Primary 3 have settled in well after their Christmas break. It was lovely to hear how everyone spent their holidays. This term we will have special visits from STEM specialists, who will be teaching the children through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. All children will be working hard to try to achieve their Gold Awards this term.
Primary 3 will continue talking about their emotions and feelings during our Circle Time and daily check-ins, and are consistent in remembering our class charter, rules and expectations. The class are also encouraged to try their best to work hard and show positive behaviour so that they might become ‘Star of the Week’ or ‘raffle ticket winner’, which allows them to pick a prize from the prize box!
This term Primary 3 are continuing to progress through the ‘Rigby Star’ reading books, with some children reading our P3 novels. They are also focusing on the reading strategy ‘ccanning’ to help them work on their quick reading techniques, in order to find information from a text. The class will also be reviewing phonemes and practising blending to make CVC words and develop on their common and tricky words. They will participate in lots of active tasks on a daily basis to enhance their understanding including ‘The Five Fingered Approach’, rainbow spelling, and the use of the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme.
This term we will focus on discursive and critical writing. Firstly, we will have a look at example pieces in order to be able to write a balanced discussion before moving on to look at writing to support a one-sided argument. We also hope to write a book/theatre review later this term.
Talking and Listening
This term the children will take part in circle time activities to discuss their own personal news. They will have the opportunity to talk in front of their peers, and also listen to other children’s stories. They will also have targeted lessons on listening to, following and carrying out instructions.
Number, Money and Measure
We will continue to use ‘Big Maths’ when learning numbers to 100 in our daily mental maths lessons. We will continue to work on written strategies for addition to 100 before moving on to strategies for mental and written subtraction within 100. The children will continue to take part in weekly mental maths challenges in their ‘Learn Its’ and ‘CLICs’.
This term the children will be learning all about Measure in our outer maths lessons. They will start by revising their knowledge of measuring length, weight and capacity in non-standard units, and then focus on standard units such as meters, kilograms and millilitres.
The class will have the opportunity to enhance their learning using ICT and Active Maths Games.
Shape, Position and Movement
Primary 3 will be learning more about the compass points and how to use these to read a map and guide themselves through a maze.
Learning Across the Curriculum
Our Social Subjects topic this term is ‘Egyptians’. We started the term by completing a class KWL grid which allowed the children to think about what they know about this topic and what they would like to learn. We will locate Egypt on a map whilst exploring a timeline of Ancient Egypt. We will learn about hieroglyphics, pyramids, mumification and Egyptian clothing and jewellery.
Within HWB the children will be learning about healthy foods, and what nutrients the body needs. This will take place actively, with the children finally preparing their own snacks in class. We are learning about basic body shapes through gymnastics.
Primary 3 will also have the opportunity to use the musical instruments this term to help learn rhythm, tempo and beat.
PE days are Tuesday and Thursday, and our ‘Outdoor Learning’ day is Monday. Please ensure your child has a suitable PE kit and weather appropriate clothing including a waterproof jacket and suitable shoes for these activities. Please make sure all of your child’s items of clothing and their belongings have their name clearly labelled on each item.
Fruit breaks will continue on a daily basis, please encourage your child to bring a piece of fruit to participate. Plain water in a suitable bottle is permitted within the classroom however, please note, fizzy drinks, diluting juice and flavoured waters are not encouraged.
We have class representatives for a range of committees throughout the school. These include Pupil Council, Health, Eco, Rights, Social Enterprise and Charities.
Homework will be issued via a class homework folder on a Monday. The work is to be finished when best suits your family needs, and extra curricular activities. Homework can be brought back any day of the week, but MUST be returned by Friday at the latest.