Term 2 in P3

Primary 3 are off to a great start this term, and with the class routine established, the children are able to focus on working hard through their busy timetable.

Core targets for literacy continue to be reinforced across learning. The children will be encouraged to self-check for correct punctuation and consider letter formation carefully in all written tasks. Common words will be regularly revised through spelling, reading and spelling writing tasks alongside weekly phoneme words. During group reading there will be opportunities to engage in a variety of strategies, including choral reading. With a three week block of creative writing just complete, the boys and girls are set to create their own information texts next.
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During mental maths sessions, the children will concentrate on improving the accuracy and speed of their addition and subtraction facts. The different calculation methods for subtraction are also being revised and developed, with the hundred number square regularly supporting new concepts. They are also becoming familiar with Big Maths characters, such as ‘Squiggleworth’ who is helping them investigate the place and value of digits in whole numbers. Having completed their study of 2D and 3D shape, the children are now exploring symmetrical shapes, patterns and pictures.

Our topic work on Forces and Magnets is underway. The difference between push and pull forces is being explored through simple, practical experiments. This will then lead to learning about magnetism.

The exciting Christmas countdown is coming up and the P1-3 Nativity, Superstar, is only four weeks away! The boys and girls are working hard to make the show a success. They may need your help to rehearse any scripted lines they have at home.

General reminders
* PE classes are on a Monday and a Friday.
* Library sessions are every second week. A reminder to return books will continue be noted in diaries.
* Homework is issued weekly, literacy on a Monday and maths on a Tuesday, with both due in on a Friday.
* Reading books are studied in class twice a week. Diaries will continue to give details of reading homework
* Reading folders and diaries should be brought to school every day.
* Water bottles for use in class should be only be filled with water.
* Toys (including cuddly toys) should only be brought to school on a Friday if children wish to play with them during Golden Time.

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