Jan 252019
 

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.

Jan 252019
 

On Tuesday 22nd January a lady from Scotch Kitchen came in to teach us how to cook beef fajitas but first we learned what labels to look for on food.After that Melissa was chosen to come up to look out pictures and words on how to keep healthy.When the lady started to cook Meah, Toby, Tilly and Jack were picked by Miss Allan to go up and help. We were given aprons and started cooking the fajitas made with beef, lettuce, guacamole, yoghurt, peppers(green, red and yellow), garlic and two different spices. The four that were up each got to make a fajita and most the class took two slices each. Tthere was even enough for Miss Allan, Ms Mathieson and Mrs Agini.

Jan 252019
 

Since returning to school after the Christmas holidays, P5/6/7 have been hard at work in all areas of the curriculum.

In Math/Numeracy we have been looking at adding and subtracting decimal numbers mentally, in our Number Talks, and using other methods. Some of us have been recalling and calculating equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages, which has proved challenging to some of us. Others have been calculating a fraction and percentage of a number and yet others have been comparing and ordering common fractions showing equivalent and simplified of a fraction. Phew!! you can see how busy we have been and are able to say why we are learning this in Math using TIB – ‘this is because’ as all our learning gives us skills for life and work.

As part of our Health and Wellbeing, a lady from the West Lothian Drug and Smoking unit came to school to inform us of the dangers of smoking. She had examples in jars of what our lungs would have in them if we smoked. She drew around Jamie and then got us each individually to give our ideas on what different things can affect our bodies by smoking. We soon filled up the body who we called Smoky Simon. We learned a lot and it made us think. She is coming back for a second session and we are looking forward to learning more.

Dec 032018
 

In nursery this week we have all been very busy putting the finishing touches on our Christmas art to sell at the Christmas Fayre.

We have been doing lots of baking in preparation for the Christmas fayre we made; chocolate crispy Christmas trees, Christmas puddings and fairy cakes. It has been a very busy nursery.

We have started to learn about light and dark as the children have noticed the change in the colour of the sky in the later afternoon. As the children had so much fun last week creating a tent and camp fire to go camping and toasting marshmallows. We decided to make a den/ cave in our story corner to allow us to have a dark and quiet area in nursery. The children helped to black out the windows and had lots of fun making stars and moons to display all around the cave. We have been using torches so that we can read books in the dark den.

The children have started to help prepare a pallet which we have decorated brightly to be used as a weather station outside and we are going to record the rain fall, temperature and see the wind. Parents are welcome to come in and have a look and maybe help out in the preparations.

We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas fayre and we are looking forward to another busy week in nursery with preparations and practices of the Nativity starting.

Nov 302018
 

Primary 3/4 have been busy this week with Christmas Fair Enterprise.

Elyse – We were using persuasive language in our posters for the Christmas fair and creating a memorable jingle to encourage people to buy the hot chocolate we made.

Christopher – We were writing jingles and trying to use alliteration in them, we also had to make sure to mention the product as well.

Ciara – We had to measure 3 heaped spoonfuls of hot chocolate to make them all the same. Then we had to add 20 marshmallows before tying the bag closed.

Connor – At the decorating station we had to stick pom poms on with glue for the nose and then we stuck 2 googly eyes. Last we added 2 antlers using brown pipe cleaners.

Leivi- We designed logos for our company – The 3 Reindeers. The logo was made from 3 brown fingerprints, then we added a red, green and black nose on them with black pen for antler and eyes. One of then eyes was winking.

Nov 232018
 

In nursery we have been learning about the festival of Diwali. We started by watching a power point presentation on our smartboard. The children asked to create a restaurant in our house corner. We looked at pictures using pinterest and decided to make an Indian restaurant following the theme of Diwali. The children selected their own pictures to use in our role play area. To extend their play adults provided rice to use in role play cooking. The children chose the colour they wanted to make the rice and had lots of fun squashing the rice and paint together in a food bag. The children have enjoyed using the rice in their role play cooking. (so has the floor)

We listened to the short story of Diwali and the children noticed the funny patterns (Rangoli pattern) during the story and wanted to make their own patterns. This was carried out in a variety of different ways including painting, smartboard and drawing.

The children have enjoyed the experience of learning about Diwali.

 

Nov 132018
 

In maths we have been making our own patterns from different shapes and colours.

 

In numeracy p2 have been counting on and back within 100 from different numbers and using this to help add numbers together. P1 have began thinking about adding numbers together using our knowledge of finger patterns.

 

In reading p2 have been learning all about non-fiction books. We have sorting fiction and non-fiction into groups using contents, index and glossary pages. P1 have been working hard to learn more sounds and begin blending these sounds together.

 

Over the last couple of weeks we have read 3 stories: I am bat, One Button Benny and Eric makes a splash. We have learned a little about bats and written our own stories about bats. We have learned a little more about water, ice and steam and compared the temperatures of these. We put ice cubes in the hot water and could see the water melting off the bottom of the ice cube. We have tried to make our own robots from boxes, blocks and junk. We also drew our own robot characters to write a story about this week. You will find out more about these stories and our learning around them at our assembly on the 21st.

 

In health, we have been exploring similarities and differences and have started learning about what Bullying really means. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks.

 

This week we have started practising for our nativity! We are working hard to learn all the songs and our narrators are very busy learning their lines. We are excited to continue our practises over the next few weeks.

Nov 132018
 

In Primary 5/6/7 we have been learning about Scottish Inventors and what they invented and the impact each has had on Scotland and the rest of the world. It was interesting to find out that Scotland has produced so many inventors and showed us that  we could easily be Scottish inventors in the future.We also created a caricature about the inventors we researched in ID after watching a  video that showed us how to step by step. Some of us then thought that we could use this skill to become cartoonists or illustrators later in life.

In P.E we have been taking risk assessments on the bars in our gymnastics block. We have also been challenging ourselves to achieve new skills adding to our prior learning. We also enjoyed working on the different apparatus that was out in the hall. These skills could help us to follow in Mr Cox’s footsteps and become medal winning gymnasts.

During math the pentagons and squares have been learning quick and easy strategies for mental math and have been learning how to use B.O.M.D.A.S properly. The triangles have learned how to use a compass to draw circles and name different parts of the circles. They have also been learning how to multiply 3 digit numbers by 6 and 7. The rectangles have been working on writing, ordering, adding and subtracting decimals and relating their learning to money problems.

We did an outdoor literacy lesson which focused on our spelling. One group used chalks to write their words in different ways. The other group had to make their words using natural things found on the ground. We had the words with us to help but not many of us needed them.

We are still having futsal on a Friday morning, building up our skills to play more effectively in games. It is such a fun time as well as learning a new sporting skill.

In Health in the Hall we have been learning how to celebrate differences in each other, recognising that everyone is unique and must be respected. We got into groups and played team building games to help everyone feel respected and included. They were fun and we all got on really well.

Oct 122018
 

We have been busy in Primary 3/4.

Maris: “Making our Monster Listening Posters”

 

Adam: “We learnt to listen like monsters using our mouths to listen, you be quiet and don’t say any weird noises.”

Oliver: “You can listen with your brain by thinking about what the person is saying.”

Leivi: “They listen with their hands by putting them on their lap and not fiddling with anything.”

Ciara: “They listen with their feet by crossing their legs and keeping their feet in”

Leah: “They listen with their eyes by looking at the person who is talking.”

Brodie: “Their heart, they care about what people are saying.”

Connor: “They face their body to the person who is talking.”

 

Brodie: “We have started using Sway to let parents no what we have been learning.”

 

Maris: ” We have been learning about not bullying other people and we went in pairs to create an anti-bullying poster and then coloured it in it to display in Westfield.”

Oliver: ” We have been learning about hygiene and germs.”

Maris: “To show we know what germs are we designed a germ each and we had to give the germ a name, where it lived, how it spreads, its symptoms and the treatment.”

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