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.
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.
P5 had a great time at camp a couple of weeks ago!
On the first day, we went to Foxlake and we were all really brave and challenged ourselves. We also went to Innerwick Primary School’s playground to and really enjoyed playing with the tyres that were there.
On the second day, we visited Torness Power Station and learned all about nuclear energy and about the different people who work there and protect the station. Afterwards, we went for lunch (which we made ourselves!) at John Muir Country Park. We went for a woodland walk collecting everything that we thought was beautiful and Mrs Gardner also challenged us to fill a bog with items from a list! Everyone did a fantastic job scavenging and exploring.
On the last night we had a movie night! We watched the Minions Movie in our PJs and had snacks.
We spent so much time outdoors and all had a great time. Thank you to all of the staff members who came along and helped make camp a fantastic experience for everyone.
Here are some photos of the trip.
Here are the class’s reflections about their favourite activities:
Sofia: “Foxlake was my favourite part of camp because I loved challenging myself and trying all of the obstacles!”
Amelie: “My favourite memory of camp was when we went to Foxlake because everyone did it! SPLASH!”
Sophie: “Foxlake because it was awesome.”
Charlie: “Foxlake and Torness, because Foxlake was fun.”
Fin MB: “Foxlake was my favourite because we got wet!”
Ellie: “My favourite memory of camp was Foxlake because I had never been.”
Fearne: “My favourite memory of camp was Foxlake because it was challenging and fun.”
Oliver: “My favourite part was Foxlake because we got to go on an assault course.”
Heidi: “I like Foxlake because it was really sunny and fun.”
Fergus: “I really enjoyed Foxlake because I liked getting wet.”
Ella: “I enjoyed going to Foxlake because I was scared at first but now I love it.”
Emma: “I really liked Foxlake because it was really fun and I loved it.”
Finn: “I liked Foxlake because of the Foxfalls.”
Albie: “My favourite part was Foxlake, because it was really refreshing.”
Sam: “I like Foxlake because it was fun.”
Felix: “I like rolling tyres down a hill and the John Muir Trail because we got to play in a park.”
Tamsin: “My favourite activity was going to Torness Power Station because it was really fun and interesting.”
Abbi: “My favourite part was Torness because I had never went there.”
Cayden: “My favourite part was when we went to Torness and why because I had never been there.”
Daisy: “My favourite memory was Foxlake because I had fun.”
Joseph: “Foxlake was my favourite memorable thing, it was so fun and I did red twice and blue once.
To commemorate the centenary of the death of Robert Noble, P5 had the opportunity to create artwork for the school.
We looked at some of Robert Nobel’s paintings of East Linton in assembly on Friday and discussed his love of the river and colour.
We split into four groups – each looking at a different aspect of the River Tyne – and made four large pieces of art. One focused on colour, another on the water, another on trees and the last on the leaves.
We studied the area, drew and coloured on paper, brought all of our ideas and perceptions together, then worked brilliantly in groups to make everything come to life!
A special thanks and Carol, Fiona and Zoe who made it all happen!
Here are some photos of the class researching the environment, taking sketches and making compositions!
What a great way to celebrate the work of Robert Nobel, well done P5!
It has been a busy few days in P1 getting ourselves organised for our garden show. We have been carefully writing invitations to all the other classes in school and to our parents. We then spent time getting our classroom ready for our visitors, we made paper chains to decorate the room. We made butterflies and flowers to create display areas. Finally we changed the layout of our room and put our miniature gardens in place ready for our show.
It was an incredibly busy day all the classes visited in the morning and then our parents and grandparents arrived in the afternoon. We had an amazing day with lots of lovely compliments and smiley faces on all our guests. We had great feedback from P7 and lovely thank you letters from P2.
Some comments from P7 pupils:
“very creative” – Marco
“all individual” – Martha
“all the gardens have a story behind them” – Oliver
We are so proud of our amazing work on our gardens and have really enjoyed organising the event and sharing our learning with the rest of the school and our friends and family.
P1 have been very busy working on their growth and change topic. Today we were learning about the life cycle of a seed. We learnt the sequence for planting a seed and then we went outdoors to plant our own seeds. We will be taking care of them in class, we know they will need light and water to help them grow. We also have some guests in class at the moment we have some caterpillars and some ladybird larvae. We have been observing them and making detailed notes and drawings of them in our journals. We shall be observing them over the next few weeks to see what changes occur. Keir brought in a carrot which he had grown at home for his show and tell this week, we were very impressed.
Despite the weather, P3 had a “best day ever” in the woods lead by Sam the East Lothian ranger and Mrs Gilmour. Sam showed the children how to make maps outdoors. Their challenge was to make a map of their journey to Smeaton from school using natural materials. Some brilliant designs!
Mrs Gilmour played Bat and Moth a listening game, then Claire and Wendy hid colourful woolly caterpillars for the children to find. Some were very hard to find as they were camouflaged just like real caterpillars.
We came back to school early as everyone was SOAKING! we got our wet clothes off and got warmed up with hot chocolate and marshmallows, Delicious!!
We’re off again next Tues 12th so here’s hoping the sun shines!!
P1 have had a busy afternoon learning about 2D shapes. We read the story “Mouse Shapes” which gave us some inspiration to make our own shape pictures. We also went on a shape hunt and found lots of very interesting shapes in the playground.