Welcome to Primary 3A
It has been hugely enjoyable getting to know your children since the new term started in August. Please take some time to read about all the fun things we will be doing this term, not to mention some things that we have already done!
Edinburgh Art Festival Trip
At the very beginning of the term we visited the City Art Centre to take part in the Edinburgh Art Festival. After being art detectives looking for clues in the A-Z Of Edinburgh exhibition we then visited The Fruitmarket Gallery for some conceptual, contemporary art and even found an inflatable dragon in one of Edinburgh’s old churches!
Edinburgh International Book Festival
We also visited Charlotte Square to watch author Tracey Corderoy talk about her characters Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam at the book festival. Illustrator Steven Lenton showed us how to draw our very own Slippery Sam and the class produced some fantastic drawings.
Health and Wellbeing
In health and wellbeing we have started to talk about our emotions and feelings during circle time. We have been learning to express our own opinions and also be respectful of the opinions of others.
In our art lessons we have been looking at the different styles of portraits that famous artists have employed throughout art history. The class have so far looked at the way that Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso used colour and line to produce our own fabulous artworks using a range of materials.
Literacy and English
In reading, there will be a big focus on reading texts with understanding and expression. We will be discussing characters and settings and describing our likes and dislikes of books we have read. Our writing focus will begin with a block on poetry writing followed by personal imaginative writing. In phonics we will be revising the vowel sounds and the magic ‘e’ rule. Spelling will focus on learning common ‘tricky’ words (words which can’t be ‘sounded out’ following normal spelling patterns).
Numeracy and Mathematics
Our maths focus this term is measure and information handling. We will have opportunities to estimate, measure and compare different quantities using standard units. Linked to our weather experiments we will explore how we can sort and display information in different ways such as pictograms, block graphs and Venn diagrams.
In numeracy we will be learning about place value and sequencing numbers. We will also be practising our ‘skip counting’ in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, building and describing arrays and spotting number patterns. All of these skills will help us as we begin to learn our times tables. We will continue to teach mental maths strategies and we will be working on numeracy problems within a context … that’s when all our learning suddenly becomes meaningful and relevant to everyday life!
Learning Across The Curriculum
Our topic for this term is ‘Weather’. We will be looking at lots of different aspects of weather and using it to explore learning across many areas of the curriculum. Lessons so far have included looking at the use of weather symbols in weather forecasts, different types of clouds and stages of the water cycle. There is plenty more to come!
The Daily Mile
Our class have started ‘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 have set ourselves a challenge to walk the distance from Edinburgh to Paris (543 miles as the crow flies). We will celebrate our ‘arrival’ in the French capital with some tasty French treats 🙂
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, a choice of spelling activities along with a termly home learning wall with activities from across the curriculum. Termly homework is the same as in previous terms, with 4 activities to be completed by the 8th November.
We will continue to have our termly homework celebration. It has been a great opportunity for the children to share some of their learning with the rest of the class.
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