Home Learning Links

This link will remain at the top of the P3 page, so please scroll down for the latest weekly update.

For anyone looking for links for our various literacy and maths areas, you can now access them all here.

Have a great summerWith only three and a half days to go until the end of the school year, the P3 team would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the children, parents/carers and extended families for all the support you’ve given this session.

From Wednesday, the children are welcome to bring in games and toys to share with their friends (nothing too precious or expensive please).

Don’t forget that pick-up at Comiston Road is 12 noon on Friday (12.25pm at Deanbank).

As you know, Mrs Closs and Miss Morren are saying farewell to the year group but are looking forward to seeing them all in the corridors and the playground in August. Mrs Phillips is moving on with her class and is looking forward to new adventures in P4.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday (and that the weather improves!).


Life is a Song in P3

We are fast approaching the end of term and the end of P3! We are starting to tidy and pack up the classrooms so it would be really useful if the children could all bring in a large, strong bag by this Friday (21st June) to take work home.

This week, from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th, the Primary 2s will be up from Deanbank for transition days. They will be using next year’s P3 classrooms, which means that P3A and P3B will be out of their own rooms and using P7 classrooms while the P7s are at Boroughmuir. Because we will not have our usual class library etc, it would be very helpful if you could help your child to choose a book to bring in that they would be happy to use for silent reading. P3C are staying in their own room this week.

Over the next two weeks, the classes will be finishing off the P3 maths program, including measuring volume and area, tiling, 3D shape revision and a little bit of probability. Remember that you can follow the link at the top of this page to our home learning links to find games etc to support this learning.

Knowing that we were going to be out of our own classrooms this week, the P3s made a decision to abandon “normal” work at the end of last week and spend time making out Small Wonder miniature memories. I’m sure you will agree, when you see them, that the children did a fantastic job, showing great imagination and creativity. Today, we have done a bit of writing about the scenes we chose and the miniatures will have come home to make room for the P2s.

P3A are visiting the Open Door on Tuesday afternoon to sing to and with one of the groups for the elderly. P3C is hoping to do something similar at Morningside Manor Care Home (more information to follow).

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to our NYCOS/singing showcase on Thursday morning. We are very sorry that it may not be possible for everyone with children at Deanbank to get there. The PE hall has a very busy timetable and Heather, the NYCOS teacher, is only with us on Thursday mornings so this was the only possible slot.

P3 dates for your diary:

Tuesday 18th June pm – P3A visit to Open Door 

Thursday 20th June am – 8.50 – 9.20 – P3 NYCOS showcase in the main hall.

Tuesday 25th June – End of term church assembly (each class needs 2 parent helpers)

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 17.6.19 blog

P3’s Miniature Marvels

This week, P3 have started to plan their small box miniatures. We will be starting work on the boxes this week. If your child has not already brought in a box and any materials they want to put in it, please send it in ASAP – this is our main topic for the last three weeks of term.

In Literacy, we are finishing off the class texts. We will be writing letters to the Parent Council this week to thank them for the amazing opportunities we have had this year due to their funding – particularly, in the case of P3, the fantastic Scottish Opera Workshop they attended last week. We will be looking at the conventions of informal letter writing.

In maths, P3A are working on measuring weight in kilograms and working out which items are heavier and lighter. P3B and C are working on measuring volume using litres and millilitres. Any kind of practical activities your child can do at home that involves measuring length/height, weight and volume would be a great way to support their learning. You can also click on the link at the top of the P3 page that will take you to all our Maths and Language home learning links, where you will find games and how-to videos for various areas of these subjects.

In PE, Summer is well and truly here with athletics and tennis on the program. All three classes have now had their two tennis slots. If your child has have enjoyed these and fancies doing some more, you can follow this link to Edinburgh Leisure’s tennis coaching page.

P3 dates for your diary:

Tuesday 18th June pm – P3A to visit the Open Door to sing (2 parent helpers needed!)

Thursday 20th June am – 8.50 – 9.20 – P3 Singing showcase in the main hall.

Tuesday 25th June am – End of term church assembly

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 10.6.19 blog



P3 Find the Long and the Short of It

The first thing to say this week is how amazing P3 were last week. They showed fantastic team spirit at Sports Day, were an enthusiastic audience for the really quite incredible “Small Wonders” show we saw as part of the Imaginate Festival and performed their two songs brilliantly for the parent helper thank you tea. P3A and P3B also took it in their stride when we were based in other rooms on Friday to allow the P2s to visit Comiston Road. We are very proud teachers, you can be very proud parents/carers and, above all, the children can feel very proud of themselves.

This week also brings some excitement in the form of a trip to the Festival Theatre for an opera event. Don’t forget to send your child in with a packed lunch as we are eating early to set off in time for the start. We will be back in time for 3.25pm. P3A is still looking for a couple of parent helpers to come along with them – if you can help, please call the office or speak to Mrs Closs.

In the dates for your diary section below, you will notice that there is a provisional date/time for parents to come in to hear some of the things we have been learning with NYCOS and our own singing. We hope to have the main hall for parents to gather for half an hour for a wee showcase.

You will have seen in our child-friendly plan last week and our P3 countdown that we are getting a couple of sessions of tennis. Each class is getting two sessions of games to support early tennis skills.

All three classes are working on their class novels, continuing to do comprehension and other language activities related to their particular books.

In Maths, we are all working on measure. By the end of the term, we will have covered length, weight and volume using simple conventional units (eg centimetres, kilograms, litres). This is something you can support at home through things like allowing your child to use rulers and tape measures to see how long various household items are; weighing objects (if you have a balance scale, comparing weights too); using measuring jugs to discover the volume contained in various cups, bowls etc. Last week’s link takes you to a game about measuring length, this one will take you to one about weight and this one will take you to one about capacity/volume (neither of the latter are tablet-friendly).

Out Food and Farming topic comes to an end this week. Don’t forget that we are planning a mini-topic based around the Small Wonders show, making a miniature memory in a box. Don’t forget to send a named bag to school on Monday 10th June with a small box and any items your child might want to use from home.

P3 dates for your diary (* denotes a provisional date):

Monday 3rd June am…….Tennis for P3A & P3C

Thursday 6th June………….All P3 classes to Scottish Opera @ The Festival Theatre   (bring packed lunches)

Monday 10th June am……Bring miniature memory box and materials

Monday 10th June am……Tennis for P3B & P3C

Thursday 20th June am – 8.50 – 9.20 – P3 Singing showcase in the main hall.

Tuesday 25th June………….End of term church assembly

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly blog 3.6.19

P3 Audience and Performers

We have a very busy week ahead, with Sports Day, tennis, Imaginate theatre visits and a wee performance of one of our P3 choir songs. We even need to squeeze a little work in somewhere!

In Literacy, all three classes are continuing to read their class novels and do some language work based around them. This will be our last week of spelling for this session. We will do a check-up of the latest spelling patterns this Friday (31st May) and there will be no more new spelling words after that.

We are currently working on a block on measure in Maths. At the moment, we are measuring length but we will be moving on to measure weight and volume. If your child would like to do some practice at home, here is a tablet-friendly game on measuring in centimetres.

In our Food and Farming topic, we are looking at how food is changed as it progresses from farm to fork. This covers things that are done before it reaches the shops, like being washed, as well as things that happen in the home, like chopping and cooking. The Welsh Grid for Learning has a good website that allows children to play games to help them learn about food groups, recipes, weighing and measuring (not tablet-friendly).

P3 Dates for your diary . . .

Tuesday 28th May…………..P3A to Imaginate Festival @ The Warehouse, Leith

Wednesday 29th May…….P3B to Imaginate Festval @ The Warehouse, Leith

Thursday 30th May………..P3C to Imaginate Festival @ The Warehouse, Leith

Monday 3rd June am…….Tennis for P3A & P3C

Thursday 6th June………….All P3 classes to Scottish Opera @ The Festival Theatre

Monday 10th June am……Tennis for P3B & P3C

Tuesday 25th June………….End of term church assembly

And here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 27.5.19 blog.jpg

P3 Choir Music/Lyrics Links

We’re Going to be Friends

Count On Me


P3 By the Book

It’s all change in P3 as the classes have swapped class novels. P3A are now reading “Fantastic Mr Fox” by Roald Dahl, P3B are reading “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown and P3C are reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book” by Lauren Child. Remember to keep encouraging your child to read for pleasure at home – this can be any genre and does not need to be limited to books (eg comics, magazines, instructions, recipes). We will be sending the First Minister’s Reading Challenge Passports home for a final time in a couple of weeks to allow everyone to put in any more books that they have read before doing a big count to find out Comiston Road’s grand total.

In maths, we are continuing to work on finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. We are still working on making the link between multiplication and division – eg if 2 x 4 = 8 then half of 8 is 4. It would help with this if the children could practise the 2 and 4 times tables a bit at home. Next, we will be moving on to measure for most of the rest of this term, starting with measuring length in centimetres.

Our topic on Food and Farming is well underway now. We have covered the first “big idea”, that all of our food comes from plants and animals, and now we are looking at how plants and animals are farmed, focusing on how farmers look after their animals and how crops are planted, tended and harvested. We are hoping to have a visit to a farm or for someone to come and speak to the children about farming but this is a very busy time of year for farmers and we are waiting to hear what might be possible.

If you were at the whole school assemblies at Christmas or Easter, you will have heard the P7 and P4 choirs, led by Miss Morren and Mrs Closs. This term, to tie in with our NYCOS activities, we have decided to have a P3 choir with ALL of P3, practising during class time. So, hopefully, we will be singing to the P7s at the end of year assembly in June. We will send home words in case your child would like to practise at home.

Speaking of the end of the year, the term is rushing past and is getting busier and busier. From now till the end of term, we will include a P3-specific list of upcoming events to help you keep track. So . . .

Dates for your diary (* denotes provisional date)

Monday 20th………………… May Holiday

Thursday 23rd May……… EU Elections: Comiston Road closed to pupils

Monday 27th May am……Sports Day

Monday 27th May pm……Tennis* for P3A & P3B

Tuesday 28th May…………..P3A to Imaginate Festival @ The Warehouse, Leith

Wednesday 29th May…….P3B to Imaginate Festval @ The Warehouse, Leith

Thursday 30th May………..P3C to Imaginate Festival @ The Warehouse, Leith

Monday 3rd June am…….Tennis* for P3A & P3C

Thursday 6th June………….All P3 classes to Scottish Opera @ The Festival Theatre

Monday 10th June am……Tennis* for P3B & P3C

Tuesday 25th June………….End of term church assembly

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 13.5.19 blog

P3 Divide & Conquer

Before we launch into what P3 are doing this week, we have two urgent pleas:

  1. Please ask your child if they have their own glue stick at school and, if they don’t, please give them one to bring in.
  2. We are still missing quite a few of the RME reporting sheets and work that were sent home before Easter. Please send these back to school ASAP.

We are getting into the swing of our new reading program, with lots of language work inspired by the books being read by the classes. You will see from the home learning slips that we are still encouraging the children to read at home – this can be anything from picture books to novels to information books to comics to recipes and beyond.

Spelling has started again this week. So, if you want to encourage your child to practise their group’s words you will find them on a slip in their homework diary.

Having practised multiplying by two and making the connection with addition last week, this week we are dividing by two and halving. In Primary 2, the children will have learned about grouping and sharing. Grouping is where you have a collection of objects and you are asked to put them into groups of a certain size and then count the number of groups (eg if you put 12 biscuits into groups of 3, there will be 4 groups). Sharing is when you are given a collection of objects and asked to divide them equally between a specific number of groups and then count how many objects are in each group (eg if you divide 16 apples between 8 people, each person will get 2 apples). We are now learning to write these as a sum (eg 10 ÷ 2 = 5). The children are being encouraged to use their knowledge of multiplying by two to help them with dividing by two. So, if they know that 8 x 2 = 16, this can help them to work out that 16 ÷ 2 = 8. They will also be looking at halving shapes and numbers and learning that this is the same as dividing a shape or number into two equal parts. If your child would like to practise this at home, check out ‘Doubles’ and ‘Halves’ on Hit the Button (tablet-friendly) and Dartboard Doubles and Halves (not tablet-friendly).

In our Food and Farming topic, we are learning about where our food comes from in terms of whether its origin is plant or animal. You could chat about this at home while you’re making and eating meals.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:


Here Comes the Sun!

What a difference in the weather we’ve had since the holidays began! Don’t forget to think about suncream etc now that it’s warmer – though, being Scotland, it’s always worth having a jumper and a waterproof in the bag just in case (#4seasonsin1day).

Another thing to think of, as we head towards summer, is making sure that the children drink enough water. Please make sure your child comes to school with a full water bottle with their name on it (it’s very easy to get similar bottles mixed up).

The P3s will be doing athletics activities in PE this term. Please send in PE kits (shorts, house t-shirts, socks and gym shoes – all named – in a gym bag) as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to return any of the RME Easter reporting sheets and work that came home last term.

We are starting our new reading program this week. Each class will be exploring a different book, which will then be passed on to the next class so that, by the end of P3, the children will have covered the same main texts. Please see the child-friendly plan for the skills each class will be covering.

In maths, having learned how to use the column method in addition and subtraction, we will be learning how to use this method to multiply two digit numbers by two. It would be helpful if your child could practise counting in twos and their two times table (try the Beat Box Tables site for a fun way to do this – not tablet-friendly). The children will have learned about multiplication in the form of arrays in P2 (eg 2 rows of 4 dots/counters make 8). We have also spoken about the fact that multiplying by two is the same as doubling and the same as adding a number to itself (eg 2 x 5 is the same as 5 + 5) and the fact that when you multiply a whole number by two, the answer will always be an even number.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 29.4.19 blog

P3 Spring into Easter

A lot of our work this week is about Spring and Easter. The whole-school Easter Assembly is on Wednesday morning at Morningside Parish Church. Its theme is Easter Customs from the UK and Europe. P3 have been finding out about signs of Spring and symbols of Easter. A reporting sheet and a folder of work about our RME work on Easter may have already come home to you and will certainly do so by this Friday. Please have a look at the contents, write some feedback on the reporting sheet and return everything to school as soon as possible.

In maths, we are learning about the properties of 2D shape (see last week’s update). There has been much debate about squares and rectangles. The definition of a rectangle is, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, “a flat shape with four 90° angles and four sides, with opposite sides of equal length”. So, squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares, as all the sides of a square must be of equal length. Read more about quadrilaterals here. ***STOP PRESS*** By special request of P3A, here is a 2D shape tessellation and pattern activity they have enjoyed.

We are not doing any reading or spelling this week. After the Spring break, the way we do reading will change. We will no longer be sending reading books home but we will be encouraging the children to read for pleasure at home – more information about this in the new term. The change in the reading format means that we will not need parent helpers for reading in the mornings. We are very, very grateful for all the help we have had over this year – and going back to P1 and P2 – and we will still be looking for help with trips and a bit of outdoor learning in the summer term.

If your child is looking for book ideas for the holiday and beyond, check out Mrs Morgan’s newsletter which has a link to the Scottish Book Trust’s book suggestion lists. You could also pop over the the Book Trust Book Finder – get your child to put in their age and the types of books they enjoy and it will give loads of suggestions of books they might like. P3A have used it in the past to find a class novel to read.

PE kits will come home for a wash this week – please send them back in on the first day of the new term. Could everyone please have a check at home for any stray school reading books and library books and return them by the end of this week.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan – and have a lovely holiday!Child friendly plan 1.4.19

P3 Go Round and About

As we mentioned in last week’s update, we are working on rounding and estimating. We have been rounding numbers up and down to the nearest ten. There is a handy rhyme to help you to remember what to do: Five to nine, climb the vine. One to four, slide to the floor. Have a go at this tablet-friendly game for practice. We will be spending the last week and a bit of term looking at the properties of 2D shape (how many sides, corners and angles each one has). A game to help with this can be found here (not tablet-friendly, in this case).

We are doing some imaginative writing and some more revision in literacy. This will be the last week of reading and spelling – no homework next week.

Some rather special craft is planned for an important date this weekend, so mums might want to check the school bags on Friday ;-). It’s just a shame that the clocks go forward this weekend too!

Since it will be Tuesday when you read this, we will be in the middle of parent consultations. If you cannot make your Wednesday appointment, please let the teacher or the office know as soon as possible so that it can be rescheduled.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 25.3.19

All Change!

We are finishing off our work on money this week, looking at adding and subtracting different amounts and giving change from £1. Please see last week’s update below for links to games to help with this. Next, we will move on to rounding up and down to the nearest 10 – you can use this tablet-friendly game for some practice.

In Literacy, we are revising some of the grammar we have learned over the last term – eg nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We are also having a bit of a focus on using capital letters and full stops in the right places – easily forgotten, even by grown-ups!

In our RME topic on Easter, we have gone over what we know about the Easter story and are moving on to look at customs associated with Spring and Easter from all round the world.

Children in all three classes seem to be running a bit low on pencil case supplies. Please check with your child whether he/she has a writing pencil, a rubber, a pencil sharpener and a glue stick in their school pencil cases.

Next week is Parent/Carer Consultation time. If you discover that you can’t make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. Remember that your child is welcome to come along to these appointments with you.

Here is this week’s child friendly-plan:Child friendly plan 18.3.19 blog

Money, Money, Money

Our maths focus for this week is money. We are working out which coins to use to make given amounts, what various coins add up to, how much the total of several prices would come to and how much change to give from payments. To do all this, we are trying to apply the learning from our recent work on addition and subtraction. If you want to do some practice at home, you can try these games:

All of these games are tablet-friendly and have different levels so that you can give yourself as much of a challenge as you want. Of course, the best practice is to try it in real life. So, if you’re out shopping, see if your child can add some prices within £1 or £5 and work out how much change they might get from different amounts.

In literacy this week, we are doing a piece of independent imaginative writing to allow us to see where the classes are with various writing skills – what our strengths are and what we need to work on during the rest of P3. Following on from our Pop-Up Pal technology project, our theme is “The Day the Toy Came to Life”.

We are rounding off our Emergency Services topic by seeing if our cooperative groups can work out what is a “real” emergency and which service they would need to ask for. After the Spring break, we will be moving on to a topic on Food and Farming. Until then, we will be doing a short RME topic looking at Easter/Spring customs around the world.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 11.3.19 blog



P3A’s World Book Day Assembly

P3 Share a Story

First of all, thank you so much to all the grown-ups who came along to our Technology/Scots sharing event. It was lovely to see the children so engaged with their explanations of the process of making their pop-up pals. If you took the reporting sheet home, please complete it and return it to school as soon as possible.

P3A have another big event coming up, as they are in charge of this week’s World Book Day assembly. They have written a script and verses for a song, written and talked about how they share stories, and have a little book-related art project planned too. If you haven’t emailed Mrs Closs a ‘sharing a story’ photo for the slideshow, you have an extension to this Wednesday ;-). P3A parents/carers are invited to come and join us for 8.50am on Friday morning in the main hall.

In literacy, at the moment, P3 are learning various skills (eg putting words into alphabetical order, finding definitions in a dictionary, writing answers to questions in whole sentences). They have also been learning about types of words. So far, we have covered nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Before the end of P3, we will also introduce pronouns. You can find short descriptions of what nouns, verbs and adjectives are here, along with wee games to reinforce the learning.

Subtraction using the column method has been the focus of our maths learning at the end of last week and the start of this one. Any practice of quick recall of subtraction number facts within 10 would be useful for this (eg 8 – 2, 5 – 1). Unlike in the addition work, there has been no regrouping (borrowing/decomposition) involved. We will be moving on to some work on money within £1 this week. This will involve things like knowing that two lots of 10p are equivalent to 20p, two lots of 20p and a 10p are equivalent to 50p, and being able to add and subtract amounts of money within £1. If you would like to do some practise at home, there are a few games available here. At the bottom of the description for each game, it indicates whether the game is tablet-friendly or not.

Finally, please look out for your parent/carer consultation appointment slip in your child’s reading bag on Tuesday (5th March).

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 4.3.19 blog

P3 Talk Technology

Today, we had a great visit from the RNLI. We learned a bit about the rescue work that they do, the boats that they use and the safety equipment they have. We were reminded of the 4 things to remember when we or someone else is in danger in or near the water:

  1. Stop and think
  2. Stay together
  3. Float
  4. Call 999/112 and ask for the coastguard

Have a chat with them about what they learned.

The highlight of this week will be our technology/Scots sharing event on Thursday afternoon. The children will be talking about their pop-up pals, explaining how they were made and how they work. We hope that as many parents/carers as possible will be able to come along (maximum of two adults per child please) but we understand that this isn’t always possible for some families. Please feel free to nominate an aunty, uncle, grandparent or family friend to come along if you can’t make it yourself. We will be sending home the pop-up pals along with a reporting sheet to complete and return by Friday 8th March.

All three classes have had or will be having a focus on reading information books in our group reading. We look at features such as contents, index and glossary pages (where they are, what they are for and how to use them), labels on diagrams and pictures, titles for subject sections etc.

In maths, we have been learning about angles – that they are where two lines meet (usually in the context of a shape at the moment). We have learned about right angles (a “square corner”) and have touched on acute angles (narrower than a right angle) and obtuse angles (wider than a right angle). If you want to do some practising at home, you could try this game (don’t type in the box – click on the correct type of angle and then click on “go”).

Last week saw the launch of our One Planet groups. If you haven’t seen Mrs Morgan’s latest weekly newsletter, here is what she said about the groups:

“We were really excited to launch our One Planet House Teams on Friday. Everyone met their House Team- a mixture of children from P3-7- for the first time, and they discussed all the different ideas that they will work on for the next month. Everyone is going to work on a different aspect of Learning for Sustainability- outdoor Learning, Global citizenship, Eco, Rights Respecting Schools, JRSO and pupil leadership. We also have a P6 Digital Leaders team who are working with Ms Beattie to lead us in all things digital. There was fantastic pupil leadership from our P7s, who took charge of making sure that everyone was in the correct team!”

Ask your child about their group and what they have been up to.

P3A will be busy planning, creating and practising their World Book Day assembly for the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much to the families who have already emailed photos of the children sharing a book to Mrs Closs – you still have till this Friday (1st March) to get them in. Just to confirm that we will not be dressing up for World Book Day or the assembly.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 25.2.19 blog

P3 Put Things in Order

Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing break. Spring definitely seems to be round the corner – fingers crossed. That said, it’s always good to remember the old Scots saying, “Ne’er cast a cloot till May is oot”. So keep sending your child in to school with a coat, whether they want one or not,  just in case the weather changes (which, let’s face it, it can do several times an hour).

In Literacy this week, we will be doing more work on putting words into alphabetical order and using a dictionary to find word definitions. If you would like to practise putting words into alphabetical order, here are links to a couple of games that can help. The first one works up from using the first letter to using the first and second letter to order words. The second one is a mixture and also uses capital letters for some sections as a further challenge. Both use Flash so can’t be played on an iPad or iPhone.

Our work on addition with carrying continues this week, adding three digit numbers together. We will also be doing some adding of two and three digit numbers using a calculator. If you have a calculator at home, you could help your child to use it to do some adding sums. See previous weekly updates below for online games you can play to reinforce place value and addition skills.

In our technology mini-topic, we will be looking at ways to fasten the boxes of our pop-up pals and evaluating our designs. Don’t forget that next Thursday (28th February) you have the opportunity to come in to see and hear about these, as well as hear our Scots poems and songs. Come to the front entrance of the school for 2.45pm and you can them come along to the classrooms. We will finish in time for the 3.25pm bell.

P3A will be in charge of the school’s World Book Day assembly on the morning of Friday 8th March. P3A parents/carers are welcome to come along and be part of the audience for that – just head for the school hall after 8.40am drop-off. Look out for a ParentMail in the next couple of days with a request for photos!

For both the pop-up pals sharing event and the assembly, we would ask you to restrict visitors to two per child because of space issues (especially P3A’s classroom!) . If any parent/carer is not able to attend, you are welcome to give your space to aunties/uncles/grandparents/family friends etc.

Here is this week’s child friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 18.2.19

A Right Carry On

Building on our learning from last week, this week P3 have been learning about how to do column addition sums with carrying (you will have found some written maths homework in the reading bags today – the sums on that sheet do not involve carrying). It’s a lot to remember, laying out the sums properly, adding the numbers and remembering to carry any tens or hundreds over to the next column. For any parents wanting to practise this at home with their child, here is a short “Explain Everything” clip where Mrs Closs explains how to go about writing down and working out an addition sum with carrying.

Today, the P3 winner of our Scots Poem recitations was announced. Many congratulations to Lola Belle from P3A! Mrs Moore was very impressed by all three of our finalists, as the teachers were by so many of the children’s hard work. Well done, once again, to everyone who did their best – you deserve to be very proud of yourselves.

The design and building of our pop-up pals is going well. This week, we will investigate different ways of making the “pop” part of the toy. You could have a chat at home about ways of making things pop up (eg a jack-in-the-box or a toaster).

We are going to be doing some dictionary work in Literacy this week – looking at using alphabetical order to search for words in the dictionary and finding definitions of particular words. If you have a dictionary at home, it would be worth encouraging your child to explore it and use it.

The February break starts at lunchtime this week (normal finishing time of 12.20pm). Before then, we have our P3-7 Scots assembly, starting at 9.30am at Greenbank Church. Parents and carers are welcome to join us – we hear P7 may have a surprise in store! We need at least one parent/carer to help walk us up to the church so if you are going and could help us out please contact the office or let your class teacher know.

We hope that the children all have a great break, a well-earned rest and avoid the winter bugs. We will see you all again on the morning of Monday 18th February.

Here is this week’s child friendly plan:Child friendly plan 4.2.19

Fizzy Fun

Today was the deadline for learning our Scots verses. P3 have done really well at learning and reciting their chosen poems – thank you so much to all the parents/carers, brothers, sisters and grandparents who have supported the P3s in learning these. The next step is for three children to be chosen from each class to go through to the next round. They will then perform for one of the other three classes who will vote for one performer from each class to go forward for the year group final.

On Wednesday, P3 will be having a workshop with Generation Science. The title of the P3 workshop is “Get Fizzy” and it offers the children the opportunity to learn about solids, liquids and gases and how they can work together to make a “fizz”.

In maths this week, we are learning to use the column method for adding one digit numbers to two digit numbers, two digits to two digits and, depending on how we get on, possibly three digit to three digits. At present, this is without carrying so none of the columns will add up to more than 9. To help with this method, we need to remember what we have learned about place value (hundreds, tens and ones) and to be quick at number bonds to ten. These are both things that you can help with at home:

  • For place value: asking what one digit in a two or three digit number “stands for” (eg in 264, the 6 stands for 60) and play Place Value Basketball (also tablet-friendly)
  • For number bonds: quick-fire oral addition questions (eg 4 + 5, 3 + 2) and play Hit the Button (tablet-friendly and also available as a downloadable app)

Although our topic on the Emergency Services continues – we have a visit from the RNLI coming up after the February break – we are starting a mini technology project called “Pop-Up Pals”. This involves planning, making and evaluating a simple pop-up toy. You will get to see these and hear about how they were made during the Scots showcase event on Thursday 28th February (2.45pm in your child’s classroom).

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:child friendly plan 28.1.19 blog

What’s the Time, P3?

This week, everyone is working on being able to read and draw times to quarter past and quarter to the hour, both on analogue and digital clocks. We’ve been learning that since an hour has 60 minutes and half past is 30 minutes past the hour, quarter past means 15 minutes past the hour. The trickiest bit is learning that quarter to the hour is also 45 minutes past the hour before – so quarter to 5 is also 4.45. This is something that it would be helpful to practise at home. The same “Telling the Time” game mentioned last week is useful for this.

We are continuing to practise our Scots poems and song. We would like to invite parents/carers in to see/hear us perform them as well as seeing the results of a wee technology project we will be doing, called “Pop-up Pals”. This event will take place in the P3 classrooms at 2.45-3.25pm on Thursday 28th February. Because of the size of the classrooms, I’m afraid we can only allow a maximum of two people per child – even then, P3A’s classroom will be very cosy!

Here is this week’s child friendly plan:

child friendly plan 21.1.19 blog

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to everyone! We hope you all had a good break and we would like to say thank you for all the kind words, cards and gifts given to the P3 staff by parents and children.

Since it’s January, it must be time for our Scots Focus. In P3, this means learning a short Scots poem (you should have received a sheet with a selection to choose from), a song (Coulter’s Candy) and some Scots words for parts of the body and clothes. This will culminate in a (slightly late) P3-7 Burns assembly at Greenbank Church on Friday 8th February. There may be good news for those who speak a Scots dialect – it could be as good for your brain as being able to speak a foreign language! Check out this article to read more.

Our Emergency Services topic is in full swing, with visits by p3A (last week) and P3B (this week) to the fire station and a visit from a police officer and a paramedic – with an ambulance! – who just happen to be P3B parents. Alongside the practical, current learning, the children are finding out about the Great Fire of London. Ask your child if they can tell you where and how it started.

This week, our maths is all about measuring time. P3A are putting days of the week and months of the year in order, which all seemed very easy until we started asking questions like, “What is the day before Saturday?”, “What day is 3 days after Sunday?”, “What month comes 2 months after April?” etc – try some at home. P3B and P3C are revising telling the time to o’clock and half past and beginning to learn how to tell the time to quarter past the hour. Here are some online games that could help with these skills:

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. This term, the classes will be doing some gymnastics, starting with different way of balancing.

P3B will be doing Drama instead of Science from now until Easter. In Science, P3A will be learning about the positions and basic functions of the human skeleton and organs, while P3C start their Science with a block on the properties and uses of materials.

Reading and home learning are up and running again this week. See your child’s diary for details.

Finally, here is this week’s child friendly plan:

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Keep Calm, It’s Nearly Christmas!

P3 have a very busy week ahead of them! Here is a quick run-down of what’s on:

  • Tuesday morning – Whole School End of Term Assembly
  • Tuesday afternoon – P3 Party
  • Wednesday – Various Christmas/Winter related activities
  • Thursday – Fun morning with P7s
  • Friday – Games, then Carols in the stairwell

Toys & Games – On Friday, children can bring in toys or games from home to play with their friends (nothing expensive or very precious and nothing electronic, please).

PE Kits – We will be sending home PE kits for washing and to check if anything has been outgrown. Please return these to school on the first day back after the holidays (Wednesday 9th January).

Pencil Cases – Pencil cases will also come home. Please could you check that your child has several writing pencils, a rubber, a pencil sharpener, a glue stick, a set of coloured pencils and a highlighter pen. Rubbers seem to be something we are particularly short of at the moment.

Social Studies Reporting – Don’t forget to complete and return the RLS reporting sheet by this Friday.

The P3 team would like to say a big thank you for all your help and support this term and to wish you a very



Here is this week’s (very Christmassy) child-friendly plan:

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Plenty of Patterns

Now that reading, spelling and homework have stopped, we are properly in the festive mood and getting on with some Christmas crafts, Christmas stories and some Christmas songs.

In maths, we are looking at pattern this week. We will be identifying what is being repeated with each pattern and using that knowledge to continue them. In shape patterns, this can mean what sequence of shapes is being repeated each time (eg ♥ ♥ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ – in this case, heart, heart, diamond is what is repeated). In number patterns, it is what is being done to the numbers each time that is repeated (eg 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 – in this case,  each number is doubled to find the next). Here are clickable links to a couple of online games you could play to practise shape (tablet-friendly) and number patterns (requires Flash).

In Literacy, we will be focusing on listening and visual literacy by using short films as a stimulus for activities such as sequencing and comprehension. We will continue to read the books that the children are bringing in.

As well as all that, there are various festive activities coming up before the end of term:

  • Wednesday 12th December – Siblings of P1 children to visit Deanbank to see the Nativity
  • Friday 14th December – Christmas jumper day at Comiston Road.
  • Tuesday 18th December (morning) – Whole school Christmas assembly at Morningside Parish Church, one parent helper required for each class to walk there and back (please call the office or speak to the teacher if you can help)
  • Tuesday 18th December (afternoon) – P3 Christmas Party (bring party clothes to change into after lunch)
  • Thursday 20th December – P3/P7 fun activities
  • Friday 21st December – Last day of term, Comiston Road finishes at midday

And here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 10.12.18 blog

P3 Light the Way

**STOP PRESS** P3 Christmas Party changed from afternoon of Monday 17th to afternoon of Tuesday 18th.

It’s all about light in P3 this week. We are continuing our Emergency Services topic with a look at the history and use of lighthouses. Some of you probably already know that there is a link between our Robert Louis Stevenson topic and this one, as RLS’s grandfather, uncles and father were all lighthouse engineers.

P3B carry on the theme for their assembly which is on Festivals of Light. P3B parents/carers are welcome to come along to see the class perform – just come to the main hall after the 8.40am bell this Friday.

This is the last week of homework until after the winter break. We have sent home a little bit of maths homework, based on the 2, 5 and 10 times table and we would appreciate it if you could support your child to complete this. In class, we are doing some more data handling work, this time on bar charts and Carroll Diagrams (click the links for more information).

Primary 3 will be having their Christmas party on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th December (note change from Monday 17th, if you read this before). Your child is welcome to bring in a party outfit with them to change into after lunch (no heeled/skiddy shoes please, as we’ll be running and dancing).

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 3.12.18

Lights, Music, Action!

Everyone at SMPS is getting excited about going to see the Lyceum production of Wendy and Peter Pan – tomorrow (Tuesday) for P1-5 & P7 and Thursday for the P6s. Some classes have been reading the story, some have been watching films, we will be making banners for the hall on the theme and many classes will be writing reviews of the show. Ask your child what they thought of it – what rating would they give it, who was their favourite character, in what ways was it similar or different to other versions they have seen/heard.

In our data handling work in maths this week, we are focusing on pictograms. The children have already learned about simple versions in P1/P2 and we are extending this learning in a couple of ways. Firstly, we are gathering more complex information from them than before, looking at relationships between data and influences. For example, if a tuck shop sells items at half price one day a week, can you tell from the number of items sold on each day which day that is – and why do you think this happens? This is something that is very relevant to the world of work and we have spoken about how lots of jobs use data and its interpretation. If your work involves data collection and interpretation, perhaps you could speak to your child about it. Also, rather than a simple “one picture stands for one thing” graph, we are looking at pictograms where one picture might stand for 2 or more things. In these cases, there will be a “key” with the pictogram to tell you how many things each picture stands for – eg ♦ = 5, so ♦♦♦♦ stands for 20 things. Here are a couple of links to online games/activities that allow some pictogram practice:

There are a couple of wee reminders to put out:

  1. Don’t forget about the Christmas jumper exchange.
  2. P3B have their class assembly next Friday (7th December). P3B parents/carers are welcome to come and watch – just come to the hall after the 8.40am bell.

And here is the child-friendly weekly plan:Child friendly plan 26.11.18 blog

P3 All At Sea

In our topic work this week, we are focusing on rescue at sea. Combining a bit of history with our Emergency Services theme, we are learning about Grace Darling and the rescue for which she is famous. There is a BBC School’s short film about it here, if you would like to know the story too.

P3B and C are revising multiplication and division while P3A has started learning about how to interpret data from tables and pictograms. If you are doing any maths work at home, it would be helpful to focus on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and the relationship between multiplication and division (eg if 5 x 6 = 30, then 30 ÷ 5 = 6). Games like Hit the Button and Mental Maths Train can help with quick recall. If you are looking for more of a challenge, Number Fact Families helps to link multiplication and division but works beyond just the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Our new spelling work is up and running now. You should find each week’s spelling pattern on a slip in your child’s homework diary if you want to help them practise at home. Mrs Donegan’s Read, Write, Ink team will have their own spelling words in the homework bag for RWI.

All three classes are still waiting for some of the Health & Wellbeing feedback sheets that were given out at Parent Consultations to be returned. If you have not yet completed this sheet, please do so ASAP and return it to school, along with the bag it came in and any Health & Wellbeing work that was with it. The class charter and the Literacy feedback sheets should be kept at home.

It’s not December yet, but Christmas plans are getting underway at SMPS. P7s are coming round the classes to collect any contributions to the Christmas jumper exchange. If you have any children’s Christmas jumpers that have been outgrown and you would like to pass on, please send them in.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:Child friendly plan 19.11.18 blog


P3 Divide It Up

**STOP PRESS** There seems to be a wee bit of confusion about the date of P3B’s class assembly. Just to confirm that it is on Friday 7th December and P3B’s parents/carers can come to the hall after the bell at 8.40am for an 8.50am start.

This week, building on their work on multiplication, P3 have started learning about division. In P1 and P2, this was known as “grouping and sharing” and we are still using these practical strategies to illustrate division. In grouping,  a collection of objects is divided into equal groups of a given number and then the number of groups is counted (eg 15 divided into groups of 3 results in 5 groups). In sharing, a collection of objects is shared between a given number of groups and the number of objects in each group is counted (eg 16 divided between 2 groups results in groups of 8). Check out this YouTube video for an illustration (but ignore the remainders – we’re not quite there yet!). The main development from P2 is that we are starting to talk about the process as division and to use the divide symbol in written sums. There are games on Top Marks and Snappy Maths to practise these skills. Both games work on desktop/laptop computers rather than tablets.

In Literacy, we are doing quite a lot of work on sentences: remembering to use capital letters and full stops and using full sentences to answer questions. If you are reading to your child at home or when they are doing their reading homework, you could talk to them about what makes a sentence. P3A have talked about sentences having a subject (a person, animal, object or place) and a main idea (what they are doing, what they are like or what is happening to them). So, in the sentence “The girl walked down the street”, “The girl” is the subject and “walked down the street” is the main idea. We used this to help us answer questions. If the question is “Who walked down the street?”, the answer should not be just “The girl” but “The girl walked down the street.” – “The girl” is not a piece of information that makes sense on its own because the main idea is missing.

Our next topic is the Emergency Services. We will be learning about the work of the Fire, Police and Ambulance services, as well as others such as the RNLI and Mountain Rescue. There will be a little bit of history with the stories of Grace Darling and the Great Fire of London as well as visits from the police, ambulance, RNLI and mountain rescue (their important work permitting), and a visit to the fire station. This week, the classes are thinking and talking about what they know about the emergency services already and what they would like to learn during the topic.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 12.11.18 blog

P3’s Pirate Party

Today was our end-of-topic Pirate Party. We wonder what Robert Louis Stevenson would think if he knew that his books were still being enjoyed and celebrated more than 120 years after he died. We had pirate stories, pirate games and even some pirate yoga!

Spelling has started this week and you will find the words your child’s group is working on in their homework diary. If you want to do any work on this at home, there is also a spelling activities grid in the diary. We are not expecting any work to be handed in and please do not do any of these activities in the homework diary – it is just for the home learning slips and other such communications.

We are continuing our work on multiplication with the five and ten times tables. There will be laminated bookmarks for these tables coming home to help you to practise them. There are also some tablet-friendly online games for reinforcement here and here.

The P3/4 assembly time has changed from 9.20am to 8.50am on Fridays and it is quite a tight turnaround to get everyone in, organised and registered to be ready in the hall for the start. We would really appreciate it if you could make sure your child is on time and in the line for 8.40am on Fridays (as we do for the rest of the week!).

Whole class silent reading is still happening on a Friday as well, so your child can bring in a book to read from home during this time. There are also books in the classroom and they can read their school library books too.

Finally, there seems to be a bit of a Rubik’s cube craze going on just now (Mrs Closs’s memory is being whisked back to the first one when she was at school in the 1970s/80s!). The children are allowed to bring in cubes (and snakes and all the other Rubik’s shapes) to play with in the playground but we would ask you to make them identifiable in some way – sharpies are great for this – in case they get lost.

Here is this week’s child-friendly weekly plan:

Child friendly plan 5.11.18 blog

P3 Become Smarter Learners

Now that we have finished the Edinburgh Literacy Rich program, we will be separating our Language lessons into spelling, grammar and language skills (eg alphabetical order, using a dictionary).

Spelling will start next week, most of it in school. However, at parent consultations, many parents/carers expressed interest in having a copy of the spelling words. With this in mind, you will find the spelling words your child is working on in their homework diary along with their homework slips each Monday. There is no expectation that the words will be practised at home and we would ask you not to hand in any written work.

This week, we are looking at the -er suffix. When -er is added to a verb, it can turn it into a noun (eg teach becomes teacher, learn becomes learner). When it is added to an adjective, it makes it “more” (eg smart becomes smarter, tall becomes taller).

In maths, we are introducing multiplication. The children will already have carried out multiplication calculations while working with equal groups and arrays in P2 but we are now using the multiplication symbol and learning times tables. This week, it is the 2 times table, next week it will be the 5 and 10 times tables. If your child is not confident in giving answers to calculations within the 2 times table, this is something you could practise with them at home. Here is a tablet-friendly game for reinforcement – it covers all of the tables so there should hopefully be enough challenge for most children.

Here are some important dates for your diary for this week and next:

  • Wednesday 31st October – P3B & P3C to visit Morningside Cemetery as part of RLS topic.
  • Thursday 1st November – P3A to visit Morningside Cemetery as part of RLS topic.
  • Friday 2nd November – P3C’s Sukkot assembly (P3C parents/carers who can attend should go to the hall through the school’s main entrance after the bell at 8.40am).
  • Monday 5th November – P3 Pirate Party (children who would like to dress up can bring along a bag of pirate clothes to get changed into after lunch).

And here is this week’s child-friendly weekly plan:

Child friendly plan 29.10.18 blog


Symmetry in P3

Welcome back – we hope you all had a good break. The weather is definitely colder now, so please could all children come to school with a coat to wear. Please also make sure that you have returned your child’s PE kit (shorts, house t-shirt and gym shoes – all named and in a suitable gym bag).

We will be doing some revision in Literacy this week. Hopefully, you will all have had the feedback from the end of block Literacy check-up. It would be really helpful if you could practise anything highlighted on there with your child. The tricky words for Block 8 are: enough, almost, mountain, family, question, area, piece, complete, knew, cold, toldhearddoor, duringstudy, hour, happen & whole.

In Maths, we are focusing on symmetry. We will be looking for lines of symmetry in shapes, objects and patterns as well as completing “half shapes” to make them a full symmetrical shape. There are two tablet-friendly online games you can use to practise at home – one on sorting shapes and one on matching them.

Here is this week’s child-friendly weekly plan (correction – see change in Science plan):Child friendly plan 23.10.18 blog (1)

Take it Away, P3!

This week, we continue to practise subtraction calculations using various strategies (eg count on/count back, using knowledge of addition number bonds and jump and spilt strategies for bigger numbers). Ask your child to tell you about what strategies they’ve been using in class. There’s a great tablet-friendly mental maths game you can play for practice: click on the train carriage with the minus symbol and try out some of the challenges.

We are checking up on how much everyone has learned in Block 8 of the Literacy Rich Edinburgh scheme. You will receive feedback on your child’s progress at parent consultations and we will be doing some revision in the first week back after the October break.

As we have found out during our topic on Robert Louis Stevenson, he didn’t just write stories – he was also a poet. This week we will be reading two of his poems – My Shadow and From a Railway Carriage – and looking at rhyme and description in them both.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at parent consultations this week. If you cannot make it to your appointment for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible.

On Friday, after the Harvest assembly at Greenbank Church, we are expecting a visit from the wonderful Mrs Gardi, who is going to tell us more about how Sukkot is celebrated.

** PARENT HELPERS NEEDED** – On the subject of the Harvest Assembly, each P3 class needs a parent helper to walk them up to the Church and back this Friday. If you are free from 8.40am till approximately break time (10.20am), please let your child’s teacher know.


Here is the child-friendly plan for the week:

Child friendly plan 8.10.18 blog




P3’s Adventures on Treasure Island

During our work on Treasure Island, many of the children have been keen to make up their own island adventures. So, we are giving them free rein to use their imagination this week. You can look forward to reading the results next week at parent consultations.

This is the last week of Literacy Block 8. We will be learning about how to add -ed to the end of verbs that end in -y, by dropping the -y and adding -ied (eg ‘hurry’ becomes ‘hurried’). The tricky words learned so far are: enough, almost, mountain, family, question, area, piece, complete, knew, cold, toldhearddoor, during & study. This week’s new tricky words are: hour, happen & whole. Next week we will be doing the end-of-block check-up so any practice of reading/writing tricky words would be helpful.

After doing a check-up on the maths work we have done in P3 so far, we will be working on subtraction strategies until the October break. We will use the same split and jump strategies that we used for addition and apply them to take away sums. The split strategy involves splitting numbers into tens and ones before tackling the sum – eg 46 – 14 becomes 40 – 10 and 6 – 4 so the answer is 32. It can be written down like this:

Split Subt

The jump strategy involves jumping back, first in tens and then in ones, to find the answer. Using the jump strategy, the same sum (46 – 14) would look like this:

Jump subt

The other thing we will be practising is missing number subtraction sums. Here is a quick-fire, tablet-friendly game you can play at home for that.

Look out for a slip with your parent consultation time on it in the reading bags this Wednesday. If you have not returned the photo permission slip already, please do so ASAP – duplicate forms will be sent home tomorrow for any pupils who haven’t returned one.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 1.10.18 blog



P3 Unpack Their Adjectives

Last week, P3 were learning about adjectives (describing words). This week, they are putting them to good use in their Big Writing. Using the marvellous maps of our own terrific treasure islands, we are writing descriptions using adjectives to make them more detailed and interesting. If you want a little trip back in time to the song that provided this week’s update title, click here. An equally catchy, but slightly more up-to-date, song about adjectives can be found here.

In literacy, we are in the penultimate week of Block 8 – the final block of the Literacy Rich Edinburgh scheme. We are adding -ed to verbs where the final sound sounds like “t” (eg as in “worked”, “washed”, laughed” and “dropped”). The tricky words we have learned so far are: enough, almost, mountain, family, question, area, piece, complete, knew, cold, told & heard. The new tricky words this week are: door, during & study.

We are continuing with our map theme in maths this week, working out how our position would change if we performed 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 turns, clockwise or anticlockwise. We will also be be looking at giving and following directions using forwards, left and right, as well as learning about the compass directions.

If you would like to do any maths at home, please continue to develop confidence and speed with number bonds and fact families.

We are taking a short break from Robert Louis Stevenson to learn about the Jewish festival of Sukkot, which falls in this week this year. Hopefully, your children will be able to tell you why and how Jewish people celebrate Sukkot.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

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P3 Map it Out

We are mad for maps in P3 this week! In maths, we have been learning about how coordinates work: using given coordinates to place something on a map and giving coordinates of an existing landmark. There is a game for this you can try (not tablet-friendly) – go to either “Find the Co-ordinate” or “Treasure Hunt”, A to G & 1 to 8 grids for both.

In our topic on Robert Louis Stevenson, we have begun the story of Treasure Island (a P3-friendly, abridged version). We will be making a map of our own treasure island, working in pairs to produce different sections of the map using collage.

In literacy, adding -ed to verbs is a bit trickier this week because they sound like they only have a ‘d’ at the end (eg “payed” and “filled”). The tricky words are: cold, told and heard.


Please you make sure that your child has a (reasonably-sized – not too enormous) pencil case in school, containing: a couple of writing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a rubber, coloured pencils, a whiteboard pen and a glue stick.

We’re nearly there with PE kits – just make sure that your child has an appropriate bag to keep their kit in at school.

And here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 18.9.18 blog


It All Adds Up in P3

Over the next four weeks, we will be learning how to add -ed to the end of verbs. This week’s focus is words where you can hear the whole “ed” sound at the end (eg “mended”). This week’s new tricky words are: complete, knew and piece. Carrying on from our work on nouns, you might want to check out the verb rap we have been trying this week.

In maths, we are revising addition strategies, looking at quick recall of number bonds within 10 and 20 and, for bigger numbers, using split and jump strategies. For some practice of speedy sums, try this game at home (click on “Number Bonds” and find the level that suits you best).

Thanks to some awesome parent helpers, the library is up and running and we are starting to organise our slots. Here they are so far (we will update the page with P3C’s day ASAP):

  • P3A – Monday
  • P3B – Tuesday
  • P3C – TBC

Now that the children are in P3, we are asking them not to bring in toys to school. It is too easy for them to become distractions in the classroom or to get lost in the playground. Separate classes will have their own arrangements for Show and Tell or special times when things can be brought in and we will let you know about these.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the curriculum evening next week.

Here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

Child friendly plan 10.9.18 blog



P3 Open the Case

We have had lots of good ideas and suggestions about the identity of the owner of our mystery case. This week, we will be opening it up to see if there are any more clues inside. Ask your child about what we find.

In Literacy, we are continuing to practise dropping the ‘e’ at the end of verbs before adding -ing. The new tricky words are: family, question and area. We have also been learning about nouns: that they are words that name a person, place or thing. Here is a song about nouns that last year’s P3s loved.

In Numeracy, we are working on place value. The classes learned about tens and ones (or units) in P2 and we are revising this and introducing the hundreds column. The important thing to know about place value is that each place can only hold one digit / a maximum of nine items. Here’s a song to help everyone to remember how it works. There is also a game for practice.

Please can you check that you have completed and returned all of the forms that have come home.

Thank you to the parents from each class who have come forward to organise the reading rotas and to any parents who have signed up already. We are looking forward to starting group reading after the September holiday.

Finally, here is this week’s child-friendly plan:

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Welcome to P3!

This is where you will find our weekly plans and updates on what we are learning, as well as any notes and reminders.

In Literacy this week, we have started Block 8, the final part of the Literacy Rich Edinburgh scheme. The pattern we are practising this week is dropping the ‘e’ from verbs before adding -ing. For example, to add -ing to save, take off the final ‘e’ and then add -ing to make saving. Our new tricky words are: enough, almost and mountain.

Last week and this week, we have been practising skip counting in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s. There’s a nice wee tablet-friendly game you can play, if you want. Just click on Sequencing and then choose from ‘Counting in Twos’ on Simple Sequences, ‘Multiples of Ten’ / ‘Multiples of Five’ in Counting in Multiples or ‘Steps of Ten’ / ‘Steps of Five’ on Counting in Steps. Stick to Multiples/Steps OF and not UP TO unless you fancy a challenge 🙂.

We are starting a new topic this week. A old, brown case has been discovered in the school attic, with a label bearing the initials R.L.S. – who could it possibly belong to?

Here is this week’s Child Friendly Plan:

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Welcome to the Primary 3 yeargroup Page

The P3 Team:

P3A Mrs Closs
P3B Mrs Phillips
Miss Morren



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