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Year 3


Christmas is coming!!!

World Around Us

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.


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!


P3 Nativity

Our Nativity this year is called ‘Prickly Hay.’ As always it involves lots of singing and dancing. So set the date in your diary for our “Stable Hoedown” on Thursday 13th December!

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. Backus and Miss. McPeake.

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

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


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.


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
  • Try not to ask the tables in order
  • Ask some ‘quick fire’ questions


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.

Shared Education

During term 1 we join with P3 St. Brigid's PS to learn more about our World Around Us themes. We will visit each other's school to participate in lots of fun activities such as activity based learning, art and PDMU lessons. The dates of our visits are as follows:

  • Tuesday 25th September (All About Me)
  • Tuesday 9th October (Archimboldo Art)
  • Tuesday 16th October (Activity Based Learning)
  • Tuesday 23rd October (Healthy Homes)
  • Tuesday 6th November (Portglenone Forest)
  • Tuesday 13th November (Differences Help Us Learn)
  • Wednesday 12th December (P3 Nativity in Ballykeel PS)
  • Monday 17th December (Nativity in St. Brigid’s PS)

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!!


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.


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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