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This week in P3/4NM

This is what we have been learning in Primary 3/4NM …

In Numeracy, some of us were learning about decimals.
– We learned that instead of using fractions, you can use decimals instead, like 0.3 (3 tenths).  10 tenths in decimals is 1.0″ (Callan)
Some of us were learning number sequences.
– “We learned about the number before and after.  We counted in multiples of 6, 7, 8 and 9.  We were practising adding 100 to numbers, to make number sequences.” (Emily)
– “We were counting in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s  and 10s.  We used odd and even numbers to make sequences.” (Adam and Cole)

In Literacy, we wrote our final report about animals.
– “We wrote a report about elephants.  I had to make sure that I had 3 facts in each section.” (Lola)
We also practised our note-taking skills.
– “We had to listen to Mrs Muir telling us information.  We had to write down the important details to help us to remember.” (Eli)
– “We looked up websites and took notes to help us make a poster next time.” (Halle)

In IDL, we learned about what the Romans did to relax.
– “It’s not fair that they used to hunt and kill animals for fun.” (Oscar)
– “They went to the theatre to watch the actors and musicians.” (Emma)
– “The audience would vote to decide whether the losing gladiator would live or die.” (Hannah)

In RSHP lessons, the P3s were learning about different families and talking about feelings and keeping safe.
– “Some children are fostered or adopted.” (Cole)
– “You only need 2 people to make a family.” (Nadia)
– “I trust my family to keep me safe.” (Rhys)
The P4s were learning about staying safe on the internet.
– “We learned that you don’t give out your personal information, like your name, address or school.  If someone asks you for personal information when you are playing a game, then you should leave the game.

Have a lovely week off next week!

This week in P3/4NM

Hi from P3/4NM!  Here is some of what we have done this week …

In Numeracy, we were learning more about fractions.  Some of us were learning about equivalent fractions, and how to identify a fraction of a shape.  Others were learning how to find a third, fifth or tenth of a whole number.
– “1/5 of 20 means you need 5 plates and you are going to share 20 sausages.” (Adam)
– “It says you need to find 1/3 so that needs 3 plates for the cakes.” (Cole)
– “Two quarters is the same as one half – it takes up the same amount of space on the shapes.” (Lily)
– “Learning about fractions is interesting.” (Emma)

In Literacy, we read a new Equitable Literacy text called ‘The Great Big Book of Families’.  We used this book to talk about our own families and to discuss what this means for our own identity.
– “You only need two people to have a family.” (Halle)
– “Some people are fostered because they can’t be looked after by their first family right now.” (Cole)

We were writing reports about great white sharks, so we needed to write about their classification, appearance, habitat and behaviour.
– “I liked writing about great white sharks.” (Emily)
– “We got to learn new facts, like they can go without food for 3 months.” (Callan)
– “My target was to remember to write in full sentences.  I did it!” (Nadia)

We had a visit from Amy, from the Youth Music Initiative.  She is going to work with us for 6 weeks and then we will be taking part in a performance.  She asked us which song we know without needing to look at the words.
– “We sang Dance Monkey and Old Town Road because we knew them off by heart.” (Nadia)
– “Amy came in and we learned 3 new Scottish songs.” (Erin and Mah Noor)

In IDL, we learned all about the different foods eaten by the richer and poorer Romans.
– “The Romans ate unusual food – it made me feel sick to hear about it!” (Emma)
Ask us what we learned, and we will tell you!!

– “The best part of the week for me was in Thinking Skills.  I had to draw a picture which needed to have 4 random objects in it.” (Jamie-Lee)

Have a nice weekend!

This week in P3/4NM

We have been practising our poems and song for the Scottish Coffee Morning.  We can’t wait to perform them on Friday morning!

In Literacy, we learned how to retell familiar stories.  We thought about a fairy-tale that we knew really well and told it to our partners, just like Fergus taught us the other week.  Once we had the story in our head, we drew out each part of the story, joined together with arrows, to create a ‘Journey of the Story’.  We then shared our stories with another pair of children.
– “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t fix Humpty Dumpty again.” (Jamie-Lee and Tyler)
– “The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down.” (Rhys and Harry)
– “This is like when we had to draw out a story on the story hands – it helps us tell the story to each other.” (Beth)

In Numeracy, we have been learning about fractions.  Mrs Muir and Mrs Jones showed us different strategies we could use to find a fraction of a whole number.  Some of us were also learning about equivalent fractions.
– “I like drawing a picture and pretending that I’m sharing food on the plates for the people.” (Eli)
– “I liked using the cubes to share them on the mats.” (Emily)
– “Three sixths is the same as one half.” (Halle)

In IDL, we pretended to be an estate agent and designed leaflets to advertise a Roman villa for sale.  We had to create a floor plan, before drawing and describing each of the rooms in the villa.
– “I’m putting the servants’ bedroom next to the kitchen so that they can get to work faster.” (Lily)
– “The vomitarium should be next to the dining room.” (Oscar)
– “I’ve designed a Lararium so that the Romans can go in there to pray to the gods.” (Harry)

This week in Primary 3/4NM

Hello from P3/4NM – here is what we have been working on this week …

In Literacy, we were writing reports about koalas.  We needed to organise the information under different headings.
– “Classification – that’s the group or family that the animal belongs to.” (Jamie-Lee)
– “Appearance – that’s what the animals looks like.” (Emma)
– “Habitat – that tells you where the animal lives.” (Tyler)
– “Behaviour – that’s what the animal does.” (Karina)
– “Koalas are not actually bears.” (Mah Noor)
– “Koalas have a pouch and are called marsupials.” (Nadia)
– “We learned that koalas sleep for up to 16 hours a day.” (Emily)

In Numeracy, we finished off our work about Roman Numerals.  We had to use them read and answer sums and we completed a ‘Colour by Numbers’ mosaic picture, using the Roman Numerals for I to L (1-50).  We also started to learn about fractions.  We did some practice to find out what we could remember from last year and talked about when you would use fractions in real life.
– “My sister and I shared the extra doughnut … we each got half.” (Lily)
– “The pizza was cut into quarters.” (Lola)
– “Half of our class would be 12 because we usually have 24.” (Halle)

In IDL, we learned about the types of houses that Romans would have lived in.
– “Richer Romans lived in villas and poorer Romans lived in flats.” (Ava)
– “The poorest people lived in the top flats because they would need to keep going up and down the stairs for water and food.  It would be harder to get out if there was a fire.” (Hannah)

We were practising our Scots poetry and song.  We have chosen the finalists for the ‘Spaceman’ poem and they are going to say it to Mrs Cuthbert tomorrow – good luck!

This week in Primary 3/4NM

Welcome to our class blog this week!

We were all super-excited to have a Storytelling session from Fergus.  We reminded him of everything that we had done together last time and then he shared some new stories and songs.
– “Fergus the Storyteller told us a Roman story.” (Nadia)
– “Fergus came to our class and he sang songs with us.” (Beth)
– “When Fergus came in to our class he sang us a funny song.” (Mah Noor)
– “I liked it when Fergus was teaching us songs and stories.” (Emma)

In Literacy, we continued learning how to write reports – this week it had to be about hedgehogs.  We needed to include a range of sentence openers.
– “We wrote reports about hedgehogs and we got to find out different facts about hedgehogs.” (Callan)
– “We were writing a report about hedgehogs.  I learned that hedgehogs roll into a ball when they are scared.” (Erin)
– “Did you know that hedgehogs have a spine?” (Cole)
– “Believe it or not but baby hedgehogs are called piglets. (Harry)

In Numeracy, we covered a couple of concepts this week.
– “We finished up learning about money.  We used takeaway menus to find the total of the things we would like to buy.” (Emily)
– “We made our own menus and I had never heard of dragon fruit.  I put it onto my menu.” (Oscar)
– “We’ve been learning about money in our Maths stations.” (Adam)
We also learned about Roman numerals and practised reading and writing numbers using these.  Tomorrow, we are going to do some addition and subtraction sums, using Roman numerals!
– “I saw Roman numerals in my book.” (Rhys)
– “Big Ben has Roman numerals.” (Callan)

In IDL, we learned about the important buildings that would have been built in Roman towns and cities.  We learned their names, what would have happened there and compared them to modern-day.  We drew pictures of these buildings, to put on our brand new Romans display in class.
– “The temple was where they prayed to the Gods.” (Eli)
– “The thermae was where they went to wash.” (Karina)
– “The basilica was the law court.” (Carly)
– “It doesn’t sound comfy to sit on stone seats at the theatre.” (Ava)

Have a lovely weekend!

This week in P3/4NM

Happy New Year!

We were all happy to see our friends again this week.  As the week went on, we were all feeling more awake and back into our usual routine!

In Numeracy, we continued the work about money that we started before the holidays.  Everyone was learning to find the total of 2 or more amounts, using the different addition strategies that we already know.  We linked our learning to real-life experiences, talking about different shopping scenarios.

In Literacy, most of our work this week has been about reports.  We read reports about different animals and learned how to find specific information in a report, to answer various questions.  We learned to start with the vocabulary from the question, find those words within the report and then ‘read around’ them to find the actual answer.  At the same time, we also learned some amazing facts about animals!
– “Pythons can live for 40 years.” (Tyler)
– “Leopards eat their prey immediately after catching it.” (Eli)
– “Nocturnal means that foxes move around and eat at night.” (Jamie-Lee)

We then used what we had learned to write a report of our own – ‘All About Dogs’.  We used headings to organise the information and had to make sure that the report contained only accurate and relevant facts.
– “Classification – Dogs are vertebrates which means that they have a backbone.” (Mah Noor)
– “Appearance – The colour of dogs depends on what type they are.” (Cole)
– “Habitat – Some dogs are rescued and go to live in a rescue home.” (Hannah)
– “Behaviour – Dogs like to play with chew toys.” (Lily)

We started our brand new IDL this week – we will be learning about the Romans.  We all had the chance to say what we think we already know and what we would like to learn about.  We had some ideas about some of the things that we would like to say, make, write and do.  We started the project by placing the Roman era on a timeline of historical events and we studied the story of Romulus and Remus to discover how Rome was built and got its name.
– “Roman soldiers wore armour.” (Lola)
– “Rome is in Italy.” (Carly)
– “I’ve got a book about Rome.” (Rhys)
– “Romulus killed Remus.” (Adam)

We’ll tell you more once we learn more next week!

This week in Primary 3/4NM

Welcome to our last class blog of the year!

In Literacy, we have been learning how to answer questions in full sentences, rather than 1 or 2 word responses.  We learned how to use words from the question to help us to form the answer.  We had to make sure that the sentences were grammatically correct, and that they contained the necessary capital letters and full stop.

In Numeracy and Maths, we learned about 2 different problem solving strategies – ‘Draw a Picture’ and ‘Use Real Objects’.  We used these strategies to solve different problems.
– “The penny problem was really tough.  I thought I had worked it out but I actually hadn’t!” (Erin)
– “The Christmas bauble problem was easy for me because I worked out all of the different colours I could use.” (Rhys)

In Science, the P3 children made a magnetic game.  We all designed our very own town map and drew a Santa with his sleigh.  We attached magnets to the sleigh and used another magnet to guide Santa around the town, delivering presents on his way.
– “It’s hard to control because the magnet is making the other magnet repel.” (Eli)
– “If I use the right pole on my magnet, I can get Santa to move.” (Oscar)
The P4 children have designed their own Christmas pictures, which had to include.  Tomorrow’s job will be to build an electrical circuit which will light up the bulb on Rudolph’s nose!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2020!

This week in P3/4NM

This is our last full week before the Christmas holidays and we have been as busy as ever!

In Literacy, we were writing instructions about ‘How to Decorate a Christmas Tree’.  Earlier in the week, we told Mrs Muir each instruction step-by-step, with her only doing EXACTLY what we told her.  Today, we wrote these instructions, following what we had said.
– “Begin by getting the Christmas tree out of the box and put the stand up.  After that spread the branches out, making sure that you have one branch at the top for the angel.” (Halle)
– Wrap the flashing fairy lights around the gorgeous tree and plug it in to see if they work.” (Lola)
– “Make sure the lights are not tangled.  Don’t forget to put decorations and tinsel on the tree.  You may mot want tinsel but maybe you do.” (Callan)
– “Finally put a star or angel on top of the tree.” (Eli)
We were also learning how to give a summary of a story that we have read.  A lot of us used the ‘Hand Strategy’ for this – ask us to explain!

In Numeracy, we continued learning about money.  We all had to count up how much money was in different examples, with the maximum amount (£1, £5 or £10) depending on which group we are in.  We also needed to say which coins we would use to create amounts of money, trying to use the fewest coins possible.
– “98p is easiest if you use 50p, 20p, 20p, 5p, 2p and 1p” (Harry)
– “That’s easier than using 9 ten pence coins and 8 one pence coins.” (Cole)
Some of us were also working on converting between pence and pounds/pence, using decimal notation.
– “478p = £4.78” (Emily)
– “109p = £1.09 …. don’t forget to have the 0” (Erin)

We really enjoyed taking part in ‘Coffee and Carols‘ on Tuesday!  we had worked hard in class, and at home, to learn the words for our songs.  Thanks to everyone who helped us.
– “I practised at home using a YouTube video for the music.” (Oscar)
– “My mum and sister were there watching.” (Cole)

In IDL, we counted up the money that we made from selling our key chains at the Christmas Fayre.  We worked out that, even after we pay back Mrs Muir for her outlay, we have made a profit.  A couple more of us want to buy a key chain this week and then we will know our final total.  We can then decide how to spend the money we made!

In Science, P3 children were investigating magnets and magnetism.
– “If the 2 North poles touch, they will repel.” (Eli)
– “2 poles that are the same will make each other push away.” (Beth)
– “Magnets will attract to iron and steel.” (Eli)
We then carried out an experiment to predict and check which everyday objects are magnetic.

P4 children were investigating electricity.  We identified everyday objects that are powered by electricity and sorted them, depending on whether they used batteries, mains or both.  We also took part in activity to show that, as soon as a light switch is pressed, the electricity immediately lights up the bulb.  We acted this out, in a circle, showing that the electrons have to travel non-stop around a circuit.
– “We need more than 1 electron at a time.” (Halle)
– “We need one electron each.” (Jamie-Lee)
– “We need to pass them non-stop, so that we only hold one at a time.” (Lily)

This Week in P3/4NM

We have been SO busy this week.  As well as the usual subjects on our timetable, we have also been working on some Christmas-themed activities.

In Literacy, we each had to plan and deliver a structured talk, like a book blessing, called ‘My Favourite Book.’  Our parents and carers helped us with the planning and we presented in front of the class either yesterday or today.
– “My favourite book is ‘Puppy Academy: Scout’ because dogs are my favourite animal and it is an interesting story.’ (Lacey)
– “My favourite book is called an annual because it comes out every year.” (Tyler)
– “I would recommend ‘Tom Gates is absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)’ to anyone my age as it has funny pats in it and has funny pictures too.” (Ava)

In Health and Wellbeing, we made and tasted lemonade, in preparation for this week’s instruction-writing lesson.
– “I thought the lemonade was really good at first but then it began to taste really sour.” (Oscar)
– “I thought that it was too sweet for me.” (Erin)
– “The lemonade was good because I thought it tasted liked Sprite.” (Mah Noor)

In Art, we learned how to make a chain of paper dolls, all holding hands.  We have been studying the book ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson in our Literacy lessons and wanted to try it out.  We learned how to fold the paper into a concertina, before drawing and carefully cutting out the image.  we made ours into Gingerbread People, in time for Christmas.

For our IDL, we were discussing the skills, abilities and qualities that we need to pursue our desired careers.  For our Christmas Fayre Enterprise Stall, we finished the production of our Christmas key chains.  We are going to count up our money on Monday, to find out if we made a profit or loss, so there is still time to purchase one, if we would like.  Thanks to Miss Low for looking after our stall on the night!

In Numeracy, we showed Mrs Muir what we could remember from having been taught about money in previous years, and from handling money in real life.  We will continue this work next week, including in our IDL discussions.  We learned that money is not the only way to pay for items and services – there are debit cards, credit cards and other payment options available.