All posts by Donna Pentony

P3 make the news with our big project!

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!

Big Project continues in 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!

Update from 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!

Big New Project in P3 begins!!!

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!

Story Sticks in P3

P3 have been continuing with their outdoor learning this week.  We have been keeping our feathered friends well fed.  We made story sticks today which told the story of all the things we had

seen when we were out walking around the field.  We collected different interesting things we found on our walk and hung them from sticks and shared the stories of our walks using the stick to help us.

Blast Off in P3!

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.

 

It’s a solid… It’s a liquid… It’s Oobleck

As part of our project on solids, liquids and gases we have been learning about their properties and sorting lots of items into their correct categories, they are either a solid, a liquid or a gas … and then along comes Oobleck to confuse the situation.    Today in P3 we were making Oobleck which can behave like a solid and  a liquid without a change in temperature.

We tested it outside by putting some in a bag and adding a fresh egg, we then dropped it from a height to see if the Oobleck would make a solid around the egg and protect it from breaking.  We managed  a drop of 2.6 metres, the egg finally broke when thrown directly at a wall.   Very messy science but great fun!

 

 

A very cute visitor to P3

P3 had a visit from Shaun the Lamb today.  Thanks so much to Alessandra’s mum and aunt for bringing Shaun along for us to see.  He was so cute, fluffy and extremely well behaved, what a lovely start to our morning.

Solids, liquids and gases in P3

P3 have been continuing to learn about solids, liquids and gases.  We have looked at how materials change when they are heated or cooled.  We used thermometers to check the temperature of different materials including ourselves.  We have also been learning about the density of liquid.  We had a selection of different liquids to work with and had to predict which ones we thought were more dense than others.  We did really well in our predictions but had a few surprises when we tried the experiment and seen how the liquids behaved when poured on top of one another.  We were also discussing how oil and water don’t mix even if you really shake them together.

The Science of Chocolate in P3

P3 are working hard on their project on solids, liquids and gases.  Today we used the science of chocolate to help us understand how a solid can change to a liquid using heat.  We melted chocolate squares and seen the process happening before our very eyes.  We then used the melted chocolate to make crispie cakes and then watched as the chocolate became a solid again as it cooled down.    We used our learning about arrays to help us count the number of crispie cakes we had made and the best bit was getting to eat them, yummy!