Onion’s Jacket Challenge

December 17th, 2010

Onion came to visit us in Primary 1 after being away in the forest helping the animals get ready for winter.  He had a bit of a problem!  Now that it is so dark at night, he and his friend Sage are having problems seeing each other in the forest – even with their torches on – because their clothes are the colours of the forest.  Onion asked the children to design a jacket for either Sage or himself that would help them to see each other more easily.  Rat (Onion’s good chum) had found some reflective materials which we thought would be a good idea to put into our designs.  Onion wanted a jacket that was bright, and that had some reflective strips on it.  He also asked for a badge.  The children started their designs, concentrating on creating as much detail as they could.  They were then asked to work with a partner and look at each of their designs and come up with something they thought was a really good idea from each.  The children were then asked to merge their ideas together into one brand new design for Sage or Onion.  Once they were happy with their final design, the children had to collect their own resources from the resource table.  They poured their own paints, cut their own reflective strips and collected water to clean their brushes.  At the end of the activity we talked about our final designs and discussed ideas which were good, and things we might do differently next time.  Onion was really pleased with the children’s ideas, and looks great in the jackets designed for him.  Sage also loves her new jackets and will be popping into school soon to see the boys and girls to say thank you in person!

Here are the final designs, modelled by Onion, and Sage;


December 16th, 2010

Using their knowledge of mixing red and yellow, P1 created sunset pictures.  Once the paint dried the children cut black paper to make silhouettes.

Snow Days

November 30th, 2010

Hope you are having fun, and not getting too bored!  Here are some ideas if you are running out.

  • Go over Jolly Phonics sounds (can you think of some snowy words for some of the sounds?  Make a snow day alphabet)
  • Play in the snow (make a snow animal, snow art, write in the snow, gather twigs and make a snow shelter, build an igloo(!), make snow angels, catch snowflakes, take a snowball indoors and observe it over time, put some water outside to see if you can get it to freeze – in a plastic cup, try shallow/deep experiment!)
  • Make hot chocolate (count out spoonfuls, mix with milk, think of some special extras like marshmallows, sprinkles, choc buttons)
  • Cook a special meal/make biscuits (involve children in collecting ingredients, talk about where they have come from, measuring out, mixing)
  • Eat in the dining room and/or with fancy dishes (sort cutlery/dishes, lay the table, make name cards/place mats)
  • Order in dinner (reading menus, talk about healthy options, make payment)
  • Watch a favourite movie (discuss afterwards why it’s a favourite, draw pictures for the beginning/middle/end, create a book of the movie, act out favourite scene)
  • Play a family game (encourage turn taking)
  • Check on/visit with neighbours (do they need something from the shops, help clearing a drive/steps)

Hope to see you all back at school really soon.

Truman and I have been out enjoying the snow in the local park.  He likes chasing snow balls!  Mr D.

Mixing Green

November 18th, 2010

After learning how to make green, P1 put their skills to use, mixing a beautiful pea green.  We read the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and make a class frieze.

Colour mixing.

November 12th, 2010

We have started thinking about painting.  We have been controlling our brushes to paint round shapes.  We found that by adding a little blue to yellow you can make green.  We turned our round shapes into balloon pictures.


November 12th, 2010

Last week we were talking about how to keep safe around fireworks.  We made rockets out of junk materials, and thought of super firework words to go with them.


November 3rd, 2010

We have been finding out about Divali, the Hindu festival of light.  We have read the story of Rama and Sita and danced and acted it out in the hall.  We made divas, which are little lamps to light at Divali.  We have also made colourful Rangoli patterns.  Sally’s mum came in to help us with these.

Autumn Colours

October 6th, 2010

We have been looking for signs of Autumn.  We have collected leaves, conkers, acorns and apples.  We have noticed changes in the weather.  We made these Autumn collages inspired by the colours we have been seeing.

Picture Perfect!

September 30th, 2010

In art we have been thinking about lines and how to control them.  We talked about portraits and how to draw a face.  We then very carefully drew faces.  Here are some examples of our work.

Taking the chalk for a walk!

September 10th, 2010

We have been learning about different types of line.  We experimented with wiggly, wavy, straight, castle top, zig-zag and curly lines.  Then we took our chalk for a walk, which means we were in control of steering the line, making it do what we wanted.