P5L informed the whole school at an assembly recently about local and global issues related to fairness. The assembly began with a short drama illustrating a common misuse of the phrase ‘it’s not fair’! We then shared with the school a couple of issues which really are not fair; people with Dementia being treated badly and our single use plastics littering foreign shorelines and hurting sealife. We were very grateful that 4 human guests and 2 canine guests came to help us develop an understanding of these challenging topics! Breda Seaman from Dementia Friendly Dunblane and Rosie Hunter who is imminently opening a zero waste shop in the High Street were very ably interviewed by Primary 5 pupils who prompted some fascinating responses to these issue.
Following the assembly all our visitors spent time in both Primary 5 classes sharing about their work. Two highlights were learning about Ecobricks and stroking the two assistance dogs which accompanied our guests. One of the dogs was fully trained as a Dementia assistance dog, one of only four in Scotland.
This week P4W have been busy preparing for our Super Science Assembly.
We have been working hard creating scripts, practicing our lines, creating and developing PowerPoint presentations, making models, learning a song and dance and designing artwork.
Every member of the class had an important part to play whether that was being a presenter, narrator, dragon (judge), inventor, artist, choreographer or technology expert. We all have worked incredibly hard and this definitely paid off.
What an incredible assembly it was! A massive well done to the whole of P4W.
Below are some pictures of the Assembly.
Now that Super Science has finished we all cannot wait to get started with our new (and final) P4 topic – Marvellous Mappers!
What a trip!
Last Thursday we had a great time at the Science Centre in Glasgow.
We were able to explore the three levels taking part in puzzles, games and activities.
Additionally, we took part in an amazing marvellous materials lab. The children were able to find out about hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials, they were able to create an edible water bottle from combining two substances causing a chemical reaction and they also got the chance to look at how different materials absorb water and what use this could have in the current environment. It was a fantastic!
Below are some pictures from our exciting day.
A massive thank you to all the parents who offered to help and to those who were there on the day.
This week in P4W we have been working hard being scientists.
We are really enjoying learning all about water, its different forms and what we can do with it.
We were lucky to have Mr Austin from Funky Science come visit to show us what can happen when different chemicals mix with water.
Below are the class preparing for the experiment.
Working in pairs it was important to have the correct equipment laid out and to have the exact amounts of the different substances ready before we started.
We worked well in pairs and were able to create a chemical reaction with the help of Mr Austin.
Below you can see some of the fantastic reactions.
Thank you to Mr Austin for a wonderful afternoon. The class are now creating science reports including the equipment used, the method followed and the results found.
A great time was had by all involved.
This Term the context for Learning in primary 4 is SUPER SCIENCE
We have been exploring all things water, magnet and sound related.
We have loved experimenting with water finding out about when water boils, melts, dissolves, condenses and evaporates.
Below are some pictures of P4 being scientists.
We have also worked well as a team showing great communication skills in order to create magnetic games.
P4W are very excited to head to the Glasgow Science Centre in March to keep exploring this exciting topic.
With Christmas getting ever closer it was time for the P4 Christmas Party.
Here were P4W all dressed up and ready to go.
We could not wait to get dancing!
Below are some pictures from the party of the children having a great time.
We all enjoyed some Scottish dancing that we had been practicing in PE. Along with this, we played games of pass the parcel, musical statues and corners where prizes were on offer. A fantastic afternoon was had by all.
Merry Christmas from P4W
This week Primary 4 have been running the Christmas Post.
Pupils from the whole school can post their Christmas cards at the post office run by P4. For 5 pence per card P4 will then deliver the cards with the money raised going UNICEF.
Obviously Crystal the Elf could not wait to help P4W out!
In order to run the post smoothly P4W have been learning all about money.
We have been learning how to give change from larger notes and understanding the different coins we have. Additionally, we have been learning what a budget is and the importance of sticking to it.
Here are some pictures of the class working with a budget…
Below you can see pupils using money in the classroom
We all really cannot wait for the Pantomime this afternoon (14th) and our P4 Christmas Party on Monday 17th.
Term 2 has started off with a festive touch in Primary 4W where we have launched our new topic: The Gift of Christmas.
The launch began with the popping of a cracker and the children working together to solve the puzzle.
Since then we have had a new addition to the class of Crystal the Elf. She is cheeky, magical and here to help the class with their pop up stories that they are creating.
So far Crystal has messed up our classroom, hung from the projector and tried to join in sitting at a table. I wonder what she will do next …
Last week we were able to visit Dunblane Library where all the children saw what a pop up book looks like. This gave them loads of ideas that they could use in their books.
Since then we have started writing our stories, with the children having many amazing ideas. Soon we will start to create our pop up books.
Within the next few weeks will have discussions around what we can give at Christmas with the focus being on the values of kindness, respect, love and fairness.
It is not just about the presents we give or receive.
P4W have been busy working on creating animations for our topic Ancient Animators.
The class have worked very hard:
- Allocating roles (director, actors, camera man, timer, editor, animators and prop makers)
- Learning how to work the animation Apps such as Toontastic, Tellegami and I-Movie
- Creating a storyboard
- Creating scripts
- Creating their animations
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Editing their animations
- Presenting their animations
Below are animations that some of the groups created.
We do hope you enjoy them.
The first term has come to an end in P4W.
We have been very busy in class this term. Below are some of our thoughts.
We have had a great time working on our Ancient Animators topic learning all about the Romans and how they have impacted Scotland.
“My favourite part was making a Roman shield” – Daniel
“The part I found tricky was tying the string to create the shilled” – James
“I have really enjoyed using the I Pads to make our films” – Caden
“Learning about Roman Numerals has been really fun” – Baillie
We have been focused on place value, addition strategies and times table work in maths.
“I am really good at chimney sums” – Ewan
“My maths is so much better now” – Eilidh
We have also enjoyed keeping active in PE and with KM Club.
“I am working towards my 30KM” – Fraser R
“Basketball has been fun in PE” – James
“My shooting is a lot better now” – Maddy
In addition to this we have been enjoying weekly reading practice, learning new words in French and we have been creating mind maps and reports in literacy.
We are looking forward to coming back after the October holiday!