The girls in Prep 3 have been using a paint package on the laptops in 'The Hub' to create a weather picture. We have been busy being creative with our ideas, developing our skills by adding detail and text to our pictures. As part of our Activity Based Learning we have begun to plant potatoes we are excited to see them grow over the coming weeks and months!
In Prep 3 we have been very busy learning about winter and birds. We know that birds find it hard to find food during the winter season so we made bird feeders and hung them on the trees and bushes around our school grounds. Most recently the girls participated in the RSPB Big Bird Watch. They took time to look for birds that came into our school grounds, identify them using a chart and recorded the numbers which we will send back to the RSPB.
The girls have also written some winter poetry. They could select to write either an acrostic poem or a riddle.
I am white and cold.
You play with me.
I fall from the clouds
What am I?
By Lila McBride
W inter is cold and frozen
I cicles hang by the chimney
N ew stockings hang by the fire
T he snow is falling all over the world
E nter the world that has a cold and chilly feeling
R oaring polar bears in the Artic.
By Abigail Johnston
As part of our topic ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ the girls participated in a STEM challenge to design and make a boat using junk materials. The girls later tested their boats to see if they floated. They all did!
Following on from our recent ICT week Prep 3 have been learning coding using Scratch. They are enjoying creating and sequencing commands to make our sprites move.
The girls also enjoyed collecting natural materials on our autumn walk around the school grounds. We took advantage of a lovely sunny afternoon and had great fun making pictures outside using our materials.
Prep 3 have settled quickly into new routines and are always keen to take park in all activities.
International Day of Languages allowed us the opportunity to dress up from countries all around the world – what a colourful bunch! We enjoyed an international snack as well including sushi from Japan, croissants from France, fortune cookies from China and pitta bread from Greece.
Prep 3 were so excited to welcome BBC Weather Forecaster Geoff Maskell to our classroom. He talked to us all about the weather, showed us exciting experiments and gave us a master class in presenting the weather. He enjoyed watching our weather forecasts and was very impressed with our weather knowledge. A very big thank you to Lily S for inviting Mr Maskell along!
Prep 3 have been very interested in our new topic “Whatever the Weather.” We have been learning about different weather around the UK and how weather can affect our lives. We made rain gauges to measure rainfall and are working on a class book filled with weather information. We are planning our own weather forecasts and are very excited that Geoff Maskell is planning a visit to Prep 3 later in February.
Prep 3 have been very busy rehearsing and learning about animals from cold places. Did you know a polar bear has white fur, but black skin? We have even made our own polar animals to display. We have, of course, also been very busy rehearsing for our Nativity production of “It’s Chr-i-i-i-stmas!” We look forward to welcoming you to the show!
Our potato plants are doing very well. Many thanks to Ella and Grace for bringing in some extra soil to 'earth-up' our potatoes. We are looking forward to a super crop!
It has been a busy month for Prep 3 with our Fun Swim and Sports Day. We had so much fun that we wanted to write all about it. Well done to all the girls for taking part and giving of their best.
Prep 3 enjoyed a musical workshop on Thursday 4th May with the Belfast Philharmonic Kids Choir. We were delighted to welcome back Catherine Dalzell, a former Prep pupil, to deliver the workshop.
Prep 3 had lots of fun at the Ballyverdaugh Victorian School, dressing up and pretending to be Victorian school children! We got so carried away that we even ate a ‘piece’ for snack, and had some extremely strict teachers who even had to use the cane on naughty pupils!
Mrs Simpson, Mrs Esdale and Mrs Marshall were extremely proud of the girls who all behaved impeccably.
Beverley Gaston, our Sustrans officer, visited Prep 3 in January to talk to the pupils about camouflage. She explained that some animals try to use their colour to warn other animals e.g. wasps, while others try to blend in to the background. Beverley reminded the girls to wear bright colours when walking in these dark morning and evenings to ensure other road users can spot them easily and to make sure they do not blend in to the background.
Prep 3 have been exploring and searching our school grounds for signs of animal habitats. We had great fun using the iPads to take photographs. We have also been very busy rehearsing our lines, songs and dance routines in preparation for our Christmas performance of ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’.
Prep 3 really enjoyed dressing up for the Harvest Sale.
Prep 3 loved dressing up as part of the International Day of Languages.
Many thanks to the following girls who brought in international food to share at snack time.
We made football shirt Father's Day cards! Come on Northern Ireland!
Prep 3 walked to the optician, EK Eyewear, on the Lisburn Road. Many thanks to Janice, Elaine and Donna for showing us lots of interesting tools used during an eye test.
Our potatoes are doing very well. We water them regularly and are looking forward to a bumper crop!
Prep 3 really enjoyed our recent Sports Day. Everyone took part and had fun! We especially loved the dressing up race!