P5blog 26/5/17

Hello and welcome to P5’s class blog.In class we have been doing CEM testing. It is a test on a computer to see how we are doing and feeling in school. Most of us have finished all of the tests. Dogs trust came in to talk about how to look after dogs and how not to look after dogs. The good thing about it is they brought in things to simulate how to do it in real life. In maths we have been doing division sums and have been learning about fractions and how to simplify fractions. Decimals are the main focus we have done a lot on decimals.


Information on Newsround: The class normally listen to the class novel or watch Newsround with milk after break except when the news covers sensitive issues such as the sad events in Manchester this week.


P3 blog 19/5/17

Hello from P3!

It’s been a wee while since the blog was updated as we were off for the local election and had sport’s day last week!

In literacy we have created job adverts for our class castle! We had to use persuasive language to attract applicants. We listed the skills needed for the jobs. We advertised for maids, jesters, blacksmiths and knights! We discovered a secret panel in our class castle. We made a zigzag book and used our imagination to write down how it opens, what was in it, who put it there, what the object does and how we would use it. They turned out really well. We wrote our assembly script which is all about the skills we learn in school which we can use to prepare us for work and later life. We also tuned into Authors Live and listened to Alex T Smith talk about his books. What a busy week in literacy!


In maths and numeracy we have been working on direction. We have tried out different activities in relation to this. We learned about co-ordinates, compass work using N S E W and North East, South East etc. We used left, right, forward and backwards when programming the Bluebots and using the mats. We are in the process of creating our own medieval style mats to test our direction skills. We also kept up with our numeracy skills by doing a number talk about friendly numbers and adding up with numbers that are two away from a friendly number. Ask your children how this works!

We now have wood panelling, stained glass windows AND suits of armour in our classroom castle! We used technology skills to make full size suits of armour and we worked in groups. We still have to spray them silver, but they look amazing!


P5 blog 12/5/17

P5 have now finished fractions and are going on to percentages and decimals. We did a topic assessment and everyone tried their very best. In PE with Mrs Clapton (which is Miss Walls new name) we were throwing into hoops, this was also linked to golf. On Wednesday we went on a trip to the canal to learn about water safety. We personally found it very interesting. Thursday was very enjoyable for many people in primary 5 because it was sports day! In the girls race Katie came first Millie came second and Nuala third. In the boys race Matthew came first Gregor came second and Ryan St third. We built bridges in the Rigg using wool and sticks. We had to build it to a certain length and make sure it could support the weight of a large stone.We all came up with very different ways to do this. We learned about Jewish Passover and their Sedar traditions. We got to listen to our Music Programming tracks. You can listen to them too by following this link.




Nuala and Alice


P5 blog 28/4/17

We have had a good start to our final term of primary 5. In PE we have been doing athletics and we have been focusing on our running. One of the activities we did was called exhaustion. We were split up into groups of four and each team got put into a position round the circle then when the PE teacher, Mrs Clapton said go one person from each team would try and tag the person in front of them. If you got tug you were out of the team with the most people still going winning! And we’re sure everyone was completely exhausted! We have also been doing Hockey with Mr Stuart and we played King or Queen of the ring with hockey sticks and tennis balls it was very exhausting.
We have written our piece of work for the young writers competition. Everyone made some great things to go through but sadly only three pieces of work from each class were allowed to go through.
In class for the past few weeks we have been doing mental maths. Lots of people’s scores have been improving through the weeks. We have also been looking at fractions. Some of us have been going to Mrs Ramsay. We have been doing maths in the zone in a smaller group.
In P5 we have recently started a new topic on bridges. We have been writing things that we want to find out about bridges on sticky notes we found this talk very interesting. We also looked at lots of different bridges on Google Earth to see why they had been put where they had and to see if we could find a better place to put it.
We have been enjoying another book out of the Spellchasers series we started off with a summary of the first one we recently read. After we read the first chapter we predicted what we thought was going to happen in the new book.
Hope you enjoyed our class blog!
By Archie, Stuart, Ryan and Matthew

P5 blog 31/3/17

Hello this week in P5.
Recently we have been practicing our mental maths in pairs. Once we do it in pairs we normally do another mental maths test by ourselves and we get up to about 15 seconds to answer it and write it down!
On Monday we did PE games that we created in class and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We have also been doing gymnastics in the last couple weeks and since it was our last day doing gymnastics we got the bars out. We got split up into groups and went to different stations. I think everyone’s favourite station was the bars. At the end of the session we decided that we were doing hockey after the Easter holidays.
As you know we went to the Easter service. All of our performances including the strings, brass and choir were fantastic. Some of the people in our class were in the strings and the choir.
Yesterday we drew Easter bunnies, we could draw our own shape or we could just use the teachers. Then we had to draw lines on them and after that we cut out sunglasses and coloured them in then we glued them on the bunnies.
Today we have been busy creating some amazing eggs. There was a whole range of eggs but with a triumph Calvin won. Some cracked but I’m sure everyone had a cracking day!
Have the most superbly cracking holiday!!!

Matthew and Ryan Su

We have had a busy term in P5 and all the children deserve a fun filled holiday. PE kits are coming home to add to your washing piles! Please remember to return them on the first day as they will have PE.

P5 blog 17/3/17

This week P5 have been doing…
A railway safety police officer came in and talked us about railway safety, he showed us a video that was based on a true story it was about two brothers who snuck onto the railway tracks to spray paint. One of the brothers gets flattened by a train and it changed the brother’s life.
Our new topic is substance abuse we have been thinking about alcohol and how it can affect your life and not for the better. We watched a video about two kids whose parents were addicted to alcohol and how it affected their lives.
We created games for PE. We had to create instructions for our games. We had to use commanding speech. We had to list down the equipment the players needed to play the game.
We have been doing some mental maths to improve our maths, at first it was hard for some of the class but then we got the hang of it and improved some of our maths
We were learning about Spanish weather. We drew pictures of houses and in the background we drew and wrote about what the weather was. It was hard but it was fun.

Michael and Nathan

The class have been working very hard on maths the past two weeks. I am very happy with their work ethic and progress. In literacy we are working on non- fiction writing and so far have written a persuasive piece and instructions. Next week we will be using our discussion planners that have been sent home to write a discursive piece.

A few children do not have indoor shoes for PE. Could you please check their kits over Easter. We will be having an Easter Egg decorating competition on the 30th of March. Please provide a hard-boiled egg (or 2 to cover potential breakages) and anything they may need to decorate it.

28th and 29th- Parents Nights
29th March- Church Easter Service
30th- Easter Egg Competition
31st- Easter Holidays

P5 blog 3/3/17

Hello and welcome to P5’s class blog.
This week Eilidh Muldoon (she is an illustrator) visited us. We learnt how to make a standing street out of an A3 piece of paper, they were really cool.
More art…
In art we have also been drawing and decorating posters for Livingston designer outlet to promote recycling.
In PE we have been doing gymnastics.
And best of all Mrs Walls has come back!!!!!!!!!!!
We were doing balances like standing or sitting on each other’s backs.
Topic – Fairtrade cotton
In topic we have been learning about Fairtrade cotton because it is Fairtrade Fortnight. We learnt that cotton comes from a plant that grows in hot countries like India.
A visit by google
Google came to show us their virtual reality headsets, they were so cool! We saw under the sea creatures like seals and sharks!
World Book Day
On Thursday it was world book day some of the school dressed up and there were lots of different costumes.
In maths we have been doing multiplication like:
In maths this week we have also done an assessment on rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000.

P5 blog 9/2/17

Hello this week in P5 we have been having fun learning about netball and learning the positions we split into teams of 7. We noticed that there was a disadvantage because one of the basketball hoops was higher than the other. We played mini matches and the length was round about 5 mins we all had great fun!!!
On Monday Music Programming came in and continued on with our songs many people have finished their drums and bases. Next week we will be putting in the vocals using our own voices and adding more instruments to our awesome songs.
We all made amazing art work of Steven Browns Highland Cows. We were all were amazed at our colourful highland cows. We are putting our brilliant pictures in the hall and we all think they are beautiful.
The P6’s held a school election. We had to vote for our favourite campaign. There were 5 campaigns, Arty Sporty, Dancing Peanuts, Ninja Squirrels, Clubbing Golden Chimpanzees, Crazy Clubs and Golden Sports. We learned how to secretly write and put your vote into the ballot box.
We have been busy writing poems and stories about the canal for a competition. The competition was called The Round Table Marches Magazine competition. We have been working hard on the poems but we are finding it tricky to find words that rhyme.
In maths we have been working on data handling we split the class into groups and worked on a presentation to do with various types of graph. We made a survey for the class and we chose our subject e.g.: cars, food and apps.
For literacy circles we got an interesting discussion about reading homework. And shared our jobs with our reading groups. Thank you for reading our long class blog.

Ryan St and Matthew

A very thorough blog this week. I don’t have much to add other than to wish you all a lovely holiday weekend.

• Class Assembly 24th March
• PE Kits home to be washed.
• Please ensure literacy circle homework is completed every week to make sure our circles run smoothly.

P5 blog 3/2/17

Hello and welcome to our P5 blog

We have been looking at Andy Warhol’s Pop Art and we got to make our own pictures using cartoon characters inspired by his work. We all found tracing our pictures very tiring because we had to trace it four times.

On Tuesday we went to the Leisure Centre and did a swimming assessment. We all passed!! We all got to play in the pool after the assessment, we thought it was really fun but maybe we could have done a bit more proper swimming.

Over the last few weeks two people from Scotland software team have been coming in to talk to us about music software and we are all really enjoying it.

Katie and Suzie

This week we reflected and up levelled the imaginative piece inspired by their visit to the Mound about a Kist. We all worked in groups to plan budget for an Alien movie and worked hard to create the best film possible within our £800 budget. Some observed the cast price list may need updated as Angelina and Brad may no longer accept a 50% reduced fee if cast together. We all created surveys and used the data collected to produce bar charts. We focused on the skill involved in creating a graph and deciding the scale we would need to represent our data.  I am really impressed by their music programming skills and it is very interesting to hear how differently they are approaching the changes to the songs. I have added data handling activities to studyladder to support our work in class. Please let the children choose which activities they wish to complete.  Our class talks will be on the week beginning 20th February and the details on this are in homework jotters. We will revise key spelling next week and the following short week in class. Literacy circle activities allocated on Monday will be due in two weeks time. Please encourage the children to use homework time for preparing their talk and studyladder activities


P5 blog 27/1/17

Hello from P5!
This week we had gymnastics with Mr Stewart. We got to climb the bars, swing on the ropes, perform all kinds of balances and use the ladders. It was really good fun but also quite hard. We also played tennis during PE as well as playing some fitness games.
We did more music programming using Garage Band and we have been making backing tracks to our songs in our groups. We can’t wait to show other people soon!
In maths we have been learning about fractions. We made fraction bars to help us and posters to show our knowledge. Some of us could link fractions to percentages and decimals.
We are making power points for our topic on financial education.
Next week we are going swimming on Tuesday – remember your kits!
Have a good weekend!