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.
In our first few weeks in P2M we have been learning about shape in our Maths and Numeracy work. We have been learning the names of 2D shapes, their properties and we have been investigating tiling too. We have done many different activities to help us with our learning, including using the Ipads and we have realised that shapes are everywhere.
I’ve enjoyed using circles and squares and hexagons to draw pictures- Haydn
I enjoyed learning about shapes and counting in Maths- Lillian
I liked when we used 2D shapes to draw pictures- Charlotte
I liked doing shapes. I’ve learned about octagons. They have 8 sides – Keir
This week, we will be working on 3D shapes and doing some other activities to celebrate Maths Week Scotland.
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.
We have been hard at work exploring the forces which make our toys move. We used a variety of PE equipment and toys in the playground. We also prepared talks on a special toy from home and shared that information in class.
“If you push a car hard it goes faster and further.” – Esme
“I had a helicopter which , when you pulled a strap, flew up in to the air” – Keir
” Pushing, pulling and twisting are all types of movement.” – Hayden
“It is fun to learn about each other’s toys!” commented Lleyton
As part of our investigations in to materials in the world around us, Mr Herriot of Harbro (Lillian’s grandpa) came to explain the manufacturing process involved in producing animal feed. Natural materials such as oats, barley, wheat, peas, sunflower seeds and molasses are part of the special recipes which mixed together make a man made material – feed for cows, sheep, hens , pigs, horses and goats.
“We got to feel all the stuff which goes in to the feed” – Jackson
” Mr Herriot had posters showing the machines” – Murray
We had a fantastic visit from Mrs Wyroslawska who shared the family’s amazing visit to Ghana with us. Mrs Wyroslawska went to learn drumming and dance from local musicians and dancers in Tafi Atome, a village in Ghana. We learned lots about wildlife seen, the local school and the community of Tafi Atome.
Pupils then were taught a dance accompanied by a drum.
P1S and P1H put on a marvellous performance of “A Miracle in Town” It told the story of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem. We acted out the story and sang lots of lovely songs. Both P2 classes supported with us with our singing. We practised lots to make sure our performance was superb!
Jackson ” We made people smile.”
Jack ” Lots of people came to see us – our families and the whole school watched.”
Grace ” The narrators worked hard at speaking clearly”
Isla added ” We made our mummies and daddies proud.”
A safe and trusting environment where our young people can learn, unlearn and relearn.