Primary 3

Welcome to the Primary 3 Home Learning webpage.

It’s nearly time for Primary 4! Here is a message from your Primary 4 teachers, Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah.

Hi Everyone,

This should be a letter to introduce you to your new P4 teachers… but you already know us really well!  We are so happy to be taking you all on for another year with us and are really excited to get you back into the classroom and get started with our new learning.

So instead of introducing ourselves, here are a few fun facts that you might not know about us:

  • Mrs. Henderson was on a BBC TV quiz show with her class when she was in P7 at school.  It was called 50:50 and they won computer equipment for the school.
  • Mrs. Hannah went to Lockerbie Academy and was Head Girl there!
  • Mrs. Henderson and her husband were born on exactly the same day in the same maternity ward.  She is 17 hours older than him!
  • Mrs. Hannah comes from a long line of teachers and trained to be a teacher at the same school that her grandfather and great-grandfather attended.
  • Mrs. Henderson won a Royal Mail letter-writing competition when she was at primary school.  She won £100 and spent it on a new bike.
  • Mrs. Hannah and her husband got married on 7.7.07! And they had a baptism at their wedding too…!
  • Mrs. Henderson has done the Moonwalk in Edinburgh, the Great North Run, and abseiled from the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for charity.
  • Mrs. Hannah use to have a deer hound and Amira’s mummy used to come and walk it for her at lunchtimes.  And Mrs. Hannah taught some of your parents – for example Ava’s daddy, Ellen’s daddy and Milly’s mummy!

Have a think if there’s anything that we might not know about you.  We would love to hear about them when we see you in August.

Thank you for a wonderful year in P3 and see you in P4.

Mrs. Hannah and Mrs. Henderson

29th June 2020

Hello Primary Three,

We have come to the last week of term and the end of home learning grids.  After this week you will be on holiday! It feels a bit strange but we won’t be sending out anymore online work now until August. We will also stop using Class Dojo from Friday 4th July until Monday 10th August. If you need to get in touch with us during the holiday, please do so by phoning the school office.

This week we are going to do a celebration of you! Each one of you is an amazing individual with lots of talents and skills. Have a think about all the things you are good at and enjoy. We want to know all about you and some of the things you have enjoyed during Primary Three. This week we are sending you just one grid of activities. We look forward to seeing you post pictures of yourself and any activities you do on Class Dojo. 

In August we will look forward to seeing you all again in Primary Four! We will be in the same classroom but it will all be a little different from what you have been used to. We will send you a virtual tour of the classroom so you can see what it will be like.  If you have any questions about next year, we could talk about them in our Teams meetings this week. If you have any worries, we could talk about them too. Remember other people may have the same concerns too. It will be a little different at school in August but Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah will be there with you.

We would like to wish you all a very enjoyable Summer Holiday. We hope that you will be able to get out and about and do some of the things you enjoy with your families over the next few weeks. Let’s hope that we get some good sunshine and can have some fun!

Take care everyone and stay safe,

Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah

I am proud of me

22 June 2020

Hello everyone!

This week we have a little surprise for you…

This is the time of year that we would normally be going on an end of year trip and it made us a little sad to think that we were all missing out.  So instead, we are going on a virtual school trip!  And we are going somewhere really, really exciting…  pack your bags boys and girls because we are off to Disney World!

Some of you may have been here before, some of you might like to go in the future and some of you may even have holidays planned there in the future (and at least one of you was meant to be there recently – hopefully soon!).  But for this week we are going to immerse ourselves in all things Disney.  A man named Walt Disney founded the company almost 100 years ago, in 1923.  Disney are well known all over the world for their cartoons, animations, movies and characters such as Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Elsa and Anna.  Nowadays other companies such as Pixar (Toy Story, Mosters Inc, Inside Out), Star Wars and Marvel are all owned by Disney too!

Image taken https://www.biography.com/business-figure/walt-disney

Disney opened their first theme park in 1971.  They now have theme parks in Florida, California, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  The Disney World that we are visiting is in Orlando, Florida, which is in the United States of America.  There are 4 main theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.  This is where we are going this week… wow!  So jump in and have a look around!  You can use this website to go on virtual tours of the parks.

https://www.visitorlando.com/en/things-to-do/virtual-tours/walt-disney-world-resort
Walt Disney World Resort | Interactive Virtual Tours Take an interactive virtual tour of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs & more at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando! http://www.visitorlando.com

We hope you have a fantastic week and we can’t wait to see some of the really cool things that you get up to.  As always, remember that you can make up your own activities if you or your mums and dads have ANY good ideas, and make sure that you send us lots of pictures and videos on Class Dojo.

See you all soon,

Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah.

15th June 2020

Hi everyone,

It was so lovely speaking to some of you earlier in the week and we have been really excited to get back into school and start getting organised for next year.  There is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel now!

This week most of your Literacy and Numeracy tasks are linked to ‘Holidays’ and your Other Curricular grid is all about ‘Flight’.  Unfortunately this year most of us will not be going anywhere on our holidays, but let’s try and think about happier times that we’ve had on holidays in the past and imagine some of the amazing holidays that we could have in the future.

When I was your age my favourite place to go to on holiday was Blackpool.  My family and I went every year and I used to love riding the rollercoasters, eating ice-cream on the beach, sliding down the water slides and putting all of my pennies into the slot machines!  I also loved to visit the Lake District where we would stay in our caravan, climb hills, feed the ducks and go on long adventures on our bicycles.

As a grown up I was really lucky to go to America for my honeymoon and that is my favourite holiday that I have ever been on.  My husband and I went to visit lots of amazing cities and sights, like New York, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  It was a real holiday of a lifetime!

If I could go anywhere in the world though, I would love to visit the Great Wall of China and walk along part of it.  Can you believe that it was built over 2500 years ago, and that over 1 million people worked on the construction of it over many, many years?  It is over 6000km long and the longest ever feat of human engineering.  You can stand on the Great Wall of China if you click on the link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4409927,116.5589562,3a,75y,176.03h,90t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipNfNbm1CYD8jNRB4uvbnzGM8I5n4MefdafWnksi!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNfNbm1CYD8jNRB4uvbnzGM8I5n4MefdafWnksi%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya219.97604-ro0-fo100!7i10240!8i5120

Where do you enjoy going on holiday?  What is the best holiday that you have been on?  If you could go absolutely anywhere in the world where would you go?  You never know – maybe you will get there one day!

We can’t wait to see how you get on with some of this week’s tasks.  Send us lots of pictures and videos when you get the chance on ClassDojo.

Keep staying safe and having fun,

Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah

PSSSSST…. Don’t forget that it is Father’s Day on Sunday the 21st of June.  Why don’t you make or write something really lovely for your Dad, or another male relation or friend who is really special to you?  But remember – shhhh… it’s top secret!

8th June 2020

Hello Everyone in Primary Three,

We hope you are all well and enjoying this lovely sunny weather. Aren’t we lucky? It is like having a summer holiday! We do hope that you have been outside and having fun.  It has been really hot Mrs Hannah took her dogs down to the river to cool off, they loved it!

This week we can meet up with members of other households which is lovely after all this time to see our friends and families. Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah wonder who you have met up with. Tell us all about it this week in your writing task “Lockdown Diary” and share it on ClassDojo.

Mrs Hannah has been busy in her garden and she loves seeing all the flowers growing. She is sharing some pictures of them. They have such amazing colours and shapes. Perhaps you could draw or paint a picture of some of the flowers in your garden or some of Mrs Hannah’s. We would love to see them on ClassDojo.

Flowers in the garden


Mrs Hannah has seen some of you around the village, give her a wave if you see her!

Take care everyone and hope to see you all soon,

Mrs Hannah and Mrs Henderson

1st June 2020

Hi everyone!

How are you all?  Welcome to Health Week!  This week we would really like you to focus on keeping yourself and your family really healthy.  So instead of our normal Literacy and Numeracy and Other Areas grids, we have attached some ideas that you could try at home.  We have given some of them a go too!

Social and Emotional – An American actress named Goldie Hawn (ask your mums and dads) founded a mindfulness programme called ‘Mind Up’.  She has been asking people around the world to complete a ‘Laughing Challenge’ to make themselves feel better.  Lucie and I had a go and it really worked! Just make yourself laugh your biggest, silliest laugh – even if you don’t feel like it.  Send us yours on ClassDojo!

Laughing Challenge video

Healthy Living – As you know, we have been baking a lot of cakes and treats! But we have also tried making healthy pizzas, smoothies and fruity faces too (although Oliver spent most of his time just eating the fruit…!)

Fun making fruit faces

Physical Activities – We have tried to get out a walk, or on our bikes and scooters as much as we can.  Lucie has been joining in with her ballet classes online too.  Are any of you taking part in online physical activities? Have you been playing outside a lot? Mrs. Hannah has been out walking as much as she can too.  Here she is on one of her morning walks with Scarlet.  Nuala was there too but she had run off that day!

Mrs Hannah keeping healthy while walking her dog

Other Activities – There are so many other things that you can do to keep your mind and body healthy and most importantly – HAVE FUN! Lucie and Oliver love having their faces painted so we had a family face painting night and let them paint themselves… and us!

We really hope that you and your families enjoy Health Week.  As always, let us know via ClassDojo what you are up to and we will let you know what we are doing too.

Still missing you all lots but really excited to get back to school soon and start planning for seeing you in August.

Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah

25th May 2020

Hello Primary Three,

Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah hope you are all well and enjoying the activities we set for you each week. We are enjoying seeing the pictures of the activities you have done during lockdown so please keep uploading them to ClassDojo so that we can see them.

There is a lot going on outside in the natural world around you. Nature has really woken up! Have a look at the Scottish Wildlife Trust website. They have a learning zone with lots of activities to do. You will find it at https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/learn/

The polytunnel at school is nearly finished. The soil is in the raised beds and we are going to plant lots of lovely vegetables in the raised beds. We will be sharing some pictures with you very soon so look out for them!

We both hope that you have a great week.

Take care everyone, from Mrs Hannah and Mrs Henderson

18th May 2020

Hello everyone!

I’ve just counted on my calendar and this is the start of our 9th week at home now… can you believe it?  Mrs. Hannah and I are still missing you all very much but are really excited to see your ClassDojo posts every week.

This week (18th-24th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week.  We have talked about mental health and wellbeing in class this year through our Emotional Literacy work and using the Emotionworks cogs.  Looking after our mental health means keeping our mind healthy by doing things that make us happy and being more aware of our emotions and feelings.  You can find more information and support on these websites:

https://www.wallacehall.co.uk/mental-health

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is kindness.  We can be kind in so many different ways but these are the two I would like you to focus on this week – 

  1. Be Kind to Ourselves
    This is so important for us all – and that means you too parents and carers!  Boys and girls, do you remember in the last few days before we finished at school we made a poster listing lots of things that we could do to make ourselves better if we were worried or sad?  Have you done any of these things over the last few weeks?  I’ve been trying to be kind to myself by not worrying so much and not getting so upset when things don’t go to plan.  Lucie, Oliver and I have tried doing a ‘happy dance’ every morning to start the day and we have been going out on our bikes or on the trampoline when we start to get a bit cross indoors (I will share some pictures and videos on ClassDojo).  I have also started trying to fill in a little journal when I can and do some mindfulness colouring.  I may have eaten quite a bit of chocolate too…. shh!
    What do you do to relax and chill out?  Show us on ClassDojo!
  2. Be Kind to Others

Everyone is finding the current situation incredibly difficult – you, your friends, mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, teachers… everyone!  Little acts of kindness, however small, makes us feel good and makes the person that you are being kind to feel good too.  Mrs. McDiarmid was really kind to me this week when she sent me a lovely rose bush, which I planted in my garden.  It made me so happy –  I can’t wait to see it grow and see what colour the roses are when they bloom! 

Kindness doesn’t have to cost much or be a big gesture though.  It could be a cuddle, a compliment or a little note with kind words on it.  Have a go at the ‘socially-distant’ acts of kindness attached below.  Or have a think and come up with an act of kindness of your own and tell us about it on ClassDojo.

As a final note – we have added some ‘chilli challenges’ to the Maths grid for this week that represent different levels of difficulty. Please see the table below which detail what each chilli means.

​We can’t wait to hear from you all soon.  Keep staying safe and healthy and remember to BE KIND!

Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah

11th May 2020

Hi Primary Three,

We are both really enjoying seeing all your work on class DoJo! You are all so busy. It is good to see you trying some of the activities we have planned for you.

Mrs Hannah has made a very exciting discovery this week in the barn near her house. The barn owl who lives there has got some beautiful baby owls in the nesting box. We are all very excited because this is the first time we have had any in the new box! They look just like the baby owls in the book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. They are covered in white fluff. Can you draw a picture of a baby barn owl and post it in DoJo? It’s a lovely story to read if you have it at home. You will be able to find it online too.

We also have a wagtail sitting on a nest full of eggs in our log shed! It’s very exciting all the new life happening in Spring! 😊 See if you can find a picture of a wagtail, they have very distinctive markings. I am looking forward to seeing the babies appear in a few weeks.

We both hope that you have a really good week.

Take care everyone,

Mrs Hannah and Mrs Henderson.

4th May 2020

Hello everyone,

May the Fourth be with you!

Today is Monday the 4th of May.  This date always makes me think of Star Wars.  It was a big family favourite in my house when I was growing up and I know that many of you enjoy the films and the characters.  My favourite Star Wars film was always ‘Return of the Jedi’ because I loved the ewok characters that looked like teddy bears.  I even had an ewok teddy of my own when I was your age!

Here are some Star Wars-themed activities that you might like to give a try at home this week.

Star Wars Coding Activity: https://code.org/starwars (select the Blocks game – you should not need your code.org log in).

Colouring Sheets: https://www.coloringsquared.com/printable-coloring-sheets/star-wars/

These are some really simple shape crafts of Chewbacca and Yoda that you could try.  You could always try drawing them instead.

The Force Awakens Cosmic Yoga: https://youtu.be/coC0eUSm-pc (Only use youtube with adult supervision please)

We hope that you have had another lovely week at home.  Thank you to those of you who have sent us pictures and videos on class dojo.  It has been so lovely seeing you all and all of the fab things that you have been up to.  Remember – only do what you and your family can manage and be kind to each other!  I have been keeping Oliver and Lucie busy and Mrs. Hannah has been up to something really cool – she has been helping to make protective visors with other staff in the Academy!  The visors are being used as protective equipment by frontline workers around Dumfries and Galloway.

We hope you all have a great week.  Remember to send us your ‘high five’ pics if you get a chance.

From Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah

Images from:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/Wicket_W_Warrick.png

https://www.toddlerapproved.com/2013/05/star-wars-yoda-shape-craft.htl

27th April 2020

Hello Primary Three,

We are really enjoying seeing all your work appearing in the portfolio section of Class Dojo. It is so good to see you again! We hope that you are enjoying doing the activities we have planned for you. There is more to do this week. Share some pictures with us of what you manage to get done.  Let us see your ‘High Fives’ too!

Mrs. Henderson has been trying to make homemade playdough and homemade slime with Lucie and Oliver.  Her house has been very messy!  Mrs Hannah has been very busy gardening as well as helping to deliver food boxes and make protective visors (I keep looking out for you when I am out and about so give me a big wave if you see me! ). She is also spending lots of time with her animals and will be posting some more videos of them here soon. 

It is definitely Spring time now and the birds are very busy nesting in the nest boxes and bushes. Have a look out for them around your home but don’t disturb them, they may have eggs and even babies! You might even see them leave the nest in a few weeks if you can stay quiet! Here are some pictures of baby birds on the BBC Spring watch website.  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p055pf93/p055pdbs

Mrs Hannah and Mrs Henderson

20th April 2020

Hello everyone and welcome back to term 4.
We hope that you and your families are still keeping really well and are enjoying the beautiful weather that we have been having over the last week.  We also hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend and haven’t been eating too much chocolate… we must admit that we have eaten quite a few Easter eggs ourselves!  
Lucie, Oliver and Mrs. Henderson had lots of fun last week decorating boiled eggs for rolling down a hill.  They were designed to look like ‘The Incr-egg-ibles’, because ‘The Incredibles’ is Oliver and Lucie’s favourite film just now.  Lucie’s favourite is the character called Violet, and Oliver likes baby Jack-Jack.  They have been enjoying a LOT of Disney recently! 

They have also been causing chaos, making mud pies  and completing obstacle courses in Mrs. Henderson’s garden.  Mrs. Hannah has been busy in her garden too, planting lots of beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs.  The animals are enjoying lots of time in the sunshine too.
We are really looking forward to being able to chat to you all and see some of the fantastic things that you are doing at home.  One of the things that we are missing most about being at school is reading stories and poems to all of you everyday.  A big favourite in our class has always been ‘The Hairy Toe’.  Here are the words below… why don’t you try reading it out to someone in your family using lots of expression?  Can you give them a big fright?
Once there was a woman went out into her garden to to pick some vegetables,
and she found a Hairy Toe.
She took the hairy toe home with her,
and that night, when she went to bed,
the wind began to moan and groan.
Away off in the distance
she seemed to hear a voice crying,
‘Where’s my hair-r-y to-o-oe?
Who’s got my hair-r-y to-o-oe?’

The woman scrooched down,
way down under the covers,
and about that time
the wind appeared to hit the house

Swoosh!

And the old house creaked and cracked
like something was trying to get in.
The voice had come nearer,
almost at the door now,
and it said
‘Where’s my hair-r-y to-o-oe?
Who’s got my hair-r-y to-o-oe?’

The woman scrooched further down under
the covers
and pulled them tight around her head.
The wind growled around the house like some
big animal
and r-r-rum-mbled down the chimney.

All at once she heard the door cr-r-eak,
and something slipped in
and began to creep over the floor

The floor went
cr-e-eak, cre-eak
at every step that thing took towards her bed.
The woman could almost feel
it bending over her bed.
Then, in an awful voice, it said:
‘Where’s my hairy toe?
Who’s got my hairy toe?

You’ve got it!’

Did you manage to give your audience a fright?  If you want to read more poetry have a look at https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

There’s lots to read and listen to on there.

Speak to you all really soon,


Mrs. Hannah and Mrs. Henderson

6th April 2020

Hello everyone,
Can you believe that you are now into your Easter holidays?  It seems like we have been on holiday for a few weeks already.  We hope that you are still keeping well and not missing school too much.  We are really missing seeing your lovely smiling faces in class every day!
We have created an activity sheet with some ideas for Easter activities that you could try over the holidays with your family.  Don’t worry if you can’t manage them or you would rather do your own thing – that is absolutely fine.  We are sure that you will have lots of great ideas of your own.
The pictures today are from Mrs. Hannah’s house.  There is a picture of some eggs that she collected this morning from her chickens and some pictures of her little baby donkey, William, with his mummy, Flossie.  Johnny the horse is in the background.  
Mrs. Hannah has also made some videos that you can watch which introduce some of her animals to you.  You might remember her talking about them with you in class.
We hope that you all have a good time over the next two weeks and we will be in touch again really soon.  Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and keep smiling and having fun.
From Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah.

30th March 2020

Bonjour! Ola! Konnichi wa! Aloha! Guten morgen! Czesc! Happy Monday!

How are you all?  We hope that you and your family are keeping really well.  We also hope that you have been able to enjoy a little bit of the sunshine this week.  We are missing you all very much and can’t wait to hear about what you have been up to at home.

Mrs. Hannah has been kept very busy looking after all of the animals that live at her house and Mrs. Henderson has been kept busy looking after her two little monkeys too!  We have also been busy planning another week of activities that you can choose to complete at home, and we have been thinking ahead to what we will be learning about after the Easter holidays.

We had been learning about our bodies in school.  Below are some short videos that will help you revise what we learned about the skeleton and learn a little bit more about your muscles and your heart.

First click on:

https://www.tigtagjunior.com/hi/SIFKK7428MR6?next=/

Click on ‘Find Lessons’ then select ‘Topics’.

Under ‘Living Things’ click on ‘My Incredible Body’.

Click on ‘My Skeleton’ and watch the videos called ‘ Skeleton’ and ‘Muscles’,

Then go back and click on ‘My Heart’ and watch the videos called ‘The Heart’ and ‘Why Does the Heart Beat’.

Don’t worry about any of the other activities detailed underneath the videos – watching the videos is more than enough if you can manage!

Have a lovely week and you will hear from us again soon.

Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Hannah

23rd March 2020

Hi Everyone,

We hope you have had a lovely weekend and been able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

We have put together some activities for you to do at home this week. You don’t have to do everything but we have tried to find some activities linked to your learning that you can enjoy doing at home. You might need some help with some of it but most of it you should manage to do on your own. We hope you have a great week.

For a bit of fun you could have a go at drawing with the help of author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. He will be posting every week, on Tuesday and Thursday, drawing activities which you can complete along with him. He has some great tips too. Just follow this link 

www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob 

Hope you have fun drawing!

Very best wishes to you all,

Mrs Henderson and Mrs Hannah

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