Primary 1 have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather to do lots of their learning outdoors. They had fun learning about phonics, building with the construction materials and they have also planted some bean seeds. They listened to the story of Jasper’s Beanstalk and have promised not to be as impatient as Jasper whilst they wait for their bean plants to grow!
P5 decided to take advantage of the lovely spring sunshine this week and enjoyed some measuring for maths outside. We also went on a spring noun, verb and adjective exploration using the 5 senses for literacy. Mrs Amos
Airson crìoch a chuir air an topaig Caistealan/Saoghal uair a bha suid, bha bangaid rìoghail againn an-diugh. Smaoinich sinn air am biadh a bhiodh againn agus cuideachd sinn sinn deise sònraichte. Tha tòrr spòrs air a bhith againn! Saor-laithean snog dhuibh uile!
To end our castles/fairyland topic we had a very royal banquet today. We discussed what food we would have and also created our own royal outfits! We have really enjoyed this topic! Happy holidays everyone!
Hello from Nursery!
It’s the end of another very busy term here at Millbank Nursery. Our current learning topic is focused around planting and growing. This stemmed from our attempts to re-organise the garden and move some of our plants. We had some very enthusiastic diggers and planters. We also had some very happy bug hunters… worms, millipedes, ladybirds, slugs, woodlice and caterpillars all turned up in the course of our labours.
As well as moving the bulbs, we have planted a variety of bee friendly flowers and some carrots and potatoes. Hopefully after the holidays we will see wee shoots appearing and at some point be able to taste the produce. We have used cress as an experiment to see exactly what plants need to grow. We have planted cress with and without watering it. We gave some cress sunlight and hid another pot in a dark cupboard. The children predicted what they thought would happen and we will discuss what actually has happened. All this has given plenty opportunity to talk about the different parts of the plant – the root, the stem or stalk, the leaves, the petals and the flower.
We have been looking at where our food grows before we buy it from the shops. We have discovered which fruits and vegetables grow in the ground, which grow on trees and what we will find on bushes, vines and plants.
As part of the conversation around fruit and vegetables we had fruit tasting sessions and made our own vegetable soup. We tried coconut, dates, grapefruit, kiwi, watermelon, pineapple and pomegranate. We used lots of big descriptive words to talk about how we found the experience – “juicy, tasty, icy, yummy, nice, watery, fruity.” We made a bar chart to show our favourites – watermelon was very definitely the most popular. When making the soup we had to use sharp knives to cut the onions, potatoes, carrots and turnip. We learnt to be very careful and keep ourselves – and our fingers – safe! The soup was a big hit; even those who weren’t originally sure they liked it had second helpings!
Claws, the Nursery bear who went into hibernation before Christmas was tempted out by the brief glimpse of warmer drier weather. We had a small teddy bears picnic to celebrate his awakening. We did a bit of baking to help with this celebration which was an excellent opportunity to get involved with numeracy. We followed the recipe step by step, measured out the ingredients using scales and took turns with the stirring, mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting out and icing the biscuits.
Our Nursery parents evening is on Thursday the 25th of April. Appointment times will be handed out over the next few days and at the beginning of next term.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you when we come back on Tuesday the 23rd of April.
Miss Kirk, Miss Jones, Miss Gair, Mrs Parker, Mrs Grant and Mrs Pirie.
This week P6/7A have been carrying out some science experiments involving density. A lot of mess was made but everyone had fun!
P5 really enjoyed their Antarctica topic and I am so impressed by the amount of hard work, enthusiasm and team work that they showed in their learning throughout. The topic provided many opportunities for STEM activities. They designed and constructed effective igloo models from marshmallows or sugar cubes, created their own Antarctica board games and some pupils went above and beyond with homework projects such as Antarctica themed baking, posters, PowerPoints and even their own Antarctica models. Well done P5, you should be proud! Mrs Amos.
Anns an topaig caistealan, thog sinn suil air armachd na ridirean. Seall air na sgiathan àlainn againn!
In our castle topic, we had a look at different parts of a knights armour. Look at the wonderful shields we made!
We have created a draft Digital Citizenship/E-Safety Policy in preparation for receiving our Chromebooks. You can find it here – Millbank Digital Citizenship E-Safety Policy
There will be an opportunity to view it and make any comments at both Parents’ Nights.
The Technology Team will also be there to show you the Chromebooks and demonstrate some of the things that we will be using them for.
A massive well done to all those who represented Millbank in the McRobert Cup Cross Country Competition today. They did us all proud and showed excellent sportsmanship. Mrs Amos, Miss Walker and Mr Riley.
In PE this week P3/4 were making shapes using their bodies – working together and having fun!