We have been learning about where our water comes from and how it is made up. We learned about the water cycle, how water is made up, how water is cleaned and transported to our taps, how water can be polluted, how and why we should save water and today we looked at what happens when things are added to water. We had learned about the use of sand filters to clean water so we started by looking at what happens to sand when it is added to water – it sank and stayed the same so it was insoluble. We then looked at salt and discovered it was soluble because it dissolved into the water. We then experimented with hot and cold water, coffee granules, uncooked rice and oil to see whether they were soluble or insoluble. We checked the water temperature using thermometers and noticed some differences to the changes if the water was different temperatures. We the hypothesized (said what we thought would happen) before trying it out. We discovered that coffee granules are soluble but oil and rice are not. We noticed lots of interesting things about each substance eg some of the rice in the cold water floated then sank an hour later, the oil in the warm water formed lots of little bubbles before floating on the top as one big bubble like the cold water one and that the coffee granules dissolved faster in the hot water (although this wasn’t as obvious as it would be if it was done with boiling water). We had great fun!
Primary 4 have been working really hard to learn and recite Scottish poetry. All pupils recited their poem to the class with fantastic confidence, fluency and expression. It was very difficult as the standard was so high but Mrs Manning managed to identify 7 finalists within the class. The class were given the option to have the teachers decide the pupils to go through to the school final, the pupils to vote for them or for the class to vote with the teachers having the final say. The vast majority of the class decided we should use option 3 – a class vote with the teachers having the final say. We discussed how a vote should be anonymous and that pupils should not ask who voted for them or tell people who they voted for in order to keep the vote fair and confidential. Each pupil received 4 votes (as we have 4 spaces for the school final) and voted for their favourite 4 recitals using the following guidance.
- Vote for your favourite recitals – not the people you are closest to
- Look for expression, gesture, knowledge, Scots words, eye contact, facial expressions, pace, volume, actions, confidence
- Think about variety of poems
Mrs Green checked that each of us had voted for four different people then counted and verified the votes, which incredibly matched the teacher decision! It was a very close result! Our 3 runners up receive a 5 house point sticker and a huge round of applause from the class for their terrific recitals. Our 4 finalists will go through to our poetry competition next week we can’t wait!
Well done to every one of our P4 Poetry Superstars – every pupil in the class did an amazing job!
Open this link to see some photos and videos from our Scottish Storytelling session today!
Primary 4-7 have been learning to use Glow as a tool to enhance their learning. Yammer is a facility on Glow where pupils, with the guidance and support of their teachers, can communicate with one another on a social media platform. Yammer is available to and used by pupils across Scotland up to the age of 18. Each class in our school has its own private page within Yammer to provide us with an area which is entirely appropriate and useful for our learning. One of the rules the pupils have agreed to is that they click onto their class group and read/post within that group only to ensure that we are using Yammer to enhance our own learning. The pupils have begun to experience a wide range of benefits to their learning by using this tool and will be reporting on this shortly.
We had a visit from Nanda this morning. She told us about the Christian Holy Book – the Bible. We looked at the New Testament that was originally written 2700 years ago in Hebrew and the New Testament written in Ancient Greek. We found out that the Bible has been translated into thousands of different languages and written as different versions for different people, like children. Nanda told us about some of the stories in the Bible. All of the stories in the Bible are about people and their relationship with God.
P4 and 7 have been enjoying using Yammer through Glow Scotland. We have a private group for each class for them to share their learning and ideas and to learn how to be responsible online users. Each class has its own group that pupils should use ONLY. We have been discussing how to use online programs responsibly and respectfully, creating new threads about our learning, using GIFs to add to what we want to say and creating polls to gather information.
Primary 4 would like to find out about people’s traditions at this time of year. They created a survey to complete and even made a QR code for it! We will use this information to sort out celebrations that are religious or non-religious.
Primary 4 have been using their Glow accounts and Yammer to start our online learning group. Yammer is a great site, that is closely monitored by our West Lothian IT team, where pupils and staff can share ideas and learning. It’s also a fantastic, safe way to introduce pupils to social media. Here are the rules we’ve created…
– Only say/post things you would happily say or show in front of our headteacher
– Don’t write about anyone else
– Ask questions or for advice/recommendations
– Keep it about learning
– Always re-read your post before you post it
– Remember that everything that goes online stays online
We can mostly all now use an individual log in, create a new password, use the Office 365 ‘waffle’ to navigate to an app we want to use, search for a group, join a group, post a question or comment and use a GIF to support our ideas. As always, there have been a few ICT hiccups along the way but we’ll hopefully all be Glowing very very soon!!!!
Primary 4 have been using their ICT skills to find out child friendly information about Water. All pupils were able to access a device, log on, navigate the internet, use a search engine, write ‘for kids’ into the search and record a fact about water in their own words that make sense. We used Prezi to create a presentation of our work – please find it at this link. Use arrow keys to navigate through the iceberg (please ignore the original titles – we can’t work out how to change them yet!)