decision, and some found it difficult to trust others continuing their drawing. This sparked lots of discussion afterwards!

 

Topic

We have been building model pyramids as part of our (almost finished) Egyptian topic. Using empty school milk cartons, we constructed our pyramids before mod roc-ing and painting them. After learning about tombs at the museum, and a bit more about mummification and coffins in class, we have made a mini model tomb to go inside as well. This was a real test of co-operation skills as well. They are are looking super, if you fancy popping in to see them you are more than welcome! 🙂

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P3S 01.12.17

Two things to try this week 🙂
*practise subtraction calculations using our partitioning strategy
* practise up-levelling sentences focusing on descriptive words and interesting sentence openers

 

Maths and Numeracy

We have continued learning our new addition and subtraction strategy: partitioning. This week we have focused on subtraction, starting off with 2 digit numbers and then progressing onto 3 and 4 digit numbers.

Some of us have started exchanging tens and hundreds, but need more practise to really consolidate their knowledge. This video shows you how the strategy works if you would like to work on this with your child at home: subtraction exchanging partition

We practised using mirrors to complete symmetrical pictures and then draw our own with one or two lines of symmetry.

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Language and Literacy

This week has been Book Week Scotland, and what an exciting time we have had!
We were visited by Christine on Monday, a librarian from Oxgangs library, who read us some lovely stories.
We were then visited by Alice, a professional story teller, who was just fantastic! She acted out two fascinating stories about a giantess and a mouse going through a rainbow. We absolutely loved making the sound effects to go along with her!
We paired up with P5F to read a book out loud to a partner. Some of us also shared our own stories from our writing jotters.
We created our own books, writing and illustrating the whole thing by ourselves.
And there was a special ‘drop everything and read’ bell on Wednesday and Thursday, so we had to have a book with us at all times.
We also enjoyed the Book Swap and Guess Who photos round the school.

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Health and Wellbeing

In PE, we started tennis skills this morning. Going outside, we practised holding our racket properly, bouncing the ball and passing to a partner. It was tricky keeping the ball under control and off the ground!

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As part of Health and Wellbeing, we have talked about what it means to be a good classmate, which is something you could talk more about at home. We need to keep being responsible, kind, helpful and trying our best – even if there is only 3 weeks until Christmas and we are needing a rest! 🙂

We have also talked about our ‘back up team’, which is something that was introduced to your children during assembly as part of our Building Resilience focus. We created a mindmap showing all the people who care about and support us in our lives, which showed us just how many people we can turn to in a time of need!

 

St Andrews Day

To celebrate St Andrews Day, we braved the chilly weather and did the conga round the school – music and all! I’m not entirely sure what the link is, but it was definitely good fun!

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“All About Me”

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have completed the “All About Me” sheet with their child.  Celebrating Wider Achievement is a much looked forward to part of the school day/week and seeing all of the activities/clubs pupils at Buckstone attend is fantastic! The range is amazing! The information gathered from these forms will only be used at school level to now identify any opportunities the school can offer the children.

Additional copies will be sent home over the next week if you have not managed to fill it out yet.

Thank you.

P3S 24.11.17

Two things to try this week 🙂
* look at the features of a newspaper
* practise addition calculations using partitioning

 

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have introduced a new addition and subtraction strategy using partitioning. Building on our knowledge of place value, this strategy involves breaking numbers down into hundreds, tens and units before adding them together.
Here is a useful video that shows how this strategy works: partition addition

We have continued learning about symmetry, creating our own symmetrical shapes that had one or two lines of symmetry. It was a little tricky making our cut-out shapes perfectly symmetrical! 🙂

 

Literacy and Language

We have continued reading and answering questions on our non-fiction books, and have enjoyed sharing the facts we’ve discovered with those reading a different book. If you are looking for some questions to ask your children during reading, this is a useful resource: First Level Guided Reading Questions

In writing, we have been learning about the features of a newspaper in order to write an article about our trip to the museum. We have been trying to answer the 5 key questions in our article – who, what, when, where and why. Writing in a logical order – where information about the same issue is kept together – has been tricky for some.

We have revised all of our spelling words this week, practising them by playing a game of hieroglyphic hangman!

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At home, you could practise spelling tricky words. Here is a copy of the tricky word mat which you may wish to use.

 

Health and Wellbeing

We have started our ‘Keeping Connected’ topic as part of our Building Resilience focus. We learned in assembly that everyone has a ‘back up team’ of people to support us in life, which is something we will be talking more about this in class over the next few weeks.

In PE, we have enjoyed learning basketball skills and are really keen to play a proper match!

 

Topic

We were lucky enough this morning to have two very exciting visitors! Jo and Clarissa are Eyptologists from the University of Edinburgh. They kindly visited primary 3 to tell us about Egyptian Gods and Godessess, and about the work archaeologists do in the field. We learned lots of interesting details about Anubis, Osiris and Thoth (and of course our favourite Ammut the Devourer made an appearance). We then got to handle some of the tools archaeologists use and we even saw some real objects discovered in Egypt.

Thank you so much Jo and Clarissa for coming to visit us on this frosty morning! We really appreciate all the effort you put into making this a great experience for us!

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Christmas Fair

We have been busy business bees this week creating our salt dough Christmas decorations for the fair. After rolling and cutting our shapes, we painted and glittered our decorations in the hopes of attracting lots of customers! 🙂
It was really lovely seeing you all there, even if it was very brief! I hope you had a fun filled evening, and are now enjoying your lovingly made Christmas craft at home 🙂

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Sumdog – Update

Our Sumdog licence expired at the end of last week.

Sadly the provider has increased the licence fee by 60% per pupil. As a result we have decided to investigate other options to support Maths learning via online applications.

We appreciate this will be a disappointment to some pupils who have actively engaged with Sumdog and been motivated to often use the application. We would hope to identify a solution to continue to support the pupils in the near future.

P3S 17.11.17

Two things to try this week 🙂
*practise calculating the missing middle number e.g. 16 + ___ = 20 or 30 – ____ = 18
*write short descriptions of characters or settings (e.g. a pirate, a Grandad, a castle, a sunny day) thinking of adjectives and interesting openers

 

Numeracy

We used different strategies to calculate the missing middle number for addition and subtraction this week. We have been counting on and back using our fingers, a 0-99 square, an empty number line and in our head.
We have been challenging ourselves to try different strategies and calculate more complex numbers, but some prefer one strategy over another which is fine.

We have been practising our quick number pattern recognition with a warm up game pinched from Mrs MacFarlane called ‘concentration navigation’. We say the rhyme ‘concentration, navigation, keep to the rhythm, off we go’ before I give two numbers such as 6, 8 and the children have to continue the pattern 10, 12. This has been pretty tricky, so might be a good one to try if you have 10 minutes to spare! Ask your child and they will show you how it works 🙂

We have started looking at symmetry, and combing maths with RME we learned about Rangoli patterns. Keep an eye out for anything symmetrical or any patterns when you are out and about!

 

Literacy

This week we have started reading non-fiction books which has been a nice change. Some of the children aren’t convinced the events described are true, but they have enjoyed sharing interesting information discovered with each other.

In writing, we have continued writing detailed sentences about a character and setting. Using an Egyptian inspiration, we wrote about what someone might see going down a boat on the River Nile.

We practised some whole-class speaking this week, as some of us presented pyramid fact posters and some showed us a news report about the pyramids. It was a little scary for some, but a good experience to have 🙂

 

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Our spelling words this week have focused on the ‘ck’ versus ‘k’ ending rule. Here, one syllable words with a short vowel sound end in ‘ck’ while long vowel sounds (like oo, oa or ee) take ‘k’.
Some words you may wish to practise at home include: sack, clock, thick, tracking , shocking, week, leek, cloak, looking and cooking

 

Health and Wellbeing

This week we discussed friendship and how to make new friends. We had a think about the different situations which may arise in school and out of school, such as joining a club and not knowing anyone, or feeling left out, or being alone outside in the playground, before coming up with solutions to these problems. We came up with some good strategies, but it is something we will continue to discuss throughout the year.

 

Trip to the museum

We started off our Egyptian adventure with a fascinating workshop all about death in Ancient Egypt. Helen, our National Museum workshop leader, told us lots of interesting facts about mummification (demonstrated on the brave Verity) and the process of passing into the afterlife. We then explored some objects from real tombs that were thousands of years old! After lunch, we went on an Ancient Egyptian trail round the museum to look at a real sarcophagus and stone tablet. And of course we couldn’t leave without a nosey at the lego museum, animal rooms, space room and inventions room.

An absolutely massive thank you to our fantastic parent helpers, who gave up their time (and sanity) to come with us for the day! 🙂 Mr Cornish, Mr Reeve and Mr Hood went above and beyond what was expected from them – keeping us safe walking to the bus, helping us to identify tomb objects, leading a group on our Ancient Egyptian train, and all round being caring and enthusiastic! We cannot thank you enough!

 

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Wear spots for Children in Need

Looking spotty and fabulous today, we took part in Children in Need activities organised by P3M. Thank you so much for all your generous donations! We know they are going to a great cause!

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