Primary 3


We encourage our P3 parents and carers to engage with home learning in the way that suits them, especially in the area of Literacy and Numeracy. Here are some tasks you can do if you wish.

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The focus of reading at home is reading for enjoyment to help develop enthusiasm for life long reading. In class the children engage in whole class reading tasks to develop their comprehension, interpretation, prediction and vocabulary development skills through discussion, pair and share activities and in-depth analysis of different texts.

We would encourage the children to read any form of written communication from recipes, to comics to storybooks to novels. Read together, read alone, read to the pets, and have the most fun!

In primary 3 we are continuing to work through the Edinburgh Literacy Rich programme. This term we have been focussing on adding the suffix ‘ing’ to root words but we are continually revising and consolidating the digraph blends and magic ‘e’ spelling rules. Alongside this we are learning tricky words using the motto ‘Look, Cover, Spell, Check.’  The words we are learning each week will be placed on P3 Teams on the Thursday before.

Also, please find below a link to the first 1000 words from the Fry’s Common Words list. If your child would like a challenge, please use this to practice spelling common words.

Here is a useful website for practising spelling words:

Individual Complex Sound Chart

Phonics Spelling Homework

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Over the course of the week we have formal teaching sessions focussing on letter formation, punctuation and grammar. Additionally, we have Big Writing sessions where we practise using all of these skills. Please encourage your child to form their letters correctly, and use ‘sounding out skills’ to write independently. Writing anything from lists to sentences, comic strips to stories will develop and enhance their confidence in becoming independent writers.


We are continuing to follow the SEAL maths programme (Stage of Early Arithmetical Learning) to develop the children’s skills and understanding in numeracy. We are practising quick recall of number bonds to 20. This includes adding, subtracting and missing number problems. We are also practising counting on and back from a given number in 1.s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have begun exploring the mathematical concepts of division and multiplication and are continuously looking at patterns and how numbers work together.

Please practise and challenge your child’s awareness of these number processes. There are many free online websites that could be useful such as:-

http://ICTGames com