We have had a busy start to the term in P4S. In Maths, we have been honing our skills in estimation, rounding, multiplication and exploring the delights of function machines. After a “playtastic” block of learning about the features of playscript, we are reading a number of short stories and focusing on characterisation, setting and plot devices. Skills applied in our own amazing Hallowe’en writing.
We have evaluated the skills developed in our amazing Isle of Izcalm context, which focused on citizenship, what makes a good citizen, and the skills required to make decisions fairly in a community. We achieved this through drama, becoming a very special community on the imaginary Isle of Izcalm. Our evaluations highlighted improvements in our abilities to communicate with others, to discuss and to debate issues respectfully and in teamwork, problem solving and , of course, in dramatic characterisation!
We have launched our new context which, through a piece of imaginative extended writing on giving to others and our role in running this year’s Christmas post, will also support our understanding of those values we identified as being so important to us as developing global citizens!
Throughout our busy routines, we also find time to enjoy our shared love of reading and to share our “top tips” for a “good read”.
Over the last fortnight, members of P4S have harvested our crop of apples from the eco garden and made them in to apple crumble to share with very special visitors from the Memory Cafe. Our visitors were most complimentary!
It was very satisfying to feel that we could grow, cook and offer our produce to eat, in our school. The cycle begins again as we prepare the eco garden for the coming winter and spring planting.
As part of our focus on good citizenship, P4S has been exploring decisionmaking and the skills of good communication, and creative thinking so important if we are to contribute positively in our communities. We also agreed that good citizens persevered and supported each other when faced with difficult tasks. We have been practising these skills in a series of challenges , but without doubt, our favourite was the tower marshmallow and spaghetti challenge.
Working in groups of three and then six, we had to build a two tier tower, using only spaghetti and marshmallows.Groups tried lots of different shapes and structures.
“We had to make the tower stable” – Finlay
Finally, to ensure and adequate supply of marshmallows, the groups merged in to two and created two super structures using very different techniques.
In discussion, talking lots, teamwork and just ” keeping trying” were identified as key.
Lots of learning! Lots of fun!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
We have all had a brilliant summer holiday and are enjoying being back at school with all of our friends.
We have had a busy few weeks since we came back to school. We are really enjoying hearing the story of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. Here are some of our favourite parts of the story so far:
Helena – ‘when Grandma has her new medicine’
Rachel – ‘when George starts cooking the medicine’
Fraser S – ‘When Grandma grew really tall and went through the roof’
Findlay – ‘I liked when George was finding all the ingredients for the medicine; especially the animal pills’
One of the first things we did was describe George and Grandma using adjectives. Here is a photo of what we thought of them both:
Next, we used watercolour paints to create our own medicine bottle. Leah, Orlaith, Rachel, Farah, Fraser S, Jack, Findlay and Yasmin loved mixing the colours together. We then thought of a name for our medicines and wrote a label to explain what the medicine was for.
We looked at our Twitter page and we then thought about the story so far and wrote our own hash tag summaries. Some of these are:
We have also written our own tweets as if we were Grandma telling everyone what happened the day she tried George’s medicine.
We are learning how to use a dictionary in class and have created our own ‘George’s Marvellous Dictionary’. We found the definitions of words from the story and added these to our own dictionary.
We can’t wait to read the rest of the story and find out what happens next.
Please follow the link below for P.3 Meet the Teacher information leaflet.
P.3 Sharing Learning Leaflet
Yesterday, P2M went out into Dunblane to learn more for our context, Dunblane Detectives.
First we went to the Cathedral. We looked for a dragon carving, gravestones inside the cathedral and animal carvings too. Next we went to the Leighton Library. We found out that the librarian lived in a dark, cold room underneath the library. We found out that all of the books were brought in a boat from England. Next we went to the Laighills Park. We all had our lunch then we played at the park.
After the park, we visited Dunblane Museum. We learned that people would have used a big crane to pick up heavy stones that they used to build the Cathedral. We got to try on some Scottish clothing. We saw lots of pictures of when the Cathedral had no roof. We also went into the museum garden and looked into the deep well.
We had a great day learning more about our town and enjoyed our picnic lunch in the sunshine. Thank you to all of the parents who helped out.
“I found out that my great great grandpa was in the war” Finlay
“I liked going to the Laighills and going down the big slide.” Nina
“I liked the Laighills and going on the climbing frame. It was very fun.” Helena
“I enjoyed going in the museum garden.” Sara