This week P1 have been having lots of fun describing and continuing different patterns. We found lots of things to practice with and used cushions, teddies, cubes, peg boards, beads and lots more. We have also carried on learning about money and have been getting really good at using coins to make different amounts.
On Tuesday we wrote some fantastic stories about a magic potion. We all had fun imagining what our potions would be like and what might happen if someone drank them! Everyone came up with great ideas and we enjoyed listening to the different stories at the end of the day. We have also been working hard on our common words and playing lots of games to practice reading and writing them correctly.
We are starting on our toys topic and have been looking at old and new toys and thinking about some of the differences between them. Today Lily chose a book about toy cars to share at milk time and Spence had the idea of showing us a toy car he had in his bag. We talked about how it moved and have decided that we’d like to learn more about cars and other moving toys.
During our work on persuasive writing in P6 last term homework proved to be a issue for great debate. Overall the P6 children are not in favour of homework and were able to create some strong arguments for banning homework. We sent our persuasive letters to Angela Constance at the Scottish Parliament and received a very complimentary reply. This got us thinking about changing our homework so we are trying Nando’s Take Away homework as an alternative. The first pieces that have been handed in have been excellent and show such a variety of tasks and learning. Any area of the curriculum can be covered and there are a wide variety of tasks to choose from. This week we had leaflets, posters, mind maps, tweets, lesson plans and detailed artwork showing our learning over the last two weeks. Below are some of the ideas so far. As the weather is improving we may introduce some outdoor tasks.
Everyone in P1 has been enjoying being able to get outside in the sun over the last couple of weeks. Last Friday we had a great time at the chalk day organised by the P7s. Our buddies came outside with us again on Tuesday to help us to work on our measuring skills. We practiced measuring using non-standard units and also ordering objects by length. On Wednesday and Thursday we had our PE lessons outside and today we got back out onto the field for our Friday morning jog.
We have been working hard in the classroom too. We have started to learn about money and are doing a great job of identifying and sorting coins and making amounts of money in different ways. We have been playing games to practice our phonics and lists of common words. Our new topic is toys and we made some great toy timelines showing the sort of toys we like as babies, toddlers, nursery children and P1 pupils.
Here are some photographs of what we have been up to.
As part of their Africa topic, primary 4 have been designing and making African houses. They could make either a traditional house or a modern design. Some chose to work with partners, others on their own. Their designs are all so different, they have been very creative in their ideas. Well done Primary 4, they look great!
P7 ran a fundraiser Chalk art day on Friday! Everybody really enjoyed it, P7 and P1 worked together, P6 and P2, P5 and P3 and finally P4 and nursery. After the fundraiser then playground was beautifully and brightly decorated!
Last Friday everyone wore their own clothes and designed lots of lovely art with multi colours of chalk. There was a variety of designed and there was a lot of sponge bobs and outlines of people.
Because it was such a success the school might do it regularly, every week or so.
A quick update on what P6 have been up to over the last few weeks. Anna organised an animation workshop for us. We were all busy making different characters and then worked together to make some short animations. We have also had three song writing workshops. We came up with the idea of writing a song about Mexico and researched information to help us create the lyrics, we then recorded it. We have also had some visitors from the Dunbar Sci-Fest, we had workshops on how things fly, computer coding and the light lab. We have begun work on our new topic we will be learning about Native Americans and the Wild West. We have started by focusing on the lifestyle of Native Americans and have been making dream catchers, totem poles, picture stories, learning about the different tribes and the importance of the buffalo.
On Monday we were lucky enough to be visited by Becky who came to talk to us about different animals as part of the Dunbar Science Festival. She brought along her tortoise, corn snake and giant snails for us to learn about and hold. We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed meeting the animals. The next day we wrote about our favourite animals in our writing lesson.
Today we got to spend some more time with a tortoise when Claire and one of our P6 friends brought one to see us. We got to ask lots of questions then listened to a story about a tortoise and had a go at drawing one ourselves. There were some fantastically detailed tortoise shells.
In maths we have been busy learning about sorting things into groups in different ways and decided to sort some animals. We found that there were lots of different ways we could group them and had some great discussions with our partners.
On Tuesday we went with the P2s on a visit to the library and enjoyed hearing some stories read by one of the librarians. Miss Reeves was very impressed that so many of us visit the library at other times too.
Our second workshop was the programming workshop where we used software called Kodu and we created a game in our own set landscape. We controlled it with Xbox controllers which was very helpful!
Our last but not least workshop was the light workshop in which we learned all about prisms and how light is formed. We even drew with ultra violet lights on paper covered with a chemical. And finally we found out that our eye actually sees upside down.
This week P7 have been doing their cycling training!
Some parent helpers Pam, Jenny, Sabine and Bob came in to help P7.
The first activity on Friday 26th, was just a bike check and teaching them how to know if their bike was suitable for the road, they all were with only minor adjustments being made (pumping up tyres).
Next on Monday 29th they had to do some actual cycling. They did braking drills. Everything in that lesson was about keeping control of your bike. At the end they all did a slow race together, the champion was Brodie Gray who was great at controlling his bike! All of P7 really enjoyed it and can’t wait to get onto the road after Easter.