P4H blog 17/3/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
We all completed our class talks on birds this week. We all had mixed feelings about standing up and talking to the rest of the class. We were excited to show what we had created but also nervous about something going wrong. Some of the skills we needed for our class talk were having a loud, clear voice, not fidgeting and trying to keep a positive expression on our face. We all tried to keep our audience interested by thinking about good eye contact and using a voice that sounded interesting. It was a little disappointing when the internet was not working very well for our links but we all kept very positive and kept going; we think this is having a growth mind-set. We did manage to show some of them the next day, thankfully. We have explored Sugar for Fairtrade and found out how much sugar was in some foods and we were very surprised about how much sugar was in some sweets and chocolate. We also found out about how sugar is grown and produced, we even made a short drama to explain all the different parts. We also made a little booklet, by folding paper.
In PE we were doing Gymnastics and racket sports. We have been learning how to control our bodies and how to control bats and balls.
We have been looking at disabled access around the school and grounds. We discussed things that were good and things that could be improved.
Well done to the Low Port ski team who competed on Wednesday.
Rosie, Matthew, Fraser, Maya and Archie
Next Week’s Highlights
Monday Class photographs
Tuesday P2/3 show
Wednesday P2/3 show
Friday VLG

P4H blog 10/3/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
We all enjoyed our assembly last week and we hope you enjoyed it too. We had great fun creating our assembly and worked hard to learn our French lines. We think it helped to boost our confidence in speaking out loud to a big audience. We had to speak loudly and clearly, give good eye contact and not slouch. Luckily we all remembered our lines! In Authors Live today, we had to go to the BBC studio in Glasgow. We met and listened to Nicola Davies. She was great fun to watch and she told us fun stories and facts about animals. She told us that the blue whale is 29metres long and that its poo was pink sometimes. She showed us a tiger skull it was very big and had huge big teeth. She told us a story about a boy who lost his arm to a lion. Lewis was chosen to ask her a question about how she felt when she wrote stories. She is very happy about what she is writing most of the time but when she thinks it is not going well she can be grumpy and kick the chairs!
We saw lots of different things going on in the studio, there were four camera people and one photographer. We waved at the camera and then had to sit very quiet, still and smartly. We really enjoyed our day at the BBC. Our Lush visit was also interesting. We did not realise that Lush used so many Fairtrade ingredients. The school smelt very nice when they were in the Zone. We are working on the Fairtrade snack challenge. We are creating our own snacks in groups. Inventing a name has been tricky but fun. It has been a very busy couple of week with lots going on; Mrs Henderson wishes us good luck with our Fringe Poster competition entries. Have a good week.
Goodbye From
Sophie, Imogen, Jude, Lewis and David
Next Week’s Highlights
Mon, Tues, Wed: Class Talks
Tues: Rail Safety Officer
Frid: P1 Assembly

P4H blog 24/2/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
We are entering the Edinburgh Fringe competition. We explored information about the fringe and looked at a painting of Edinburgh to help inspire us to create our posters. We are all excited about it.
We have started to plan our assembly. We are in 3 groups and are looking at the weather in French. We are a little nervous because we will be in front of lots of people. We are starting to make props.
In maths we have been working very hard on subtraction and decomposition, It was tricky but we tried lots of different strategies including partitioning, adding on and taking away. We are moving on to multiplication next week. Some of us have been learning about time and using an analogue clock.
In PE we have been learning about the skills we need for racket sports like tennis. We were even been juggling 2 balls, we had to concentrate really hard to try not to drop the balls. Ms Walls, now Mrs Clapton has been doing gymnastics. We used the equipment to jump, climb, balance and hang. We were practising holding a balance.
We now have new reading books and will be learning about Literature Circles. We will be finding out about all the different roles we can have during our discussions.. Our first one, DD, is Discussion Director we need to think of open ended type questions we can ask our group.
We are looking forward to our BBC Glasgow visit and have thought of questions we can ask Nicola Davies.
We hope you have a nice week.
From William, Dexter, Billy, Lily
Next Week’s Highlights
Fairtrade Fortnight
World Book Week
Thursday 2nd March Dress up as favourite character
Friday 3rd March P4H Assembly-All welcome

P4H blog 3/2/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
In Health and Well-Being we watched a Birth Care and Growth video about how baby animals were born .It showed us how the mothers prepared for giving birth. It was really interesting when they were giving birth. In PE we were looking at different balances, we had to choose two balances and link them together in one flowing movement. One group had three people so they had to work as a team to support each other. The teacher recorded us and next week we get to see how well we did and to see if we can improve our balances and linking moves. In literacy we were writing poems with inspiration from a Scottish poet called Robert Louis Stevenson. His poem was called “From a Railway Carriage”. We had to rhyme the words at the end of the lines and try and include onomatopoeia. We learned about the KY and KU join in handwriting, we are all getting better at trying to join our writing.
In IDL we went out outside to look at and try to identify birds we spotted. We used binoculars and charts to help us. It was great fun. We also had to stand quietly and listen to the bird songs we could hear. We are going to do this again next week and record our results on the RSPB’s Big Bird watch website. Hamish’s dad also came in to talk to us about birds. We learned that their beaks are all different and this is because they all eat different things and look for their food in different places. The whole class found it very interesting. Thank you Mr Lamont.
In maths we were learning about written subtraction strategies. We had to partition the numbers before we subtracted them. It was a little tricky at first but we all felt it was a good way of doing it.
We hope you have a good week
Hamish, Euan, Grace GM, Grace P and Millie
Next Week’s Highlights
Mon 6th Feb- Visit from a ranger and a visit to the peel
Please wear warm clothes and outdoor shoes
Wed 8th Feb-Visit to library
Frid 10th-Holiday
Wed 15th-Return to school

P4H blog 27/1/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
It was Robert Burns’ birthday on Wednesday the 25th of January. We enjoyed learning about the Burns’ supper and his poems. We are all going to write a poem about trains and what we hear and see out a window. We learned a poem called “From a Railway Carriage” by Robert Louis Stevenson, another Scottish poet. We also saw a video clip that was a view from a train crossing the Forth Railway Bridge.
We did handwriting that was about joining “o” and “w”, we self-assessed our own handwriting. Mrs Henderson thinks we are all getting better at joining our letters. On Tuesday we made awesome bird feeders. We had to mix lard and birdseed together and then put it in a paper cup.
A specialist teacher called Mr Stewart came to do gymnastics with us. It was great fun. We were doing lots of climbing and balances on the equipment.
In Health and Well Being we had a visit from a Fire Safety Officer, he taught us how to get out of a house safely by crawling on our hands and knees. This helped stop us breathe in the smoke. He also told us about how bad a hoax call is and how it put people’s lives in danger. We also watched a video about Birth, Care and Growth; we are going to learn about caring for baby animals and babies.
We would like to wish good luck to everyone who has the ski trials this week. Good Luck!
From Rosie, Archie, Matthew, Fraser and Maya
Next Week’s Highlights
WOW(Week of Work Jotters)
Monday-Class talk information out
Tuesday-Visitor to tell us about Birds
Wednesday- Unveiling of Ronnie’s plaque
Friday-VLG, P3’s assembly

P4H blog 20/1/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
In Health and Well Being we went on a walk around the school to find things which are good for disabled people and which are bad. We reported one of these to the janitor. He has now fixed the problem. Thank you Mr Fagan. In PE we did balancing with beanbags and quoits. We had to concentrate very hard to keep our balance.
In maths some of us did addition and some of us did subtraction. It was a bit of a challenge when we got up into the bigger numbers but we enjoyed it.
In literacy we found out about apostrophes of contraction. We learned that they are used for turning two words into one shorter word. The apostrophe replaces the missing letters.
e.g. Do not is turned into don’t
The (‘) apostrophe replaces the missing “o”.
We were inspired by Chris Riddle. He is an illustrator. We watched him being interviewed and we sent in our questions but, sadly our question didn’t get chosen. He drew as he spoke and answered the questions asked by other school. We all got a chance to draw afterwards.
We have been challenging ourselves in our weekly maths speed challenge. We discussed things we could do to help us improve and set our own targets. Some of us were going to learn our timetables by saying them every day or using a computer game. We all think we are improving. We hope you have a good week.
Jude, Imogen, Lewis, Sophie and David
Next Week’s Highlights
Monday 23rd-Specialist PE visitor
Monday 23rd-Fire safety Officer
Wednesday 25th-Burns celebration
Thursday 23rd- Recorder Club starts
Friday 24th- P4T Assembly

P4H blog 13/01/2017

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.

In literacy we found out about collective nouns, they are nouns that describe groups of the same thing e.g. a flock of sheep and a pod of whales.

In spelling we were doubling the last letter and adding –ing and –ed on some words, sometimes we don’t!

We also got our new reading books on Wednesday! We think we are going to enjoy them. In numeracy we learned about chimney sums, we also did mental maths about addition, doubling and halving. In P.E we have started doing gymnastics so far we have been practising balancing and different kinds of rolling.

In IDL we discussed the meaning of disability and inclusion. It was harder to do than we thought and we talked about lots of different things from being involved to joining in and getting chances to do things. We will be exploring this more for our new project. We were learning to take notes when we were finding out about electricity. It was interesting to see how much electricity we use in school from our electric windows to the photocopier. We also used note taking skills when we were learning about birds.

We hope you all have a great week.


William, Billy and Dexter


P4H blog

Hello and welcome to P4H’s last class update for 2016. Our main topic this term was Ancient Greece we all thought it was amazing. Our favourite parts were the myths, maze3s and the vases. We all really enjoyed learning about the battle of Marathon. It was amazing how the marathon race today is linked to a story from such a long time ago. Every day we write down the date in French and find one new word in our French sticker dictionary and make a card for that word.
Some of us were using partitioning to add larger numbers. We were trying different strategies to find the one that helped us best. In writing we have been using VCOP to help us make our writing more interesting. We were trying to use ambitious vocabulary and good openers and connectives.
P1 were excellent at their nativity. We hope you all enjoyed the singing. We had our class party this week, we all really enjoyed it. We all want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2017!
From Hamish, Sophie, Jude, Imogen and Archie.
All Return the 4th of January

P4H blog 9/12/16

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We were very sad because this was our last week of NYCOS with Mrs Curle and Mrs Dickson. We have really enjoyed exploring music, rhythm and beat. We learned about musical notes and discovered that there is a difference between the rhythm and the beat in music. The beat is how fast it is going and the rhythm is like the pattern of the words. We also learned lots of different songs and games, our favourites were Fuzzy Wuzzy, Sing Song Saya and the Maze game. In numeracy we enjoyed learning about the value coins and the giving of change. We had a great experience when the primary 6s came down to work with us on our Greek project. We were using books and the internet to find out information on the life of the Ancient Greeks. Some interesting facts were that men ruled and had a vote but women did not which is not the same as today in Scotland. Boys were sent to school but not girls. Most families had slaves even if they were quite poor and men were head of the household. We created timelines and posters to share our learning. We listened to some Scottish music and explored different Scottish dance moves we could make to the music. We also listen to the Nutcracker Suite; we created moves to show the story. It was exciting and fun. We had a visit from a Linlithgow Librarian. We learned that if we are a library member we can use our card to go on the “Junior Encyclopaedia Britannica” website. This was a good website because it gave “correct, current and clear information”. It could also read out the text for you. It was a child friendly website. We think this is a good website because it has lots of different subjects we can find out information about. Mrs Henderson says it might be useful for our class projects next term.

If the weather is bad and school is closed we have learned that we can go onto Glow to play learning games and explore child friendly websites. We hope you enjoyed our update. Less than two weeks to go until the holidays!

Have a good week from

Maya, Grace G, Dexter, William and Billy

Next Week

Wednesday afternoon –Nativity in the church



P4H blog 2/12/2016

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
This week we have been learning about road safety on the computer programme Streetsense2. We were learning about safe routes to school. We should use the green cross code, zebra crossing and the islands to cross a road safely. In maths we have been adding up coins and notes to match an item on a menu. We also had to work out change. It was fun but also tricky; we are now looking at different strategies to help us. Wednesday was Saint Andrews day so we discussed and shared our information on him. In literacy and story writing we wrote our own story ending for Perseus and Medusa. We had to concentrate on putting adverbs and adjectives into our stories. This was to try and make them more interesting and lively. Mrs Henderson was very impressed with everyone’s stories and how much effort they had put into improving their work. We have travelled through time and found out Ancient Greeks came after the Egyptians but before the Romans. The Romans conquered the Greeks.
We hope you have enjoyed our latest blog.
From Lewis, Millie, Euan and Grace P
Next Week
Monday-Panto taster
Wednesday-Librarian visit-Encyclopaedia Britannica
Wednesday-School Christmas Lunch (wear Christmas hat or jumper)
Thursday-NYCOS (last)
Thursday-Video treat in hall (Bring cushion and snack)
Friday-Primary 1 Assembly