On Thursday 21st of March Primary 3 held our Family Learning event. We invited parents/carers into our classrooms to see our learning as part of our ‘Powering Our Planet’ context. Pupils had the chance to share their non-fiction books they had written over the course of the term, explore the snap n’fix electricity games and create simple circuits.
On Friday 29th March we shared our books again with Primary 6. In turn, they shared their space buggies which they have been designing. Primary 6 took making circuits to the next level by adding motors to turn their buggies wheels! We even witnessed a buggy race in the hall!
Today, Primary 3 went on a trip to Dunblane Library. We met Angela who welcomed us and got us started with a story called ‘Poles Apart’. Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole – but in this story a family of penguins got lost, and found themselves at the wrong pole! They needed the polar bear to help guide them home.
We had to use our knowledge of the Arctic and the Antarctic to decide which animals lived in the North or South Pole. We already knew where some of the animals lived but we learned some new ones too.
Angela had looked out a selection of fiction and non-fiction books linked to our context ‘Poles Apart’. We had some time to explore the different books and choose which ones we wanted to bring back to school.
We finished our library session with a story about an explorer. We had a super time and learned lots from Angela about the library.
In class we created a class charter about the things we promise to do. We want our class to be a fair and happy place where everyone is respected and cared for. We designed our own Dojo Monsters to go on the class charter, and this means we agree to our promise.
We have been watching some Mojo the Dojo videos all about Growth Mindset. We learned that our brain is a muscle and that it is ok to make mistakes!
Over the last few weeks we have also been learning through the novel ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We made animal pill medicine bottles for Grandma. We wrote a character description about old, grumpy Grandma using adjectives. We also wrote hash tag summaries of the book so far:
In class we have been learning all about being Health and Wellbeing Warriors.
On Tuesday 5th of June we went to Tesco on a school trip to learn more about healthy eating and the journey of food. When we arrived at Tesco we were met by Margaret and Chloe (who we named ‘The Pineapple Sisters’ because of their hats!).
They made us do a spelling test before we even started! We had to spell out WARRIORS with fruit that began with the first letter of it. It was a race to the finish!
We then had a tour of the Tesco store. We learned that a red star beside an item means it is a ‘Best Seller’ at the store and that an 7/8 year old should have no more than 30 grams of sugar a day. We also found out about the Free From range and were very lucky to try some Chocolate buttons which were Gluten, Wheat, Milk and Egg free! They were very yummy and tasted like dark chocolate.
After, we visited the back of the store where all of the stock is kept while waiting to go onto the shelves. We were able to go into the fridge and even the giant freezer! We put Miss McDonald in too!
Next, we went underground to see the rest of the store. We saw different rooms where money is counted, we saw the managers office and the break-room. We posed for a picture for the CCTV cameras! When we went into the break-room we were able to make up our own fruit salad pots! They were very tasty!
Primary 3M really enjoyed our trip and would like to say a huge thank-you to Tesco Dunblane and Margaret for letting us come and visit their store! THANK-YOU!
In class we have been learning about the major organs in the body. We learned about the brain, the lungs, the heart, the liver and lots more!
We found out that lungs are important because they help you to breath. They take in oxygen and release stale air (carbon dioxide). The ribcage protects the lungs in your body. We also found out that your left lung is slightly smaller than your right so there is space for your heart!
We decided to make our own lungs using plastic bags, big straws, elastic bands and cello tape.
First we attached the plastic bag to the straws using our elastic bands – making sure it was very tight and no air would escape.
Secondly, we cello taped the two straws together and attached our nose and mouth.
Finally, we stuck our straws onto a lung template.
On Friday 9th of March, Miss McDonald set us the challenge of making STEM pyramids. We had to make pyramids using different materials: paper and cello-tape, Lego, interlocking cubes, play dough and art straws. We needed to make sure our pyramids had equal sides, it was free standing and had a square base.
Teamwork was important for our challenge. Everyone in our groups had a job to do. We had a Team Leader, Resource Manager, Photographers, Quality Checkers and Time Checkers. Each person was responsible for their own job, but also had to help build our pyramids.
We found making a pyramid from paper was the most difficult. Only 2 groups out of 4 managed to make one! We felt that the play dough and art straws were easy, as well as the interlocking cubes.
Eilidh – “I thought it was really fun making the pyramids!”
Aaron – “I really liked the materials we were making the pyramids with. My favourite was the paper!”
Fraser R – “I really liked building the pyramid with the Lego because it was quite easy and you could use the blocks to help shape it.”
Eva – “I liked making the pyramid out of paper because it was a real challenge.”
Finn – “I found making the pyramids easy, especially the paper one – my group managed to make it!”
In Primary 3 we have been learning all about different ‘creative’ Scots! Each week we have researched a different famous Scottish person.
We have learned about Steven Brown the artist who is famous for painting the McCoo. We created our own McCoo’s in the style of Steven Brown.
We also looked at Charles Rennie Mackintosh who is most famous for his rose. We painted our own Mackintosh roses using crayons and watercolours.
We learned about Robert Burns and why he is famous in Scotland. We even managed to learn one of his songs, ‘The White Cockade’, and perform it at our One Scotland Assembly.
Last week, we learned about Mairi Hedderwick. We looked at a few of her Katie Morag stories which she is most famous for. We created a drama frieze frame of some scenes from the Katie Morag stories. We also wrote our own Katie Morag stories with a familiar setting – the Isle of Struay.
This week we are excited to learn all about John Logie Baird!
We went to Whitelees Windfarm on the 21st of November because we have been learning all about ‘Powering Our Planet’.
We completed a workshop called, ‘Wind, Rain or Shine’. We spoke about fossil fuels and how energy is created. We took part in 3 experiments which aimed to show us which renewable energy source was the most effective. We learned that hydro power was the best!
We also went on a walking tour to see the wind turbines and got to see one up close – it was gigantic! We found out that one blade can be half as long as a football pitch.
We also managed to explore the Exhibition Centre and we tested our knowledge of electricity and wind power. We played a game which let you manage your own wind farm – it was very exciting!
Kai – “My favourite part was seeing the wind turbine up close.”
Leah – “I really enjoyed the Exhibition Centre!”
Baillie – “I really enjoyed the test to see how much I knew about Wind Farms.”
Olivia – “I loved seeing how long the blades were!”
A safe and trusting environment where our young people can learn, unlearn and relearn.