On Thursday 24th October, Primary 6 hosted an ‘Inventions Fayre’ for their families, to showcase their learning from their context ‘Evolving Inventions’.
This context involved learning about the history of technology and how it has developed over time, as well as pupils developing skills in using the technology available to them in school. They worked hard on presentation skills, which were put to the test on our School Trip to Sky Academy Studios in Livingston.
In preparation for the Inventions Fayre, P6 developed skills in team work, communicating and presenting to an audience through a group research task. Each group worked hard to create a detailed timeline, a 3D model and a Google Slides presentation about a technological invention. P6 even thought about what the future might hold for their chosen invention. They loved sharing their finding with many family members who attended this successful event.
P5P have had an exciting start to Term 4. We completed our 10 weeks of swimming and received our certificates just before the Easter holidays. We learned about different swimming strokes, techniques and survival skills. We even got to wear our pyjamas!
We launched our final context which is Japan! We started off by exploring exactly where Japan is on a world map. We have also been learning some Japanese words and even had a go at writing our school values. This week we have created Spring Haiku poems, counted to five in Japanese and learned lots of interesting facts. Did you know Japan is made up of over 6000 islands?
We want to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful parents and carers who joined us at the end of last term to share in our Nature Detectives family learning. We loved seeing all those Mini-National Parks and listen to some creative stick stories.
P5 have been learning some impressive pieces of music inspired by Space ahead of this years Hand Bell Festival at Newton Primary. We have been practicing our hand bells with Mrs Moore to get ready for the festival in May.
We are excited about our last term in Primary 5 and cannot wait to learn more about Japan!
Over the past few weeks P5P have been exploring the Scots language. They have been learning some interesting new words to add to their vocabulary. Pupils created an A-Z of Scots words and sayings. Dae ye ken?
We have also began our new context as ‘Nature Detectives’ and are excited to be completing the John Muir Award! P5 recently made popcorn bird feeders and have been learning about different animal groups.
As John Muir was the founder of National Parks we were inspired to create our very own ‘Mini National Parks’ in our school playground. Each group created a mini park with its own name and attractions. Thanks to the snow we even had some ski slopes and snowy mountain ranges.
“I enjoyed making the National Parks because it was nice and peaceful in nature” – Murray
P5P are enjoying learning all about the past in our Time Travellers topic this term. We used a variety of sources to research life in Ancient Greece and created some impressive fact files using this information. We have explored Ancient Greek gods and goddesses, Greek myths and Greek artefacts such as ancient vases. Next stop the Romans!
P5 created their own Van Gogh inspired Starry Night artwork! Don’t they look spectacular?
As part of Anti-Bullying week P5P have been thinking about what respect means to them. They discussed what respect looks and sounds like. Pupils each designed a speech bubble and filled it with what respect means to them: friendship, being helpful, kindness, no discrimination, standing up for others and working well with others were just some of the brilliant responses. #chooserespect
P5 have been learning all about Fairtrade as it is our new context this term. We’ve been thinking about the amount of money that farmers are paid and we have been very surprised to learn they get paid very little! Remember to look out for the Fairtrade logo when you’re shopping.
We have really enjoyed visiting the Memory Café in Dunblane with Mrs Watt. We can’t wait until they come and visit us at Newton, where we will have entertainment and lots of Fairtrade baking for our afternoon tea.
Both classes have been working hard on our class charters. We thought about what rights we have and how these are important in school. We designed our own class charters and voted for our favourites.
In literacy we have been learning about non-fiction texts and persuasive language. We can identify the main features of a non-fiction text and have used our skimming and scanning skills to look for key words. Last week we looked at a number of adverts to see what techniques are used to persuade and influence buyers.
In maths we have been learning about place value up to 100,000 and beyond as well as estimating and measuring. As part of our mental maths we have been using CLIC with a focus on times tables.
We’ve been enjoying P.E. with Mr Shearer. We are developing our basketball skills and get to play fun games!
We walked up to the Laigh Hills to go geocaching. When we got there we were put into groups of two or three. We were not allowed to leave our groups.
Me, Murray and Alex tried to find a magnet on a bench. I looked under the bench and I found it. Then I had a turn at using the geocaching device. We had to run to the edge of the Laigh Hills but we never found the object we were looking for so we moved on. After we had finished finding the objects we walked back to school.
I learned that working in a team is better than working alone because your team can help you if you’re stuck.
Last week P4M went to Dykedale to sketch the land use of Dunblane because we could get a good view from there. Before we could start to sketch we had to walk there. It was really hard because it was rocky. When we got up we had to get the grass flattened before we could lay down the rugs. When we got on the rugs we got the pencils from our bags then we started.
First I sketched the mountain, then I sketched the cows. The mountain was quite tricky to sketch because I had to get the humps in. Then I sketched Dunblane Hydro, trees, house, farms and the wind turbines. Next Mrs Miller told us that it was time to go back to school so we packed up and headed back. It was even harder to go back down because stones were sticking out of the ground. When we got back to school it was time to go home.
I really enjoyed going to Dykedale because it was fun to sketch Dunblane.
On 17th May P4 went out for empty classroom day to Ochlochy Park and Holmehill.
First we walked to Ochlochy Park. When we got there we went into groups then we played ‘sheep and shepherd’. After that we went around 4 stations. One group played rounders, another group walked around the loch to find different shades of green to make a paint palette, a different group did ‘back to back drawing’. My group started at the bug hunt. We found lots of bugs. After that we played football and then we got ice lollies from Mrs Miller’s husband!!! We walked back to school for lunch.
Next we went to Holmehill. Once we got there we did 4 more stations. They were leaf detectives, bark printing, spelling using things we found on the ground and we also found out the age of trees. To tell the age of a tree you need a rope and a metre stick. First you rope the rope around the tree then you put it on the ground. Then you get the metre stick and put it next to the rope. Once you have your measurement, you divide it by 2. After that you have the age of the tree.
I enjoyed empty classroom day because it was fun. I learned how to the tell the age of a tree and how to identify trees.
By Brodie M
On 17th May we went out for empty classroom day. P4M and P4WE went to Ochlochy Park and Holmehill.
First we walked to Ochlochy Park. When we got there we played ‘sheep and shepherd’ for our warm up activity. Then one group played rounders, another did bug hunting, one did back to back drawing and the last group did find the paint colour around the loch. After that we played football and had ice lollies.
After lunch we went to Holmehill. We went into new groups and our group went to find the age of trees. The other groups went to bark rubbing, spelling and leaf detective stations and it was so much fun.
What I learned was how to find the age of trees and the height of trees because I did not know how to find out the age of trees. It was all so fun and exciting.
by Jake R
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