On Thursday 12th September P3A went to Dunblane Library to look at some books about the Arctic and Antarctica. When we arrived Angela read us a story called ‘Geronimo’ by David Walliams. It was about a penguin who thought he could fly. After that, Angela did a quiz with us and we had to tell her which animals were from the Arctic and which ones were from Antarctica. Then Angela gave us some non-fiction books which would help with our learning about ‘Poles Apart’. We got to look at them and find out more facts with our friends. Angela said we can keep some of these books at school while we are learning about ‘Poles Apart’.
What we enjoyed:
‘I enjoyed when Angela read us the story.’ (Heidi)
‘I liked when me and all my friends were looking at a book together. We thought the pictures of the penguins were very funny.’ (Jackson)
‘I liked finding out more about Antarctica’ (Hayden)
‘I liked when my friends were looking at the books with me.’(Grace M)
What we learned:
‘I learned about 5 types of penguins.’ (Connor)
‘I learned that penguins swallow food then bring it up to feed their babies.’ (Ronan)
‘I learned that Antarctica is a continent.’ (Hannah)
‘I learned that people use polar bear fur for jumpers and rugs.’ (Keira)
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
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.
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)
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.
Please follow the link below for P.2 Meet the Teacher information leaflet.
P.2 Sharing Learning Leaflet
On Thursday the 17th of May, both P1 classes became teachers for the afternoon. Our parents visited our classes and had a look at the work we had undertaken in our learning about woodlands and the Enchanted Forest. Our parents then walked with us up to Dykedale woods and the children explained about the art of Andy Goldsworthy and his use of nature in “transient art”. In creative partnerships with fellow pupils, and demonstrating to admiring parents, we made pieces of art from found materials in the woods.
Hannah M said ” We made things from wood, sticks, moss, acorns and stones. ”
George added ” I felt excited about making something with my mum. We used sticks, beech nuts and leaves to make a pattern. ”
Grace M commented ” We made lots of pieces of artwork, including shelters, sculptures, dens, love hearts, fairy house and bug houses. ”
It was a very special afternoon for everyone involved.
On Tuesday 24th of April, Primary One classes were astonished to find two elves in their rooms. Bramble Berry and Sweet Pea had both arrived accompanied by a letter explaining that they would like to spend some time a school and had chosen our kind, helpful pupils. Each week a letter has arrived from the respective elves which has caused great excitement! We have been set challenges which involve lots of writing, researching woodlands and many arts and crafts which support our big challenge of creating an enchanted forest.
The pupils are really enjoying having the elves to stay. We will keep you updated on the adventures of our wonderful elves.