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:

Child friendly plan 25.9.18 blog

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:

Child friendly plan 27.8.18 blog

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P3A Mrs Closs
P3B Mrs Phillips
Miss Morren



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