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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 3

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.

Below are some of the things we plan to do from now to June.

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 contrasting 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.

We will also continue to do adding and subtraction sums which use numbers up to 100 (tens and units).

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 adverbs in sentences. The children will work on plurals and compound words as well. We will learn about the use of speech bubbles in writing and be able to use these effectively. They will explore other words they could use in their writing so they are not always using the word ’said’. Please continue to check your child is using these skills properly in their written homework.

Thank-you for your continued support.

K Henry

C Montgomery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break.

It’s been a busy ‘back to school’ so far and it looks like that will continue.

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

Our theme is ‘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 develop- metamorphis
  • Changes in plants as they grow.
  • Changes in substances- steam      water     ice
  • What happens when we cook food? – E.g. melting chocolate

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

Mathematics

This term we will be continuing to learn tables each night so children have quick recall of number facts.

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 quarter past and quarter to and now we are introducing 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 continue to learn about recognising and using adjectives and nouns. This term we will learn to recognise verbs in sentences. Good punctuation and handwriting is 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.

Mrs Montgomery and Mr O'Hare

 

 

 

 

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