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P2 Mrs M Macdonald

Even more exciting news- visitors from Dunoon…….Australia that is!

On Wednesday 12th May we had some very important visitors to our classroom. Sarina aged 6 and Rowan aged 8 along with their Mum Ela came to visit us. They kindly brought us gifts of a kangaroo and joey, a book called Wombat Stew and a jar of vegemite!

After answering a few questions it was playtime-then off we went to the West Bay through the Castle Gardens. We had a play at the swing park before coming back to school for lunch. Rowan and Sarina had their first ever school lunch! In Australia they don’t have school lunches- everyone has to take a packed lunch- every day!

Mrs Macdonald with Sarina and Rowan

 

Rowan and Sarina with their Mum- welcome to the real Dunoon!

Fun at the West Bay!

Ahoy mates!

Getting to know each other.

Back to school in time for lunch.

Health Week in Primary 2

In early May Dunoon Primary had a Health week. All of our learning was bout Health and Wellbeing with lots of different activities happening. We learned about healthy foods, the work of the police and paramedics, Road Safety and much more. We are going to try and keep going with the daily jogathon after health week is finished!

We did a daily jogathon- 10 times round the football pitch.

Mr Lauffer the Paramedic came.

We learned some first aid!

Constable McPhee brought the police car.

3 nurses told us about good and bad medicines.

We sorted fruit and vegetables.

Very exciting news from Australia

Letter to Scotland1 – for merge

We are learning about money

On Monday 20th February Primary 2 visited the Barnardos Shop on Ferry Brae.

We saw lots of interesting things for sale and Carol told us about how the charity shop sorts all the things people bring in.

After we had a good look around we bought something to take back to our classroom charity shop.

When we play at the shop we are practising our money skills. We are learning to use combinations of coins to pay for things.

We know there are other ways to pay for things like debit and credit cards, which you can only get when you are older

Ball skills

Primary 2 have been practising their ball skills. Throwing, catching, bouncing and passing with a partner have been improved. On Thursdays, Kayleigh our Sports Leader from Dunoon Grammar School has been teaching us a rounders game where we get to use our skills.

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February 2017                             A wee friend from Dunoon

This is a wee West Highland Terrier called Clyde and he is going to travel all the way to Australia to the other Dunoon!

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He will be able to make friends with the children in Dunoon, Australia and hopefully he will have some adventures with their boys and girls which the children can tell us about through our blog!

January 2017                             An amazing find on Google Earth

Primary 2 have been exploring with the Google Earth app. We found Dunoon and went into street view and could see our school. The next time we looked we discovered a different Dunoon in Australia!!Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 8.14.54 pm

When we did a bit more exploring we found another Dunoon school- called Dunoon Public School. We have written them a letter to see if they would like to find out about us! This is the letter we wrote together.

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January 2017                                                    Symmetry

The boys and girls in P2 have been having fun learning about symmetry.

We have been drawing the other half of pictures and using mirrors to see the reflection. We have cut and glued shapes together to make them symmetrical.

We looked at Rangoli patterns from India and coloured our own symmetrical Rangoli patterns. We think they look beautiful.

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November 2016                            Primary 2 have a special visitor

Primary 2 had a visit from a very special dragon who came to show us how to brush our teeth properly.

Fiona Duncan our dental health nurse talked to us about the importance of looking after our teeth. We are going to learn a bit more about dental health in a mini topic this term.

October 2016                                       Activ Panel comes to P2

Primary 2 are very excited. There is a new Activboard Panel in the classroom. Last week Mrs Macdonald  had some training and the board is all up and running.

We use the board to support our learning and you can see Cara and Ruby trying out the pen tools. Mrs Macdonald is doing some online training to get to know more about how to use the Activ Primary software. When the school is refurbished, all the classrooms will have one of these interactive panels so we are very lucky to have ours now.

Trying out our new board.

Trying out our new board.

 

 

 

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On Monday 14th November P2 had the chance to visit Dunoon Cinema as part of Film Festival Week. Along with P1, P3a and P4 we all walked down to the cinema in John Street to watch The Secret Life of Pets. Some of us had already seen it- but were looking forward to seeing it again.

We all had different favourite characters – but lots of us liked Max best. One of our favourite parts of the film was when Max and Duke ended up in a sausage factory, it was really funny. If you haven’t seen the movie we think you should.

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Halloween Party Fun

Look at us in our fabulous costumes!

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Dinosaur skeletons

We used playdough to make our own dinosaur skeletons. We made the playdough first then looked at pictures to create our very own fossilised skeletons.

Fossil Hunting at the West Bay

We decided to go fossil hunting like Mary Anning to our local beach. She found lots of fossils and even whole skeletons and was one of the most important fossil hunters ever over 200 years ago. We went to West Bay and we found lots of interesting things. We are sure there might be fossils inside some of the stones we found!

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Catherine Wheel Theatre Group

On Tuesday 20th September P1-4 were treated to a show called Martha. Mrs Donald was a grumpy lady who kept herself to herself until one day a lost goose befriends her. After a while having a friend means that Mrs Donald is not so grumpy any more. The children were delighted and thrilled by the story and loved to see live theatre, right in their school.

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Mrs Donald( Martha) searching for the goose.

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The friendly goose hides from Mrs Donald.

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A delighted and engaged audience.

Friday  Afternoons

Every Friday afternoon Primary 2 and the Learning Centre are buzzing with excitement and the smell of baking! Mrs M Macdonald and Mrs D Macdonald have organised an afternoon of activities which allows the pupils in Learning Centre 1 class to host the pupils of Primary 2. Each afternoon the children work in groups taking part in 2 activities. On offer is baking in the Learning Centre kitchen, Fizzy exercises in the corridor, construction activities in LC1 classroom and iPads in the P2 class. Everyone then gathers together for stories and songs in Doreen’s classroom, and of course to eat the baking that has been made……….. yum! Many thanks to all our wonderful support staff who help to make these afternoons work so well.

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Tucking into delicious banana muffins!

Dinosaurs

Our topic this session is Dinosaurs and the children have been helping create a dinosaur land in the classroom. Last week in collaborative groups they worked as palaeontologists trying to piece together what a whole dinosaur would be like from just one leg bone. Each group worked together and produced  these amazing results!

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Can you see all the ribs on this skeleton?

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This dinosaur was a meat eater.

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This dinosaur had sharp teeth.

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This dinosaur has strong legs for running fast.

A special visitor to Primary 2

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Rowan brought her tortoise Sheldon in to visit us because tortoises were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

 

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Sheldon loves tomato- so Mrs Macdonald got him some at lunchtime.

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Sheldon meets Speedy ( Mrs Macdonald’s garden tortoise!)

Primary 2 settle in to their new classroom – September 2016

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Painting in the stye of Mondrian who used line and shape to create his artwork.

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We are learning about place value and how to read, write, count and order numbers to 100.

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We have been using the iPads for Sumdog and to research information about dinosaurs.

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Building with Lego was lots of fun!

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Trip to

Auchindrain Township Museum- 8th June 2016

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Inside one of the cottages at Auchindrain

On Wednesday a very excited class set off to visit a wee place just south of Inveraray called Auchindrain. There we met Bob who spoke to us in Gaelic- the language spoken in the township and across Argyll over a hundred years ago. Luckily he changed back to English for the rest of his talk.

We spotted a wee house, just like the one in our story about “The Boy and the Bunnet” and a wee grey cat followed us around for most of our visit. We went back to the wee hoose later and Natasha spotted a blue bunnet wi’ a red toorie sitting on the mangle! This must be where Neil and his granny lived! How amazing.

We had lunch on the picnic benches and a wee play on the big hill. None of the sheep or lambs ate our packed lunches and the hens left us alone.

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Ready, steady……..

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Go…………

After lunch we explored the rest of the township and saw how people lived a long time ago. Most of us decided we wouldn’t really want to live there, but it might be fun for a wee while. It was a beautiful day and we were

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Can you believe this is where they did their washing?

roasting but fair enjoyed our trip. On the way home we sang songs and played games in the minibuses. A great day out was had by all. Thanks to Mrs Derrett for driving one of the buses and Cameron’s mum for being a great parent helper.

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And the animals stayed in the byre beside the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Roots of Empathy Celebration

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Wednesday 2nd June marked the final visit of baby Nuala to our class. Along with her Mum Nicola and Dad Paul their final visit saw the children present their learning by sharing some of their knowledge.

Cara said “When a baby learns something new neurons grow in their brains.”

Yair now knows that when a baby is able to do something new like sitting up or reaching for a toy it is called a milestone.

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Each group sang one of Nuala’s favourite rhymes or songs and we finished with Nuala’s favourite “Pop a little pancake”

Mrs Dominick who led the sessions had prepared a book of wishes for Nuala which the children had written, along with a gift of books for her. P3/2 then presented Nuala with a pram book and colour changing bath book, and an orchid plant for Nicola and Mrs Dominick.

Our  celebration concluded with cake and juice and a fond farewell was said to our wee visitor.

 

Nuala at one of her early visits.

Nuala at one of her early visits.

Nuala at her final visit.

Nuala at her final visit.

 

The Boy and the Bunnet- by James Robertson

This term Primary 3/2 will be exploring Scots words, traditional music and dance using the story of The Boy and the Bunnet.

Neil lives with his granny and his cat, in a wee hoose, next tae a widd,  by the burn. He always wears his blue bunnet with a red toorie and his adventure takes him further from the hoose than he has ever been!

 

 

P3/2 LEGO WEDO – January 2016

 

P3/2 have been working with Mrs Peek and her group of mentors to create working Lego models. Exciting collaborative learning.

 

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They use a laptop to follow the build instructions.

Checking out the programming instructions to make the models move!

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Working together to create their Lego Wedo models.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P3 are learning to do joined writing and have been practising on their dry wipe boards.

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