Category Archives: Primary 4M

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)

 

Our trip to Almond Valley

On Friday 27th April, we went on a big bus to Almond Valley. It took about 50 minutes to get there. When we arrived Mrs Aitken went in to tell the staff that we had arrived. Then we all got off the bus and put our packed lunches in the Picnic Barn so we didn’t need to carry them around with us. After that, we had our snack as we were walking to see the animals. Some of the animals we saw were rabbits, goats, ducks, guinea pigs, turkeys, donkeys, hens, pigs, sheep, sheep dogs and birds. Two groups then went to the bouncy cow and the other three groups went to the bouncy pillow and the trampolines to bounce around and have fun. At 11 o’clock, we all went to Morag’s Meadow Soft Play. There were lots of places for us to climb and slide down. Next, we went on the tractor ride – it was bumpy and slow but we got to see some animals. After that we had 15 minutes to go to the play park and then we went to the Oil Shale Adventure Zone. It was so much fun; we got to go down a zip wire, climb up and down ladders, play in a ball pit and run around lots. There was even a wee scary bit with scary music – we liked it in there. At 12.30pm we went to the Picnic Barn to have lunch with our friends. Then we had an hour to choose what we still wanted to see at Almond Valley before we got the bus home. Lots of us were very tired and some of us had a little sleep on the bus.
(Written together by P2A)

‘I loved playing in the play house and going on the secret slide.’ (Luke)

‘I liked going down the hill on a sledge with wheels.’ (Eilidh)

‘I liked it when me, Lottie and Ethan were doing gymnastics on the trampolines.’ (Euan)

‘I loved when our group went to the zip wire because we got Mrs Aitken to go on it by herself.’ (Lucy G)

‘I liked it because my mum was there too.’ (Sofia)

‘I loved doing front flips on the bouncy pillow.’ (James)

‘When me and Amy fell off the bouncy pillow we decided to build ‘Almond Valley’ out of sand.’ (Zoe)

‘At the park, I played music on the xylophone.’ (Johnny)

Thank you to our fabulous parent helpers who joined us on the trip!

P2 Family Learning Afternoon

On Tuesday 27th March we had a fantastic family learning afternoon sharing our learning about measurement. We got to be ‘teachers’ for the afternoon and our parents/grandparents got to be the ‘pupils’.

The activities which were on offer were:

1) Estimating and measuring toy dinosaurs with paperclips
2) Using cubes to measure the length of dinosaur pictures.
3) Estimating and measuring the lengths of items in the classroom with our hands.
4) Estimating and measuring the lengths of items in the classroom with our feet.
5) Measurement scavenger hunt in the playground.
6) Using metre sticks and trundle wheels to measure the length of dinosaurs in the playground.

Here are some photos of us in action:

Lucas – ‘My mummy didn’t really know much about measuring so I liked teaching her all the things she didn’t know.’

George – ‘I liked measuring lots of dinosaurs with my mum.’

Anna –  ‘Me and my mummy had to work together to measure the tree.’

Rosie – ‘I told my dad to bring his measuring tape so we didn’t need to use the trundle wheel.’

Johnny – ‘I taught my grandma how to measure because when she estimated it was not very close to the right answer. Now she knows how to do it.’

Marissa – ‘Granny helped me with the writing and I helped her with the measuring.’

 

Learning in the Community

On Friday 9th March we walked down to Dunblane Library where we were met by Angela Seaton. When we arrived we sat down on the big rug and listened to Angela as she showed us a non-fiction book all about dinosaurs so we learned lots of new facts! After this, she had a book with lots of dinosaurs in it and we had to choose a number from 1-80 and she would open the page and we would have to try and pronounce the name of the dinosaur first (quite tricky) then she read out a few facts about it. The last book she read us was our favourite – it was called ‘Dinosaur Poo’ by Diane and Christyan Fox. We thought it was really funny and we laughed the whole way through the story. After this, we got to sit with our friends and look at a huge selection of dinosaur books and decide which ones we would like to take back to school.

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Douglas – ‘We looked at lots of non-fiction books.’
Marissa – ‘I liked reading lots of stories about dinosaurs.’
Lucy G – ‘I liked learning lots of dinosaur facts from encyclopedias.’

Next, we walked along to Dunblane Cathedral where we met Mrs Anderson. She spoke to us about what a baptism was and she had a christening gown which was over 90 years old on a doll which some of us got to hold. We learned what a baptismal font was and why some of them have 8 sides. Mrs Anderson chose 4 of us to walk down the aisle pretending to be a mum, dad, godmother and godfather to demonstrate what would happen at a real baptism. We got to decide on the name for the baby. The first time we did it the baby was called ‘Geoffrey Michael’ and the second time we did it the baby was called ‘Elizabeth Austin Bottomley’.

Elita – ‘We learned about christenings and I got to be the Godmother.’
Lottie – ‘I liked being the mum for acting out a baptism.’
Thomas – ‘We looked at the font.’

Finally we had our lunch in the Cathedral Halls and then spend the rest of the afternoon in the Laighills Park. The sun came out for us and we had a great time playing  with our friends!

James – ‘I loved the roundabout.’
Eva – ‘I liked going right up the hill and sliding down the slide.’
Phoebe – ‘I liked going really high on the swings.’

P2 Poets!!

This term, as part of our shared reading we have been learning  about poetry. We have enjoyed listening to lots of different poems and have even been writing our own. The first poem we listened to was called ‘Carribean Counting Rhyme’ by Pamela Mordecai. We had to listen carefully to it with our eyes closed and imagine what we could see. Then we used paint and collage materials to create a carribean scene which reflected what we thought the poem was describing.

We also enjoyed writing our own verses to ‘Oh The World Must be Coming to an End’. We had fun singing our new verses…

 

We sent her for toast, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for toast, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for toast but she got frightened by a ghost,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, o aye!
(By Phoebe)

We sent her for Fanta, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for Fanta, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for Fanta and she found the lovely Santa,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Zoe)

We sent her for broccoli, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for broccoli, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for broccoli and she ended up playing Monopoly,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Eva)

We sent her for honey, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for honey, oh aye, oh aye
We sent her for honey and she met a fluffy bunny,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Lottie)

We sent her for lime, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for lime, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for lime and she fell and broke her spine,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Grace)

We sent her for hay, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for hay, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for hay and she forgot to pay,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By James)

We sent her for fish, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for fish, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for fish and she came back with a dish,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Sophie)

We sent her for peas, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for peas, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for peas and she got stung by bees,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Ethan)

We sent her for jam, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for jam, oh aye, oh aye,
We sent her for jam and she came back with a lamb,
Oh the world must be coming to an end, oh aye!
(By Lucas)

 

We have written our own apple shape poems which are on display in our classroom:

 

A few close ups:

Finally, we loved the  poem ‘Monsters’ by Linda Hammond. We got to decorate our own purple monsters and then we used them to act out the poem . Some groups chose to mime what was happening in the poem, others got into character and acted out the poem and some groups worked together to read and perfom the poem.

 

 

 

Our Class Assembly

On Thursday 8th February, our class led the whole school assembly on ‘Chinese New Year’. We really enjoyed performing to an audience and we especially liked dressing up and having our faces painted. We learned our lines and acted out ‘The Great Race’ which explains how each year became named after an animal. This year is the year of the dog. Most of us were born in the year of the rabbit but Sofia and Emma were born in the year of the dragon. Mrs Aitken was born in the year of the tiger. We loved decorating the dragon for our dragon dance and Rosie, Grace, Harris and Phoebe played some instruments to accompany it. As well as learning all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated we also enjoyed using chalk to draw our own dogs and we learned how to blend using the chalk too.

We were so excited to put on our assembly but some of us were sad that we couldn’t do it again 🙁

We hope you enjoy looking at our photos from the assembly!

A few quotes from some of the stars of the show…

Maxence – ‘I did well with my speaking part and I liked seeing my
brother there.’

Phoebe – ‘I liked when we all sung the song at the end.’

Marissa – ‘I think everyone worked hard and tried their best.’

Grace – ‘My favourite part was bunny hopping across the stage. I really loved seeing the emotions on people’s faces when they saw the amazing face paints that my mum, Pamela did on them.’

George – ‘It was my first ever time having a speaking part so I was very excited.’

Johnny – ‘I was happy being the head of the dragon. It was quite hard because I couldn’t see very well but I was careful and took my time and kept looking through one of the big eyes.’

James – ‘I loved the full assembly.’

Lucy G – ‘I liked it when I got to be a narrator because I liked saying my part and being part of ‘The Great Race’.

Lottie – ‘I really enjoyed being the cat. It was very inspiring for me because I learned how to be a cat at the Dunblane Centre.’

Welldone Primary 2 – Mrs Aitken is very proud of you all!