Our Learning Contexts This Term

If you’ve downloaded the free Kippen Primary App, you’ll have seen that every class has a brief message about their learning this term. The app only allows short messages, so you can find out more information below:




Primary 1/2 have enjoyed our ‘Jolly Postman’ topic and have been learning about the journey of a letter, writing letters/postcards/greetings cards. Our school post office has really captured the children’s imagination and has been a great tool in allowing the children to explore writing. This term P1/2 will be ‘Investigating Materials’. We will continue to use the ‘Jolly Postman’ books as a learning context but we will move to a science focus. The children will be exploring different materials (suitable for the Jolly Postman’s uniform) and sharing their reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes. We will conduct experiments to test a range of materials. The children are looking forward to being scientists!


Our other learning context this term will be our nativity performance. The children will be performing ‘Hey Ewe!’ This is an upbeat Christmas nativity and the children are already enjoying learning the lyrics, lines and dance moves. They will also be involved in designing programmes, posters and tickets for the performance.

This is always a great opportunity for teachers and parents to see a child in a different light. We see them cope with the nerves, the excitement and the challenge of performance. Sometimes children that have been hiding their light under a bushel bubble to the surface! We find that all the children achieve new things and develop confidence. They push their comfort boundary and rise to the challenge. This is a big event in the Primary 1, 2 and 3 calendar and we are always so proud of their achievements. We hope you enjoy it!




This term p2/3/4 are learning about the human body as part of a science and health and wellbeing topic. They have enjoyed learning about the skeleton and the different organs in the body.

P2s and 3s have been very busy over the last few weeks working on this year’s Nativity along with P1/2. They will be performing Hey Ewe on the 7th and 8th December. Mrs Middlmass and P4 have started designing the scenery and props.

On Tuesday 14th November P3-5 attended the Royal Scottish National Orchestras performance of Hero’s and Villains.  The concert was part of a music topic that they have been part of this term as well as a workshop from some of the musicians. At the end of November we will be attending the Day of Scottish Country Dance organised by Active Stirling. During PE everyone has been working hard to learn the new dances before the event.

In maths we have been working on place value, addition, subtraction and money this term. We have been using IPads in class to support number work. In writing we have been focusing on functional writing. Poetry, instructions and letter writing have been part of this terms work.  We will be taking part in Scottish Book Week at the end of November and will be looking at a selection of books by Scottish authors.




P 4/5 will be learning about temperature through their topic this term. As something which has a huge impact upon our world, the topic of temperature offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and development of skills across all areas of the curriculum.

Having planned this topic as a class, our Big Questions are:

  • What role does temperature play on Earth?
  • Why are different places on Earth different temperatures?
  • How do we use different temperatures when working with food?
  • How does temperature affect our bodies?
  • How can we stay safe in different temperatures?
  • What is Global Warming and how does it relate to temperature?


Through exploring these questions, pupils will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of risk assessment and safety relating to temperatures, as well as the role of temperature in safe food storage and cooking. They will also be able to explore how temperature can change mixtures, through cooking and eating different foods. As well as this, pupils will develop their understanding of the measurement of Celsius through exploring freezing and boiling and they will practise measuring temperature by recording and comparing inside and outside temperatures. They will compare their local environment to a different environment by researching warmer or colder places and will consider the differences in everyday life and locally available food due to the different climates. Linking to topical science, the class will also consider what is meant by ‘Global Warming’, why this is important and the ways in which they can influence it.




 Having explored the topic of Sustainability in Term 1, we continue to keep this theme in mind as it is a key priority for our school. The children learned about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and some ways in which they can be good Global Citizens. With this in mind, P5/6 have been interested in the results of our recent dining room waste challenge. We will use the results to help develop our information handling skills in maths.

As we near Christmas we will be looking at a ‘Victorian Christmas’. This will embrace many of the popular customs we still adopt today and the children will research how they came about. The children have helped to plan their own learning by coming up with questions they would like answered.

We will create some Victorian themed art. Researching the Victorian era will allow P5/6 to compare life at that time with their own. The issue of children’s rights can be further explored through our Christmas context. They will see contrasting lifestyles and learn about historical novels through reading parts of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.



Our Community Matters – Our learning context this term is all about Kippen, a place we all value. Our main goal at the end of the term is to be a positive force for change, as we look into the many ways that we can make it an even better place to live.

As part of our residential trip at the start of the year, we began our John Muir Award journey. The whole point of the award is to explore, discover, protect and conserve local wild spaces. We have been working towards this since we returned and have based ourselves in Burnside Wood. We prepared a presentation of the work we have undertaken for the other classes in the school and are now looking to develop activities for a ‘Kippen in the Woods’ whole school event using the woodland as a whole school learning context.

We are also investigating relevant local issues that we would like to help improve for the benefit of the wider community. The Primary 7 class have been working in small focus groups, putting forward a number of local issues that they felt were worth campaigning for. We are now hoping for the opportunity to meet with the Kippen Community Council before the end of term to discuss our chosen campaign issue with them. Here is a selection of the activities we plan to undertake this term:

Literacy: Woodland Writing and Poetry Creation. Campaign and Social Issues Letter Campaign. Creation of interactive Burnside Wood Nature Trail Booklet and ‘Day in the Woods’ activity cards.

Social Studies and RME: Investigation into local issues as a whole class group – presentation by small groups, debate and discussion to select class’ main campaign issue. Creation of a P7 ‘Community Matters’ campaign to be launched during Kippen Community Council meeting.

Technologies: Preparing multimedia presentation on Burnside Wood. Creating media content (recording video and audio) for inclusion in interactive trail of Burnside Wood.

Health & Wellbeing: Creating activities in order to encourage the other classes in our school to explore, appreciate and learn in our local wild spaces (Kippen ‘Day in the Woods’ organisation). Finding out more about the local community and show that we can be good role models for all. Fundraising for Kippen Woodland Group and other local interest groups.


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