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Visiting Dunblane Library to meet an author!

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.

A taste of Scotland – Oatcakes and butter

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.


Clootie Dumpling Explained

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!



A Taste of Scotland

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!

Toys- Investigating Forces

We have continued to explore the forces which make toys move.

On Friday, we experimented with toy cars. We tried blowing, pushing our car with one finger or  with  one  hand across a table. We found out that:

“The harder the push the further the car moved.” – Anna

We made a car with a partner and tried using a ramp. The ramp made the cars go further and faster and the heavier the car the further it travelled. Some of our car designs worked well but some crashed. We talked lots about what made one design work well whilst others were trickier.

Did we enjoy being investigators?

I loved it! – Annie

A thumbs up from all!


We are learners at Newton Primary!

P1B and P1S  have been working hard, learning lots and having fun in our first few weeks as learners in school. The children have been exploring the values, skills and attitudes we need to take our learning forward as we progress through school. We have done so through lots of games, stories, discussion, craft and play. We have already had visitors in class, Mr Thomson, our janitor, and Mrs Rayner, our head cook, explained their respective roles in school. We loved hearing about the things they do to help us stay safe, healthy and happy in school.

Both classes have enjoyed learning our first sounds and encountering some rather wonderful number animals.  Ava said, ‘I am proud of how I can write my numbers.’ There has also been
 a focus on pattern in the world around us and in number. The children have demonstrated excellent understanding of repeating pattern. As Orla says, ‘a pattern has to be ordered using the same things again and again.’

P1 Fabulous Family Learning in Dykedale woods


On Thursday the 17th of May, both P1 classes became teachers for the afternoon. Our parents visited our classes and had a look at the work we had undertaken in our learning about woodlands and the Enchanted Forest. Our parents then walked with us up to Dykedale woods and the children explained  about the art of Andy Goldsworthy and his use of nature in “transient art”.  In creative  partnerships with fellow pupils, and demonstrating to admiring parents, we made pieces of art from found materials in the woods.

Hannah M said ” We made things from wood, sticks, moss, acorns and stones. ”

George added ” I felt excited about making something with my mum. We used sticks, beech nuts and leaves to make a pattern. ”

Grace M commented ” We made lots of pieces of artwork, including shelters, sculptures, dens, love hearts, fairy house and bug houses. ”

It was  a very special afternoon for everyone involved.

Enchanting elves arrive in Primary One!

On Tuesday 24th of April,    Primary One classes were astonished to find two elves in their rooms. Bramble Berry and Sweet Pea  had both arrived accompanied by a letter explaining that they would like to spend some time a school and had chosen our kind, helpful pupils. Each week a letter has arrived from the respective elves which has caused great excitement! We have been set challenges which involve lots of writing, researching woodlands and many arts and crafts which support our big challenge of creating an enchanted  forest.

The pupils are really enjoying having the elves to stay. We will keep you updated on the adventures of our wonderful elves.



Investigating forces through toys

We have been hard at work exploring the forces which make our toys move. We used a variety of PE equipment and toys in the playground. We also prepared talks on a special toy from home and shared that information in class.

“If you push a car  hard it goes faster and further.” – Esme              


“I had a helicopter which , when you pulled a strap, flew up in to the air” – Keir

” Pushing, pulling and twisting are all types of movement.” – Hayden

“It is fun to learn about each other’s toys!” commented Lleyton


Marvellous Materials

As part of our investigations in to materials in the world around us, Mr Herriot of Harbro (Lillian’s grandpa) came to explain the manufacturing process involved in producing animal feed. Natural materials such as oats, barley, wheat, peas, sunflower seeds and molasses are part of the special recipes which mixed together make a man made material – feed for cows, sheep, hens , pigs, horses and goats.

“We got to feel all the stuff which goes in to the feed” – Jackson

” Mr Herriot had posters showing the machines” – Murray

Thank you, Mr Herriot.  A super learning visit!