Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P3/4 17/18

We are a Rights Respecrting School Level 1!

On Tuesday 5th December the school had a visit from Jenny Price an assessor from UNICEF.

The purpose of her visit was to assess if the school had made sufficient progress from being awarded their Certificate of Recognition to achieving a Level 1 award.

Mr Henstridge took over the RRS pupil steering group formerly led by Mrs Gibb.

Ms Price interviewed groups of children, parents and staff and looked at the work undertaken in all classes over the session.

We are delighted to announce that Ms Price confirmed that our work met the necessary standard for the level 1 award. Well done and thank you to Mr Henstridge and Mrs Webb for leading on this project and to all in our school community for helping to showcase how rights and diversity flourish in our school.

We are now allowed to display the above logo on any materials linked to the school to promote our success.

UHI Visit

P3 and P3/4 had a great time visiting UHI this week for a microscopy lesson. We learned about different microscopes and how to use them. We had to match pictures which looked very different when they were magnified!

Here are some photos from our visit.    

P3 and P3/4 Creative Cafe

P3 and P3/4 hosted a very successful creative cafe last week on the theme of diversity. We had loads of vistors to see and share our learning. We worked extremely hard to put the cafe together and everyone had a part to play in the cafe. We wanted to show that although we are all different, we all have special talents.

Here are some quotes from the children:-

“I enjoyed singing on stage with my friends”

“I liked acting out the Parable Of The Talents”

“It was fun because there were lots of stations showing our learning.”

“I enjoyed sharing my Taekwando moves in front of the parents”

“I liked sharing the skills I need to be a footballer”

“It was great to sit with parents/carers during our creative cafe”

“I enjoyed making our giant Christmas baubles to sell”



Term 1: What stuck with you?

Every week Primary 3 / 4 reflect on their learning.  They take time to talk about what they did, what they enjoyed and more importantly what skills did they learn and practise that week!!  Here is what the children said in both the first and last week of the term.

What Stuck With You – First Week Term One 

Aiden I liked doing the morning activities.   
Amber I liked doing the morning activities.
Alyssa I liked the boggle board.  
Cody (P4) I liked doing the self portrait.  
Emma I liked doing the spelling test in class.  
Ethan I liked learning about the brain.  
Ewen I liked doing the self portrait.  
Finlay I remember the French song we did and it had a funny worm in it.  It was good.  
Holly We played team games with the other Primary threes.  It was fun.  
James Maths stuck with me.  We did a graph to do with eye colour in our class.  
Judi (4) I liked doing the self portrait.  It is in a frame.  
Kian I liked doing spelling this week and the boggle board.  
Lincoln I liked making our ID cards with our photos.  
Louisa I liked doing the boggle board this morning.  
Molly I liked playing our drama name game today.  We had to say our name and act out what we liked to do.  Then everyone had to copy.  
Murray I liked the boggle board.  
Nicholas (P4) I liked doing the self portrait.  
Oscar I liked doing the self portrait.  
Reuben (P4) I liked doing the self portrait.  
Rhys I liked doing our morning activities.  
Stewart I liked getting my free writing jotter.  
Suzie (p4) I liked doing the self portrait.  
Vanessa I liked doing the spelling test in class.  
Xane I liked our morning activities.  

What Stuck With You – Last Week Term One 

Aiden Art because I learned how to paint and it was fun.  
Amber PE because I like learning and practising ball skills.  
Alyssa Maths.  I liked when I did knowledge.  We did a number track with sums.  I practised with my partner.  
Emma Art because we mixed the colours up.  
Ethan French because we are learning about the months and colours.  
Ewen PE because we did Indian dodgeball.  
Finlay I liked the games on the computer like Sumdog and Nessy.  
Holly Reading.  I liked our follow up task the best.  
James Reading.  I liked our new book.  This is because it reminded me of Aladdin.  
Judi (4) Reading because we got lots of different stories.  

Art because I liked doing the self portraits.  

Maths because we were practising counting backwards.  

Kian Reading because it helped me learn new things.  
Louisa Maths because we count up and down.  This term learnt how to skip count and it is fun like in 5s – 5, 10, 15….
Murray Maths because it was fun learning the sums.  
Nicholas (P4) French.  This is because I liked the songs as they were fun.  
Reuben (P4) Art stuck with me this term.  We did lots of good things.  
Stewart Art because I liked doing the self portraits.  The best bit was colouring them in.  
Suzie (p4) The Talent Show we did this term stuck with me.  
Vanessa I liked PE this term because we did ball skills and dancing.  

Miss Penman

Gender Experiment and Jobs

The Gender Experiment and Jobs!   Primary 3, Primary 3 / 4 and Primary 4.  

Each class was instructed by an adult “to draw a person that was a firefighter, doctor/nurse or a pilot.  They were told to add detail to their picture by thinking about “what the person would need to wear or equipment they would need.”  The children were then given no help or conversation directed by an adult to see what their first true results would be.  

This is what we found.  Does it surprise you?  

80 children took part.  

  • 26 were drawn as women.  
  • 54 were drawn as males.  

A Profession dominated and often seen for Males in our Society

  • (P4) Pilots  – 5 females and 26 males
  • (P3/4) Firefighters – 17 males and 7 females

A Profession dominate and often seen for Females in our Society.    

  • (P3) Nurse/Doctor  – 14 females and 11 males  

Each class fell into gender stereotyped roles.  


Some discussions were noted during the exercises:  

“What is a firefighter?”  “It is a fireman.”  

Then a child ask quietly to the teacher:  “Are you allowed to draw your firefighter as a girl?”  

Furthermore, it should be noted that mostly all female characters were drawn by girls.  

The children watched a clip to reveal that similar children had been involved in this experiment.  The results were very similar.  The children learned that gender stereotypes are developed at the age of 7.

Afterwards the children reflected on their learning and Lois (P4) said “It’s all about the way you think and sometimes you may need to start challenging what you think.  Girls and boys can do any job if they want too.”  

At a later date, Primary 4 took their learning further.  When asked to write a letter to their new teacher some children referred to this new role being a “she”.   The children quickly re-corrected each other by saying it may be a “he”.  

Spelling Games

We are learning to read, write and spell our words using our sounds.

Please continue to help us at home with our reading and spelling homework.

Miss Penman

Topic News

The children have been discussing a range of stories that develop their understanding of diversity.

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We talked about our similarities and differences. The following are the voices of P3 and P3/4:-

“It doesn’t matter how others look on the outside because you are already beautiful on the inside”

“Stop and think about how others may feel.”

“The world is full of different colours”

“If you are kind to others they will be kind to you”

“Share happiness with others”

We made a display of rainbow fish which are all different, but swimming in the same sea.

Class Charter

P3 and P3/4 have been busy creating their class charters this week. We thought about our rights as children and then chose 4 or 5 rights that were most important to us. We then agreed our responsibilities for each of these rights and signed the charter. Our class charter will make sure that our class is a happy, supportive and safe place to learn.

Welcome back

We hope that you have all had a fantastic summer and that you are ready for another fun year of learning.

We hope that you enjoy following our learning through our class blogs.