Welcome to the Class Page of Mr Prenter's Primary 3 Class. Below you will get a snap shot of the many different things your son or daughter will be doing this academic year. We hope that you will enjoy your visit and be a regular visitor to our school website and this page in particular.
Our Friendship Tree
Pictured is our Shared Education Friendship Tree. The tree mirrors a tree that hangs in All Children's School. Each tree has a photo of each girl and boy involved ion Shared Education in Primary 3. Each picture is mounted on a leaf or hand print. It certainly looks well !
Our second Shared Education Trip to Castlewellan Forest Park.
The children in our school met up with their friends from Mrs Craig's class from All Children's I P School on Tuesday 27th February for another Shared Education meeting. The focus was on the commercial and recreational uses of the forest. The children already knew alot about the cutting down of trees and the making of furniture, etc. They also knew about the walks and mountain bike trails around the grounds and the use of the lake for fishing, etc. They found out a bit more about the efforts the forestry workers are doing to repopulate the forest with red squirrels.
Our classroom looks particularly well at present with a number of very bright, colourful and imaginative displays highlighting the children's work in a number of areas of the curriculum. There is a money display. There is a display in the Religion corner called the Good Shepherd in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Penance. The main displays are topic related. They contain some of our work on Dinosaurs. There are stories, reports, powerpoint presentations as well as different pieces of art work. It all certainly adds to the work ethic within the room and praises effort and learning. Well done everybody !
More Mathletics Success for P3kp !
Congratulations to Saoirse who achieved a Silver Certificate in Mathletics !
Our Dinosaur Power Point Presentations
With a little help from the Primary 7s in Miss Mc Alinden's class we made a power point presentation. It is only 2 slides long. The first has the name of the dinosaur we are writing about and the name of the p3 child who made it. The second slide contains a picture of that dinosaur and either one or two facts. The facts were researched as part of our homework on Monday night. The facts were then put together into a "Dinosaur Report" on Tuesday morning. The font size and colour were changed and transitions were incorporated such as direction and sound. All in all some very interesting facts presented in an unusual way for Primary 3. There will be further presentations to embed these skills.
Congratulations to Darragh Mc K who received a silver certificate for all his hard work in Mathletics ! He is pictured with Dara and Shea, fellow award winners.
Shared Education Visit to All Children's I P S
The Primary 3 classes met up again with the girls and boys from All Children's on Tuesday 23rd January. The session followed on from the group visit earlier in the month to Castlewellan Forest Park where the children became animal detectives. All the pupils had to research a forest animal. They could find out more about a hedgehog, rabbit, hare, deer, otter, red squirrel, fox or badger. The children then took their fact page with their findings with them and wrote a report with help from their friends. It was finished off with a picture.
Silver and Gold Mathletics Certificate Holders from Our Class
Congratulations to more children in our class who have achieved silver or gold certificates in Mathletics ! Absolutely Brilliant ! they are spending lots of time each night completing the tasks and playing "live" - amassing lots of points !
The new topic for Primary 3 is Dinosaurs. An exciting theme for very enthusiastic P3s ! Caden brought in a giant 2d dinosaur jigsaw which everyone helped colour in. The dinosaur than went on a quick tour of the school. He went with Caden and his classmates to the dinner hall before going to see Mr Fusco. He watched the fish in the fish tank, before going on the computers and playing the organ ! No doubt, he'll get about more the longer he stays !
Shared Education Trip to Castlewellan Forest Park
The Primary 3 girls and boys from our school met up in Castlewellan Forest park with their counterparts from All Children's on Tuesday 9th January. Although dry, it was very cold or so the adults thought ! The children were told about forest animals that inhabit the forest and the rivers nearby before splitting up into groups and walking through the forest. They became Animal Detectives for the morning and built Hedgehog Hibernation Homes.
Primary 3 are Full of Energy !
As the P3s know there are two small, thin pieces of metal on the outside of the ball so that once you place the energy ball in the palm of your hand and apply some pressure by closing your fingers and thumb the outside pieces of metal must touch 2 similar pieces just inside the ball thus forming a circuit - lighting the small bulb and screeching ! It's simple when you know how !
Gold Certificate Winner in Mathletics !
A proud pupil poses with his Gold Mathletics Certificate - Well Done, Conn !
Carelessness, Laziness and Stupidity Kills !
Gary Sloan, a member of the Newcastle Fire and Rescue Service, is pictured with Caolan Scott, Sienna Rogan, Sean Paul Hanna and Aoife Hyland.
Gary called into the school just before the Christmas holidays and talked to the Primary 3 children about the dangers of electricity. The talk reinforced the message the children had been introduced to as part of their Electricity topic and stressed the importance of staying safe when near or using electricity. It was timely in that Gary talked about not over loading plugs and extension leads, switching off and removing plugs from sockets, throwing out appliances that had frayed wires and the dangers of lit candles, etc - all potential hazards particularly at Christmas time.
He summed it up best by saying, "Laziness, Carelessness and Stupidity Kills."
Jesus is the Reason for the Season
The crib in our classroom sits just below our Christmas tree. The Baby Jesus rests in the manger. Beside him stand Mary and Joseph, his proud and doting parents. Next to them are the stable animals including the donkey Mary travelled to Bethlehem on, whilst the three shepherds arrive bearing gifts for the infant. We await the coming of the 3 wise men on the Feast of the Epiphany on the 6th January.
Individual photographs of Santa with every member of the class that was present on Wednesday morning.
Santa visited our classroom on Wednesday morning and gave each child a special present. He was happy to say that everyone was on the Nice List, even Mr Prenter !
Christmas Dinner 2017
Christmas Jumpers at the Ready !
Poetry Competition Winners
Congratulations to Joseph and Paige our Poetry competition winners for December 2017 !
Conductors and Insulators
The girls and boys were asked to experiment and find as many items within the classroom that would conduct electricity. There were some inspired guesses - the metal taps, the sink itself and the brakes on the wheels at the bottom of the trolleys at the side of the room, etc. The children's imagination was their only restraint ! Well done to everyone on great knowledge and imagination !
Predicting which classroom materials are conductors and which are insulators
Once everyone could make a working circuit, the next step was to find out which materials conduct electricity and which everyday classroom materials were insulators.
First the children had to make predictions before testing out their theories. It was only then could we see who had made a good prediction and who had made a wrong guess !
Circuits with batteries, bulbs, propellers, buzzers and switches
As part of their Electricity topic the children in P3kp experimented with bulbs, buzzers and propellors to see if they could make a circuit. The could and they did !
Some of our Christmas displays within the classroom
Anti Bullying Week 2017 DIFFERENT, BUT THE SAME.
The theme of Anti Bullying Week 2017 was DIFFERENT, BUT THE SAME. To highlight this we talked about how our friends might like the same things as us, but on occasions they might like something different. We then talked about the things that are specific to us, in other words, the things that make us us. The girls and boys talked about what they liked doing, their favourite colours and meals, their pets, the number of brothers or sisters they might have, etc.
Some of the wreaths made with the children from All Children's
Making clay leaves with our friends from All Children's Integrated Primary School
Our class in their costumes just after their performance of "What a Waste." The children were brilliant ! Everyone was impressed with their dancing at the start; how they knew their lines; how they could remember when to come in; how they remembered the verses of the poem and sang so excellently at the finale ! The costumes added to the whole thing as did the pieces of rubbish jumping themselves into the recycling bin ! People were generally excited about the assembly and were loud in their praise of all the P3s.
Our Forest Visit on Wednesday 8th November took us and the Primary 3 children from All Children's to Donard Park. We were very, very fortunate with the weather as the sun shone brightly going to and whilst there before cooling significantly as we made our way back home. the children had a great time. They were busy collecting leaves and tree debris such as acorn cups and seeds, as well as finding pine cones, pine needles, beechnut seeds and a wide variety of deciduous tree leaves such as beech, horse chestnut, sycamore and oak, etc. The girls and boys had to draw the landscape, either mountains or tree line with dry pastels before signing their work like all great artists.
Shared Education Project with the Primary 3 Children from All children's Controlled Integrated Primary School, Newcastle.
Halloween Party Ghosts and Ghouls !
All the P3kp ghosts, vampires, dead schoolgirls, scarecrows, bats, cats clowns and more . . . . They looked SPOOKTACULAR !
Our class dressed up in their scary Halloween costumes, ready for the Halloween Party !
The Primary 3 children hold their monster faces high before taking them home at the Halloween Break. They made the heads from old cereal Boxes and photocopying box lids as part of their topic "What a Waste." They certainly recycled those and put scrap material destined for the BLUE BIN to excellent use !
Our class knew we could do something with the old, plastic bottles that every house gathers up in a day or two so we decided to make cars out of them. The size, shape or type of bottle didn't matter - as long as it was plastic ! We made sure they were empty and rinsed out before we began by painting the outside with a mixture of glue and paint. After letting them dry, it was simply a case of sellotaping on a straw to the underside and adding a wooden axle and wheels. What better way to show off their hard work than by taking the finished cars to the assembly hall, pushing them and seeing how far they'll go ? Well done to Kayla, Claudia and Caolan whose vehicles travelled the furthest. The distance travelled can be seen from the photographs.
The 2 pumpkins carved in preparation for Halloween and the ghostly night !
Pumpkin number two. This was carved and given to the children in Mrs Maguire's class. It was our Halloween present to them.
The Primary 3 girls and boys watched closely as Mr Prenter carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween. Everyone watched carefully as he explained the different steps involved. After Halloween the P3s will be doing some Procedural Writing or How to . . .Writing. The children will be learning to write down all the steps taken to complete a task. The pumpkins were left in the two p3 classrooms with lights left in them to add to the atmosphere in the lead up to the Halloween Party.
Rebecca Mc Greevy, Education Officer with Newry, Mourne and Down Council, visited our school on Wednesday 25th October to read to the Primary 3s. This was the second and final encounter as part of our "What a Waste" topic. Rebecca had been our guide when we had visited the Castlewellan Recycling Centre the fortnight before. She reminded the children about what goes in to each of their household bins and explained the importance of their brown bin. She spoke to the girls and boys in our class about compost heaps and how the biodegradable materials rot over a long period of time to form what we would call compost. Compost is an alternative to soil. It is used when plants are potted in pots or containers instead of soil or muck. The children heard then about materials that rot and those that don't, that is, materials that are biodegradable and non biodegradable. The things that don't rot such as tins and plastic wrappers that are thrown away or dumped in a landfill site will still be there in hundreds of years time, certainly faded, but in tact.
Darragh R made this fantastic, dark, spiders' nest with lots of spiders and sticky cobwebs. Not only that but he managed to bring it in to school on the day of his birthday. It was his Halloween present to us ! Well done and Happy Birthday Darragh !
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Our most recent classroom displays.
We completed a pictogram of all the rubbish found in our lunch boxes as well as a Carroll Diagram of all the girls and boys in our class. Some are 6 while some are seven. The last image is of Cahrlie Croc - and the children will all tell you that "Cahrlie Croc only eats bigger numbers." This is the introduction to using the more than / less than symbols.
The girls and boys used old cereal boxes to make brightly coloured monsters. The lined the outside of the boxes with white paper before allowing to dry. They were then painted over with a bright colour. Eyes, a nose and a mouth were painted next before cutting out and finally sticking on to the boxes with pva glue. They look superb. Old bottles, whether they were juice or laundry bottles, were covered with a pva glue paint mixture and left to dry before cutting and attaching two straws - one to the front and one to the back end of the bottle. Dowel rods were cut slightly longer than the straws. These were positioned inside the straws before wheels were attached to the dowel ends. The children had now made moving cars out of old bottles. Recycling at its best ! The dowel axle inside the straw meant that the wheels could move freely.
Using the Bee Bot app to make a bee go from a starting point to a flower. The bee can go forwards and turn left or right. The girls and boys can complete the instructions in steps or write one single program. It is not as simple as it sounds. They were able to use a whiteboard to break the task up into parts.
Following our visit to the Recycling Centre in Castlewellan the children completed a reading activity using the ipads. The class read or had "At the Dump" read elctronically to them. They were then able to create their own story page where they could choose a scene, followed by characters and objects. Finally, they could select text and write a heading, thought or speech bubble.
Unfortunately our trip to the Recycling Centre in Castlewellan was hit with the rain. We thank Mrs Rebecca Mc Greevy, Education Officer with Newry, Mourne and Down Council, who brought the children around the centre and explain the work that goes on there and where and how our rubbish goes before it's either disposed of or recycled.
Sorting Rubbish into the Correct Bin
The Blue, Brown and Black Bin Challenge.
During Topic work, the children were asked to put the rubbish in the correct bi. Each child had to split their double page up into 3 separate areas. One for blue bin waste, another for black bin rubbish and the third and final space for brown bin waste. There were some items the children knew straight away and where they would be best suited to while others caused some debate. The trickiest was a greasy pizza box. The greasy bottom section needed to go into the black bin because it was spoiled while the clean top could be cut off and thrown in the blue bin for paper and cardboard.
More photographs of Primary 3 doing Maths Investigations. Anyone that has done the number and measures work will do the shape & space work the next day and likewise the other areas so that by the end of the three period block each cpupil will have covered all areas.
Some photographs of our class balancing and moving on the gymnastics equipment
Our Internet Safety Posters. Some of the drawings are superb; some are bright and colourful; some have brilliant slogans and some contain the top tips for staying safe when online. Congratulations to all the entrants ! The winner will be announced at a assembly on Tuesday 3rd October.
Lee and Kim's Adventure
The Primary 3s talked about Internet Safety and watched Lee & Kim's Adventure. They were helped by Superhero Sid who gave them some important advice for when they are online. sid gave them 4 top tips: 1. People you don't know are strangers. They're not always who they say they are. 2. Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground. 3. Do not give out personal information. 4. If you ever get that "uh oh" feeling, you should tell a grown up you trust
European Language Day - Tuesday 26th September, 2017.
We learnt quite a bit about Portugal. It has a population of roughly 10 million people. They are very religious and 99% catholic. They have the longest bridge in Europe. The national flower is lavender. The flag is red and green. We read stories about The 3 Children of Fatima, Stone soup and The Rooster of Barcelos. We also learnt a bit about the parts of the body.
Playing with the Lego or playing draughts as part of Golden Time on a Friday afternoon.
Displays we have produced so far this term. Keep an eye out for them !
As part of her brief this year, Mrs Mc Laughlin, our Numeracy Coordinator, will visit each classroom once a fortnight to perform a Maths investigation with each class from the Abacus scheme.
The children were split up into 3 random groups and given a task to complete in the areas of Number, Shape and Space and finally Measures. Each group worked with an adult whether it was myself, Mrs Polly or Mrs Mc Laughlin.
Over the next two sessions the children will complete the challenges that the other groups were working on.
The girls and boys really enjoyed the work, worked well together and proved quite knowledgeable and methodical in their ideas and approaches.
Number, Shape & Space and Measures Work in Primary 3
Number Bonds to 20
We have been working with the number bonds to 20. After finding all the pairs of numbers that add up to 20, such as 14 + 6 = 20, we then wrote sums to show what happens when a number is taken away, so we can write 20 - 6 = 14 or 20 - 16 = 6. this also works when we have a blank number, 20 - * = 9 and 20 - 9 = *. These are quite difficult when you are only 6 and 7 !
The first pupils to paint this year ! Painting pictures of ourselves for a display board outside our class in the yellow activity area and a noticeboard in the main foyer so that more people can see our work. There were also hand prints and leaf prints made.
Painting Pictures of Ourselves
We took part in our first P E lesson of the year. Indoor P E will be every Thursday afternoon for the first term and we will be doing Gymnastics.
The first rule is like an umbrella and it covers everything we will be doing in the classes and that is safety. Safety during the lesson, in the balances and movements we will be trying, being mindful of others working near or with us and whenever we are using the gymnastic equipment. it is also important in the carrying and setting out of the apparatus which the children will become familiar with as they do it.
Other points are space, directions, speed, body parts and levels.
There have already been some great movement ideas to answer questions set. We have discovered lots of different ways to move from one end of a bench to the other whether it is hopping along it on one leg or crawling on your stomach underneath it or sliding across it while sitting down !
Gymnastics seems to have been a great success !
Welcome Primary 3 on your first day back to school ! A new day. A new year. A new challenge !
Breaking everyone in gently with some handwriting.
Handwriting Practice on the First Morning