Primary Three had a lovely treat today. We went to visit a little lamb named Tracey which belongs to a P3 girl in Mr Prenter's class. We were very excited to meet her and enjoyed giving her a little pet on her back. We were then treated to an ice cream and had a run around the garden! The boys and girls asked lots of questions about Tracey and had so much fun.
The boys and girls were very grateful to Molly's mummy and daddy and they wanted to write thank you letters to tell Molly's parents about how much fun they had.
Primary Three had so much fun today during our Fitness Day. The boys and girls loved their exercise session, there were lots of warm faces afterwards! We were so glad to have a lovely snack after to help us get our energy back.
Primary Three had so much fun today when Translink came to visit. The boys and girls spent time exploring the bus and receiving lovely bookmarks and rulers. Well done to Laura who won our Translink colouring competition!
Primary Three are learning to use the units of weight. Mrs McKay wants the boys and girls to be able to compare items of different weights and to find real life examples at home. Today the children worked in groups of ten to arrange themselves in order from who was holding the item with the least weight to who was holding the item with the greatest weight. The boys and girls knew if they got the order correct, we would open the 300 gram packet of biscuits to celebrate! Unfortunately, none of the groups were spot on. However, the children impressed me by telling me that two items weighing 500 grams had the same total weight as one item weighing 1 kilogram... so we got to open the biscuits! Well done Primary Three, I hope you will find lots of items with different weights at home!
Primary Three had so much fun at the Balmoral Show! We had a long wait on the bus before we got into the show. When we got there we enjoyed walking around in the beautiful sunshine all day. Each group saw so many activities including stunt bikes, a petting farm and rare animal breeds. The children were so well behaved and some children were even selected to take part in the falconry display!
We have enjoyed talking about the Balmoral Show in class since and we are currently writing a piece of recount writing about our trip.
Please see Balmoral Show section on The News and Events page for photos.
Today there was lots of excitement as we planted our sunflower seeds! We already know that plants need water, air and sunlight to grow. We hope our sunflower seeds will soon grow and we can't wait to find out what height our plants will grow to!
First we used a trowel to put soil into a pot. Then we pushed the seed into the soil. Finally we watered the seed. We put them in the classroom so that they can get sunlight and heat. We hope this will help them to grow soon.
Mrs McKay was just delighted today to see some boys and girls bringing in containers. We talked about the capacity of the bottles. We now know that it would take two of Lucy's bottles to fill one of Che's bottles. Well done boys and girls!
We are exploring capacity in Primary Three. We are learning to use language such as litre and millilitre. Today we investigated the capacity of a range of bottles. The boys and girls discovered that a 500 millilitre bottle has the same capacity as half a litre bottle. We also found out that some bottles have a greater capacity than others, even though the bottles might look shorter! We think this is because the shorter bottle might be wider and therefore it can hold more liquid.
In small groups the boys and girls explored the capacity of some containers in the water tray.
Working in pairs, the boys and girls completed a comprehension which they read to themselves on an iPad. The story was called Where's My Lunch? The story was about a farmer, this is very suitable for our Living Countryside topic! They explored the story and afterwards they were able to complete questions based in what they had discovered. Their skills of working well with others and working in a group are very impressive!
As part of our Living Countryside topic, the boys and girls spent some time this afternoon investigating features of our local environment. We looked particularly closely at our school garden. We discussed the many plants and creatures living in our garden and we talked about ways of caring for this wildlife.
The boys and girls loved today's challenge of measuring objects in our classroom. Each pair had a ruler and the boys and girls were asked to measure five different objects. Afterwards we discussed the different lengths of each object and compared their sizes. The boys and girls were surprised by some of their findings!
Today Matthew presented a very interesting Show and Tell! He brought in old coins for all of us to hold and look at. Matthew was able to tell us all about the coins and he kindly passed them around the class for everyone to have a closer look at. Well done Matthew.
There was lots of excitement in our class today when the boys and girls auditioned for next Friday's talent show! We had singers, footballers and even a gymnast! The boys and girls gave each other constructive criticism after their audition and then there were lots of nerves as we awaited the results. Into the final from our class are Aisleen, Abi, Amy, Caitlin and Caitlyn singing Roar and Matthew and Che who are going to show off their football skills. Good luck for the final!
Well done to Primary Three on presenting such a fantastic assembly! The boys and girls put so much effort into speaking, acting, singing and dancing. They very clearly brought across the message of being a unique member of God's family. Well done boys and girls, Mrs McKay is so proud!
Well done Anna on receiving a Gold certificate in Mathletics! Keep up the super effort boys and girls.
Our sound this week is the 'e' sound. This sound can be represented in different ways including, e, ea, and ai. Some examples are red, bread and said. The boys and girls will be busy searching at home for real life examples of this sound.
Today Bella, Daniel and Daniel brought in something from home to show to the rest of the class and they were all able to talk about their chosen item for three minutes. Well done on completing the challenge! Both Daniels brought in a soft toy, the boys did very well at answering all the questions they got from the rest of the class! Our questions are getting much better with practice.
Bella put so much effort into preparing her information booklet for Show and Tell. Bella told us all about the wonderful pets that live with her. Bella had to answer a lot of questions from very curious boys and girls!
This week our new sound is the oy sound. We are discovering that the oy sound can be represented as either 'oy' or 'oi'. During the week we will be looking for the oy sound in the environment around us in school and at home. The boys and girls will bring in examples of words with the oy sound which they might have seen in a newspaper, magazine or food container. These examples will be put into our sound bag. At the end of the week one person's name will be drawn from the sound bag, this person will win a prize. Happy searching Primary Three!
Today Emma, Laura and Ameera completed the Show and Tell challenge! The girls brought in things from home to talk about for three minutes and then they answered questions from the rest of the boys and girls. Emma brought a teddy, Laura brought a doll and Ameera brought a stand which she had made for all of her Shopkins characters. The girls were excellent at answering questions. All the boys and girls used the Who, What, When, Why, Where and How words to help them think of good questions to ask. We are all so excited already about next week's Show and Tell challenge!
There was lots of laughter and fun today in school when the boys and girls came in dressed in their pyjamas! Thankfully they were not sleepy heads and we were able to get all our hard work done as usual!
Mrs McKay just loves to see boys and girls bringing in things from home which are connected to what we are learning in school. Ameera brought in her Times Tables Book because it has information on our doubles which we have been doing a lot of work on. Well done Ameera, keep up the enthusiasm!
Lucky Raffle Winners! (Wednesday 23rd March 2016)
Congratulations to our raffle winners! Thank you to Callum for kindly donating a prize to raffle in class. Tommy was the lucky boy who won second prize. Laura was the very lucky girl who won the first prize. Both children look just delighted to have won some Easter treats!
In Primary Three we love to have fun through science. Today we investigated the effects of a change in temperature on chocolate. We discussed what happens to chocolate when it is melted and we found out how to make chocolate solid again after it has been melted. The best bit for the boys and girls was that we made buns while discovering wonderful new things!
We broke up the chocolate and the Shredded Wheat. The chocolate was sent to the kitchen to be melted using heat. We mixed the chocolate and the Shredded Wheat together and Mrs McKay carefully put the chocolate into bun cases. Little eggs were added to the top of the buns. Finally the buns were put in the fridge because the cold temperature made the chocolate harden again.
There were lots of very excited faces in Primary Three this afternoon when the buns were being handed out!
Making Easter Cards! (Tuesday 22nd March 2016)
The boys and girls had so much fun today making cards for Easter. We talked about the procedure we needed to follow to make the cards. The boys and girls discussed the meaning of a procedure. We now know that a procedure is a number of steps to follow.
This is the procedure we followed to make our chick shaped Easter cards. First we cut out an oval egg shape. Next we added tissue paper to keep the chick warm. Then we added eyes, a beak and some feathers. Finally we painted wooden pegs orange and attached these to the chicks.
The chicks gathered together to make a beautiful display. Well done Primary Three.
This afternoon we had great fun exploring our local environment. Aoife reminded us that our environment is the world around us and Dylan told us that local means nearby. From this, we were able to say that in this activity, We Are Learning To explore our local environment.
After lunch, we worked in pairs to frame a small piece of the playground area and look very closely inside the frame. Matthew looked at the parts of a daffodil and was fascinated by the bright colours! Daniel and Callum worked well together investigating the soil. The boys loved finding slugs and creepy crawly creatures! Some of the girls found a daisy and looked very closely at its beautiful design.
After we had explored the local environment, we stuck our frame into our books and drew what we had found. We also talked excitedly about the wonderful colours and animals which we had looked at close up.
The boys and girls love finding out about different countries but today they really enjoyed looking at and appreciating their local environment as part of our new Living Countryside topic. Well done boys and girls!
On Wednesday 16th March we spent time thinking about St. Patrick and we also had fun celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. We are looking forward to tomorrow to wear green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. To celebrate in class, we sang Irish songs, made St. Patrick's Day cards, completed a St. Patrick's Day wordsearch and had lots of fun doing Irish Dancing!
Our walk around Castlewellan Forest Park in aid of MS.