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 🙂

 

More Egyptians in P3

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.

 

Primary 5 update.

We have been really busy in Primary 5 this past few weeks. We have been working on the solar system and finding out about individual planets as part of our Space topic. As part of our work on the Victorians we have been looking at the class system and famous Victorian inventors. In art we have been looking at the work of Mondrian and trying to emulate his work with line.

Busy times in P3

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.

Design Challenges in P6

Our project on Inventors and Inventions gave us the opportunity to take part in weekly design challenges.  We worked in small groups each week and had to meet specific criteria to make our designs successful.  We have made bridges, newspaper towers, basketball stands, wind cars and our own unique inventions.  We have also been using our STEM skills to find our how things work.  We have been using tools (screwdrivers and hacksaws) to take things apart to see what goes on inside and then trying to put them back together again, not always successfully!

Update on P6 teaching and learning

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MONEY SENSE FRAUD WORKSHOP

Alastair from the Royal Bank of Scotland came into our class to talk about Money Sense. We had to solve a problem that happened to the character Caitlin Bailey. We had to solve the mystery because she had her identity stolen and a loan was taken out in her name but she knew nothing about it till the bank demanded payment. We worked in groups of 4. Then once we had thought we had solved it we made a news report to say what happened in our groups. We discovered there were lots of ways your identity details could be stolen.  See videos above.

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT VISIT

This week we had Ross from the Museum of Flight in to talk to us. We did some experiments and chatted about flight and different types of planes. It was very cool! See pics below. We did some rocket launches with cones. We did some helicopter things. And we made paper aeroplanes.

NEW FRENCH TEACHER

2 weeks ago we got a new French teacher called Madame Ballantyne. Right now we are being taught the L’alphabet (Alphabet) we are also being taught how to count and say our names in French.

NEW CLASS NOVEL

In class we have started our new class novel called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis.  We are about halfway through the book and it looks like most people are enjoying it.

BASKETBALL NEWSPAPER TOWER 

This week we have been doing newspaper tower as part of our new topic, Inventors and Inventions. Each week we have a design challenge to complete using our STEM skills.  The first one we did was making a newspaper basketball tower. It had to stand up on its own and be able to hold a basketball on it for 30 seconds. Some were unusual, some didn’t work but everybody had fun and worked well together. They were in teams of 3 or 4. Look at pictures below.

PURPLE PINKIE

This week The Rotary Purple Pinkie came in. We had to dip our pinkie in ink and press it down on the world map where we think there is a  country that no longer have any cases of polio.

WINTER OLYMPIC PICTURES

A few weeks ago we did pictures that were for the winter Olympics. First, we painted the background and then put on fake snow if we wanted to, we then let them dry. While they were drying we coloured in a figure skater, downhill skier or ski jumper but some of us made our own figures.

WORLD BOOK DAY

On Friday we had our World Book day after the delay of the snow. We had a competition for the most unusual place to read. Findlay won, he was reading in a skip. He won a handmade wooden Harry Potter wand. This was only for P6. See pics below.

We also traced and decorated our favourite books covers. We put them on the door. There were some the same and some different. They were all very good.

Mrs Pentony put up our own special lending library just for our class.  So you put your name on a sheet and you have to write when you took it out and when you returned it. Then you could write if you wanted it after someone or recommend it to someone who may like to read it.

Further updates soon – please leave us a comment, thanks.

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Science Week in P5

This week in P5 we have had a science focus.

On Monday we started off learning the vocabulary of electricity to help us with exciting electrical experiments!

On Tuesday we had Tamsin’s mum Rebecca join us to explain DNA and help us extract the DNA from a kiwi fruit! We ABSOLUTELY loved it! Thank you very much. 🙂 We also started discussing how electricity is made and all about the role of the atoms! It was quite tricky but P5 listened well and everyone did fantastic on the quick quiz after.

On Wednesday we started to investigate circuits using batteries, crocodile clips and light bulbs. We predicted if a circuit was complete or incomplete and then tested it out, as well as testing other materials to see if they were conductors or insulators.

On Thursday we were very lucky to have Tamsin’s dad Donald with us. We were looking at ‘how to think like a scientist’ using thinking skills to help us understand bias, reliability and chance. We had a brilliant day and even got to be scientists and carry out our own experiments! Another huge thank you from P5!

And finally, on Friday we will be investigating switches and their role in circuits and reflecting on all the fantastic learning experiences we have had this week. Here are some snaps of P5’s week!