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.
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)
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).
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!
Newton Primary School will be taking part in ‘The European Day of Languages’ which will be held on Wednesday 26th September 2018. It is a time to celebrate the 6,000+ languages spoken around the world, promote language learning and have some multilingual fun!
The purpose of the European Day of Language is to celebrate both the cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe and to encourage and promote language learning.
The aims of the European Day of Languages include:
To celebrate the diversity of languages and cultures within Europe
To encourage language learning at any age
To promote intercultural understanding
To diversify the range of languages learnt
How can you help?
For Primary 1-4
We are looking for volunteers who would be able to come into school on Wednesday 26th September and read a story, or song or teach a few words to the children in a different language. Perhaps you are a native speaker or have learned a language for work?
For Primary 5-7
We are also looking for volunteers to talk to the children about how languages have helped them succeed in the world of work, or how it may have helped secure a job.
If you think you can help please phone or email the school office and we will be in touch.
Further information will be issued at a later date.