WEAR YELLOW DAY!
P3/4 are helping to raise money for the Highland Hospice. Our class is looking very yellow today!
A BUSY TERM 4
We have another action packed term ahead in P3/4.
Check out our Learning Overview for further information.
Our blog has not been working this week so a HUGE welcome back to the busy world of P3/4
We have a visitor in the class Mr Skeleton who is helping us with our new topic “Be Fit And Active”
Details about our busy Term 4 will follow soon…….
4.4.17 Fitness Circuit Superstars
Today we celebrated our success in PE. Over the last few weeks we have been doing fitness circuits and trying to improve our scores each week. Today everyone got a certificate which highlights one particular area in which we made a big improvement! Here’s Jake and Ryan with theirs. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
4.4.17 Outdoor Learning
To complete our measuring topic, today we went outside. We estimated and measured the length and width of certain items and we measured who could jump the furthest. We also measured out the height or length of some animals and drew them on the ground. Did you know an elephant is 3 and a half metres tall and a giraffe is 6 metres tall?!
We were writing our own music with Mr Josie this afternoon.
Today we had a go at designing our own baskets using different strips of paper. We hope that there may be an Easter treat to go into the basket!
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD TRIP
Feathers were flying everywhere in P3/4 this afternoon.
We now have a chick on a stick ready for our work next week! Watch this space……..
We loved the fluffy feathers!
Welcome back Mr Josie
We have started another block of Kodaly with Mr Josie. We are finding out all about pitch.
AN AMAZING EXHIBITION
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Egyptian Exhibition this morning. We had such wonderful feedback!
Apologies if your photo is not on the blog – camera difficulties unfortunately.
Calculators Are Cool!
Today we having been using calculators for our Maths work.
P3/4 think calculators are cool
This afternoon two tables have had the chance to measure the capacity of different containers. The other two tables will do the same next week.
We have also been practising using Litres and millilitres in maths problems and reading from a measuring jug. Take a look at different containers around your home and check how many millilitres each holds.
We have also started a new topic in RE. We have chosen to find out about Easter symbols and discover where they have come from and how they help us celebrate Eater. Today we found out about the story of the goddess of Eostre and the origins of the Easter Bunny.
School Long Ago
We have begun looking at what school was like in the past. We had a chance to try out writing on a slate board. It was fun but a bit “scratchy”
SCIENCE IS AMAZING!
Today we had an amazing science workshop with Mairi from the University. We had fun with lots of toilet roll making amazing planet distance maps.
ARE YOU A SAFE SURFER?
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Internet Safety Open Afternoon. A very busy but exciting afternoon.
P3/4 Go Into Space
This afternoon as part of our Science week we had Kate MacDonald a Stem Ambassador telling us all about Space. Victoria was chosen to hold the planet Venus as part of the workshop.
This Tuesday we have continued our maths topic of measure and have been weighing items. We have been trying to balance objects with both a 1kg weight and a 500g weight. We also had a look at this game, which helps us to read scales. Some of us want to try it at home!
Also this afternoon, as part of Science Week, we had a very special science visitor. Pastor Alastair Macleod, who works in and around Culduthel Christian Centre, used to work as a car engineer. He came in and showed us the process of making a car.
Did you know that it takes 4800 people 8 hours to make a car from start to finish? That’s amazing teamwork!
VOLCANIC ERUPTION IN P3/4
In science this morning we were creating a chemical reaction. We made a volcanic eruption by mixing bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid, vinegar and warm water. Some red food colouring made the mixture just like bubbling lava.
VENN DIAGRAMS IN ACTION!
As part of our data handling we have been looking at venn diagrams. They can be a bit tricky but today we were sorting ourselves into our own venn diagrams.
Our final talk
Jake gave his class talk today. He told us all about hieroglyphs and had even written his name for us to see. Well done Jake!
We are waste aware. Are you?
ARE YOU UP FOR THE P3/4 WASTE CHALLENGE?
This week is Waste Week and we have set ourselves a waste challenge. Tonight we are going to eat every single thing at dinner time without any waste.
Will we be able to meet the challenge?
POP UP PHOTO BOOTH
We have made a pop up photo booth for our classroom. We had fun dressing up and having our photos taken.
We hope some of our families will try out the photo booth when they join us for our Egyptian Exhibition!
A smiling Lylopatra tries out our Pop Up Photo booth!
Coming soon P3/4 Egyptian Exhibition!
Friday 24th March 2017 9.30-10.15 Room 6
You are invited to come and join us for our Egyptian Exhibition!
There are lots of fun things for you to see and try
- Travel back in time and meet the Pharaohs
- Try the hieroglyph challenge
- Look inside our pyramids
- Examine homemade clay pots
- Play our Tomb Raiders games
- Dress up as Cleopatra
- P3/4 Museum Curators will be available to show you around. There will also be Egyptologists sharing lots of exciting information.
Our Fantastic Primary Fours!
The primary 4 children in the class have been on a secret mission for the last few weeks. They have been preparing a play to share with the rest of the class. They have made the scenery, props and script by themselves and performed the play to our audience.
The class thought it was “awesome and amazing”
The end of our talks.
This morning we heard the last of our class talks. Poppy told us all about food in Egypt and made us all hungry with her information and pictures. Lyla was telling us all about clothes and jewellery and made amazing bracelets with lots of fabulous jewels. Well done P3/4!
OUR TALKS GO ON!
Today we had some more of our amazing talks. Kian told us all about the Pharaoh Khafu with lovely pictures to show. Victoria had found out all about hieroglyphics and had managed the whole alphabet in pictures. Archie gave us lots of information about the Giza pyramid complete with a lovely coloured picture. Sam had made a fabulous model pyramid to go with his amazingly detailed talk. Well done everyone!
WORLD BOOK DAY FUN
Our talks continue…….
We had some more exciting talks today. Cole gave us lots of information about hieroglyphics and shared his talking globe. Max told us about the Egyptian gods with pictures to illustrate. Rory gave exciting information about the discovery of Tutankhanum’s tomb with photos to show us what it was like. Savannah gave information on her favourite Gods with pictures. Daniel had a fabulous power point presentation on the River Nile and had made a model boat. Ryan spoke about the Gods with a fabulous lego pyramid he had made. A GREAT JOB!
Joy from Asda visited us this morning for a storytelling session. We really enjoyed listening to her story. We then had to work as a team to create our own imaginative story.
Going Bananas for Fairtrade
Today as part of our RME/ PSD topic of living with others we turned our attention to how we can care for people who live far away from us. We watched a film about banana production and learned that there are five groups of people involved in bringing bananas from the plant to our supermarket. We split into groups to represent each of these groups: the banana workers, the plantation owners, the importers, the shippers and the supermarket buyers. We had to discuss how much we thought each should get paid by banana if a banana cost 15p. Some of us thought that we should split the cost evenly and each group should receive 3p. Others of us thought the job sounded hard and the most important so they should get paid more. We listened well to each other. We were surprised to learn that in a non-fairtrade banana a banana worker would only get 0.5p and that this made things difficult for their family. Perhaps they would not have enough money for decent shelter, food or to pay for education or medical needs. These are all some of our rights as children.
We thought we would lookout for Fairtrade stickers on produce so we can try and care for people who we don’t know across the world.
Each of us has taken a Fairtrade banana home to eat! Enjoy!
CLASS TALKS PART 2
Our fascinating talks are continuing. We heard all about the pyramids from Imogen who had prepared her notes on a pyramid shaped sheet of paper. Charlotte gave us lots of information on hieroglyphs with pictures to illustrate. Jack gave us a super well organised talk on Pharaohs with pictures to show what they looked like. Hannah talked about Ancient Egyptian life complete with a model house she had made. Amazing!
CLASS TALKS BEGIN!
We started hearing our class talks this morning. We heard from Finn W with his amazing facts about pyramids. Josselyn shared lots of details about the Pharaohs with models to show what they looked like. Lexie had made an amazing model of the pyramids complete with sand and palm trees, Madeleine shared lots of pyramid facts complete with a pop up pyramid. Brogan and Finn M gave us more pyramid facts with lovely drawn pictures. Owen told us all about Egyptian pets including crocodiles. Well done everyone!
A SPECIAL VISITOR FOR P3/4
This afternoon we had a surprise visitor when Elleopatra from P4 came to visit. She told us all about her class talk from last year and answered questions about what giving a class talk felt like. Elleopatra has left her costume in the class for us to use when dressing up.
A huge thank you to Elle and her granny for the costume. Lots of fun ahead!
We have begun gathering data in preparation for making our graphs next week.
The Terrific Team were finding out favourite ice cream flavours.
The Super Stars were asking about favourite sports.
The Wonderful Workers were exploring favourite colours.
Egyptian Board Games
Designer Pots by P3/4
P3/4 Museum Visit
Measuring in Maths
This Tuesday we have started our new Maths topic in measure, Today we started measuring lengths, widths and heights using rulers and metre sticks. Among other things, we measured our handspan, our pencils, the windows, the chairs and the doors in our classroom. We were learning to estimate before we measured so we can get a knowledge and understanding of length. Maybe we could measure some things at home. Who has the longest bed? Who has the tallest plant?
In our Tuesday PE slot we have been learning some netball skills. We have practised different ways to pass the ball: chest pass, bounce pass and shoulder pass. We have also been learning about footwork and pivoting. This has been more of a challenge for us! It’s tricky not to move both feet off the ground! This week we played a caterpillar game, catching the ball and pivoting before passing it on and we also practised our shooting skills.
This morning in science we have been investigating different liquids. We have been looking at liquids such as cola, milk, chilli sauce, water and cold tea coffee under the microscopes.
GOING POTTY WITH CLAY!
OUR ETCHING DESIGNS
We have created some amazing etching designs from the art work we started last week. Once the black paint had dried on our wax crayon pictures we used either a pencil point or a pair of scissors to etch out our designs. It worked brilliantly!
PIRATE SPARROW’S COMPASS QUIZ
Our P4 children have been busy working on angles. They have been finding out all about compass directions and turning degrees clockwise and anti-clockwise. They had fun making their own compass and then trying out Pirate Sparrow’s Compass Quiz.
OUR DESIGNS FOR OUTDOORS
COME INSIDE A PYRAMID!
We have been designing symmetrical pyramids. For the inside we are making picture etchings. We have covered paper in lots of different colours using wax crayons. Then we painted over the top with black paint mixed with glue. When the paint dries we are going to etch out our designs.
OUR LOCHARDIL VALUES
In science this morning we have been using microscopes to look at different foods such as sweet potato, onions, garlic, carrots, apples and bread. It was amazing what we saw!
Kings & Queens of the Nile
Moving our bodies
In PE today we were learning to move our bodies in lots of different ways.
Year of the Rooster
To celebrate the Chinese New Year – the year of the rooster- we have been writing stories about a Kangarooster. Half of him was kangaroo the other half was rooster!
We have been busy turning photos of our heads into Pharaohs complete with jewel collars and head dresses.
Article 32 and 36
Thank you to Pr 3/4 for sharing all your interesting work about Child Labour. You told us about your Topic work – Children Long Ago and the kinds of things that children had to do.
In coal mines children would crawl through tunnels too narrow and low for adults. Children also worked as rat catchers, message boys, chimney sweeps, shoe cleaners, or selling matches and some children worked as servants. Working hours were long and conditions were harsh. Children used to eat the scraps of silk that gathered under the machines so that they wouldn’t lose any wages. The death rate among children then was high.
We enjoyed hearing about your learning.
As part of our work for Burns Day next week we had a go at paper weaving our own tartan.
We enjoyed trying out Scottish words on the “Oor Wullie guide tae Scots Language” website.
P3/4 all had a go at shoogling their breeks!
The Egyptians made paper from the stems of papyrus. We tried to recreate our own papyrus by printing on paper using a wet tea bag!
CLIMBING THE LEARNING LADDER!
We were using our Learning Ladders today to see how we are making progress with our times tables and dividing. We had our learning conversations with a partner to discuss what we found easy or difficult and why.
This morning in science we were finding out all about microscopes.
Did you know the microscope was invented by Zacharias Janssen?
As part of our Rights Respecting School work we have been talking about “the right to protection from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education”
We looked at jobs children do today and also the hard work children had to do in the past.
P3/4 have decided that we are all going to work hard in school so we can make a difference to the world.
TRUE OR FALSE?
We have been making up a True or False quiz using all the information we are finding out about Egypt.
We are weaving our own material in class. It was really tricky to start with but we are getting there!
We hope to make some interesting items with our finished materials (watch this space..)
If you have any spare wool then we would love to have it. Many thanks for your help.
P3/4 Learning Overview Term 3
Please read our Learning Overview to find out all the exciting things we have planned for Term 3
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome back to an exciting new term in P3/4.
Our new topic is called “Travelling Back In Time”
We have come up with our 3 part topic plan
- What do we know already?
- What do we want to find out?
- How are we going to find out?
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM EVERYONE IN P3/4
We have been busy making Wanted Santa Posters.
We have had lots of good and exciting ideas for the rewards on offer- mince pies, presents and even new turbo deluxe reindeer.
THE NAUGHTY ELF!
Jack took in his elf for a visit today. At lunchtime he ate a mince pie and had crumbs all over his face. He left us a message saying “YUM YUM IN MY TUM! ANOTHER MINCE PIE PLEASE!!!”
A Busy Day
We had a hectic day today and enjoyed our Carol singing trip to Cameron House.
The P3/4 choir also sang beautifully for parents in the afternoon!
ARE YOU READY?
P3/4 are excited about tomorrow! We are going Carol Singing to Cameron House in the morning and welcoming our families in the afternoon for Carols in our Class.
We are taking along a Pamper Hamper, donated by the Parent Council, as a present to Cameron House.
We also have lots of mince pies and Magic Carrots for Rudolph ready for the afternoon (a huge thank you to Kian’s Mum at Morrisons for these)
P3 Party Fun
P4 PARTY PEOPLE
P3/4 ELVES BUSY AT WORK!
We have been as busy as elves today completing our Christmas cards with cotton wool snow.
Our calendars are glittery butterflies flying towards finger print flowers- each one unique!
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
We are using triangles to create some tree designs.
A lot of concentration and cutting required!
COOL CHRISTMAS TREES
We are making amazing Christmas tree cards that actually stand up by themselves!
Lots of glitter and sparkles yet again– two of our most favourite things
CHRISTMAS JUMPER TIME
We are all looking forward to a fun day including the school Christmas dinner!
PLAY THE KOODALY TEAM “BEAT” GAME
We had a busy afternoon playing the team BEAT game with Mr Josie
Mr Josie clapped the beats and team members had to listen carefully to make the
ELECTRICITY & MAGNET QUIZ
We had fun with an exciting challenge for a Monday morning.
We had to beat the clock with our electricity and magnet quiz.
THE SAD REINDEER……..
We wrote exciting imaginative stories about a poor sad reindeer.
We had to include WOW adjectives, commas in a list , different openers and even a simile!
We then had to read our stories to a friend and asked them to give feedback.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
We have been designing our own Santas using a cone for the body.
He even has a jingle bell on the top of his hat!
ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE!
We had fun at PE this morning enjoying some of our Christmas dances.
A BUSY OPEN MORNING
We enjoyed sharing our Rights and Responsibilities at our Open Morning.
MAGIC MAGNET INVESTIGATIONS
We have been creating 3D models to investigate how magnets move.
A “GLITTERTASTIC” AFTERNOON
We had a very sparkly afternoon designing our own Christmas baubles.
We thought it was “Glittertastic”
We have been finding out all about similes.
Our favourite similes were –
- “a baby is as cute as a flower” or “a baby is as noisy as a construction site”
- “a daisy as yellow as the sun” or “a daisy as pretty as a sparkle”
- “a puppy as soft as cotton wool” or “a puppy with teeth as sharp as claws”
GINGERBREAD DECORATING DAY
We have been working on our class entry for the Gingerbread Decorating Competition.
We hope our design gets displayed!
A SPRINKLE OF SNOWMEN!
We have been finding out all about collective nouns. We came up with some exciting collective nouns for our clay model snowmen.
We think sprinkle, gang, army or snowball of snowmen sounds good!
What do you think?
We have been designing our own electromagnets. We used pieces of metal and a battery to make our own magnets.
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN!
We have begun using clay to make model snowmen. Just perfect for a cold frosty day.
Some children brought in their favourite books to share with their friends in class.
3D SHAPE BUILDERS
We were building 3D shape models with playdough and straws as part of our shape work
We welcomed back Mr Josie today for our next block of Kodaly.
We played lots of fun music games but our favourite one was Bubblegum.
GRAND PRIX RACING
We are enjoying using the computer to play Grand Prix Multiplication Racing.
It is a fun and exciting way to practise our times tables.
A SPOTACULAR DAY!
Wearing our spots with pride for Children In Need
WATCH OUT ARCTIC TERNS ABOUT!
We now have a flock of Arctic Terns flying around our classroom.
GYMNASTIC STARS OF THE FUTURE!
We were having fun with gymnastics this morning.
Olympics here P3/4 come!
We are using an atlas to find different countries near the Equator.
We were amazed to find out how small the other countries were compared to the Arctic and the Antarctic.
We have been out and about measuring the temperature in different places around the school using our thermometers.
This morning in Science we were finding our more about magnets. We used iron filings to make magnetic fields.
We have begun to practise some Christmas songs as we are planning to go Carol Singing to Cameron House Care Home on 21/12/16.
We are also planning to invite our families along to share some Christmas songs with us in our classroom on the afternoon of Wednesday 21/12/16 – further details will be coming out nearer the time but please put the date in your diaries!
ANGRY BIRDS THE MOVIE
We enjoyed our trip to Vue Cinema this morning.
We thought “Angry Birds The Movie” was a really exciting film that showed us the importance of team work.
POLAR BEARS ARE FASCINATING!
In art this afternoon we were using chalk to draw polar bears for our wall display. We added some polar bear facts and art straw snowflakes to complete the scene.
Our top polar bear facts
- they have black skin
- each hair is like a clear hollow tube
- they have long black tongues
- they stand over 10 feet tall
Water, water everywhere!
As part of our topic we have been looking at the water cycle. We have started some experiments on floating and sinking.
We had to predict whether the items would float or sink before we tested them out.
We had fun this morning watching Aladdin performed by the Hopscotch Theatre Company.
We thought it was “awesome” “funny” and “hilarious“
As part of our Rights Respecting School work we have been looking at Article 13.
We came up with the top 6 things which we think help to make quality education.
We also came up with all the different qualities we think help to make a good teacher.
What do you think?
METAL IS EVERYWHERE
We have been investigating all the metal objects around our classroom using magnets. A great fun way to learn all about the different metals.
CLIMBING THE LEARNING LADDER…….
We have a class learning ladder to use for our multiplication tables and dividing. We also have our own mini learning ladders so we can climb them as we feel confident with our learning.
We will be taking these ladders home every few weeks to share progress with our families.
ATTRACT OR REPEL?
We have started finding out all about magnets in our Science experiments. We know that a magnet has two parts the North and South which can attract and repel.
WEAVE A WEB
Some more fascinating spider facts P3/4 have found out.
Did you know it takes a spider one hour to weave a web?
Amazingly you can find spiders in the Arctic but not the Antarctic!
SPOOKY SPIDERS EVERYWHERE!
We had fun creating our spiders which are now hanging all over our classroom.
Did you know that a giant house spider can move at 53 cm per second?
P3/4 Term 2 Overview
We have another busy term ahead. Check out Termly Overview!
Our exciting new topic is all about Polar Lands. This afternoon we were discussing what we already know and what we want to find out.
We had an exciting start to our new term. We all got the chance to take part in ballet workshops about Snow White. These workshops were organised by Ballet Lorent.
Today we had a really exciting start to the
Our school building works.
This afternoon we had a safety talk from Morgan and Sindall who are building our new dining hall. We have been asked to visit the building works next term wearing all the safety gear.
Hard hats and hi-viz jackets here we come! Sounds exciting.
This morning we had an SSPCA officer telling us all about the work they do
We had a Morse Code machine in the class today. We found out how to spell words using the machine. Amazing!
A busy open afternoon
A huge thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the open afternoon
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?
This afternoon we were working in small drama groups.
We had to act out different conversations between aliens and humans. We then had to fill in conversation speech bubbles. Some really interesting conversations were recorded!
These are our exciting alien characters.
What do you think their names are?
We made £165.78 at our Macmillan Cancer Research coffee morning. A huge thank you to everyone who came along.
ARE YOU READY YET?
We are busy getting ready for our coffee morning. A huge thank you to Mrs Calder at Morrisons and Tesco Ness-side for their donations of tea, coffee etc
THE LOST DOG
As part of our work on the SSPCA this week we created cartoon strips called “The Lost Dog”
We also made dog heads using different colours of felt to add texture.
P4 READING CHALLENGE
Our P4 children are now signed up for the The First Minister’s Reading Challenge 2016 which starts this month.
There are lots of different activities coming up and we will be working on these alongside the P4 children in the other class. We are looking forward to starting these challenges. It sounds like FUN!
COMING SOON P3/4 COFFEE MORNING FRIDAY 30th September!
Click the link below for further information
A date for your diary
P3/4 are planning to hold a MacMillan Cancer Coffee Morning in our classroom on Friday 30th September. We will be inviting parents/carers to join us.
Further details will be coming your way once we have made all our plans. Any parents/carers who are able to help out on the day then please let us know. Thank you!
What is the BUZZ in P3/4 today?
This morning we were making circuits in Science. If we did it correctly then the buzzer sounded and the light came on.
Our PE day has changed yet again- we now have PE on a Tuesday morning with Mrs Sutherland and a Thursday morning with the PE specialist Miss Pottie.
Thank you for bearing with us through all these changes!
NVERNESS NIGHT TIME SCENES
We finished our very impressive night time scenes.
GUESS THE PICTURE?
We have started stage 1 of our art project for this week. Stage 2 will take place tomorrow.
Can you guess from the paintings below what we are creating?
INSULATOR OR CONDUCTOR?
In Science today we were doing lots of experiments. We tried out different materials to see if they would light the bulb from the battery.
CHANGE OF P.E DAY
Our gym day has been changed to a THURSDAY morning instead of a Wednesday afternoon. The PE teacher will now be Miss Barclay.
We will still continue to have our own class P.E on Friday mornings.
Roly Poly Birds
We used lots of different colours to design the feathers of our Roly Poly birds.
Koodaly Fun in the Sun
We had Mr Josie with us this afternoon for koodaly.
We had lots of fun keeping the beat to “Lemon, lime keep in time”
Our exciting new topic
We have been discussing our new topic “Living in Lochardil”
We have been working on what we know already, what we want to find out and how we plan to do this. If you have any ideas then please let P3/4 know. Thank you!
We are reading The Twits by Roald Dahl. We drew pictures of Mr and Mrs Twit who play nasty tricks on each other.
P3/4 Class Overview
Please check out the overview for this term to see all the exciting things we will be getting upto.
What a busy first week we have had. We created our class charter and spoke about our positive behaviour.
There are lots of smiling faces in our class.
WELCOME TO P3/4!
A huge welcome back to an exciting new school year!
P3/4 are looking forward to a busy time with lots of learning and fun along the way. We will be starting each morning with a smile and a cheery hello (which we hope lasts throughout the day)
I will be in the class Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Sutherland will be teaching on Tuesday. We will also be meeting other teachers for Science, Technology and P.E during the week. (If you have not already sent in shoes for gym then we will next these for Friday morning)
Further details about our class routines, homework etc will be sent out next week so please check out our blog. If you wish to contact the teachers then please put a note into the reading records or contact the school office.
I look forward to working with you to make P3/4 an amazing experience.