P3 Homework from 5th December

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 5th December

This week we’re excited about our museum trip. After we have written reports on this visit, that will be the end of our Egypt topic.

Thank you to all who have paid £1 towards the Christmas party on Tuesday 19th. There is still plenty of time to hand this in.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy (images missing from online version – please see printed sheet – apologies!)

We are adding two digit numbers, building up difficulty in steps:

– Adding two tens numbers together (e.g. 30 + 50)

– Adding a tens number to another two digit number (e.g. 30 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers without bridging over 10 (e.g. 33 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers bridging over 10 (e.g. 38 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers bridging over 10 and 100 (e.g. 48 + 54)

To solve these additions (in the end we want to be doing this mentally) we are learning how to use two different strategies.

The first involves breaking down the numbers into parts that are easier to work with. For example: 33 + 54  =  30 + 50 + 3 + 4

The second strategy involves using an empty number line.

+4        +10          +10             +10                    +10              +10


33  37             47                57                         67              77             87

Please ask the children to show you how these strategies work. You could get them to demonstrate on 33 + 54 and 38 + 54.

As confidence grows, have a go at the Topmarks speed challenge:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge

Under “Addition and Subtraction”, I would start with 15 or 20 seconds per question, building up from TU + TU without crossing 10s.

 

Reading

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

 

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

rain                  paint

tail                   wait

train                rail

snail                 picture

people             thing

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

P3 Homework from 28th November

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 28th November

Thanks for sending back forms for the museum trip next week. If possible we need two more parent helpers. If you think you might be able to come on Thursday 7th then please get in touch.

We are grateful to AOC Archeaology in Loanhead for a fantastic visit last week. It was amazing to learn how these historic treasures are uncovered, and also to handle axe-heads from Ancient Egypt and a Viking bracelet!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

We are finishing off money this and moving back onto addition and subtraction. Our aim is to finish the term by extending this into higher numbers than we have worked with so far.

To support this, we are going to look again at place value. Having learned about hundreds, tens and units before we will now include thousands. A valuable game to cement this would be:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

It will also be helpful to play + / – again, like we did at the beginning of term. This is where one player says a number while holding up a card that says, “+10” or “-10”, “+100” or “–100” and then the other player has to say the right number in response. To play with 10, 20 and 100 would be a good challenge.

 

Reading

We are moving back onto fiction books for the next few weeks. Pages to read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

 

Egyptian Tombs

It’s been great having children showing their tombs in class – some fabulous work! Do let me know if you need resources. A reminder that it’d be great to have these for 5th December (next Tuesday) and that full details are up online tagged for P3.

 

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

blue                 June

tube                 tune

rude                 called

people             light

different          Egyptian

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

P3 Homework from 21st November

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 21st November

On Thursday a real archaeologist is coming to visit P3! Just round the corner from school is AOC Archaeology, and we are grateful to them for coming in to talk about their work and answer the children’s questions.

The class has also started some music with Mrs Callaghan, learning two songs for the Christmas concert.

In numeracy, this will be our last week on money (for now) as we try to cement good progress made on calculating change.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

Thank you very much to everyone who sent in boxes for the children’s work on 3D shapes with Mrs Wallace.

Thank you also for all the Learnit practice that has clearly been taking place. Personal Bests are being shattered every week!

As we finish off our work on change, the two links from last time will both give valuable practice. Counting money in real life and giving exact change would also be helpful revision.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma09subt-game-change-no-timer

 

Reading

Pages from class books will be written down in the grids as usual. This will be our last week of non-fiction for a little while.

 

Egyptian Tombs

It’s been great to see some of the tombs being started and I can’t wait to see the finished creations on 5th December. Please let me know if you need any resources as I have been trying to stockpile cardboard that might be useful. The full details of this project have been posted online in case anyone needs another look.

 

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

home               joke

nose                 toe

bone                smoke

broke               what

were                was

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

P3 Maths Games

A number of parents said that the maths games were a particularly popular form of home learning.

Here are the links we have been using.

I would particularly highlight Hit the Button because it has so many options. You can practice different things on that format, at lots of different levels as appropriate. Number bonds to 10 are always a good thing to keep on coming back to.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

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https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

http://www.arcademics.com/games/alien/alien.html

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=PostSortingcalculationsv2

http://www.arcademics.com/games/mission/mission.html

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

http://coolsciencelab.com/math_magician_subtraction.html

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma09subt-game-change-no-timer

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue

P3 Egyptian Tomb Home Challenge

Egyptian Tomb Home Learning Challenge

Can you make an Ancient Egyptian burial chamber?

The Ancient Egyptians left behind lots of amazing things, especially in their tombs. Rich Egyptians were buried with furniture, jewellery and lots of the other items they had used during their lives. Their tombs were also lined with hieroglyphics and pictures. These contained stories and spells to help the dead person as they entered the afterlife. It has been by digging up these tombs and studying the things inside that archaeologists have discovered so much about Ancient Egypt.

Your challenge is to make your own Egyptian burial chamber. The floor space should be roughly the size of a piece of A4 paper (e.g. a shoe box would be perfect). I have spare boxes if anyone needs.

Your tomb needs to have:

  • A mummy or sarcophagus
  • Hieroglyphics and pictures on the walls
  • Canopic jars (what the mummies’ internal organs were stored in)
  • Jewellery, furniture and other items from the person’s life

If you like, you could make up ideas about the Ancient Egyptian person your tomb belonged to.

You can use whatever materials you like. Please bring your tomb into school to show on Tuesday 5th December. I’m told that parents often ask how much help to give on a project like this. My advice would be to help the children realise their own ideas without doing it for them.

P3 Homework from 14th November

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 14th November

On Mondays with Mrs Wallace the class has been learning about shapes. Please could you send in any cardboard that would flatten out to make the ‘net’ of a shape? For example, empty cereal boxes or Toblerone packaging would be perfect.

P3 have made a great start to our Ancient Egypt topic. So far we have learned how to read and write in hieroglyphics. This week we will be investigating tombs, mummies and archaeology.

Linking to this topic I am going to challenge the children to make a model of an Ancient Egyptian burial chamber at home. Full details of this will come out later in the week, but if you wanted to rescue any shoe boxes etc. from the recycling then that might be useful preparation.

A number of parents have asked for a list of the online maths games we use to boost counting and addition / subtraction. I will put a list of links up on the website, tagged for P3.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

This week we are focussing on working out change. This will be the hardest maths work we have done. We will start by working within £1, but build up to within £5 or even £10.

Two online games to help practise this would be:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma09subt-game-change-no-timer

In class we compare the price of the item and the amount paid, and we ask how much we need to add to the price to “make it match”. This is best done is steps, up to the tens number and then up to the pound. For example, if I use a £1 coin to buy a toy for 47p, to “make it match” I would need to add 3p to make 50p, and then add 50p more to bring it up to £1.

This is tricky, so practice with support will go a long way.

 

Reading

Pages from class books will be written down in the grids. From Thursday we will all be writing our own non-fiction books about Ancient Egypt, with a contents page and glossary.

 

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

bike                 five

nine                 like

time                 wife

prize                meet

Egypt               Nile

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

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Primary 3 Homework – Week from 7th November

P3 are going to Ancient Egypt! This will be our project through November, building up to 7th December when we will visit the National Museum of Scotland. Please do ask the children what they’ve been finding out. Some of them have also mentioned looking online or in the library and may need help with this.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy

On reflection, last week’s money homework was probably better suited to the skills we are working on this week.

The focus so far has been finding the total of a set of coins or notes. This would be a great thing to practise if you trust the children with your purses and wallets!

We are now moving onto the next skill, choosing which coins or notes to give in payment for an item, trying to use the fewest possible coins and give exact change.

The final skill we will work on is giving and checking change. This is tricky! Again, real life examples are great practice.

The Top Marks link covers the second and third of these skills really well. All the children should be working on mixed coins rather than one coin. I would suggest starting at up to £1 and then going up to £5 or £10 as confidence grows.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

 

Reading

Pages from class books will be written down in the grids as usual. This week we are switching from fiction to non-fiction. As well as hearing children read out loud, it will also be helpful to discuss with them how to use features like a contents page, index and glossary to find information.

 

Literacy

Developing our VCOP skills for writing (vocabulary, connectives, openers, punctuation) we have been focussing on adjectives. In class we call them describing words.

For homework, please could the children use adjectives to describe a place or an object. This could be done as a list or in sentences. In class we say that describing words should help the reader to imagine what a place or thing is really like.

 

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

cake                 game

made               save

snake               plate

himself            everything

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.