Category Archives: Primary 3A

Antarctic Adventures

On Wednesday 16th January we went on a really looooong journey…all the way to Antarctica! Our tour guides for the trip were Mr and Mrs McCreath who were entertaining, informative and lots of fun. Our journey started with a song played beautifully on the piano by Mrs McCreath – we joined in singing about p-p-p- penguins. We were then introduced to their cuddly penguin who sleeps in Mr and Mrs McCreath’s bed…we thought he might’ve been better sleeping in the fridge or freezer but Mrs McCreath said he quite likes sleeping in the bed. He must be acclimatising! Next up, our expert tour guide Mr McCreath who has recently returned from a 10 day tour of Antarctica shared his experiences and knowledge with us. He went on a boat (more modern than Captain Scott’s) then chose to kayak as part of his tour – we watched videos of him kayaking through the ice and heard it crunching as he paddled. We all loved seeing the photographs of the animals and there were lots of ‘awwwwww’ moments. The penguins were very funny – playing football, tig, sunbathing and even….kissing! We got to pretend to be penguins huddled together in a colony to keep us warm; the penguins at the front then had to waddle to the back when they got too cold. Mr McCreath used 3 of us with our arms outstretched to show us the wingspan of an albatross – it was 3 metres!! We learned that an albatross can stay in the air for about a year without touching the ground – it even sleeps in the air. Our journey came to an end as we got back on the boat and waved goodbye to the penguins.

A few of our favourite parts:

P3A –

Harris M – I thought it was really funny when you told us about the penguins going along their tracks and they kept changing direction and forgetting where they were going.

Helena – I learned that penguins like to steal stones from each other’s nests and I thought it was really funny.

Eva R – I learned that it took Mr McCreath 4 and a half days to get to Antarctica. It sounds like a really long journey – I really want to go there one day.

 

P3M –

Johnny – I really liked the p-p-p-penguin song because it had some facts in it too.

Emma R – I liked seeing the cuddly toy penguin from Antarctica.

Luke – It was funny seeing the baby wind up penguin hatching out of the egg.

 

Finally, we would just like to say a massive thank you to Mr and Mrs McCreath – what a wonderful afternoon for the children and teachers!

Primary 3 visit Dunblane Library!

Today, Primary 3 went on a trip to Dunblane Library. We met Angela who welcomed us and got us started with a story called ‘Poles Apart’.  Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole – but  in this story a family of penguins got lost, and found themselves at the wrong pole! They needed the polar bear to help guide them home.

We had to use our knowledge of the Arctic and the Antarctic to decide which animals lived in the North or South Pole. We already knew where some of the animals lived but we learned some new ones too.

Angela had looked out a selection of fiction and non-fiction books linked to our context ‘Poles Apart’. We had some time to explore the different books and choose which ones we wanted to bring back to school.

We finished our library session with a story about an explorer. We had a super time and learned lots from Angela about the library.

 

 

Our P3 Unity Assembly

On Thursday 4th October, both P3 classes led the assembly.  We had been learning about unity and how important it is to work together. We told the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ through drama. Our four fabulous narrators, Eva M, Harris K, Rachel and Ruaridh spoke clearly and fluently to tell the story. Our showstopper was singing and dancing to ‘We’re All in This Together’ from High School Musical which highlighted our theme of unity.  Our dancers were very committed and voluntarily spent their lunchtimes learning the dance routines and they were brilliant on the day!

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We would like to thank Pamela (Rubber Chicken Theatre) for lending us some props, face painting our actors and glittering our dancers.

Mrs Aitken and Miss McDonald are very proud of our P3 stars!

Well done to you all!

 

Welcome to P3A!

We have all had a brilliant summer holiday and are enjoying being back at school with all of our friends.

We have had a busy few weeks since we came back to school. We are really enjoying hearing the story of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.  Here are some of our favourite parts of the story so far:

Helena – ‘when Grandma has her new medicine’
Rachel – ‘when George starts cooking the medicine’
Fraser S – ‘When Grandma grew really tall and went through the roof’
Findlay – ‘I liked when George was finding all the ingredients for the medicine; especially the animal pills’

One of the first things we did was describe George and Grandma using adjectives. Here is a photo of what we thought of them both:

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Next, we used watercolour paints to create our own medicine bottle.  Leah, Orlaith, Rachel, Farah, Fraser S, Jack, Findlay and Yasmin loved mixing the colours together. We then thought of a name for our medicines and wrote a label to explain what the medicine was for.

We looked at our Twitter page and we then thought about the story so far and wrote our own hash tag summaries.  Some of these are:

#hidetheemptynbottles (Rachel)
#potionfizz (Leah)
#Grandmaishorrible (Orlaith)
#Grandmaisweird (Luca)
#eatmorecabbage (Eva)
#Georgeissad (Finlay)

We have also written our own tweets as if we were Grandma telling everyone what happened the day she tried George’s medicine.

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We are learning how to use a dictionary in class and have created our own ‘George’s Marvellous Dictionary’. We found the definitions of words from the story and added these to our own dictionary.

 

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We can’t wait to read the rest of the story and find out what happens next.

Empty Classroom Day 2018

Yesterday, P2M went out into Dunblane to learn more for our context, Dunblane Detectives.

First we went to the Cathedral. We looked for a dragon carving, gravestones inside the cathedral and animal carvings too.  Next we went to the Leighton Library. We found out that the librarian lived in a dark, cold room underneath the library. We found out that all of the books were brought in a boat from England. Next we went to the Laighills Park. We all had our lunch then we played at the park.

After the park, we visited Dunblane Museum.  We learned that people would have used a big crane to pick up heavy stones that they used to build the Cathedral.  We got to try on some Scottish clothing. We saw lots of pictures of when the Cathedral had no roof.  We also went into the museum garden and looked into the deep well.

We had a great day learning more about our town and enjoyed our picnic lunch in the sunshine.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped out.

“I found out that my great great grandpa was in the war” Finlay

“I liked going to the Laighills and going down the big slide.” Nina

“I liked the Laighills and going on the climbing frame. It was very fun.” Helena

“I enjoyed going in the museum garden.” Sara

 

Our Almond Valley Adventure

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On Friday 27th April, we went on our school trip to Almond Valley.

“When we went to Almond Valley we went on a bus. When we arrived there first we went to the soft play. Then we went on the tractor ride.” Fraser S

“The tractor ride went round in a big circle to see some animals.” Charlie

“On the tractor ride there was a sheep that followed us.” Imogen

“The soft play was great fun but I kept on loosing Leah and having to find her again because it was so big. It was great fun. ” Aletta

“My favourite part was the pretend carrot in soft play.” Lily

“Then we went to see the bunnies. They were adorable.”  Fraser G

“Next we went in the Adventure zone. Then we went to the picnic barn and had lunch. ” Ruaridh

“After lunch we had free time  with our group. Mine was Miss McGregor’s group. We went to the bouncy pillow, the zip line and other stuff before we went home. I loved everything!” Rachel

“I really liked the soft play because it had a huge slide” Charlotte

“My best part was at the Adventure Zone and seeing the bunnies.” Leah

(extracts from children’s writing about the trip)

Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the trip.

Family Learning Afternoon

This term, P2M have been learning about measurement in Maths and Numeracy. We have been learning to measure length and height using non-standard units and recently using metres. We have linked lots of our learning to our Jurassic Jungle context.

On Tuesday 27th March, we invited our parents and carers in to class so that we could share our learning with them. We were the teachers for our visitors and showed them what and how we have been learning about measurement.

These were the activities we shared with our parents:

  • Estimating and measuring dinosaur pictures with cubes
  • Estimating and measuring toy dinosaurs with paperclips
  • Estimating and measuring classroom objects with our hands and feet
  • A metres scavenger hunt
  • Measuring the length of dinosaurs using metre sticks and trundle wheels

We really enjoyed being teachers for our visitors.

“I liked it when we did the scavenger hunt for metres and me and mummy and daddy found that the railing was 1 metre. We also found the bike rack. I also liked measuring with my hands and feet. Mum and Dad were good at measuring but not very good at estimating.  I liked being a teacher.” Aletta

“I liked going outside with my dad to measure. We measured the puddles.” Jack

“I thought it was quite fun. I liked measuring all of the stuff that we found. Gran was good at estimating and measuring.” Alex

Our visitors gave us some feedback.

“Measuring can be fun”

“Great measuring skills and lots of interesting dinosaur facts. Good work”

“Great to see work and nice to see progress”

“Thank you for teaching us how to estimate measurements! When I next see a dinosaur, I will now be able to tell how big it is.”

“A great way of making the children estimate and measure. Their understanding of measuring is more concrete.”

Thank you parents and carers for coming to join in with our learning. We are now looking forward to the Easter holidays.

P2M learning in the community

On Friday 9th March we walked down to Dunblane Cathedral where we met Mrs Anderson. Mrs Anderson spoke to us about baptisms. She told us why babies (and sometimes adults) get baptized. Mrs Anderson had a doll in a special baptism robe. We held a baptism ceremony for the doll and 4 of us pretended to be the mum, dad and godparents. We acted out what would happen at a baptism.

I learned that sometimes adults actually get baptised’ Charlotte

‘I learned that someone who gets baptised has godparents’ Findlay

‘ I liked being the mum’ Eva

‘I enjoyed finding the second font. They put water in the fonts. ‘ Nina

After that, we went to Dunblane Library where we met Angela Seaton. We sat on the rug and Angela showed us a non-fiction book all about dinosaurs. We learned lots of fascinating facts. Then she read us a fiction book called Dinosaur Poo which was very funny. Next we had time to sit with our friends and explore some of the dinosaur books.

‘I enjoyed the Dinosaur Poo book because it was really funny.’ Sara

‘I enjoyed when we had to pick a page number and Angela would find a fact on that page’ Fraser

‘I liked looking at the dinosaur books’ Emma

Then we went to the Cathedral Halls to eat our packed lunches. Finally we went to the Laighills Park. Luckily the sun came out and we had lots of fun playing with our friends.

We were all very tired when we arrived back at school.

‘ I enjoyed playing on the slide.’ Charlie

‘I liked climbing to the top of the climbing frame.’ Helena

‘I liked playing tig.’ Alexander

‘I enjoyed playing on the swings’ Ruaridh

‘I enjoyed playing on the witches’ hat’ Aletta