Exploding Volcano!

Today we enjoyed learning how to make a model of a volcano and make it explode like a real one!

We first made the volcano out of play dough. The play dough was moulded around an open bottle. When it had dried out, we painted it brown. Then we poured warm water mixed with a little red paint and added some washing up liquid and baking soda. It was mixed together.

Next we added a few splashes of vinegar……and watched what happened next. The vinegar reacts with the baking soda and the pressure builds up and explodes over the top……just like a real volcano! It caused great excitement!



Sharing knowledge on Dinosaurs- Our buddies visit.

 Liam, Amy, and Finlay from our P4K buddy class are all interested in Dinosaurs and were keen to visit our class to talk about what they know about prehistoric reptiles. Liam, in particular, is an expert on the subject. He brought along a few of his model dinosaurs from home to show P2T. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. We certainly learned more dinosaur names!     


Meat Eater or Plant Eater?

Meat eater are called carnivores. How do we know if a dinosaur ate meat? 
The clues: 
  • walked on two legs
  • have strong leg muscles
  • lots of sharp pointed teeth
Plant eaters are called herbivores. How do we know if a dinosaur ate plants?
The Clues:
  • walked on four legs
  • rounded flat teeth
  • protective armour
Working with partners, we looked at the dinosaur models in the classroom and separated them into Meat Eaters and Plant Eaters. We checked the topic posters and books to see if we were correct.
We learned that some dinosaurs eat both meat and plants. They are called omnivores.

Money Week

We are learning…

  • to recognise the coins and notes that we use 
  • to understand the exchange of coins (and notes) for goods 
  • to talk about things that I may want to spend their money on  
  • to pay for what we buy and that we can pay in different ways (cash, bank/ credit cards)
  • to talk about the things we have to spend our money on and talk about the value of money. 
  • who has the most and least amount of money, who has more than, less than or the same amount
  • to solve problems involving counting, adding and subtracting in the context of money
  • to show change from a £1 coin and exchange coins to £1 and use them to buy things

Buddying with Dinosaurs

This week it was P4K’s turn to visit our classroom to help us with project art work. The children worked together with their buddies to create dinosaurs out of paper plates!  The results were very creative! Later we painted them and added details in scales, teeth and claws and and used them to finish off our colourful dinosaur wall display. 



Paleontologists Discover Fossils!

An unbelievable amount of dinosaur fossils have been excavated at Sanderson’s Wynd! Paleontologists say that it an amazing find and they are quite certain that these bones are millions of years old from the prehistoric age. They will spend the next few weeks excavating the bones and sending them to a museum. 

How  do we know about dinosaurs? Fossils of dinosaur bones and footprints have been found all over the world. Scientists study the fossils to find out about dinosaurs. 

Visit to Museum of Scotland

   On Monday the class visited The National Museum of Scotland, in Chamber Street, Edinburgh. It was a fantastic day out. We took part in the ‘Dinosaurs and Fossils’ workshop where we took on the role of Paleontologists to study and handle many different fossils. We worked in teams to find clues and work out what type of dinosaur they belonged to, where on the body the bone came from and whether the dinosaur had been a meat eater or plant eater. We learned lots of interesting facts. 

   After lunch the class enjoyed wandering around some of the galleries and having fun learning information from the interactive exhibits. We found many good ideas on how to display artefacts which we will use in our own classroom museum. Watch the film of our day below.


How big were the dinosaurs?

Today we investigated how big the dinosaurs were and looked up their lengths in some of our class project books. Our classroom measured 6 metres wide so we decided to go outside to measure the much bigger dinosaur lengths. 


The class worked in teams to carry out all the tasks: 

  • Record the dinosaur name and length on a label
  • Look up the length in our books
  • Measure in metres using a trundle wheel 
  • Roll out the same length in string 
  • Attach the string to the labels
We found out that the Diplidocus was the longest and it measured an amazing 26 metres! That was the same as 20 children in our class lying head to toe alongside the measured string! The Stegasaurus measured 9 metres which is the same length as 8 of us lying down. Both of these dinosaurs were plant eaters.


Brontosaurus- one of the longest dinosaurs….. (over 20 metres long!)