P3 – P4
P3 and P4
Our new theme ‘Let’s Celebrate’ has been great fun and given us lots of learning opportunities.! We have been exploring celebrations; their similarities and differences, what is involved, stories that come from these special times and much more. Diwali the Hindu festival of lights had so many similarities to Hanukkah the Jewish festival of lights. Both stories told us about how good triumphs over evil, how light wins over darkness. We loved playing spin the dreidel, building Lego menorahs, crafting beautiful diva lamps and creating lovely rangoli patterns.
Our instructional writing focus this half term has been lots of fun as we have read, followed, explored and written instructions. We made super shadow puppets to retell the story of Rama and Sita and wrote instructions for making shadow puppets.
In Maths and Numeracy we have been exploring problem solving. We loved our Christmas maths problem solving and activities. We are learning to persevere and keep going with our problem solving tasks. P3 have been working on their number facts and using mental maths strategies to calculate. P4 have been working hard on adding and subtracting with exchange and decomposition.
We loved taking part in anti-bullying week and especially enjoyed our Dr Seuss story about the Sneetches which showed us how important it was to be unique and different but still so special!
P3 and P4
P3 and 4 have really enjoyed the topic ‘My Place and Yours’. We especially loved writing our reports all about houses and homes! We learned how to write a great opening to hook our readers in, use terrifc topic words, organise our writing into paragraphs and keep our reader interested. Did you know that many houses in hot countries have very small windows to keep their homes cool? Some of us think it might be ‘cool’ to live in an igloo!
We loved creating our dream bedrooms using lots of design and construction techniques. We think a bedroom with a slide, a sofa, endless snacks and our favourite games sounds awesome!
In Numeracy we are working hard on using our mental maths strategies and rote counting. P3 are working on number within 20 and having great fun with our adding games. P4 are working adding with exchange and word problems. We have loved using the tablets and laptops to play Hit The Button. This is helping us have quick recall of our number facts so we can calculate quickly and accurately.
We are super excited to start exploring our new topic….. Let’s Celebrate! We will be learning about holidays, festivals and special days. We will be exploring festivals and celebrations around the world, celebrations that are important to us and of course a very important celebration at this time of year; Christmas!
P3 and P4
Primary Three and Four have made a super start to the new school year. We have been loving working on spellings, tables, mental maths books, Friday test and more. We feel very grown up!
Our new theme for this half term is called 'My Place and Yours' looking at houses and homes. We went on an observation walk in our village to spot different types of homes and any houses with unusal features. We spooted a house with a balcony and even a house with a hexagon shaped room. We have explored how families and homes can differ, how we can support and care for each other at home and how our actions affect others. Some very sensible discussions around fair and unfair rules at home. In PE we have been explring dance and movement to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have our sneaky, stalking wolf movements down to a fine art!
In Numeracy P3 have been working on teen numbers, the skill of estimating and exploring the hundred square. Lots of great interactive games on Education CIty have been good fun too! P4 are working really hard on adding tens and units with exchange. Report writing is our focus in Literacy this half term and we have been exploring the fewatures and style of writing through some interesting reports. We had a fun quiz, complete with buzzers, to help us retrieve information from a report text. We will be completing a fabulous report about houses and homes at the end of this half term.
A fantastic month's work!
P3 and P4
Do you know how honey is made? Well P3/4/5a can explain this for you! We researched, wrote, recorded and edited an excellent explanation of the process of making honey. We loved learning the technical vocabulary to make our explanation writing detailed.
Food for Thought was such a fun topic. Through this topic we developed our ICT skills, created dream menus to persuade and entice, explored using watercolours to create some amazing Giuseppe Arcimboldo inspired portraits. We also made homemade butter which we tasted and now feel we have a potential business opportunity! It was so delicious!
We are very excited about our last topic of the year called ‘Land Ahoy!’ Shiver me timbers we can’t wait to show all you landlubbers are new learning!
We have been busy bees in Numeracy and working hard on consolidating our mental maths strategies. Hit the Button has been a great game to help us have quick recall of our number facts, tables and division. It is great fun to see if we can top our score! Maybe they could even challenge the grown ups?! We are looking forward to revisiting capacity and working on measuring volumes with some visits to the beach!
P3 and P4
Together again! We are so pleased to be back in our classroom with our friends doing what we love! We have loved working on our PDMU theme of being back together; our Take 5 for Mental Health and Well-being, work on feelings and emotions and celebrating our ‘wow’ moments from our time of home learning.
Miss Mul has been so delighted with our excellent explanation writing. We have linked this to our new theme of ‘Food for Thought’ and have written about the journey of milk. We can’t wait to try some of the food processes we have learnt about for ourselves. Fresh homemade butter anyone?
The marvellous mathematicians in this class have been working hard on consolidating number facts using adding, subtracting, multiplying and division. We have also loved our money games which we have been using to help revise making coin totals and giving change.
The weather has been very kind to us so far this term and we have been enjoying taking lots of our learning outdoors. We are working hard in PE on developing our tennis skills of using forehand, backhand and sustaining a rally! We can’t wait to put this into use with some matches and rounders games.
P3 and P4
Our new theme ‘Storylands’ has been a big hit! We have been exploring myths and legends and have focused on Diwali, Christmas and our very own Finn McCool. We have explored heroes and enemies in stories, and how stories often teach us lessons. We loved being scientists exploring forces and energy and light. We were so excited completing our firework experiment!
Our instructional writing focus this half term has been lots of fun as we have read, followed, explored and written instructions. We made our very own games complete with rules and instructions on how to play them!
In Maths and Numeracy we have been exploring problem solving. We loved our Christmas maths problem solving and activities. We are learning to persevere and keep going with our problem solving tasks. P3 have been working on their number facts and using mental maths strategies to calculate. P4 have been working hard on adding and subtracting within 999 and P5a have worked hard on number to 9999.
P3 and P4
P3 and 4 have really enjoyed the topic ‘Superheroes’. We especially loved writing our diary entries about the day we got our superpowers! We learned how to write a great opening to hook our readers in, use the past tense, add details and emotions and keep our reader interested. Now if only Miss Mulholland had the power to make marking disappear, to ensure endless cups of coffee and the ability to make it dry and sunny when we want to play outside!
In Numeracy we are working hard on using our mental maths strategies and rote counting. P3 are working on number within 20. P4 are working on place value to 999 and P5(a) have been loving our multiplication games especially ‘Kaboom!’.
We are super excited to start exploring our new topic….. Storylands! We will be learning about myths, legends and fables. Stay tuned for Greek gods, animals teaching us important life lessons, giants dressed as babies and of course a very important story at this time of year, the Christmas Story.
P3 and P4
We have settled into the P3/4/5a classroom brilliantly and are loving all our new learning! Our new theme ‘Superheroes’ is very exciting. We have planned our topic together and are learning lots of new things already. We made some superhero class rules, are busy setting up a Superheroes headquarters in Activity Based Learning and cannot wait to design and make our very own superhero complete with logo, costumes and superpowers!
We are also learning how to create a comic strip as we explore recount writing. We have been developing our digital literacy skills and have learnt about algorithms, followed our teammates algorithm and even know how to debug an algorithm!
We have enjoyed some outdoor learning this month and are excited about the journey we are going on this year in school to use our beautiful environment to enhance our learning. Watch this space!
Miss Mulholland is very proud of how well her class have settled in and how hard they are working, well done!
P3 and P4
What’s the Forecast? Our new theme for this half term has been a big hit. We have planned lots of great learning through our theme on our KWL grids. How does it rain? What weather happens in other countries? How do tornadoes happen? We have been learning lots about weather, weather patterns and climates in other countries. We loved completing our experiments to understand how it rains and how rainbows are formed. We will be writing our scripts to practice giving a weather forecast.
In literacy we are focusing on persuasive writing this half term. Would you let a pigeon drive a bus? We love this book and love how the pigeon tries to persuade us. We are working through the features of persuasive writing and then we will be drafting, editing and writing our own.
P3 have been working very hard on place value to 100 and are learning to add tens and units. We are very good at using lots of mental maths strategies. P4 have had smoke coming from their pencils as they whizz through their hundreds, tens and units, especially if there is a code to be cracked or a problem to be solved. They are very excited to be moving onto multiplication! We have all been enjoying revisiting time and love to see if we can beat our best score in the time game.
P3 and P4
We loved celebrating our last topic but are so excited to be moving onto our new theme ‘What’s the Forecast?’. We will be exploring all things weather, making weather instruments, developing our mapping skills and even presenting our own weather reports. Watch out Barra Best!
We have been working incredibly hard in Numeracy and have loved using our magnificent mental maths strategies to complete calculations. Shape sorting was great fun and the most popular sorting diagram in P3 and 4 is the Tree diagram. We are moving onto the area of time which will help us with our weather reports.
Great news! We beat our fastest time for our alphabet follow me game and the new record was set at 46 seconds! Speedy! Jolly Grammar has helped us revise our parts of speech. Learning about verbs helped us with our instructional writing and using adverbs and adjectives has improved our writing by adding good detail. We will be focusing on persuasive writing this half term and look forward to using our opinions and reasons to support our decisions. Which weather is better sunny or snowy?
P3 and P4
Our new topic 'Let's Celebrate' has us feeling very festive! We have explored celebrations, when they happen during the year, how we celebrate, what we do when we celebrate. We loved doing our topic homework to find out about our birth date; what song was number 1, what the news headlines were, what famous people were born on the same day. Miss Mul shares her birth date with Jon Bon Jovi! It has been very interesting to explore and discover some celebrations and festivals we didn't know about and how these can be celebrated in different ways. We have enjoyed learning more about Chinese New Year, Diwali and Hanukkah.
In Literacy we have been exploring the features of instructional writing. We have been on the look out for sets of instructions in our environment and have discovered some are much better than others. We will be writing some instructions for our lovely Christmas crafts.
We have been putting our mental maths strategies to great use and just love it when we get a challenge. Primary Three are working very hard on calculating within 20 and place value to 100. Primary Four are loving addition and subtraction to 1000. We have all been super shape detectives and have used our knowledge of shape properties to find real life examples in our classroom and at home.
P3 and P4
P3 and 4 have really enjoyed the topic ‘My Place and Yours’ We know about different house types, materials used to build houses, how houses and the materials used to build them have changed over time and how there are lots of different types of houses around the world. Some of us fancy living on a house boat or even in an igloo! We used our topic to explore recount writing. We became newspaper reporters and reported on the awful crime committed by the Big Bad Wolf against the Three Little Pigs. We have learned about the features of newspapers including past tense, photos and captions, headlines, quotes and facts.
In Numeracy we are working hard on using our mental maths strategies and rote counting. P3 are working on number within 100 and addition and subtraction within 20. P4 are learning to add and take away numbers within 1000. We have loved using these skills for word problem, problem solving and calculator work.
We are super excited to start exploring our new topic….. Let’s Celebrate!
P3 and P4
Learning about houses and homes has been great fun so far. We are loving all the construction elements to our Activity Based Learning. We have learnt types of houses, went on a discovery walk to find those house types in the village and constructed our own houses and homes. We enjoyed making our own sayings about homes but our favourite one was ‘Home is where the heart is’.
In Literacy we have been learning newspaper reports as part of the recount writing genre. We have been exploring the features including headlines, photos and captions, five fancy facts and quotes. We loved creating our Goldilocks newspaper report using Talking Tins and the story map we created. Look out for any big bad wolves as I have a feeling there will be some newspaper reports about him shortly!
Miss Mulholland has been very impressed with our Numeracy and maths work. Our body maths investigation was great fun. Did you know twice the measurement of your wrist is about the same as the measurement of your neck? P4 have been working hard on accurate measuring using centimetres. Our maths week puzzles and ‘Maths Eyes’ Project has been so much fun.
P3 and P4
We have settled into the P3/4 classroom brilliantly and are loving all our new learning! Who knew New Wave Mental Maths would be so much fun!? Our new theme ‘My Place and Yours’ is very exciting. We have planned our topic together and are learning lots of new things already. We took a walk around Carnlough to photograph lots of different types of houses. We are finding out the difference between a house and a home. We are going to be setting up an estate agency in Activity Based Learning.
P3 and 4 are also learning how to be a newspaper reporter as we explore recount writing. We enjoyed recounting the story of the Goldilocks using our talking tins to record our speech. Miss Mulholland is very proud of how well her class have settled in and how hard they are working, well done!
P3 and P4
Our theme of ‘Jungle Journeys’ has great fun so far and we are all learning so much. In activity based learning we have learning about the layers of the rainforest and the plants and animals that live in each layer. We know what plants need to survive and we will be learning about how the plants in the rainforest adapt to survive the climate. We are constructing a shoebox jungle working in teams.
We are doing lots of lovely literacy learning for narrative writing including alliteration and similes. We are working on poems and their features. We loved performing our Kennings poems and creating our sensory poems was great fun. Turbo the Giant African land snail was used to compose a shape poem. Our Spring acrostic poems brighten up any dull day!
Miss Mulholland is super impressed with the marvellous maths that has been going on in P3&4. We really enjoyed conducting a traffic survey and we would like to repeat the survey and compare the results. We are going to create and conduct a whole school survey on favourite jungle animals. P3 are working very hard on adding and subtracting tens and units and P4 have been wowing us with their magnificent multiplication.
P3 and P4
P3/4 are super excited about Jungle Journeys, our new theme! We were shocked to find 5 new additions to our classroom; a Giant African Land Snail called Turbo and four super stick insects, still to be named! We have started to develop our map skills by locating where we live and where rainforests are located. We are learning about continents and oceans. We will be exploring climate, food, people, animals and more through our jungle theme.
In Numeracy P4 have been working very hard on multiplying, using multiplication to solve word problems and practising their times tables with lots of fun games! P3 are learning to add tens and units and Miss Mulholland has been very impressed with the numeracy strategies being used.
This half term we will be exploring narrative writing through poetry and are looking forward to using all our jungle knowledge to compose some wonderful pieces of poetry. We will be using both art and music alongside our poems to be really creative and get our imaginations flowing!
P3 and P4
As we come to the end of our theme ‘Food Glorious Food’ we have been learning about food chains; producers, consumers, prey. We enjoyed creating some food chain art in Activity Based Learning. We know how to make good choices for a balanced plate of food and know how much of each food group we should have.
P3 and 4 have been learning about explanation writing and are able to explain how something works or why something happens! We love the word ‘why?’ Why do we use cutlery? Why do houses have windows? Why do we recycle? We will be using our explanation writing skills to explain the journey of food from field to fork.
Numeracy has been super exciting this month. P3 have been learning and using lots of mental maths strategies to calculate within 20 and are moving onto tens and units soon! P4 have been solving lots of problems and cracking codes using hundreds, tens and units and are super at solving word problems. We have started our work on multiplication and are very excited about his new area of learning!
P3 and P4
Food Glorious Food! Our new theme for this half term has been a big hit. We have planned lots of great learning through our theme on our KWL grids. Where does food come from? Are some foods made in a factory? What’s the most expensive food? In World Around Us and Activity Based learning we have been learning about making good choices. We know what foods are nutritious and which foods we should keep for a treat. We had great fun learning about where our food comes from. Did you know all food comes from either a plant or an animal? We are making a food pyramid for the 5 main food groups which should help us make good food choices for a healthy and balanced diet.
In literacy we are focusing on explanation writing this half term and enjoyed tasting some yummy honey after we read the ‘How Honey is Made’ explanation. We are working through the features of explanation writing and then we will be drafting, editing and writing our own.
P3 have been working very hard on their number facts to 20 and place value to 100. We are very good at using lots of mental maths strategies. P4 have had smoke coming from their pencils as they whizz through their hundreds, tens and units, especially if there is a code to be cracked or a problem to be solved.
P3 and P4
Through our theme ‘Safe and Sound’ we have been learning about the emergency services and how and when to contact them. We are enjoying our Activity Based Learning tasks; the emergency control room roleplay, construction and box modelling, and making our emergency detail cards.
P3/4 have been learning about explanation writing and are able to explain how something works or why something happens! We love the word ‘why?’ Why do we use cutlery? Why do houses have windows? Why do we recycle? We will be using our explanation writing skills to produce safety posters and leaflets.
In Maths we have been exploring 3D shape, revising their properties and learning the names of some new 3D shapes. We are using our shapes to work on data handling and can sort for more than one criteria using the sorting diagrams. We are spotting real life 3D shapes all around us!
P3 and P4
We are coming to the end of our theme ‘Whatever the Weather’. In Activity Based Learning we are practising our weather reports ready to be filmed. We our finishing by making our very own weather instruments which we are linking with our instructional writing. We have been working hard on instructional writing and know about verbs. These bossy words tell us what to do and are needed when giving or writing instructions. Miss Mulholland has been very impressed with the excellent numeracy work going on in the P3/4 classroom especially in mental maths and seeing us use our maths strategies to help us calculate!
We saw a PowerPoint presentation all about New year and new year resolutions and have made our own resolution for 2018!
P3 and P4
We love our new theme ‘Whatever the Weather’. We have been exploring the seasons, the months of the year, maps and we will be writing our own weather forecasts which we will record. Watch out Angie and Barra! We have been learning how to write instructions and we will use these to make our own weather instruments.
In Numeracy we have loved making hundred square jigsaw puzzles and are working on place value. We have linked our Maths with our topic and our learning all about time; seasons, months, telling time in digital and analogue. This will help us with our topic work as well as presenting our own weather forecast.
If you could save a 2 litre bottle boys and girls which we need for making our own anemometers.
P3 and P4
Wow! What a busy half term! We have enjoyed two shared education days during which we played on some brilliant PE equipment, helped Invisible Sam to see his talents and abilities and learnt about leaves and seeds from the forest.
We used all our knowledge and information from Activity Based Learning to write a report about houses and homes. We have also been learning about proper nouns and have managed to beat our alphabet game time. We achieved a loop in 1.00 minute exactly!
We have loved our Maths Week challenges and games so much that our new favourite is three in a row. It helps us with our mental maths and allows helps us to use our strategies. We were ever so glad that we solved our entire Maths Halloween trail correctly and got a treat instead of a trick. Poor Miss Mulholland didn’t listen to the question properly so unfortunately she got a trick!!
In mathematics we have been learning to measure accurately using non-standard units and had great fun with our investigation of Giants and Fairies.
P3 and P4
P3 and 4 have been working on report writing in Literacy. We have been working on mind maps and taking part in group activities to record facts.
We have had great fun with our homemade alphabet game which we play against the timer.
We are trying hard to bet the super fast time of 1 minute 35 seconds! We are learning about our address as part of our theme ‘My Place and Yours’ so look out for something arriving in the post before Halloween.
Our Activity Based Learning work has included planning our dream bedrooms which we are going to create, setting up an estate agents and taking part in construction activities! In Maths we have been learning to measure using standard and non-standard units.
Do you know how many cubes long our desks are?
P3 and P4
Would you let a pigeon drive a bus? We have been working on persuasive writing this half term and some of us were convinced to let a pigeon drive a bus! We have been learning about opinions and how to explain them in order to persuade someone. We received a very curious email from Peppermint McGingles (Chief Elf) who stated that due to the high volume of children on the nice list that Santa may need some small people to provide extra help this year. We have completed an application and are waiting for a response. You may see some of these elves in the classroom!
During Activity Based Learning we have been working on creating a toy museum as part of our new theme ‘Toy Story’. We have also created a questionnaire to ask parents and grandparents about toys from the past.
We have been working very hard on addition and subtraction in Numeracy and are focusing on using mental maths strategies to help us.
P3 and 4 have been working on report writing in Literacy. We have been reading and sorting reports, learning about the features of reports and taking part in group activities to record facts.
We had fantastic fun completing our Maths Week challenge. We thought of lots of ways to prove who was the tallest in our class. Some methods were more accurate and successful than others. Our topic work has included work on joints and bones and we completed a science investigation to discover why our biceps bulge!
We enjoyed our first Shared Education days with our partner schools. We developed our ICT skills and loved meeting up with our friends from other schools.