This term Primary 3M have been learning about the Arctic and Antarctic in our Poles Apart context.
We have learned about the climate there and how to compare it to our own, and other climates around the world. We have also learned about some of the animals that live there and the ways in which they have adapted so that they can survive. Creating a factfile with a partner was a good way to collect this information.
Our trip to Dunblane Library last month was a lovely afternoon and we took part in a fun quiz about some differences between the North and South Poles while we were there. The books we brought back to school have been very useful for finding out more facts. To say thank you we wrote letters to the library as our assessed writing piece this term.
A fun highlight of this context was doing science – especially since our experiments involved ice poles! We saw the changing states of water through boiling, freezing, melting and condensation and thought of examples of this that we often see in real life. Some other ice poles then became ice trolls (fictional creatures from Antarctica) which needed insulated during their trip to Dunblane. We predicted which materials would be the most successful to make their jackets and tested each one over a 15 minute period. After these experiments the ice trolls (poles) mysteriously vanished… perhaps they evaporated!
“I learned that polar bears don’t always stay on land. I didn’t know that before.” Lillian
“I liked learning about how the animals adapted to survive in that place.” Callum
“The North Pole is a much safer place than the South Pole.” Olivia
“I enjoyed making coats for the Ice Trolls.” Keir
“I liked when we did the experiments with the kettle and how the water turned into gas.” Laurence
“I learned that penguins have never seen a polar bear before. I thought that they both lived in the same place.” Charlotte
On Thursday 9th May, P2M presented their World of Work assembly to the school. We all shared what jobs we would like to do when we grow up. In P2M there are future football players, horse riders, gymnasts, scientists, midwives, inventors, astronauts, midwives, actors, gem collectors, game designers, acrobats, film directors and teachers.
We shared that when we start work in 2030, we might be doing jobs that don’t even exist yet. There could be jobs such as Drone Traffic Optimizer, Waste Engineer, Body Part Creator and Space Tour guide. It’s hard to prepare for jobs that don’t exist so experts believe the best thing to do is develop useful skills and attitudes. At Newton our teachers plan opportunities for us to develop our skills and attitudes every day. We use books and characters to help us understand our skills and attitudes.
To finish our assembly, we sang our very own version of A Million Dreams. We are all proud of being confident performers at assembly.
I liked singing our song –Robbie
I liked doing my speaking parts- Eilidh
I liked using my clapboard and trophy for when I was being a film director- Charlotte
I liked dressing up as a gem and diamond collector. I looked like Indiana Jones- George
I liked dressing up like a teacher- Clara
I liked my costume- Lauren
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.
‘I liked tasting the butter on the oatcakes’ Alex
‘I liked shaking the milk to make butter’ Haydn
‘I liked grinding the oats to make flour’ Lauren
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.