Friday 5th June 2009
This week we shared our projects with the class. All the projects were different and each group chose a seaside habitat. There were models, paintings, acts and powerpoint presentations. We are now learning about staying safe on the seashore and have read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. Next week we are going to make our own lighthouse and white cottage. In art, we have been doing Impressionist seascapes and we really enjoyed doing them. In maths, we have been learning about length and metres and centimetres. Some people measured some of the teachers shoes. Miss Citroen, Mrs Rae and Miss Harper all had the same length feet! Mr Gray had longer feet!
By Emma, Ellie, Rachel, Becca and Regan
Friday 22nd May 2009
We have had another fun week in Primary 3. In maths, we are now learning about fractions. The children have enjoyed working their way around a variety of activity stations and are now able to find halves and quarters of all kinds of things! They have made some great fraction flags for our sandcastles! In Social Studies the children have started to carry out research projects about different seashore habitats. They are going to be presenting their findings in a variety of ways and I have been really impressed with the quality of group work. In art, we have been learning about Impressionist artists and the children have started to plan their own Impressionist seascape. Today, we celebrated National Skipping Day by having a whole school skipathon in the playground. I was really impressed with everyone’s skipping skills!
Have a great weekend!
Friday 8th May 2009
Yesterday, Primary 3 went on our imaginary journey to the beach. We started the day with problem solving. The children were asked to work out the timings of the journey and how many children would be able to fit in each train carriage. We then used drama to act out the journey, pitch our tents and arrive at the seaside. When we ‘got there’, the children changed into their beach outfits and wrote imaginative postcards home to their families to tell them all about their holiday. In the afternoon, the children participated in lots of different activities to learn about the features of a seashore environment, including making their own seashore in a tray, solving capacity problems in the sand tray, creating a big seashore frieze, making their own sand, creating a new seaside role play area and sorting and classifying shells. The children also had the opportunity to research some of the answers to their questions about the seashore. They recorded their answers on flags and added these to our 3D mind-map. It was a great day and nobody got sunburn! Check out the photos below!
Friday 1st May 2009
We have had another great week in Primary 3! In maths, the children have been learning about time. They have been playing games, creating train announcements and seeing what they can achieve in 1 minute. Thank you for bringing in train timetables – we have added them to our railway station and will be using them to plan our imaginary journey next week. We are going on our journey on Thursday 7th May. Please bring in a bag with an outfit that will be suitable for spending a day at sunny beach (no swimsuits please)! We will spend the whole day in role and have lots of exciting activities planned! In dance, the children have been exploring different movements to create some wonderful sea creature dances. In RME we have been looking at the story of Moses and the 10 commandments. The children have been retelling the story using a learning style of their choice. There were some fantastic podcasts, plastecine models, acts and drawings.
Have a lovely long weekend and we’ll see you on Wednesday!
Friday 24th April 2009
We have had a very exciting week in P3 and have made a great start to the summer term. We have begun to think about our new topic, ‘The Seashore’ and have converted our role-play area into a railway station. We will be using our knowledge of time to plan an imaginative train journey to the seaside. The children have also begun to carry out observational drawings of sea shells in art. In science, we have been planning our own experiments to test what a seed needs in order to germinate. In RME we are going to be learning about Judaism and the children have been brainstorming what they would like to find out.
This term, we have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, with fitness on Tuesdays. We also have dance on Thursdays. This term, the children are also working with our music specialist, Mrs. Roberts.
Today was extremely exciting! Sir Chris Hoy came to school to open our school library. The children had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions and all of our fantastic heroes projects were on display. We also had a special assembly based on the theme of heroes, where Matthew presented his project. Well done Matthew for being such a confident individual!
Friday 20th March 2009
We have had a busy week in Primary 3. In our topic work we have been learning how to podcast, with the help of some of the P7 children. We are hoping that this new skill will come in useful in many of our subjects and we are already using it in our topic work.
In PE, the children have had great fun trying out some of the obstacle courses they designed for homework. They were fantastic!
In art, the children have finished their collages of polar animals and they look great. We have also been planning some information writing based on all the interesting facts we know about these animals. The children will be presenting their projects to the class next week and we can’t wait to see all the podcasts, videos, posters, mind-maps and books that the children have made.
Have a great weekend!
Monday 16th March 2009
Health week was a great success. The children enjoyed taking part in the many different activities such as judo, skipping, cooking, fruit tasting, Brazilian soccer skills and dance. Thank you to everyone who came to our healthy breakfast. It was great fun and the children really enjoyed planning and organising the whole event. I hope you weren’t too disappointed by the lack of bacon rolls! Thank you to all the waitresses and chefs – the service was fab! Red nose day was a great end to a brilliant week. The whole school dancing in the playground in their wonderful costumes was a sight to be seen! Photos to come….
Friday 6th March 2009
Primary 3 have had a very busy week! On Monday we went to Loretto Junior School to take part in a hockey taster afternoon. There were lots of different activities that taught the children some of the basic skills and the children really impressed me with their hockey skills!
We have also been lucky enough to be working with a drama specialist on a workshop entitled ‘The King who Liked his Food’. This has been great, as the children have been learning about healthy eating as part of a dramatic story.
We are now busy getting ready for health week and the children are looking forward to planning and making a healthy breakfast. Your child has been given a slip to take home about this and it should be a delicious, healthy way to start the morning. Hope to see you there!
Does anyone have a juicer at home that they would be prepared to lend to P3? If so, could you let us know as we are hoping to juice some vegetables and use the juice to create vegetable paintings on canvas!
Finally, thank you for taking the time to come to the parents’ evenings – it was lovely to meet you!
Friday 27th February 2009
This week in Primary 3, we have been busy learning about polar animals. The research projects are going well and soon the children will be presenting their work as films, posters, games, books, powerpoint presentations and songs, to name a few! In art, the children have been using their division skills to make scale-sized collage versions of their animals.
The highlight of our week was our trip to the zoo. Check out the slideshow below! We had so much fun and the penguin workshop was fantastic! On Monday we will be going to Loretto Junior School to take part in a hockey afternoon. Please can everyone remember to bring tracksuit bottoms and their PE kits into school.
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 20th February 2009
I hope everyone had a lovely February break. We have been so busy in the last four days! Our maths work has continued to focus on position and movement. The children have been learning about grid references and had lots of fun with Mrs. Taylor drawing a big grid with chalk in the playground.
As part of our topic on polar environments, the children have been researching a polar animal. They are working in groups of 2 or 3 and have chosen to present their research in anyway they wish. Some groups are making films, powerpoint presentations, books, posters, games and songs. The research is well underway and the children have been using ibooks and information books to find out all the answers to their questions.
Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered to come to the zoo with us on Thursday. I was overwhelmed with responses so had to pick names out of a hat! Please make sure that all the children come to school wearing school uniform and a waterproof coat. Everyone should also bring a packed lunch (in disposable containers if possible so we don’t have to carry lunch boxes around all day).
Finally, Daniel if you are reading this – thank you so much for your letter. It was great to see the photos of you and it sounds like things are going really well in New Zealand. We miss you at Stoneyhill!
Friday 6th February 2009
It is almost the end of a very busy week! In maths, we have been learning about position and direction. The children created treasure islands and also had fun using the pixie robots to practise turning through a right angle.
We have been continuing our focus on poetry and have been reading and writing acrostic poems this week. We also had a very exciting first visit to the school library. The children will visit the library every Tuesday, so please make sure library books are in school then.
In music, we have been learning about pitched and non-pitched instruments and how to make long, short, loud and soft sounds with them. We have continued our life cycle work in science and this week learned about the life cycle of a polar bear. In art, we used paint to create a cold background, mixing lots of cold colours. Next week, we will add our penguin collages to the scenes.
Have a lovely holiday everyone!
Friday 30th January 2009
Well done Primary 3 for such fantastic project work! The children have obviously been working very hard at home. Today they came in with a wonderful array of projects, including some brilliant models, power-point presentations, games, home-made cuddly toys, quizzes and research. We particularly enjoyed the beautifully decorated cake and the global warming iceberg experiment. We all guessed how long we thought it would take for the ice to melt. Lots of the teachers think it will melt by Saturday morning! When do you think it will melt by? We will see…..
Friday 23rd January 2009
P3 have been thinking more about climate change this week. They have shared their fantastic news articles with each other and have found out lots of interesting facts. We have also begun to discuss how our environment is different to a polar environment. In RME, we have been using the ibooks and topic books to research different Hindu Gods and Goddesses. In maths, we have been using our multiplication skills to make some fantastic board games of our own. We will try them out next week! In language, we have started our focus on poetry and have been brainstorming some of the features of poems. In science, we have been busy learning about life cycles and have used plastecine, drama, topic books and even paper plates to tell everyone about the life cycle of a frog. Next week, we will be learning about the life cycle of the penguin. We say goodbye to Daniel today, as he leaves us to start his new life in New Zealand. We will really miss you Daniel – please keep in touch and tell us all about your new school!
Friday 16th January 2009
We have had a great week in P3. In maths, we have been continuing our work on multiplication. The children have enjoyed making hand-prints to understand the 5 x table and we are doing so well with our class timed quiz on the internet. In RME, we have started our topic on Hinduism and have been discussing Hindu beliefs. In PE, we have been focussing on ball skills and have played lots of different games. Our Antarctic research base is now up and running. Everyone has been very busy in the igloo tent researching the answers to our questions. Some penguins have already reached the south pole! We have been discussing climate change and the children have made some fantastic posters to encourage others to care for the environment. Thank you for continuing this work at home – we have had some really interesting news articles being brought into school. On Monday, the children will be sharing their findings with each other. In music, we have been listening to music related to cold landscapes and have been learning to keep a steady beat with various instruments. Well done everyone!
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 9th January 2009
Happy new year everyone from P3! I would like to thank everyone for all my lovely Christmas gifts and cards and I hope that all you had a lovely holiday. I have been hearing lots of exciting holiday news and everyone seems happy and excited to be back at school!
Our topic this term is ‘Polar environments and climate change’. This is a really interesting topic and our activities in lots of our subjects will be related to this theme. The children have been busy planning the term ahead and have come up with lots of exciting ideas for activities. They have brainstormed what they already know and have thought of lots of questions that they would like to find out the answers to. We will be recording all of this current knowledge, questions and the answers in our role play area, which will become an Antarctic research base. Every time we find out the answer to one of our questions, a penguin will move to the South Pole flag! I wonder how many penguins will reach the South Pole by the end of the term…..
In maths, we are learning about multiplication. We have been using our shoes to learn about the concept of multiplication! Our dance lessons are on Thursdays this term so please make sure that you have your PE shoes in school then. PE will also take place on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please bring in a full kit on these days.
Please feel free to bring in anything that is related to our topic from home. We already have a lovely collection of cuddly penguins to add to our Antarctic research base!
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 5th December 2008
Thank you so much to everyone who came to support our puppet show on Thursday. It was wonderful to see so many people there and to briefly meet you. I hope you enjoyed the show! We will be holding our own awards ceremony shortly and the children have been designing interesting trophies for this. Next week, they will be making their trophies out of clay.
In science, we have been continuing our work on magnetism. The children can now explain the forces involved in magnetism in terms of attraction and repulsion. They have had fun experimenting with magnets and have played games and quizes on the interactive whiteboard.
In RME, we turn our attention to Christmas. Next week, we will be learning about the importance of the Christmas story to Christians.
We have been busy rehearsing for It’s a Party. Thank you to everyone who has handed in their ticket requests.
Have a good weekend!
Friday 28th November 2008
Another busy week in Primary 3! We have been learning all the songs to our Christmas show and everyone is singing beautifully, rehearsals are going well and it promises to be a wonderful performance!
In maths this week, we have been learning about subtraction. This will help us to calculate how much change to give in our money work. The children have been busy trading their top trump cards, playing number games and learning how to use a written strategy to carry out subtraction sums.
As part of the work for our puppet show, the children have been learning about scripts. In their groups, they have successfully converted their original stories into scripts and are now trying very hard to learn their lines!
I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible at our puppet show on Thursday 4th December at 1:30. The children are very excited!
Have a good weekend.
This week we have been busy preparing for our class puppet show. The children have used their plans and carefully selected appropriate materials to make their puppets. We now have some fantastic stick puppets, sock puppets and glove puppets! The children then evaluated the process and wrote instructions for how to make a puppet, so if there is anyone out there who would like to make a puppet, P3 will be able to show you how!
The work on the theatres is also well underway and in their groups, the children have been designing and making their own theatre. Next week, in art, we will be using the technique of crayon batik to create the scenery.
We would like to invite all of our parents and carers to our puppet show. It is on Thursday 4th December at 1:30. The children will be making tickets to bring home and will be starting their marketing campaign very soon!
14th November 2008
Another busy week in P3! As part of our maths focus on money, the children have been making their very own top trump cards. They researched various entertainers on the internet and then used this information to work out scores for different categories, such as humour, popularity and fame. The children then decided on how much they would like their top trump card to cost. Next week, we will be busy trading the cards in order to practise counting out correct coins and working out change. Our cinema is also up and running and the children are having great fun buying tickets and watching imaginary films!
In RME we have been discussing good and bad times in Joseph’s life and have used drama to help us to understand the story. The fabric collages of Joseph and his brothers are now complete and look fantastic! The children worked very well to use the best colours and textures for their collages.
In language, we have been focussing on instructional writing. The children have been reading and analysing instructions for how to make their puppets. Next week, we will be following these instructions and evaluating them.
Today, we came to school in our pyjamas to support Children in Need. We wrote instructions for how to get ready for bed. It was really funny, but we weren’t at all sleepy!
Have a great weekend!
7th November 2008
Primary 3 have been very busy this week! Our topic this term is Entertainers and the plan for our class puppet show is going well. The children have been working in groups to design their puppets this week. Thank you to everyone who has brought in old socks – we have one group making sock puppets! The children have planned very exciting stories for their shows and we will begin to make the puppets next week. I have been very impressed with the quality of group work.
In RME, we have been learning about the story of Joseph. This links in well to last term’s topic on the Egyptians. We have been using drama to help us to understand the story. In art, we have been using fabric to create a collage frieze of Joseph and his brothers.
In maths, we have been focusing on money. The children have designed their own coins and have been really busy playing lots of different games. We have also been busy planning our imaginative play area and have decided to create a cinema, where we can buy and sell tickets.
Our PE days this term are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure that you have your kit in school on these days.
I can’t believe it is the end of term already! Primary 3 should be very proud of all of their achievements this term, well done everybody.
I would like to thank everyone who gave me beautiful cards and presents and all of the good wishes I received this week as I am starting my maternity leave. Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who have supported our activities this term, it really wouldn’t be possible without so many people offering their time and help and it has been great to meet you all.
Enjoy the holiday and I hope that the class come back feeling refreshed and ready to start a new term and new exciting projects.
It has been another active week in Primary 3!
Today the P3 class took along some of their Egyptian work to assembly to share it with the rest of the school. The children are all very proud of the work that they have produced and it was a good opportunity to share it with the other classes.
The children have been busy designing and creating maths games. The maths games use all of the place value skills and knowledge that the children have been working on over the past two weeks. Next week we will try out the games and evaluate them to see how successful they are. They are all looking very interesting and like they will be good fun to play!
In Art this week the P3 class learned how to paint a sunset by mixing colours so that they get gradually lighter. The sunsets look fantastic and next week we will add to them to create an Egyptian sunset scene.
I can’t believe it is the last week of term already! The term has flown by and the work produced by the children in P3 has been excellent. I will be on maternity leave after the October holidays to await the birth of my baby and the P3 class will be taught by a new teacher to the school, Miss Citroen. I look forward to meeting with you all over the course of next week during parents’ consultations.
This week all of the children took part in the Egyptian mask-making workshops and all produced a fantastic mask of either Anubis or Horus. The children enjoyed having the opportunity to work with unusual materials to make their masks. There are some pictures below so you can see the masks being made and some of the finished items. A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who came in to help with this activity. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We also had an Egyptian archaeology dig this week. The children worked in teams and had to dig carefully in the sand using brushes to see what Egyptian artefacts that could uncover and identify. The children were able to use their knowledge of ancient Egypt to correctly identify and talk about all of the items they found. These included linen bandages used for mummification, an embalmer’s brain hook, hieroglyphic writing and many more interesting items. There are photos below of the ‘archaeologists’ at work!
We also had a visit from Minister Yvonne Atkins this week. Mrs Atkins came in to talk to the class about harvest as this has been our RME topic this term.