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 End of Year Trip to Daisy Lodge
Teddy Bears' Picnic
It was good to see Caolan at the Teddy Bears' Picnic when the Primary 3s took advantage of the end of the year being very soon and headed to Islands Park.
We made octopi from different coloured clay with the help of Oonagh from Jumping Jacks. They turned out brilliantly as you can see !
Shared Education Visit by the 'Moth Man'.
Andrew Crory, also known as the 'Moth Man', visited St Mary's as part of the Primary 3 Shared Education Programme. During his visit he described the differences and similarities between butterflies and moths and told the children about how to safely catch the small creatures. He explained about their colours and the variety of each species. The girls and boys also took the time to put the finishing touches to work they had done throughout the year for the special parental presentation on Tuesday 19th June.
Pyjama / Ordinary Clothes Day in aid of Qradiothon 2018
On Thursday 24th May, the children dressed up in their pyjamas or ordinary clothes to raise money for the Qradiothon. The radio station is having a 3 day marathon to raise money for the 4 local cancer charities - the Cancer Fund for Children at Daisy Lodge, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Friends of the Cancer Centre and Action Cancer. Through the generosity of everyone, the grand total of £400 was raised !
Q Radio reporter Kevin Mc Allister joins in the fun with Primary 3 as they get their picture taken during the Qradiothon 2018. During the morning, there were live broadcasts sent out on air form a number of classes including our own !A number of family and friends heard the children on the mid morning show, the Q Cafe.
Can you speak a little louder please ? Phiah and Claudia are interviewed for the Q Cafe.
Transport Day Cheque Presentations
School Principal Mr Philip Fusco, along with pupils Ciara Mc Veigh and sister Rachael and everyone in Primary 3, presented three cheques each for £700 to Aisling Gibson, Fund Raiser for the Cancer Fund for Children at Daisy Lodge and the Paul Ward and Angel Wishes who supported young Ciara and her family during her recent illness. The money was raised during the Coffee morning as part of Transport Day. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.
Qradiothon Banner !
In preparation for Q Radio coming, a banner was drawn and the girls and boys in our class each got their chance to decorate it. It is fantastic to see a blank roll of wallpaper transform so quickly into a bright, vibrant banner suitable for the best of photographs.
More Transport Comprehension Activities
Another transport story, this time about a train journey, and new pages made by the girls and boys in Primary 3kp.
Comprehension Activities on the ipads
Making a transport story after reading / listening to a short story on the ipads. The children could then choose their own background, characters, etc and add their own text and /or speech bubbles to form one page of a story. The class really enjoyed this and found the task all too easy !
Shared Education Sports with Girls and Boys from All children's
On Wednesday 23rd May, our friends fro Primary 3 in All Children's integrated school visited st Mary's to take part in a mini sports day. It was a great success. the children mixed well together and worked as a team to complete a number of challenges and take part in a number of games. They were very red faced by the end of the morning ! A big thank you to Graham Crory and his team of coaches who facilitated the morning. Everyone had a ball !
The children used the Comic Life app to make a front page highlighting facts they had learned about shapes. They could describe either a 2D or 3D shape. They could write about the number of sides, corners, size of angles, lines of symmetry or even faces. They had to select a background then add a title before deleting or adding text boxes.
Fitness Day 2018
Superhero / Colours Day
Our Visit to the Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra
Lots of photographs from our visit on Thursday 26th April to the Folk and Transport Museum. The children had a great time walking around and looking at the exhibits and listening to Mr Prenter explaining things. It added explanation to what they had already learned in class about transport through the ages. A great trip and very worthwhile.
As part of our topic the children conducted a Traffic Survey at the roundabout at Dunwellan. From here they were able to get a great view of all the traffic coming into and leaving Newcastle. They counted the different types of vehicles as well as their colours. There was plenty to keep them busy. They then returned to school where they translated the information they had gathered in to graphs. Because of the high numbers of some vehicles and colours the graphs were drawn with 1 square equalling possibly either 2, 3 or 5 vehicles or colours.
Chatterpix is an app on the ipads that enables children to take a photograph of themselves or an object and then get the image to speak. The children took pictures of themselves. They then drew a new mouth. Next they recorded a message; in this case it was to say who they were and what class they were in. After that they decorated the image by adding glasses, etc. Next, they added their name in a font and colour of their choosing. finally, they pressed play. The children really enjoyed using the app and found it very straightforward to use.
St Mary's Got Talent Auditions 2018.
Well done to the acts that put themselves forward and auditioned for the 2018 version of St Mary's Got Talent. It was a very difficult thing to get up and perform a dance or tell jokes in front of a crowd - even a small one such as your friends in class !The dances were danced. The jokes were told and the children voted and the winners going through to the Grand Finale on Friday 27th April are . . . . . . Claudia ( Irish Dancing ) and the joke telling duo Phiah Doran & Sam Harty.
A Special Treat Visiting Island's Park as we Returned from Mass.
We visited Island's Park on Friday between Mass and the heats of St Mary's Got Talent. The weather was uncharacteristically excellent and the behaviour in the chapel had been very good so a special treat was called for. If the weather was to be like this again, a Teddy Bear's Picnic might have to be done !
Completing a Tally Mark Sheet for Different types of Books in our Class Library.
We took all the library books out of the book case in our classroom and put them onto the desks. the girls and boys then looked through them and recorded on a tally chart the different types of books, eg, whether they were about animals, people or were fairy tales, etc. The marks were counted and a pictogram completed. Each different section was a different colour. The results looked very well.
our Shared education Visit to Tollymore Forest Park to conduct a Rural Bug Survey.
The next Shared Education lesson with the girls and boys from All children's took place on Tuesday 17th April in Tollymore Forest park where the children took part in Bug Survey. they took great delight and pleasure turning up leaves and logs in their search for wood louse, centipedes and millipedes and some of the biggest slugs seen. They also hid and found special 'woolly worms' for 'Billy the Bird'. They had a great time and were certainly very glad to get on the bus and back to school as they were so tired !
Singing and playing the musical instruments
Following their musical leader !
Doubling & Halving in Maths
Playing Snakes & Ladders to help the children halve numbers.
At the end of their topic on Dinosaurs the children were asked to draw a picture of a dinosaur and write one fact they had learned during the topic. This seems easy but drawing a picture on screen is very difficult. then when a picture has been drawn it has to be coloured in. However, if there is a gap in the picture where lines have not been joined it means that when fill is added it blanks out the whole screen. The writing size and colour has to be changed to contrast with the background and picture. The children also found that if the writing cursor was moved it could not be repositioned meaning that words were left misspelt or that they had to start from the beginning again as to delete meant deleting the picture also. The most pleasing thing was how well the children completed the task and how quickly they could draw, colour and write. The previous time thay had done this exercise was in November and they needed lots of help and support from the Primary 7s.
Making Fossil Prints
Pictured are some of the Fossil Prints made by our class. Unfortunately many of the slices of bread fell apart as the layers were being peeled apart.
Bean Seed Plant is Thriving
The bean seed plant is thriving. The roots are well embedded in the tissue; the stems are strong and growing straight and the new leaves are lovely and green which means they are receiving lots of water and light.
Making Fossil Prints
Making fossil prints with different types of bread, sweets, cling film and heavy books. If you look carefully you will see the bread parcels hidden below the heavy books !
Tomos explaining how to make Fossil Prints
Tomos, from Mrs Maguire's Primary 3 class, came into our class to explain how to make a fossil print. First get 3 different slices of bread. On the first slice arrange 3 sweets. Cover that with the second slice. Place 3 more sweets on that piece of bread. Cover with the last slice before wrapping completely with cling film. Finally, put heavy books onto the bread parcel and leave to sit at the side of the room, not forgetting to write the name of one member of the group on each pile so that they can be identified when the books are taken off !
Comics Displaying Dinosaur Work
The children were asked to make comics about the Dinosaur topic just completed. They could take photographs of the displays or the dinosaur toys in the classroom. They had to pick their own front page format then import the photos onto the comic. They had to write a caption or sentence about each one. Some added speech bubbles. Finally, the title had to be changed to give it a dinosaury theme. The results are very impressive. Again, they had done this activity before but were now more independent and quicker. Apologies for the reflection of the light on the screen.
Primary 3 Eat Buns to Support the P5s Raising Money During Lent
The Primary 3s couldn't wait to support the P5s in their efforts to raise money this Lent !
Easter Egg Winner
Amelia shows off the basket of Easter goodies she won in our class draw. Matthew's mummy had kindly donated the basket. Anyone who brought in their Smarties tube or sponsored Penalty Kick or Netball Shot money was given a number and put into a draw for the prize. To keep things fair and even Mr Prenter took 4 witnesses into the adjoining P3 class and asked one child to pick a number. The number she picked was 15. 15 was Amelia. Well done to Amelia and Thank You Grace !
Bean Plant Thriving
The bean plant is growing well as it gets taller and more leaves develop.
The roots and shoots are adjusting to their new environment as they begin to twist and turn and head in the right directions ! As can be seen from the last photo the stems are developing and more and more leaves are sprouting. Although you may not see it, but the children will confirm it, the stems and leaves are heading towards the light !
The seeds have sprouted and the roots have appeared first.
These were the seeds on Friday afternoon. The roots have opened first and no matter which way they are put in they will automatically grow down. Once the seeds have sprouted and the roots have established themselves in the soil or tissue, the shoots will begin to grow. Like the roots, the shoots will grow upwards to the sky.
The seeds have sprouted.
The roots are twisting and growing downwards.
The Completed Nets of 3D Shapes.
Some of the paper and clixxi 3D shapes made by our class
Making the Nets of 3D Shapes using paper and clixxi.
Making the nets of 3D shapes such as a cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder and a square based pyramid.
Plate 1 is growing the best.
The seeds are taking off. Plate 1 has all the elements and is growing well. Plate 2 is growing but because there is no cotton wool or anything to anchor its roots in it will grow no further. Plate 3 has no water and Plate 4 has no seeds therefore they will not grow. Plate 5, in the cupboard, has no light or heat. The seeds are growing too fast. They are looking for light. They are long and yellow. They have been left out to see if they will go green.
Plate 1 which had all elements.
Plate 2 no cotton wool.
Plate 3 which had no light or heat.
Primary 3 Receive Certificates to Remember Receiving the Sacrament of Penance
The children in our class who received the Sacrament of Penance on Tuesday 27th February, in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle.
Which grows first, the root or the shoot ?
The seeds are beginning to germinate or start to grow.
Conditions Needed for Growth
Plate 1 has seeds, cotton wool, water and light
Plate 2 has seeds, water and light, no cotton wool
Plate 3 has cotton wool, seeds and light, no water
Plate 4 has cotton wool, water and light, no seeds
Plate 4 has everything but is in the cupboard
Happy Mother's Day !
P3 Showing Off their Mother's Day Cards
Funky Hair Day !
Adding colour and ideas to Funky hair Day on Friday 9th March.
Special Penance Treats
Fr Colin visited the Primary 3 classes to give out special treats for all those that received the sacrament of Penance on Tuesday 27th February, in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle. They were special buns in the form of sheep. Sheep were central to our preparation as the children learnt about the God being a good Father and how the shepherd leaves the 99 to look for the one lost sheep. Before he left, he did some Maths with us, money in pence and £s.
Didn't we have a lovely time . . . . . .
The children were allowed out in the snow for a short period on Friday. They thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our Shared Education Trip to Castlewellan Forest Park on Tuesday 27th February.
This is forest Guide Ann Mc Comb with all the children from both schools that went on the Shared education trip.
Some photos from our Shared Education trip to Castlewellan Forest Park on Tuesday 27th February. We learned about the many different uses of the forest. We also got to see a 50 year old fir tree being felled. It took less than 2 minutes. We got to keep a small part of it. We hugged trees !
As part of our Play Based Learning, the children got to use Scratch Junior - a progamming app on the ipads. The children got the hang of it very quickly and could make a sprite move in different directions. they learned how to change the sprite, change its colour and add speech bubbles.
Welcome to Primary 3kp Billy !
We welcome Billy to our class. We hope he mixes well and makes himself lots of friends.
It's thumbs up or fingers with stickers on them out to celebrate the arrival of the Book Fair this week and World Book Day 2018.
Our class visited the Book Fair today to have a quiet look at the books available to buy at this year's Book Fair. As can be seen from the photos the children enjoyed it very much !
Potato Heads for World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, 2018.
The children in Primary 3 were asked to make a character from their favourite book out of a potato. The result is something imaginative and wonderful. Well done to everyone who made a figurine.
The Good Shepherd
Our Good Shepherd display in preparation for receiving the second sacrament, the Sacrament of Penance on Tuesday in our Lady of the Assumption church, Newcastle. The Good Shepherd is keeping a watchful eye over every little sheep in the class. He can see them all and knows them all by name. He will leave the 99 to look for the lost one.
The Children have Great Fun Programming the Bee Bots
The girls and boys were introduced to Bee Bots, small robot toys that can be programmed to move forwards and backwards as well as turn. The children had used them before lower down in the school. Some made the Bee Bot go to a person in the group, whilst others turned corners on a road. Others were able to program the machines to leave lets say their Home to travel to the School or leave the Post Office to go to the Church, etc.
Favourite Dinosaur Tally Mark Gathering
As part of nour Dinosaur topic the children were given a tally mark table with the names of 5 dinosaurs on it. The girls and boys had to go around the room and ask each other which of the 5 was their favourite dinosaur
World Book Day 2018
As part of the celebration of World Book Day, Primary 3 have been asked to make a potato head of their favourite character from their favourite book. As can be seen from the photos below the standard is extremely high.
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 Displays for February / March 2018
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 !