Welcome to Primary 3!
We hope you have all had a relaxing Easter holiday and that you are ready for another action packed term. Please have a read of the fun things we will be doing this term.
The rise and fall of the P3A Pyramid
It was hard work, but we finally finished our pyramid.
When asked about the achievement, one hard worker (Evie) said:
“I just can’t believe we did it!”
Well put Evie! You can look below to see the journey our pyramid took us on.
Pyramid construction has begun!
We have began construction of our Eco-pyramid! The Pyramid will be made out of the milk cartons from school. We have also made out own mummies out of scrap paper to put into the pyramid!
Stage 1 of construction complete!
We have finally finished the first part of our Eco-pyramid! We have worked hard to reuse things that would normally be thrown out.
We will now begin the second stage of construction using old newspaper to create a paper mache layer over the top of the pyramid. Watch this space!
The Pyramid is complete!
We used a mixture of paint and sand to give the pyramid a textured finish.
Now to say goodbye to the pyramid 😦
It was sad to say goodbye to the pyramid but we were all happy to get our mummies back from the tomb!
We would like to thank everyone who was able to come to our fantastic Discovery Day. All of the children worked so hard to create a really memorable day. Our photographers got some brilliant snaps of the day. Have a look at all the fun!
Some happy customers!
We had mummification all wrapped up!
Even the adults got stuck in!
Literacy and English
In reading, we will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts. We will be making links to our topic – In the Garden – to read and find out about mini beasts, plants and food chains. This will help us to develop comprehension skills. In writing, we will be looking at instructional writing and story writing.
In Listening and Talking, we will be preparing presentations on their favourite animal. As part of their home learning, the children will be expected to prepare a short talk that includes the following:
- The name of the animal
- Their habitat
- Their diet
- 2 other interesting facts
Numeracy and Mathematics
In numeracy, we will continue to work on our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table and will introduce the 4 times table. We will investigate the links between multiplication and division and learn how our times tables can help us when we are dividing. We will also be looking at missing numbers from addition and subtraction sums.
Our maths focus this term will be on money. The children will be learning to use different coins to create different amounts of money. We will be learning to count money and give the correct change for things.
As part of learning about dividing, the children have enjoyed playing a game where they get to double and half numbers. If your child (or you!) would like to play the game, you can click here.
Learning Across the Curriculum
The sun is out (sometimes!) and we have another great topic this term, investigating what happens in the garden.
As part of this topic the children will be learning to use technology to create PowerPoint presentations or stop motion videos on food chains. We will also be creating our own mini gardens in the class. We will search the local areas for natural resources to help us in our gardens. The class are very keen to start building and are welcome to bring items from home for their mini garden. Our only rule is that items are made and not bought!
With the money raised from our Discovery Day, we are planning to buy our very own caterpillars for the classroom so we can watch them hatch into butterflies. We will be involving the children in planning an end of term butterfly-themed afternoon tea party when we plan to release our butterflies into the school garden.
On Tuesday 9th May 2017 the class are going on an exciting trip to the Queen’s Gallery to see Maria Merian’s Butterflies exhibition. The class will get to explore the exhibition and will focus on the colourful butterflies and insects depicted in Merian’s stunning artworks. They will be able to talk about the techniques she used to create them will then get the opportunity to draw a butterfly and create an image using a printing technique known as Monoprinting. The children will then use colour to finish their pieces of artwork, using the same simple technique used by the artist Maria Merian in her own artworks.
This trip will require some adult helpers. We plan to set off at 10:30 and return just before the end of the school day. If you are able to come please let us know. We would be very grateful!
On 2nd May 2017 the RSPB will be visiting the class to do a Bioblitz session.
This session encourages pupils to discover as much wildlife as possible in the school grounds. It’s surprising what creatures you can find!
Want to get involved in our topic?
We recognise that parents/carers often have expertise or knowledge that they could contribute to making our topic more interesting.
If you feel that you have any contacts, skills, knowledge or unusual resources you could contribute to give the pupils an experience that they would not otherwise have, we would love to hear from you.
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 last term, with 4 activities to be completed by the 9th June.
In spelling homework, the children should choose one set of words to practice from the “mild”, “spicy” or “hot” choices in their home learning books. If you are unsure what words would be suitable for your child and would like some guidance, please don’t hesitate to speak to us at the end of the day.
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.
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. All children who complete a home learning task will be issued with a certificate and their name will put into our weekly raffle!
P.E. is still on Mondays and 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 Thomson and Miss McCowatt