Yesterday Primary 3 had an exciting visit to the National Museum of Scotland for a time travelling adventure back to Viking times, 1200 years ago. Their Viking day out began in the theatre where they learned about Viking life in the Orkney Isles. Next they were able to look around the galleries, study a Viking grave and try on some clothing.
Next they moved on the a handling session where each child was able to explore different Viking artefacts. The children really impressed Miss McGregor with all their knowledge, thoughful questions and ideas about some of the interesting pieces.
Finally, after lunch, there was time to investigate some of the other galleries in the museum before heading back to school. Can you spot which one of us was wearing an astronaut suit and who is driving the race car?
Here are some primary 3 pupils who kept themselves busy during the recent snow days. Inspired by a book in their Read Write Count bags they built their very own habitats. Here they are pointing out where you can find their chosen habitats on our classroom map.
End of the week update: Well primary 3 pupils have inspired each other and really enjoyed sharing their work. Look how many habitats we had by Friday, ready to share in assembly. Well done everyone!
Throughout this term much of our learning has been linked to owls.
To start us off we read the novel The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark and wrote poems describing what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel in the dark. A search campaign ensued after our class friend Plop the barn owl disappeared for a few days out the classroom window. Lost posters were created and circulated, then following his safe return the pupils wrote about the adventures Plop had during his time away.
In science we learned about habitats and food chains, discovering how different living things depend on one another. We researched what features make owls good hunters and learned how they hunt their prey. We used prediction, investigation and reporting skills when we dissected owl pellets, with a very surprising find hidden inside (ask one of us about this)!
In expressive arts we studied the features of different species of owls, drew sketches and made 3D collages. It was interesting to see how different these all turned out. We rounded off our owl topic by exploring the movement of owls through expressive dance, telling the story of owl life in four parts.
1. Listening to sound, waking and taking an owl form and scanning the land
2. In flight (surging upwards, soaring, tilting, turning and swooping)
3. Owls peering, focusing on a point
4. Hovering over the prey before pouncing.
We think our colourful masks added to the final performance.
Primary 3’s new topic is ‘Food and Farming’. The children have been learning about produce that comes from Scotland and appreciating the wide variety of foods that come from our country.
As part of our topic, we will soon be visiting a real life beef cattle and sheep farm in the Borders. To prepare for our visit, the Farmer (Farmer Pete) and his assistant Mary came to our classroom today. He told us all about his farm and we asked him questions that we prepared at the beginning of our topic. We learned that his farm is 800 acres! We also learned that he had just delivered a calf that morning and that cows have four stomachs! He told us that we would see a blue and white cow when we visit….. we can’t wait!
We are very excited to start a new term in P7. With this new term comes new a topic, artwork and projects.
In Science in Term 1, we spent some time exploring the life cycle of plants and how they reproduce. We also discussed what elements a plant needs to grow. We talked about the benefits and risks of using biological or chemical fertilisers in plants or crops that we eat.
We used these discussions to ask ourselves a question: what is the effect of biological fertiliser on a household plant?
We decided to test out our question to find out. Over several weeks, we watered three different plants with the same type of bean planted: one with water, one with water mixed with the recommended amount of fertiliser and one with water mixed with way too much fertiliser.
Our results varied slightly but overall, the plant with the recommended amount of fertiliser thrived while the one with way too much fertiliser dried out and died.
We displayed our results on a poster so they were easy to understand.
The results are displayed
Check out this BBC Science page to get an idea of what we’ll be learning about this term. The Earth’s Changing Structure!