Looking after P4a’s Elf and Wellbeing

In our second last week of the year the rectangles have been finishing up with our division topic that we’ve been working on for some time now. I think they’re looking forward to working on something different for a while.

The circles, however, have just started learning about the same bus stop method that the rectangles are just finishing with. They’ve done really well so far and I’m sure they’ll enjoy working with more complex numbers next week and after the Christmas holidays.

With our writing this week, with Mrs Abercrombie, was continuing with the Incredible Snowman story that we were planning last week. We will be redrafting these next week, so that they can be displayed around the school to let other classes see our wonderful work.

We have all been working on our Christmas crafts for the Christmas Fayre on Monday. Using acrylic paints and Sharpie pens, we have been painting some lovely snowflake and star-shaped tealight holders. The whole class has put a lot of effort into their designs and they look absolutely fantastic! They’re looking forward to showing them off at the fayre next week.

Just like last week, we had our PE slot inside the classroom. We had good fun keeping active with some Go Noodle videos, as well as some yoga and Just Dance videos. This afternoon, we also ran a mile and timed ourselves doing it. The aim is that we will repeat this next week and see if we can improve on our times by increasing our fitness levels and stamina.

Mrs Melville has been teaching us about the names of colours and numbers as a bit of revision in French. We have covered this before, but it was useful to go back over things again.

One of the more exciting things to happen this week was the delivery of two 3D printers, which have been paid for by the fundraising committee. We talked about the different things that can be printed using the printers and watched some videos to see how long it can take them to be printed. Hopefully next week, we will get the opportunity to see them in action!

Enjoy the weekend!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

P4a’s cracking onomatopoeia

This week, one of our focuses in literacy has been onomatopoeia. We had fun looking through some beano magazines to find as many examples of this as we could, before making our own examples of onomatopoeia pop art, like we saw in the magazines. Here’s a picture showing you how great they look!

We also had a go of using onomatopoeia in an acrostic poem about bonfire night. Here are two of them that I really liked!

We’ve been learning about inheritance in science. Eleanor says that “inheritance is something you are born with, like hair colour or eye colour, and learned is things you can practice like the alphabet or playing the piano.

The class had the opportunity to enter a Road Safety Competition this week to design a poster to encourage people to act safely when out on the road. Their designs were great, and some of the slogans that they came up with were brilliant! Here are some of the girls designing their posters.

We’ve all been practicing our mental maths skills this week, using some games and strategies to help us with our number bonds and knowledge. We’re going to keep practicing these throughout the whole year!

Our skills academy classes carried on this week, with each group doing something exciting which they were all excited to tell me about when they came back to class.

The Learning for Sustainability group were making planters out of recycled materials. We have planted Thyme and Basil seeds in recycled plastic bottles and punched holes out of the sides, so that they could be hung up somewhere sunny. It’s important to make sure these are covered with cling film and get enough water and hopefully we’ll see something growing in a week or two.

The Digital Technologies group were practicing their coding skills with the Spheros, which they discovered could be coded to light up different colours and to move directions using the Chromebooks. Ayyan preferred to use the WASD keys to tell the Sphero where to go.

The Life Skills group were learning more about healthy eating and made up a pita pocket using fresh vegetables like peppers, carrots, tomatoes and cucumber. They looked lovely!

The last group, Design and Manufacturing, had to test their design skills by building a house out of match sticks that had to be no bigger than 20 cm. It sounds like they all did really well!

Enjoy the weekend!

P4a’s week

Even though it was only a four day week, it’s been a full one and we’ve managed to keep ourselves busy!

We met our new PE specialist on Thursday, whose name is Mr Aubrey. This week he was teaching us about rugby and our passing skills. Dylan says “We have to pass the ball from your waist and you have to catch it by making a W shape with both of your hands.” We also really enjoyed our warm up game, which was called Infection.

In our other PE lessons, we started a new block of lessons; gymnastics. We were learning about different poses that we used in the games during the lesson, like the straight pose, bridge, straddle, pike, star and tuck.

In maths, the Rectangles have started a new topic on area. This week we have been estimating and counting the number of squares that different objects cover to work out their area.

The Circles have been working on fractions and have been working out how to find thirds, fifths and tenths of numbers and shapes.

The Triangles also started a new topic and have been using the balance scales to compare the weight of different things in the classroom.

Our dioramas are now almost finished. Look below for all the pictures of our work so far! I think they’re looking really great!

First, our two Arctic climate zones, with some great animals in both. Some fantastic whales and fish by Jessica, Eleanor, Bella and Cara and some penguins jumping from the cliff into the sea by Luca Fillipini, Harry, Nathan and Bruce.

Here are our two deserts. Heather, Molly and Lauren challenged themselves to find a way to show a sandstorm in their dioramas and I think the way that they have used the tissue paper is great!

Next, we have our two temperate zones. This was a tricky one because we had to try to show that temperate zones had lots of different weather and I think that both groups here have done a great job.

And finally, our tropical zones. I particularly like the idea that Hamiz, Euan and Ben had to use lollypop sticks to show just how many trees have been cut down in the rainforest!


Today we also had our first skills academy session, which you may remember from the end of last term. The class was split into four different groups to join with other classes across P4 and P5 to work on some really cool stuff!

The first group, Design and Manufacture, had a design challenge this week were they had to design and build a table out of cardboard that would be strong enough to hold a book.

The Life Skills group were using their reading and measuring skills to make some cereal balls using oats, honey, dried fruit and chocolate chips, which looked really tasty!

The group working on Digital Technologies were learning about coding and will be going on to code something called a Sphero, which is a ball that they can make move around in different directions using an app.

The last group, Learning for Sustainability, carried out a survey across the school to see what things we do in the school that are environmentally friendly, and if there is anything that we could possibly do better. Over the next few weeks, we will be reusing plastic bottles to make different things that can be used at home and in school!

Enjoy the weekend!

P4a catch up

Last week was Maths Week Scotland and we were lucky enough to get a brand new trolley of maths equipment to help us in our learning! We’ve had some time to explore what’s in it and it’s been a great resource so far!

The Rectangles have been using the Numicon in our short division practice, which is also called the Bus Stop method. Here is a picture of Molly showing us how it’s done!

The Triangles have also been using some of the new materials when they have been learning about fractions. Here is a picture of Nathan showing us the difference between a half and a quarter this week.

Over the last few weeks in our writing lessons, we have been writing settings for a scene, using our five senses to help us build a picture, as well as some great adjectives, connectives and even some similes to help us up-level our writing. Check out these great examples from Emilia and Ayyan!

In Science we have been investigating the best conditions that plants grow in across the world, by planting some beans in soil and sand and by keeping some in the light and others in the dark. Here is a picture of one of the plants just starting to grow.

And some more once they have had some time to take root!

For some of our other science work, we have been looking at different climate zones across the world and have begun some work on some shoebox dioramas to show the differences in these zones and the changes we might expect due to climate change. I’m looking forward to sharing some photos of these with you when they are all finished as they are looking great already!

In French, we have been learning about the days of the week and months of the year; we played a matching game to link the English words with the French. Here are some photos of Molly, Luca Franchi, Nathan and Beth showing us how it’s done!


P4a first blog!

We’ve had a busy week in P4a! Here are some of the things that we’ve been doing…

“I’ve learned about the polar climate. Sometimes it ends up being minus 55 degrees!” (Harry Jefferson)

“We’ve learned about Venn diagrams, Carroll diagram and bar charts. We decided what we wanted to vote for and I chose animals.” (Ben Fishlock)

“We were learning about how to use Carroll diagrams, how we can get the whole class in separate groups. We chose boys and girls and lighter and darker hair. We went outside and went into groups and had to figure out so that everyone in the class had a space in our Carroll diagram.” (Jessica Urquhart)

“In PE we were playing Tail Take. It’s where you put a bib into your shirt and run around and try and snatch the bib off people and when the person blows the whistle you come in and see how many bibs you’ve got.” (Bruce McLellan)

“In science we were seeing how plants grow and parts of the flower. We learned about the petals; they make the flower look pretty.” (Emilia Pugh)