Outdoor learning has always been a focus at Kirknewton Primary. As the weather turns colder we will continue to go outside for various lessons. Below is a useful guide for parents and carers on the appropriate clothing for different weathers and temperatures. I hope you find it helpful. Thank you to the Muddy Puddle Teacher.
Although a short week the primary 2 children have been very busy reading. Every day we have been reading for pleasure during ERIC time (Enjoy Reading In Class) The class have been split into half. 1 half have been reading “Man on the moon” and the others have been reading “Tyrannosaurus Drip”. There have been lots of moon and dinosaur related activities. The children have been voting on what book they would like at story time and also they love our new blue tooth listening centre which allows them to move around the room. In maths we have started looking at 2D and 3D shape properties. In numeracy we have begun subitising numbers to 20 and looking at addition and subtraction to 20..
I discussed with the class what interdisciplinary learning they would like to do this term and they wanted a topic which included Hogwarts, magic and castles so please watch this space !
We began our week with a visit from “Mathsy”. Mathsy left us a task as part of Maths Week Scotland which helped us to develop our finger patterns and counting skills.
Our number walk to the park was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather but we hope to try again in the coming week.
We have also developed an interest in Autumn and have enjoyed looking at the changes taking place in the school’s outdoor areas. We read the story “Leafman” by Lois Elhert and created our own adventures:
We went outside and used the fallen natural objects to make our own Leafpeople:
We have been learning about our bodies as part of our “All about me” topic and had to make sure that each leaf person had all their body parts.
In the classroom we had to cut out and label paper bodies. One of the children had the fantastic idea to make large bodies in the playground. We decided to draw around our talk partner’s body and some of us even tried to write the words to label them .
The children enjoyed the task Mathsy left us. The children had to build their own rekenrecks. We will be using them to help with our sums all next week. The children wrote letters to Mathsy independently and he/ she sent us back a response. The children were very intrigued and decided to become detectives and discover who Mathsy was from the school staff. Here are some of their deductions.
I think it is Mr Corse because he has a pencil behind his ear for sums and he uses numbers. H and A
I think it is Mrs Brownlee because you help people learn with maths. L
I think Mathsy is a spy because he wears black. I think it is Mrs Walkingshaw because of the zigzags ! S and P
I think Miss Hocking is Mathsy because she always wears black . She wears a mask ! B
I think Mathsy is Mr Buckley because he is a boy ! C
As part of our speaking and listening curriculum we have been looking at an international project from world renowned illustrators. The project is called “what makes me smile.” Each day a new illustration is posted and the children learn about the artist , the techniques used and asked to discuss and answer questions. Your children have also drawn what makes them smile and I will be entering them into the competition.
Here is some information from the project and the link so you can look at the pictures again with your child.
“We’ve asked ten of the best, prize-winning children’s book illustrators from around the world to illustrate what makes them smile. We’ll be sharing a new picture every day over the next two weeks.
Children across the country will have had varied and unique experiences of lock down and all will need support to reintegrate and to reflect on their experiences, deal with the present challenges of daily life and look ahead to what the future holds. We hope that our project can help a little towards this by providing daily opportunities to discuss, reflect and consider the things which make them smile.
The children have been completing independent tasks each day to develop self learning as well as adult led learning. This teaches the children time management and organisational skills and motivation. We are using the lolly stick scheme started in P1 .
This week in P4 we have been focusing on anti-bully. We were inspired by the big anti-bullying assembly and wanted to know more about how we can stand up to bullying. In our first session of our anti-bullying training we learned how our words can affect others. We used two apples to demonstrate this point. We said mean things to one apple, and said nice things to the other. Look at how our words and actions affected the inside of these apples! We learned that when we say hurtful things to others we bruise them on the inside like we did to this apple.
Look at our dragon Top Trumps inspired by our class novel ‘the boy who grew dragons’. We used our knowledge of measurement to create the scores. I love how all our dragons are so unique!
Finally, have a look at some of our complete dragons eyes!