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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

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

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.

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Primary 3 Homework – Week from 31st October

I am looking forward to meeting many of you on Monday and Tuesday next week. Thank you for your help rearranging this. Jotters and other written work will be available for you to look through on those days.

Our new big topic has been delayed by some time-sensitive art this week. Please watch out for amazing Christmas card designs coming home to finish and return.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

Having had a first run through multiplication this past week, we are now going to be working on money. The plan is that this will take us back to addition and subtraction in a way that extends our previous work into higher numbers and harder problems.

Top Marks has an excellent game which asks you either to give exact money or to give change (harder). Playing under “Mixed Coins” up to £1 will mirror where we will start in class.

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

However, even better than playing online would be chances for the children to use coins in real shops. Asking them to buy things with the right coins or to check the change will really bring alive the practical importance of this maths.

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

Literacy

Thank you for all the great vocabulary you found last week. I really enjoyed reading your words and sentences.

For this week, can you find examples of different punctuation? This could be online, in a newspaper or in a book you are reading. Copy the sentences into your homework jotters.

We have been learning to use   .    ,    !    ?    “     …

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

thin                  thank

think                three

with                 that

then                 would

could               friend

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 24th October

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 24th October

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday week. The Buchans had a good time getting settled with baby Alice.

In numeracy we are moving on to multiplication. Our new big topic will be beginning soon, so watch this space!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

The 10 x table has already been in our “Learnits”, and now we are going to include the 5 x table too. Flashcards for this will come home to add into your sets for regular practice.

Hit the Button is a great online game for revising times tables and building up speed. Speed matters because our aim in P3 is to work towards instant recall of these basic number facts.

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

Under “Times Tables” you can choose 2, 5 or 10 and then play either “Hit the Answer” or “Hit the Question”.

Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down in the grids as usual. If you can hear some of these out loud that is excellent practice. It is also great to ask questions as you listen, helping the children to engage with the stories and also checking that they understand any trickier words. (You may well do this already!)

Literacy

In our writing lessons we talk about “VCOP”. This stands for vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. By building up our skills in these four areas we can make our writing more interesting.

At home this week, try to find examples of exciting and interesting vocabulary. This could be from a newspaper or magazine, something online, or a book you’ve been reading for fun. Copy the words into your homework jotter and use them in a sentence. Can you find at least three good ones?

We especially like finding new ways of saying ordinary things. For example, instead of saying that the man walked down the street, we might say that he crept, stomped or ambled.

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

chin                 chat

much               march

pinch               chip

they                 where

use                   there

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 Monday 9th OCtober

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 9th October

I’m not in class this week because Baby Buchan has decided to put in an early appearance. Apologies!

There is slightly less homework in this final week before the October break. I hope you all have a good rest.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

On Mondays with Mrs Wallace the children have been learning about time and clocks. Please look for opportunities to reinforce this at home by:

• discussing what the time is and when different things are going to take place
• asking the children to practise reading the time from analogue clocks
• discussing and measuring how many minutes and seconds it takes to do different things

The children will finish their class reading books in school on Thursday so there will not be any set reading coming home.

Having said that, please do encourage the children to keep on reading every day. If you are able to hear them out loud as well, that is enormously valuable.

Literacy

We have begun to learn how to look up words in the dictionary. If you have a dictionary at home, try writing down three unusual words and challenging the children to find them. As all dictionaries are slightly different, you will need to choose some good words that are in yours.

If you do not have a dictionary at home (in this digital age) there are class ones that you would be welcome to borrow.

Please be aware that the children may need support with this. Alphabetical searching is tricky, but mastering this skill will pay off in a number of ways across different areas of learning.

Spelling

Spelling words to practice this week are:

shop                 dish

fish                  shut

rush                 like

are                   time

for                   her

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

## P3 Homework for Week Beginning 2nd October

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 2nd October

Well done Primary 3! On Friday the children earned a fruit party as their first whole class reward. This was for working hard and being a good team. We count down at the end of every great day – which is most days in P3, but not all!

Having finished our science topic on the human body we are looking at some issues in health and wellbeing. In particular, we are learning how to keep ourselves safe around medicines, and how we can handle difficult situations in school, like when friends fall out with one another.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

On Friday almost all the children managed to beat their previous scores in the Learnit challenge, so well done for practising at home. Please keep it up!

We are also carrying on with subtraction this week. Some great games to play online would be:

(Same as last week – a slightly easier game to start with.)

http://coolsciencelab.com/math_magician_subtraction.html

(Choose between level 1 or level 2 – good for testing speed.)

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

(Same as last week. Play up to 100 for more of a challenge.)

Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down in the grids as usual. Hearing pages out loud is so, so helpful in developing fluency. Where a word is tricky, please help the children to take their time and sound it out. Some words don’t sound out of course, so you may need to help with these ones.

Spelling

Along with words that use our new spelling sound (‘or’) I have put down some words that we have been misspelling a lot in class. These are common words and worth practising.

As well as the usual look, say, cover, write and check technique of practice for the whole list (twice), please could we write two or three sentences which use up all of the common words.

fork                  sport

horse               corn

storm               have

blood               true

germ               daughter

## P3 Homework for Week Beginning 25th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 25th September

We will soon complete our topic on the human body. Having investigated how our organs and senses work, we will finish by thinking about how our bodies protect themselves (e.g. sweat, reflexes and ear wax!), and how we can look after them too.

On Friday we will have our first visit to the school library. Hopefully everyone will find something they’re interested in, so watch out for books coming home!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

Please keep practising the Learnits. Each Friday there is a ‘Beat That’ challenge, where pupils try to improve on their scores from the previous weeks against the clock.

We will also be focussing on subtraction, learning to do this faster and with bigger numbers. Keeping on playing the + / –  games will really help with this. In class we are extending from  +1 / -1  and  +2 / -2, playing more with  +3 / -3  and  +10 / -10.

Some helpful online games would be:

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

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

The first two use numbers up to 20. The third one can go up to 100 and is quite a bit trickier if you fancy a challenge!

Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down in the grids as usual. Some children will also have quizzes based on this week’s books. If time is short, though, please prioritise the reading. Hearing pages out loud is so, so helpful in developing fluency.

Spelling

Each week our spelling words come from the next sound we are practising (in this case ‘ar’) and also from a list of the 100 most common words in English.

For this week we have:

star                  park

far                   scarf

bark                 far

have                like

because           into

Well done with the wordsearches last week!

As well as the usual look, say, cover, write and check (twice for each word) please write three or four sentences that use up all this week’s words.

## P3 Homework for Week Beginning 18th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 18th September

I hope everyone had a good September weekend.

Our first project has been in science, looking at the human body. We have been investigating how blood carries oxygen and nutrients. We even acted this out! Next we will learn about our five senses.

Thanks again for all your support with home learning.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy – Big Maths

You may remember Learnits from last year. These are number facts that pupils need to know as quick as a flash! In class we say it should be like when someone asks your name – you don’t need any time to think, you just know.

Our Learnits for this term are:

10 x table                    7 + 4 = 11

8 + 4 = 12                    9 + 4 = 13

8 + 3 = 11                    9 + 3 = 12

The adding sums also have their associated “fact families”.

Coming home this week are Learnit flashcards so everyone can practise. Please can these stay at home for regular use throughout the term. Each Friday the children will have a quickfire Learnit challenge, trying to beat their own scores from the previous weeks.

Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down onto the grids as usual. If children finish these books, please do still hear some pages out loud.

Thanks also for making a start with the Home Reading Logs. It is interesting and useful to see what everyone has been enjoying!

Spelling

Our words for this week are:

feet                  sweet

green               free

three                of

words              you

was                  to

As well as our usual look, say, cover, write and check (twice for each word) try making a wordsearch using this week’s words. See if anyone at home can solve the puzzle! (I will stick wordsearch grids into the homework jotters.)

## P3 Homework Week Beginning 11th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 11th September

Thanks again for continued support with home learning.

Please do feel free to write comments in jotters about how your children have been finding the work.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

Numeracy

For a few more weeks we are going to maintain our focus on the basics of number order and addition / subtraction. Please could I therefore ask you to keep on playing  +1 / -1 ,  +2 / -2  and  +10 / -10.

• Can you get faster?
• How many in a row can you get right?

(For a reminder of how to play, please see last week’s homework sheet on the school website.)

We have also been thinking about how numbers are made up of hundreds, tens and units. A helpful game online for revising this would be:

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

You might even want to have a go with thousands!

Hearing children read out loud is very valuable. Even ten minutes on this each evening will boost skills and confidence.

Pages to read from class books will continue to be marked. As we try to read lots during the day, however, it may be that the children are finishing these books in school. If that happens, it is still great to hear pages from them read out loud.

We would also encourage children to read their own books at home. To keep a record of this, new Personal Reading Logs have been enclosed this week for the coming term.

Spelling

Please could everyone practise these words:

feet                  free

green               sleep

three                said