More from P1

This week has been very busy and exciting in Primary One.  As well as the aforementioned collaboration with P3, we also did some clever problem solving in maths and had a cricket lesson as well!  Here some evidence.  Unfortunately it will not let me add anymore photos.  We’ll try to show the cricket ones next week.  Have a lovely weekend everyone.

P3 and P1 Collaboration

Today Primary 3 pupils buddied up with Primary 1 pupils to share their fabulous fictional bee stories. After sharing and discussing the story, they then collaborated to illustrate the writing. We ran out of time but will continue next week to finish. We then hope to display the finished products on the bee wall and in our classrooms. Here are a few snaps from those working in the P1 classroom.

P3 and P1 Bee Stories

Primary 3 have been using our pollination focus to help with our imaginative writing. We worked in pairs to think of problems bees might face then wrote our stories together. It was great to try out our ideas with our partner and to put our brains together to check our spelling and punctuation. When we had finished our stories we shared them with Primary 1. They listened to our stories then helped us to illustrate them with pictures of what they had heard about in our stories. It was great to share our bee stories with the P1 experts!


Primary 3 and Primary 3/2 have been learning how to skip and different ways in which they can do so. This week we looked at individual and group skipping techniques. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit, to have fun with friends and be creative! Miss Glen and Mr Roger from Edinburgh University also joined us to help us with our skipping skills and to see how we learn.

Online safety Message for Parents

Advice regarding use of and streaming apps

Following on from a number of incidents involving children from across the UK, we would like to raise awareness of the above apps and share the following information with parents:

1.       The terms and conditions state all users must be at least 13 years of age.

2.       Users may be exposed to adult content.

3.       Live streaming is not fully private even when privacy settings are set to on.

4.       Users are able to search for other users close to their location.

For further information about potential risks to children please visit the following pages:

P3 Sound

In Science, we are going to be learning about Sound. Yesterday we brainstormed what we already knew, what we want to learn and how we want to learn about it. Here are our findings!

What do we know about sound?

You can hear lots of sounds…

Birds tweeting or singing, footsteps, animal sounds, leaves rustling, animals running, bees buzzing, people talking, car engines, wing blowing, hailstones or rain falling, phones ringing, leaves falling off the trees, chicks chirping, dropping seeds, flowers growing.

Sounds are noises

Sound is loud

Sound is important

Sound is fun to listen to

Sound is cool

People like to listen to sounds

Some sounds are not good to listen to!

Light comes before sound

When you put a shell to your ear you can hear the sea

We make sound

We hear sound

Sound helps us know where things are

Sounds help us to learn

Sound helps us to understand

Animals hear


What do we want to know about sound?

How is sound created?

What happens if someone can’t hear?

How do sounds happen?

Is talking a type of sound?

How does sound work?

Where does sound come from?

How do we hear?


How do we want to learn about sound?

Go somewhere to find out

Watch a video or TV

Young Writers Poetry

Thank you to all parents so far who have given permission for their children’s poems to be published in the books.

We clarified with Young Writers today that the deadline for giving permission has been extended to the 15th May to allow for late delivery due to the Easter Holiday. They also reiterated that buying the book is not a requirement and that we will receive a complimentary copy in school.

Ryan’s Keys in Primary 2

We love learning about and using Thinking Skills in Primary 2.  We have been learning these to help us improve our analysis, evaulative and creative skills.

Today, we had lots of fun trying out a new way of thinking.  We used the Reverse Listing Tool, which is one of Ryan’s Keys.  Ryan’s Keys consists of different tools to aid what is sometimes called “blue sky thinking” or “thinking outside of the box”.  This helps us broaden our horizons and be as creative as we can – no limits!

We practised using the Reverse Listing Tool today.  To do this, you make a list of things that aren’t true, or are the opposite of facts about something.  It is a very creative tool!

We discussed what we had for breakfast foods using the tool.  This meant we only listed things we didn’t eat!

Here are some of our ideas:

My breakfast – chips, potatoes, beans, green beans, noodles, nutella, ketchup, mud, grass, a dog bone, flowers, bird poo, dirty water, a cat, a horse, a tree, a rock.

Then we used the tool to list disgusting smells:

A flower, air freshener, your dinner, marshmallows, hot chocolate, aftershave, perfume, candyfloss, candy, a cupcake, a candy cane.

We also used the tool to list things we did in the holidays.  The ideas were very wacky!

This made us laugh a lot – but it also made us THINK!

Here is what Primary 2 said about using Ryan’s Keys Reverse Listing Tool:

“Ryan’s Keys – you use your imagination.  It’s the opposite of something” – Isla

“Ryan’s Keys – it can be funny things or nice things” – Aaron

“It is the opposite to White Hat thinking, because White Hat thinking is facts and this is things that we didn’t do” – Jack M

“Ryan’s Keys is something that you tell people you haven’t done” – Jessica

“Ryan’s Keys are like the opposite of the truth, so if it was a nice smell, you would say horrible smells” – Maisy

“Ryan’s keys are something that you say something that you do when it is actually stuff that you don’t do – it is kind of funny” – Tara

Here are some more ideas that we came up with.  For example, if we use Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool to describe things we wear, we might say:

“A gym rubber on my head” – Anna

“Fries” – Maha

“A chicken on my head” – Aaron

“Fish fingers” – Alistair

“A cup of tea on your head” – Jack R

“Lego on my feet” – Lee

“The Earth on my tummy” – Haaris

If we were discussing places to go to sleep using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool, we might say:

“In the grass” – Reese

“In a pit of rhinos” – Murren

“In a burger” – Natasha.

What is the point of this?  Using the Reverse Listing tool is fun  and helps us use all of our Learning Muscles . (Anna)

“Distilling because when you are thinking about stuff that isn’t true you have to ignore the stuff that’s true” – Natasha

“The green hat – you use your imagination” – Murren.

Why not have a go using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Key yourself?  How creative can you be?