Over the last few weeks, P4S has been exploring the human body – our skeleton, organs, senses and , most topically, the impact of germs on our health.
As part of our learning, we had an amazing trip to Glasgow Science Centre. The interactive exhibits allowed us to take our classroom learning further in a fun and engaging way. However, the highlight was, without doubt, our DNA workshop in which we extracted some of our own DNA and made our own, unique DNA necklaces!
” I learned that we get our inherited characteristics both from our mum and our dad.” – Harris
” I learned how to use the test tubes, pipettes and chemicals safely to extract our DNA.” – Aletta
We have also carried out experiments on the reliability of our senses and found out how closely those senses are linked, for example, taste and smell.
Creating germ raps and using all sorts of materials to create “germ art”, along with P4M, has allowed us to create a display reminding the whole school of the importance of washing our hands. Science learning applied usefully and creatively!
2020 has begun with P4S engaged in lots of new learning.
We shared and performed Burns poetry and we loved performing Mairi’s Wedding with P4M at our school One Scotland assembly – complete with percussion and dancing! Thanks to Mrs Moore for all her help.
We launched our new Super Science context with P4M, tackling brain teaser challenges to find out the areas of science we would focus on this term. After establishing our “Big Questions”, our first focus has been the Human Body and we have been researching our skeleton and major organs before exploring our senses and thinking about germs and their impact on our healthPosition and movement work in Maths has taken us outdoors for practical sessions whilst work on addition, subtraction and the application of our tables continue.
Our new Mindfulness lessons and the follow up daily practice help us to be more aware of our bodies, our emotions and offer ways to help us be kind, calm and resilient and more focused.
” I feel calm and relaxed at the end of a session.” – Yasmin
” It helps us feel calm and think about things like our breathing.” – Lily
We look forward to updating you on our learning as term progresses.
P4S had a fantastic afternoon sharing their “Gift of Christmas ” pop – up books with their families and friends. A focus on the values of sharing, giving and caring for others produced some wonderful stories about heroic elves and their efforts to help children and Santa at the same time!
Reflections on our books produced many comments about the improvements this project had made to the development of writing skills and the fun we had making the pop – ups for our books.
A big thank you to the parents , grandparents and aunties and friends who came to help with our art and craft.
Primary Four also organised and ran the Christmas Post for the school. We researched charities supporting the Global Goals of ending hunger and poverty, presented our arguments to each other and then we voted. We raised £135.70 for Unicef!
The skills of teamwork, perseverance and the ability to work hard were all identified as key to this enterprise project as well as the practical application of learning about using money.
” I wish we could have run the post for longer” – Luca
“It could not have been better,” – Finlay
These were sentiments shared across the class and stage!
We have had a busy start to the term in P4S. In Maths, we have been honing our skills in estimation, rounding, multiplication and exploring the delights of function machines. After a “playtastic” block of learning about the features of playscript, we are reading a number of short stories and focusing on characterisation, setting and plot devices. Skills applied in our own amazing Hallowe’en writing.
We have evaluated the skills developed in our amazing Isle of Izcalm context, which focused on citizenship, what makes a good citizen, and the skills required to make decisions fairly in a community. We achieved this through drama, becoming a very special community on the imaginary Isle of Izcalm. Our evaluations highlighted improvements in our abilities to communicate with others, to discuss and to debate issues respectfully and in teamwork, problem solving and , of course, in dramatic characterisation!
We have launched our new context which, through a piece of imaginative extended writing on giving to others and our role in running this year’s Christmas post, will also support our understanding of those values we identified as being so important to us as developing global citizens!
Throughout our busy routines, we also find time to enjoy our shared love of reading and to share our “top tips” for a “good read”.
Over the last fortnight, members of P4S have harvested our crop of apples from the eco garden and made them in to apple crumble to share with very special visitors from the Memory Cafe. Our visitors were most complimentary!
It was very satisfying to feel that we could grow, cook and offer our produce to eat, in our school. The cycle begins again as we prepare the eco garden for the coming winter and spring planting.
As part of our focus on good citizenship, P4S has been exploring decisionmaking and the skills of good communication, and creative thinking so important if we are to contribute positively in our communities. We also agreed that good citizens persevered and supported each other when faced with difficult tasks. We have been practising these skills in a series of challenges , but without doubt, our favourite was the tower marshmallow and spaghetti challenge.
Working in groups of three and then six, we had to build a two tier tower, using only spaghetti and marshmallows.Groups tried lots of different shapes and structures.
“We had to make the tower stable” – Finlay
Finally, to ensure and adequate supply of marshmallows, the groups merged in to two and created two super structures using very different techniques.
In discussion, talking lots, teamwork and just ” keeping trying” were identified as key.
Lots of learning! Lots of fun!
P1B and P1S were lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet Morag Hood, author of “I Am Bat”, one of the Scottish Book Trust’s Book Bag books.
Morag has written several other super picture books and shared a number of them with us.
We loved them all but the excitement in the room rose when she read “I Am Bat” to us all.
Morag showed us how she set about drawing bats, and we helped by making sad/happy/angry bat faces!
We then decorated paper bats.
These were just some of our responses.
We had a wonderful return visit from Katie the farmer, with another fantastic RHET representative in Marion Sutherland. We learned the processes by which milk was produced and oats grown on our farms become oatcakes. Most excitingly, we got to examine oats and grind them in to flour. The flour was mixed with other ingredients to make oatcakes. We also had the opportunity to churn butter from cream with a lot of enthusiastic shaking!
“I liked learning about the oats.” said Orla
“Yes, I liked taking the husk off the seed and looking at the seed.” agreed Josh.
I liked shaking the cream to make butter” added Emilie.
As part of our ongoing exploration in to Scottish foods, Orla’s grandparents, Kate and Rod , came to class to explain how to make a clootie dumpling. Rod told us all about his family recipe for this delicious Scottish food. We saw all the ingredients, his recipe and got to taste a dumpling. Kate taught us a song about dumplings.
We loved smelling and discussing the different ingredients and learning all the steps in making a dumpling in a “cloot”. Most of us tried a piece of Rod’s wonderful pudding.
Emilie spoke for many when she said “I think your dumpling tastes fantastic!”.
Our thanks to our wonderful visitors!
Both Primary One classes had exciting visits from the Katie the farmer on Thursday. Katie Brisbane from the Royal Highland Educational Trust came by to drop in an exciting learning box and to talk to us about Scottish farms, the animals raised and the crops grown. Katie brought props!
“I loved smelling the hay” said Annie . However, we all agreed silage wasn’t so pleasant!
We learned lots and we are looking forward to a return visit later in the month when we will be making oatcakes and butter.
Watch this space!