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!
The first few pictures in the gallery are of our artwork that we have created in class – African sunsets and Molas from Central America. We’ve enjoyed adding pictures and work to our Around the World in 7 Weeks learning wall to share our learning journey.
Last week we visited Asia. We were lucky enough to have another of our P7 Granny’s join us to share their knowledge. This Granny had worked with a charity in Asia for 19 years, helping to build schools, wells and provide homeless children with supplies. She brought in lots of interesting items, clothes and pictures to share with us and we got to dress up in saris!
This week we are visiting Australia and learning about the Great Barrier Reef. We are continuing writing our stories in Literacy and adding and subtracting fractions in maths.
Our school nurse, Maggie has been visiting us as part of Headstrong, a series of 5 sessions surrounding mental health. We have decorated shoe boxes into ‘happy boxes’ where we are collecting things that provide happy memories. Sadly, our final session is next week.
This week we visited The Risk Factory as part of our previous topic ‘Risks to Health’. The children took part in 10 different scenarios, ranging from fire, to road safety to dangers around the home. This was very exciting!
Our P7s found out who had been selected for East Linton Gala day and were very excited to share this news and their certificates with the class.
P3 have been observing the blossom trees in the park for the last few weeks. We have enjoyed watching them change from beautiful trees with masses of bright colourful blossom to trees which are almost bare with only some dark dying blossom left.
We have observed the shape and size of the trunks of the trees and how the branches spread out to create lovely structures. We used our observations to create these stunning blossom tree paintings.
We completed our paintings in stages focusing first on the creating the trunk and branches and then we added our blossom using paint and tin foil instead of brushes. The look beautiful on display in the corridor and are a lasting reminder of the stunning blossom trees in the park.
P3 have been outdoors again – the weather was not so good this time, very damp and misty so we had to finish our lesson indoors.
We were looking for different types of rocks – we didn’t think we would find many in the school grounds but to our surprise there were loads. We then spent time sorting our rocks into different categories, size, shape, colour etc. We then used them to make some rock structures.
P7 started this term off with a bang last week arriving to find their classroom transformed into an aeroplane accompanied by Captain Warrrender and co-pilots Mrs Gibson and Claire. The children had to complete their passports and boarding passes in order to board the plane.
Last week we visited Europe. This involved learning about European landmarks which we created using Kapla blocks. Can you guess any of our European Landmarks? We also looked at the Mona Lisa and created our own modern day Mona Lisas. To complete the week we tasted some European food; brioche from France and pizza from Italy.
This week we have jetsetted to Africa as it is Fairtrade Fortnight. We have learnt about Fairtrade and created posters to promote this which we have put up around the school. Miss Warrender shared her teaching experience in Tanzania and we have created our own ‘well done chant’ to use when someone in our class has been successful. We have learnt about the story A Blind Man Catches a Bird by Alexander McCall Smith, which is an African story that Miss Warrender taught in Tanzania and we have taken part in trust exercises to do with this. We are finishing off the week looking at African art and trying some African food on Friday.
We have also been busy finishing off our division maths topic and have done very well in a multiplication and division assessment this week. We have moved on to look at order of operations (BODMAS). Every Friday we are also taking part in Bikeability sessions which are going very well. A very busy P7!!
It was Lily’s turn to pick the outdoor activity she picked leaf to leaf so we have been outdoors collecting different kinds of leaves. We were looking for different shapes, sizes and colours. We have been trying to find out what kinds of leaves they are so we can discover what trees we have around the school. We then made some lovely artworks by drawing and rubbing the leaves.
P3 took their learning outdoors this afternoon, what a gorgeous day to be outside. Phoenix picked a card from our outdoor learning bowl, our activity today was called invent-a-nature. We had to pick up different pieces of nature and think about what other ways they could be used. We worked in pairs and groups and collected lots of interesting natural materials. We then got to inventing, we had lots of different constructions going on, including a step ladder for the birds so they could enter a safe area away from any predators, a fairy house and a top notch 5 star bug hotel. We also seen some sparrows who were very busy in the bird boxes just outside our classroom, we think they may have chicks so we shall be keeping a close eye on them.
After taking part in the RSPB Big Birdwatch P3 have been finding out more about local birds. We have been learning about the different parts of birds, looking at the variety of colours in their feathers and learning some facts about them. We created some detailed line drawings of the birds we had seen and wrote little fact files about them. We then put them on display in our paper plate tree for everyone to enjoy.
P7 celebrated Robert Burn’s day by creating their own class picture in the style of Chuck Close. Each child completed their own grid which were then combined to create the overall picture. The children used primary, secondary and tertiary colours to paint and colour their grid.