Carrickfergus Model Primary School

Welcome to Primary Three!

P3 Maths Week 

Primary 3 have been very busy during Maths week. The children have completed What’s the question activity,  Three in a row dice game and Legs, Legs, Legs an  investigative Maths task. The children also made glasses and magnifying glasses  to help their Maths Eyes to find shapes, numbers etc in the school grounds. There are lots of magnificent  mathematicians in P3.

Video Call to China!

As part of their topic this term, Primary 3 have been looking at Chinese New Year. We had a very exciting morning as we used Skype to talk to and see pupils in a Chinese school. We asked lots of questions about what school life is like in China and even found out that they have a sleep for 2 hours every day! The boys and girls in China also asked us questions and we were able to tell them what our school is like.  We finished by singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star together. What a special morning it was!


Primary 3 have been making the most of 'Maths Week' by completing a range of maths activities in class. We started by thinking differently when using mental maths. We were given the answer to the problem and we had to think about what the question would be. We played three in a row games and completed a maths investigation. We have also been thinking about maths in everyday life. Keep your maths eyes on to look out for maths in school, at home and outside.

P3 Learn about China 

Primary 3 have been busy learning all about China. In ABL the children played a number game with chop sticks, experimented with Chinese letters to write their names, built the Great Wall of China and listened to Chinese folk tales.

During outdoor learning the children used their imaginations to come up with some great activities: a Chinese temple was built, a Chinese  road was dug with diggers, the fairies went on holiday to China, the Lego was used to build a wall and some high rise flats, there was Chinese cooking in the mud kitchen and the Great Wall of China was built out of crates. What lively imaginations our Primary 3 children have!

Alphabetical Order

Over the past few weeks Mrs Johnston’s class have been learning about alphabetical ordering. We know that you need to know the order of the alphabet to look up a glossary, an index page, a dictionary and lots of other lists. We have been singing the alphabet song, we have put ourselves and lots of objects into alphabetical order. We have played beat the clock alphabet game and ordered words using the interactive whiteboard. We have put letters and the words in order. Some of us are now ready to order words using the second letter. Primary 3 are certainly alphabet kids!

P3 Shopping

Primary 3 have been working hard at giving change from 30p, 40p and 50p. First we pretended to be shopkeepers and customers counting out the coins then we used our whiteboards to show how to give change using the counting on method. This will help us  to be great shopkeepers when we open our shop during Activity Based Learning.

Outdoor Learning in P3

Primary 3 made the most of the lovely weather this afternoon with both classes exploring our new outdoor learning area. All pupils had lots of fun discovering the new activities they can enjoy outside. We cannot wait to get back into our amazing new area in school.

P3 Outdoor Learning 

Primary 3 had great fun in the new outdoor learning area. The children loved making music to nursery rhymes, exploring natural materials, using their imaginations and working together. Everyone really enjoyed themselves!

Primary 3 P.E.

Primary 3 have had two fantastic  P.E. lessons with Daniel. Last week we played the bubble game to learn about our spatial awareness. We also played the traffic light game and had to listen carefully to instructions to know what action we had to do.  This week we pretended to drive cars to learn about changing direction.  We had lots of fun and we cannot wait for our next session with Daniel on Wednesday.

Week One in P3

Pupils enjoying their first two weeks in Primary 3. Look at what we have been up to!

Fit And Fun in P3

Today was our last full day in Primary 3. We had a great time. Outdoor Maths in the playground. Activity Based learning in the classroom . Sporting activities in the field with the Burns soccer school. The day was completed with a delicious ice lolly to cool us down!

IFA Lessons

Today was the last of Primary 3’s IFA lessons with Daniel.The was good and we all had a fantastic time. We had a football tournament and some great goals were scored. Daniel has been a great coach and we hope he comes back next year!


Primary 3 are still working hard! They made a big splash today,  measuring capacity with lots of different sized containers. Everyone agreed it was great fun and didn’t want the water tray put away!

Measuring Within the Classroom

Primary 3 have been busy measuring within the classroom and outside in the school grounds. First they measured using non standard measures but everything they used was a different length so all the answers were different. Primary 3 concluded they needed to measure with a standard measurement, metres to measure long distances and centimetres to measure the length of short items. Primary 3 love measuring!

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Primary 3 finished their pirate day from Wednesday this afternoon by completing a treasure hunt in the field and playground. We had to look for cones with numbers and letters in order to break the secret code. Well done primary 3!!

P3 Visit Carrick Castle

Primary 3 Miss Rea's class had a brilliant day at Carrickfergus castle. We got to see lots of different parts of the castle that we have been learning about in class. We visited the castle chapel and portcullis room. We also got to see the battlements, cannons, dungeons and we got look out from the castle tower. Finally we were able to dress up as kings, queens and knights. The weather was definitely on our side today. What a great day we all had.

Primary 3 Pirate Day

Primary 3, Mrs Johnston's class, had a great ‘Pirate Day’. Daniel played some pirate games with us. We went to the park and pretended to be pirates. After that we went and had a McFlurry at McDonalds, yum, yum! In the afternoon we sang  pirate songs, danced and played games. Finally we drank some pirate juice and ate biscuits with weevils. What a fantastic day!

Pirate Day in P3

Although the weather was not in our favour today, Miss Rea's class still had a fantastic pirate day. We started our day playing pirate games during our IFA coaching session with Daniel. We had to see which team could collect the most treasure from the treasure chest and by stealing from the other team's pirate ships. We also had to try and get to an island whilst dodging the cannons. We then visited the park. We had lots of fun pretending to be pirates. After that we got a Mcflurry from McDonalds as a lovely treat. After lunch we sang pirate songs and made up a pirate dance in our groups. Finally we enjoyed drinking pirate rum (red juice) and weevils (chocolate chip cookies). What a fun day we had!!!

P3 Visit Carrick Castle

Primary 3 visited Carrickfergus Castle. Our guide Simon told us lots of interesting information about Castle life long ago. We got to dress up as knights, ladies, soldiers and even as the the king and queen. We all had a fantastic time!

ABL in P3

Primary 3 enjoying pirate activities during Activity Based Learning. Ahoy Me Hearties!

P3 IFA Lesson

Primary 3 had a lovely morning in the sunshine for our PE lesson with Daniel. We played lots of games and were learning how to travel in different ways around the playground. We had to listen carefully to the number of whistles we heard and then get into groups based upon that number. We hope we can have our PE lesson everyday in the sunshine.

Ice Cream Sundaes in P3

Primary 3 have been learning how to follow and write instructions. Today we had great fun making  and eating ice cream sundaes. They tasted delicious ! We could open an ice cream shop ! Next week we will be writing out instructions 'How to make an Ice cream sundae' If you need to know how to make one ask a Primary 3 child.

What We Treasure in P3!

Primary 3 have been learning about Pirates. For circle time we brought in an item from home which we treasured and put it in the treasure chest box. We showed our treasure to the class and told everyone why it was a special treasure. 

Weighing Objects in P3

Primary 3 have been enjoying learning all about measuring in numeracy this week. We have been using balance scales to compare the weight of items and we have been learning that the weight of objects are measured using grams and kilograms. 

Pirates Topic

Primary 3 are enjoying their new topic about ‘Pirates’. Today they learnt about flags and how pirates used them to frighten other ships. They then created their  own Jolly Roger flags. It was great fun!

IFA Lessons

Primary 3 have been enjoying their P.E lessons with Daniel from IFA. We have been developing skills such as special awareness and moving in different directions. We have also loved playing all of Daniels games. They have been great fun! We cannot wait for our next sessions.

Easter Egg Hunt!

Primary 3 loved their Easter Egg Hunt. They had to find an egg card with their name and then claim their egg for their Bunny basket! Yum yum!

P3 Symmetry

Primary 3, Mrs Johnston's class, have been exploring  Symmetry. They had great fun making symmetrical pictures and patterns using IPads, multilink, pegs and paint.

P3 Symmetry 

Primary 3, Miss Rea's class, have been looking at the topic of symmetry in numeracy. We have been looking at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes, completed symmetry challenges on the I-pads and we made our own symmetrical patterns using multi-link cubes, peg boards and pattern blocks. 

Sea Creature Research

Primary 3 have been researching information about sea creatures.The children got into groups, picked a sea creature and then read books and looked up the internet to find lots of information.They put all their information on a board and presented it to the rest of the class. Primary 3 now know lots of interesting facts  about dolphins, turtles, swordfish, blue sharks and sea horses.

Rainbow Fish Writing

Primary 3 listened to the story about the Rainbow Fish. They retold the story to their partners. They planned the main parts of the story on a planning sheet and used it to guide them write the story. The children then read their stories to each other. There were lots of brilliant pieces of writing!

Eco Council Tour

Primary 3 had a fantastic afternoon learning about all of the hard work Mrs Johnston and the eco committee have been doing for our school's green flag award. Lois, Emily and Sophia were amazing at explaining each area and how we are an eco friendly school.

Underwater Scenes in P3

Primary 3 have been enjoying creating their underwater scenes using shoeboxes, sand and tissue paper. Miss Rea now has an aquarium in her room!

Activity Based Learning  in P3

Activity Based Learning  in P3 focused on the story of  the ‘Rainbow Fish’. We made Lego and play dough characters from the story. We sponge painted the Rainbow fish. We designed the Rainbow fish on our IPads. We used the water tray to retell the story and we created a cartoon strip of the story. We love the Rainbow Fish!

P3 STEM Lesson

Primary 3 had a great STEM lesson with David from Sentinus this morning. We designed a rocket and were able to launch it in the playground. We were amazed at how far they traveled. What a fantastic lesson. Thank you David. 

P3 Locomotor Skills

Primary 3 enjoyed their second P.E. lesson with Daniel. They were learning all about locomotor skills by completing various stations around the assembly hall. We were all very warm and tired after our session. We definitely could have taken a nap, we were in our pyjamas after all. 

P3 Eco Warriors

Primary 3 sorted rubbish into 3 piles  - mixed dry recyclables, compostable food, non- recyclables. The food bags were weighed and then the activity was completed again after waste week to see if P3 had reduced their waste. Well done P3 for reducing your classroom waste!

Sea Creatures

Primary 3 have been using their research skills to find out information about sea creatures. They then used this information and worked together in a group to create a fact board about their sea creature.  They have also used their information to create a mind map on the Ipads during ICT. Brilliant work primary 3.

Football Skills in P3 

Primary 3 loved learning new skills with Daniel the IFA School Development.

Water Investigations

Primary 3 had a fantastic morning taking part in lots of water investigations during shared education with Sunnylands Primary School. We made boats and tested them to make sure they floated. We tested materials to see which were waterproof. We tested items to see if they floated or sank and we made LEGO boats to see how many fish we could fit into them. What a fantastic shared education session. 


Primary 3 had great fun completing experiments to  help some fishermen solve their  problems. Which material is  best  to build a boat? Which fishing boat is best to buy? Which material is most suitable to make a waterproof coat?

Programming in P3

Primary 3 have been learning how to program a Bee-Bot to follow a route. The pictures below show what a good job they have been doing at mastering this skill.

ICT Portraits

Primary 3 enjoyed using their ICT skills to create a portrait of themselves. What a great job did they did!! They show a fantastic likeness to their owners!

Primary 3 Maths

Primary 3 had fun revising the greater than,  less than and equal signs.

Primary 3 Activity Based Learning

Primary 3 have started their new WAU topic, 'Water'. We enjoyed lots of water ABL activities. We used LEGO to build swimming pools and boats. We designed posters about why water is important. We created sea creatures out of Play-Doh dough and played water games on the iPads.

Primary 3 Marble Run

Primary 3 had great fun designing, making and modifying marble runs. They also  enjoyed trying out all their friends different designs and telling each other what they liked about the marble run.

Primary 3 Terrific Toys

Mrs Johnston’s Primary 3’s new topic this term is ‘Terrific Toys.’ This  week during Golden Time pupils were allowed to play with their favourite toys. They had a fantastic time.

Primary 3 Terrific Toys

Miss Rea’s Primary 3 class started their new WAU topic by bringing in their favourite toys. They had a circle time and talked about why their toys were so special and where they got them from. Pupils then played with their toys for Golden Time this week.


Primary 3 had great fun designing magical shoes. Some shoes enabled us to fly, others allowed us to do massive jumps and some even  allowed us to walk up the sides of buildings!

Hedgehogs in Primary 3

Primary 3 made clay hedgehogs as part of their World Around Us topic work. They look like they are having a great time!

Primary 3 Christmas Art

Primary 3 enjoyed making Santa cards yesterday. Have a look at them following all the steps carefully to complete their cards. I wonder who the lucky recipients will be?

Primary 3 Christmas Party

It looks like P3 had great time at their Christmas party today. They enjoyed playing games, showing off their talents while playing 'Pass the Parcel' and dancing to some favourite songs. They have definitely got the X Factor!

Active Maths

P3 really enjoyed completing fab maths activities on Fab Friday.


Primary 3 had great fun during ABL. They have been learning about China. They enjoyed using chopsticks, moving pretend food from one plate to another. They made Chinese dragons, They loved listening to the tale about the Chinese New Year and made the animals in the story using play dough. They even tried building the Great Wall of China with Lego!

Primary 3 Celebrations

As part of our Celebrations topic, Primary 3 have been looking at Chinese New Year. We have been writing facts about Chinese New Year and made Chinese dragons.


P3 have been busy making scarecrows to decorate the assembly hall for our harvest assembly on Friday. Just look at their wonderful creations!

Primary 3 Physical Education

Primary 3 have been practicing their throwing and aiming during PE. We played aiming games and got points if we got our beanbag into the targets.

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