P3A

World of Work week!

As part of World of Work Week we had a few professionals visiting us in Balgreen. We asked them lots of questions and learned interesting facts about different jobs!

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P3A discovers Ancient Egyptians

We have been learning about pyramids, so we decided to try and build miniature pyramids using legos! We had to follow the instructions shown in the video and work well as a group. We did pretty well!

Times tables madness!!!

In P3A everyone is busy learning times tables this term! We are practising our times tables outside in the playground by making hopscotches and multiplication wheels using chalks! We are also practising our times tables in groups, trying to figure out a dance routine to present them to the rest of the class! Times tables are great fun in P3A!

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Primary 3A – Term 3

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Dear Parents/Carers ,

Thank you for all your help with our Nativity show and homework last term! Please find details of what the children will be learning in P3 this term along with some other useful information below.

Literacy

Reading in class will focus on developing our comprehension skills. We will be using clues in the text to infer how characters may be thinking and feeling and discussing reasons for events taking place within the story. Writing will focus on learning about the  structure and features of an imaginative story with the aim of creating our own exciting settings, characters and events. We will also be getting into the mindset of a journalist by writing and exploring the features of a newspaper article. Spelling will focus on multi-syllabic words as well as plural words by adding -s and -es. We will continue to up-level sentences by using increasingly more complex punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In numeracy we will be developing our knowledge of multiplication (with a particular focus on 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables). We would appreciate your support at home by practicing these times tables regularly. We will also be introducing the concept of division later in the term. We will continue to revise addition and subtraction strategies during mental maths. Our other focus in maths this term will be learning to tell the time using o’clock, quarter past and to, as well as 5 and 1 minute intervals. We will be using both digital and analogue clocks. Pupils will explore how we use time in everyday life and will develop their skills in  estimation

Learning Across the Curriculum

Topic: This term we will be exploring the past through our topic on Ancient Egypt. We will be looking at the daily life of Ancient Egyptians, the importance of the River Nile as well as the mysteries of mummies and burials! We will also be learning to use hieroglyphics and to understand the contributions Ancient Egypt made to the modern world.

French:  Pupils will continue to develop their French, learning to ask and answer a variety of questions to enhance conversational skills.

 Expressive Arts: We will be using a variety of drama techniques to explore our Ancient Egypt topic as well as creating our own artefacts, masks and portraits through a wide range of art mediums.

Other Info

Home Learning: Homework will be issued on a Tuesday to be returned the following Monday. Please have children complete tasks each week and sign.

P.E: P.E. will be taught by Mr Murray on Tuesdays and Thursdays for P3A

Library:Primary 3 will be visiting Balgreen Library on alternate Monday afternoons.

 

Volcanic eruptions in P3A

Children absolutely loved learning all about dinosaurs and how they became extinct! As a nice ending to this exciting topic children were able to take part in a volcanic eruption in the classroom just by using play-dough, washing liquid, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar! Children loved experimenting with creating the volcanos by using plastic bottles and then mixing the ingredients!

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Primary 3A – Term 2

Dear parents/ carers please find information below on what the children will be learning for the rest of this term as well as some activities and achievements that have already taken place since we returned after the October break.

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Literacy and English

In writing, we will be looking at creating our own poems. We will be practising rhyming and non-rhyming poems as well as acrostic poems. Children will be reading a variety of fiction/non-fiction books and poems linked to weather. We will also be focusing on note taking based on weather videos.

This term spelling will concentrate on different suffixes like –ing, -ed and –ly. Children will also practise to up-level a sentence using interesting vocabulary and connectives. We will also introduce synonyms and antonyms.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In numeracy, we will be focusing on interpreting data using diagrams, block graphs and pictograms. Children will also be learning to use grid references to locate and describe position.

In mental maths, we will keep focusing on addition and subtraction using number bonds, doubling and other strategies.  Children will be working on combining and partitioning numbers, counting in 3s and use 2x to solve multiplication problems.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Topic: Our mini topic this term will be all about “wacky weather”. Children will learn about extreme weather conditions. They will also learn to use and interpret basic weather symbols, to keep a weather diary and to talk about and understand seasons and climates.

Modern Languages: The children will continue learning French recapping general conversation and learn to tell the weather.

Expressive Arts- Nativity: This term we will be working hard on our Nativity to perform for all of our parents and carers.  We will be learning the songs in music and practising some drama techniques in class. We would appreciate your support in helping your child to learn their song words and, if your child has a speaking role, their lines at home.  We look forward to seeing you at the performance (details to follow).

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Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Tuesday and should be brought back to school on a Monday.

Reading: Children will read every week during Guided Reading lessons. During reading discussions, we will be focusing on fiction books and poems. We will keep looking at different strategies for reading unfamiliar and longer words. Their home reading books will be changed on a weekly basis.

P.E: This year P.E. will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays for P3B and Mondays and Thursdays for P3A with Mr Murray. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons.

School Trip: We are pleased to announce that we have manage to book an exciting dinosaur workshop in the National Museum for both P3 classes, on the 10th (P3A) and 11th (P3B) of December. More details to follow soon!

            Welcome to Primary 3A!

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We are very much enjoying getting to know your children and we are really looking forward to an exciting year of learning ahead!

We had a great first trip to the Book Festival and children loved hearing from a ‘real-life’ author!

 

Please find information below on what the children will be learning for the rest of this term as well as some activities and useful information.

 

Literacy and English

In writing, we will be looking at researching and writing our own fact files. Children will be reading a variety of fact files all about dinosaurs and then writing up their own dinosaur fact files. We will also be focusing and distinguishing between factual and opinion statements.

This terms spelling will concentrate on the magic ‘e’, vowel diagraphs and compound words. Children will also continue to practice common words during lessons.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our maths focus this term is 2D and 3D shapes . We will have opportunities to learn the  names and properties and how to describe these shapes. Watch out for shape hunts around the school!

In mental maths, we will be focusing on mental number bonds, doubling, adding and subtracting calculations. Children will also recap reading and writing numbers to 100, finding numbers before and after and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our first cross-curricular theme in Primary 3 is Dinosaurs. As a class, we have come up with lots of interesting dinosaur  related questions we would like to find out more about.Children will be learning the different dinosaur’s characteristics, their habitats and diets. We will also be looking at food chains and the difference between predators and prey.

In Modern Languages, the children will continue learning French recapping general conversation and learning French numbers, the weather, animals and food.

MAAD – Expressive Arts Project

P3 are MADD about Winnie the Witch. Children will be reading a variety of Winnie the Witch books and taking part in Music, Art, Drama and Dance activities that relate to the books.

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Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Tuesday and should be brought back to school on a Monday. Home learning will include weekly reading, a choice of spelling activities along with a termly home learning wall with activities from across the curriculum.

Reading: Children will read every week during Guided Reading lessons. During reading discussions, we will be focusing on fiction and non-fiction features and fact and opinion statements. We will also be looking at different strategies for reading unfamiliar and longer words. Children will also get an additional reading book to take home. Their home reading books will be changed on a weekly basis.

P.E: This year P.E. will take place on Mondays and Thursdays for P3A with Mr Murray. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons. Please do label your child’s clothes as it makes it a lot easier to track down missing or lost items.

 

MADD Project

Children had a blast during this project! They had the opportunity to create their own show based on Winnie’s story “Happy Birthday Winnie”! Parents came to visit us and the feedback was great! Children made a humongous cake out of card paper to use on their performance! They also learned a couple of songs to perform during the show and made amazing artworks! Have a look below: