Welcome to Primary 3A
We have a busy term ahead as we get ready to perform the Nativity on the 13th and 14th of December. Please find information below on what the children will be learning this term as well as some useful admin points.
In our art lessons we have been inspired by the works of famous artists to produce our own artworks. We have looked at Andy Warhol’s famous soup can paintings, Wassily Kandinsky’s circle works and the flower pictures of Georgia O’Keefe.
Literacy and English
In reading we will be focusing on non-fiction books. We will be learning to identify their features and will develop a range of strategies to find relevant information in a text. We will also look at understanding the difference between fact and opinion. The children will be given a chance to bring in and talk about their favourite book for Show and Tell. We are excited about our whole school focus on the First Minister’s Reading challenge and are looking forward to receiving our new Read, Write Count book bags.
This term we hope to push our writing to the next level using VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) to create more complex sentences. We will also be writing letters and designing informative posters. Our focus in spelling will be to continue learning Fry’s common words and looking at compound words.
Numeracy and Mathematics
Our maths focus this term is 2D shape and 3D objects, symmetry and grids. We will be learning to identify, name and describe the features of a variety of 2D shapes and 3D objects and learn to use appropriate vocabulary to compare and order shapes. We will look at drawing and recognising a line of symmetry on a pattern, picture or shape.
We will use grid references to locate and describe position.
Our numeracy work will continue to develop strategies to help us add, subtract and multiply. We will be learning to apply these skills in real-life contexts. We will also continue to develop our speed and confidence in recalling number bond facts and times tables.
Learning Across The Curriculum
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. Pupils have been asked what kind of role they want in the performance and we have taken this into consideration when allocating roles. 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).
Our mini topic is a comparison of Malawi and Scotland. We are also planning a little enterprise activity in the run-up to Christmas.
The Daily Mile
Our class take part in ‘The Daily Mile’ challenge. We go out for 15 minutes each day to walk, jog or run in order to build up our fitness. Primary 3A set themselves a challenge to walk the distance from Edinburgh to Paris (543 miles as the crow flies). We celebrated our ‘arrival’ in the French capital recently with some grape juice, croissants and had our French passport stamped. Next stop – Amsterdam!
We get really hot and thirsty after ‘The Daily Mile’ so please provide your child with a bottle of water for in school.
The End Of The School Day
Now that the children are in P3 we will be starting to dismiss them as a class at the end of the day. It is then up to them to find the adult who is collecting them. If your child can’t find their adult they should come back in to school and report back to their teacher / school office.
Home learning will include weekly reading and spelling along with a termly home learning wall with activities from across the curriculum. Termly homework is the same as last term, with four activities to be completed by the 20th December. Following the success of our last Homework Celebration event, we plan to do another one at the end of the block (date to follow).
Also, please ensure your child brings their reading book into school every day. Please also sign your child’s reading record once they have completed any set reading.
P.E. is on Thursdays. Your child should bring suitable clothing (shorts, t-shirt and gym shoes) which should be labelled with their name.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child then please feel free to speak to us, wherever possible, at the end of the day.
Mr Hall and Miss McCowatt