What we are learning in Primary 3

What we are learning in Primary 3


What we are doing in P3

Term 1


In writing we will be covering all the genres. We will undertake some personal writing using the children’s own experiences, such as visiting the dentist or going to a birthday party. For functional writing we will look at firework safety, writing letters and writing instructions. Finally we will explore poetry writing.


In grammar and punctuation we will be studying basic parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives and verbs. In order to help improve our story writing we will also look at the use of speech marks.


We will read and discuss our reading books regularly in class and the reading homework will be displayed clearly on your child’s reading marker. This should be signed once completed at home.




A new maths programme has been introduced at First Level. Heinemann Active Maths is the first activity–led maths programme, created specifically for Scottish schools, with the Curriculum for Excellence and Active Learning at its heart.


In number work we will be exploring numbers to both 100 and 1000 and the significance of the value of each digit. We will be counting on and back in steps of 1, 10 and 100. We will be recording numbers using digits and words.


In other maths work we will be working on the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables.


Religious and Moral Education:

Primary 3 will explore the traditions of Harvest and Hinduism.


Social Studies:

At the start of term we will focus on how better behaviour improves our learning. We will base this around being a Rights Respecting School and the pupils will explore their rights and the associated responsibilities. The children will create and sign a class charter that will hopefully encourage good behaviour. In addition we will practise our emergency evacuation drill and explore road safety. We will use Heartstart to discover how to put a casualty into the recovery position and practise how to contact the emergency services.


Following this topic, our focus will be on Enterprise and Primary 3 will be working towards opening a ‘pop-up’ Christmas shop.



We will be looking at the properties of magnets through investigation and experimentation. We will discover how they are used in everyday life and possibly make our own magnetic games.



In art we will focus on colour mixing within the media of paint and experiment with collage using a variety of materials.



In health we will learn the importance of good hand hygiene. We will discuss stranger danger and internet safety.

We have also discussed what being a good friend should look and sound like.

A different child will be chosen each week to be the “special person”. They will receive a certificate with all the “special” things the rest of the class has said about them, and will also have a different sticker to wear each day.



Frequent use of the keyboard to increase speed is our main aim this term. The children will use maths games to reinforce what they are learning about in class and will practise opening a document, adding text and pictures, saving the file and being able to retrieve it.