Welcome to Primary 3!
Celebrating our Differences
Throughout the year, we have been learning...
We are all DIFFERENT
but we are all SPECIAL.
We talked about how we all have different faces,
different families and different skin colours.
We come from different countries, celebrate different festivals and speak different languages.
All these things make our school a much more interesting place to live and learn.
We used some magazines to make collages celebrating
how we are all different.
We talked about different religions.
We couldn't make a poster from this magazine about different religions because often it is difficult to tell.
We talked about how even though we are all different we can learn to respect each other and learn from each other.
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more pictures of us working together.
Where in the world?
At Fort Hill Integrated Primary, we welcome children from all over the world.
Mrs White has a big map in our hall showing where lots of different pupils and staff come from.
We had lots of fun looking at the map and finding where in the world people are from.
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Scottish Dancing Workshop
On Wednesday 15th June, Lucy came in to teach us some Scottish dances.
We learned 3 dances in one session!
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The final week of Explorers' Club was on Monday 13th June.
We celebrated with a camp fire.
After we built the camp fire we toasted marshmallows - it was fantastic!
Mrs Jones and Mrs Johnston helped us think through how to stay safe around fires.
I hope we get to have Explorers' when we are older!
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We had Sports' Day on Wednesday 8th June
In P3 we had a running race, ball and spoon race and a relay team race.
Lots of our family members came to watch.
We love when they come into school for special occasions.
It was fun to see some of our parents take part in the races.
We know it is not winning which is important, but taking part.
Everyone has different skills and talents.
Some people are good at sports, others at reading, writing, maths, science, computers, Spanish, dance, gymnastics, helping out, being a good friend...the list could go on...
In Fort Hill we like to celebrate success. We get certificates each month for work, progress and behaviour.
Those who did well on Sports' Day were given special badges at a special assembly.
There are loads more photographs below
On Monday 6th June we walked to the Community Garden on the Low Road.
The sun was shining and we were excited to have the opportunity to make our community look even better.
The mosaic in the garden was made by children in our school a few years ago.
Lots of us live near the garden - we even passed some of our houses on the way.
It was lovely to see the plants growing which had been planted last year.
We got the chance to plant, weed and water the flower beds.
The people who look after the garden and community centre were so kind to us. They helped us learn new gardening skills. They even gave us a little snack - we were glad of it after all that hard work!
We got a group photo - it was difficult to get us all fitted in but I think we managed it!
There are some more pictures - click the big star below.
We had fun making clay treasure islands with Mrs Best. We flattened, coiled, rolled, slipped, pinched and marked clay to make our amazing creations.
On Thursday 19th May, we went on our class trip to Cultra Folk Park. We went with our friends from Brownlee.
Together, we learned about what life was like in the past.
In the 'World Around Us' we have been learning about 'Houses and Homes' in the past and how people lived.
It was really interesting to take part in lots of different workshops.
These included: Cooking - making soda bread
Weaving - making St. Brigit's cross
Laundry - learning about household chores
Here are some photos of us making and enjoying our soda bread!
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Jack and the Mean Stalk
On Monday 16th May a drama company came into school and performed a play called 'Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk.'
Through the story we learned how important it is to be kind and considerate to others, even those who are sometimes mean to us. By being kind to others, we may change their attitude as well.
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This half term our topic is all about pirates and life at sea.
We have been VERY busy! Here are some of the things we have been doing...
# Made treasure maps using our imagination # Made pirate hats with instructions
# Drew pirate pictures using pastels # Made treasure islands using clay
# Found out pirate facts and myths # Made up stories using little pirates
# Found treasure using the BeeBot # Wrote treasure maps using directions
Floating and Sinking Experiments
We have been learning to carry out different experiments this year. Linked to our Pirates topic, we explored floating and sinking. We made predictions about what we thought might happen. Then we carried out an experiment to test our ideas.
After we talked about why a small metal paper clip sinks but a huge metal ship will float.
We experiemented making our own 'boats' using balls of plastecine. We worked really hard - some of us managed it, some of us didn't! Miss Boomer from P6 came to see us experimenting. Even though we didn't all manage it, she was pleased to see us working hard and trying lots of different ways to solve the problem!
P3 After-School Clubs
Explorers' Club started for P3 on Monday 18th April.
This will run each Monday until 13th June, except when school is closed for the May Bank holidays. Each week please make sure your child is prepared for the weather.
# It is always helpful if they have a pair of wellies or old shoes to change into.
# On cold or wet day, children should have a waterproof coat.
# On warm, sunny days, sun cream and a sun hat are advisable.
During Week 3 we were very excited to make dens. We split into two teams and then worked together to build a shelter which would hold four people at a time. We had to choose a safe place to build and then gather big branches to make the main frame and then smaller sticks to fill in the gaps. We then had to test it out. It was lots of fun!
On Wednesdays, Jessica comes to teach us Spanish. We played a board game to practise all the words we have been learning. Mrs Johnston was amazed how much we all know - we know lots of colours, numbers, sizes, fruits, animals, emotions and vehicles.
Last half term our topic was Space. We found out lots of facts about the universe. During Activity Based Learning we practised lots of different ways of joining materials. We made junk rockets and astronauts with moving parts.
We found out facts about space and wrote these out neatly on lines using the teacher's special pens .
We explored different ways to sort aliens using a Venn diagram. We also then used a decision tree to help us work out different aliens' names.
We practised our number bonds on a Space game on the computers. We played 'Memory Match' to help us learn the names of the planets.
Play Date at Brownlee PS
Primary 3 had fun learning all about space at a play date held at Brownlee PS.
They had 10 missions to complete with their new friends at Brownlee.
They got to go on a space scavenger hunt to find the answers to some very difficult questions, print, play games, build space rockets, read space books, match the astronauts and MORE!!!
They even got to have a picnic. Many thanks to the Brownlee PTA for providing the party bags.
P3 are going to be meeting up again with their groups in May when they are going to be going on a joint school trp to the Cultra Folk park.
It will be such fun and of course the sun will shine!
Andrea from the Island Arts Centre came in to teach the P3 how to work with clay. She taught them all sorts of new tecniques from embossing the clay with wallpaper to using slip. After their work was fired, their beautiful Christmas tree dishes were displayed in the foyer and then carefully wrapped in handmade wrapping paper to be given as a gift for that someone special!
Gung Hay Fat Choy !
P3 and the Integration Club celebrated the Chinese New Year in their assembly.
Mr Anderson was born in the Year of the Monkey!
Lots of laughs and learning!
We had a circus-themed fancy dress day to raise money for 'Children in Need.' Our school raised £291!
We are in the middle of Nativity rehearsals - our costumes made the rehearsal all the more entertaining as Joseph was dressed as 'Spiderman' and Mary was a ballerina!
Mrs Best invited an artist into school to teach us how to work with clay and make models. This was so much fun!
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We have two classroom assistants as well - Mrs Clarke and Mrs Dennison
We are ALWAYS LEARNING...
Last half term our topic was Houses and Homes. We learned lots of facts and information about houses and homes. We loved Activity Based Learning when we got to do different activities linked to our topic. Here are some pictures of us learning lots! Click below to see some more.
We have been learning about experiments and have been testing different things in small groups.
Experiment on Transparency
Step 1) Asks a question...
What is the best material to use for the window of a doll's house?
Step 2) Make a prediction
Which do you think will be best? Which will be worst?
Step 3) Carry out an experiment - make sure it is a fair test
How will we test the materials? How will we make it fair?
Step 4) Record your results
How will we show what we found out?
On Wednesdays we are having a drum workshop. The first week Tony brought lots of different drums from around the world.
We all got to have a go with the different drums.
Tony taught us a rhythm to help us stay in time...
"Walk the donkey, walk the donkey, walk the donkey up the hill"
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