Welcome to Primary Three
In Mrs McKay's Primary Three class, we work hard and we have lots of fun. So far this year, we have really enjoyed our topics of What a Waste, Dinosaurs and People who Changed the World. Currently we are enjoying our topic The Living Countryside.
Please enjoy looking through our photos!
As a reward for working so hard at our assembly we made pirate ships on Friday! We had collected blue bin waste and we used this to make our wondreful works of art!
We had so much fun making and decorating pirate jelly boats!
First we broke up the jelly.
Next we addded the jelly to a jug.
Then Mrs Polly added boiling hot water. She also added cold water to help the jelly set.
Wee took it turn to stir the jelly to help it dissolve.
The boys and girls are very excited about making jelly pirate ships on Friday. Today they planned how they will make and design their boats by completing wonderful pieces of procedural writing. We can't wait to make our ships on Friday and find out if they taste as good as they look!
Well done to the boys and girls who were able to join the Big Walk to School this morning!
We had so much Numeracy fun today! In the morning, the boys and girls completed a Maths Trails. The children all worked very well in small groups to complete their booklets. The boys and girls had fun measuring, estimating and counting. There was lots of discussion in class afterwards when everyone was sharing their findings!
In the afternoon some parents and grandparents joined us for Numeracy challenges. We played Bingo, What's My Number?, Roll the Dice to Colour and Last Mathematician Standing. The children worked so hard that they were treated to a well deserved ice lolly afterwards.
The boys and girls had great fun on Rainbow Day. Primary Three were asked to wear yellow. The boys and girls made a super effort to wear this colour and we looked fantastic in the school rainbow.
Well done Primary Three!
The Primary Three boys and girls had so much fun today, even Mrs Close and Mrs McKay had a run around!
The boys and girls had to run, dance and jump up and down.
They were treated to delicious fruit afterwards.
Mrs McKay was just thrilled to see that Eva had created a pirate ship.
Even better, it was made from chocolate!
We looked at it and thought it was too good to eat, but we soon changed our minds!
Thank you Eva for such a delightful treat!
Today we had great fun using water and different sized bottles to investigate capacity. We were surprised that some bottles were taller than others, but they had a smaller capacity!
We developed our language of capacity. We can now correctly use the terms of one litre and half a litre. We look forward to looking at bottles at home to keep discovering more about capacity!
The children are continuing to bring in pirate themed story books from home. Ava was very busy, she brought in two story books! One of them was a short story and one was a novel. Well done Ava!
Mrs McKay can just about keep up with the enthusiasm shown towards our new Pirates topic! This is just excellent boys and girls, I hope you always keep up your keeness for learning!
We have now completed our planning board, the boys and girls had so many ideas.
Eva brought in a toy parrot. She said that she has seen a picture of a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder.
Ava created a treasure chest and put some of her favourite things into it.
Aoife made a treasure chest and an old map.
This is how she made it:
"How I made the map. I got a shoe box, then I got a blank bit of paper and wrote on the paper 'Pirates Treasure Chest', then I got another blank bit of paper and I got one tea bag and dabbed it on the paper. Then, I had to wait for it to dry. After it dried I burned the edges of the paper, then I got some old coins and put it in the box. Then I put some jewellery in the box. It was great fun!"
Lucy made a treasure chest and just couldn't wait to tell us how she made it:
"My treasure chest. 1-First my daddy got a box and we sprayed it with silver paint. 2-Then we put on sparkles. 3-Then I made a map. I drew a pirate, then I drew a trail. 4-In the morning I put in some jewellery into the box."
Riley made a terrific treasure map. This is how she created it:
"First I dabbed the teabags onto the map. Then my mummy went outside and burnt it. Then I coloured it in."
The boys and girls made a huge effort to ride their bike or scooter to school. The children dressed up in their favourite colours.
Mrs. McKay is delighted to have such fit boys and girls in her class!
In Primary Three we love to read books. They help us to use our imagination and create a wonderfully magical world where anything can happen. Mrs McKay loves to see boys and girls bringing in a favourite book from home. It is especially impressive when the book is about our topic.
Eva brought in Superworm which is all about the Living Countryside. We had lots of fun listening to the rhyming pattern in the book and we even found our sound of the week in the story.
Eimear brought in Pirates Love Underpants. This story was very funny and helped us to identify language which we will be using in our new Pirates topic.
Our new sound of the week for this week will be the "oy sound". We have already discovered that there are only two ways which "oy" is represented. This is either "oy" or "oi". I hope the boys and girls will be doing lots of sound searching during the week!
Mrs. McKay couldn't believe her eyes this morning when she saw a huge pink unicorn coming into the classroom!
It was wonderful to listen to Ava talking about her unicorn during Show & Tell. She must have been a very good girl for Santa to have got her this present!
Well done Ava!
I was also very impressed by Sinead's enthusiasm to do Show & Tell again!
She brought in her tablet and a doll. For the second time, Sinead spoke about her toys and answered lots of questions.
Well done Sinead!
During the month of May we will be praying especially to Mary.
We will be reciting the rosary during May.
The boys and girls made this beautiful display to celebrate May being the month of Mary.
I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm the boys and girls have shown towards their new topic.
Orran created a mind map about pirates and a treasure chest.
Holly wrote about what she made: "I made a telescope, a pirate ship and a treasure map. I made the pirate ship out of cardboard, I made the telescope out of a big kitchen roll holder. I made the map with paper and drew the map."
We are so excited to be thinking about our new topic of Pirates. The boys and girls are just bursting with ideas for Home Learning activities, artwork and displaying the new information which we are looking forward to learning.
Today the children thought about what they already know about Pirates. Their thoughts included, pirates wear an eyepatch, pirates sail the seas and pirates mark treasure on a map with an X.
The children also thought about what they would like to learn during this topic. Some ideas included, why Pirates like gold so much, where do Pirates sleep and why are Pirates angry. These ideas will be displayed in our classroom to remind us of the questions we should be asking throughout our topic.
Eimear had a very exciting weekend. She wrote this terrific recount of her holiday.
I stayed in a house in Donegal. The house had a balcony and a hot tub.
I found a stone on the beach. My mum says it looks like a potato.
Today it was a busy day!. We went to the hall because it was the Assembly of Mrs. Close’s class. They played some music instruments and danced to a beautiful song. After that we worked on some grammar and spelling.
But what we really enjoyed was making our own Friends Tree. Each of us had to choose five different friends’ pictures and glue them in each of the branches of the tree that we had previously colored and had written the words and adjectives related to friendship.
Hopefully Mrs. Mc Kay will be back next Tuesday!.
Today we left the school at 9,30 a.m. to go by bus to Tollymore Forest park.
There Anne was waiting to show us how many different trees there are in the park.
We walked for two hours among the old trees listening to different stories and found so many treasures: the song of the birds, different nuts and plants, some animal traces, an egg shell...and different animal's poos!.
We were very lucky because we were worried about the weather and it was sunny and warm.
We all had really good fun.
The children had lots of fun learning about magnetic forces and the properties of metals.
The show was full of interesting facts, songs and dances which kept the children entertained.
Today we watched a puppet show. It was about Little Red Riding Hood. It was really good!
Today we had lots of fun exploring weight! We discovered that there are 1000 grams in a kilogram! We then estimated how many grams are in half a kilogram and how many grams are in a quarter of a kilogram.
Firstly, we worked in small groups to estimate the weight of some items. We had lots of fun and discussion deciding which was the heaviest item and which was the lightest. We recorded our estimations. Then we checked the actual weight of each item and recorded our findings. We were surprised by some of the results. The packet of teabags looked bigger in size than the sugar, but we discovered that the teabags weighed less.
The boys and girls will be checking in the cupboards and fridge at home to explore these new findings!
Our new sound this week is the "igh" sound. Today we explored some of the different ways that this sound is represented. We found that sometimes the "igh" sound is represented with "ie", an example of this is the word pie. Erin and Sarah found this word in their reading books. Another way that "igh" is represented is "igh", such as fright and night. We also found that this sound can be represented by "y", we found the word fry as our example.
During the week, the boys and girls will be looking at home and in the classroom for words containing the "igh sound". These might be found in a newspaper, a story book or somewhere in the print around them. The boys and girls will record their examples and put them into the sound bag. If their word is selected, they will win three stars on the chart.
Good luck with the searching boys and girls!
Sarah brought in her doll today.
She was very excited to tell us all about Grace and the rest of the boys and girls showed great respect by listening to Sarah. Well done!
Well done to Mark, Orran and Lorcan who are this week's winners!
Mark found the word "took" in a story, Orran found "boo" in a newspaper and Liverpool fan Lorcan thought of Man United star Wayne Rooney for his word.
Well done boys!
The boys and girls in Primary Three had so much fun today sowing seeds!. We hope to grow peas, sunflowers and carrots.
We need to water the plants daily and we hope to see them grow very soon!
Today we used a Venn Diagram to sort 2D shapes. We sorted the shapes into two categories, shapes with one or more right angles and shapes with no right angles. First of all, we had to make sure we understand what a right angle is. One boy said it is like driving on Tullymore Road and then turning at a junction, but that it is not like making a u-turn. Another girl showed us how we could use our hands to make a right angle. When we knew what we were looking for, we started trying to find right angles in a range of 2D shapes.
Working as a whole class, we created a huge Venn Diagram using hoops. In each hoop we put a sign to show whether the shapes in the hoop would have right angles or not. Each child put two shapes into the hoops.
After this, we completed a worksheet activity where the boys and girls had to cut and stick the 2D shapes into the correct circle of the Venn Diagram.
Finally, the class worked in groups to complete a picture using 2D shapes. The boys and girls showed a fantastic understanding of right angles by correctly pointing to shapes which contain one or more right angles and shapes which don't have any right angles. The boys and girls also showed great teamwork skills today, well done Primary Three!
Today we worked in small groups to investigate the properties of 3D shapes.
We have already explored shapes which roll, stack and slide.
Today we wanted to investigate how many faces, sides and corners each 3D shape has. We discovered that another word for corners is vertices. We used real life examples to complete our investigation activity.
This week we will be exploring the "oo" sound. The boys and girls will be looking in reading books and the environment around them for words which contain this sound. Good luck with the searching!
We made Easter baskets to take our buns home in. We also made Easter cards. We had lots of fun decorating them by sponge painting Easter designs onto them.
Today we dressed up as our favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day!
We listened to all the boys and girls talking about their favourite character and their reasons for choosing this character.
We also spent time reading books from our class library. Birthday girl Riley chose a very special book to read!
There were some fantastic outfits on show today. The winning outfit in our class was worn by Reece. He chose to dress up as the Superman character from a Superman Annual. Reece said he chose this character because he likes Superman's magic powers. Well done Reece!
Today we had so much fun making buns. As part of our Living Countryside topic, we decided to make buns which look like birds' nests. We had to carefully plan how we would make the buns. We did this by thinking about the ingredients which we would need and the utensils which we would use. We used the weighing scales to help us weigh the chocolate. We were careful when we were breaking up the Shredded Wheat not to cause too much of a mess! Mrs McKay used the microwave to melt the chocolate, it only took one minute and twenty seconds! Then we stirred the Shredded Wheat into the chocolate. Mrs McKay carefully measured out the buns so that there were enough for everyone. We decorated our nests with Mini Eggs. Finally we put our nests into the baskets which we had made yesterday. At hometime we just about managed to stop ourselves from having a sneaky taste of them before bringing them home to show off our excellent cookery skills!
While making the buns, we also used our scientific skills. Our focus of the lesson was to investigate how temperature changes chocolate. We predicted that chocolate would melt when heat was added to it in the microwave. We were correct with this prediction. We also predicted that the chocolate would become solid again when the buns were put into the fridge. We were correct with this prediction too. We now know that heat causes chocolate to melt and we also know that the cold fridge caused the chocolate to become solid again.
Today Primary Three had a bun sale to raise money for Trocaire. We had so much fun bringing the buns in from home, setting them up in the corridor and selling them to the rest of the school. We had to use our knowledge of money to figure out how much change we had to give and we also had to work as a team to help each other sell as many buns as possible. We had a fantastic time doing this and there were lots of happy faces from the boys and girls who bought our buns and ate them. The total which we raised was over £250! Mrs Close and Mrs McKay are very proud of their Primary Three classes. Well done boys and girls!
Well done to Mark and Sinead who found terrific words containing our ay sound. Mark found player in a book and Sinead found pray in her Religion book. We are looking forward to finding out our next sound!
Madison brought in her teddy bear today! She was able to talk about her teddy bear for three minutes and she answered lots of questions. It was very clear that Madison loves her doll and is very kind to it. Well done Madison on completing the Show and Tell challenge!
Currently in Numeracy, we are exploring 3D shapes! We are investigating the properties of 3D shapes.
Today we had so much fun exploring the properties of 3D shapes!
We wanted to investigate which of the real life 3D objects could roll, slide and stack. We predicted the answers first and we were surprised by some of the results!
The boys and girls have been asked to find real life examples of 3D shapes at home. So far, Shay has found a football which is a sphere, Holly has found boxes which are cuboids, Daniel has found two golf balls which are spheres and a tin of peas which is a cylinder. Keep up the super shape searching!
To add to our collection, Lorcan brought in a football which is a sphere and Orran brought in a lego box which is a cuboid.
Well done to Orran who received this wonderful award on Saturday at a karate competition! Orran has worked very hard to earn this prize and we are very proud of him. Well done Orran! You are a future star in the making!
The boys and girls have been very enthusiastic so far about their new topic, The Living Countryside. This fantastic piece of artwork was created by Eimear to show a house in the countryside. Eimear has used her artistic skills at home to make this masterpiece! Well done Eimear, I would just love to live in a house like this!
The next sound we will be exploring is the "ay" sound. The boys and girls will be looking in reading books, newspapers and the world around them to find lots of words which contain the "ay" sound. Good luck children!
Today Orran showed us his toy helicopter. We were all fascinated by how well Orran controlled the helicopter and how high in the air the helicopter was able to fly. After the demostration, Orran answered lots of questions from the boys and girls.
Well done to Mark, Orran and Ava who were this week's star sound searchers. All the boys and girls are searching every week in magazines, newspapers and the environment around them to identify their sound of the week. We are very keen to discover our next sound!
Today we had brilliant fun watching Holly and Lorcan complete their Show and Tell challenge. Holly brought in two toy budgies in their cage. Holly demonstrated how the budgies can copy what she says, one of the budgies was able to say, "Hello Mrs McKay"! There were lots of questions from the boys and girls and Holly was very keen to tell us everything about her budgies. Well done Holly!
For Lorcan's Show and Tell challenge, his sister Niamh and brother Oisin brought in Cookie the rabbit. The boys and girls had so many questions to ask about where Cookie came from, what she liked to eat and when she liked to sleep. They also showed us how gently they stroked Cookie's fur and they told us how much Cookie likes to get attention. Cookie behaved really well in our Primary Three class, maybe she will come back another day!
We are currently preparing for our First Penance which takes place next week. We are spending time thinking about how we can make better decisions and how we can show God that we are sorry for times when we do not behave as we should. This beautiful display was completed by all of the boys and girls.
Primary Three love to solve problems! Today we were using our knowledge of number bonds to help a farmer count his cows and sheep. The boys and girls are fantastic at using the RUCSAC method to help them to solve problems. This brilliant display which they helped to design, reminds them of this method.
This fantastic electric station was created by Orran, Lorcan, Daniel and Georgie. Working as a team, the boys thought very carefully about the structure of the station and even bridged wires across a gap in the wall. We have been doing lots of activities on famous inventors and explorers during our topic, we might just have found four new names to add to the list! Well done boys!
Today we completed an ice experiment to investigate how temperature can affect the rate at which the ice melts. We placed the ice in four different parts of the room. We talked about how factors such as the sun shining through the window, the warm air rising and the warm carpet could cause the ice to melt quicker. These are the four places where we set each dish of ice:
We used our skills of observation and recording to watch the ice change during the experiment and to write down any changes which we noticed.
This week we will be exploring the "ee" sound. Today we talked about some of the ways which this sound is represented. These included: ee, ea, ie, ey and y. We also discovered that some boys and girls in the class have the sound of the week in their names! Riley, Geoffrey and Maddy all discovered the ee sound in their first names. Already some boys and girls have been finding the "ee" sound in environmental print and reading books. Keep up the super searching Primary Three!
We all wish Mark congratulations on reaching his gold Mathletics certificate today! This is the first gold certificate in our class. Well done Mark!
Well done to Mark, Lucy and Eva who were this week's star sound searchers. Mark found "manager" in a football book, Lucy saw the word "birthday" written on a page and Eva found "international" in a magazine.
Today Sinead brought in her favourite doll. The boys and girls asked Sinead brilliant questions. Sinead was able to talk about her doll and to answer the questions. Well done Sinead!
Georgie brought in his remote control car. He demonstrated the car for us and spoke very well about where it had came from and just how much he loves playing with it.
The boys and girls have had great fun creating famous landmarks whilst also exploring shape and space. Here are some of their fantastic creations!
Primary Three have really enjoyed gymnastics! The boys and girls have been exploring high and low movements, they have been moving in a variety of ways and they have discovered how to land safely.
Our sound of the week this week is the "er" sound. This sound can be represented in different ways. This week we are going to focus on words which contain the "er" sound where it is represented by "er" or "ir". Some of our spellings this week include: never, mother, dirt and shirt.
During the week the boys and girls will be looking in lots of different places such as newspapers, reading books and posters to find the "er" sound. On Friday three children will win three stars on the chart for being the lucky ones to have their names pulled from the bag. Good luck boys and girls!
These beautiful pieces of work were completed at home by Eimear, Lucy and Ava. Mrs McKay is always thrilled to see Home Learning because it shows that the boys and girls are really enjoying their topic. The girls have made posters and a model of a hospital to show us how Christopher Columbus and Florence Nightingale changed the world. Well done girls!
Today Riley hosted Show and Tell. She brought in one of her favourite dolls and she was able to complete the challenge of being able to talk about her doll for three minutes. She then answered questions from the rest of the class. Well done Riley!
Primary Three were very lucky to be visited today by Clark from Nerve Belfast! He helped us to use the Morfo app on the iPad and by using this we were able to record information about Florence Nightingale. Firstly we had to recall what we already knew about Florence Nightingale. Then we decided that we should record the facts in first person so that we sounded like Florence telling her own story.
Afterwards, we completed self assessment on this task. We found it difficult to align the facial features onto the image of Florence and we found it tricky to switch on the microphone in the iPad. However, we really enjoyed the task especially listening back to our recording, discovering facts about Florence Nightingale and working in pairs.
The sound that we were searching for this week was the "ow" sound which we learnt has two variations; ow and ou. The boys and girls were set the challenge of finding words containing our sound of the week in a book, newspaper or poster. They then had to copy the word, put their name beside it and put it into the sound bag. There were lots and lots of entries this week. The words included; flower, towel and foundation.
Well done to Mark, Orran and Lucy who were the lucky ones to have their names drawn and to get three stars on the chart. We look forward to discovering our new sound next week!
When we completed self assessment on this activity, we found that all the boys and girls really enjoyed this challenge. We also discovered something tricky. Words such as low and below contain the same spelling as our sound of the week, but in these words our sound is not represented. We are going to be very careful the next time!
We were very lucky today to receive a visit from a very special guest! Oreo the rabbit joined our class after break and he stayed with us until home time. He was very well behaved and he kept us all amused when he was eating his apple and carrot. His very caring and kind owner Aoife was delighted to bring Oreo in for Show and Tell. She completed the challenge of being able to talk about Oreo for three minutes, in fact she could have talked about him for much longer! All the other boys and girls were very keen to ask Aoife lots of questions about Oreo. We used our cue cards (How?, Where?, Why?, Which?, What?, Who? and When?) to help us to ask Aoife really good questions.
Thank you Oreo for taking the time to visit Primary Three!
Today was a very special day. We all wore red to celebrate Ramp up the Red Day. The boys and girls made a donation towards the British Heart Foundation charity.
Well done to these boys and girls who made an excellent effort today to travel to school in an active way. They used a variety of travel modes such as walking, cycling and by scooter. Some boys and girls travelled part of their journey by car and then used an active mode to complete their journey. In Primary Three we recognise the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We are all very good at eating healthy breaks and Mrs McKay is delighted that so many boys and girls in the class are able to use an active method of travelling to school. Keep up the great work boys and girls!
On Wednesday 11th February the P3 boys and girls took part in their Ceremony of Enrolment. This is preparation for their upcoming First Penance. We heard some excellent reading and some beautiful singing from our readers, soloists and singers. Well done Primary Three!
We went to the Fruit Shop! One of our current topics in Numeracy is money. During the trip, all the boys and girls were given the challenge of finding out the prices of various pieces of fruit and recording these prices. We also had the opportunity to buy a piece of fruit each and this gave us some fantastic first hand experience of giving money and receiving change.
When we returned to class, we completed problem solving activities using the information which we had recorded in the shop. We use the RUCSAC method to complete problem solving. This means that we Read the question carefully, we make sure that we Understand the question, we Choose the correct way of working out the answer, we Solve the problem, then we Answer the question and finally we Check the answer.
All of the boys and girls gained some very valuable real life experience during their visit to the fruit shop. They showed excellent behaviour throughout the trip and were very polite to other customers in the shop. Well done Primary Three, you made Mrs McKay very proud!
We had so much fun during this topic! The boys and girls completed excellent Home Learning by bringing in books, posters, games and drawings related to dinosaurs. At the beginning of the topic, we thought about what we already knew about dinosaurs. We already knew that dinosaurs lived long ago and that some of them were very large. We wanted to find out the names of different dinosaurs and we were keen to complete a Dinosaur Dig activity where the boys and girls could play the role of a paleontologist by using instruments to find dinosaur fossils hidden in sand.
We created dinosaur eggs during Art and completed an ICT task based on recording facts about dinosaurs. In Numeracy we ordered dinosaurs by size and sorted dinosaurs by two criteria. In Literacy we completed a comprehension about dinosaurs and listened to a range of fiction and non fiction texts about dinosaurs.
At the end of this topic, we reflected on how much we had learnt. We greatly enjoyed finding out all about the characteristics of various dinosaurs. We discovered lots of new ways of recording information and we had lots of fun during Activity Based Learning.
During this topic, we really enjoyed finding out all about different types of waste and our role in protecting the environment. We began our topic by thinking about what we already knew about waste and what we would like to know. We knew that some houses have a blue bin as well as a black bin. We also knew that it is not nice to throw down litter. We wanted to discover a way that we could turn waste into something else and we wanted to create awareness for others about how we can play our role in protecting our environment.
We completed Home Learning through this topic. One girl made a life size robot using recyclable materials. Another girl used plasticine to create a bin lorry. One boy made a robot using blue bin waste.
At the end of this topic, we had found ways to turn waste into new things. We were visited by the Down District Council who helped us turn juice cartons into wallets. We also made musical instruments from bottles and we enjoyed Activity Based Learning through constructing a range of items from recyclable waste which we collected from home.
These photos show the fun we had during this topic!