Category Archives: Science

Rock Stars in P3

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.

P5 John Muir Award – Explore

Primary 5 have been very busy over the last week, working towards our John Muir award. On Thursday we went out to explore different areas in our local community with Sam the Ranger. We had a great experience and the weather was perfect.

We learned lots of new information and skills like how to measure a tree and what different types of trees look like. We also learned that litter is a major issue in the field next to our school. At the river, we looked for living creatures using nets. We loved it and we learned how to be really safe.

Our next trip out will be to conserve the park and field area and the area at the river.

Please do let us know what you think of our learning as it will help us to achieve our award.

Thanks for reading,

P5 and Miss McKay

Leaf to Leaf in P3

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.

Plastic Bottle Support!

 41 plastic bottles of water saved for another occasion on Friday thanks to our P1-3 families. We are encouraging families to leave their packed lunch plastic bottle if they don’t need it.

Well done everyone what a great start!

Invent-a-nature in P3

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.

P3 just love bird watching

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.

Update on P3 in 2019

We have had a busy start to the new year in P3.  Our boys have been continuing with their football research the project gets bigger every time.

We have been learning about money in our maths work, sorting and ordering coins and playing games to get us more confident at giving change.

Our class bucket is doing a great job of making us feel good when we read out the messages every week.

We have a focus on improving our fitness and stamina levels in PE just now and are really pushing ourselves hard at circuit training every week.

We are getting through our class novel Fantastic Mr Fox and have used it for creating some drama work, illustrations and descriptive writing.  The class have produced some brilliant work.

For Burn’s Day we were looking at tartan and created our own patterns.  We have also taken part in the RSPB Birdwatch we enjoyed being outdoors as citizen scientists gathering data to input on the RSPB website.  We finished this by designing and  painting our own wooden birds to take home.

Planning for Assessment

At our staff session on Tuesday we looked at Planning for Assessment – sharing our good practice and supporting each other

Latest work in P3

We have been carrying on with our magnet project in P3, this week we carried out some experiments to see if magnets work through non-magnetic materials, we tried plastic, wood, water and glass.  Like all good scientists we wrote up our experiments and our findings.

Hannah was presented with a certificate at her gymnastic class this week for being the gymnast of the month, well done, Hannah.

In our numeracy work this week we had the answers we just had to work out what the questions could be.  We worked with a partner to try to come up with as many questions as possible and presented our work to the class, some really challenging thinking going on (homework task coming soon).

In our writing this week we were thinking and talking about what we are grateful for, we wrote postcards to the people we are grateful to and presented them in class.  There were some lovely thoughts about friends who help us when we are stuck or when we are hurt and how grateful we are to our families who love us and take care of us.

We have been looking at colour in our art lessons and this week we focused on primary colours, we looked at the work of Piet Mondrian and spent time creating a collage inspired by his work.  We took our time to move shapes and colours around to see what worked best for composition and then we glued the pieces in place.  They look fantastic on the classroom wall.

We have also been doing some independent research on our magnet project using non-fiction books to find out some further information and to help us understand the key vocabulary.  Finally as it was St Andrew’s Day on Friday we made some Scottish themed magnets to take home.

 

Busy week in P3

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.

Recipe for friendship
More P3 recipes in the slideshow below 🙂