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.
Last week Ms Warrender visited Dunbar Grammar School to observe two maths and two English S1 classes in order to aid transition from primary school to secondary. The P7s were very surprised when Ms Warrender came back with some S1 fractions maths questions that they could solve already!
This week we completed our final Headstrong session with Maggie our school nurse. We shared our ‘happy boxes’ with the rest of the class, looking at the memories that we brought in.
Last week the P7s completed their home learning booklets on a country of their choice. Ms Warrender was amazed about the amount of time and effort that the children had put into their booklets. Well done P7!
P7 have completed their topic ‘Around the World in 7 Weeks!’ This week so have travelled to Antarctica and had a look at the different types of wildlife that live there. On Tuesday we had our international food festival, inviting the P7 parents and our P1 buddies in to sample our dishes we had made from countries around the world. Again, the P7s excelled themselves, producing delicious dishes to tempt the taste buds. Our bellies were definitely bulging afterwards! We managed to raise £60 from donations from parents that will go towards our P7 end of year party!
We completed reading our whole class novel, The Hobbit, and so have been watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this week in class, comparing the similarities and differences between the book and the film.
This week we completed our stories, and produced our final drafts. We then created bunny Easter cards and decorated Easter eggs for our competition that will be judged tomorrow by Mrs Gardner.
Councillor Sue Kempson is coming in to assembly tomorrow to present us with our Level 1 certificates and then its off to church!
What a busy term for P7! We wish you all a very Happy Easter!
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 had a visit from Shaun the Lamb today. Thanks so much to Alessandra’s mum and aunt for bringing Shaun along for us to see. He was so cute, fluffy and extremely well behaved, what a lovely start to our morning.
Primary 2 had great fun this morning using the directional language they’ve been learning to program our Beebots!
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.
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.
Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk, Primary 2 have been testing what plants need to grow. On Friday our beans stalks were big enough to be planted up and taken home.