What an exciting week we have had in P4! We went on our trip to Holyrood Park and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. At the park, we did a workshop with the Rangers all about the local area around the park and Arthur’s Seat related to kings and queens of the past. We heard stories, designed a banquet and drew pictures of the palace using charcoal. It was very interesting and great fun but very, very cold! We also visited the palace where we took part in a costume workshop to learn about clothes in the time of Mary Queen of Scots. Four of us even got to dress up! We then went on a tour of the palace with our guide and learned more about what it would have been like to live there in the past. The highlight was going into Mary Queen of Scots’ private rooms including her bedroom.
We also met a new teacher this week, Miss Wang who is from Beijing in China. She will be teaching us Mandarin for a few weeks. This week we learned how to say hello, numbers 1 to 10 and thank you.
Our P4 show is going to be Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies, a comical pantomime based on the legend of Robin Hood. We will be auditioning for parts soon. More details to follow soon.
In maths, we have been learning how to tell the time in 5 minute intervals using analogue and digital clocks. We have also been learning how to divide bigger numbers by 10 and 100. We have been revising data-handling using bar graphs and tally marks. Another focus has been answering maths questions and solving little problems. In language, we have been researching Mary Queen of Scots using different texts and using the information to create timelines and quizzes. We are busy writing reports on our school trip.
We have started to present our homework on a famous/important Scottish person from the past. It will take us a while to hear all these wonderful presentations – a few weeks at least – but we will all get a turn eventually!
P3b have a had a super week this week! We are loving our Katie Morag topic and learning all about life on an island. We have been learning about the characters and also using the atlas to search for the Island of Coll, which is where Katie Morag’s fictional island of Struay is based on! We also looked at Google Earth, searching for Livingston and Coll!
In maths we have been partitioning hundreds, tens and ones and we getting more and more confident with every activity! In literacy we have been developing our dictionary skills and applying our knowledge of ‘alphabetical order’. We have even started making our own P3b class dictionary!
Ask us to sing the French numbers song too, we have actions to build to 20!
What a fantastic afternoon we had in Primary 1! Thank you everyone for all your brilliant ideas and designs and all your hard work! It was great to see so many parents in the classroom supporting their little ones. We really enjoyed the opportunity this morning to walk around the classroom and look at all the great models of Scottish landmarks – they are all so creative and interesting.
We had our big trip to Edinburgh recently as part of our Scotland topic and we had a fantastic day! We visited Edinburgh Castle where we met Mary Queen of Scots herself! She taught us how to walk and dance like a Royal Court member. We learned about the food that would have been eaten at banquets and the armour that would have been worn. We made pomanders from oranges and cloves and we all dressed up in fancy clothes. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse we went on an investigation around the rooms of Mary Queen of Scots, making notes on our clipboards as we went along. It was fascinating to see where she would have lived and see some of her belongings. The walk up/down the Royal Mile was very exciting with lots to see! Thank you to all who supported this very special outing.
In P4, we have been having great fun learning about, making and tasting Scottish foods. The first food we made together was a (child-friendly) cranachan – we used oats, yoghurt, raspberries and honey. We also baked shortbread for our Burns Party. Both were delicious! Well most of us thought so anyway! We are doing all of this through our food technology lessons with Mrs Logan. We are learning to prepare food and use equipment in a hygienic and safe way. We use our reading skills as we read the recipe and we use our maths skills as we measure the ingredients. We have to cooperate with our friends and work as a team. We can’t wait to find out what we are making next!
The P4 Burns Party was a great success! We enjoyed our Scotch broth and haggis, neeps and tatties, specially prepared for us – thank you to the school kitchen. Thank you also to the parents who helped us bring in a Scottish themed packed lunch. And the shortbread we made was delicious!
We all wore something tartan or Scottish. The actual party was a showcase of P4 talent – with poem recitals, songs, highland dancing and even a band playing! The speeches and toasts were really funny! We ended the afternoon with some ceilidh dancing and with singing “Auld Lang Syne”. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Robert Burns and our Scottish culture and heritage.
In P4 we were delighted to welcome Tracey from Tesco who gave a very informative talk on Scottish foods and brands. We learned more about foods that are grown and made in Scotland. We could recognise a lot of Scottish brands from their logos. It was also interesting to hear about how the Tesco company actually works and we had lots of questions. We are looking forward to our trip to Tesco in April, where we will be learning more about Scottish produce. Thanks to Tracey and Tesco!
Representatives from Education Scotland and The British Council and a group of education delegates from the Maharastra state, India, recently visited WPS to learn about our Global Citizenship curriculum and our links with our partner school in Mumbai. Pupils and staff were delighted to showcase our learning in this area and the visitors were given a taste of our international projects, Scottish culture and education in Scotland in general. They went on a tour of the school, were given presentations by the International Group and P5 (on their previous book project), visited many classes and attended the Equality assembly. The visitors were also treated to a selection of Scottish foods in the staffroom at playtime. They were delighted with the presents and cards made by each class. Thank you to all who made the visit such a success!
Well done to all P4 pupils who learned a Scottish Poem! (And thank you to parents who helped us learn them!) We performed the poems in class and gave each other feedback on our strengths and next steps. It was really hard to choose the finalists from so many talented performances. Chloe, Hannah and Sophie from P4b and Aimee, Caitlin and Ayanna from P4a went through to the school competition and all performed very well on the stage. Congratulations to Sophie and Caitlin who came joint Third, Ayanna who came Second and Chloe who came First.