Category Archives: Primary 4S

Super Science Update

Over the last few weeks, P4S has been exploring the human body – our skeleton, organs, senses and , most topically, the impact of germs on our health.

As part of our learning, we had an amazing trip to Glasgow Science Centre. The interactive exhibits allowed us to take our classroom learning further in a fun and engaging way. However, the highlight was, without doubt, our DNA workshop in which we extracted some of our own DNA and made our own, unique DNA necklaces!

” I learned that we get our inherited characteristics both from our mum and our dad.” – Harris

” I learned how to use the test tubes, pipettes and chemicals safely to extract our DNA.” – Aletta

We have also carried out experiments on the reliability of our senses and found out how closely those senses are linked, for example, taste and smell.

Creating germ raps and  using all sorts of materials to create “germ art”, along with P4M,  has allowed us to create a display reminding the whole school of the importance of washing our hands. Science learning applied usefully and creatively!

” Awesome!”

 

Super Science and so much more!

2020 has begun with P4S engaged in lots of new learning.

We shared and performed Burns poetry and we loved performing Mairi’s Wedding with P4M at our school One Scotland assembly – complete with percussion and dancing! Thanks to Mrs Moore for all her help.

We launched our new Super Science context with P4M, tackling brain teaser challenges to find out the areas of science we would focus on this term. After establishing our “Big Questions”, our first focus has been the Human Body and we have been researching our skeleton and major organs before exploring our senses and thinking about germs and their impact on our healthPosition and movement work in Maths has taken us outdoors for practical sessions whilst work on addition, subtraction and the application of our tables continue.

Our new Mindfulness lessons and the follow up daily practice help us to be more aware of our bodies, our emotions and offer ways to help us be kind, calm and resilient and more focused.

” I feel calm and relaxed at the end of a session.” – Yasmin

” It helps us feel calm and think about things like our breathing.” – Lily

We look forward to updating you on our learning as term progresses.

 

Authors and Posties – a busy December!

P4S had a fantastic afternoon sharing their “Gift of Christmas ” pop – up books with their families and friends. A focus on the values of sharing, giving and caring for others produced some wonderful stories about heroic elves and their efforts to help children and Santa at the same time!

Reflections on our books produced many comments about the improvements this project had made to the development of writing skills and the fun we had making the pop – ups for our books.

A big thank you to the parents , grandparents and aunties and friends who came to help with our art and craft.

Primary Four also organised and ran the Christmas Post for the school. We researched charities supporting the Global Goals of ending hunger and poverty, presented our arguments to each other and then we voted. We raised £135.70 for Unicef!

The skills of teamwork, perseverance and the ability to work hard were all identified as key to this enterprise project as well as the practical application of learning about using  money.

” I wish we could have run the post for longer” – Luca

“It could not have been better,” – Finlay

These were sentiments shared across the class and stage!