On Friday Mrs Cook came in for a surprise visit to show us her new, little baby, Katie Jane Cook. She was enjoying a snooze and cuddle from her mum. She opened her eyes for a little while but was soon back asleep. She was tiny and adorable! We loved her visit!
Spelling: Children should continue to focus on their individual Tricky Word grids.
Title: Things That Make Me Happy
Pupils have been given a project to prepare and give a short 5 minute talk about the ‘things that make me happy’. Some ideas might be hobbies, toys, holidays, family and friends but you can include anything that makes you happy. You can decide how you would like to present the talk i.e. PowerPoint (saved on GLOW or pen drive), poster, photographs, bringing in items (trophies, toys etc.)
Children should practise their talk at home in order to be able to fluently talk to the class, they might want to use notes on paper to help them remember their talk.
Talks should be ready to be heard for Monday 20th May
George, our engineer, came in this morning to start our pirate STEM project with us. We are hoping to create our very own pirate ships! But we need your help. We are hoping to use lots of recycled material so we need:
shoe boxes or cereal boxes
fabric or tissue paper
Milk bottle lids
a little toy to decorate the front
Tubes, like kitchen roll tubes
Please start bringing them in to school so we can start planning our project.
During the course of this week all children will be given a personalised Common Word spelling grid. These are the words that your child should focus on over the next few weeks. New sounds will continue to be introduced however it is important that these common words are continued to be practised.
P3/4 was exploring time today so we decided to head outside and draw our own clocks in the playground. We then used our clocks to show different ‘o’clock’, ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’ and ‘quarter to’ times.
Today was our last committee group session so we decided that we would visit the ECC because we have been helping them organise their 50th celebration. The committee had the opportunity to play with children outside. We all had a great morning!
Primary 3/4 went outside today to measure the length of two animals that we found in our reading book. The animals were a Blue Whale and a Colossal Squid. We used a measuring tape, metre stick and trundle wheel to measure them. We talked about which equipment we would use to measure different things. We were amazed at the size of the sea creatures!
What an amazing experience the children had this morning planting trees in our playground. The volunteers were fantastic and helped us learn how to plant trees correctly and look after them. We all had great fun! We will hopefully watch them grow into a beautiful woodland area in our grounds.
In the Catrine heritage committee we have been helping the nursery with their 50th anniversary celebration. This is only our second meeting so we haven’t got much done yet but what we have done today is draw lovely detailed pictures of our favourite nursery memories. We also wrote a few sentences about them. These will be displayed in the nursery building during the celebrations.
This year P3/4 will take part in the Scottish Young Engineer Award with the help of George Burns, a local engineer. We began today by thinking about what makes a fantastic invention. We learned about the history of aeroplanes and even had our own paper aeroplane competition!
For next week, the children have been asked to think about their own ideas for an invention they would like to create. Do you have a problem that needs solved? Maybe you could help your child by talking about what would make a great invention. Have fun!
P3/4 have been investigating which liquids do the most damage to our teeth. We used boiled eggs to represent the enamel of our teeth and put them in different liquids: cola, water, orange juice and vinegar. We had to make sure it was a fair test so we measured the liquid and kept the eggs in the cupboard for A WEEK!…Yuk! Today we were very excited to find out what had happened to the eggs. We were amazed by our results…
We learned that it is important to make good choices about what we drink as it affects our teeth.