Welcome to Primary 3!
We are very much enjoying getting to know your children and we are really looking forward to an exciting year of learning ahead.
We started the term by drawing a portrait of ourselves on a crayon and making our class into a big box of crayons:
‘We are a box of crayons, each of us unique, but when we come together the picture is complete!’
It has been lovely to welcome some new children in to our class and it has been super to see the children being so friendly and welcoming to them.
We had a great first couple of trips to the Book Festival and the Edinburgh Art Festival. It was a brilliant opportunity for the children to experience different forms of art in various galleries and the children loved hearing from a ‘real-life’ author.
One of the art sculptures we visited was a huge dragon. We learned that he was a very greedy dragon who kept everything to himself. We were challenged to design a kind, caring dragon who could teach this dragon to share!
We also loved the opportunity to get creative in the City Art Gallery. We got a chance to be inventors and architects of the future and were challenged to design what we think Edinburgh might look like in the years to come!
Below is a summary of what we will be learning this term as well as some useful information.
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 first cross-curricular theme in Primary 3 is Weather. As a class, we have come up with lots of interesting weather related questions we would like to find out more about.
Through investigation we will learn how to measure and record daily weather in our local environment. We will also conduct experiments to learn about the water cycle and different states of water. We will be exploring weather around the world and its effect on different living things. We will then work towards delivering our own weather reports.
P3B have PE on a Thursday with the specialist. Please ensure your child brings a PE kit in with them (shorts, t-shirt, socks and gym shoes). Please do label your child’s clothes as it makes it a lot easier to track down missing or lost items.
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 3 have set ourselves a challenge to walk the distance from Edinburgh to London (333 miles as the crow flies). We will celebrate our ‘arrival’ with a wee afternoon-tea style celebration!
We get really hot and thirsty after ‘The Daily Mile’ so please provide your child with a bottle of water for in school.
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. This system will begin after the September Monday holiday.
Breaking news … a new class mate!
Last week, a very mischievous tiger kept turning up in our classroom. He was found in all sorts of unusual places and whenever we returned him to the office … he just kept reappearing. We decided to adopt him as an honorary member of our class but then realized he would get lonely over the weekend. The children have kindly volunteered to take him home and record what he gets up to. We look forward to hearing all about Tony the tiger’s adventures when he returns to class on a Monday morning!
We have kicked off our P3 topic for the term which is ‘weather’. We are learning new weather vocabulary and we have been discovering the different things which make up our weather.
We made our own rain gauge and we are learning to record our weather observations. We have learned different symbols for different weather types and we will be using these when we give our own weather forecasts and weather reports!
We have been learning about the water cycle and where rain comes from.
Then, in Art and Design we were learning about primary colours and how to mix them to make secondary colours. We painted these cheery umbrellas!
We also designed symmetrical kites using our cutting skills and creativity to come up with fantastic designs.