Welcome to the P1 blog. Many apologies for it taking so long to get this up and running for you – we’ve been rather busy 😉 It is our aim that we will update this with more and more information about, and lovely photos of, your children’s learning with increased frequency. Any outstanding photo permission slips would be gratefully received so that we do not inadvertently post pictures that you would rather us not.
This term the children have been using interdisciplinary learningto study Light and Dark. We have been exploring the various celebrations around the world that occur in these months from fireworks and Halloween through Divali and Hanukkah; the Swedish festival of Santa Lucia and Christmas.
Above and below, you can see the children using natural materials to create a mandala using rangoli patterns. Miss Grierson and Mrs McDonald were really excited to see how the children used their knowledge of symmetry to add detail.
The children continued to show their learning about the Divali traditions in the classroom using coloured rice to make rangoli patterns on paper plates – these are currently decorating our learningwalland will come home with the children at the end of the topic.
We have had another busy week in P3. We have been learning how to read clocks but have tried a new teaching method using only one hand to read o’clock and half past times, so far it seems to be working.
We have done a lot of work on our magnets project, we have been learning some of the words related to magnets such as repel and attract and we investigated how the force felt with bar magnets and human magnets. We have also been experimenting with magnets in the classroom and have made games to discover if magnetism can travel through non-magnetic materials. We made mazes and a fishing game with our spelling words.
As it was Book Week Scotland this week we had a visit to the library on Monday, we heard the story of Thistle Street and learnt some Scottish words. All of us received a Read, Write, Count bag full of lovely items for us to take home, there are two lovely books, card games, story dice and a notebook and pencil.
We had a visit to the Playpod with P5 and had great fun using all the new equipment in very creative and imaginative ways.
Finally our writing this week followed on from our Friendship wreath last week, we wrote recipes for friendship soup. We had to decide which qualities we thought should go into our friendship soup recipe and how much of each ingredient, we then came up with a method to make our friendship soup. We wrote our recipes out and made them look wonderful so they could go on display.
We are carrying on with our Egyptian project in P3. We have been busy making masks, fans, mummies and Egyptian sunsets. We used our maths skills to try to work out any patterns in how the pyramids were built, we used sugar cubes to recreate our own step pyramids to help us. We have also been learning about the mummification process and have had a go at this in class. Still lots more to learn about this early civilisation.
P3 have had a busy start to the new school year. We have been brushing up our numeracy skills and developing our number sense by playing games, working in small groups and learning a clap/stamp game for place value. We have had two visits from the Museum of Flight outreach workshops, one on Leonardo Da Vinci, we were learning about his amazing life as a engineer and developing our STEM skills. Our second workshop was about Amy Johnson it was brilliant to learn about such an ambitious and brave woman, the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
We have been reading the book The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith and we have been trying to find out a lot about the characters in the story, we used hot seating in drama to help us get a more personal understanding of the characters.
It’s that time of year when everything is springing into life so P6 took the opportunity of getting outdoors to enjoy it. We have been tidying up the outdoor courtyard and have planted some seeds. We are taking care of them daily and recorded any changes we see. We have also been outdoors with our rugby lessons, over the past three weeks, we have been learning to pass, run with the ball, attack and defend. We took our maths outdoors too, we have been learning about angles. We looked at art by Kandinsky in which he uses angles, shapes, parallel and perpendicular lines. We then went outdoors and made angles using different natural materials and finally we created some artwork in the style of Kandinsky using angles, shapes and lines.
P5s along with P6 and P7, had a money workshop delivered by class teachers and by RBS employee, Mr Mc Connachie.
The message the classes were given, was to be very aware of the importance of keeping your personal details safe at all times.
The workshop gave some common scenarios encountered by all of us that could lead to the possibility of Identity theft. The classes then, had to spot, discuss and record why they thought these situations could lead to problems.
I think everyone involved, staff too! realised how easy it can be to be a victim of fraud and to be careful at all times.
Our topic in P1 is toys so today we all brought a teddy to school for the day. We spent time this morning introducing our teddy to the class and then we gave them a tour of the school. The teddies helped out with everything today including handing out work and helping us with our number work, which they were very good at, teddies know some big numbers. Our teddies came with us to music and helped us learn a new teddy bear song. It was such a beautiful day we couldn’t resist having a teddy bears picnic in the park but by the end of the day we were very tired teddy bears in need of a long rest. Look at the wonderful reports we have written about the day our teddies came to school.
P1 have been very busy over the last week learning lots of new maths. We have been collecting data about our favourite toys and learning different ways to display it, we made a pictograph, we discovered how to use a tally mark to record data andthen used this information to make bar charts.
We have also been learning about money, we have opened a shop and a bank in class and have been sorting money.
We spent a morning out and about looking for numbers in the environment we could hardly believe how many we found. There were numbers everywhere telling us lots of different information. We took lots of photographs and then found out what they all meant. We then made our own posters with numbers which are important to us.