All About Tartan in P3A

A blog about last week and this week!

We had a great start to the week last week when M’s mum came to visit us.  She is a kiltmaker, she brought us an example of a kilt she would make today and explained just how she makes it.  She also brought a piece of tartan material needed to make a kilt for a lady or a child – it was 5 meters long, it just fitted in the classroom – for a man’s kilt she would need a piece about 7 meters long!  We helped to make pleats int he kilt folding it at just the right place so that the pattern on the tartan is correct.  We also learned about the ‘Great Kilt’ which was one of the first kilts worn.  It was a large piece of material wrapped around the wearer, it was made from wool and so was warm and waterproof (for a while).  It also had many other uses such as carrying things in and could even be made into a shelter or tent!  It was a great visit and we learned a lot – thank you very much Mrs Scholfield 🙂

Following our visit from Mrs Schofield we have been learning about the history of tartan,  how it is made and have been busy designing our own.  We had to be patient and take our time to be accurate in cutting strips carefully and when weaving our patterns.  Lots of great designs and they are all different.

With Mrs Begarnie in Science  last week, we made bridges.  We had blocks and paper and we had to make it strong enough to hold some pebbles on top – as many as the bridge would take!  We have been investigating materials and we were having a go at working our which materials work best for bridge building.

It has been a short but busy week this week, carrying on with our craft topic we have been using wool to make bracelets.  P3 picked it up really quickly and have been teaching the younger children how to do it too.

In numeracy we are really getting good at telling the time.  Digital clocks are still a little tricky for some so if you see one when you are out or have one in the house maybe you could have a little practise.  We have also been learning about timetables, how to use one and why they are important.  We have been thinking about our school day and what happens at certain times during the day.  We made our own timetables too.

We have also been learning column subtraction with borrowing, where we have to borrow 10 from the 10s number and add it to the units to allow us to solve our sum.  We will continue with this next week, using larger numbers as we become more familiar with the method.  Here is a picture of how we are doing it if you want to practise at home.

Next week, on Wednesday we are looking froward to welcoming a visitor from the Royal Highland Education Trust to tell us about food and farming.

Have a good weekend, from P3A and Mrs Kennedy