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

P5 blog 24/6/16

Well that’s another year nearly over! And what a year it’s been. We are world record holders now, we performed a sell-out show with P6, we learned about the canal, the Scottish wars of Independence, bridges, financial education and the British Isles. We’ve had some very good debates, wonderful class talks and super personal projects. We all enjoyed a variety of learning within our VLGs and there have been many achievements both in and out of school.
All that remains for us to say is that it’s been a fab year and we hope everyone has a super, safe summer with loads of excitement and experiences to remember and share when we return back in August for Primary 6! Take care and see you in August!

P5 blog 17/6/16

We found out our chums!! So exciting! We had a couple of chum times last week and this week we had our first official chum duty during Grandparents day. We had to help our chums guide their grandparents round the school and answer any questions the grandparents had. We all did a fantastic job and are now even more excited about Primary 6 and our chums.
We are still working hard in class learning about the Euros ’16 championships and doing work related to the flags and merchandise involved in the tournament. In Maths we’re tackling long division and the divisibility rules. We’ve written letters to our P6 teacher who we now know is Miss Smith and we have been creating comic strips using the ICT program Comic Life.
Coming up:
Fencing taster session – Tuesday 21st
P7 graduation ceremony (evening) – Thursday 23rd
Last day of school – Wednesday 29th

P5 blog 2/6/16

We really enjoyed our assembly last week and we hope you enjoyed our drumming! We were so pleased that it all went well and no-one made even a single mistake!
Our very exciting news is – we are all WORLD RECORD HOLDERS!!! And it’s officially amazing because the Guinness Book of Records were there to make sure it all went according to plan! So there were over 460 of us playing the djembe and other African instruments and we played for over 6 and a half minutes!!! AMAZING! Here are some of our thoughts:-
Oli said ‘It felt more like 2 minutes!’
Freya said ‘It really improved my focus because everyone around us were doing different things so I had to concentrate to keep my rhythm going.’
Rory said ‘It was so much fun and we ended up breaking the record, getting a cool hat, getting cheered and got photographs taken by a drone!!’
Thank you to Kirsten and Ted’s mums for helping on this officially amazing event!
Coming up:
Class talks – w/b 6th June
Linlithgow book festival – Monday 6th June
Abercorn Lifepath event – Tuesday 7th June – wear trainers!!

P5 blog 26/5/16

We are all very excited about our assembly tomorrow – we’ve worked really hard to make it funny, entertaining and informative – we hope everyone enjoys it.
We’ve also been practising so well for our drumming world record attempt that we can do it in our sleep! If you come along tomorrow you’ll hear a sneak preview!
We are doing division in Maths just now and next week we’re learning some divisibility rules and tricks which will help us with our mental maths. We will be writing to our P6 teacher next week telling them all about ourselves and what we are looking forward to and what we hope to be doing in P6.
On Thursday 2nd we go to Livingston football stadium to try and break the world record for playing the longest time using un-tuned African percussion instruments. We’re all very excited about it and will let you know how we got on!
Coming up:
2nd June – world record attempt!!
3rd June – visit from Deacon’s court
6th – 10th June – class talks
6th June – book festival
7th June – Abercorn Lifepath event

P5 blog 12/5/16

We had a lovely trip along the canal today learning about water safety. We now all know how to get someone out of the water without going in ourselves! We also know how important it is to stay safe around water of any kind.
We’re enjoying our drumming workshops and are looking forward to smashing the world record on the 2nd June – imagine, real live record breakers, here at Low Port PS!
In writing we’re focusing on writing instructions and yesterday we wrote instructions for a sensory trail around the school grounds – that was good fun, especially since the weather has been so lovely. Our focus in Maths is measure so lots of practical work going on in and around class. Class talks will be taking place in June – everyone should have an explanation sheet to help with the preparation of these.
We enjoyed using some of the super construction resources in the Zone on Monday to build different types of bridges including suspension, cable stay, cantilever and truss bridges. We worked in teams of four and all the teams had a good level of success!
Some of us are playing at the George Allan football festival this weekend so come along and support us if you’re free.
Coming up:
Drumming workshop – Friday 20th May
P5 assembly – 27th May (parents invited)

P5 blog 21/4/16

We had a quick look back on our week and this was what came up during our discussions!
Freya said we had an exciting lesson with Moneysense and Mrs Stevenson where we planned and budgeted our own parties. We then had to make up presentations using Power point and the internet which we presented to the class. Everyone did completely different parties and spent different amounts, all within our budgets. We learned a lot about money, budgeting and working in a team. We all got goodie bags and a class piggy bank which we have named ‘Mr Chops’.
Molly remembered we started to create a trim trail for the playground which is a fitness trail. We split into groups and thought about different activities we could do which would exercise different parts of the body. We’re also doing some football training in PE with Mrs Cameron.
Zara added that in PE with Mrs Johnston we’ve been doing circuit training. In groups of 3 we were given some equipment (like a mat or some cones) and we had to create an activity for the class to do. We also had to think about which muscles were being exercised and what skills were being developed.
Alyssa enjoyed our lesson on graphic scores and thought it was fun making up our own instruments using classroom objects and then writing our own short piece of music in our group. We used the brand new visualiser which let the rest of the class see our graphic score while we were performing!
Blair suggested we talk about the point of homework this week so we had a debate. Both sides battled hard to put their points across and lots of us came up with very good and sensible arguments.
Oli mentioned about doing comprehension outside this week and remembered it was all about asking questions and the difference between open and closed questions – Georgia remarked it was so much more fun and it was easier because we got to talk and listen rather than the usual reading and writing!

Coming up:
Drumming workshops and our World Record attempt on Thursday 2nd June
May holiday 2nd and 3rd May

P5 blog 15/4/16

Primary 5 really excelled today at the Marathon of Sports fundraiser! Not only did they help decide which sports to include, they worked out what equipment was needed and what each station would involve! They helped to set up the course, they explained their stations so well, they encouraged and supported all the pupils and were generally superstars! Also a big thank you to the P7s who helped with the set up and the P6s who helped with the tidy up.
We were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Stevenson who came as an RBS volunteer to help us with their Moneysense programme during which we had to plan and budget for a birthday party. She was super impressed with how hard the class worked and well they got through their tasks. She returns next week to see our final presentations. Connected to this we are doing money in Maths just now. We had fun learning about our respiratory system and doing different activities to see how that affected our pulse rates and we enjoyed going outside to practise our learning skills.
Problem solving with the IZAK cubes was pretty challenging this week – we were working on making a magic square with the numbers 1 to 9 – you should try it, it’s tricky! Saying that, 2 teams managed to solve it in the given time – well done!
Coming up:
Friday 22nd April – drumming workshop in school