Our efforts with our vegetables are “bearing fruit”! We have now harvested our radishes, spinach and salad leaves. We loved tasting them as part of our Scottish food tasting afternoon. How special to be including our own produce! P3S and P3M await the potatoes and turnip with excitement!
Over the last weeks, Primary Three has been investigating the wonders of Ancient Egyptian engineering. Recently, we staged a very successful pyramid building workshop in which we investigated the properties and suitability of different materials to construct pyramids. Eight fantastic teams worked through a range of options, including paper, marshmallows and spaghetti and sugar cubes. We evaluated both our success as teams and the respective merits of our pyramids.
We followed this venture up with a shaduf workshop. We invited family and friends to come in and help construct these amazing devices for lifting water from the Nile to irrigate crops.
It proved to be a most productive, fun filled afternoon with amazing working shadufs being the result.
Our thanks to all who supported us by supplying materials or joining us for a spot of construction!
On Monday, 13th March P3S and P3M shared the work they had been undertaking with Amy Lord, Scots Sang tutor, with friends and family in a fantastic performance at the Albert Halls, Stirling.
The children performed a number of songs, enjoyed the input of some amazing traditional singers and musicians and enjoyed hearing the results of the linked art competition. Well done to all our artists and P3S is particularly proud of Murray Wright, whose piece was highly commended; Tom Cruft, a runner – up; and to Matthew Inman, overall winner.
Reflecting on our experiences:
“I have loved when we are all singing together” Holly commented . When asked for their favourite part of the Scots Sang classes, many couldn’t choose because they had loved everything about the initiative.
Ana observed that ” I know more about Scots Song and Language and I have learned to sing with other people without getting nervous”. These sentiments were echoed around the class.
Thank you, Amy!
On Wednesday 8th of February we shared our learning about the importance of ‘Quality Education for Everyone’. We talked about Robert Burns’s education, our own experiences and education for some children in other parts of the world. We danced, we recited poetry and gave lots of information.
Murray P3S – “I think it went well because everybody said their parts clearly and my brother thought it was good.”
Ana P3S – “My favourite part of the assembly was the African dance because I enjoyed it so much.”
Alex P3M – “I really enjoyed performing as Robert Burns and sharing my learning with the whole school.”
“These are our fairy tales which we have been sharing with each other.” – Freya
“We thought it was fun to make up things in our stories” – Holly S
“We swapped the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” around so that the giant was a goodie and the human was a baddie” – Eilidh
“We had to write them independently and we worked hard” – Sophie
“We enjoyed sharing the stories with other people including our families” – Elizabeth.
We had a very special sharing session recently when we read our alternative fairy tales books to an appreciative partner and received focused and fabulous feedback! Our starting point had been “Jack and the Beanstalk” but our imaginations took this story in some amazing directions whilst retaining the features of a fairy tale.
Did you know that we use the force of magnetism every day in our daily lives? We use magnetism in compasses, fridges, computers, fridges and so much more!
As a class, we have been super scientists, conducting experiments to consolidate learning on our understanding of the forces of push and pull and then to explore magnetism within our classroom.
P3S has been applying increasing knowledge of standard measure to all sorts of practical challenges.
We used our skills with metre sticks and rulers to measure out the dimensions of a number of sea creatures which we had been researching in our “Amazing Atlantic” context.
It took the whole class to represent the length of a Blue Whale!
Home learning really enthused the class about exploring the dimensions of everyday objects.
We have also used kitchen and digital scales to estimate and record weights foodstuffs and class equipment.
Our thanks to our wonderful parent helpers, who have supported our practical learning so effectively.