P2M have been learning about measuring length. We have learned about non-standard units and the standard unit, metres. We have used our knowledge of metres to estimate and measure the length of dinosaurs and their footprints.
The Brachiosaurus was the biggest dinosaur that we measured and it was 26m long. The Velociraptor was only 2metres long and some dinosaur footprints were bigger than that!
On Wednesday 13th of March P2M had ‘the best day ever!’ at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. First we enjoyed a Dinosaur Storytelling workshop where we were able to hold lots of old fossils and even fossilised dinosaur poo! We even had a chance to be palaeontologists and gently brush away sand to discover fossils and identify what dinosaurs they once were.
After that we travelled back in time to the beginning of Planet Earth! We stood on a volcano and felt it rumble underneath our feet. We saw glaciers forming landscapes right in front of our eyes and even touched massive ice blocks like there might have been in the ice age. Finally we took a 4D flight across the climate zones of our planet- it even snowed on the plane! It was such an adventure.
“I liked the ice bit when I got to touch the ice. It was very very very very cold!”Isaac
“I really liked the plane bit because we got to see a rhino up close”Clara
“I liked going in the time machine because I like how it looked really real”Anon
“I liked the flight best because we got to wear glasses to make it 3D”Brodie
“I liked when it was raining foam when we were on our flight and when I got freezing cold by the ice berg”Farah
Thank you to Mrs Sage, Mrs Mullen and Mrs Campbell who came along to support us. We hope you enjoyed it too!
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and P2 presented an assembly to the rest of the school to celebrate the event. The theme for World Book Day this year was ‘Share a Story’ so P2 shared a wonderful performance of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We shared photographs of us sharing stories with our families, cuddlies and even our pets. We also talked about what we love to read and why we love reading.
“I like sharing How to Train your Dragon with my mum” Lewis
“I like sharing Harry Potter with my dad”Lillian
“I like sharing Matilda with my mummy”Evalina
“I like reading because I like to look at the pictures”Ben
“I like reading because I enjoy funny stories” Hannah
“I like reading because it makes me happy” George
The children all spoke clearly and confidently in front of a big audience and should be proud.
A few weeks ago, Mrs Russell and P2M received a very unusual parcel- a large box containing a large egg. After some researching, we believe it might be a dinosaur egg and agreed to learn as much as we can about dinosaurs in case it hatches!
On Friday 1st March, we invited Dr Steve Nairn in to our class. He is a geologist and talked to us all about fossils, dinosaurs and the ancient earth. He brought some 60 million year old fossils with him and told us what they were. He told us about what exactly a dinosaur is and that birds are the nearest living thing to a dinosaur. Finally he showed us what earth looked like in the time of the dinosaurs. We were surprised that all of the continents were once stuck together. We learned lots from Dr Nairn’s expertise.
P2M are learning about food in their Farm to Fork context this term. So far we have learned how to make butter, how to make oatcakes, what barley looks like and that you can get different colours of carrots.
We had visitors on Tuesday from RHET who showed us how to make butter and oatcakes.
Yesterday, P2 hosted a Fairyland Tea Party for our parents and carers. We shared our fairy tale books that we have been writing and we showed our visitors our Fairyland classroom. We also ate yummy cakes, decorated gingerbread men, did some colouring in and even wrote some short stories with our visitors.
“I liked showing my mum and my sister my book” Esme
“I liked decorating a gingerbread man” Olivia
I enjoyed the cake!” Everyone!
“I liked reading my book with my mum” Robbie
“I liked writing a story with my gran and my dad.” Charlotte
“I liked showing my mum and dad my beanstalk” Haydn
“I liked showing my mum and nanny our castle.” Laurence
“I liked making our own fairy tales.” Hannah
“I enjoyed it all!” Alex
“I liked making a gingerbread man” George and Mya
“I liked dressing up in a costume!” Lauren
“I liked doing the Fairy tale colouring!” Abigail
Thank you to everyone who came along to share in our celebrations!
In P2M we have been getting very unusual burnt letters from a friendly dragon. He was sad because Fairyland is disappearing and asked if we can help by reading more fairy tales and creating a fairy land in our classroom.
“We’ve been learning about Fairy tales and people have been bringing in fairy tales to read. We’ve read Jack and the Beanstalk already and we each made Wanted posters for the giant. We’ve built a cottage, a beanstalk and a ginormous cloud and a castle and a dragon in our classroom. We’re trying to make our classroom look like Fairyland for the friendly dragon.”Lillian
In P2 we have been learning about our rights. We have the right to learn, to play and to be heard. There are lots more including the right to have nutritious food and we were sad to learn that not everyone had this right met. Some people don’t get any or enough food, even here in Scotland!
We decided we wanted to help. So in class we learned about Start-up Stirling and Colin from the charity came in to talk to us. They are a charity who run a food bank to give food to people in Stirling and Dunblane who can’t afford to buy food. Last year they gave food to around 750 children in our area – that is like them feeding the whole of our school and Dunblane Primary.
In order to provide food they rely on donations from people like us so we asked everyone to donate food as part of our Harvest Service.
We made posters and displayed them around school and went to talk to each class about what to bring. We also talked at the service about Start Up Stirling.
Newton children were very generous and brought lots of tins, cereal and rice to our Harvest Service. There were 4 tables full of food!
Thank you to everyone who helped us support Start-Up Stirling.
Today, Leigh Austin came to do some funky space science with us. We explored chemical reactions and made our very own rockets. We even made a big bottle rocket launch in our playground. It was super exciting!
I enjoyed putting all of the ingredients inside the rockets– Hannah
I enjoyed when we made a bottle rocket outside and it went up really high- Lillian
I liked when our little rockets popped up- Charlotte
I liked the popping noise that the little rockets made- Eilidh
I liked when the rockets popped like volcano. It was real science! – Tommy
I liked when we shook the chemical rockets- Isla
I like watching how high the bottles flew up- Farah
Thank you Leigh for sharing your science skills with us, we all had a fantastic afternoon.
Yesterday P2M visited Dunblane Library with our teacher and parent helpers. There was lots of books. There was a helper at the library called Angela. She read us a book about pandas going into space and I read a book called the moon. I had fun. All of the space books were interesting and I liked some books.
Written by Charlotte, P2M
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