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Outdoor Classroom Day

On Thursday 23rd of May we had Outdoor Classroom Day! Surprisingly P4M had two trips, Ochlochy Park in the morning and Holmehill Woods in the afternoon which meant they were out of class all day . It was great fun.

We walked to Ochlochy Park with P4W and then we took part in four activities. We looked for different types of birds and ,excuse our language,  but we had to look for different types of bird poo. We also brought our Brilliant Book Champions to the fresh outdoors and read in the sun. We also did a bug hunt including ladybirds, spiders e.t.c. Our fourth activity was playing rounders.

A big thank you to Mr Miller who brought us all ice lollies and ice creams!

In the afternoon we went to Holmehill Woods and did four activities. We did bark art, measuring trees ages, nest building and twig and leaf identifying.

A big thanks to all our parents who have helped us this term with all of our trips.

Written and edited by Lucy, Lori and Imogen (P4M Remarkable Reporters).

P4M Marvellous Mappers take their learning outside…

P4M have been working really hard this term on their new context Marvellous Mappers.

To launch this context we had a treasure hunt. This gave us our first test of our mapping skills to find objects in the playground then solve a puzzle to discover the new context. We liked this because it was fun finding the objects.

Marvellous Mappers meant we took our learning outside and planned 3 trips: a walking tour of Dunblane, sketching local land use above Dykedale Woods and geocaching /orienteering in the Laigh Hills.

Our walking tour of Dunblane…

We took turns being tour guides giving directions using positional language around all the landmarks of Dunblane.

Our second trip was to sketch land use above Dykedale Woods

We went there to sketch the land use because we could see for miles from a high point in Dunblane.  We loved that when we were sketching we had to put in detail and could see all the different types of land use. The funniest bit was when the cows jumped on each other and unfortunately one cow did the toilet…but it was really funny!

Our 3rd trip was to the Laigh Hills to do some geocaching and orienteering. It was great fun but we needed to have a lot of energy to run around finding the geocache objects and the controls. We loved that we also got to have time playing in the play park.


RME and impromptu drama

P5F have had a busy start to this term. Here we are acting out the parable of “The Sower and the Seed” as part of both drama and RME. The children were very resourceful and only given a short space of time to retell the story.

The farmer and the birds who ate the seeds.

The Narrators

Judah in the role of Jesus in the fishing boat.

The Gift of Christmas

This term we launched our new topic  “The Gift of Christmas” with a massive Christmas cracker. In this cracker there were words which were to do with the two parts to our new context. We had to sort these into groups to find out what our topic was called. We learned that we will be running the Christmas Post and writing a pop up Christmas book.

Together we came up with some big questions: How do we set up and run the Christmas Post? How do you make a perfect pop up book? Why is giving so important? How do we write a Christmas book about giving? How do you put the values of caring, sharing, fairness and love in our story?  

Have you noticed someone hiding on our learning wall?

Yes you guessed…it’s our Elf on the Shelf, called Zippy!

Here are some of the silly pranks Zippy has done in P4M.

First of all,Zippy was on the floor with our literacy jotters and he left us a letter explaining who he was. We had to decide fairly what his name would be and so we had a blind vote on our 4 choices; Diamond, Zippy, Smartie and Knotch. We chose Zippy!

The next day when we came into class, Zippy was reading a book on Katie’s desk. The following day he was lying on a parcel on our learning wall and this morning he was hanging on our whiteboard? 

Beware…if you come into our class, please don’t touch Zippy or he may lose his magic!

P4 are writing Christmas pop up books so we designed our own elves as our main character in our books. Can you find them on the tree on our learning wall.

Last Thursday we went to Dunblane library and Angela kindly showed us some Christmas pop up books and let us borrow some to keep in school.






This post has been written and edited by Lucy and Lori.


Ancient Animators

This term’s context “Ancient Animators” has been brilliant! We have  learned so much about the Romans and ICT through our big questions “What have the Romans got to do with Scotland?”, “How does animation work?” and ” How do you make an animation about  he Romans?

European Languages Day

As part of European Languages Day, we loved learning French from Mrs Ingles, Portuguese from Ms Hall and Italian from Mrs Caruso.


We also learned about a fun French artist called Henri Rousseau who loved, animals, plants and the  jungle.  We made our own drawings inspired by Henri Rousseau and are very proud of them.