We have been busy in P4 we have been learning about the techniques of persuasive writing. We used our new powers of persuasion in a class debate, we have also been looking at adverts and created some of our own and we have been writing persuasive letters – these will be coming home shortly so look out for them.
We have also been writing imaginative stories and have made them into books which we are going to share with the younger children in school. We have spent time working on our vocab skills by learning how to use a thesaurus and we then made our own to have in our trays whenever we might need them to up level our writing.
It’s amazing the variety of things we get to do in P4. We have been enjoying a taster session of yoga, dookin’ for apples as part of our Halloween celebrations and making pledges to change our behaviour to help save our beautiful planet.
P4 got outdoors today to take a look at the outdoor classroom we worked so hard on in P3. Things are looking good if a little boggy with all the heavy rain this week. We are needing to carry out some maintenance, remove dead plants, prune, weed, clean the pond, pick up the rubbish and top up the bug hotel. We think we may have a hedgehog living in the hedgehog house, fingers crossed! Lots to be done but we are keen to get out and maintain and improve this area.
Another busy week in P3. We had two visitors for World of Work Week, Andy told us all about being a journalist and showed us his shorthand for taking notes accurately and Julie told us about being an illustrator and demonstrated her fabulous skills, thanks so much to you both.
We have also been busy making resources for our outdoor classroom and writing instruction so other classes have ideas for how to use them.
We were learning about the feeding needs of the birds at this time of year, we have been putting out seed every week and have seen a lot more birds coming to the playground so we made bird feeders using apple, raisins, grapes and cheese, we hope the birds enjoy them.
We also set up our pond this week, the water is still a bit murky but to our great surprise and delight we had a visitor this morning – a frog has appeared and we hope he continues to visit.
Our project made the news this week we are in the latest edition of the East Lothian courier. Great work and great news for P3!
P3 have been making great progress over the last few weeks to get their big project moving. We have finished tidying the courtyard, it is looking great and is now much easier to get around in and use. When we were cleaning up we found all the bits for a wormery so we have set this up and hope our worms will get to work and make us some compost.
Out in the playground we have spent lots of time clearing away the overgrown shrubs – a great big thank you to the parents who helped with this very hard work. We can now see what space we have to work in.
Our library TARDIS arrived (thanks Mr Pentony) and is beginning to fill up with books. We have also been painting pots to use in the garden and we are making resources to use outside too. We will be encouraging wildlife by setting up a small pond, a bug hotel and a hedgehog box in the next few weeks. Great work P3!
We have had a busy start to the new term in P3. We have been doing some work with 2D shapes and created some amazing tessellations. Thanks to all the parents who gave us a Desert Island Disc playlist, we have been enjoying a few songs everyday. The children are loving it, lots of singing and dancing going on. We have had a great selection of music and will continue to play them everyday, if you haven’t given us your list of have thought of some more you would like to add let us know.
We have created our reading rivers and were quite amazed how much we are reading without really thinking of it as reading. We have also been working on our repeated addition and skip counting, we had some messy maths when we were skip counting in 5s.
We have been continuing our work in the courtyard and have made an amazing job of organising everything and finally got around to some planting, it looks great. We have also had the first story stones arrive – looking forward to seeing the rest of them!
P3 have decided on their project for this term – we have been spending a lot of time outdoors and have been looking at the barked area next to our classroom and feel it could be so much better, therefore our project is to create an area which could be used as an outdoor classroom. We are currently cleaning the courtyard area so we can use the green house to grow some plants. We were also using our maths skills outdoors measuring different items and taking measurements of the outdoor area so we can draw plans to help us decide how best to use the area. We also planted our first seeds today – ain’t no stopping us now!
P3 were experimenting further today with solids, liquids and gases. We managed to get a hold of some gallium, an amazing metal which melts in warm water and changes into a beautiful shiny silver coloured liquid which just rolls around the palm of your hand.
We were outdoors learning about the power of gases, we experimented with canister rockets, exploding lunch bags and launched water/air rockets. The water/air rocket was hard work to fill with air using the foot pump but it was worth the effort when it blasted off skyward to the screams of delight from P3. We also experienced air resistance using parachutes.