P5a are coming to the end of a fantastic first term. Since starting Primary Five, we have had a learning focus on community – both within our classroom now and throughout history. Here are some of the highlights from this term.
In our study of communities, we learned about the Aboriginals, the indigenous population of Australia. Aboriginal art is still prevalent in their community today, as it passes down stories and traditions to new generations. P5a created their own aboriginal art, inspired by nature and animals indigenous to Australia. Aboriginal art primarily uses natural colours, symbols, lines and dots.
For the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow, ECO schools invited classes to create a piece of artwork with a message to the world leaders. Primary 5B enjoyed designing and creating their sea themed art, using straws they have saved from milk cartoons and scrap paper to create the animals. They worked as a team to tell the leaders what we do in Sciennes to help the planet and why the world leaders should take this issue seriously.
Our rights and the rights of all children are indivisible, inalienable and universal. We learned that everyone has rights. They can’t be taken away. Our rights have equal importance. And the rights reach to every corner of the world. And belong to every child.
P5c met in groups to look at all of the articles in the UNCRC and shared insightful views about why each right is important.
They then put together some key messages to display.
We have the right to learn.
We are treated well.
And no one is treated badly because they are different.
But sometimes people are treated differently to make things fair.
We have the right to feel safe.
And the right to get help.
Our opinions matter and we have the right to say what we think.
Primary 5 studied the mathematics of the human body, explored proportion in different paintings and discussed ‘in proportion’ and ‘out of proportion’ and they studied their own facial features. Using a sketching style they carefully marked out face shape, eye position, nose and mouth placement. They then added details including eyebrows, ears and specifics like freckles or glasses.
In the next lesson they investigated colour mixing to achieve a close match to skin tone, eye colour and lip colour. Carefully, they added colour to their self portraits.
Due to current restrictions, we have been unable to invite you to Curriculum Evenings in school this term. However, teachers have worked together to prepare the online presentation below. We hope this will give you an insight into what learning looks like at Sciennes for your child.
Here are Remote Learning grids created by City of Edinburgh Council. These grids should be used to support Remote Learning in the event that your child is having to isolate. They are available below as Word documents to download or pdf files to view.
P4C are loving their outdoor expressive arts sessions. They are thoroughly enjoying creating music with Pete, a fabulous visiting specialist, and look forward to performing their class piece this coming week. Watch out for the video arriving soon…
P4-7 will continue to use Microsoft Teams for online learning. It would be helpful if you could let us know, in school hours, as soon as possible if you are having trouble accessing Teams.
We will also provide opportunities for the children to interact live with teachers online via Microsoft Teams. We will begin hosting live check-in times with the pupils –at pre-arranged times in the week –from Monday 11 January. This will include opportunities for the children to talk to their teacher and to use Microsoft Teams’ two-way video functionality.
There is a link to Teams on the right hand side of this Class Page where you can log in directly using your child’s username 123456 and password.
Google ‘o365’ (for Office 365) enter your child’s email address email@example.com then enter username and password
PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED RESPONSIBLE USE GUIDESAND SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD. CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.orgIF YOU DO NOT GIVEPERMISSION FOR THIS.
This week, the element of art we are studying is Space.
Here are some different techniques that artists use to create space in their work. Maybe you could try one of these drawing tasks?
Or, you could choose something you want to draw and try out one of these techniques in your drawing.
Another option would be to experiment with these creating space techniques using photography; you could try taking a picture of something at different angles, you could zoom in or position objects in a different way.
There are so many possibilities for you to explore…
One of your art tasks this week is to try ‘Shadow tracing’ to learn about positive and negative space. Here’s an example of my shadow tracing artwork. I decided to use black and a bright colour for mine. Maybe you want to try out some complimentary colours for your positive and negative space?
Find a sunny spot for you to use, position your paper so you can trace the object’s shadow.
Trace the outline of the shadow. Carefully hold your paper in place while you do this!
Your rainbow writing task this week based on ‘La Luna’ introduces a new colour; orange for openers. The document below will give you examples of different openers you can use in your writing. Maybe you can think of some more of your own…
We hope that you and your families had a lovely weekend and managed to enjoy some sunshine during your daily exercise.
We have got lots of exciting activities planned this week and we hope that you enjoy them.
Last week we asked you to send pictures, stories and letters to Aaron House Care Home and we are thrilled to know that they were greatly received and cherished by all the residents and staff at the home. We spoke to Sharron from the care home who wanted us to pass on a thank you from everyone at Aaron House. You can read her email below:
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank each one of your lovely primary 3 pupils at Sciennes Primary School for all their wonderful e-mails.
The Carers & Activities/Memory Makers Team have sat with the Residents and showed each of them, all the wonderful pictures & read out all the stories which even we the staff and carers have enjoyed.
We are very fortunate that we have had no little bugs at Aaron House and everyone is safe and well. The Residents however are missing seeing their loved ones, but your letters and pictures have really cheered them up.
Thank you once again from all the Residents & Staff at Aaron House.
Business Support Office
Aaron House Care Home
Give yourselves a round of applause P3!! Well done and thank you for sending all your emails on, your kindness has made a big difference and we ask you to write about how this email has made you feel in this week’s learning grid. Please do not worry if you did not manage to send them an email last week, you can still do this if you would like or perhaps you might want to send an email on to a friend or loved one to brighten up their day.
We also hope that you have managed to watch the Toilet Roll Challenge, if you haven’t already, go and give it a watch. We are missing you all very much and wanted to say a big hello to all the children at Sciennes.
One of your tasks this week for our Elements of Art topic is to investigate lines and complimentary colours. I had a go at it myself and have some pictures of each step you can follow:
Divide your page into different sections by drawing lines. Decorate each section using different types of lines.
You can use this song to help you find out about types of lines
2. If you have paint it works really well for the background but don’t worry, you can use pencils/markers instead.
When we created colour wheels in class we used the primary colours red, blue and yellow to mix secondary colours green, orange and violet. I painted each section of my page using a primary or secondary colour of my choice.
There’s a colour wheel below to help you.
3. Complimentary colours are colours that look nice when used together. If you look at the colour wheel, you can find complimentary colours directly opposite each other.
Blue is opposite orange; so blue and orange are complimentary colours that look nice together.
Complimentary colours are:
Blue and Orange
Red and Green
Violet and Yellow
When the paint had dried I used pencil to trace over the lines using complimentary colours. If the background of a section was blue, I used orange to trace over the lines in that section. Here’s how it turned out:
Hope you enjoy making your own art using lines and complimentary colours. This is quite a big project that you can spend a while on. Remember, you can try out your own ideas too.
We hope that you are all well and are ready for another week of home learning activities.
If there’s anything you are finding tricky or don’t understand please don’t hesitate to contact us using the emails provided on the home learning grids.
There are links on the P3 page to help you if you have mislaid your spelling list or reading resources. Remember, you can read a book from home or you can choose an e-book at Oxford Owl (see post below).
Your teacher will set you a challenge on Sumdog for you to help revise some of the skills you’ve been learning at school. Remember, you can also try the reading and spelling section on Sumdog too!
We understand that working from home can be difficult, make sure to give yourself some time to relax and spend time with your family.
Our p3 Scotland focus is on Islands. Today we did some research using maps, information sheets and the iPads to start to generate a mind map all about island life. It was a very productive Friday morning from everyone!
P3 are enjoying a 10 week block of singing with a teacher from the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Everyone was really engaged with the first session and we look forward to inviting Heather back next week!
We enjoyed meeting up with our p6 buddies this afternoon. They taught us how to make some origami decorations and read us some amazing stories they’d been writing in class. Thanks for having us p6, we had a great time!
A bit thank you to Henry who has taken time to prepare another fantastic presentation for our class to enjoy. This one was all about Europeans animals and there were some really unusual creatures included! Keep up the great work Henry!
As part of our Toys project we set an additional homework task where pupils could interview a family member about a toy from their childhood. I’ve been SO impressed with the children’s findings. Thank you to everyone for taking part and helping us learn more about toys from the past!
We loved having Ms Kennedy working with us this afternoon on growth mindset and introduce some new spelling strategies. We are looking forward to having her back for the next two Tuesday afternoons. Great spelling work today everyone!
P3b enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Childhood this morning as part of our toys project. We split into groups and explored the various galleries, learning all about toys from the past. Everyone participated really well and represented our school brilliantly. A member of the public even commented on how great the class was. Well done everyone, a super trip!
P3 are very excited about our new topic, toys! One of our first tasks was to try and categories toys thinking about their similarities and differences. We sorted them by the materials they are made from, their purposes or target age group.
We’ve been investigating where different foods we buy come from and how far they have to travel before they reach us here in Edinburgh. Some really surprised us! It has made us think more about the impact the food we buy is having on the environment.
P3b enjoyed a brilliant trip to Pizza Express in Morningside on Tuesday morning. We learned all about how to prepare food safely and hygienically, how to make a pizza and we learned some interesting facts about pizzas too! Did you know the mozzarella, tomato and basil used to decorate a margarita pizza is meant to symbolise the 3 colours of the Italian flag? Everyone enjoyed eating their pizzas and I think most people managed to save some to take home and share with their families too! Well done p3b for being so enthusiastic and representing our school so well.
Last week Primary 2A visited a Victorian classroom as part of our Victorian School topic. Here are some things we would like you to know about our trip.
At the Victorian School we met two teachers, Miss Mullin and Miss McDonald. They showed us what happened in a Victorian school.
We had to dress up in Victorian costumes. The girls wore white aprons and the boys wore shirts and waistcoats.
When we heard the bell we knew our Victorian School day had started. The teachers pretended to be strict like Victorian teachers. We went into the Victorian classroom where we had to sit in a girls’ row and a boys’ row.
They taught us about the three R’s – reading, writing, and arithmetic. It was quite fun, we tried the 2 times table.
We wrote with pen and ink. It was fun but a little tricky and messy!
One of our parent helpers was left handed and that wasn’t good in Victorian times. The teacher put her fingers in finger stocks and pretend to tie her left hand behind her back so she couldn’t write with it.
In Victorian times if you were a little bit naughty you would sit on a stool in front of the teacher’s desk.
They showed us the belt (some people called it the strap or the tawse). If someone had been really naughty they were hit on the hand 6 times! They called it “6 of the best”. We thought it would be really sore and we wondered if it might make writing difficult if your hands were stinging. We all thought it would make us feel sad if that happened to us. Thank goodness it doesn’t happen anymore!
After we went to the classroom the teachers showed us some objects that Victorians would have had in their homes. They showed us a range cooker where they would heat water, irons and cook lots of food. We had a go at using a Victorian washing machine and dryer, the dolly and the mangle. We all agreed that it would have been hard work to wash, dry and iron clothes.
At the end of our visit we played with some Victorian toys and instruments including yo-yos and hoopla. We had a great time on our trip and learned lots about Victorian life and school.
Ms Wylezalek and I would like to thank all families for their kindness and generosity this week. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with your children in their first year of school and we absolutely love the wee books you made for us. Thank you!
Tomorrow morning we will all move to our teacher’s new classroom. One of the last jobs before we move is to clean our trays ready for the next class that will use the room. P1B found a way to have fun while getting the job done!
We used straws to blow bubbles in the water. There were some huge single bubbles and some people managed to create mountains of bubbles. Great fun was had by all, and now the trays are clean, so we’re ready to move. (We even cleaned parts of the carpet while we were at it – turns out trays of soapy water get quite slippy!)
We had a wonderful time over on the nature strip this morning. We learned how to make a fire and we learned that fires need air to keep going. We made hot chocolate and popcorn, we listened to a story and we sang campfire songs. Many thanks to all the adults who helped us.
Everyday Miss G and Miss T are blown away by how enthusiastic, inquisitive and thoughtful the children of P1c are. Today, the class came up with some amazing BIG questions about what they want to learn about their local community and the people who help us.
This afternoon P1c went on a walk to see if we could spot anyone that helps us.
We spotted a lorry driver and shop workers unloading food into a shop, a roofer fixing someone’s roof and a delivery man bringing someone a parcel.
We had great fun celebrating Edinburgh’s City of Superheroes today. The children brought lots of wonderful costumes and accessories and did some fantastic superhero writing. In the afternoon everyone used their imagination to create extra superhero accessories to add to a superhero head band.
Wow, what a fun day we had celebrating Edinburgh’s City of Super Heroes. It was great to see so many children dressed up. In P1c we created our own comic strips and made masks, cuffs and other super hero accessories. What a great day!!
We read our fairy tales to our buddies and they gave us two stars and a wish (two things they thought we’d done well, and one thing they thought we could work on improving in the next story we write). They were very impressed that each of us had written a whole story in primary one!
When we went to the library this afternoon we were joined by a primary seven class. Some of us read books to them, some of us listened to stories they read to us, some of us shared books with each other and some of us chose to read by ourselves.
We have added 3 QR codes to one of our displays. To use them you need to have a ‘QR Reader’ app on your phone/tablet. When you scan a code you will be taken to Vimeo where you can press the play button to hear one of the children talking about their learning.
Watch one of our P4 pupils demonstrate how to do it:
This afternoon we returned to our classroom to discover a letter from ‘The Big Bad Wolf’. He told us that he had captured some Fairyland creatures and when we followed the fairy trail we discovered they had been frozen! After lots of strength, warm water and sun light we successfully rescued all the Fairyland creatures!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff have asked us to build a strong bridge to get them safely across the river. We are choosing strong materials as we don’t want them to fall into the water, where the troll might be hiding!
What an exciting surprise we had this afternoon! We learned how to safely start a fire for cooking. Once we got the fire going we heated water to make hot chocolate and popped popcorn in a pan. We were very sensible but had a great time!