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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.

This week in P4/5

This has been a busy week with lots happening, we have enjoyed it! (Charlie)

In numeracy we have started to learn our 7 times table (Eilidh), Miss Coons taught us a cool trick! (Kai) . We  have been looking at symmetry and find symmetry in a variety of 2D shapes and patterns( Amy and William).


In our writing we finished our Snowman stories. We started planning a new story called Mog’s Christmas Calamity (Anabia). It was an old TV advert and we had to write the story of the advert (Lucas).  I enjoyed writing about Mog. My favourite part was when the chestnuts exploded across the kitchen (Lewis). We also did some research about Christmas in different countries. I liked learning about what Christmas traditions are celebrated in other countries (Tyler).


We have been learning about The Apprentice. In PE we worked in our teams to complete challenges. There was Swimball, Blocks and Buisness, Child Company, World Wide, 4 Explosions and ABCD. We raced in different races. There was a skipping race, a running race, a burpee race and star jumps (Alexis).

We can’t believe there are only 9.5 school days left until the school holidays. Time is flying in!

This week in P.4/5

We have had a very busy week in P.4/5!


We have been doing more work on The Tear Thief. She collects tears to make the moon shine brightly (Grace). We learned about pathetic fallacy. If an author uses pathetic fallacy, it’s to show what the weather is doing to reflect the character’s feelings (Michael).  We know that Disney do pathetic fallacy really well and we watched a couple of Disney clips top see this in film media (Ben).  In writing this week we watched The Snowman and picked 8 parts of the story from different scenes. Next week we are going to write our versions of The Snowman from our plan (Jamie).

Numeracy and Maths

We have been learning to convert cm into mm and back again (Anabia). We drew a table with 3 columns and showed how measurements could be shown in cm or mm or cm and mm (Lucas). An example of this would be 3.0 cm = 30 mm = 3 cm 0 mm (Lucas).  We were working from the board to answer the questions (Innes). Straight afterwards, Mrs Penman came into the class to say well done to us because we had been working really hard and could explain what we were learning to her (Rebekah).

IDL – The Apprentice

We finished our letters to classes and are waiting for them to be judged (Eilidh H). We made art pieces in groups. We had to copy a picture but each of the team only had one quarter of a piece of paper so we had to work together to make sure our lines matched up (Amy J).  My group is Blocks and Business and we found this task hard because I found tracing the picture hard (William).

Modern Languages

We are learning about parts of the body in French. We also learned about the different types of weather. I know that il pleut means it is raining. I also know le main is French for a hand (Amy M). I know that il neige means it is snowing (Alexis). Il fait froid means it is cold.

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This week in P3/4NM

Hello from P3/4NM and Mrs Muir!  Here is a snapshot of some of our learning this week.

In Literacy, we were learning to read and spell words with a variety of sounds, as well as some common words and project-related vocabulary.  Between the 3 different spelling groups, we covered the ‘Magic e with u’, ‘ew’ and ‘oi’ sounds.  We all made a wordsearch containing words with our own group’s sounds and challenged each other to find the words that we had hidden.
– “It was really easy to find the ‘ew’ words in Emma’s wordsearch.” (Emily)
– “It was quite tricky to find the ‘Magic e’ words in Oscar’s wordsearch.” (Eli)
In our writing lesson this week, we continued to learn how to write logically-sequenced instructions.  We had to use a range of sentence openers, to move on from just using First, Next, Then and Finally.  These instructions were designed to teach people ‘How to Wrap a Present’.
– “Begin by rolling out your wrapping paper and place your present in the middle.  Cut the wrapping paper where you rolled it out to.” (Beth and Nadia)
– “After that overlap the paper and stick with tape.  Fold the flaps into triangles and tape them down.” (Ava and Tyler)
– “Once you’ve done that tie a ribbon starting at the bottom of the present.” (Hannah)
– “Lastly, write the gift tag and stick it on the present.” (Eli)

In Numeracy, we were combining many of the skills that we have been learning over the past 8 weeks.  We revised how to round 2- or 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10 or 100, depending on which group we are in.  We used these rounding skills to estimate the answer to addition or subtraction calculations.  We then had to use the addition and subtraction strategies that we have learned to work out the actual answer, before comparing it with the estimate, e.g.
– “69-12 is almost 70-10 which equals 60.  69-12 is actually 57, which is almost 60” (Oscar)

In IDL, we were learning about different careers and professions that people can take up when they leave education.  We also spoke about the different education opportunities that are available after leaving secondary school, including going to college, university or becoming an apprentice.  We all had to give an opinion about what we aspire to do when we grow up, and were encouraged to provide a reason why.
– “I want to be a police officer because i want to drive the police car.” (Adam)
– “I want to be a train driver because I love trains.” (Rhys)
– “I want to be a football manager because I am interested in football.” (Emma)
– “I want to be a dancer because I like dancing.” (Karina)

In Art, we designed pictures which showed our understanding of ‘perspective’.  We cut out and added patterns to tree shapes, which we had to arrange so that some were in the ‘foreground’ and some were in the ‘background’.  Look out for our photos on Twitter!

This week in P.4/5

This term is marching on and we don’t know where the time is going because we are so busy in our class.


We used the book The Tear Thief to find similes (Tyler). My group spotted 9 similes. One example from the book was ‘green as emeralds’ (Anabia). I liked it because I like trying to find the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ in the text.

Numeracy and Maths

We have begun learning our 9 times table (Ben). We learned different strategies to figure out the answers. One of the ways was using our fingers. If the sum was 9 x 5, you would put your 5th finger down. (Innes). The fingers before the one that is down count for the tens and the fingers after it stand for the units (Ben). We also found out that the units and the tens digits in the answers add up to 9 (Innes).

We were measuring with rulers this week. The SPICY task was measuring in cm and mm and the HOT task was measuring in cm (Rebekah).

IDL – The Apprentice

In IDL we were writing letters in our teams about an up coming art exhibition. It had to tell when the pieces of art work were to be handed in and it had to have our team name represented (Eilidh H). We watched more clips of The Junior Apprentice and the boys team lost. Jordan was fired first and we were pleased because we thought he was arrogant! (Amy J).

PE and Ydance

In PE we are learning about inversions. It is about strength, balance and concentration. We are also doing gymnastics in the hall. My favourite thing was the bench to do bunny hops on and jump off on to the soft mat (Mac). In Ydance we are doing a game called beans. There’s different types of beans. There’s a Mexican bean, a jumping bean and a runner bean. We had to get to other people who chose the same bean and get into a group for dancing (Mac).

We hope you enjoy your weekend!


This week in P3/4NM

Hi from all of us in P3/4NM!

In Literacy, we were writing instructions all about how to ride a bike.  We were being challenged to use more sophisticated language to hook the reader, so we were trying not to use First, Next, Then and Finally.  Instead, we used some different sentence openers …
– “Begin by holding the handlebars.” (Callan)
– “Don’t forget to put on your helmet.” (Emily)
– “Begin by sitting on the saddle.” (Nadia)
– “Don’t forget to put your hands on the handlebars.” (Hannah)
We were learning different spelling rules this week.  Some of us learned how to spell words with the ‘aw’ sound, some were learning ‘soft c says s’ and some were learning ‘magic e with o’.

In Numeracy, we finished off our recent block of work about subtraction.  Some of us were learning how to use the written algorithm to show how to subtract 3-digit numbers, with exchanging.
– “You can’t do 4-8, so you have to exchange 1 hundred for 10 tens.  You cross it out in your jotter. ” (Halle)
Some of us were learning to take a teens number away from a 2-digit number.
– “58-15= 58-10-5=43” (Oscar)

In Health and Wellbeing, we were discussing different food and drinks.  We had to say whether we liked, disliked or had never tried various food and drinks.
– “I have never tried coffee.” (Callan)
– “I’ve never tried aubergine.” (Nadia)
– “I like Fruitella.” (Declan)
– “I like the taste of haggis.” (Cole)
– “I don’t like chicken pasta.” (Emma)
 – “I don’t macaroni because it is too cheesy.” (Karina)

This Week in P.4/5


This week we learned about similes and made a poster about them. The learned that we had to compare two things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ (Tyler). I enjoyed doing the similes because some of them were funny (Anabia). I like literacy because I like to up level my writing skills (Tyler). On Thursday the P.4s learned how to ask good questions in different ways. We wrote some questions to ask Lydia from our class novel then used ‘hot seating’ to ask the questions (Lewis).

Numeracy and Maths

In numeracy we started our 6 times table (Eilidh H). We used cubes to work out the 6 times table facts and drew pictures of the facts to help us (William).  We started working on measure in maths. We used a trundle wheel, metre stick , tape measure and ruler then we measured and drew lines with a ruler (Eilidh H).

IDL – Finishing learning about China

We have finished our IDL about China. We tasted some foods from China this week (Ben). We tried different foods like sweet and sour noodles and plain noodles, fried rice, Chinese leaf and beansprouts. My favourite was the sweet and sour noodles (Innes).

IDL – The Apprentice

We started learning about the TV programme called The Apprentice. We were put into teams and our IDL is all going to be about completing tasks with our team. We had to make a team name and a team logo. Our team name is called Child Company and our design is of three kids saying, “wow Child Company is a great place.” (Mac).


Eilidh H won an award at her dancing as a rising star. We are very proud of her. We have more marathon winners this week with Charlie and Ben getting their second marathon. What fit and healthy boys!

We hope you have enjoyed our blog. Have a great weekend!


This week in P3/4NM

Good afternoon from us!  We can’t quite believe we are nearly at the end of another busy week.  Here is some of what we have been learning …

Mrs Jones visited us during Numeracy today, to remind us how to use a counting stick to practise counting on and back in different multiples.  This links to our continuing work on subtraction.
Some of us were subtracting through different decade numbers, after having mastered how to subtract through 20 last week.  We again used the empty number line strategy to apply this to higher numbers.
Some of us were using the Dienes materials to subtract 3-digit numbers, including with exchanging.  This was tricky to get right but, as we added in new strategies to help us, including teaching each other, we were becoming more accurate.
We also learned a new game called ‘If … is the answer, what is the question?’, e.g.
– “If 20 is the answer, the question could be 4020-4000.” (Lily)
– “If 100 is the answer, the question could be 10×10.” (Mah Noor)
– “If 145 is the answer, the question could be 145-0.” (Hannah)

In Literacy, we were SUPER excited that our Reading Pets arrived.  We all got the chance to get a Reading Pet, which we named and thought up likes/dislikes/character traits, etc.  During Whisper Reading, we read to our pets and Mrs Muir can come and listen in as well.
– “My Reading Pet is called Nugget.” (Emma)
– “My Reading Pet is shy.  She just likes me to whisper, not shout.” (Karina)
We were planning out our latest set of instructions during our Writing lesson today.  We had to plan the 4 different stages to teach a younger child how to ride a bike.  We completed the plan today and will write out the actual instructions next week.

In RME, we worked in groups to plan and present a dance in the style of a traditional Hindu stick dance.  This type of dance would be part of Diwali celebrations.
– “We worked as a team to make up the dance.” (Hannah)
– “We could finish off by stretching our arms and putting our sticks together in the middle.” (Tyler)

In Science, the P4 children carried out an experiment to find out what could speed up the process of meting ice cubes to return to water.
– “The sugar didn’t make a difference.” (Callan)
– “This one melted first … it had salt in the water.” (Emma)
Hannah worked out that this is why people put salt on the pavements or roads when it is icy!
The P3 children decided to re-run their experiment to find out about what happens if plants don’t get water or sunlight.  We hope it works this time!!