It was a crisp, bright and sunny morning this morning – perfect for orienteering. P3C headed out to Neilson Park to meet up with our friends from Outdoor Education, who had set up orienteering for us, with markers, keys, a tent, maps, the works! We had a go at map reading to start with, making sure we knew where North was and setting our maps. We then went round the park identifying different features from the map and working out where we were. Once we were happy with what to do, we set off in pairs to work with different maps, finding our markers, using our special keys to time ourselves and heading back to the finish, where we set out time and got a different map. One of the maps had 10 different markers to find. We didn’t realise Neilson Park was quite so big. We were exhausted. One of us was heard to say that today was the best maths ever!
This block we have been very busy learning all about Scotland. In ICT this week we used the information we have learned in our topic to create a PowerPoint. Here are some of the slides we created.
As part of our biodiversity, Eco and health week, primary 3 took part in some Land Art in the playground. Tanwen, the art specialist, came to show us what we could do with some chalk and some vegetation that we’d brought in. She chalked out a shape then we added lines to create the shape of a T-Rex. We then added in some detail with the chalk and used our leaves, sticks, stones, grass, pine cones, and other things that we’d brought in to create more of a solid shape. Here are our results:
On Wednesday, Calum from Cool Creatures visited our classrooms as part of our fantastic Rainforest topic. He showed us a really interesting powerpoint with interesting facts and photographs from a trip he’d made to the Amazon Rainforest. He brought some friends along with him: a Boa Contrictor, a tortoise, some African land snails (they were huge!) and a scorpion. We were allowed to touch and hold these animals while Calum told us a bit about them, where they live and what they eat (not us, thankfully!).
In maths, we are learning about money. We’ve been working with money to but items and get change, decide the best way to pay for things, work out the least number of coins to reach an amount, and adding and subtracting coins. We’ve been playing some money-based games and buying items in our classroom shop. We feel we can now easily work out the best ways to spend our pocket money!
Next week is a really busy week for the whole school as it’s ECO/Health week. We have got tons planned including using our new road safety equipment, doing Land Art and having a visit from the Kinetic Theatre Group, together with planting seeds to hopefully seeing some plants grow.
This week we were very lucky to take part in some very special dancing! We had to look for monsters! Here are some videos of our dancing.
This term we have been learning all about looking after the environment. As part of our topic we went on a John Muir Adventure! We had a great time (even though it was a little windy!!)
We visited Lauderdale Park and took photographs of all the beautiful wildlife.
Then we walked to John Muir’s Birthplace, on the way we passed the ruins of Dunbar Castle and the harbour.
When we were in John Muir’s Birthplace we found out all about his life and how he encouraged people to look after the environment. We also made a beautiful banner showing the house where John Muir lived in America.
Next we went to John Muir Country Park where we ate our lunch and had a play at the park! Then we went on a walk through the long grass near the seashore. It was great fun! We even saw a few hairy caterpillars!
Before we left the Country Park we did a litter pick. We collected all the litter we could find and put them into rubbish bags.
When we arrived back at school we played lots of team building games and finished our trip off with delicious soup and stovies!!
We had a fantastic time and learned so much about John Muir and conservation.
We are all looking forward to sharing what we have learned at our assembly on Friday.
Primary 3/8 have just finished learning about Ancient Egypt. At the end of the topic we created some museum exhibits and sent them to the National Museum of Scotland along with a letter. The museum were so impressed by our work they have put us on their blog! We are very excited!
To view our work on the blog visit: http://feastbowl.wordpress.com/
Primary 3/8 had some very special visitors today. We made five new friends, Judith, Caroline, Mary, Josh and Tom. Our friends came in to find out just what great friends we are in Primary 3/8.
They told us that Josh and Tom had fallen out because they both wanted to be friends with Mary and didn’t want anyone else to be her friend!
We helped Josh and Tom think about all the things they could do to become friends again.
We are looking forward to being even better friends in the future!
We are reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. The main character is called Plop. Plop is a baby barn owl who is afraid of the dark. He is very cute, he has a big fluffy tummy and very knackety knees! The story is set in a very big tree. We have been using cut out paper, googely eyes and wooden sticks to make our own Plops.