Primary 4/5 (2016-17)


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Primary 4/5

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John Muir Award

Internet Blog

 Day 5 – Woods Celebration

We were really excited to go to the woods because it was our last day and our last day is always the most exciting one. We spoke to our partners all the way to the woods about everything we have learnt and achieved. We were sad that this was going to be our last visit to the woods in P4/5 but we were also happy to be visit it again.

We loved splashing in the big puddles because they were deep and Morgan even fell in the puddle.

“It was really funny when I fell in the puddle.” Morgan

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We were glad to visit our special spot for the final time and we thought about how good it would be to visit our special spots again next year. It was good seeing how much they had changed over the few weeks we had been there.


We all had the chance to create some art in the woods. We were able to use any material that we could find and create something special.

“Me and Sofia made a house for bugs in the trees.” Iona

“I made a telescope” Stuart

“Me and Zoe made a face out of ferns and wood.” Beth

“I made a stick man and I made them out of sticks.” Dion

“I made a beach pictures and used a twig to shape water.” Eilidh

“I made a leaf storage area.” Ethan

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One of the activities we picked to do was camouflage. It was really fun hiding from our friends and trying to find everyone. We loved playing the new game and finding new places to hide.

“We had loads of fun playing camouflage, hiding in the ferns, diving behind trees and running from our friends.” Cian

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Another activity we picked was looking for more bugs. We really liked exploring to see what we could find. Some of us also wanted to build dens and try to improve our special spots.

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We had an amazing time doing the John Muir Award and exploring the woods. We will never forget the fun times we had at the woods and when we are older we will remember everything that we learned about the woods and John Muir. We will always remember to conserve and look after the wonderful world of nature and to care for the bugs and animals that are around us.


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Posters about Woods

We wanted people to care about the woods more so we made posters and laminated them to go into the forest. We made posters to try to stop people scoring trees, littering, stepping on baby trees and burning trees. We hope these poster stop people from being unkind to the woods and nature.

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Bug Hunting in the Playground

(Comparing the woods to the playground)

Bug finding was very different to the woods because there was not a lot of bugs in the playground. We knew to look under logs and stones because that’s where they would hid because there is a lot of noise in the playground. We also lightly shook some trees onto a white tray and looked at the different bugs.

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Day 3

We couldn’t wait to go back to the woods because we knew we were going to be finding bugs. We couldn’t wait to use our bug finding equipment and to find new creatures.

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We were happy that we could go back to our special spots. We loves seeing what has changed and having some time to ourselves to relax.

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We got put into groups and we went to explore different places. We found slugs, centipedes, caterpillars, spider, worms and ants. We took tally mark of all the bugs we found. Each group spoke about what makes a good habitat for the bugs.

“Holes in the ground with a log over it are perfect for beetles.” Rhiannan

“Damp, wet wood is good for centipedes.” Cian

“Trees with holes in them are good for spider.” Iona

“Shaded spots and places that are covered up are good for centipede, spiders and beetles.” Natalie

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 We also had a chance to try out our photography skills. We learned how to take a good pictures and then how to upload them onto the computer.

“I really enjoyed taking pictures because it was a good learning experience.” Dion

We had a chance to look at various beautiful wild flowers and learned how to take care of them. We enjoyed talking about planting flowers and that some flowers were actually weeds but we liked the look of them anyway.

Planting Sunflower Seeds and Cucumber Seed

Today we planted cucumber seeds in our class vegetable patch. We also planted sunflower seeds so we can see how tall they will grow. The cucumbers had to be spaced out so they wouldn’t grow into two. We had to dig a little hole with a trowel and put one seed in each hole and cover it up. We didn’t have to water them as it was going to rain. We also wanted to feed the birds. We took them some bread and seeds.

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Primary 4/5 showed the Nursery their Wormery

We felt really good showing the nursery our wormery. We let them hold a worm if they wanted to and we called one of them “Fast” because it was moving everywhere (Stuart). We taught them that once the worms have ate the food it would come out as compost. The boys and girls really enjoyed seeing the worms because it is not every day you get to see and hold a worm.

“I really enjoyed being a teacher because the children in the nursery would just sit there and listen to what I had to say.” Iona

“The nursery were great with the worms even though some of them were scared but eventually they got through the fear and loved it.” Rhiannan

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Making our Wormery

We really enjoyed getting dirty and making our worm farm. We had to put soil and lime and ripped up newspaper at the bottom of the wormery along with lots of wiggly worms. We then used the fruit and veg food from the waste bins to feed the worms. We had great fun playing with the worms and putting them into their home.

“I really enjoyed holding the worms and feel them crawling up my arm. It was really tickly!” Bailey

“The worms were really tickly and once lots of worms were on my hand they were too tickly on my hand.” Bailey

“When I held the worms they kept on falling off my hand because they were so wiggly and it was fun to see them digging in.” Kayla

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Planting Trees

We had a great afternoon planting trees with Mr Waters. We are beginning to create our own forest in our playground. We learnt how to correctly plant a baby trees as well as how to correctly put a plastic spiral around them. We need to keep these plastic spirals on them to protect them from animals eating them and to make them more noticeable in the playground.

“It was much harder to plant the trees in new ground than in old ground as it was much harder to dig the hole.” Ethan

“It was very fun planting trees.” Connor

“The spade were fun to work with but some parts of the ground were too hard and it was difficult to dig the holes.” Natalie

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Day 2

We were really excited to go back to the woods and use the quadrants. We thought we would find loads of insects under logs and stones. While we were walking to the woods we spoke about insects and what we would maybe find.

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We had a little chat about the quadrants and how many insect we may find. We were also looking for different leaves from trees. We looked for oak, pine, beach, sycamore and ash leaves and tally marked how many leaves we found.

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Finally we were able to split up into our little groups and we went looking to see what we could find with our quadrants.

“We put our quadrant over an ant hill.” Beth and Rhiannan

“We found quite a few bugs but not as many as other groups.” Natalie

“Different areas have different kinds of bugs like one area we kept searching has lots of slugs and beetles.” Cian

“I found the woods better for quadrant because it’s not as urban as the playground and there were more insects. We only found a few in the playground but lots at the woods.” Aleshia

“I found lots of beach leaves because we kept on searching under a beach tree.” Iona

“I kept putting my quadrant over wet leaves and I could see the raindrops on the leaves.” Eilidh

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Quadrants in the Playground

We learned all about quadrants and how to use them. We use them like a co-ordinates grid or a table. We put them on grass and mud and we looked through them and saw interesting things that were on the ground.

“We like lifting logs so we could see the bugs underneath.” Eilidh

“If you put the quadrant on the grass you wouldn’t just see grass you would see petals and wood” Iona

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John Muir Award

We were so excited when we heard we were going to be doing the John Muir Award. Some of us were slightly nervous because we didn’t know much about the John Muir Award or who John Muir was but we were looking forward to finding out more about the award and who John Muir was. We were so happy to be going to the forest so much because it is very special to us.

“If we have had a busy week or a long day it is a stress free zone to just chill out in.” Beth

“The forest is special because we have been going there for a long time.” Susanna

“It reminds me of my cat Ollie because he was wild and free just like the forest.” Iona

“The forest is special to me because I just love the fresh air and a place to relax.” Eilidh

“It is special to me because not many schools get to go to the forest” Aleshia

“The forest is so natural and we have grown up visiting it.” Cian

Day 1

We were so excited about going to the woods and starting our John Muir Award. We wanted to be like him and explore the natural world. Finally it was the afternoon and we could get ready and have an excellent afternoon at the woods.

When we were walking to the woods we were talking to our friends about how excited we were to start the award. We couldn’t wait to see our old friend the woods again.

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Finally we arrived at the woods “it felt like it took us ages” (Iona).

As soon as we got into the woods we noticed that all the log seats were gone and we were all very upset. We couldn’t believe there was graffiti on the trees and some trees were burnt. We also didn’t like the rubbish that was there. We were so angry the minute we saw it but we were motivated to make it clean. We started to discuss our findings as a class and fill out our booklets.

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Later on the main part of our afternoon was finding our special spot. We spoke about what we were looking for and finally we were able to explore and find our special spot. We got to draw our special spot, write about what it looked like and what made it special.

“My special spot is great because it is quiet and away from people near the entrance to the woods.” Natalie

“My special spot is great because it is very comfy and special and I can hear birds tweeting.” Eilidh

“My special spot is very very comfy next to an oak tree and I can see baby trees growing and that makes me feel happy.” Beth

“My special spot is special to me because it looks like two different trees but they are joined at the bottom.” Iona

“My special spot it the best because it is like an arm chair.” Stuart

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In our special spot we also had a chance to focus on our senses. We focus on closing our eyes and listening to what we could hear. We heard bees, birds, the wind, cars, crickets, trees creaking, a plane and much more. We also thought about what we could smell, we could mainly smell grass, fresh air, trees and pine needles. We can’t wait to use our senses in the playground and see the differences between them.

“I feel the playground will be really different because of the gravel and the different ground.” Beth

“I think the playground will be different because of all the houses around it.” Iona

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We had a good day at the woods but we were sad because parts of the woods were destroyed and burnt but we had a great day and knew that we could go back and help fix it.

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Term 4 April – June

What a busy but exciting final term we have planned. We have lots of activities going on. We will be completing the John Muir Award, we have our class assembly on Friday the 19th of May and we will also be working on our class enterprise of an Art Café.

Literacy and English – We will continuing to work on our spelling and reading. We will be continuing with our literacy circles task as well as looking at scanning for information in non-fiction texts. We will be writing a blog for our John Muir award and updating the information on our School Website as well as writing a reflective journal on the activities we have been doing.

French – This term we will be focusing on building our knowledge of what we have learnt over the past year. We will be building on knowledge of body parts and classroom objects as well as looking into our families and beginning to describe them.

Numeracy and Mathematics – We will continue to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and work on fast recall of answers. We will look at money, fractions and also begin to look at negative numbers, multiples, factors and primes. Mrs Goodwin will work on area and pattern.

Health and Wellbeing – This term we will be looking at the programme ‘proud to be me’ and learning about our bodies. We will also look more at growth mindset and building resilience. During gym we will be focusing on tennis and gymnastics as well as practicing for sports day.

RME – We will be looking at books of importance from around the world as well as discussing previous world religions we have spoken about this year. We will also be looking at people of importance and their impact on the world.

Technologies – During our ICT time we will be looking at what we have learnt about power points and word documents and using our knowledge to create signs, leaflets and a blog for both our John Muir Award and our Art Café. We will have many opportunities to bake for our art café and prepare food.

Expressive Arts – We have the opportunity to learn from a music teacher who comes into the school and we will also be learning various songs for our class assembly and the art café. We will be focusing on our assembly script for drama and preforming well in front of the school and family and friends. Art this term will all be focused on creating pieces for our Art Café. We will look at various artists and create similar pieces of work.

Interdisciplinary Learning – This term we are going to be working on our class enterprise of the ‘Art Café. We have invited people from the community to come along and listen to some songs as well as have refreshments from our café and look at some lovely pieces of art we will have created. Each child will describe the job that they feel they would be best at and they will use these skills to work as a team in creating a fun filled afternoon at our Art Café.

Social Studies – This term we will be completing the John Muir Award. We will be looking at the similarities and differences of the forest to the playground as well as looking at exploring the forest, conserving it and sharing what we have learnt in an online blog and with other classes.

World of Work Week

Friday 28th April – Day 5

Please see the ‘Enterprise is the Business’ page for P5, 6, and 7.

Thursday 27th April – Day 4

On Thursday we had a great opportunity to learn CPR. We learnt how to correctly do chest compressions and what to do in an emergency when a person stops responding. We also had a talk from a Mental Health Nurse and learnt about what her job entails on a daily basis.

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Wednesday 26th April – Day 3

In the morning we had the opportunity to learn about the job of an Environmental Scientist. We learnt about the different equipment she uses and the different experiments that she does. We also had the chance to do some fun experiments with balloons and learn more about friction and physics.

In the afternoon we were at the third and final job fair. we spoke to a paramedic as well as a manager from the co-op and also had the chance to learn a lot about the forest as well as how trees are cut down and then replanted in a sustainable way.

Tuesday 25th April – Day 2

In the morning we enjoyed a Yoga session with the Yoga instructor.  We learned about yoga and the benefits to our health and well-being as well  as learning about the knowledge and skills we would require to become an instructor.

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After break we learned about the job of an Archivist.  She told us about her job role and all the interesting and different things she encounters throughout her day.  We found this job very unusual and interesting.  We discussed the qualifications we would require for this job and the ongoing training that is needed.

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Once again this afternoon we went to the career fair. We had the chance to speak to more people about their jobs and ask questions that could help is prepare for that job. We discussed their skills and the qualifications needed for their job.

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Monday 24th April – Day 1 

In the morning we had a talk from an Infantry Soldier. We had a chance to look at all his uniform, a ration pack and his medals. We asked many questions and enjoyed learning about where he has visited on his travels and what skills he has learned. We also had a chance to try on his helmet and his very heavy webbing.

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In the afternoon we had a chance to attend the career fair. We were able to speak to different people about the jobs. We asked questions about what their job involves, the skills needed for their job and what qualifications were needed.

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Exciting Class Trip to Glasgow Science Centre 

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Term 3  January – March

Literacy and English We will be continuing to work on our reading and spelling as well as continuing to work on our literacy circle tasks in class. During our reading we will focus on various genres of books. We will be also looking at informative writing activities including leaflets and reports on the Romans.

French – This term we will be learning the names of various body parts and classroom objects. We will continue to build on previous learning and vocabulary.

Numeracy and Mathematics – We will be continuing to concentrate on our addition and subtraction topic then move onto multiplication and division. Mrs Goodwin will also be looking at volume and measure. We will continue to focus on our mental maths and using our numeracy map.

Health and Wellbeing –This term we will be looking at the programme ‘Smoke in your eyes’and the dangers of smoking. We will also be looking at ‘Relax Education’and the importance of staying mindful and relaxed. During gym we will are focusing on physical fitness and the skills that aid this, as well as ways to build stamina.

RME – We will be looking at the Easter story and how Christians celebrate Easter. We will also look at the Holocaust and why it is so important to remember it. For Comic Relief day we will be looking at the various charities and what they are for. We will look at Chinese New Year and the different customs.

Technologies – During our ICT time we will be looking at different software to help us complete a task as well as creating power points and leaflets about the Romans. We will be looking at internet safety and how to use the internet safely and responsibly. For food technology we will have the opportunity to make banana loaf, vegetable soup and also look at some of the food the Romans would wear.

Expressive Arts – During music we will be focusing on performance, practicing songs for the Scottish afternoon and school opening show. Art will be focused on our Roman topic creating Roman artifacts and mosaics. Mrs Goodwin will continue to develop drama skills through various short drama activities.

Interdisciplinary Learning – This term we are going to be working on the topic of ‘The Romans’ and focusing on social studies, art and design, heath and numeracy. We will be making various Roman artifacts as well as studying Roman Numerals. We will map out the Roman invasion on a map beginning in Italy and investigate the Roman way of life.

Social Studies – This term we will be looking at Fair Trade and the importance of buying Fairtrade products.

Science – The children will be studying the Earths Materials with Mrs Goodwin and then p4 will be investigating Electrical Circuits and p5 will investigate Friction and Forces.  These topics will give the children an opportunity to develop various skills such as investigation, collaboration and researching.

Term 2 October – December

We have a really busy term in Term 1 and now we have another busy but exciting term ahead.

Literacy and English This term we are going to be doing looking at our reading strategies. We will be completing literacy circle work and then discussing out thoughts with our reading groups. We will also be taking part in a writing mission all about giants. We will be looking at organising a giant’s birthday party where we will learn to write letters, invitations, plan an event and report on how much fun it was. Our punctuation and grammar work will be closely linked to our writing and we will be looking at using good adjectives to describe characters and settings to make it easier for the reader to imagine the story.

French – This term we will be working on weather. We will look at the vocabulary and learning how to write about it. We will be looking at the months of the year and days of the week and learning how to tell the date in French as well as when peoples Birthdays are.

Numeracy and Mathematics – We will still be looking at our mental maths and fast recall of sums, times tables and division sums. We will continue to work with the number squares and flash cards. P5 will be estimating and rounding number to the nearest 10 and 100 and will be working on numbers up to 10,000. We will also look at adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers as well as decimals. P4 will be looking at addition and subtraction to 100 as well as the 2, 5 and 10 times table.

Health and Wellbeing –This term we will be looking at drug education. We will be looking at the effects that alcohol and smoking has on the body. We will also be looking at Bullying for Anti Bullying week and raising awareness about it. In P.E we will be doing Social Dance for our Christmas Party. We will be learning the Canadian Barn Dance, the Military Two Step and the Gay Gordons.  We will also be learning how to play Bench Ball ready for the Bench Ball festival.

RME – We will be looking at what Christmas means to Christians and their Christmas traditions as well as how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. We will look at Remembrance Day and the important role Poppy Scotland has in our country.

Technologies – During our computer time we will be learning how to use ‘Glow’ send an email with an attached picture. We will look at PowerPoint presentations and how to insert pictures and text from the internet.

Expressive Arts – During music P5 will be learning how to read musical notation. We will begin to learn to play the keyboards and use our previous knowledge of beat and rhythm. P4 will be looking at keeping a beat and how to use various instruments. In art we will focus on repeated pattern and colour. During drama and we will be looking at different activities developing team work, communication skills and leadership.

Interdisciplinary Learning – This term we are going to be working on the topic of ‘Reduce, Reuse Recycle’ which will focus mainly on the curricular areas of Social Studies, Technology and Literacy. We will be looking at the movie ‘Wall-E’ and the world he lives in compared to our and how we can help keep the world green and healthy unlike Wall-E’s. We will be learning about reducing our waste and how some of our waste materials can be turned into recycled treasures by making various musical instruments. We will look at recycling old Christmas cards and Christmas paper and learning how to use them again to make new home made Christmas cards.

Social Studies – We will look at the difference between wants and needs and linking this with our Interdisciplinary Reduce, Reuse, Recycle topic.

Science – We will be looking at different materials in their environment for example natural and manmade and what materials are used for particular purposes. We will also investigate solids, liquids and gases and investigate the process of change from one substance to another.  We will also look at what materials the earths is made up of and research a material extracted from the earth’s crust.


Term 1 August – October

 Literacy and English – We are going to be reading ‘Flat Stanley’ by Jeff Brown and doing lots of work on it for our term 1 book study. We will be having various discussions about the book and really look closely at the characters and how the author has helped create suspense and excitement. The children will be continuing on with spelling, reading and grammar. We will be doing various pieces of writing based on the Flat Staney’s book and character.

French – We will be having short conversations in French including greetings, feelings, names and ages. We will be looking at the calendar and talking about the days of the week and months of the year. We will also be doing some revision on colours as well.

Numeracy and Mathematics – We are all going to be looking at our mental maths and fast recall of sums, times tables and division sums. All children will learn to work with a number square and be challenged to do as much practice with the mental maths as they can. P5 will be looking at long multiplication, shape, measure and numbers to 10,000. P4 will be looking at numbers to 100 and 1000 as well as revision of what was done last year.

Health and Wellbeing – In Physical Education we will be focusing on team games and working in groups and teams. We will be looking to develop team working skills and being part of a group. The children will also be trying out yoga and working on their balance and staying focused. They will also be doing massage in class and taking part in loose parts play. We will do a focus on Road Safety and look at how to be ‘Cool in School’ and the correct way to react in various situations.

Social Studies – We will be doing lots of Geography in term one as well as seeing different places in the world Flat Stanley has travelled too. He will be travelling to Thailand and visiting some small villages as well as Spain and the North of Scotland. We will also look at various food and the countries they come from.

Science – This term we will be learning about the body.  We will look at the organs, blood cells, the brain and also the digestive system.

Technologies – We will be looking at various techniques to make posters and word documents and how to make them look attractive. We will also look at how to work glow and send emails. We will be designing a kite and then building our designs to be tested outside.

Expressive Arts – For music we will be focusing on beat, rhythm and timing using ABC music. We will have a chance to use various instruments to practice these skills. In Art we will focus on line, tone and texture trying to draw people together in a group and also painting people in a group (P4). We will look at line, tone, colour and texture and making collages from various materials (P5).  During our Dance we will have the opportunity to listen to traditional music from various countries and look at dancing to the music. We will be able to listen to Bollywood music and give Bollywood dancing a go. We will develop our improvisation skills in drama to act out different characters from the book Flat Stanley and also act out a scene from the book.

Religious and Moral Education – The children will develop their understanding of the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah and look at the joyful time of harvest and everything they have got to be thankful for.