Category Archives: P3T-Blog

P5 fundraising for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (Sick Kids)


In P5 we are going to be doing a toy sale to raise money for the Sick Kids Hospital (Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity). It is going to be on Thursday 4th April in school near the P5 classrooms.

If you have one or two toys that you would like to donate can you please bring them in next week and by Monday 1st of April at the latest.

Please don’t bring in toys that you want to keep, you can bring in toys that you don’t play with any more or that have been sitting in your cupboard. It might be a good time to have a spring clean!

Please put any toys you bring in on the table in the P5 library.

Some examples of toys we would like are


Action figures or Barbies

Soft toys


Baby toys so you can buy them for younger brother and sisters

Board games

Loom bands



Can you please make sure the toys are clean and good quality.


P5H and P5HW

P3T WB 18/3/19

pic collage wb18march


We have been looking at how mummies were made and the mummification process. We are learning about writing instructions and using time connectives: First, then, next, after that, finally as well as ‘bossy’ verbs: put, place, wrap, take etc.  We started by ordering instructions on how to make beans on toast and highlighting the connectives and bossy verbs.

Home Learning Activity: Look at instructions around the home. Do they have time connectives? what ‘bossy’ verbs are being used? Can you cut up and put instructions in order? Could you write instructions, for example, making a cup of tea, a sandwich, how to brush your teeth etc. Spelling words will be changed next week.


We have been practising our doubles and looking at multiplication. We have learned that multiplying is adding groups of the same number. For example, 3 groups of 2 can be written as 3×2 or we add 2+2+2 but also 2 groups of 3  (2×3, 3+3) has the same answer.


Home Learning Activity: Learn the 2x table facts. You could use flashcards or quiz each other on the way to school. Instant recall is what we are looking for.


Other Areas of the Curriculum:

We had singing with Mary again this week and we were learning about rhythm and beats. In our topic we looked at how mummies were made. We loved the part when we learned that the brains were taken out through the nose!  In Health and Wellbeing we talked about what we do to to recharge our batteries when we are tired.

P4 Food Bank Charity Collection

Primary Four are organising a food bank collection for the Edinburgh Food Project, who support families who are struggling to provide food for their families. We are looking for donations from the whole school to support this amazing charity. We require all donations to be in school by Friday 29th March.

 Here is a list of the products that are currently required by the food bank:

Urgently Needed: Instant coffee (jars), cold meat (tins), fruit juice (long-life), tea bags (packs of 40s), tinned fish, sugar

Low On Stock: Rice (500g bags), tinned fruit, toilet roll, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, tinned rice pudding, pasta sauces (jars), tinned custard, tinned tomatoes, jam.

We can also donate hygiene items such as: deodorant, shampoo, shaving foam & toilet roll.

 ****Please do not send fresh items as refrigeration is not available.****

Please send your donations to school with your child and ask them to pass them on to Primary Four.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks is advance,

P4 Team


P3T WB11/3/19

It was lovely seeing parents this week and sharing all the good work and progress we have been making.

pic collage wb11 march

Literacy:  We have been developing our comprehension skills in our reading. We also finished our ‘blether stations’ where, behind doors around the classroom, there were some openers to help us come up with new ways of starting sentences.

At Home: We also did a spelling test of common words, as discussed at parent’s evening, and these will be sent home for extra practise.


Maths: We have finished addition and next week will move on to subtraction.

At Home: Ask your child to explain their favourite strategy for adding.



We had a visit from science students from Heriot Watt University and they did an experiment with us and we created our own lava lamps!  They have an open family day on Saturday 13th 10am-4pm. Admission free.

We also talked about strategies for when we are stuck. These are displayed in one of the photos above.

We learned that the inside of tombs had pictures that told the story of daily life in ancient Egypt.  We drew an Egyptian using wax crayons, scrunched it up and painted over it with pain to get an old effect. Above are some examples.

P3T WB 4/3/19



This week we took part in a competition for World Book Day!  We had to write a space story. We were thinking about a beginning, middle and an end to our stories.

On Thursday, it was world book day, we wrote a blurb to summarise what our book was about.

We have been looking again at super ways of opening our sentences. We went round the class in groups and opened doors that were on the walls. Inside were different ways of starting sentences. We will finish these next week but below are some you can try at home:

Home Learning:  You could try and use these openers and continue the sentences:

For Example: In the distance…  there was a mysterious man.  This could be up-levelled to:

In the distance there was a mysterious man standing on the hill, he was holding a leather suitcase.

Once upon a time….

One morning….

On the top of the hill….


SPELLINGCITY.COM has the words for this week and next week up. Click here to view the list: Spelling Words


We are nearly finished our adding. Many of us were practising the following:

A 2 digit number + a teens number, eg:  34+12,   45+15. 67+13

A 2 digit number adding a number with 9 by adding ten and taking away one: 34+9, 56+19, 23+49

Adding 2 digit numbers that cross over the hundred eg 67+54,  89+43

Home Learning: Practise some sums like the ones above, show your parent/carer the number line method we have been practising.



We were pretending to be archaeologists!  we learned that their job is like being a time detective. They dig up artefacts and look for clues about how people lived in the past.

We went out to the sand pit for an archaeological dig and we dug up a skeleton covered in bandages, it was a mummy!  We used tools to carefully unearth it and we looked at what we could see, and used this to think about what we thought happened and what other questions we could explore.

P3T WB 18/2/19


This week we have continued addition and played a game called autograph hunt. We all had a sheet with sums to answer first, then we put on hats with numbers and had to find the person who had our answers and get their autograph!

At Home:  continue to practise number bonds to 10 and 20



After 5 weeks of work we have finally finished our Egyptian time travel stories. These stories introduced us to paragraphs to show the beginning, middle and end. We are going to P5 next week to read our stories to them!

At Home:  Spelling lists can be reached by clicking the link below and can be practised on

Spelling words 18


SSPCA Charity Day!

Primary One have organised a charity day THIS FRIDAY to support the SSPCA.

Come to school dressed up as an animal on Friday 22nd February. Any donations are kindly received via Parent Pay.

Primary One hope to raise money to help lots of animals.

I wonder how many different animals we will spot in our school?!

Thank you for your support,

The P1 Team 🙂

P3T WB 4/2/19

In Literacy we have been looking at different openers (ways of starting sentences) Here are some that the children wrote:

  • One cold, dark night there was a dragon who started to devour the city.
  • Before long, Dash came to a wood that had a lot of wonderful creatures in it.
  • One morning, Flora woke up and ate her cheerios.
  • All of a sudden, Eilidh appeared out of nowhere!
  • Suddenly, people came running out of a building.
  • In a far off land, Samuel was being chased by marshmallow head.

At Home: You could practise with openers and spot good ones in stories you read together.


In Maths

We have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. We have looked at shapes and identified the vertices (corners), edges and faces.

At Home:  You could look at real life examples of 3D shapes and describe them.


IDL:  In our topic we have continued to do research and write our factbooks.


From P3T

P3T WB 28/1/19


We have been practising writing our numbers the correct way round.

We are reading Flat Stanley and we looked at events from other character’s points of view.

We are learning to write a time travel story and we looked at an example and looked at the structure (the parts of the story)

At Home: You can summarise stories or chapters read and pick out the important events.


We have been further practising our number bonds and using these to add numbers together.

At Home: Further practise


We have been researching about pyramids and creating our own fact book page.


We have been painting desert sunsets and using shading.

We were lucky to have Generation Science in to talk to us about making things fizzy. We did lots of experiments and mixed different liquids and solids to see if they would go fizzy. We had loads of fun dressed up with aprons and goggles!

We read the book Rosie Revere Engineer which was about a girl called Rosie who made things. We learned that if you give up, you fail. You need to keep trying! If you get things wrong you need to keep trying.

In PE we practised our rolls in gymnastics.

P3T Week Beginning 21/1/19


This week we have been learning to use capital letters when we start a sentence, in people’s names, names of places, months of the year and days of the week.



We have been learning how to add using different mental strategies.


We have started our fact books and learning to research and present information.