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Year 3

May - June

Holidays are coming!!!

There are so many exciting things happening in the month of June such as the school production, Coaching for Christ fun day and of course our summer fair. We hope to see you all there!

Primary 3 are also going on an exciting trip to Carrickfergus Castle on Wednesday 27th June and we will also make a quick detour to Maud's before arriving home at 3pm! Please see the note sent home with your child for details.

In WAU we will be exploring our local seashore, examining different types of sea creatures, plants and shells. We will also be thinking about holidays in the past and comparing them to the types of holidays the children experience today.

In Literacy we will continue to prepare the children for moving into Primary 4 by consolidating the grammar we have being doing all year. Making sure the children can implement it in their independent written work. The children will try to complete comprehension tasks more independently and we will encourage the reading of more non-fiction books based on our WAU theme, By Land, Sea and Air.

In Numeracy we will continue to look at capacity, tens and units, giving change and working with numbers to 100. We will be programming beebots to move in different directions as part of our ICT and Numeracy tasks.

We hope the spell of good weather continues as the children are able to enjoy lots of outdoor play and PE lessons out in the fresh air.

Thank-you for your continued support and best wishes as your child moves into P4.

Mrs. Montgomery and Miss Kane

 

April - May

The Final Countdown!!

Where has the time gone? Terms one and two have flown by very quickly and we are now on the countdown to Primary 4! In this final P3 term the children will work hard as they prepare for the year ahead. We would greatly encourage you to continue supporting your child at home with homeworks which consolidate the learning being done in school.

World Around Us:

 Our theme is ‘By Land, By Sea, By Air' and within this we are going to discuss:

  • Transport - the different vehicles which move by land, sea and air.
  • Road safety - taking care as a pedestrian and following the Green Cross Code.
  • Transport in the past and some famous inventors.
  • Holidays - travelling to the seashore.
  • Comparing and constrasting holidays to the seashore now and in the past.
  • Animals and plants which inhabit our local seashore.
  • Hobbies - activities people do for fun on land, sea and in the air.

 Please send anything you think might ‘link-in’ with this – books, pictures etc.

Mathematics

 Number: This term we will be continuing to learn tables each night so children have quick recall of number facts up to 20. We are aiming to know our numbers to 100. We should be able to count to this number and recognise all numbers in written form. We will use little ‘word problems’ to help your child develop problem solving skills and decide whether to add or subtract to get the correct answer. Please help them with this at home by giving them little puzzles to work out for themselves.

Measuring Capacity: In measures we will do some activities involving weighing things (hopefully not the teachers!) and measuring liquids. They will become more familiar with terms like ‘heavier’ ‘lightest’ and ‘half-full’ ‘empty’. Check the website for pictures of the children playing at the water tray and carrying out investigations with a variety of containers.

 Shape and Space: We will recap on the 2D and 3D shapes learnt this year. The children will revise the names and properties of these shapes. They will also be able to identify and sort them in a variety of ways.

 Time: We have already learned how to tell the time using o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. The children have been taught how to read both analogue and digital times e.g. 6:30 and 8:00. Please encourage your child to read the time from a digital clock at home e.g. an alarm clock.

 Literacy

During this final term we will be encouraging the children to check their own written work for good sentences which make sense and which contain correct punctuation e.g. capital letters, full stops, question marks. Neat and tidy handwriting is essential as always in every piece of written work.

In Grammar, we continue to learn about recognising and using adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs. This term we will learn to recognise verbs in sentences. The children will be introduced to tenses (past, present and future) and how to use these in sentences. The children will work on plurals and compound words as well. You will see this learning as it comes home with the children on a Wednesday evening for homework!

Please continue to check your child is using these skills properly in their written homework.

As always, keep looking at our photo gallery for recent photos of what your child gets up to in school.

Thank-you for your continued support!

 

March-April

Here are some of the things we plan to do until Easter.

As you already know our theme is called ‘Time for a Change’ and within this we are going to discuss and decide on

  • Changes in animals- how they grow and develop – lifecycles and metamorphosis
  • Changes in plants as they grow.
  • Changes in substances – steam to water to ice
  • What happens when we cook food? – E.g. baking, toasting, melting, freezing etc.

Please send in anything you think might ‘link-in’ with this theme – books, pictures etc.

Mathematics

This month we will be continuing to learn tables each night so children have quick recall of number facts. We have done lots of practical work in subtraction and become much more confident with this area. We will continue to use our knowledge of subtraction to find change from amounts of money e.g. 10p, 20p and 50p.

We are aiming to know our numbers to 100. We should be able to count to this number and recognise all numbers in written form. We will use little ‘word problems’ to help your child develop problem solving skills and decide whether to add or subtract to get the correct answer. Please continue to help them with this at home by giving them little puzzles to work out for themselves.

In measures we will do some activities involving weighing things (hopefully not the teachers!) and measuring liquids. They will become more familiar with terms like ‘heavier’ ‘lightest’ and ‘half-full’ ‘empty’. We will also measure time. We will begin by revising over the ‘o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to’ in analogue time and then move on to telling these times using digital clocks.

Please help your child learn the months of the year and keep practicing the little rhyme:

‘30 days has September,

April, June and November.

All the rest have 31

Except February alone,

Which has 28 days clear

And 29 in each leap year.’

 Literacy

In Grammar, we will revise terms such as adjectives and nouns and verbs. We will learn what adverbs are and how to use and recognise them in sentences.

The children always enjoy learning compound words and they will be doing some work on this over the month- joining two words together to make a new word eg butter and fly to become butterfly.

Good punctuation and handwriting are both essential as always in every piece of written work so please ensure that children adhere to all handwriting rules in their homework. Tall letters and capitals to the top of the line and small letters all the same height.

Our literacy focus this year is ‘writing’. Read to your children, encourage them to read independently as this helps to develop their creativity, gives them good examples of how to write in a way that effectively communicates their ideas and helps with spelling.

 As always, keep looking at our photo gallery for recent photos of what your child gets up to in school.

Thank-you for your continued support!

L Kane and C. Montgomery

Jan - Feb

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break and that Santa was kind to all of you!

Here are some of the things we plan to do until Easter.

Our new theme is called ‘Time for a Change’ and within this we are going to discuss and decide on

  • Personal changes that we can all make (yes, those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions)
  • Changes in weather- making weather charts, writing and presenting weather reports (Frank Mitchell, watch out!) and learning about wicked weather- tornadoes, tsunami etc.
  • Changes in animals- how they grow and develop – lifecycles and metamorphosis
  • Changes in plants as they grow.
  • Changes in substances – steam to water to ice
  • What happens when we cook food? – E.g. baking, toasting, melting, freezing etc.

Please send in anything you think might ‘link-in’ with this theme – books, pictures etc.

Mathematics

This term we will be continuing to learn tables each night so children have quick recall of number facts. We will focus on subtraction in our number work and incorporate a good deal of practical work to develop good understanding initially. We will then use our knowledge of subtraction to then find change from amounts of money e.g. 10p, 20p and 50p.

We are aiming to know our numbers to 100. We should be able to count to this number and recognise all numbers in written form. We will use little ‘word problems’ to help your child develop problem solving skills and decide whether to add or subtract to get the correct answer. Please help them with this at home by giving them little puzzles to work out for themselves.

In measures we will do some activities involving weighing things (hopefully not the teachers!) and measuring liquids. They will become more familiar with terms like ‘heavier’ ‘lightest’ and ‘half-full’ ‘empty’. We will also measure lengths and use non-standard measures to do this. From this the children will see the need to have a standard measurement and we will introduce terms such as ‘shorter than a metre’ and ‘longer than a metre’.

Please help your child learn the months of the year and if you want to teach them the little rhyme:

‘30 days has September,

April, June and November.

All the rest have 31

Except February alone,

Which has 28 days clear

And 29 in each leap year.’

Time - we have already learned how to tell the time using the analogue clock so now we will move on to introduce reading time on a digital clock. Encourage your child to read the time from a digital clock e.g. an alarm clock.

 Literacy

We continue to learn about alphabetical order- putting lists of words into alphabetical order and how to use a dictionary. Continue to check that your child knows the alphabet and can use a dictionary to search for words.

In Grammar, we will revise terms such as adjectives and nouns. We will learn what verbs and adverbs are and how to use and recognise them in sentences. Good punctuation and handwriting are both essential as always in every piece of written work.

Please continue to check your child is using these skills properly in their written homework.

Our literacy focus this year is ‘writing’. Read to your children, encourage them to read independently as this helps to develop their creativity, gives them good examples of how to write in a way that effectively communicates their ideas and helps with spelling.

 As always, keep looking at our photo gallery for recent photos of what your child gets up to in school.

Thank-you for your continued support!

L Kane and C. Montgomery

 

November/December

Christmas is coming!!!!

This term we continue with our theme on Home Sweet Home and for the next few weeks we will study homes from long ago. This will involve looking at features of a castle and what it was like to live in a castle. If your child has anything related to this theme, perhaps they could bring it in for display purposes.

Numeracy - Problem Solving

The children will continue to investigate how they might solve problems with money, number, map skills and pattern. This will incorporate a lot of fun activities whilst making maths relevant and meaningful to the children.

Keep learning table facts at home with your child as this will help them with their mental maths and work with number bonds.

Time: Revise over o'clock and half past times with your child. In class we will introduce quarter past the hour and eventually quarter to the hour.

Literacy

Phonics - Continue to learn the weekly sounds for Friday tests and to encourage improved spelling and writing in class.

Writing - We are encouraging the children to use and develop their creativity to write good stories and to use their knowledge of grammar to add detail and good description.

Grammar - The children will be working on alphabetical order and using a children's dictionary...a good idea for a Christmas pressie!

 

 Welcome to Primary 3

We hope both you and your child have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. Each term we will publish information and pictures on our class page, so do remember to have a look on a regular basis. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with what your child is doing, learning and perhaps needing to bring in for their themes.

We also welcome our new team members Mrs. Blaney and Miss. Parker.

Please ensure that your child has everything they need for their school day.

  • 2 sharpened pencils
  • 1 Pritt stick (white)
  • 1 rubber
  • 1 sharpener

Homework

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Number facts(tables)

Written Homeworks:

Monday: Literacy homework (game or written activity)

Wednesday: Numeracy homework (game or written activity)

Thursday: Make a special effort to revise tables and spellings for the Friday Test the next day.

 

 

We thought you might appreciate these Homework Hints.

Preparation

Your child will need:

  • A quiet place
  • A flat surface
  • A sharp pencil, a rubber
  • Time-don’t leave homework until it’s late

Once your child has completed his/her homework, please make sure you sign it.

Tips for learning spellings

1.Look at the words

2 .Say them

3.Cover them

4.Write them

5.Check them

Have your child spend some time learning spellings for his/herself. Teach them to use these steps.

Ask your child to write down the words as you call them out.

Make sure they have completed the spellings section in their Homework Diaries.

Learning Tables

  • Have your child say or write tables at least 3 times
  • Ask some ‘quick fire’ questions

Reading

It is important to practise reading aloud and silently. Choose a few pages to read aloud, focusing on fluency and expression.

Discuss what your child has read and sign the reading log book.

 World Around Us Theme: HOME SWEET HOME

During the first term we study the theme ‘Home Sweet Home’ and this includes many exciting things to do and see. We learn about how houses are built, what materials are used and we even get the chance to work with some cement and bricks! We discuss together what makes a’ house’ a ‘home’ and this leads us nicely in to talking as a group about our families, our special memories, our family celebrations in our homes. Having thought about how much we all have, we then focus on those who do not have the same as us-homelessness, homes around the world, and these help us empathise with others. Our creative ‘juices’ start flowing when we dream up our little magical, mythical homes and recreate these in clay.

If you have anything at home that links in any way with these, please feel free to send them in with your child.

We will partner with our St. Brigid's friends to engage in activities linked with this theme. Look out for all the pics in the photo gallery!!

Numeracy:

These are the areas that we will be covering up to Christmas:

Number –

  • Add numbers mentally and in written form up to 20.
  • Make and learn number bonds to 20.
  • Recognise coins up to 20p.

Measures –

  • Be able to use language to describe, compare and order length of various objects.
  • Know the days of the week and their sequence.

Shape –

  • Recognise and name common 2-D shapes
  • Be able to describe 2-D shapes according to their properties e.g. 4 corners, straight sides and number of sides.

Data Handling –

  • We will be recording results using a Venn diagrams and Pictograms.

Literacy:

Reading –

  • Use visual clues to find information.
  • Be able to recognise words and use Jolly Phonics for unfamiliar words.
  • Talk about what they have read and answer questions.

Writing –

  • Talk about what they are going to write.
  • Write words using Jolly Phonics.
  • Encourage good punctuation when writing sentences and stories i.e. capital letters and full stops.
  • Ensure handwriting is neat and tidy.

Thank-you for your support and co-operation this year!

Mrs. Montgomery and Miss. Kane

 

 

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