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Busy Bairns in 2020

P1 have been very ‘busy bairns’ in January. Our Context for Learning has been Scotland. We have explored maps of Scotland, recreated the Saltire, designed our own tartan and built models of some famous Scottish landmarks. We have also been enjoying stories in Scots like The Gruffalo, Whit the Clockleddy heard and There was a wee lassie who swallowed a midgie.  For our One Scotland Assembly, we learned and performed ‘Ye Cannae Shove Yer Grannie Aff a Bus’.


The countdown to Christmas

December has been very busy time for Primary 1 as we learned and performed a nativity. It was called A Wriggly Nativity and everyone had an important job to do.

“I was a narrator. I felt nervous.” Thijs

“I was a wise man. I felt a bit nervous.” Michael

“I was an angel. I felt happy” Eilidh

“I was Mary. I felt proud.” Olivia

“I was a narrator. I felt super happy.” Grace

We did lots of practising to help us learn our lines, the songs and to learn where and when to go on stage. With the support of a fantastic P2 choir, we performed A Wriggly Nativity three times; once for the whole school and twice for our families. We got wonderful feedback from our audiences and we all felt very proud.

As well as putting on a nativity, we have continued working hard in Literacy and Numeracy and have enjoyed some Christmas themed activities.

After all of our hard work, on 18th December, P1 enjoyed their Christmas party. We played party games like musical statues and pass the parcel, did some social dancing, ate scrummy party food and even had a special visitor.  We had a great time and are now even more excited for Christmas.

Learning is fun in P1!

The first 2 weeks of Term 2 have been jam packed for P1! In Literacy, we are continuing to learn our single sounds. So far this term we have learned u,b,f,e, l, h, r,j and even a special friend, sh! We choose from lots of different play activities to help us learn and remember our sounds. Our recent favourites have been making j-j-jellyfish, creating rrrrrockets, making b-b-button bs and designing h-h-hairstyles with playdough.

In Maths and Numeracy, we are continuing to learn our numbers to 20 with lots of counting activities. We have also been playing dice games and bingo to practice subitising and we have enjoyed using the Interactive Whiteboard to order non-sequential numbers.

We have chosen to learn about Space in our context work. So far we have learned about the sun and the moon and why we get day and night.  We are enjoying reading space stories too! In PE, we are developing our movement skills through Gymnastics and we are learning to travel, jump, roll and balance in different ways. Last week was Halloween which we were very excited about. We enjoyed crafting pumpkins and skeletons and we LOVED trying to catch the spiders in the sticky web.

And of course, we have been leading our own learning through play too. We have been writing birthday party notes, junk modelling, developing our communication skills in our Vets role play area, working as a team to create a huge train network and lots more! The rest of term is set to be just as busy as we begin preparations for performing A Wriggly Nativity.

VIPs- Very Important People

Our context this term is VIPs- Very Important People. We have been busy learning all about each other, about our families, about important people in our school and people who help us in our community.

We have enjoyed visits from Mr Thomson, our janitor and Mrs Raynor, our school cook and we interviewed them to find out more about the important jobs they do.

We have also had an exciting visit from Policeman Pete and his police dog, Striker. We learned all about what he does, how police keep us safe and how Striker helps him.

To find out more about people who help us, we visited Dunblane Library where Angela read us stories and shared some non-fiction books with us all about vets, paramedics, fire brigade and even librarians.  We are now enjoying exploring these in class.

In our play, we are exploring people who help us through role play activities.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us with our learning this term!

Welcome to Primary 1!

P1 are settling in admirably to school life and should be proud of themselves.  The children have loved spending time with their fantastic P7 Buddies who have been helping out with lining up, in the cloakrooms, at break times and in the lunch hall.

We  have been enjoying exploring and playing in our new classrooms and the open area and making new friends. We have begun learning and writing our sounds in Read, Write Inc and now know m, a,d,s,t,i,p and n. We have enjoyed meeting the animals in the Number Zoo who have helped us with number recognition and formation. We have also enjoyed our time at P.E. and music.

We are looking forward to our year in P1!

“I’ve liked playing with my friends and dressing up in the open area. I like to be a princess” Grace

“I like the animals in our Number Zoo, Naughty 9 was funny.” Zach

” I like playing mums and dads in the home corner” R

“I liked building Big Ben with the shape blocks” Lennox

P2 World of Work Assembly

On Thursday 9th May, P2M presented their World of Work assembly to the school. We all shared what jobs we would like to do when we grow up.  In P2M there are future football players, horse riders, gymnasts, scientists, midwives,  inventors, astronauts, midwives, actors, gem collectors, game designers, acrobats, film directors and teachers.

We shared that when we start work in 2030, we might be doing jobs that don’t even exist yet. There could be jobs such as Drone Traffic Optimizer, Waste Engineer, Body Part Creator and Space Tour guide. It’s hard to prepare for jobs that don’t exist so experts believe the best thing to do is develop useful skills and attitudes. At Newton our teachers plan opportunities for us to develop our skills and attitudes every day. We use books and characters to help us understand our skills and attitudes.

To finish our assembly, we sang our very own version of A Million Dreams.  We are all proud of being confident performers at assembly.

I liked singing our song –Robbie

I liked doing my speaking parts- Eilidh

I liked using my clapboard and trophy for when I was being a film director- Charlotte

I liked dressing up as a gem and diamond collector. I looked like Indiana Jones- George

I liked dressing up like a teacher- Clara

I liked my costume- Lauren


Dinosaur measurement

P2M have been learning about measuring length. We have learned about non-standard units and the standard unit, metres.  We have used our knowledge of metres to estimate and measure the length of dinosaurs and their footprints.

The Brachiosaurus was the biggest dinosaur that we measured and it was 26m long. The Velociraptor was only 2metres long and some dinosaur footprints were bigger than that!

P2 Time Travellers!

On Wednesday 13th of March P2M had ‘the best day ever!’ at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. First we enjoyed a Dinosaur Storytelling workshop where we were able to hold lots of old fossils and even fossilised dinosaur poo! We even had a chance to be palaeontologists and gently brush away sand to discover fossils and identify what dinosaurs they once were.

After that we travelled back in time to the beginning of Planet Earth! We stood on a volcano and felt it rumble underneath our feet. We saw glaciers forming landscapes right in front of our eyes and even touched massive ice blocks like there might have been in the ice age. Finally we took a 4D flight across the climate zones of our planet- it even snowed on the plane! It was such an adventure.

“I liked the ice bit when I got to touch the ice. It was very very very very cold!” Isaac

“I really liked the plane bit because we got to see a rhino up close” Clara

“I liked going in the time machine because I like how it looked really real” Anon

“I liked the flight best because we got to wear glasses to make it 3D” Brodie

“I liked when it was raining foam when we were on our flight and when I got freezing cold by the ice berg” Farah

Thank you to Mrs Sage, Mrs Mullen and Mrs Campbell who came along to support us.  We hope you enjoyed it too!

World Book Day

Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and P2 presented an assembly to the rest of the school to celebrate the event.  The theme for World Book Day this year was ‘Share a Story’ so P2 shared a wonderful performance of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.  We shared photographs of us sharing stories with our families, cuddlies and even our pets. We also talked about what we love to read and why we love reading.

“I like sharing How to Train your Dragon with my mumLewis

“I like sharing Harry Potter with my dad” Lillian

“I like sharing Matilda with my mummy” Evalina

“I like reading because I like to look at the pictures”  Ben

“I like reading because I enjoy funny stories” Hannah

“I like reading because it makes me happy” George

The children all spoke clearly and confidently in front of a big audience and should be proud.

Visit from a dino-expert

A few weeks ago, Mrs Russell and P2M received a very unusual parcel- a large box containing a large egg. After some researching, we believe it might be a dinosaur egg and agreed to learn as much as we can about dinosaurs in case it hatches!

On Friday 1st March, we invited Dr Steve Nairn in to our class. He is a geologist and talked to us all about fossils, dinosaurs and the ancient earth. He brought some 60 million year old fossils with him and told us what they were. He told us about what exactly a dinosaur is and that birds are the nearest living thing to a dinosaur. Finally he showed us what earth looked like in the time of the dinosaurs. We were surprised that all of the continents were once stuck together. We learned lots from Dr Nairn’s expertise.