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!
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.
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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.