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P3 Sharing Our Learning

On Thursday 21st of March Primary 3 held our Family Learning event.  We invited parents/carers into our classrooms to see our learning as part of our ‘Powering Our Planet’ context. Pupils had the chance to share their non-fiction books they had written over the course of the term, explore the snap n’fix electricity games and create simple circuits.

On Friday 29th March we shared our books again with Primary 6. In turn, they shared their space buggies which they have been designing. Primary 6 took making circuits to the next level by adding motors to turn their buggies wheels! We even witnessed a buggy race in the hall!

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!

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!

 

Our New Classroom!

In class we created a class charter about the things we promise to do. We want our class to be a fair and happy place where everyone is respected and cared for. We designed our own Dojo Monsters to go on the class charter, and this means we agree to our promise.

We have been watching some Mojo the Dojo videos all about Growth Mindset. We learned that our brain is a muscle and that it is ok to make mistakes!

Over the last few weeks we have also been learning through the novel ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We made animal pill medicine bottles for Grandma. We wrote a character description about old, grumpy Grandma using adjectives.  We also wrote hash tag summaries of the book so far:

#GeorgePutsLotsOfIngredientsIn (Sophie)

#GeorgesMedicineIsFrothingAndPopping (Marissa)

#The AnimalPillsGoFlyingInThePot (Phoebe)

 

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast

On Wednesday 20th June, we were invited to Dunblane High School to watch the dress rehearsal of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. We walked so fast that we got there 10 minutes early.  When we arrived we sat in comfy chairs that were up high so we got a good view of the stage.

Our favourite parts:

– When Belle fell in love with the Beast (Lucy G)
– Seeing Belle wearing a beautiful dress (Marissa)
– When Mrs Potts asked LeFou if he wanted a cup of tea and hit him in the face (Grace)
– When they sang ‘Be Our Guest’ (James)
– When Beauty and the Beast became friends (Eva)
– I liked all the costumes; especially the Beast one (Phoebe)
– We thought the actor of the Beast looked like he was from ‘The Greatest Showman’. He was a good singer too (Zoe, Rosie, Amy and James)
– It was funny when Beauty and the Beast kissed (Rosie)

The best part was getting to go onto the stage – we got our photos taken with some of the cast.

Thank you for letting us ‘Be your Guests’.

Why we love Dunblane…

Our context this term is ‘Dunblane Detectives’.
We have been talking about all the things we love about Dunblane. Below are a few of our list poems about why we love Dunblane. Enjoy…

I love Dunblane because there is lots of places to go and explore.
I love Dunblane because it is fun.
I love Dunblane because the wildlife is nice.
(Lucas)

I love Dunblane because there’s lots of places to explore.
I love Dunblane because there is a fun swimming place called the Hydro.
I love Dunblane because there are restaurants with good food.
I love Dunblane because there is a good Tennis Club.
I love Dunblane because the weather is always different so it is a surprise every day.
I love Dunblane because people are healthy.
I love Dunblane because it’s a happy place.
I love Dunblane because there’s good schools.
(Eilidh)

I love Dunblane because it has bins to put litter in.
I love Dunblane because it has good places to go.
I love Dunblane because people are collecting rocks and you re-hide them too.
I love Dunblane because I like the books in the library.
I love Dunblane because it has Newton Primary in it.
I love Dunblane because the people are nice.
I love Dunblane because I live there.
I love Dunblane because it has hundreds of places to walk.
I love Dunblane because it rains a lot so flowers can grow.
I love Dunblane because I live near the corner shop.
I love Dunblane because I live near the school.
I love Dunblane because I live near the clubs I go to.
(Sofia)

I love Dunblane because there are lots of things to measure.
I love Dunblane because it has the best schools.
I love Dunblane because it is the best place in the world.
(Rosie)

I love Dunblane because there are a lot of clubs.
I love Dunblane because there’s a swimming pool.
I love Dunblane because I have a lot of friends.
I love Dunblane because my Gran and Grandad live in the same street.
I love Dunblane because I have the best life.
(George)

I love Dunblane because there are lots of places to explore.
I love Dunblane because it has a really good Dunblane Centre.
I love Dunblane because it is a cheerful place.
I love Dunblane because it is not too hot and not too cold.
I love Dunblane because there are lots of places to walk.
I love Dunblane because there are loads of shops.
I love Dunblane because it’s small.
I love Dunblane because there’s lots of parks.
(Harris)