We have had a busy few weeks at Westfield Primary. Monday 17th June was our sports’ day and we had the races in the morning and potted sports in the afternoon. The rain stayed away but it was really windy.
As part of our healthy three weeks, we had a ballerina called Phoebe Welsh in school to teach us Balletcise which is a mixture of ballet steps and exercise. Some joined in more than others.
We also had a football coach come to teach us skills and referee our matches. We had a great time and improved our skills along with learning new ones.
A rugby coach from Linlithgow Rugby Club came for a few weeks to teach us about non-contact rugby. We really enjoyed the games as they got our hearts racing and it was fun taking people’s tags from them.
Miss Allan took us for gymnastics where we learned how to keep our balance when doing different movements. We were also learning how to land as a gymnast does. We had four different stations- beam, mats, vault and skipping. We had a warm up at the start and a cool down at the end.
We went to a Book Fair in Linlithgow where we met the author Lauren St John. She told us about her life, how she got into writing and her work with the Born Free Foundation. Her talk was interesting and opened our eyes to the plight of wild animals in captivity. We have a lot to think about and try to do something to help.
In the nursery we have been working with a group of Primary 6 and 7 pupils to create a road track outdoors in our garden. The pupils have worked hard digging the ground, cementing a road and creating road signs.
If anyone has any old cars that they could kindly donate to nursery it would be greatly appreciated by both staff and children. Donations can be dropped of at school office.
The children have been discussing and learning about Winter in nursery through a variety of different activities some rather messy!
We have had various visitors to nursery and the school and we would like to share this with you:
SSPCA- Discussed caring for pets including Rabbits. They provided some robotic Rabbits for us to use in our learning. We learned about what food, shelter and space that Rabbits needed to be happy.
Quality Meat Scotland- Jennifer came to school and lead a cooking demonstration in which some of us helped to make beef fajitas. They were really yummy! We discussed the different food groups and learned more about healthy eating. We participated in a picture game which we were to decide what goodness our bodies get from different meats.
Guide dogs- Clare and Liz brought along Tudor their 5 month old puppy and discussed with us the job that guide dogs do and how important they are. We learned that puppies go to school at the age of 1 and by 2 they are working supporting a visually impaired person. We also discussed the things needed to look after a puppy.
We also celebrated Burns day including, listening to Scottish muisc and stories and having our own Burns supper for snack.
Our topic this term is Body Systems. We are finding out what they are made of, their function, how to keep them healthy and what to do if something goes wrong with them. We have been looking at the skeletal and muscular systems. You have 206 bones in your body but have 300 when you are born.You have over 600 muscles in your body when you’re fully grown. The biggest/longest bone in you body is your femur, you have 3 different types of muscles:your smooth, your skeletal and your cardiac.Your ribs protect your lungs, organs and your heart. Your cardiac muscle are the walls of your heart and the heart as well.
Meah-I enjoyed helping the nursery with taking stones out of their vegetable patch to soon be building a mini green house out of the left over plastic bottles.
Lewis-I enjoyed the Maths that we were doing because it was quite easy and it was fun to put percentages in to decimals and fractions.
Ava-I enjoyed doing our own story about a skeleton in writing. It was a lot of fun to make up our own story about a skeleton.
Toby- As well as Meah I liked lifting up the stones which was very hard because I had a plastic mini spade, trust me its hard!
Melissa- I like every Wednesday afternoon because we go to the nursery and help them with decorations and things like that. The first week we were designing a music wall but another group were doing something else. Then this week we were creating a race track for the nursery kids.
Alexander -In math we have been learning about percentages ,decimals and fractions we have been learning how to make a fraction to a decimal to a percentage I found it really easy to make it from a fraction to a percentage or a decimal you had to divide the top number in the fraction by the bottom number in the fraction and that’s your percentage.
We have had a very busy start to term 3. Here is a little of taste of the things we have been doing.
We have had lots of visitors into school over the last few weeks.
The Scottish SPCA came to visit and we learned about rabbits. We found out how to look after them, what they eat and what they drink. We also learned that rabbits feel safe when they are high up so that they are away from the foxes.
We also had a visitor who did a cooking demonstration. We learned about where our food comes from – ham comes from pigs and beef comes from cows. Some people helped make beef fajitas. We all got to taste them at the end. Some of us liked them but some of us didn’t.
Claire and Liz visited us with Tudor. They look after guide dog puppies before they go to puppy school at age one and then start working at age two. We learned that Tudor isn’t allowed to play with balls because if he was leading a blind person and a ball went rolling past he might chase it.
In Jigsaw time, p2s made jam sandwiches! We were learning about the steps we need to take to be successful and then followed them.
In maths, we have been doing lots of different activities to help us learn. P1s have been learning about the number stories for numbers to 10. We have been using giant playing cards, uno cards and numicon. P2s have been learning adding and taking away with big numbers. We broke the big sums into little sums. We subtracted the tens and ones separately.
P1s have been working on blending sounds together by reading small words and matching them to pictures.
P2s have been learning about adjectives – we used them to describe a picture.