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P2B play-based learning

P2 had an exciting morning today as the classes rotated round clockwise and visited a different p2 classroom. P2B had the chance to experience the different play opportunities in Mrs Walker’s room and really enjoyed our morning. We have been developing our story telling, writing, data-handling, construction skills and creative skills through our play.

P2B play-based learning

P2 had an exciting morning today as the classes rotated round clockwise and visited a different p2 classroom. P2B had the chance to experience the different play opportunities in Mrs Walker’s room and really enjoyed our morning. We have been developing our story telling, writing, data-handling, construction skills and creative skills through our play.

P2B numeracy

P2B have been working hard on the early skills for multiplication and division. Today we had a warm-up song counting in 3s and then a variety of small group and practical tasks to help build our understanding of grouping and sharing. We are very good at working together and supporting and challenging each other in our learning. We can create equal groups, describe these groups and say how many items in total, using skip-counting, doubles and repeated addition to help us.

P2B seashore fun!

We are very excited about our new topic ‘The Seashore’. We enjoyed reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ this week and creating art work and story maps. Today we had a morning of play focussed around our learning from this week. We had a a great time and showed some really independent learning.

P2B multiplication and division

P2B continue to work hard on the early skills for multiplication and division. This week we are building and describing arrays and using arrays as a strategy to solve word problems. We have enjoyed lots of opportunities for active learning and are great at supporting our peers in their learning.

P2C Victorian Topic

P2C are really enjoying learning about the Victorians. Before the holiday we were learning about Queen Victoria and her life. We made comparisons between objects from then and now. This week we have been investigating some important inventions from the Victorian era and thinking about how they have impacted our lives today, for example, the telephone and the postage stamp. We have been inspired by the Victorians and today we started to think about what we would invent if we were inventors. We put on our inventor hats and have come up with some great ideas. Later this week we will create models of our inventions. Thank you for all your junk donations so far.

P2b Victorian Inventions

Primary 2 are learning about important inventions from Victorian times which have had an impact on modern day life. Today we learned about Alexander Graham Bell and made our own telephones using paper cups and string. We had lots of fun testing them out! We also learned about Samuel Morse, who invented the telegraph system and Morse code. We wrote our names and a short message for a friend to decode.

Victorian school tour P2B

P2B had a very exciting afternoon today. As part of our Victorians topic, Mr Scott took us on a tour round the school to look at some features that have been here since the school was build in 1892. We got to see the old boiler room, which would have stored a large pile of coal to stock all the fireplaces around the school. We also saw the swimming pool and the attic and spotted where the original girls and boys entrance doors would have been. It was very interesting and we enjoyed seeing areas of the school that we do not normally have access to. Thank you Mr Scott!

P2A measure

We have been learning about measure over the last few weeks. We have been learning to use mathematical language to compare items, e.g. heavier, lighter, shorter, taller, greatest, least, we have been measuring items using non-standard units of measurement such as cubes as well as having an introduction to standard measuring tools. We have been so interested and have engaged really well in every lesson.

P2b Numeracy

P2b are still working hard, even in their Christmas jumpers! Today we were consolidating our understanding of place value by playing mini board games and making numbers with materials. We are showing that we can understand how numbers are built using hundreds, tens and ones and that we can identify the value of each digit.

P2C So far…

Primary 2C have had a wonderful term so far and wanted to share some of their learning with you. Some of the learning so far included creating our own imaginary street, families and houses as part of the street topic. The Mayor of Sciennes opened our wonderful Sparkle Café and then there was a mysterious break-in the following week. We looked at the evidence we had and wrote a newspaper article telling the residents of Sparkle Street. We have also been practising our counting on and back, sequencing and grouping and sharing. In literacy we have been working on our sounds, spelling, reading and writing. P2 made their own 3D moving models to show what they would like to do with the road space if it was closed. P2 have worked incredibly hard, shown resilience and a can-do attitude to each task. A big well done P2C, now it is time to enjoy the October break with your families and friends. Thank you to all the families for your continued support. Have a relaxing well-deserved break.

Greenspace p2b

P2B have been working to create a greenspace for the members of their Nature Street Community. We talked about how we needed to meet the needs of different groups of people. We worked in small groups to draw a design for our space and then made a 3D model. We used problem solving skills, team work and lots of creativity. We are really pleased with our designs.

I can design and construct models and explain my solutions.TCH 1-09a

Wonderful Work

P2A are fantastic learners. The class wanted to share some examples of their wonderful work to date. We hope you enjoy what you see! 📝

Number bonds
Our wonderful number bond clouds
Colour Monster Daily Check In
Love Lane
Our class charter
Number work

P2b ‘Nature Street’

P2b have been very busy learning about all the people and places that make up our local community. They have made their own fictional street and have made houses and families for it. They have been learning about the needs of people in the community and developing their mapping skills. Tomorrow will be an exciting day as it marks the opening of ‘The Nature Street Cafe’. The children have worked so hard to make food and menus and have been learning about the roles involved in running a small business.

P2 Curriculum Presentation and Overview

P2 Curriculum Presentation and Overview

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.

Please also find attached a Class Overview, ‘P2 Learns’

P1 End of Year

We finished the year with lots of fun and laughter. We had to tidy out our trays yesterday and got to blow lots of bubbles in the soapy water to help get them nice and clean!

We had a class party this morning to celebrate the end of year. We played musical statues and musical bumps before trying to keep the balloons off the ground while showing off our dance moves. It was a brilliant end to the year. Have a great summer P1A and P1B!

P1B artists

We learned about the artist Pablo Picasso and looked at some of his artwork. We liked the shapes and colours he used in his paintings. We created our own ‘Picasso faces’ in the style of cubism. Have a look at our paintings:

We also got to experiment with some printing and created colourful abstract pieces of art. We started off by adding lots of paint to the background in various colours. Then, we used different tools to create different patterns in the paint. Once our backgrounds were dry, we used some rollers, lego and shapes to print onto our paintings. Mrs Anstruther loved our abstract prints so much she is going to display them in the school for everyone to see!

P1B play

We have lots of opportunities to play in primary 1. It gives us the chance to create, use our imagination, share and take turns with others. Here’s a snapshot of some of our play this year.

P1B sports fun

To celebrate the Euros tournament we have had a football focus in P.E. We were really lucky to have some football skills sessions with P.E. student Miss Dobie in the hall during May. We practised dribbling around cones and through tunnels, trapping the ball, and passing the ball to our partners.

We continued practising these skills outside in the playground and even tried some football rounders in P.E. too.

We loved cheering on Scotland in their first game in the Euros competition too! Some of us wore our Scotland gear and we made some flags as well.

We had an amazing afternoon of Football fun in the Meadows last week. It was a lovely sunny day and Mrs Anstruther organised three activities for us to try. First, we had lots of fun in the play park!

Next, we had some free play with footballs, frisbees, the parachute and lots of other sports equipment with Mrs Anstruther. Then we got to cool down with some yummy ice lollies before we had our football tournament with Mr Armstrong.

As well as having lots of football fun this term, we had two tennis taster sessions with Alex at the Meadows too. We walked to the tennis courts and played some games with our partners to practise throwing, catching and hitting the ball.

P1B numeracy work

We spent the last few weeks in numeracy focussing on grouping and sharing. We created equal groups using different materials and learned to describe how many groups there were, how many items were in each group and then added up how many items there were altogether.

We looked at sharing items equally too. We had lots of fun sharing pom poms between the teddy bears, making sure they each got the same amount. Some of us chose to try the challenge to write number sums using the multiplication and division sign!

P1C Bubble Competition

At the end of each school year we clear out and wash our trays so that they are ready for the children who will use our classroom next session. We had great fun this afternoon when we had a bubble blowing competition. We put some water and a little bit of detergent into our trays then we used straws to blow bubbles. Look at the fun we had:

P1C Fun at the Meadows

What a wonderful afternoon we had today!

Ms Anstruther organised three activities for us. We started out playing with our friends:

Then we took part in a mini football tournament:

We were tired after that, but we refuelled with ice lollies from Ms Anstruther and were soon ready for more fun.

Finally, we went to the play-park:

We all enjoyed a great day out!

P1 fun afternoon!

P1A loved our afternoon at the meadows today. We played games, had fun at the playpark, had a mini football match and ate yummy ice lollies to cool us down! We loved the opportunity to play with all our friends and be out in the sunshine!

P1C Art

This week we finished our Picasso-inspired pictures. I am SO proud of everyone in P1C for the SUPER effort they have put into these, I’m sure you will agree that they are fantastic!

Here they are:

Euro 2020 (in 2021!)

We have been getting into the Euro spirit in primary 1A. We learned where Scotland is on the map of Europe and also marked all the different European countries that are represented in our class (although not all are competing). We have also enjoyed trying to identify the flags that Ms Anstruther put up in the corridors for us. Each class in school has a country to make a ‘Top Trumps’ style card for. We picked Scotland out of the hat, which was easy as we already know lots about Scotland! This afternoon we all sat down to watch the start of the Scotland v. Czech Republic game.

P1C Art

We have been learning about Picasso. Yesterday we played ‘Roll a Picasso’ and today we added paint. Next week we will use pen and pastels to finish our pictures.

P1C Bean Still Growing!

The bean that we started in a jam jar has continued to grow. We transferred it to a pot of compost before the Easter holiday and it has grown taller and taller. Recently we noticed that it has grown a bean pod!

P1B outdoor learning

P1B Sports Day

On Thursday 20th May we had our first ever sports day at Sciennes. The weather stayed dry for us and we had lots of fun doing all of the activities in our coloured teams. We started with hurdles, then we had lots of fun trying out the sack race for the first time. Our next activities were bowls, skipping race, egg and spoon and we showed off our throwing skill with the parachute throw. We loved the spacehopper race! Finally, we used our football skills to finish off our sports day with the football dribble race. We had a great morning!

Our Local Area

We have been looking at features of our local area during our Welly Wednesday walks. We worked together to create a map of the area and added some of the photos we had taken when we were out walking.

We also made our own maps.

Our community

P1a and p1b have had a great time this week learning about our local community. We took a walk to look at some of the services and shops in our local area. We also made giant models of a fire station, police station and hospital, complete with emergency vehicles. We have had lots of fun playing with them.

Sports Day – P1C

We had a wonderful time at our Sports Day and we were very lucky that the rain stayed off.

Ms Anstruther and Mrs Berry (PE Specialist) organised the events for us and we worked in teams, the red team, the yellow team, the blue team and the green team.

We started at Bowling where we had to roll balls to stop between two markers.

After that was the Skipping race:

Next came the Egg and Spoon race,

the Parachute Throw,

the Space-Hopper race,

the Relay race,

the Football Dribble,

the Hurdles,

and finally, the Sack race:

We had a GREAT time and enjoyed all of the events, but we were a wee bit tired when we got back to school!


This week we have been using the coin recognition skills we developed earlier this session to work out how to make a given amount (most of us are making amounts up to 20p). We have tried lots of different activities to help us practise and today we drew pictures of toys that we will use for a toy shop next week.

P.C. Fowler

This morning we had a visit from PC Fowler. She told us all about her uniform and the things she carries on her belt. (We were surprised to find that she carries a computer and a printer.) She even showed us how her handcuffs work. We asked her lots of questions.

PC Fowler had brought a police van with her. She put the flashing lights and the siren on for us! After that we were able to take a look in the back of the van.

It was a very exciting morning!

Police visit

We had a very exciting day in primary 1a today as PC Fowler came to chat to us about the role of a Police Officer. She told us about all the different parts of her uniform and we asked lots of great questions.

Her 2 colleagues also brought along a police van for us to see. We liked it when they put on the siren and lights. We drew pictures of what we thought a police officer looks like yesterday and then drew one today to show what PC Fowler actually looked like.

Eid al-Fitr

Today we learned about Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration of breaking the fast of Ramadan. We looked at some mehndi patterns and learned that women and girls often use these to decorate their hands for festivals and celebrations. We had a go at creating some of our own designs and, because we have been learning about symmetry this week, we tried to add some symmetry to our designs.

Our New Board

We are all LOVING our new Promethean Board. During choosing time we like to use it for drawing. We can split it in half and have people drawing different pictures on both sides. We all know how to change the thickness and colour of the pen and we know how to rub out mistakes or quickly erase the whole picture. Here is one of the wonderful pictures from this afternoon along with the artist.

P1C Art – One Black Dot

This afternoon we all used our imagination. We started with one black dot:

One Black Dot

Then we thought about what our black dot might be part of, before adding the rest of the picture.

Look at our wonderful work:

P1C Beanstalks

Our beans have been growing!

We watched them grow strong roots then we watched the green shoots appear. Some of them are now growing out of our jars.

We are bringing them home today. Perhaps you could help us transplant them into soil so that they can grow even bigger?

We would enjoy looking at any photos you take as the beanstalks grow taller.

P1C Technology

This afternoon we tried to make tall towers like Rapunzel’s tower. We looked at pictures of some famous towers then worked in teams to build our own.

The tallest freestanding tower was made by Naomi, Nyigyal, Katie and Cara. Well done!

P1C Dragons

This week we have been thinking about the dragon. We have all worked together to create a class dragon, we have created our own individual dragon pictures, and we have written descriptions of the dragon. Here are some of our wonderful pictures:

P1C World Book Day

Many of us dressed up for World Book Day.

We made books of our own and then we watched Jenny Lucas read her book, ‘Chicken Legs’ Arroyo’,

Jenny Lucas reading ‘Chicken Legs’ Arroyo’
Chicken Legs

and Tom Percival read his book, ‘Ruby’s Worry’.

Tom Percival reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’
Ruby’s Worry

P1C Outdoor Learning

We have all been working together every day to make things better for the dragon who visited our classroom. So, when we went to the nature strip today, we made things to make him happy. Some of us made castles and towers, some made flowers for red riding hood and some of us made houses for the three little pigs. We hope the dragon likes the things we’ve made.

Online Learning in P1

Online Learning in P1


P1-3 will continue to use SeeSaw 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 SeeSaw.

We would also like to move towards providing opportunities for P1-3 children to interact with staff online via Microsoft Teams. We issued passwords before the holiday and will spend week beginning 11th January supporting families to get their accounts operational. We aim to begin hosting some live check-in times with the P1-3 pupils –at pre-arranged times in the week– from 18 January using 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
then enter username and password

Primary One so far…

We have been busy bees in P1A/B this year. We have been learning about lots of different topics and have had fun in the process! Have a look at some of the things we have been up to in Primary One.

Our learning in maths/ numeracy is always hands-on and active. We have been practising our counting, doubles, recognising numbers and learning about money, telling time and shape.

We like getting to choose literacy activities to help learn our sounds and tricky words. We have been working hard at our rainbow boards and writing letters with our teachers.

We start our week off with some relaxing yoga in the hall on Monday morning. We have been mastering our yoga poses and our balance is improving every week.

We love our P.E. outside in the playground when the weather is nice. We having been learning how to move in different ways and are becoming very confident at skipping. Our favourite games to play are volcanoes and craters, traffic lights and Mr Men.

When we can, we take our learning outdoors. We go out every week on ‘Welly Wednesday’ for some Outdoor Learning in the nature strip/meadows but we like to to use the playground on other days when the weather is good too. We’ve made pictures out of natural materials, gathered autumn leaves, practised counting and doubles with sticks, made owl nests and much much more!

P1a & p1b Christmas Party

Not even a global pandemic could stop P1a and P1b having a fantastic time at their Christmas party . We had non-stop fun all afternoon on Tuesday. We played pin the nose on Rudolph, knock down the snowmen, snowball toss, balloon tennis and bean-bag buckets. We enjoyed our party snack and then got ready for more fun with our very own ‘Do you want to build a Snowman?’. Even the teachers got to have lots of fun testing the activities out before hand!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

P1a and p1b were set a challenge today. Our teachers asked us to create our own winter village. We talked about what things we might want to include and then got to work. We made a train track, houses, trees and even Santa’s sleigh. Our teachers were so proud of how well we worked together. We shared all the resources so nicely and moved around the area really carefully so as not to knock over anyone’s creations. Mr Hunter came to see our wonderful winter wonderland when we had finished and he was so impressed too!