60 second update 23 November

Nursery

This week in nursery we have had lots of fun playing in the rain!!  The children have really embraced being out in all weathers.  We have also enjoyed reading lots of books as part of Book Week Scotland.To finish we had a special visitor who showed us how to brush our teeth and talk to us about why this is important.

P1

We are making very good progress with our reading and were delighted to receive our Bookbug Bags. Once we have read the three stories in class we plan to vote to see which is the most popular. We’ll let you know!

As it’s Road Safety week we invited Bill the lollipop man in to remind us how to cross a road safely. We also made “Be safe, Be seen” reflectors to hang from our school bags.

P2B

We started a new Big Writing adventure this week and are finding out about the night sky. We learned some information about the planets in our solar system. Some of them can be seen at night, even without a telescope. This week is Book Week and the children will be bringing home a lovely gift from the Scottish Book Trust, which contains two great books and resources to help with both reading and counting.

P2R

We have been looking at symmetry this week within P2R. The pupils have found symmetry when outside in the woods. We have been finishing symmetrical patterns and next week we will be moving on to drawing lines of symmetry. This week in our BIG writing we have been focusing on poetry about fireworks in the night sky.

P3

We’ve had a big focus on spelling this week and have been working hard to apply our learned spelling patterns to our everyday writing. We’ve started using the online Nessy spelling programme and we LOVE it! Spelling can be great fun! We’ve also used the new Chrome Book laptops for the first time and we think they’re fab!

P4

We have been learning about alliteration and wrote alliterative animal poems before performing them in front of the class.  As part of Book Week Scotland, we took part in Authors Live.  The author and poet Joseph Coelho told us how he writes poems using mind mapping ideas.

P5

We had a great trip to the Museum of Scotland on Monday, we met a Jacobite soldier and learned more about life at the time. We came back full of ideas for making jacobites and Redcoats, and our display wall now looks amazing.

P6

P6 have been very busy this week practising for our assembly. We have enjoyed learning about mining and the working conditions of children

P7

P7 were at Sky Academy Skills Studio yesterday making a news report. Watch the P7 blog for some photos and the finished report soon!

60 second update

16 November

Nursery

We have had a busy week in the nursery talking about keeping safe while crossing the road. We have also been exploring the school grounds and playing on the tunnels and the large sand pit.

P1

We have designed the inside of our houses this week and now need to agree on the names of our streets! We have discussed how electricity is used in our houses and made a display showing how to stay safe around electrical equipment.

P2B

The children enjoyed taking part in Odd Sock day on Monday. We had our photo taken with the older children – it’s on our school Twitter page. This week the children were also introduced to the new Chrome books, which caused great excitemnt. Our P5 buddies helped us to type in our personal log in details. Next week we’ll be trying to do this on our own …!

P2R

We are really enjoying our BIG writing, the focus has moved on from nocturnal animals to what is in the night sky. This week the pupils were writing facts about the moon.

As it is anti-bullying week, we have done lots of work on kindness; the pupils were particularly proud of the drama work they were doing. They all worked very hard, listening to each other, sharing ideas and giving constructive feedback to their peers.

The Esk pupils are very excited about their trip today and the others are very excited about having a dress down/up day to help raise money for Children in Need.

P3

As it was World Kindness Day on Tuesday we have been extra kind to each other this week. We thought about how it makes us feel to focus on the positive in ourselves and in each other.

In literacy, we have worked hard on our reflective reading skills and we practised writing top quality story beginnings using our storytelling ‘When?’, ‘Who?’, ‘Where?” and ‘What?’ cards. We know that a good story needs a great beginning.

We’ve started our new theme and the children are really enthusiastic to be finding out about Planet Earth in Space; they have lots of great questions that they want to investigate!

P4

We have started writing our own poems. This week our poems were related to respect as it is Anti-bullying week. We have been learning about the skeleton as part of our Science work. We now know the proper names for many of the major bones in our body

P5

P5 have been learning about Catriona and Dougal Macdonald and their daily lives in Prestonpans in 1745. We have also been enjoying Google Classroom and starting to learn chess.

P6

We have started learning about the industrial revolution this week and have been finding out about the mines and mills that used to be in our area. In maths we have been learning about dividing bigger numbers using a method called ‘chunking’. Ask a P6 about it!

P7

Next week we’re off to Sky Academy in Livingston to make a news report. Watch this space next week!

They started writing their imaginative pieces this week with the focus being a deserted city. I have read through their starting paragraphs and was very  impressed to see advanced vocabulary and excellent openers, connectives and punctuation. Well done.

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P1

Primary 1 have been finding out about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We enjoyed making firework pictures and making diva clay pots. Next month we will see what Diwali has in common with Christmas.

Primary 1 have been counting 2 collections during numeracy. We are practising holding the first number in our head and counting on. We practised in the wood with horse chesnut leaves.

P2B

We enjoyed our second music lesson with Mrs Payne this week, where we practised keeping a beat and using different instruments to accompany our singing. We also had fun when parents came in to class and helped us play games to support our reading.

P2R

In primary 2R we have been enjoying learning more about nocturnal animals. We wrote our own reports about different animals that we found facts on. We really liked our open morning as it was fun sharing our learning with our parents and finding out about what they liked when they were children.

P3

We’ve solved the mystery, good detective work Primary 3! We now know what’s inside the silver box . . . there are four top secret X- Watches that do a lot more than just tell the time! We found out what the X – Watches can do, who invented them and why the evil Dr. X wants them back! We had great fun designing our own top secret X – Watches and they have even more special features on them than Dr X’s watches (e.g. vanishing buttons, teleport switches and one even has a TWID dial (tickle when in danger). All of this has stimulated some very exciting talking and writing. 

P4

As part of our numeracy work this week, we have been learning about the ‘split’ strategy when adding bigger numbers. In literacy, we have been doing some characterisations as part of our Matilda focus. During our woodland walk, we have been identifying trees from their leaves and comparing the barks.

 

P5

This week we made and recorded adverts for the exciting new board game “Chalice Chase”. We also played our board games with P7 and we got pretty good feedback! In maths we made quadrilaterals and worked with 2D shapes.

 

 

P7

This week Primary 7 have been researching New Zealand and comparing aspects of their life to those in Scotland. We discovered some amazing facts including New Zealand being the first country in the world to give women the vote.

Value Award Winners for October

Congratulations to all those who were nominated to receive a value award for October.  The badges are finally in now and  each child now has a lanyard for when they receive a badge.  More details about why they received the award are on our Tree of Values display near the hall.

It’s great to see our values in action each day in school.

Fairness

Struan- P5, Noah P1, Isla P1, Rory P4

Ambition

Ruaridh P5, Isla P7, Holly P2R, Elliot P3, Danny P3, Finlay P4, Alissa P2B

Respect

Jessica P5, Oscar P2B, Sophie P6, Lily P2R,

Kindness

Elliot P7, Grace P7, Heather P6, Robyn P3, Stanley P4, Lauren P1

Wellbeing

Murphy P6, Fergus P6, Monty P2R

 

6 second update 2 November

P1

We have read our very first ditty book this week. We use a lollipop stick to point to the words as we read them. We are so quick at recognising the speedy green words and really good at using Fred Talk to work out the others. We have also been writing about the stories in a new writing book. Holding a sentence in our heads and then writing it is really tricky!

P2B

P2R

We had our first music session with a music specialist this week. She was reinforcing keeping the beat, listening skills, proper use of instruments and echoing. This week we have been comparing digital and analogue clocks; looking at how to write ‘o’ clock and half past the hour on digital clocks. We have been enjoying our new BIG writing adventure; where we have been looking at nocturnal animals.

P3

As part of our Big Writing mission we’ve been pretending to be detectives to try to find out information about the mysterious silver box. We loved our role–play in drama, asking the ‘evil villain’ lots of questions about his silver box, and this helped us to write top quality questions. We’ve also worked together to create our own special ‘writing mission’ box, although ours is blue and silver. We can’t wait to see what might be in it!

P4

We have been learning about Arachne as part of our Myths and Legends focus. We wrote stories about the day we changed into something else, made spiders webs based on the work of Piet Mondrian and learned how to sketch a spider.

 

P5

We have been very busy and creative this week using collage materials to make sugar skulls and designing and marking board games to play with P7.

P6

We have been learning how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers in maths. We have been looking at maps of Pencaitland and East Lothian as part of our theme work.

 

P7

The School Mock Court Project is keeping us really busy at the moment. After the defenders submitted their defences last week to Pinkie PS the pursuers received theirs from Davidsons Mains PS. Both teams are now working on their evidence and questions, the witness diaries, making the gowns and creating newspapers.

 

60 second update 12 October

The whole school outdoor week was windy and wonderful! Thanks to all the parents and carers who joined us on our walk to Ormiston Park on Monday. There was so much going on in all the classes, but some highlights included transient art activities, parachute games, zoned play areas, a school clear up, appreciating the beautiful colours of autumn in the Winton Estate and lots more! No Pens Wednesday was a fun challenge to find ways to learn in creative ways and to focus on verbal communication and practical activities.

Our First Value Awards

A huge congratulations to those who have put our values into action in September.

Primary 1 Emily- Kindness

Evie- Kindness

Primary 2B Hannah- Respect

Theo- Ambition

Primary 2R Isla- Kindness
Primary 3 Ayesha- Respect

Sofia- Respect

Alfie- Respect

Primary 4 Daisy- Respect

Ella- Respect

Charlie- Respect

Primary 5 Hamish- Wellbeing

Connie-Respect

Emma K- Kindness

Primary 6 Emily- Kindness

Courtney- Ambition

Primary 7 Lucy- Ambition

Rosie- Ambition

Ruby- Ambition

Noah- Ambition

 

Pencaitland Primary Value Awards

At our last Celebration assembly we launched our new value awards.
Children were nominated by class peers or their teacher for showing respect, kindness, fairness, ambition or thinking about wellbeing.
To celebrate this and recognise their achievements, each child will have a lanyard they will wear to each Celebration assembly. If they receive an award they will get a pin badge to put on their lanyard. Hopefully children will collect all 5 throughout the year.
On our Tree of Values display, names will be added onto leaves to further celebrate our values in action.

This is still at the early stages but hopefully we will have it all up and running for our next Celebration assembly at the end of October.