P3 Homework From 24th April

Primary 3 Homework – 24th April to 1st May

On Wednesday afternoon we will be going for our walk around Loanhead, finding different kinds of houses and spotting ways that homes have been made energy efficient.

This week I would particularly highlight the numeracy game mentioned below. We have been working on this in class and everyone seems keen to have more shots without having to take turns with the rest of the class!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

 

Numeracy

Moving on in our work on fractions, we have been identifying different fractions of shapes and grids.

To help with this, the children can play a game called Fractions Flags.

http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/2509

This game can be tricky, but with support the children should get the hang of it and end up with some amazing creations!

I will also set a fractions challenge on SumDog.

 

Reading

Reading grids will come home today. Please look out also for comprehension quizzes to be finished.

Some pupils have been racing ahead and finishing their books in class time. If this happens, please can I recommend that you still hear them reading pages out loud at home. The practice of sounding out word and allowing reading to be guided by the punctuation is very valuable.

 

 

Spelling – Please could we practice the following words and then use them in some sentences:

pollution          electricity

energy             solar

double             glazing

power              insulation

Primary 3 Homework – First Week Back

Primary 3 Homework – 18th to 24th April

It was great to have P3 back yesterday, all ready for the new term!

We started our new topic looking at houses and homes. As part of this, would anyone be free to help on Wednesday or Thursday next week? We want to walk round Loanhead, spotting some of the things we’ve been learning about. Please let me know if you or another relative / carer could come with us. It would be from 2pm to 3pm (so just before normal pick up time) on either on Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th.

This term I will teach P3 on Mondays as well as the rest of the week. Mrs Wallace will be with other classes. Homework will continue to run Tuesday to Tuesday. Our regular P.E. days will be Tuesday and Wednesday, with music on a Monday.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

After the Easter break our maths brains will need a bit of warming up. Number bonds tennis (to 10) is important practice, as are Learnits and the +/- games.

I have also put up a SumDog challenge covering lots of different skills and areas.

 

Reading

Reading grids will come home today. Please look out also for comprehension quizzes to be finished.

 

Topic

We have been learning about all the different kinds of buildings that people live in. In particular, we have focussed on flats, cottages, detached houses, semi-detached, terraced houses and bungalows.

For homework, can you describe your own home using words and pictures?

 

Spelling – Please could we practice the following words and then use them in some sentences:

ladder              bungalow

painting           cottage

turned             terraced

detached         each

P3 Homework From 20th March

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th March

This week in class we are going to be doing some literacy assessments. These are intended to identify gaps in understanding so that we know what to focus on next term.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

We are looking back at lots of areas of numeracy work, ahead of maths assessments next week. Anything you want to choose from the following list will therefore be helpful reinforcement.

  1. Fractions puzzle

Jane ate half a pizza. Kate ate two quarters of a pizza. Who ate more? (Hint: It may be helpful to draw a picture.)

Sally ate three pieces of pizza that were all the same size. In the end she had eaten the same amount as Jane. What fraction of a pizza must each of Sally’s slices have been?

  1. Time puzzle

Mike went to bed at eight o’clock. Draw what his bedroom clock would have looked like.

Mike has a little brother called Alf. Alf goes to bed two hours before Mike does. Draw the time that would have been showing on the clock at Alf’s bedtime.

I have also put up a new SumDog challenge.

 

Reading

Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

Instead of simply carrying on up to a certain page for the first part of this week’s reading homework, some of the children are being asked to choose just one page, and practice reading this with expression. Please look out for a comment on reading grids to see if this applies.

 

Spelling

More words that people have been finding tricky. Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?

loud                                         noise

square                                     sphere

pyramid                                   cuboid

            circle                                       triangle

            allowed                                   aloud

P3 Homework from 13th March

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 13th March

After lots of work on polar bears we are moving onto penguins this week. We are also going to learn about the explorers who first travelled to the north and south poles.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

We are still working on halves and quarters. The children are getting used to identifying these fractions of shapes. The game Fraction Flags would be good practice. Please mix up the choice of halves, quarters, three quarters etc.

https://www.math10.com/en/math-games/games/fractions/games-make-the-flag.html

 

We are generally struggling more with finding fractions of numbers. To work on this, have a go at home at working out:

½ of 14                                    ½ of 22                                    ½ of 30

¼ of 12                                    ¼ of 24                                    ¼ of 40

½ of 32                                    ¾ of 12                                    ¾ of 24

 

In the next two weeks we are also revising things we have looked at over the year. Any chances to talk about time what time it is (12 hour clock, analogue and digital) would be helpful.

Reading

Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

 

Spelling

More words that people have been finding tricky. Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?

Thursday                                 other

broke                                       ocean

gave                                        boat

            seat                                         whale

P3 Homework from 6th March

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 6th March

RESPONSE REQUIRED

We are going to learn about animals that live at the north and south poles. As part of this we will think about predators and prey. Please could you let me know if you think your child might find this distressing. In particular, I am keen to gauge whether we might watch a video of animals hunting. There would be no gory bits, but a sense of threat. If you could catch me at the door or send in a note I would really appreciate your guidance.

I hope everyone had fun in the snow. It’s a shame our Vogrie Park trip could not go ahead. Mrs Duncan is trying to reschedule this and I will get back to you when I have more information.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Spelling

More words that people have been finding tricky. Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?

wife                             coat

will                              whole

Saturday                      quarter

            half                              glacier

            penguin                       Antarctica

 

Reading

Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

 

Numeracy

In class we are moving on to look at fractions. We will begin by going over halves and quarters. We will be thinking about the fact that you can have a fraction of a shape (e.g. quarter of a pizza) or a fraction of a number (e.g. 24 grapes and I ate half). We will then extend this to think about thirds, fifths, tenths etc.

At home this week, how many fractions can you find? It could be to do with food at mealtimes or objects that are divided up. Write examples in your homework jotters. You could also draw a picture or take a photo.

For example:

“When I eat fish fingers I always cut them into thirds.”

“My kitchen window is split up into quarters.”

 

Please keep practising the Learnits.

I have also set up a new (smaller) Sum Dog challenge this week for those who have been finding that fun and useful.

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Our topic on the North and South Poles is really taking off now as we think about what these amazing places are like and what kinds of animals can survive there.

Please see below my note on written subtraction methods.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Reading

Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

I am going to stop writing down when children have been heard reading aloud on these grids because it has proved impossible to keep this up to date. All the children are heard three times a week on average – sometimes twice or sometimes four times depending on what else is happening. From now on I will only write notes on the reading grids if there is something specific to raise. I hope that is OK.

 

Spelling

More common words that people have been finding tricky.

taking                          cold

walked                         there

called                           their

Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?

Numeracy

As you help the children with columns subtraction, please be aware that there are some slightly different ways of doing these written sums and it will be helpful if we can all use the same method. For example, the way I was taught is different from what I would now teach. The reason is that the decomposition method (shown below) reflects most closely the underlying concepts of place value and subtraction. The other ways work fine but they can be a bit confusing for some children.

 

6 5                 Take 4 away from 5 to get 1 in the units column.

 – 3 4                 Take 3 away from 6 to get 3 in the tens column.

____

You can’t take 5 from 2, so you decompose the

  56 12                6 tens to become 5 tens and 1 ten moves across.

 – 3   5               You now have 12 minus 5 which gives 7 in the

___­__­              units column. In the tens column you then take 3

away from 5 which gives 2.

 

Our motto is:

          If it’s too big on the floor… steal one from next door.

This goes with other golden rules:

– Start with the units

– Never take the top number away from the bottom

– When you write a sum, line up the columns correctly

 

To practise at home:

43 – 22                     87 – 62                     63 – 28                   91 – 72

86 – 39                    364 – 226             506 – 262                544 – 245

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 13th February

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 13th February

Our homework will be a bit different this week because of the half-term days off. I hope everybody has a good break.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Temperatures Around the World

In class we have been talking about the temperature each day, linking to our topic on the north and south poles. We have also been making globes to help us investigate why temperatures vary in different places and at different times of the year.

Please could you help the children to find out the temperature in some different places around the world? This information can be found online (e.g. BBC Weather) or in most newspapers.

In class we have talked about the seven continents. We have also considered how places are usually warmer if they are near the equator. We are starting to talk about “north” and “south”.

What I have in mind is a list of about 5 places with:

– the daytime temperature in oC

– which continent the place is in

– if the place is near the equator or north / south

E.g. Cairo (Egypt), Africa, 19oC, north of equator but quite near

It might be best to start with places the children have already heard of. Otherwise capital cities would be good to use.

 

Numeracy

I will not set a new Sum Dog challenge, but the children can still get good practice on this if they would like.

Aside from this, it is always helpful to practise our Learnits for Big Maths. If anybody needs replacement flashcards then please let me know.

 

Reading

We won’t have new class reading books this week.

 

Spelling

I have picked out some words that lots of people in the class have been struggling with recently.

staying                        suddenly

dream                         doing

going                           thought

caught

Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 6th February

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 6th February

It was great speaking to parents last week with the drop-in session and then assembly. If anyone couldn’t make it or would like to follow up on questions, please do let me know any time.

Our main topic for the term will be the North and South Poles. We will begin by thinking about Earth as a spinning globe with an axis and orbit round the Sun. This will explain why the Poles are such special places, and so chilly!

Thank you for sending in wedding pictures. Any more would still be very welcome.

Thanks also to those who can help on the Vogrie Park trip on 5th May. We now have the adult help Mrs Duncan was hoping for. (Mrs Duncan is our P.E. specialist and will be running this trip.)

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

 

Numeracy

This week we are continuing with subtraction. We will need a tiny bit more practice before starting on the columns method. Please have a go using empty number lines to solve:

25 – 14 =                     25 – 17 =                     43 – 24 =

43 – 29 =                     56 – 38 =                     132 – 66 =

An empty number line is just a line that you then write numbers and ‘jumps’ onto as a support to mental processing.

Thank you for your feedback about Sum Dog. I have set another subtraction challenge for this week. However, if you would like a break from Sum Dog, the following link will take you to a very useful game which allows you to set your own difficulty:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/subtraction-grids

 

Reading

Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

 

Literacy

In class we have been thinking about when it is correct to use to, too or two. Confidence is growing on this, but a bit more practice will hopefully pin this down.

Use all three words (to, too and two) in sentences?

 

Spelling

Please could we practise these words from our new topic using the look – say – cover – write – check technique. No need for sentences if you have had a go at to, too and two.

Earth                           sphere

orbit                            rotate

hemisphere                 equator

axis