P1 have been continuing with our Scottish topic work today. We gathered all the information we know about Scotland and found out some new things. We then designed a new flag for Scotland showing what we think is important for our country. We have some fabulous flags displaying images of Nessie, the Wallace Monument, Highland dancers and Highland cows.
Continuing our Scottish/Katie Morag theme in P1 we have been looking at the map of the Isle of Struay. We discovered that things are not their real size on a map and that some maps have lots of details while others only show a few pieces of information. We looked at the shapes of islands and then found out what are manmade and what are natural features. We designed and drew our own island maps with lots of features such as houses, gardens, mountains, roads, woods and beaches. They look great P1.
We have been learning our capital letters in P1. We are getting much better at reading, recognising, ordering and matching them. We hope this will help us in our Big Writing as we are trying to use capital letters and full stops in our sentence work. We had a letter hunt in class this morning, all the capital letters were hidden around the room, the children had to find them and match them with the lower case letters. They did very well – well done P1.
P1 had a visit this afternoon from the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO). They helped us to learn about how to cross the road safely using stop, look, listen and think. We had a guessing game to find out what kind of things can keep us safe when we are outside in the dark mornings and nights. We then all added our handprint and signature to the road safety charter. Thanks so much to Zoe and the JRSOs for their help. The children will be bringing some information home to share with you.
Well done to everyone who took part in our Burns assembly today – you are all so talented! We all looked great in our tartan too!
Come into school to see all the photos next week
Primary 6 have enjoyed being Scientists this week as we rounded off our Rivers and Bridges topic with some water pollution experiments.
On Tuesday, we polluted some water with household waste and let it sit for a few days, observing the changes in how it looked (and smelled!). We noted how different solids and liquids behaved in the water and how we could not be certain what was actually in there because many of the substances were unseen or had blended together.
On Wednesday, we observed how water behaved when we poured it into a single compartment of differently constructed egg boxes. Depending on the construction, the water would either flow freely in to all the compartments or be contained partially or wholly. We then polluted the water with solid material (desiccated coconut) and with liquid material (blue food colouring) and observed and recorded our findings over several hours, noting that the water eventually saturated the egg box and soaked through into the paper towels underneath and we talked about how water pollutants can effect the land in this way.
Today, we tried to de-pollute our very stinky water from Tuesday by mimicking the filtration process. We observed and recorded how particles are captured in a filter and how each subsequent filtration leads to cleaner water residue and we talked about how this process works to ensure our drinking water and waste water are made safe.
As part of their African topic and also to make links with ecology, P4 are going to be designing and making toys from recycled materials. If you have any empty milk cartons, bottle tops, thread reels, old wire or any other materials that would be useful please could you send them in to P4. Many thanks!
Primary 4 have been looking at the work of David Hockney. They watched a video of him paint ‘under the tunnel’ and took inspiration on how to start their own painting of a woodland scene. They all worked from the same photo of a woodland but every picture is unique. Well done P4, your results look fabulous!
Inspired by David Hockney on PhotoPeach
Continuing with our Winter theme in P1 we have been learning about the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). We seen them in the DVD of The Snowman and were fascinated by them so we decided to find out more. We watched some film clips of them which were just spectacular and we discoverd that they are caused by solar winds blowing particles which enter the earth’s atmosphere. They are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.
We made our own artwork showing the Northern Lights, we used chalk on black paper to create the colours of the Northern Lights and then we added sparkly snow covered mountains to make a beautiful wintery image. We would quite like to take a class trip to see them for real!!!!
Winter has well and truly arrived in P1 this week. We have started our mini topic on Winter and this week we had a big focus on snowmen. We read and watched the DVD of Raymond Briggs The Snowman which left us feeling a bit sad at then end! We then made some snowmen but with a bit of a difference, we made snowmen from a bird’s eye perspective and spiral snowmen. We have also been using snowmen to help us with our take away sums, we made snowmen handprints to help us calculate the answers.
We had a visit from a snowman on Wednesday, he took up residence in our water tray. We spent the day observing him and watching the changes take place before our eyes, he went from a solid to a liquid and then we boiled what was left of him in the kettle to see the steam too!! We made illustrations of our observations and used some key words to write our science reports on the life cycle of a snowman. Brrrrrrrilliant work P1!