Patterns in P1

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.

Take Away Homework a big success in P6

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.

P1 enjoy the sun

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.

P4 Build African Homes

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!

African Homes on PhotoPeach

African Homes II on PhotoPeach

Epic Chalk Day!

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.

Drawing round each other is really fun
Everyone working on a big chalk art
Super Old Man by P7
A dog face
A rocket
Everyone loved it!
Joshua drawing a car
P1’s and their P7 buddies enjoying themselves
Chalk art is cool

What’s been happening in P6?

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.

Click below to hear our song:

Animals in P1

P1 have had an animal-filled week!

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.

Here are some photos of our week.

Primary 4 News

Primary 4 have been enjoying a three week block of tag rugby.

They also enjoyed a workshop on Kodu, designing their own worlds and choosing characters to put on them.

Mr Bean, who is working with the science festival, came to show the children how light works using dark boxes and various coloured lights.

Primary 4 News on PhotoPeach

P7’s Science Workshops!

The P7’s have participating in a variety of science workshops including a flight workshop, a programming workshop, and a light workshop!

Our first workshop was the flight workshop were we learned about lift, thrust, drag and gravity and how it effects flight. We then made paper airplanes and flew them In the room!

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 DSCF1655ultra violet lights on paper covered with a chemical.  And finally we DSCF1642found out that our eye actually sees upside down. DSCF1623

 

 

 

P7’s cycling training

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.

Joshua showing his skills
Joshua showing his skills
Finishing 1st in a slow race is a bad idea
Finishing 1st in a slow race is a bad idea
Everyone doing their best
Everyone doing their best
Harry going really slowly
Harry going really slowly
Mackenzie cycling well
Mackenzie cycling well
Pam and jenny giving encouragemnet
Pam and Jenny giving encouragement
Jessica Breaking
Jessica Breaking

 

Cameron and Amy whizzing round the playground
Cameron and Amy whizzing round the playground
Everyone having fun
Everyone having fun
Sam cycling up on the grass
Sam cycling up on the grass
Brodie showing one hand cycling
Brodie showing one hand cycling
Everyone enjoying it
Everyone enjoying it

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