Storywriting In P.1A

In P.1A we are keeping up our amazing story-telling and showing our imaginative ideas in detailed story drawings, ready to build a story sentence(s) now we know lots of sounds. Building words (spelling ) is very important if you are a story writer. The stories were so sad, Ms.Thomas kept crying. The toys were broken !!

Eva is ready to spell one of the words she feels we need for our story.


We have written 7 or 8 stories now and are trying our best at cursive writing, imaginative language and word building. Last week we had a full stop too !

A Soggy Start to the Year!

P3A have had a fantastic first term in 2016, and we had a very wet start to our learning!

Our Water Topic has had us doing lots of experiments to learn about water, but we started by thinking about what we already knew. To do this, we did an activity called Think-Puzzle-Explore.

We worked in our groups to think about what we already knew:

  • Water comes from taps
  • You can drink water
  • You can put water in a bottle
  • If you shine a torch through water you can make a rainbow
  • You can wash your clothes with it
  • You can wash yourself with water


We felt a bit like we were already experts after making that list, but then we realised there were still a lot of puzzles, so we made a list of questions:

  • How does water turn into ice?
  • How does ice turn into water?
  • What happens when you put things in water?
  • Where does water come from?
  • How does it rain?
  • How do you turn dirty water into clean water?
  • How is water healthy?

Luckily, we had some ideas about explore our topic and answer some of these questions:

  • We could try and make ice and turn it back into water
  • We can put salt in water to find out what happens
  • We can put different things in water to find out what floats and sinks
  • We could ask people about how it rains
  • We could look at the rain
  • We could do lots of experiments!

First Ms. Watson brought us ice which was in all kinds of weird shapes. We had ice shaped like different letters, a fish, a mermaid, and even two frozen hands! We realised that you make ice into water by heating it up – we could melt even the ice with our hands because they were warm! We also discussed that we did know how to make water into ice – Ms Watson must have put water into funny moulds (and two rubber gloves!) and left them in the freezer to make them into ice.

Next we had to make predictions about putting different things into water. We had to write down what we thought would happen if we put salt, sand, washing up liquid and oil into water. We were really surprised by some of the results, and we could see that some things float, others sink, and some disappear altogether. Our favourite was the oil, although we didn’t like getting it all over our hands!

We loved learning about the water cycle. We even made some model mini-water cycles using mixing bowls and cling film. We managed to make clouds and we even learned made it rain on an ‘island’ in the middle. We realised that water can go round and round the water cycle for years!

Make your own water cycle!

At the end of term we were really lucky to have Jimmy from Water Aid come and talk to us. He told us all about how far some people have to walk every day to get water, and how dangerous dirty water can be if you drink it. We learned lots of children around the world can’t go to school because they have to spend so long collecting water, and how important it is to have access to toilets to help keep water clean.

Read about WaterAid here

Even after all this fantastic learning we STILL had questions! We might try and find out more about water at home or in school when we’re older to answer these ones:

  • What others things can you put in water?
  • Why do some people have clean water and other people don’t?
  • Will Scotland always have enough water?

Ms Watson says we must be developing great growth mind sets to still want to learn so much more than we already have!

Our Space Topic

Over the last few weeks P5C have been exploring the Solar System and looking at how our universe works. We have looked at everything from the vast sizes of stars and distances across the Solar System to the tiny world of atoms.

The whole class enjoyed trying to replicate a scale image of the Solar System by positioning the Sun at one end of the school field, Mercury 36 metres from the Sun and Earth 93 metres from the Sun (at a scale of 1metre for 1 million miles). We were all shocked that Neptune would be the other side of Ormiston at this scale.

The children also began to recognise how gravity pulls objects into orbit around them by watching demonstrations on YouTube (search for ‘gravity, space time and blue spandex’ for an excellent illustration of how gravity works on stretched out blue spandex).

Looking at space also brings us to looking at the world of the tiny in order to understand what is going on. The children enjoyed exploring how stars, with their immense gravity, squash the simplest atoms into larger atoms (fusion) and give off energy. They also create other bigger atoms as they start to die and then finally explode casting out all the gases and dust into space only to form new stars through gravity again. It was an amazing moment when we all began to realise that we are all stardust!

I hope that this topic has inspired our P5 children to want to explore more about their world (and beyond) to a deeper level.



A Special Hello from Adventure Ted!

Hope you are all enjoying your October break! Mrs James is away on her holidays this week and she has taken Adventure Ted with her.  Here is Ted enjoying the sunshine and relaxing. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 25th October and we will hear all about your holidays.  If any of you are out walking, why don’t you collect some leaves or see if you can spot some signs of Autum?

Enjoy the rest of your break!


P1d Update

This week P1d were thinking about how we can care for the environment. We looked at how we can reduce waste and recycle items instead of putting them in the bin. We have been very creative when using all the recycled items that have been brought in from P1d’s houses.

In maths, we picked up litter from the playground and tallied the items that we found to create a pictograph. We learned how to create and interpret information from the graph. Although we did find some litter in the playground, we thought that our playground was quite clean and tidy!

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Since we are now in Autumn and the leaves are changing colour, we have added new leaves to our classroom tree to reflect the change in season.


Every week, we have been learning how to greet each other in a different language. So far, we have learned how to say hello in French, Spanish and Polish.

We are continuing with our daily run everyday in the school playground to keep us fit and healthy. We are all trying our best to keep going and we are now running much faster.

Enjoy the October break!

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