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Friday 13th May – P1

Health Week Fun

Wow! This week we have done so many exciting things from learning new dances like Bollywood, Hula and Ukrainian Hopak, to trying out new sports like yoga and shinty, while also practising those skills needed for sports day! We have also been learning how to keep our bodies and minds healthy too.

Sports Day

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mr Madine for running sports day this year. We hope all the pupils and parents enjoyed it. Not all pupils in our school have permission to be photographed and due to the team nature of sports day, this became a challenge (!), so below is just a tiny snippet of all of the fun that happened today!

Caterpillars

For a more interactive approach to life cycles, we ordered caterpillars for our classroom from Insect Lore.
We have been observing our caterpillars closely, watching them eating their food and getting bigger. A few of the caterpillars have now started their transformation into a chrysalis. Very exciting!

Money

Primary 1 have been learning about all of the different ways you can pay for items such as with coins, paper money, cards and now even with your phone. We are learning to identify coins through their size, shape and colour, and we are beginning to understand that each coin has a different value. Lots of shops have been moving towards becoming ‘cash-less’ and this has sped up since the pandemic. Dust off those coins and have a play at home!

Have a go at playing these games at home

Sort, order and count the coins

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Use coins to pay for items

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

Lots of games on Natwest’s My Money Sense page

Term 3 Overview

To see what we will be covering this term, please click the file below

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Friday 29th April

Hello! We hope you enjoy looking at what we have been learning.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish our Muslim families a happy and healthy Eid! Thank you to the very kind parents and friends who came with food, face paint, henna and gifts for the pupils. We really appreciate all the work that went in to setting up and organising today for the whole school!

Orienteering in P.E

Working in teams and moving fast we have had to communicate, collect and arrange items to make these funny faces!

Signs of Spring

P1 went on a walk to Holyrood Park to go on a scavenger hunt looking for signs of spring. We spotted everything apart from the elusive squirrels!

Ukraine

Our whole school has been learning all about the Ukrainian Easter tradition of Pysanky eggs. We decorated eggs which will be combined to make bunting for outside the school. Mohtada made this beautiful card at home to welcome our new pupil, Alisa, who is from Ukraine.

Easter Salt Dough Decorations

We used ‘bossy’ imperative verbs when making our salt dough. kneading, mixing, pouring, stirring, flattening, rolling, cooking, painting – so many verbs!

Bus Tour

We went on a tour around Edinburgh with Cobbles the Scottie Dog!

Easter at Canongate Kirk

We were kindly invited to Canongate kirk to look around and hear the Easter Story. We enjoyed spotting the Christian symbols and stained glass windows.

Floating and Sinking Experiment

We set up an experiment to learn about sinking and floating. This sparked discussions about materials and their uses e.g. what are boats made out of and does the shape make a difference.

Royal Mile Art Gallery

Here it is! Our two pieces of collaborative art. The titles were voted on by the class

Primary 1’s Hand Gallery
“We were drawing around our hands.”
“We needed to cut it then we painted it.”
“We painted it the colour of our skin.”
“Our skin colours are not all the same colour because all of us have different skin colour”

Primary 1’s Best Eye Gallery Ever
“Miss Copeland took a picture of our eyes.”
“We needed to look at our eye picture and then we had to copy it.”
“The colours of the eyes are not the same.”
“We all have different colour skin.”
“We are all unique”

We were given a tour by our Art Reps. Well done to Morgan, the P1 art rep who helped create posters, invitations and remember the descriptions of some of the art.

Holyrood Palace Trip

We were kindly invited to Holyrood Palace to have a closed off tour just for our school! We enjoyed seeing rooms that the Queen goes in and learning about the decoration of the palace and what each room was for.

Glitter Bottles

Sometimes called calming bottles or sensory bottles, – these can be used for general fun or to help someone who is feeling dysregulated. We shake the bottle very hard and then watch as the glitter settles and falls, stops spinning and sinks to the bottom again.

We used water, clear PVA glue and old glitter. Enjoy!

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Tuesday 29th March – P1

Rugby Week

Mr Madine and Primary 1 had a great time celebrating Rugby Week, learning how to pass and catch a rugby ball and work as a team.

Gymnastics

We have now finished our block of gymnastics. We have practised lots of travelling, balancing, rolling and of course jumping!

Art Gallery Sneak Peek

We have been working towards two pieces of art for our school art gallery, this year titled ‘Our Diverse Community’. Below you can see our second piece in progress. We have been focussing on observational drawing, taking note of the lines, shapes and colours.

Water

We started off our new topic of water with an overnight science experiment. What happens to water when it freezes? The water turned to ice and we noticed that the water grew! This expansion is one reason for the pot holes we see in the roads due to freeze/thaw.

Choosing

Morgan demonstrated her knowledge of the life cycle of a plant with the fabulous chalk drawing outside.

Using magnets and wool, Soni created this system on the whiteboard, where he could tighten and loosen the string by twisting. It gained lots of interest from the class!

Giraffe News

Sadly, as you can see below, we did not win the competition however… Well done to Primary 4 who did! We are still excited that we will have a giraffe [statue] visit our school!

The Queen’s Jubilee

Holyrood Education centre has invited us to take part in a workshop for the Queen’s Jubilee on Tuesday 26th April (just after the Easter holidays).

The day will consist of;

  • Introduction at Education Centre
  • Visit to the palace
  • Bunting workshop
  • Invitations to visit the gardens.

School Resources for the Platinum Jubilee, 2022 (rct.uk)

As per normal, please wear school uniform and bring a waterproof coat.

This Week

Tuesday

We are hoping, weather depending, to do some outdoor learning today!

Wednesday

We are expecting a routine visit from the school nurses at 9:30am.

Bus Tour – Thursday

We will be taking part in a trial open top bus tour with Cobble the Scottie Dog which launches to the public on 2/4/22.

The bus tour will take place this Thursday 31/3/22 from 1.30-2.30 during school time.

Please wear school uniform and bring a waterproof coat/hat.

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Monday 21st March

Last week was the launch of British Science Week. We have been very busy doing lots of different types of enquiries.

Cress Test

This was a fair test enquiry. Does cress grow better in soil or cotton wool?

“We need to put water in it” Clara
“I enjoyed looking at the cress with Safia” Amina
“I like looking through the magnifying glass” Jack
“They are seedlings. They are called cress seeds. If you put water in it it will go into the root so it can grow” Corey
“We put soil in the green pot” Mohtada
“We put cotton wool in the pink pot” Ethan
“When we put the seeds in they growed, they growed in 3 sleeps” Alfie
“Cotton wool didn’t grow the seeds properly” Mason
“The seeds growed in soil” Morgan

Gummy Bear Osmosis

This was an observation over time enquiry. What happens when we put gummy bears in water?

“We put the jelly bears in the water. The one that was in the water went big” Johnpaul
“When you put the water in the red bear turned white” [clear] Alfie
“The one that did not have water it stayed the same” Alfie
“The gummy bear expanded” Amina

Hand size

This was a pattern seeking enquiry. Do our hands get bigger as we get older?
We measured each of our hands and then lined up from the smallest to the biggest hand size. We then chose the middle person to represent our class. Our median hand size is 12.5cm. We asked all the classes in the school to measure their hands too.

“We were measuring our hands” Alfie
“We were testing if our hands get bigger as we get older” Corey

Scrap Vegetable Growing

In our tuff tray we left scrap bits of vegetables and plopped them in some water.

“We were growing carrots and different foods” Mason

Balloon growth!

We observed what happened when we mixed two ingredients together. There was a chemical reaction and gas was formed. This gas expanded the balloon.

“We were doing an experiment. We made a balloon go big because the air” Morgan
“We put [bicarbonate of] soda in the balloon” Emily
“We put the balloon on the bottle of vinegar” Morgan
“It made bubbles.” Oskar
“The powder made the vinegar go fizzy because it mixed together and it made the balloon blow up” Jack

Choosing

During choosing a group of pupils tried out the experiment without adult intervention. There was excellent communication where they had to decide who was going to help do each step so it felt fair.

“We were doing an experiment” Mason
“I was using the blue thing to get it in the balloon and Corey was holding it and Mason was putting it in” Tafari
“We were working as a team” Mason

Certificates

The Primary 7 House Captains hand out certificates every Friday

“The P7s came and give us certificates because we finished our house point chart” Jack

Primary 2 Showcase Assembly

Well done Primary 2 on your assembly celebrating different cultures.

“P2 were doing a show” Georgie-Lee
“It was about chinese [new year]” Emily
“They singed a song” Johnpaul

Maths

We have been looking at place value this week, in particular using base 10 blocks (also known as Dienes blocks)

We count up using this flip card counter
https://ictgames.com/mobilePage/flipCounter/

We enjoyed playing this game https://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/mobile/index.html

You can find online interactive Base 10/Dienes blocks here https://www.coolmath4kids.com/manipulatives/base-ten-blocks

“We were playing a game and when we got 10 blocks we give it to [Miss Copeland] and [she] gives us a stick of 10” Corey

Pupil Council Trip

Amina went on her first trip as our pupil council representative. She met a very brave police officer and dog. The dog was injured while working as a police dog. They are trying to change the law so that there are stronger punishments for people who hurt animals.

“I went to the Parliament and I got to pet a dog. It was a police dog. He got hurt but now he’s better” Amina.

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Monday 14th March

Giraffe About Town

Last week we explained we are entering the Giraffe about town competition. Here is our entry! We divided our giraffe into different sections and we each drew our favourite things on it, ranging from Cristiano Ronaldo to the sun and Lego! We voted red to be the background colour as it is our school colour. Fingers crossed we win!

RMPS Art Gallery

Here are some work in progress photos of our school Art Gallery entry on the topic ‘Our Diverse Community’… We can’t wait to show you our finished piece!

Read Write Inc.

This week Mrs Finlayson visited our classroom and showed us how to do our new literacy programme called Read, Write, Inc.
One of the important points in this programme is that pupils work in pairs while reading. We explicitly teach how to encourage someone when they make a mistake e.g. Say ‘try again’, rather than ‘no, that’s wrong’, and to give praise.

Cold Writing

This week’s cold writing was based on the story of Pandora’s Box. The pupils very much enjoyed this story and we had brilliant chats. The pupils were then asked to write a personal response to the story; sharing how it made them feel e.g I felt nervous when Pandora went to open the box. Staff assess this piece of work against their last piece of cold writing.

International Women’s Day

Primary 1 had a lovely time with Mrs Ho talking about International Women’s Day. They each drew a woman who inspires them and wrote why they think they are amazing

Mason, the author

We loved reading Mason’s book he made at home. Well done, Mason!

This Week

This week is SCIENCE week! This year the theme is growth. We will be using lots of skills such as asking questions, predicting, setting up experiments, observing, writing reports, communicating our findings AND evaluating! Phew!