Category Archives: Primary 4

P4-Developing our measuring skills

Developing our measuring skills

We have begun a new maths topic to develop our measuring skills. At the moment, we are focusing on length and we are busy revising how many centimetres are in 1 metre!

Our teacher set us different tasks such as finding objects which measures less that ¼ of a metre, ½ of a metre and also ¾ of a metre. It was fun and we took turns to use a metre stick.

We also discussed the importance of measure and how many jobs rely on measuring the length of objects.  It was very interesting!

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.

Clyde in the Classroom Project

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Clyde in the Classroom Project

Primary 4 pupils are to be involved in an exciting project to raise brown trout from eggs in a special classroom hatchery. The Clyde in the Classroom project is a Clyde River Foundation initiative that uses the life-cycle of a native Scottish species, the brown trout, to encourage children to engage with nature and develop a positive attitude towards their local environment and its conservation. On Friday 12th January the pupils had a very interesting visit to the Glasgow Science Centre for the project launch.

They are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the eggs and hatchery to their classroom, where they will raise the trout and then release them into the environment before the Easter break.

We will keep you posted on how they are progressing.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight

This year Fairtrade fortnight takes place from 27th February to 12th March.  We have already held our coffee morning, many thanks to those of you who managed along.

The children have also decided to fundraise further. Guess the birthday of the Fairtrade Bear and raffle tickets for a Fairtrade chocolate explosion box will be available from Tuesday 21st February.  Tickets will be priced at 50p for each and you can purchase as many as you would like.  Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Campbell & Fairtrade Citizenship group

 

Robots

This term we have been learning about robots.  In science we have been exploring electrical circuits and components.

We had great fun creating our own circuits to make a ‘doodlebot’ move.