P4a Toe the fine liner

In our art this week we have been continuing to practice adding tone to our drawings and we have also been learning about adding in detail. Today we were using the fine liners to draw pictures of the school, really focusing on the detail that we could see, such as bricks, stones and the windows. It was lovely seeing their concentration on their work and they all did a wonderful job of their artwork. Have a look at some of their results!

For our Wednesday PE session this week, we weren’t able to use the hall, so we did something a bit different in our class instead; some dancing and then some pokemon yoga, which was great fun. We also tried to run our daily mile again for the first time, though had to cut it short because of the rain. We will try this again next week if it stays dry enough.

Thankfully, we were still able to get outside with Miss McNair on Thursday. We played cops and robbers with her and we all really enjoyed it.

Today we were learning some of the different names for animals in French. We learned that a cat is “un chat,” a dog is “un chien,” snake is “un serpent” and hamster is “un hamster” but in French you don’t say the “h.”

In maths, two of our groups have taken a break from our focus of multiplication and division to learn about something different. The rectangles have been learning about directions, using right angled or quarter turns and creating routes to follow. On Wednesday they were playing a game on the laptops which used computer coding to direct one of the Angry Birds around the screen to squash a pig.

The circles have been learning about grid references and have been enjoying playing battleships to practice their skills when they have finished their work. They have learned a phrase to remind them of the order that they have to read grid references: “along the corridor, then up the stairs.” This reminds them that they have to read the numbers or letters along the horizontal axis first, before reading the vertical axis.

The triangles have been continuing with the work that they have been doing for the last few weeks, looking at addition and place value of Hundreds, Tens and Units.

We also had an opportunity on Thursday afternoon to watch the dress rehearsal of the P5 show school, which we thought was great and wish them luck in all their performances!

Enjoy the weekend!

Art with RME

We were linking Art with RME and drawing mosques.  We focused on the visual elements of line, tone and pattern.  First we drew the outline of the mosque and we focused on the tower and dome (Onion dome).  We used Wolff’s Carbon Pencils to shade it in going from light to dark.  Some of us used a brick pattern, stone or tile pattern using squares, triangles, rectangles and semi-circles.  Some people also included the Islamic symbol on their mosque.

Reebops Strike Again with a Family of Their Own!

Today in Science we were making our baby Reebop.   A Reebop is an alien which we were making during our Inheritance topic.  Before we made our baby Reebops, we had a planning sheet to plan out what our baby Reebops will look like.  We did this by crossing the genes from the mum and dad Reebops and coloured in which genotype we wanted from one of the possible baby Reebop outcomes.  We used clay, pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks, rubber bands, wooden sticks and straws to make them.  We have learned what happens when you cross the genes of the mum and dad and what the baby could look like.  Most of us managed to successfully cross the genes and make the baby Reebops look a bit like one or both of the parents.

Don’t take that TONE with P4a

This week, we had two arty afternoons where we were learning how to use line and tone to add shade to our drawings. We used a painting of a city as inspiration to create these lovely buildings with onion-shaped domes and tall towers.

We’ve had a few interesting PE lessons this week. On Wednesday we had the parachute out playing some team games, including a game where we had to score points by getting a tennis ball off the opposite end of the parachute and another where we had to run underneath to swap places with someone on the other side. This resulted in lots of lovely action shots like this one.

In our outdoor PE session this week, we were playing games with Miss McNair where we had to pretend what kinds of animals we were being and the other team had to guess what we were.

This week was our final week for this round of Skills Academy. Warren has really enjoyed his time in Digital Technologies. This week they were continuing with their Scratch animations by making their characters talk and adding more detail to the back ground.

Lexi also enjoyed her last session of Learning for Sustainability. We managed to finish off all of our recycled pencil cases and they all looked great.

In our assembly today we were talking about advent and Mrs Slorach was asking us to come up with different ideas for a whole-school advent calendar based on the school values. Each day will focus on one of the different school values so that we can remind ourselves how important they are by being honest, fair, kind, friendly and by showing respect. We had a discussion about it after assembly and came up with lots of great ideas. I look forward to seeing the advent calendar when it’s made up.

Enjoy the weekend!

P4b’s Magnificent, Magical, Marvellous Masterpiece Mosques

In R.M.E. we were building Mosques with different materials.  We were using straws, card, Lego, match sticks, cubes, plastic shapes and cups and we worked in groups of 4.  Every Mosque was different but most groups included the Minaret (which is like a tower) and the dome.  We made the Minaret out of stacked cups and other groups made it from connecting shapes or cubes.  Some groups added detail to the inside of their Mosque with prayer mats and Lego characters praying as well as the Imam.  At the end we all got the opportunity to look at each group’s masterpieces.

Some photos of our Mosques will soon follow…

Careful budgeting this week!

This week in P4a we continued with our new topic on budgeting where each of the pupils were given a job title and weekly wage and had to work out how much they could afford to spend on household things each week. We were given the option of different houses, cars and food, as well as different clothes and luxury items. It was great to see how engaged they were with the task and who was willing to sacrifice a nice, warm place to live for a fancy car!

We are nearly finished our block of gymnastics in PE and this week we were practicing balances in pairs and building up a sequence of some of the different skills we have learned over the last few weeks.

Here are some of the inventive balances that we came up with!

During our second PE lesson on Thursday, we were taking part in some races using some of the gym equipment. We had some races where we had to balance a tennis ball on a racket, run through a ladder and another where we had to put a hula hoop over our heads.

In our writing this week, we have been learning how to use different openers in our sentences to make our writing more interesting for our readers. We had some great ideas in our discussion before the writing started and we produced some great stories!

We have also been learning how to improve our handwriting this week and started joined up writing, beginning with the first join between i and n.

Enjoy the weekend!

P4b’s Cool and Colourful Reebops

In Science, we were making Reebops.  Reebops are aliens and we used different characteristics to make a mum and a dad. We used different letters to show the genes for example: BB or Bb for the dominant body shape which was square and bb for the recessive gene for the body which was circular.

We used pipe cleaners, large fluffy fake snowballs, lollipop sticks, clay, match sticks with the ends broken off, Plasticine, rubber bands, art straws, straws and coloured card/ paper.  Next week, we are going to cross the genes from the mum and the dad to make the baby reebop.  It was a very fun experience for all of us and everyone had a good time but it was a wee bit tricky sometimes too.  We rate the experience 10/10.

P4a’s week

This week in PE we have been continuing with our block of gymnastics lessons and this week, I have actually remembered to take the camera out, so we have had some fantastic photos taken by Euan and Molly to show you what we got up to.

We began practicing some donkey kicks, trying to keep our legs as straight as possible…

And then used these same skills to have a go at cartwheels using a bench to support us…

But sometimes, our first attempts didn’t go as well as planned!

In maths, the Rectangles and Circles have been having lots of practice of vertical multiplication and they’ve all been doing really well. We were also learning about a different way of setting out our calculations called the grid method; some of us found that it helped our understanding, though others prefer the vertical method.

The Triangles have been using lots of concrete materials to help them in their work on adding hundreds, tens and units and they’ve done a great job as we’re moving really quickly through this topic.

Today we introduced our new topic for the rest of the term; budgeting. Our task for today was to work out how much money they would have left to spend on food on a cinema trip with a budget of £25. It was lovely to see how engaged they all were with this talking about the cost of all the items on offer.

In our writing this week, we were focusing on our sentence openers and onomatopoeia in a piece about a dangerous journey on a sled in the Arctic. There were lots of great ideas discussed before we started writing, sharing ideas and helping each other with inspiration for our stories, and the writing that was produced was brilliant. I’m looking forward to see what they produce next week!

Enjoy the weekend!

Great Guru Nanak and Delightful D.Y.W Week

We have been learning about Guru Nanak.  Guru Nanak grew up with a Hindu family and one day had a dip in the river and he didn’t come back like he usually did.  After a while Guru Nanak’s family thought he had drowned and 3 days later he came back and said he was with the Gods.  He went on a journey around the world with his friend Mardana. He started to preach Sikhism and he said that it doesn’t matter if you’re different, you can still make friends and play with others.  He also invited people of all wealth to the town hall and they ate altogether to show that everyone is equal.

On Tuesday we were starting to make Guru Nanak birthday invitations because it was Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday.  Some people drew Guru Nanak on their invitation.  All of our invitations looked different and had slightly different information about where the party was taking place and the date. Take a look at a few examples below…



There are 4 D.Y.W. groups.  There is Learning for Sustainability, Life Skills, Digital Technologies and Design and Manufacture.

The Learning for Sustainability group were designing plastic bottle pencil cases before we make them next week.

Life skills group were learning how to sew with needles and it was very tricky but we succeeded!

The Digital Technologies group were learning about Scratch which is similar to the Spheros and is on the computer.

The Design and Manufacture group were painting boxes and started making a little town by turning the boxes inside out and next week we will decide on our town names as well.

We can’t wait for next week!

P4a take a balanced approach to gymnastics

This week in our PE lessons we have carried on with our gymnastics and have been practicing some of our balances. With the help of some excellent demonstrations from some superb gymnasts in our class we managed to do some bridge balances using 2, 3 and 4 points of contact; the frog pose and even some head stands by the end of the lesson. I was very impressed by how well everyone worked in their groups to support and look after their classmates to keep everyone safe while they were balancing.

Molly also says that she really enjoyed our warm up game for PE this week; gymnastics tag. During this game, if you get tagged you have to make one of the poses that we have been learning until someone copies your pose to set you free.

In maths this week we have all been doing vertical calculations for multiplication and addition. The rectangles have been practicing their 6 times table, the circles have been using their 4 times table and the triangles have been adding tens and units together. Everyone has been working very hard.

Continuing with our writing this week, we have been practicing with our onomatopoeia and alliteration in a piece of writing about a giant who has been asleep for a thousand years. I was very impressed with everyone’s work and loved reading all the descriptions of the giants!

Enjoy the weekend!