On Wednesday 22nd May, the Junior Eco Club visited Ochlochy Park to take part in a fantastic Pond Dipping session. The children drew wonderful pictures, observed seasonal signs of change and excitingly found a large number of Water Boatmen! Everyone had a fantastic time!
On Wednesday 13th of March 2019, Primary 2 visited ‘Our Dynamic Earth’ in Edinburgh.
During the tour my favourite thing was the 4D cinema and the rhino nearly hit me on the nose. After the tour we had our lunch.
Then we went to a dinosaur storytelling workshop and I really enjoyed when Vicky the Velociraptor was so excited about things that were dangerous. I also enjoyed when Vicky thought she had done it all by herself but actually she didn’t she had help from the 2 other dinosaurs.
The trip was epic! By Keira
“My favourite thing was when bubbles came out during the 4D cinema. It was cool.” Grace S
“My favourite thing was the cinema.” Olivia
“My favourite thing was the earthquake room and the rainforest.” Hayden
“I really enjoyed the storytelling workshop where we got told a story about Vicky the Velociraptor, Terry the Triceratops and Annie the Ankylosaurus.” Jackson
“I really enjoyed when we saw and held dinosaur fossils during the storytelling workshop.” Ronan
“During the storytelling workshop I really enjoyed the part where the dinosaurs all worked together.” Hannah
“My favourite part was the iceberg because it was cold and it felt good.” Harry
Primary 2 are very excited to find out their new learning context is Dinosaurs. They came into their classroom to find some rather interesting clues about their new topic. A really large egg was found and the class thought it was way too big to belong to a chick. There was also a tray with sand and they had to dig for their next clue – they found a huge bone and sharp tooth! The clues were beginning to become clear. Next to the egg there was a question mark with small dinosaur information cards surrounding it. The boys and girls are excited to become dinosaur experts and turn their classroom into a museum.
Take a look at our photos.
This week, P2 enjoyed a visit from RHET (Royal Highland Educational Trust). They participated in an oatcake and butter making workshop where they discussed where our food comes from. The children learned that arable farmers grow crops and they used the crops to make oatcakes. As well as that, they also learned that dairy cows need milked at least twice a day. They used cream and a little water to make their own fresh butter. It was super easy!
Primary 2 have also been busy trying some new foods. Everyone was open minded about trying new things. First up they tried some gluten free and vegetarian haggis with neeps. Most children enjoyed the gluten free haggis and not many enjoyed the vegetarian option. Afterwards the children tried a sweet oatcake then a variety of fruits that we would find in other countries. Some children were so proud of themselves for trying something new. Well done P2K!
Primary 5F have been busy this term. To start off we had a Halloween Poetry competition with Sam’s poem winning first place. He used excellent adjectives for description and lots of WOW words throughout. See for yourself…
Also in the first few weeks back we studied the work of an artist called Vincent van Gogh. We looked at some of his most famous pieces of artwork, in particular Starry Night. From this, we created our very own Starry Night inspired art.
Primary 5F are enjoying learning all about the past in our ‘Time Travellers’ context for learning this term. So far we have been to Ancient Greece and we are currently visiting the Romans. Over the remainder of the term we will be visiting the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Victorians and finally the Future. Here are some of our fact files and vases created whilst in Ancient Greece…
Primary 2 are enjoying their magical learning context – Fairyland. They have enjoyed receiving letters from the friendly dragon, as well as hunting for fairytale characters around the school. The friendly dragon wants the children to keep reading and believing in fairytale stories, so along with clues we have been exploring some well-loved fairytales. The children have been developing their understanding of describing character and setting and will use this learning to help them write their own story, very soon.
‘Our topic is Fairyland and we have been reading lots of fairytale stories, my favourite has been Little Red Riding Hood. A friendly dragon has asked us to turn our classroom into Fairyland and read lots! I really enjoyed doing art. I chose oil pastel and watercolour to decorate my dragon art.’ Anna (P2K)
Out of School Care survey
There is a Council priority to grow the provision of out of school care within Stirling Council. In order to gauge demand, we have been asked to forward the survey link below to families (survey is from the Convenor of the Children and Young People Committee).
Every year at this time Newton Nursery ask parents, carers, staff and children to help them to support the ‘Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal’.
Shoeboxes will be delivered to school this week and will be available to collect from the nursery or the school office. If you prefer you may ask your child to collect a shoebox on your behalf.
Please see the attached advice from the Rotary Club regarding making up the shoeboxes.
The Rotary Club ask that you do not wrap the box but feel free to decorate the sides with felt tips or crayons.
A suggested donation of £2 towards transport costs would be helpful. This may be done by taping coins to the outside of the lid of the box.
Please return all boxes by 5th November 2018
Further information from www.rotaryshoebox.org
P5 have been learning all about Fairtrade as it is our new context this term. We’ve been thinking about the amount of money that farmers are paid and we have been very surprised to learn they get paid very little! Remember to look out for the Fairtrade logo when you’re shopping.
We have really enjoyed visiting the Memory Café in Dunblane with Mrs Watt. We can’t wait until they come and visit us at Newton, where we will have entertainment and lots of Fairtrade baking for our afternoon tea.
Both classes have been working hard on our class charters. We thought about what rights we have and how these are important in school. We designed our own class charters and voted for our favourites.
In literacy we have been learning about non-fiction texts and persuasive language. We can identify the main features of a non-fiction text and have used our skimming and scanning skills to look for key words. Last week we looked at a number of adverts to see what techniques are used to persuade and influence buyers.
In maths we have been learning about place value up to 100,000 and beyond as well as estimating and measuring. As part of our mental maths we have been using CLIC with a focus on times tables.
We’ve been enjoying P.E. with Mr Shearer. We are developing our basketball skills and get to play fun games!
Written by May Cruft (P5F) and Holly Stobie (P5P)
NSPCC will be visiting Newton this session to talk to children about the Speak Out, Stay Safe Campaign. Please see information below sent home via Parentmail.