The class have been working very hard this week in a number of curricular areas. We have started to learn about our capital letters, continued to learn about money and space, and we also continued to be bucket fillers!
This week we all had a chance to practise writing our capital letters on the SmartBoard and thought about where we use capital letters. Some of the ideas we came up with were: Paisley, Scotland, Earth, at the start of a sentence and at our first and last names. We also played matching games that let us match our lower-case letters to the corresponding upper-case letters, which we did well at.
We updated / finished our Bucket Filling wall display. It is now brighter and it has visuals for us to look at and remember how our class should look, sound and feel like. Miss Payne took our photos which will go up on our wall display to fill the gap and we told her what we do to fill buckets so that she can put that up on our display.
Miss Payne also created a feelings chart for us this week as we did a lot of talking about our feelings and how we show and handle these feelings. This means that each morning when we come into school we can stick our name on the emotion that we are feeling and we can share why we are feeling this if we want.
For our space topic this week we learned all about space travel and how rockets work. We watched a video about this and we also got to watch a real rocket launch! We got the chance to design our own rockets for our wall display so that everyone has a piece of work up on the wall. Then, we wrote 10 things that we would like to take to space, we came up with some great ideas: teddy bear; a friend; a space suit; and a helmet. This is our wall display so far –
Finally, we did some good money work this week. We learned to count 1p coins and add these up. We will continue to work on money next week, introducing the 5p and 10p coins.
The Citizenship Group, led by Mrs Lawson, are raising money for SCIAF. During Lent, they are selling toast for 10p per slice, during the morning interval on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So far we have had quite a queue and hopefully it will continue like that so that we can raise as much as we can.
P7 have recently taken part in some stitching workshops provided by The Paisley Thread Museum. For 3 weeks in January, Stephen, Maureen and Christine visited the school to teach the children some of the history of cotton in Paisley. The children then took part in a stitching workshop. They created a design on a bobbin shape and used an embroidery hoop and some basic stitches to embroider their design.
This week in Primary One we were looking at the Human Body and we started our new topic about Space.
At the end of last week we took part in some activities about our skeletons and organs and different parts of these. We got to use organ tunics and play SmartBoard games too.
We also got to learn about our senses. We did activities that let us touch lots of different materials and talk about what these felt like. We used words like: soft, fluffy, bumpy, smooth.
We also got to experiment with sound to find out what we could hear. We used words like: loud, quiet, pinging sounds.
We then got to use our eyes to look and see how many of each object we could see on the SmartBoard. This helped us with our counting too!
We also started our Space topic too. We learned about the moon and the sun and what happens with them during the day and at night time. Along with this, we began learning about the different planets in our solar system and we did a cut and stick activity to help us remember the order of these planets. We got a chance to have a go at writing about what we might see if we were to travel to the moon.
Finally, this week we learned how to show how we care for our friends. We all wrote a compliment about another in class, these are now up on our wall displayfor us all to see and read.
We did lots of work this week in Primary One and filled each others buckets a lot!
are holding a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th of February at 5pm at St Peter’s School to put together a plan for improving the playground. We are looking for parent/carers who may want to share ideas, get involved.
We are holding a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th of February at 5pm at St Peter’s School to put together a plan for improving the playground. We are looking for parent/carers who may want to share ideas, get involved.
The hatchery and eggs have been in P4 for a couple of weeks and we now have some young fish, known as Alevin ( they still have the yolk sac attached to them to feed from). Louise, the scientist from the Clyde River Foundation, visits the school each week to oversee the trout development and is really pleased with how well the young fish are being cared for by the class.
The children have shown great commitment in caring for the fish. They have learned how each part of the tank works and what needs to be done to maintain a perfect environment for the fish. The water must be kept cool by using ice packs, in the form of frozen bottles. The children monitor the temperature of the tank by recording the temperature 3 times a day and keep the water clean by regularly replacing with fresher water.
Here are some pictures of the tank:
As the fish continue to develop, the children will be engaging in various learning activities. These activities will allow them to become more aware of how to look after their local environment and encourage a responsible attitude.
Some examples of their learning activities:
The trout lifecycle
Parts of a fish body
Looking at the fish food web
Understand the water cycle in relation to the River Clyde
Investigate the effect humans can have on a river eco-system
Finally, when the yolk sac is used up the Alevin are known as Fry and need to feed themselves. At this point P4 will release the fish back into the environment. The plan is for P4 to release the fish into a local stream which then feeds back into the River Clyde.
Hello, I am Miss Payne and I am currently a 3rd year student at University of the West of Scotland. I will be working within the Primary One classroom for 6 weeks (until March 16th). Each week there will be a blog update about what the class have been doing in my lessons and it will showcase some of their work.
This week, we read “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” This book is all about being kind to others and “filling each others buckets.” In class, each child has their own bucket and they have the chance to have these filled with pompoms whenever they show kindness or some of the “bucket filling” qualities we came up with together, shown below:
The class have also come up with ways they would like their classroom to look, sound and feel like:
The class have responded very well to this book and have all been trying to fill up their buckets by being kind to one another. It has encouraged a positive environment within the classroom. Shown below are the children’s own buckets, as you can see they have all been trying really hard to earn their pompoms!
On Thursday (08.02.18) we will be starting a short sequence of lessons on the Human Body, this will be included in the next post.