Primary 3/4

Miss Copeland and Mrs Masson

On Monday 27th November we visited Usher Hall to watch the Royal Scottish National Orchestra play a Heroes and Villains concert.

First we were introduced to the different groups that make up the orchestra. We have the strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. We like the brass section because they get to blow raspberries all day! We then practised the ‘three part applause’. We have to stamp our feet, clap our hands and cheer all at the same time.

Some pieces of music made us jump, and some relaxed us. We were amazed when the orchestra played along to a live game of Minecraft. When the player went though a different coloured door, the orchestra would play different music to match the world.

We learnt lots of new things. A leitmotif is music phrase belonging to a character, and it is played when the character comes on screen. When they played Darth Vader’s leitmotif he arrived at Usher Hall! Here is a compilation of photos and videos from the trip.


Listen to the BBC Sonic Snackbox programme ‘Dinosaurs everywhere … and a story about imagination’ and listen out for us telling jokes and Sam, Erin and Lucas interviewing Palaeontologist Dr Steve Brusatte! Listen online or download by clicking here or copy and paste this link

Part 2 is also available now. Copy and paste this link or listen online by pressing here


We have been learning about soundscapes and programme music. We know that we can create sounds which remind us of places or feelings. Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns is a piece of programme music – we guessed what the animals were! 

We know that if something gets closer or scarier the music gets louder and if it gets calmer or further away it gets quieter. We can play louder if we hit the instruments harder or we stand closer to the iPad. We are using the app Book Creator to record our music….

Lesson 1 – We narrated and added the music to the story ‘A Walk in the Woods’

Lesson 2 – We added sound to the photo story ‘A Story Sailing Trip’.

Lesson 3 – We listened to the beginning of this piece performed by the choir Perpetuum Jazzile, where they create a rainstorm with their bodies. This is called a soundscape. We had a go and recorded it using the app Garage Band and added the picture on iMovie!

Lesson 4 – We have been adding to our thunderstorm by thinking about which animals would be in the rain forest.


Here is our finished rain forest piece. Can you hear all of our different animals? Some are very quiet! It sounds best if you listen with headphones.


We have travelled back in time to Ancient Rome!

We have been creating mosaics, designing villas, dressing up in togas and tunics, and comparing life from then to now.


In Maths we have been learning about shape and number patterns.

We created our patterns with numbers, learning about odd and even numbers.

We have also created patterns with shapes, dance and materials we found in our forest. 








Eco friendly 

Our school is trying to earn our Green Flag Award. P3/4 have been thinking about ways to recycle materials that would normally be thrown away. We put on our creative hats and used the waste from sharpening a pencil to create interesting designs! To make sure that everyone receives a birthday card this year, everyone in the class made a card and these will be handed out as the year goes on. 

birthday cards


During Scottish Poetry Week, Miss Copeland read the class the poem, ‘Please Mrs Butler’, by Alan Ahlberg. The class enjoyed it so much we re-wrote it for our class and performed it in assembly! You can read it by clicking the link below.

Please Miss Copeland

Calum’s Grandad, known as Calzie,  kindly wrote a poem for us, which Calum performed to the class and we really enjoyed listening to. Thank you very much! You can read it by clicking the link below.

My School by Calzie

We have also been writing acrostic poems.

Here is our class Halloween one.