Category Archives: English & Literacy

Celebrating Book & Nursery Rhyme week

Over the last fortnight we have celebrated World Book week and Nursery Rhyme week. We started with a visit from Rachel McGaw who read ‘The Kilted Coo’.  Then we were challenged to learn a different nursery rhyme every day, starting with 5 Currant Buns which we acted out. Next was  Humpty Dumpty, we had fun clapping each time we said Humpty and Dumpty. Our favourite was A Sailor went to Sea,  clapping 3 times every time we said sea or see. We finished the week with  I’m a Little Teapot and Round and Round the Garden. As a treat we invited our parents and carers in to hear our rhymes and watch the children receive their Book Bug Bags.   They enjoyed home baking and shortbread made by the children then participated in our nursery rhyme concert. It’s been a fabulous few weeks celebrating with our families.

Book Week Scotland in P3

In Primary 3, we LOVE reading and we have been excited to take part in fun learning activities to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2018.

Visualising the character: Through our IDL based on the book, The Boy Who Grew Dragons, we have been developing the reading skill of visualisation. We used this to help us when beginning to look at our whole school book, The Lost Thing. We listened to the book being read without being able to see any of the illustrations or the front or back cover, and we were challenged to draw ‘the lost thing.’ We then created a fact file for our creatures, describing its appearance, habitat, diet and hobbies. We compared our ‘lost things’ to the real illustrations, watching the film version of the story to visualise the characters and settings further.

Creating animations: Using our own lost characters, we used Puppet Pals 2 to create short animations based on the book. As some of us had not used the app before, we began by ‘tinkering’ with it, exploring its features and teaching each other when we learned something new. We took pictures of our lost things and made them into movable characters, adding voice overs to narrate the stories.

Read, Write, Count: In addition to all of this, Primary 6 joined us to gift us with our Read Write Count Book Bags. They helped us to explore the exciting books, create our own stories and play the fun games with us.

We have also taken part in a Book Week Scotland reading contest on Sumdog, continued to read our own books for enjoyment and given our review of lots of exciting new novels that our PSA has very kindly funded. We also enjoyed a visit from author, Colin Drysdale, who shared lots of incredible facts about sea creatures and sea birds found in Scotland. What a busy and book loving week in Primary 3!


P5’s Outdoor Adventures

Primary 5 have had a great few weeks exploring the school’s woodland areas and using the space as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for various challenges in Literacy, Art, Technologies and Health and Wellbeing.

As a class, we have been reading ‘Billy & the Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. Challenge one saw us using our visualisation skills to imagine what the Gruncher (a terrible man and Minpin-eating creature) would look like and then creating natural art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

Challenge two was based our Technologies skills. We had to design and create bridges for the Minpins to travel from tree to tree. There were some magical creations!

Our final challenge was very different! We used the woodland as a setting for ‘yogateering’. Pupils had to find, memorise and repeat various yoga sequences to earn points for their team.

Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed taking our learning outdoors and hope to do more in the new year.


Book Week in Primary 4!

Primary 4 have enjoyed looking at the book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. The children took part in several activities to explore one of the main characters in the book ‘The Lost Thing’.

Visualisation challenge: The boys and girls had to listen to the book without seeing any pictures. As they listened, they were asked to pick out information that would help them to visualise The Lost Thing in their minds. Have a look at their creations!

True, False or Unsure challenge: Once we had found about the Lost Thing, the children were set a challenge to decide if a set of statements were True, False or Untrue. The boys and girls then shared their decisions and justified their choices. It was a really interesting discussion and the children had lots of different opinions about the Lost Thing. These were some of the statements we looked at:

  • There is only 1 lost thing in the entire world
  • The lost thing is lonely
  • The lost thing looks for lonely people
  • The lost thing wants to be alone
  • The lost thing is invisible
  • The lost thing is in Shaun’s imagination
  • Only children and animals can see the lost thing

Found’ poster challenge: Our last challenge was to create a Found poster so that if someone or something was looking for the Lost Thing we could help them find it! We thought about creating detailed character descriptions for our poster, have a look!

WOW! Wonderful Writers in P5 Working Hard on Adventure Stories.

Wondrous P5 Star Writers!

P5 Star Writers wowed us with their descriptions of scary settings. They were working on giving more detail in their descriptions. They did this by writing about what the setting looks like and the colours that the character sees. They were trying to put in the thoughts and feelings of their characters too.

We are all working on core targets of using capital letters and full stops in every sentence. We could try and create longer sentences using conjunctions such as and and but.

We listened to a good model for writing and adventurous tale that was called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It would be a very good bedtime story to listen to.

Please ask them what happens in the middle of their stories and get them to tell you what happens in their visual story maps that they have made as we will be working on that in the forthcoming weeks.


Visualisation in Primary 3

We are learning to visualise the characters in a text
– I can use my imagination to form pictures in my mind
– I can select the key words the author uses to help me to create pictures and can explain my thinking
– I can use my senses to help me to visualise

This week, Primary 3 started their new IDL context about the book, The Boy Who Grew Dragons, and we were introduced to the reading skill of visualisation. We learnt that visualising is when you use the words an author writes to help you to make pictures or a movie in your mind, allowing you to understand what is happening in the text.

We then heard two descriptions of well-known book characters and, without seeing an illustration, we had to draw a picture of what we thought the character looked like using the key words from the text. We compared our drawings to the real illustration and discussed what words or phrases would have helped us to be more accurate. Using our new skill, we then drew pictures of the baby dragon in our IDL book.

Supporting at home:

When reading a range of different books at home, ask your child to visualise the characters and key events being described. Encourage them to describe the pictures they are forming in their minds, and ask them to tell you, point to or read the words that the author used to help them to create these pictures.