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.
As part of their learning context, P5 have been actively working on achieving their own personal John Muir Award. As part of the Award the children have explored the school grounds and taken part in a variety of outdoor learning experiences, which they have thoroughly enjoyed. As well as exploring the school grounds, they have visited Holmehill, a local woodland area. Whilst visiting Holmehill the children had great fun searching for a ‘secret tunnel’, participated in a scavenger hunt and measured the ages of trees to compare with the trees back in the school grounds.
For our second outing we were lucky enough to have the support of Rosie who is a volunteer for TCV, she planned a mini-beast hunt and discussed air quality with the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who allowed us to visit Holmehill.
Primary 5F enjoyed taking their maths outdoors today for empty classroom day. They became tree detectives by working in pairs or trios to calculate the ages of a variety of trees around the school grounds. Firstly, they identified the species of tree by looking carefully at the leaves and after that, calculated its age. Primary 5 were able to work this out by measuring the circumference of the tree and then dividing this number by 2.5. The average age of the trees surrounding the school is 30 years old.
Primary 5 are learning all about ‘The Rainforest’ this term. So far we know about the location of different rainforests across the world, the climate, the plants and animals that live there and the different layers of the rainforest.
We completed up close line drawings of different animals you would find in the rainforest. We outlined them in black and then coloured using oil pastels. They look extremely vibrant and realistic.
Thank you very much to Freya’s mum (P5K) who gave us a fantastic talk all about her job as a botanist and her experiences in the rainforest. We enjoyed seeing lots of amazing pictures, handling items that had come all the way from the rainforest and we still can’t believe that she’s actually written a book. Thank you again!
On Friday 9th of March, Miss McDonald set us the challenge of making STEM pyramids. We had to make pyramids using different materials: paper and cello-tape, Lego, interlocking cubes, play dough and art straws. We needed to make sure our pyramids had equal sides, it was free standing and had a square base.
Teamwork was important for our challenge. Everyone in our groups had a job to do. We had a Team Leader, Resource Manager, Photographers, Quality Checkers and Time Checkers. Each person was responsible for their own job, but also had to help build our pyramids.
We found making a pyramid from paper was the most difficult. Only 2 groups out of 4 managed to make one! We felt that the play dough and art straws were easy, as well as the interlocking cubes.
Eilidh – “I thought it was really fun making the pyramids!”
Aaron – “I really liked the materials we were making the pyramids with. My favourite was the paper!”
Fraser R – “I really liked building the pyramid with the Lego because it was quite easy and you could use the blocks to help shape it.”
Eva – “I liked making the pyramid out of paper because it was a real challenge.”
Finn – “I found making the pyramids easy, especially the paper one – my group managed to make it!”
A safe and trusting environment where our young people can learn, unlearn and relearn.