P3 Halloween 🦇

P3 looked fantastic when most of them dressed up for school at Halloween.  They enjoyed the Drama we did about Mr Vile’s Waxworks and are producing some fantastic pieces of writing about it.
I hope you enjoy the photos below and do not have any nightmares –

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Spelling Tasks for Confident Spellers

Each week pupils should be able to do at least one spelling task with their sounds of the week, and they can do tasks on their Rainbow Spelling when they have time.

If they feel confident with the words they have to learn, remember your child can do some of the tasks we do in class instead.  For example, they could find other words with the sound, or other words that rhyme and say the sound another way. Or they can think of other ways to make that sound.

They could write their own sentences or sort the words into types of words such as nouns or adjectives.

I have posted a document showing the  tools we use in class in Google Classroom under ‘ Classwork’ – ‘Spelling.’

Being Resilient

As well as having a homework task in Google Classroom to do a poster about someone you admire, I have posted a couple of videos we have been watching in Assembly and in class for our ‘Being Resilient’  lessons.

Parents can ask their child to find them under ‘Classwork’ and ‘Being Resilient’ in Google Classroom.

You might find it helpful to watch them with your child and talk about them and what we have been doing in class.

P3 Homework – Health & Social Studies Tasks for the next few weeks

Please check Google Classroom for a Resilience Poster and Victorians tasks for a week on Monday and the following Monday.    These should be done as well as the weekly spelling sounds and reading.

You may wish to leave the Rainbow Spelling words for a few weeks.   (We need to catch up in class with dictations anyway).

I will post these and update the suggested Spelling tasks for people who are confident with their words by tonight.

Mr McEwan

Google Classroom Task

Your child has been asked to see if they can log into Google Classroom at home, and given a simple task to do and read with their parent/s when you all have time.

When he/she has manged to log into Google Classroom, the task that they have to do should be showing in the Google Classroom ‘stream.’

A reminder of how to do their username should be at the back of their reading record, as well as the formula to remind them of their password if they have forgotten it!

The blog post here should explain what to do if you or your child needs support.

Good luck!

Mr McEwan


Safe Use of the Internet and ELC Equipment

As we prepared for using G-Suite/Google Apps at home, we discussed the safe use of the Internet and how to use council devices and equipment in class today.

As well as the Dos and Don’ts we created as a class yesterday,  we discussed the undernoted document in class today.

It would be really helpful if you had time to read over the document and discuss them with your child.


Mr McEwan


ELC Internet Safety

P3s & G-Suite Apps At Home

P3s have been told today that they can now log on Google Classroom at home.

Here are instructions if they need some support –

Accessing Google Classroom


You can use 

A Tablet – iPad, Kindle, Chrome Tablet, Kindle
A computer – laptop or desktop
A Chromebook
A Smartphone – with apps that can go on the internet


Use Apps for your Smartphone or Tablet
Go to Google Playstore or the Apple Store to get them for free.

You need to get an app for every Google Application like Google Classroom, Google Docs.

You log in with your own Google/Edubuzz username and password.   (Remember @edubuzz.org).

Using a Desktop or a Laptop

  1. Open the browser (application) you use to go on the Internet.  (Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome).
  2. Go to Google.com
  3. Click on sign in
  4. Type in your username (remember the @edubuzz.org)
  5. Type your password.
  6. Find the App from the 9 dots/app picker.

Using a Chromebook

If you have your own Chromebook, remember that you type in your SCHOOL details to log in (including @edubuzz.org).    You do not log in with another account your parents may have created for you.


  1. Go in Google Classroom  or Google Docs anytime you want.  You can look at Slides and Sheets 
  2. Make your own docs anytime you want and share them with Mr McEwan.
  3. Share any news or add to any of the teacher’s posts anytime you want.
  4. Ask the computer or device to remember your log if it is your own device with a password or face or fingerprint ID
  5. Type @edubuzz with your username
  6. Use Google Classroom sensibly.   Don’t fill it with things like ‘Are you there?’


  1. Tell someone your password
  2. Use an app that you have not been shown at school
  3. Say things you shouldn’t or use rude emojis or post about things that are inappropriate.
  4. Ask the device to remember your password if your share the device and do not have your own log in for it
  5. Use email until you have been taught or are doing it with your parent.
  6. Log in and pretend to be someone else.
  7. Open anything you are sent from someone you don’t know.

Password Formula

You can tell your mum and dad the FORMULA to help you log in (at the back of your reading record).

Please let me know of any problems and I can help.

Mr McEwan

P3 Homework to the October Week

Expected Weekly Homework 

  1. Reading

Reading will usually be heard on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in class.   Reading to be prepared at home is written in the Reading Record, then some of that is heard and discussed in class. It is helpful if parents sign or initial the reading record when reading is heard.

  1. Weekly Sounds

The words for the sound of the week will be written in homework jotters on a Monday.  Minimum expectation would be to do at least one spelling task to practise the words/pattern.  You could do Look Say Cover Write Check or any of the tasks on the Spelling Activity Grid.  If you are confident, your task could be a mixture of the weekly sound and your Rainbow words.  If it is a task that cannot be written down e.g. making words with pasta, the child or their parent should note in the jotter what task they did or a photo of the task could be emailed to school.

Homework jotters will be looked at on a Friday or Monday so please have jotters in class on a Friday.

Ongoing/When Time.  

 The following tasks might be done weekly, or when you and your child have time to do them.

1) Rainbow Common Words

These should be practised at home as often as you can.  Please see the lists and instructions in the Rainbow Common Words bag.  Any words practised or tasks done can be written in the homework jotters.   The idea is to be confident spelling all the words before being given a dictation task.   Confident Spellers might finish a list quickly, other children might just focus on a column or a few words a week.   Please tick words that can be spelt.  Rainbow Common Words should be kept in your Blue Bags.

If your child finishes a list, it might be a few weeks before they are given the dictation to see if they are ready for the next one as dictations are usually done when a few children are ready.

  1. Online Maths Games

Every child should have a Mathletics log in, and it would be helpful if you could support your child to log in and play at home.  This can be played on a computer, or is tablet friendly on most devices.  The log in is at the back of the Reading Record, and the children also use this in class.  I am continually assessing the children’s numeracy skills in class and will allocate tasks I believe are for their ability from time to time.

Other games that could be helpful at home will be posted in Google Classroom and on the Class Blog.

I hope this makes sense but please contact me if you require any assistance.

Mr McEwan