# Growth Mindsets

In health and well-being we have been learning about growth mindsets, resilience  and working as a team. We understand that everyone is different and we all have our own strengths. We all bring something different to a team and if we play to our strengths we can achieve great success!

The class were given different challenges and asked to work as team. Despite a few teething problems at first, they all quickly found a way to work together and create some fantastic structures. “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try, try again.”

# Calculations and Weight

As we are becoming more confident with numbers we are now tackling calculations.  Here are some photographs of us working hard.

We used the bears to help us count out the amounts that we needed.  Then we wrote the calculations on our dry wipe boards.  We have been using different ways to show and practise calculations and we are getting really good at it.

We have also been learning to use Pan Balances to weight objects around the classroom.  We compared objects and we weighed items in cubes.  We worked with a partner to collect and weight objects.

Now we are able to talk about objects that are heavier or lighter.  We compared objects and described them.

# …and BAKE!

Today we completed the next stage in the creation of our Christmas Craft for the Christmas Fayre.

With the help of Mrs Harris and Mrs Pacitti we baked our items in the ‘Failte gu Cridhe Thaighe’ kitchen oven.  When they were ready there was a nice freshly baked smell in the air, however you do not want to bite into these baked goods, you might break a tooth!

# Kitchen Chaos

This afternoon we were super busy working away in the school kitchen.

We were making our craft for the Christmas Fayre.  (We will stick with the element of surprise and not show you the finished product!  We did however successfully make 32 items! Yayee!)

Here we are looking very smart with our aprons on.  We worked in teams to make a dough using salt, flour and water.  We took turns to mix in the ingredients and roll out the dough.  We all had the opportunity to cut out our shape.   Next we had to carefully lay them on the baking trays.

At times we got ourselves into a sticky mess and panic followed when we found an unused cup of salt! Who had forgotten to include all of the ingredients?  Following that we had a flood when someone poured in too much water!

In the end we all managed to create a lovely item to sell at the fayre!  Well done everyone!

Photographic Evidence

Here we have some evidence showing that members of 1.4 are able to wash dishes and help tidy the kitchen! What a great help! Thank you.

# Cinema Visit

On Monday we went on an adventure to the Odeon Cinema in Kilmarnock.  We were so excited to get on the big bus, fasten our seatbelts and head off on our first school trip.

We were suppose to see Paddington 2, however due to technical issues we ended up watching the Grinch! Everyone enjoyed it and had a laugh and a giggle.

# Welcoming a Baby – Minister Visit

Adrienne came to visit us last Thursday.  She is the Youth and Family Worker from Newton Mearns Baptist Church.   We had to think about what babies need to grow and stay healthy as well as how people in a family care for each other.  Welcoming a new baby into the family can be an exciting time as well as a time of change.

# Symmetry

We went outside with Mrs McGregor to investigate symmetry.  We used our bodies and things like shells, stones and sticks to show symmetry.  We learned that symmetry is like a reflection.  When using sticks we made sure that our patterns were the same on both sides.

Some of us have letters that are symmetrical in our names.  We tried to make those letters out of stones.

# Toy Shop

Our Haunted House has been replaced by a Toy Shop!  We decided that we would like to find out more about toys and as we have been learning about money we thought it would work well to have a Toy Shop.  Here we are filling our shopping bags and paying for the toys that we would like to  buy and play with.

When we were discussing toys we thought of as many different kinds as we could.  Some of our ideas have arrived in stock in our shop.  For example: dolls, teddy bears, books, trains and lego.

However, we had a long debate about Squishies! We tried to work out what they were made of.  Some of us thought they were made of water, some thought sand.  We talked about how they pop back into shape even after we have squashed them!

So, this afternoon we made our own Squishies to sell in our Toy Shop.  We used balloons,

plastic bottles and plain flour.  We talked about the bottle being full, half full and empty! Check out our Squishies.

We worked together to make each squishie.  One person held the balloon onto the end of the bottle and the other squeezed the bottle so that the air and the flour would go into the balloon.

(If you have any toys at home that you no longer play with, feel free to bring them in to add to our shop.  We are still looking for boats, aeroplanes, robots and dinosaurs….all ideas that 1.4 came up with!)

# Busy Busy!

We have been busy using the sounds that we have learned to build words.  As you can see we have used magnetic letters  to create words and chalk to practise our writing.

Remembrance Day

We created these poppies for Remembrance Day, when we think of people who died for our country in World War 1 and 2 and also those who have fought to keep us safe in more recent times.

# Pumpkins and Potions

There has been some strange things going on in our classroom over recent weeks with pumpkins and haunted houses appearing.  We had fun investigating pumpkins and Autumn leaves as well as playing in our Haunted House.  We even made potions with mice, eye balls and bats!