P3 June News
In June we only had one Merit award winner, well done Ruth for being such a Helpful girl.
We would like to wish Maria and Natalia a Happy 7th Birthday. Maria was lucky to celebrate her birthday on the day we went to the cinema – what a lovely treat.
On the 1st of June we used some of the money we made in ‘Our Make Your Money Grow’ project to go to the cinema to watch ‘The Muppets’. We had popcorn, sweets and a drink, it was a lovely treat!
We were lucky to have a student from St Mary’s come to work with us for a week. Miss McAnulty was very helpful and friendly and we enjoyed having her in our class.
Eabha went to the Odyssey in Belfast to represent our class in the Sentinus Industry Challenge. It was so exciting for St Clare’s girls to be part of this challenge and they did very well. Eabha prepared a presentation and used an iPad to show the judges all our hard work. We are very proud of her and the whole school for their work on this project.
Congratulations to Kaylagh G and her family. Kaylagh became a big sister for the second time last week. Little baby Lucy was born on the 18th June. We know Kaylagh is very excited about spending all summer getting to know her new sister.
After the first day planned was rained off we eventually had a wonderful sports day in the 3ways pitch last week. We used the Olympic theme and made our own torch to take up to the races. It was really fun to stand on the podium when we won just like at the real Olympics.
After a very busy year in Primary 3 we are ready to move to Primary 4 this week and look forward to meeting our new teacher.
In May Aimee D was the only girl in our class to celebrate a birthday, she was lucky because we went on our school trip to the Tayto factory on her birthday. Happy Birthday Aimee!
We went to the Tayto factory last Friday.
“After the factory we had a picnic in the park.” (Natalia)
“We saw a hen with an egg.” (Aimee D)
We had our sponsored walk this month and we had to go a different way than last year because of roadworks. It was a lovely morning and we had lots of fun in Heather Park.
In Numeracy this month we started early multiplication. We are really good at counting in groups of 2, 5 and 10. We have been practising that all year. We used lots of ways to count the groups like repeated addition, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and sometimes using our doubles can help.
Our Topic work this month has been on Minibeasts. We had so much fun and so much to do. We went on a bug hunt around the school, we drew beautiful detailed pictures of minibeasts for our collage, we wrote a report on the computer and added a picture and we stitched together our own beautiful minibeasts and sorted them into Carroll Diagrams. We learned so much about Minibeasts and had so much fun at the same time.
In May Ellie in our class played the youngest Von Trapp child in the Sound of Music in the Town Hall. Lots of our class went to see her in the show and we all agreed that she was a STAR!! Well done Ellie, we hope we will see your name in lights one day.
We would like to thank everyone who was able to come cheer us on at the Feis last Friday. We are very glad you liked our performance, ‘The Haunted House’ and very proud of our original composition. Thank you to Miss Clarke for giving us the ‘Haunted House’ idea, Miss Kelland and Mrs Keenan for helping us to achieve our full potential, we couldn’t have done it without you. To view please visit videos.
Congratulations to our girls at the Feis for the individual poem ‘An Alien Education’. Ciara got 1st, Eabha and Sophie Mc got 2nd and Lucy Mc and Kelsie P got 3rd. Kate and Mia also got certificates. 18 girls in our class stood on that stage, a very brave thing to do, the P3 team is proud of each and every one of them.
We had a lovely Easter at the start of this month. We made lovely Easter cards and baskets which were filled by the Easter bunny who visited our class.
In literacy we learned that information can be presented in many different ways, we walked around the school looking at posters, signs, graphs and flow charts. We made our own flow chart to show the journey of a cup of tea. We have been working on our comprehension skills and have started doing them once a week for homework. They are fun and we are learning a lot.
In Numeracy we were also learning about graphs and pictograms. This term we looked at the ‘key’ on pictograms which can represent different numbers. You have to be careful to look for the key to read the information accurately.
In literacy this month we learned about alphabetical order, glossaries and indexes. We worked with lots of information books and found it very interesting. It is important to keep things in alphabetical order so they are easy to find.
In numeracy this month we learned about time, money and did lots of addition. We are all trying to use the right mathematical language to explain what we are learning.
We are learning about ‘new life’ we are learning baby animal names like calf, cub and piglet. We think this is a brilliant time of year to explore this topic as it is spring and that’s when a lot of ‘New Life’ starts. We also learned the life cycle of a butterfly and a frog.
We composed our own piece of music called ‘The Haunted House’. We are so excited to perform it at the Feis in April. We have Kate on the keyboard, Ruth on the viola, the owls are Cathy, Caela, Kaylagh and Lucy H and everyone in the class has a part to play. We hope we will be able to spook the adjudicator.
Congratulations to Caela who became a big sister again this month. Welcome to her new brother John Joe.
Well done to Ciara who played the drums so beautifully at confirmation this month.
February news from P3
In February Faith, Cathy, Susan and Orla all turned 7 years old. Happy Birthday to you all.
At the start of February we had our last week of selling ice-cream as part of our ‘Make Your Money Grow’ project. We had flakes with the ice cream as a special treat for our customers. We are delighted to say we made our £15 grow to £234. We were astonished at how much money we made. We are very proud as we worked very hard as a team to make this money and we are very much looking forward to our reward which will be a trip to the cinema.
We made lovely cards for Valentines Day, we really enjoyed the pancakes the Primary 7 class made for Pancake Tuesday, thank you very much.
In Literacy we learned how to use commas in sentences when we are writing lists, how to write in the past and present tense and we learned about the W5 of asking questions who, what, where, when and why.
In our mental maths we learned doubles to 10 and how to add/subtract 10 from any number to 100 in our heads. We had a few class competitions which Ruth, Louise, Caitlin, Sophie Mc and Kaylagh G came first. We are working so hard at our mental maths. In Numeracy we learned about regular and irregular shapes and measurements in weight.
Kate came to school very excited this month as she has a brand new baby cousin calld Patrick.
Sophie Mc started swimming lessons even though she has a fear of sharks.
We are so happy for our teacher Mrs Donnelly who had a lovely baby girl at the start of January we cannot wait to meet her. A lot of us guessed it would be a girl and we were right. We have Mrs McParland to teach us now, she is nice.
What a busy January it has been in Primary 3. We started a very important project to ‘Make our money grow’. We had to think of ways we could make money, we came up with lots of great ideas like bun sales and lemonade stands but in the end we decided to go with Cathy’s idea to sell ice-cream. We have one more Friday to sell and then we will be able to see by how much we made our money grow. It’s very exciting. We are so busy on Fridays doing our jobs, scooping, putting on the sprinkles, taking the money, we even have girls in charge of quality control and health and safety. It is like a real business. We are learning that we have to price what we need and go to different places to get the best price because that will help us to make the most profit!
In numeracy we have been learning about money and how to give change. The ‘Make your money grow’ project has really helped us with this. We have also been learning about different ways to subtract. Some girls count back, some use simple sums they already know to help them with harder sums. We learned that if you know 7-5=2 then 17-5=12 and 27-5=22 and so on. It helps us a lot.
In literacy we learned about ‘Traditional Tales’ and how they are very similar. We designed ‘Wanted’ posters for Goldilocks and wrote letters of apology to the three bears from her it was great fun pretending to be a different character. We also wrote poems about our favourite foods. It was lovely talking about all the foods we like and discussing different describing words we could use.
Happy birthday to Aimee F and Lucy H who will be 7 over the Christmas holidays, what lovely Christmas presents they were for their families.
Our parents' association organised a fantastic magical Christmas fete, we met Santa, had our faces painted, got our nails and hair done, there was reflexology and we ate lots of buns and cakes. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day.
Our Christmas art project was to make 3D Christmas trees and snowmen. We had so much fun colouring, cutting and adding glitter!
We visited Bagenal’s Castle. Declan showed us around and two ladies told us all about Christmas in the past. We dressed up like people from Victorian times, it helped us to feel what it was like to wear the clothes and pretend to be ladies and servants.
My Auntie got engaged. Caitlin
I did my music exam and I got a merit. Ruth
I went to visit Santa, the elves and the reindeers in Lapland with my daddy. Lucy H
My brother took part in a Judo competition and he got a gold medal. Sophie Mc
I went to the cinema to see ‘Alvin and the chipmunks 3’. Orla
I went to my baby brother’s christening; it was such a special day. Aimee F
Well done to our Merit Award winners this month. Madison Murphy was awarded the merit award for being so polite, Faith Adegbamiye proved herself to be responsible, Louise McGuigan was very respectful and Sophie Moran was such a friendly girl in our class. Great girls!!
All of the girls are proving to be very well behaved and kind and our class has won the line up award and the mission money award this month. We are certainly showing a good example to the rest of the classes.
Happy birthday to our November birthday girls, Kaylagh Gilmore and Cliodhna McEvoy. Big 7 year olds now!
Well done to all the Primary 3 girls who are working hard with their parents doing paired reading. They will be super readers when they have finished the programme. Some Primary 3 girls are also doing paired reading with the grown up Primary 7 girls and love it!
The Primary 3 girls have been very prayerful this month and have been thinking about and praying for all the people who have died. We have a lovely memorial space in our classroom with candles and pictures to help us remember those people we loved and miss.
Our topic is Transport this month and we are learning about transport in the past and exploring how we think transport will change in the future. Some of the girls have made excellent models with the knex and we are so looking forward to seeing the fabulous models which they are making with 2D and 3D shapes at home. Such creative girls!
I went to a Christening. There was a party. Ellie
It was my Aunty’s wedding. I was flower girl. I wore a white dress and I had a little bag for money that my new uncle gave me. Caitlin
Well done to our merit award winners, Ruth for being hardworking, Kate for being helpful and Kelsey McShane for being very forgiving.
Happy birthday to our October birthday girls, Madison and Aimee Turley. Big seven year olds and so wise!
We have been so well behaved this month and are setting a great example to the Primary 2 and Primary 1 girls. We were line up winners 3 times this month and are so proud of ourselves!
We are still working on our Water Topic and are measuring puddles, making a rain gauge, using clay and learning all about the water cycle.
We are learning to read the time (o clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past), to count money and to partition two digit numbers into tens and units. It is a little tricky but we are trying our very best and using the numeracy games and I.C.T games in class to help us.
We have also been writing great rhyming poems and learning all about rhyme. It has been great fun and working in pairs to create our poems is making us fantastic poets.
Some of our girls went to the Sports Centre to take part in GAA FUNdamentals. It was a great day and we played volley ball, basketball, over the river, dodge ball and captain’s ball. Keep an eye on our photos to see us using our GAA skills and our great team work.
We are so looking forward to our Hallowe’en day when we are going to perform ‘The Hairy, Scary Castle’ for all the parents and grandparents.
Congratulations to Kaylagh for being polite, to Susan for being responsible, to Ciara for being respectful and to Ellie for being friendly. They are setting a great example.
Happy birthday to Kelsi Powell, Kelsey Mc Shane, Sophie Moran and Sophie O’Hanlon who turned 7 in September. Such grown up girls!
Well done to the Rabbits, the Wolves and the Ponies who were awarded Table of the Week during September. These girls are working hard and keeping our classroom tidy!
Our topic for September and October is Water. We have been experimenting and problem solving during our Activity Based Learning this month.
We have been seeing what materials are waterproof. Ciara
We have been going on the computer and using Painter 2 to draw sea pictures. Mia
We have been experimenting to see what floats and what sinks. Ellie
We have been doing marbling. Caela
We have been seeing if sugar, salt and other things dissolve in water. Kelsey
Aimee Turley’s granny got a new kitten called ‘Socks’. He is really tiny.