At the beginning of term P3 had a fantastic experience learning about the Royal family and weddings in preparation for Kate and William’s big day! This interdisciplinary topic took in Maths, Literacy, Design, Art and Music and culminated in our own Royal Wedding street party – complete with the national anthem and top table speeches. Many thanks go to all the parents who came to support this topic, both during the focus and to help create a real party atmosphere!
We are now focussing on learning about Ancient Egypt and we’ve really enjoyed all the information and artefacts that have been sent in from home. This topic features a strong research component as the children put the reading for information skills they have been learning all year into practice. We have been learning about 3D shapes and this led up to the children successfully designing a net to make a pyramid.
We have been busy finding out about Fair Trade Coffee during Fair Trade Fortnight. Some of us got the chance to taste different types of coffee. Most of us gave it the thumbs down! During the project, we visited Tesco to see what kinds of Fair Trade products they sold, where they came from and how it compares in price. We were suprised to find that it often wasn’t much more expensive!
P3x have also done a great job on their Assembly. Working with the P7 Junior Road Safety Officers, P3x became honorary Mini-JRSOs for the day and helped to share messages about choosing safe places to play and choosing safe points to cross, all the while remembering to Stop, Look, Listen and Think.
We’re just starting to look at Forces as our next topic. We’ll be learning about pushing and pulling, gravity, friction and magnets! We’re all looking forward to doing some experiments. We’re also about to start a Maths In Context focus which will be all about money and involve practical real-life style problems.
Can you believe that we’re already heading towards Easter! We’ve been so busy the February break seems ages ago!
We’ve been working hard learning all about Fair Trade since the holidays to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight. We’ve been down to Tesco’s to see what kind of Fairtrade products we have on offer locally – many thanks to the parents who accompanied us on this!
We’ve also been learning more about global geography and climates by using ICT and atlases to help us understand why coffee grows where it does. Through all kinds of cooperative and interdisciplinary learning, we have carried out activities as diverse as writing a Fair Trade sketch to designing a new Fair Trade chocolate bar to designing their own real-life Fairtrade cotton shopping bags! These will be on sale soon!
P3 will soon be moving on to a big science focus. Following on from the hugely successful Generation Science workshop, we will be investigating Forces and Magnetism to gain a better understanding of the world around us. Lots of experiments to carry out for those budding Jimmy / Jemima Neutrons!
After all the glitz and glamour of our Christmas show, it seemed like we were going to have a nice quiet time at school for a while – but then along came Dr Who and set us a challenge we couldn’t refuse! For our topic ‘Our Dreams For Scotland’, we have been asked to design a nature park to educate people about the wonderful wildlife in Scotland to inspire people to protect the animals for future generations. We’ve been hard at work on this ever since!
This term, we are also focussing on using Scotland’s online educational resource Glow. We will be using this to support topic work and even for some future homework tasks! Please take some time and enjoy having the children show you around this new electronic world. Through Glow you can access all kinds of information and sites – all in a safe online environment. If you have any questions about Glow, please ask Mr Henderson!
Here’s a link so you can take a look. There’s also a link on our Homepage.
This month Primary 3 have been really busy learning about Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ for our novel study. We’ve had lots of fun doing all kinds of activities including writing, debating, artwork, roleplay, hatching fox-catching plans, reading, thinking about how fantastic we are, making posters and much more! We’ve really enjoyed studying this book but soon it will be time to start thinking about our normal reading books again as we finish our class novel.
In December we are having a Community Citizenship focus and we will be linking with Bonnyrigg Parish Church to explore what the church is in a wider sense and what role it plays in the community. We have already been lucky enough to be able to help support a project the church are involved with, through the charity Blythswood. By filling and packing shoeboxes to send to Eastern Europe, we helped to make sure that people not as fortunate as ourselves will get something nice for their Christmas. A big thank you to all the families who generously contributed to this project! The church’s Bowling Club even said ‘Thank you!’ to us by inviting us to the Pitcairn Centre to teach us how to bowl, which we all really enjoyed too.
The other big project for December will be our Christmas show – C H R I S T M A S Spells Christmas. We will be performing this during the final week of term so there’s lots of practising to be done! We’ll be sending home the words for everyone to practise at home so we’d really appreciate your support in this. More details to follow about this soon.