Human Body and Space

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!

Miss Payne

We are trout guardians

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.

This week in Primary 1

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.