Hello and welcome to P3! The P3 teachers are Miss Dornan, Mrs Sweeney, Mrs Patterson and Mrs Shields. P3 is the first year of Key Stage 1 and is a very busy one where we learn lots! We have many new World Around Us topics, interesting ABL activities and new learning in Literacy and Numeracy to look forward to. We hope that all of the boys and girls enjoy their time in P3 and learn lots across the different areas of the curriculum. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Keep checking this page over the course of the school year for regular updates and to see what’s going on in Primary 3.
Spring term - February/March 2022
Welcome to yet another very busy term in P3! This term our World Around Us topic is called ‘Water, Water Everywhere’. We will be learning about the importance of water as well as doing lots of practical activities to teach us about how and why we need to save water. We will be thinking about water pollution and also learning about the water cycle by doing lots of fun experiments!
Our writing focus this term is on Report writing. We will be learning all about the features of a report including learning some new words such as headings, sub headings, introductions and conclusions. We will be looking at lots of examples of reports as well as having a go at writing some of our own. This writing focus ties in well with all of the work that we have been doing in class to do with non-fiction texts where the children have been searching through topic books looking for lots of different features.
In numeracy we have been using our shop role play area during Activity Based Learning and have been calculating totals and practising giving change. We are now able to work out our half and double facts to 100 which the teachers are very impressed by! In the next few weeks we hope to begin our new length topic so we will be measuring anything that will stay still for long enough in the classroom!
In ABL we have been doing a wide variety of different art activities from shimmering water patterns and colourful fish designs to paintings of beautiful spring flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. The iPads have been out too during ABL as we have been using Book Creator to make ‘Guess who?’ books that give clues about our favourite characters from books that we have been reading. We have also used the iPads for a coding activity called ‘Box Island’ which everyone has really enjoyed!
As we approach Easter the P3 teachers have lots of other fun activities for the boys and girls to do. They are looking forward to lots more excitement in their busy classrooms!
Term 1B – November/ December 2021
We have had a really busy start to the new half term and have been doing lots of new and interesting things over in the P3 classrooms. Our open area is looking fabulous with all of the super art work that we did last term!
This term our new WAU topic is called ‘Marvellous Me.’ We will be carrying out senses investigations during ABL and talking lots about our body and our feelings and emotions. We will be thinking about healthy eating and how we can keep our bodies fit and healthy.
In Literacy we have moved on from writing instructions to focus on ‘Recount Writing’ and will be doing lots of activities which will require us to think back and recall things which we have done in the past. We will be thinking about the key features of this style of writing such as writing in the past tense, writing the events in the order that they happened and using a range of different time related sentence starters.
Other literacy areas that we will focus on will be ordering words alphabetically using the second letter, past and present tense verbs and using question words.
In Numeracy we have moved on from our 50 rectangles to our 100 squares and have been learning some new strategies to make adding on and taking away in our heads a little easier. We know how to partition numbers to help us to add on and have been working hard to try to do lots of tricky calculations mentally without even needing to use our 100 squares. Our teachers are really impressed by how much we can do in our head these days! Soon we will be moving on to learn a little more about money. We will be doing lots of practical work counting out money, adding up totals and will be starting to learn about giving change just before we break up for Christmas.
Everyone loves it when it’s time for Activity Based Learning in P3 and this term we have lots of new activities planned which link together areas that we have been learning about in a fun and interactive way. We will be using iPads to make Pic Collages, pastels to make some beautiful calendars and playing lots of games to help reinforce areas of Maths and Literacy that we have learnt about.
We plan to do lots of fun art and craft activities in the run up to Christmas to help decorate our classrooms and help put everyone in the festive spirit.
We have a lot to look forward to over the next little while and are very excited to get started!
Term 1A - September/October 2021
We have had a busy start to P3 and have already done lots of interesting new activities. We have also revised over some of the things that we had learnt in P2 to get us ready for the new challenges that lie ahead this year!
Our topic this term is ‘Sow It Grow It’. We will be doing lots of practical activities related to this through our Activity Based Learning. We will be having a go at making our own clay hedgehogs which will be going into hibernation very soon. Another ABL activity will give us the chance to show off our creativity through a colour mixing task. We will be hunting outside for different shapes and sizes of leaves which we will use for our art work. We will be showing our teachers just how much we have learnt about the seasons through our season sort activity.
Our current writing focus is ‘Instructional Writing’. Our teachers began by giving us a challenge! They provided us with a variety of games which we weren't able to play unless we read and followed the instructions correctly! In the coming weeks we will be doing lots of fun practical activities related to following sets of instructions that our teachers give us and writing our own instructions for someone else to follow. During our Guided Reading sessions in class, we will be having fun predicting what will happen next in the stories that we read. For shared reading we have already been introduced to ‘Brenda the Brent Goose’ and look forward to finding out about all that she gets up to as she mirates from Canada to Strangford Lough for the winter months.
In Numeracy we have already been doing lots of data handling. We made a birthday pictograph and even managed to show information about our ages on a Carroll Diagram! We also made a graph to showing our heights. Our teachers plan to measure us again at different points throughout P3 to see how much we have grown.
Our teachers have lots more exciting things planned for the next few weeks. Keep checking to find out what new things we have been up to!