P5 blog 13/01/2017

We have been doing music programming with Bob and Maria, the music teachers. They have given us a choice about what song we are going to try and create a cover, for example Ronin’s group did “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you.”
We were making fables and we all thought it was very fun. A few of us acted out the stories and explained the moral we had selected. For example, Ryan S moral was: never give up on something you really want.
We did Romero Britto pop art. Nathan said, “It was hard but I liked it.” All our brilliant pictures are on the wall outside our classroom.
On Wednesday we were using the Izak cubes Lewis said, “It was fun and I enjoyed making a magic square.”
By Lewis, Nathan and Callum

We are now settling into term 3 well. We have been learning all about Fables, the morals behind them and we enjoyed writing ours own. The class did very well. We have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. There are activities on Studyladder to support this. We will be working on Netball skills in the next month and will be having a session on Monday run by the active Schools co-ordinator. Our class trip is on Tuesday. Thanks you to those who are joining us. It would not be possible without you. Remember packed lunches will be required on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend when it comes.
Mrs Paton

P5 blog 9/12/16

Country Dancing
During the week we did country Dancing with P6 and P3. We’re sure that everyone enjoyed it! At the end of one we got to do freestyle and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We were all very sweaty at the end and we had a dance off against the P3s. Of course, the P3’s won but I’m still sure we were better than them!

St Michaels Church Visit
We went to St Michaels instead of a movie that the school watched together. I think we all liked St Michael’s way way way better! We made tile decorations which we can take home. They look amazing!

Izak 9 (The awesome maths resource.)
We played with the izak cubes and we got lots of complex problems to work out. They were hard but in the end we managed to work it out!

Spanish Bingo In Spanish we were doing bingo also known as el bingo in Spanish. We had a few winners and they got to call the numbers. We have been learning the numbers up to 20 and we have all done very well and we can all count up to 20 in Spanish.
It has been a very busy week in P5. We have been learning how to structure a newspaper report, more on subtraction, all about The Battle of Bannockburn, Country dancing, Christmas at St Michaels, making chalk and charcoal snowman, exploring more activities with IZAK incorporating our Spanish learning and consolidating our learning of Spanish numbers by playing bingo. Next week we begin our music software programme which will be on Monday afternoons and stretch until Monday the 6th of March. Sadly it was our last week of Music with Mrs Dickson and we will miss her smiley face around school.

Things to remember:
• Christmas Service and Nativity- Wednesday 14th.
• P3 & P5 Christmas- Tuesday 20th.

P5 blog 2/12/2016

Hello and welcome to our first P5 blog in the Christmas season!

We have been doing lots of things this week for example, we have been researching the Scottish wars of Independence. We all found it very interesting and some people found it a bit gruesome.
In literacy we have been learning how to write in the style of the author. We all had to write imaginatively so we all found it challenging and we had to be very creative!
In Scottish country dancing we had our usual teacher Mr Carswell. We were lucky enough to learn a new dance called the Pudsey bear! We had four couples to demonstrate the dance then we all had a try at it. We all found it so fun to dance with each other!
In maths we did the IZAK 9 cubes with Mrs Johnston. We put all of the numbers in alphabetical order when the numbers were in French! The groups were all mixed so it was equal. Some groups found it slightly easier than other groups. It was fun experimenting with the IZAK 9 cubes!
Now we have come to the end of our blog. We all hope that you are enjoying this Christmas season!

We are now working on subtraction and a new bank of activities have been loaded onto study ladder and can be used to support the class learning. There is no requirement to complete all of these. In topic we have learned lots more about the timeline and events affecting the Wars of Independence. Next week we have been invited to St Michael’s Church for an event titled Christmas Unwrapped. There will be a presentation and the chance to unpack the events of the first Christmas. It will be interactive and will include a variety of activities – drama, craft, quizzes, music, storytelling and acting out some events. The class did an excellent job of teaching the P3’s the Scottish Dances we have been learning and we learned the Dashing White Sergeant together. They did exceptionally well.

Have a lovely weekend!

P5 blog 25/11/16

Welcome to the class blog for the twenty fourth of November 2016. On the maths open day we learned how to use the Izak 9 cubes, some of our parents came to see us master this task and helped us learn how to work with them! We also went on the computers and then we played pearl diver which is a maths integers game. In writing we did some imaginative stories which were based on a creature. We made these stories by looking at pictures. The stories were called The Creature in the Mist. We also did something called Rookie Rockstars and our parents came out to do a wrap battle and some grannys and grandads came out too. In R.M.E we previously watched a Hindu story called Rama and Sita and this week we did a drama play acting out the story.
By Alice, Katie, Finlay and Kyran.

Next week we will be moving on to subtraction and a new bank of activities will be loaded onto study ladder to support this next week. During our topic on The Wars of Independence the class have been learning about the time line and the uniforms worn by soldiers on both sides of the border. Next week we will look in more detail at what the war was about. Thank you to those who were able to come to our open afternoon. The children were extremely excited about our introduction to Izak and we will be continuing to use this resource throughout the year to support our learning. Thanks also to those who made it along to our Rookie Rockstars concerts. The children loved learning more about anti bullying in such a positive and upbeat way.

Enjoy the last weekend in November!

P5 blog 18/11/16

Rookie Rockstars
In Rookie Rock stars we have been making lots of tunes; I am so glad, Bullies ain’t big, Lets all be friends, HEY HEY ( I’m ok) and never give up. The first day we did challenge time and Mrs Livingston had to play chubby bunny, it was so funny!!! On the second day it was teachers against pupils and we had to rap Mr McRae did an awesome rap he had to rap Baa Baa Blacksheep, have you any wool. On the 3 day we had interviews and Ronin was the person from our class that was interviewed. Callum thought that the songs were good but he didn’t get how it would get them to stop bulling.

We wrote about a cable car stopped in the middle of the ride and we carried on writing from the authors writing. We all made fantastic stories. With Mrs Livingston we learnt some new songs we think that the p1s nativity will be brilliant. Our new novel is called the boy called Christmas so far the boy’s father Jo got a job working for the king. His dads job was going to find out if there was magical elves in the mountains it was a dangerous journey and Christmas wants to go with him but his dad doesn’t let him go and leaves Christmas with his old aunt who hates children she thinks they are revolting.
In RME we have been learning about the Hindu religion. We learned about the festival of light when Hindu’s all join together. It’s about the story of Rama and Sita where the step mother of Rama wants her own son to be king. So she tricks Rama and Sita to go to the deep dark forest. They build a civilization and build their own house. Ravana the three headed demon wanted Sita for himself. One day Rama went to find some food and left Sita. Ravana steals Sita. In the end Sita is rescued and they return to defy the Queen so Rama can take his place as King. This is why Hindus put lights in their house to show the celebration of the couple being welcomed home.
Thank you for reading this I hoped you enjoyed it!
By Isla, Holly, Ronin, Finlay and Matthew

We will also be be finishing and assessing our focus on addition in Maths. We will continue with literacy circles and next week we will do this a group at a time throughout the day supported by myself and Mrs Morrice. The class will be beginning to learn about the Scottish Wars of Independence. This week in P6 asked to join us to continue country dancing so our line dance has been postponed for now… In RE we recounted the story of Rama and Sita with our own dramatic interpretations. In Spanish we will be learning the numbers 1-20 and be playing Spanish Bingo!

Have a lovely weekend when it comes!

Dates to remember:
18th November- Children in Need dress down
22nd November – Curriculum afternoon 2:15-3pm
22nd/23rd November- Rookie Rockstars

P5 blog 11/11/16

Hello and welcome to our P5 blog!!! 10.11.16
Maths
In maths we have been doing addition strategies. Some people have been going with Mrs Hodge. We have been doing Problem Solving and it is fun.
P.E
We have been doing Scottish Country Dancing with Mr Carswell. We have been doing it with the P6’s. The one thing that we did not enjoy was the boys had to dance with the girls.
Class Talks
We have been doing our class talks on role models they have been very interesting most people have done it on a power point but some people did it on paper.
Music
With Mrs Dickson we used the instruments to make a song we tried them all we used Jembes (drums) casheshes (shakers)
Reading
We started literacy circles the books we have are The Hobbit, Suitcase Kid, Platform 13, Clovenstone Castle, Jasper and the Green Marvel.
That’s all folks!!!!!
By Stuart, Gregor and Suzie

Next week we will be working in the morning each day to transform ourselves into Rookie Rockstars. We will also be moving forward with addition in Maths, continuing with literacy circles and the class will be beginning to learn about the Scottish Wars of Independence. This week in PE we had great fun learning Scottish Country dances and next week we have a week off and will be learning a class line dance. In RE we will be recounting the story of Rama and Sita. Thank you for all the efforts with class talks. They have been very thoughtful and well prepared.

Have a lovely weekend when it comes!

Dates to remember:
18th November- Children in Need dress down
22nd November – Curriculum afternoon 2:15-3pm
22nd/23rd November- Rookie Rockstars

P5 blog 4/11/16

Hello and welcome to our class blog!
We have been doing…
We have been doing Spanish cartoons using the new greeting words we learned. We enjoyed it. Callum thought it was very fun!!
Our topic is the British Isles. Callum thought it was great doing a power point on the British Isles and learning about UK Landmarks.
We did charades and Ronin thought he could do better at the guessing.
In music with Mrs Dixon we followed the beat with instruments to a song about building sites. We used maracas to make the sound of the drill and played a game called tea break.
By Callum, Nathan, Ryan St and Archie

Next week we will be continuing with addition in Maths. We will be looking at book reviews and writing our own book review of Spellchasers- our class novel. Mr Carswell will be joining us on Tuesday afternoons up until Christmas and we will be learning Scottish Country dances with the P6’s. The class will be finishing our British Isles topic and beginning The Wars of Independence. This week in PE we have been choreographing synchronized dance routines in groups which has been challenging but fun. We focused on teamwork skills as it needed lots of cooperation and awareness of each person in the group.

Have a lovely weekend when it comes!

Dates to remember:
18th November- Children in Need dress down
22nd November – Curriculum afternoon 2:15-3pm
22nd/23rd November- Rookie Rockstars

P5 blog 5/10/16

We have had a great few weeks in P5. Last week we were lucky to have a visit from a story teller who told the tale of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He was marvellous! This week we were visited by Lari Don, the author of ‘The Spellchasers’, which is our current class novel. She told us about the different types of books she has written, read some excerpts and we got to work as a whole group to create our own story. She explained the importance to her in creating cliff-hangers and lots of suspense and we helped create scenarios that could play out in a novel. We enjoyed her visit very much and followed it up by creating our own mythical creatures.

In maths we have been working on making ourselves expert in one times table. We also used our revision of tables to help with multiplication and division word problems. We will continue on with multiplication next week.

Next week will be our last Bikeability session. The children have really enjoyed this and we will be sad to see it end. We are also researching questions we created about the British Isles. We will work on collating this into a fact book in the coming weeks.

Next week we will be basing our assembly on Roald Dahl.

• Class assembly Friday 7th October
• Parents nights 11th/12th October
• Half term 14th October

P5 blog 16/9/16

It’s hard to believe that the holiday weekend is here already! We continued looking at problem solving and logic this week. The class are very enthusiastic about this aspect of maths especially if it involves a good puzzle! We are lucky to have Mrs Hodge (a parent) joining us on Thursdays to work with groups and share her mathematical expertise.

This week in literacy we wrote our recounts. We learned about the life of Roald Dahl and chose one of his novels as a focus for the next month. We are also learning about the life and works of William Shakespeare as we have a Shakespeare event planned for next Thursday. We looked at the The Taming of the Shrew and discussed what we thought of the characters and subject matter. We compared their ideas of courtship in Elizabethan times to our own.

We also learned lots about the origins of canals, how they were made and what they were used for. We had discussions on using waterways for exporting then versus now. The children continue to enjoy Bikeability. They are proving to be so proficient that the course will now end on the 3rd of October.

Last week we discovered together that we could brighten up tainted real silver jewellery (a solution to a necklace issue I encountered) by placing it on tinfoil, adding salt and hot water then leaving it to cool… They loved seeing the results.

Homework will be given out tomorrow for a two week assignment to build a canal boat that floats… This will replace homework next week and be in addition to homework the following week. More details to follow tomorrow.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone!
• September holiday this weekend!
• Class assembly Friday 7th October

P5 blog 9/9/16

Welcome to P5’s weekly blog. We have been looking at problem solving and logic this week. We took the time to discuss mathematical language. We explored words and phrases we may encounter in maths problems and we completed a sorting task where we assigned the words and phrases to an operation. Next week we will be concentrating on word problems and in particular highlighting and honing in on the key information we need to solve a problem.
This week in literacy we have been concentrating on recounts. We all tried to write an introduction to begin retelling the story of our favourite day ever! We will be continuing with this next week and getting on to the telling of what made it a very special day. Next week we will begin our literacy circles.

We began discussing what we know about the canal and made posters to advertise the merits of making a visit.

The children are loving taking part in Bikeability. It is lovely to see them so animated and excited. The class also enjoyed doing relays round the school in PE this week. In music the studied a poem and used instruments to help tell the story. In RE we are looking at Christian figures and this week we learned about Joseph and his dreams. In drama we acted out the different stages of this story.

We are extremely lucky to have been selected to complete a 10 week project providing an introduction to the creative use of technology in music making. We will be using cutting edge but accessible equipment and software.

Thank you to those who were able to attend meet the teacher this week. It was lovely to meet you all. Homework will commence next week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

• September holiday Monday 19th September
• Class assembly Friday 7th October