It’s been busy in P4 we have been growing our own rainforest in class, learning lots about branching databases and having fun with fractions.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.