These are the class pages for Mr Prenter's P3's . We hope you will enjoy looking through them and seeing the many and varied things we will do in Primary 3.
Primary 3 Trip to the Newcastle Community Cinema and Coco's
Primary 3 take home their clay figures and their growing sunflowers.
The Prodigal Son
The Primary 3's performed an assembly to a packed audience of mums, dads, grandparents and fellow pupils and teachers / classroom assistants on Friday 13th May. The children were brilliant and knew their lines and when to come in, who to follow, etc. They spoke loudly and clearly. To cap off an excellent show they rearranged themselves on the stage and sang "Baby can I hold you tonight" by Tracey Chapman.
The Prodigal Son tells the story of a father and his two sons. One is a hard worker and does as his father asks. The other is lazy and wants to live as easy and enjoyable life as possible.
The younger son takes his share of his father's money and leaves. He goes off to the city "where life is easy and the girls are pretty."
He has many friends while they are spending his money. Not long later the money runs out and the son is abandoned by his so called friends.
With nothing to eat, drink or shelter from the cold in, he decides to return home where he knows his father will be waiting. Sure enough, the old man's heart jumps for joy when his youngest son comes home.
However, the hard working, elder son is not happy that he has been left to work hard and although he never causes his father any trouble he has never had a party thrown for him.
The father explains that his youngest son was lost but is now found and had the good sense to return home when things became too difficult.
The moral of the story is that a parent's love will always last for their child / children.
The cast pose for their photograph !
Walking a Mile a Day in May - Weather Permitting !
Using water to investigate capacity, using the words holds more than, holds less than, two of these will fill that, this holds half as much as this, etc.
Our Talented P3's. The class could vote for two acts and they chose Miya for her gymnastics display and Leon for his mighty strength !
P3's make heart shaped magnets as part of Dress Your Bike Up Day
What happened our seeds ? Unfortunately, the heat in the school dried out our experiment. But, we were able to guess that Plate 1 should have grown as it had all the conditions necessary for growth. The seeds in Plate 2 were yellow because they did not get any light. They were growing, searching for light. Plates 3, 4 & 5 did not grow because there was something missing, whether that was water, seeds or something for the seeds to root in. The very last thing was to look back at our prediction to see how good our guesses were. They were nearly all correct. There were one or two surprises !
As can be seen from the photographs, the roots system is developing whilst the stem and leaves are growing and becoming stronger
Our new topic, the Living Countryside KWL grid. What we know and what we want to find out are written in farm animals or tractors
Fair Test. To make our experimant as fair as possible, we planted cress seeds on other plates. Plate1 had seeds, tissue, water, heat and light. Plate 2 had seeds, tissue, water, heat but NO LIGHT. It was placed in a cupboard. Plate 3 had NO TISSUE. Plate 4 had NO WATER. And finally, Plate 5 had NO SEEDS.. All we had to do then was wait and watch !
The seedlings are sprouting and are close to being taken out of their mini greenhouses !
The root appeared first ! Then the shoot. Some guessed correctly, others were not right. We learnt that no matter what way the seed is placed in the ground the root will always grow downwards and the shoot or stem up
Holding our mini greenhouses aloft ! Inside each sealed bag is a pot containing the sunflower seed which we planted. The bag is sealed with an elastic band and keeps the moisture in. It also keeps in heat, both essential for plants to grow. When the seeds have sprouted, the young seedlings can be taken home by the pupils.
Planting Sunflower Seeds. We planted sunflower seeds. First we put compost into a pot. Then we pushed in a small sunflower seed. We made sure to have the pointy part of the seed pointing upwards. After that it was watered. Next it was put inside a plastic bag which was tied at the top with an elastic band. Finally, the pots were left on the shelf at the side of our classroom.
Primary 3 playing a game of Doubling & Halving which is very like Snakes & Ladders
We are working on doubling and halving. We had to make two groups of the same number using multilink blocks, for example, 2 rows of 5 is 10. The blocks had to be the same colour. We then took this a step further. Any double over 10 had to be made up of two colours so that for example 14 and 14 is calculated by adding the 2 rows of 10 which is 20 then adding 4 and 4 which is 8. Finally, add 20 plus 8 equals 28.
We have already learnt one thing - the root grows first.
Root or Shoot ?
This is the first of a series of experiments on our new topic, The Living Countryside. In this experiment we planted bean seeds in wet tissues to see whether the root or shoot would appear first. and like all good scientists we made our own individual predictions as to what we thought would happen. all we have to do now is wait patiently to see !
Group photos from Pyjama Day
School Council Pyjama Day
Plant and Insect Hunt
At the end of Science Week our class went outside to go on a Plant and Insect Hunt. We used a small blue cardboard window to put on the ground to focus our search. We found all manner of intereesting things which we might not normally have lookked for !
Another World Book Day photo
World Book Day 2016
To celebrate World Book Day 2016, the children from Mrs Mahon's P7 class came down to our classroom and read to us. They also listened to us reading to them !the children thoroughly enjoyed the activity. The Primary 3's were brilliant with the Primary 7's and they in turn were absolutely brilliant with the younger ones. Hopefully this sort of activity can be repeated again soon !
Congratulations to the class who made their First Penance on Tuesday 23rd February. They were magnificent in everything they did that day. Parish Priest Fr Jim and Parish Secretary Brenda Webb visited Primary 3 on Thursday to drop off some special treats for all the girls and boys who made their First Penance earlier in the week. They congratulated the children on their good behaviour and in the manner in which they prepared for the Sacrament.
Congratulations to our newly elected Bike It / ECO Committee member Toby.
Congratulations to our newly elected School Council representatives, Toby and Rory. Well done !
Prospective School Council representatives for our class cast their own votes in our Polling Station on Friday 19th February, 2016
Primary 3 Brain Freeze !
Primary 3 help out the Dragon's Den winners by buying their product - Chego or chocolate lego !
Pancake Making on Shrove Tuesday.Thanks to Mrs Barbour who not only supplied all the ingredients, but supervised Mr Prenter and cooked for everyone in Primary 3, children and adults alike !
Please find below finished Powerpoint Presentations based upon our Dinosaur Topic. The girls and boys had already done the internet research finding out facts and information on a selection of dinosaurs. They then wrote a dinosaur report.
using the information already written the children were then able to insert it onto a slide before adding a picture.
The Primary 7 children from Mrs Mc Cann's class proved to be worth their weight in gold as they provided help and assistance to the younger children. We thank them for their help and expertise.
Micha's Granny and Granda didn't just want a school dinner, they wanted the whole St Mary's experience - Homework and some Religion work ! The good news is that they got all their homework right as well as doing some writing and good colouring in of the picture in the Alive O book. Mr Prenter allowed them to go home after they'd tidied up and put their books away !
Our New Classroom Displays January / February '16
Primary 3 Lepra Workout with Miss Upritchard's Class
Primary 3 doing Group Maths Investigation. Each group had to match the name to the correct alien by matching the clues to the pictures. The clues gave you two possible aliens with different numbers of eyes, arms or legs. everyone seemed to enjoy the exercise !
Experimenting with the number of ways we can move around the hall and trying out some basic gymnastic equipment
Jessica with the freshly hatched dinosaur baby !
The dissolving Dinosaur egg
Playing 4 in a row Phonics game
Do you see anyone you know ?
Our ICT task pictures. We had to draw ourselves using a computer program , then write a line or two about ourselves. It's easy when you know how !
The P3's have been estimating and then measuring using decimetres ( 10 centimetre strips ) as well as 30 cm rulers, metre sticks and wind up measuring tapes.
The children had to push a toy car as far as they could before positioning the tape measure correctly and measuring accurately.
Measuring in formal units with metre sticks and wind up tapes
Some of the Christmas decorations and work on the walls of our classroom
Primary 3 pose with the Santa Clauses they made. Merry Christmas everyone !
Congratulations to Micha and Odhran on winning the Christmas Writing Competition for our class. Well done !
Santa with everyone in p3kp
Cutting out and using decimetre strips to measure things around our classroom. We also had our heights measured and drew pictures of ourselves with both the measurement and the date. Towards the end of the school year in June, we will hopefully measure each other so we can compare it to the December reading and see how much we have grown. We will then record the date, height and draw the taller us.
The P3's experimented with different objects in the classrooms today to find out which were conductors and which were insulators. They found out that conductors allow electricity to pass through them. Insulators, they found, did not allow electricity to pass through them. Metals are conductors.
Some of the children made fantastic discoveries. Paper clips, thumb tacks and the metal part of scissors conduct electricity. The most unusual discovery was the wheel at the bottom of the bookcase is metal so conducts electricity.
The latest Topic the Primary 3's will study is Electricity. It is a very practical, hands on topic that lends itself to lots of challenges. Please find below photos of the children working with batteries and crocodile clips to make different bulbs and buzzers work.
We welcome a new child to our class, Toby, and we wish him well in Primary 3kp
Making Paper Chains to Hang from our Classroom Ceiling
The children in Primary 3 enjoy playing draughts during their Golden Time on a Friday afternoon. Those that didn't know how to play are learning and those that could already play are getting better.
A league has been formed where the only rule is that you can only play the player directly above you. You can only challenge someone better than you.
Please find pictures of some of the preliminary matches before the league takes place in earnest.
Making Ghostly Lollies
The children, with the help of Mrs Williams, made ghostly lollies using bananas and melted white chocolate. The eyes and mouth were chocolate chips. After being left to harden they were tasted. Banana lollies no matter what spin you put on them are everyone's cup of tea !
The children with their lollies
In the run up to Hallowe'en the girls and boys in Primary 3 made moveable skeletons.
Firstly they cut out the body and limbs. then they coloured them in. it was suggested that they would look better with a solid colour rather than leave them white. Finally the Primary 7 children from Mrs Mc Cann's class came in to our room and helped the children attach the limbs with butterfly clips which meant the arms and legs, etc could move. We thank the Mrs Mc Cann and the P7's for their help.
Primary 3 in their Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Costumes ready to go to the hall for the Hallowe'en Party.
Our finished Robots. It's amazing to think that they were made from household waste such as cereal boxes, plastic bottles, egg cartons, chinese food containers as well as such things as toilet roll centres and juice cartons.
The children really did a super job of making and painting them.
Primary 3 World Maths Day 2015 Quiz
Each year band took part in a special World Maths Day 2015 Quiz. Classes came together in the hall and were divided up into teams of 4 or 5. Each team picked their own name. Amongst the names in our class were Rooney, Girls Win, the Leons, Team Work, Time Quiz 3241 and last but not least Girl Team. Girls Win were obviously very confident and it proved well founded as the won.
Congratulations to Girls Win and Mrs Mc Laughlin for setting the quiz questions
Watering the spring bulbs
Robots Part 3
All that remained was to take the finished robots outside again into the warm autumn sunshine and paint them.
Robots Part 2
It was back out to the yard when the newspaper had dried out to add some paint !
After making our robots the girls and boys had to cover them with newspaper so that they would be able to paint over them. The Primary 7's were only too glad to give a helping hand !
Primary 3kp planted some spring bulbs today. First the soil was broken up and grass and weeds were pulled out. Some fresh compost was mixed in. Everyone was given some bulbs. The children were shown how to plant their bulbs. The round, hairy part is the root and goes down. The spiky part is the start of the new stem and grows up. Some more compost was added and finally the plants were watered. All we have to do now is wait to see the shoots appear in the spring time !
Sponsored Walk on Tuesday 29th September around Castlewellan lake in aid of Action MS. This is our class taking a well earned breather at the side of the lake with our leader Brendan
Our class work and classroom displays. Our Religion board showing what it means to be a FRIEND; Our Positive Behaviour board highlighting or 5 class rules; Our topic work from What we Know and What we want to find out to work related to "What a Waste" and our reading of the book The Litter Queen; Our writing about what we like about primary 3 and our much admired Recipe for friendship board outside the classroom in the Yellow Zone Activity Area; Our clothes line showing the numbers to 20 and 2D shapes for discussing properties and lines of symmetry
Enjoying PE outside with the children from Mrs Mc Kay's class. We are wearing our new school kit which looks very smart
Gluing scraps and pieces of rubbish onto letters to make a title for our wall display " What a Waste ." There is one display in our classroom on a World Around Us topic board as well as one in the main corridor for everyone to see. The display is titled The Litter Queen. It is from a book of the same name that we was read in class.
Primary 5's exploring combinations of numbers that make up the story of 10