We have worked really hard this week. As it was Money Week, we explored lots of coins with Miss McLaren.
Harris – “A 2p is a brown coin.”
We were practising counting along an unnumbered track.
Ellie – “We were frogs and counted our jumps on the lily pads.”
We have also started learning to write and form our numbers correctly using number rhymes to help us.
Number 1 is straight and tall, be careful though that he doesn’t fall.
Up, round down and along, number 2 will not be wrong.
Daisy – “We know how to write 0,1 and 2.”
A copy of the rhymes will be sent home so you can practise with us.
We have been learning some more sounds in phonics this week. We learned ‘e’ and ‘f’.
Niamh – “We watched Nelly the Elephant and made elephant ears.”
We also read the Rainbow fish and made a picture of him too.
Gregor – “We made our Christmas cards” The children decorated their own Christmas cards. These will be available to buy in various formats, cards, coasters, keyrings etc. Watch out for the letter to place your order.
P4 have been working in groups this week to estimate and use logical strategies to count money. Kyle was the first person to noitce that Mrs Davies was trying to trick the class by adding foreign coins to the amounts!
Hello to everyone, a quick reminder Parents Evening is on Wednesday and Thursday 13th and 14th.
The children have been busy learning about autumn this week. It would be really great when you are out and about with your child if you could talk about the changes they see and possibly collect a few leaves and pine cones.
We have also been exploring harvest: reading stories ‘The little Red Hen’, learning how to make flour from wheat and tasting bread from around the world “It’s Yummy” said some children.
The children and staff would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents for volunteering their time or resources; Olivia and Callen’s parents for their safety clothing, Nel’s mum for reading a story in Polish to a small group of children. More volunteers to do this in the future would be fantastic and children really enjoy this listening experience. Eric’s mum for helping out behind the scene with all the admin work. Isla K.’s mum for volunteering to check returned story sacks.
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is our Book Sale for the Primary 2 classes. If your child would like to buy a book or two, please allow them to bring some money. All money raised will be used to buy books for the Primary 2 classes. Please bring no more than £1.
This week in nursery we have had very special visitors in to see what we have been learning. Parents and carers had the opportunity to stay with their child to play and take part in nursery activities.
We have begun to discuss and look for signs of Autumn within the nursery garden. Some of our children have helped to display non-fiction books and signs. This led onto children starting a floor book on Autumn were they added their own pictures and mark making. Parents are welcome to contribute to our display by collecting some leaves, conkers and any other appropriate materials if out walking with their child.
A group of children have used the large building books to create a variety of vehicles. There has been lots of good discussion and sharing ideas through roleplay. The staff have added resources that the children have required to extend their play.
P1b have been busy bees in Literacy this week; we are excited to have started blending our sounds to spell and read words. We have been learning some tricky new keywords by playing a variety of matching and word-building games, and are enjoying demonstrating our keyword and phonics learning during group reading time.
Our favourite activities this week were in Science – having a lot of surprises and giggles while exploring our sense of smell – and learning more sounds to blend together in Phonics. Here is what the children had to say:
Zach – “It was really, really fun writing our ‘o’s – I liked doing a picture of an operation”.
Evie – “I liked it when we coloured in pictures of ‘o’s and it was really fun”.
Maisie – “I really liked playing in the shop”.
Rebecca – “The smelly cups were really smelly and it was really funny”.
Katie – “I liked doing the smelly cups because I liked the smells”.
Kylah – “I liked how we were sorting the cups into likes and dislikes”.
Richard – “We passed the cups in the circle to sort if we liked them or didn’t like them”.
Emma – “I liked it when I knew it was vinegar”.
We have engaged in table group discussions to share the learning we have most enjoyed and fed it back to the class. Here are our highlights:
Team 1 have particulalry enjoyed Rainforest Art – observational drawings of the plants and flowers to create oil pastel scenes. They have also enjoyed creating fables about the southern cassoway, okapi and poison arrow frog – making sure there tale had a valuable moral at the end.
Team 2 have particularly enjoyed making board games with Mrs Keith and creating imaginary rainforest creatures with partners.
Team 3 and 4 also enjoyed being creative during Rainforest Art. They also enjoyed the opportunity to analyse pictures carefully and work at tables with other friends for a change!
Team 5 were enthusiastic about our PowerPoint task – researching and planning PowerPoints about a chosen rainforest layer.
Moving our learning forward some of the tasks will be engaging in will include…….
- having the opportunity to reflect on this week’s learning and build on it – adding creatures to our art, continuing to make our powerpoints and sharing our Fable stories with one another.
- ‘Money Week’ – we will be engaging in some exciting group problem solving tasks linking to our Class Novel – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ewan – On Wednesday we added up all the Dojo points and the winners of the Month were Liam, Emily and Baylie. Well done!
Hannah – Yesterday we had a project to design and make a windmill. To make it work we had to make the holes big enough so that wind could get through. I have a tip – put blu tac on either side of the windmill to hold it in place.
Sky – It was hard to make the windmills work. We had to make changes to make sure they worked.
Ivana – I enjoyed making pictures to explain what the Shanarri wheel is. I had to draw a picture about building site safety.
Ethan – We went outside to make venn diagrams in groups.
Baylie – We used the laptops to research all about Fossil Fuels and what it means.
Mrs Davies – Ryan and Kyle found a great video called generating electricity so we watched it together.
Ryan – (If you want to watch the video at home) Google ‘what is fossil fuels’ then look for the BBC website. Go to page 3 and look for the video a the right side.
Let us know if you were able to see the video.