May 2016 - Family Learning Fortnight
As part of our learning about Gunsgreen House and the Smugglers, P1 have been investigating the sounds of the seaside. Through discussion, P1 created a list of sounds they'd expect to hear - waves, sand, seaweed crunching, pebbles, seagulls - and explored these sounds using their bodies and voices to represent each idea. In extending this, the children used a variety of percussion instruments create their own musical seaside soundscapes. During family learning fortnight in the school, we invited our families to join us in designing and making our own junk musical instruments, using inspiration from the percussion instruments we had chosen to use. Here are some of the beautiful ocean drums, shakers, castanets and drums the class made.
P1T have been busy learning about the concept of addition during number work. We have looked at different strategies for mental addition and practised to speed up our recall of addition facts. This term we have been applying our knowledge in a variety of addition tasks and games to extend, or consolidate, learning.
Primary One visited Edinburgh, as part of their Scotland topic, and spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland. After a fun bus journey, which included Edinburgh castle spotting, we spent the day exploring some of the interactive galleries in the museum. This included taking part in a lego mini-figure hunt in the animal world galleries. Huge thanks to our parent helpers for giving up their time to assist us. The children also represented the school community fantastically.
Primary 1T had some amazingly creative Easter Bonnets on display for the 'Friends of Eyemouth' Easter competition. The overall school winner from our class received a chocolate egg as a prize.
P1T were fortunate to take part in a 'Generation Science' workshop in the assembly hall. Led by a team from the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the children learned about the different forces that affect how objects move. The workshop included activity areas where children explored gravity, pulling, pushing and friction. Children were encouraged to make predictions and discuss their findings after each experiment.
P1T celebrated 'World Book Day' in a fun, inspiring session with P3/4. In pairs or small groups, the children enthusiastically shared their favourite stories, talked about their favourite characters and the reasons for their choice of book. After this, they worked together to create a large display featuring a character or event from the stories they had brought in from home.
During our Scotland topic this term, P1T have been talking about different places and areas of Eyemouth they know. After discussion, the children created their own Eyemouth shields, depicting their four favourite Eyemouth features and shared reasons for their choices.
P1T joined P1H for a walk around the town in order to locate some of the places we had identified. While we were outdoors, P1 discovered other landmarks and sites of interest in Eyemouth we hadn’t thought of too. We recorded our findings with a partner.