P5 blog 25/2/16

After all the excitement of the school show we are now back into the normal routine. It was lovely singing the show songs once more to Ronnie at his celebration assembly.
Literature Circles have restarted and groups are working well together so far. Since this is the second time we will be doing Literature circles in P5 high standards of work will be expected by all pupils. This includes presentation, the provision of evidence to support opinions and pupils being as creative as possible. We are just about to finish fractions in Maths and we’ll be moving on to decimals soon. In French we have been telling the time but we’ve also had to revise this subject in English too! The children are loving working with our new Maths resource – IZAK9 cubes. Feel free to google these. They promote lots of things including teamwork, communication, mental maths agility and problem solving. Our student Mrs Donald has been increasing her class contact time gradually and will be taking the class full time next week. Her last day in P5 will be Friday 4th March. She has proved to be a very hard working, enthusiastic and creative teacher and it has been a pleasure having her in the class.
Next week we start focussing on Fairtrade – our particular focus will be on cotton and it is World book day on Thursday 3rd March so children are allowed to come into school dressed as their favourite book character.
A reminder that the Low Port Activity weeks will start on 7 March when around half of the children go off on their adventures. The week after that the remaining half have their opportunity. Fingers crossed for dry weather but I’m sure whatever the weather they will have a lot of fun! If you haven’t returned forms/payment yet please do asap.
A special mention to Freya and Georgia who participated in the biggest SSSA Alpine series event this week – both performed brilliantly and we’re looking forward to seeing a power point of the event made by Freya’s Dad – well done girls!

P5 blog 11/2/16

What a week to finish this part of the term on! Monday saw our dress rehearsal in front of the school – it went really well and the pupils and teachers told us how much they enjoyed it. Our two evening performances, however, were EPIC! We were all absolutely buzzing and the audiences laughed at all our jokes! As a result (and we hope you agree) we felt we did a brilliant job and were very proud of ourselves! Here are some of our own comments about the show:
Rory said, “I think I improved my acting skills and in the end I had fun!”
Molly said, “I got better at singing in front of an audience and I developed the skill of learning a high number of lines.”
Leah said, “I feel I’m more confident acting, singing and dancing in front of a crowd.”
Alyssa said, “I learned about talking during a performance and knowing when to speak.”
Kayleigh said, “I was a bit nervous and I found getting the right accent difficult.”
Rosie said, “My Gran thought it was amazing!”
Georgia said, ” think that when I am singing, I should smile more.”
Zak said, “I was a bit nervous doing it in front of the parents and the whole school.”
Kate said, “Everyone improved with every performance.”
Kirsten said, “Everyone was great. I enjoyed doing the limbo dance.”
Blair said, “I thought the school show was very successful. Everyone played their part very well.”
Ryan said, “I remembered all my lines and when to say them.”
Ted said, “We supported others and produced a fabulous performance.”
Patrick said, “Whenever someone got stuck on their lines we would support each other and developed a good show.”

We wish we could include all the comments but there’s no room!! Lot and lots of positive comments from all involved! Thanks to everyone who helped with the show in any way, shape or form and hopefully ‘borrowed’ costumes will be winging their way home very soon. Please let us know if you are missing any items.

Back to normal next week after the February break where we continue with, among other things, fractions in Maths and critical literacy work with Mrs Donald. No homework during the short week but normal homework will resume the following week.
Have a lovely holiday weekend, stay safe and see you on Wednesday 17th!

P5 blog 4/2/16

A short update this week – school show fever has gripped P5 and P6 and we are all very excited about performing our show to the school on Monday and to our friends and family on Tuesday and Wednesday night! Today we are practising with props and microphones – the lights arrive tomorrow and our costumes are just about all ready to go too. Remember there are still tickets available for both nights!
Mrs Donald, our student, is taking the class at different points of the week and is really enjoying her time with the class – the children are working well with her and I’m sure the next 4 weeks will just fly by for Mrs Donald.
We got a letter from the Department for International Development this week. This was as a result of our letter to the Prime minister urging him to help children during humanitarian disasters – this was part of our Rights Respecting Schools work. The children felt very happy that they had been listened to – article 12 in the UNCRC states that children have the right to give their opinions and for adults to listen and take them seriously!
There will be no homework next week – this is due to the school show taking up 2 valuable evenings. We will still do spelling in class but this will be more informal with no test on the Friday. In Maths we are concentrating on fractions and in writing we are still on imaginative writing.
Ronnie’s assembly is next Friday so the children will be making a memento for Ronnie to remember Low Port PS and we will be entertaining him with a song from the show – it is bound to be quite an emotional assembly for Ronnie, Heather, the children and the staff!

P5 blog 21/1/16

This week’s blog comes from Alyssa, Blair, Cara, Jamie, Kayleigh and Oli.

Cara is enjoying the school show because it’s funny and everyone is trying hard and doing a good job. Alyssa says even if you have a small part it is important and often very funny too. Blair thinks some of the scenes are awesome. Costume requests will be sent home soon – please remember to label the bag with pupil’s name.
Oli enjoyed playing King of the Ring because we got to knock people’s balls away until only a few people were left. This required skill and good ball control and you needed to know where the ball was and where other players were.
Jamie has enjoyed using the compasses in Maths to draw circles and we’ve been practising to split circles into 8 and 12 segments – quite tricky. We’ve been learning about angles and turns.
Kayleigh kind of liked planning for story writing – it was good because she has ideas on how to start writing her story today but for some people it can be a waste of time because they are ready to start their story without planning.
Cara and Blair enjoyed the Art VLG and creating cat pictures using oil pastels and paint. Oli felt quite responsible during the drama VLG because he had to teach 5 younger pupils their lines. Jamie enjoyed being outside during the ECO VLG doing a spot of bird watching. Alyssa was in the RRS VLG and she and 2 others have written a piece for the newsletter so watch out for that!
Oli and others found using the baseplate compass a little tricky – we’re not sure if all the compasses really work properly. But everyone identified different places in different directions from the school in order to build up a map for maths work.
Coming up
Sponsored silence Monday 25th January
Lots of show practice
Mrs Donald (student) starting in in P5 on Monday 25th January

P5 blog 14/1/16

Our main focus for the next few weeks is, of course, the school show! Rehearsals are taking place through the week and again, well done to a lot of the pupils who have already learned their lines and are trying really hard with their acting! It’s set to be a really fun show. An email will go out shortly asking for the loan of some props – remember if you do send anything in with your child it must be labelled with your name so it can be returned after the show. Thank you in advance and remember to save the date(s) – 9th and 10th February.
We have entered a ‘Cosmic Classroom’ competition in which we have the chance to take part in a ‘live’ conversation with Tim Peake on the international space station. We will be making a video of the questions we would like to ask him next week and then our fingers and toes will be crossed!
In Maths our focus is on shape, position and movement and this has included using compasses to draw circles and compasses to find our way!!
In writing we’re concentrating on poetry and in PE we are dribbling a lot because we’re learning about basketball.
We are trying hard to use more French within our classroom so now the children have to ask to go to the toilet in French but don’t worry, there is a sign in the classroom which helps them to remember how to say this!
Our big pictures for this term will be coming home next week and that gives you an overview of our learning for the term as well as some important dates.
Have a good week!

P5 blog 8/1/16

Happy New Year – Primary 5 and Mrs Johnston hope it is a very happy and healthy one for everyone!
We started this week off by writing some resolutions – for home and for school so let’s hope we can stick to them! We also shared our Christmas and holiday experiences – it sounds like everyone had lots of fun and were very lucky. We are working on shape in Maths and this includes symmetry and position and movement. As an art task related to symmetry we had to draw half of our own faces from a photograph – the results were fabulous and will definitely be going up on the wall outside the classroom. We are going to be talking about different shapes and their properties next week and this includes work on angles.
We had our first run through of the school show – some of the children have obviously been practising hard over Christmas with their scripts which is brilliant (please note – only chidren with main parts were given scripts). There were lots of laugh out loud moments and I think the end result is going to be amazing! We will need some help from home though in the way of props and costumes so watch this space…. Please encourage your child to bring their scripts in every day if they have one, thanks. The show is going to be a main priority for the class this term and so our IDL work in January and early February will all be related to the show’s theme which is pirates. This gives us lots of potential for research, art, writing, maths, mapping, RME and so on!
In writing we are focussing on poetry and reading will be done within class through a variety of different individual and group tasks so no reading homework for a few weeks! In PE we are moving on to basketball and netball skills and we have our vertical learning groups on Friday. It’s going to be a busy, busy term!!

P5 blog 11/12/15

P5 had a super time at the Handball festival yesterday and every single child showed great sportsmanship, teamwork and a dash of competitiveness. All 3 teams scored lots of goals, saved lots of goals and listened to the referees well. A credit to Low Port PS! A warning to everyone though from myself, Leah, Cara and Freya – handballs are hard and if they hit you they are sore!!
Well done to everyone who auditioned for a part in the P5/6 show – you are all so brave and performed brilliantly. Miss Smith and I have some very tough decisions to make – parts will be announced next week.
We re-enacted the battle of Bannockburn in the playground with our buckler shields and various weapons – we had a lot of fun and there was some very effective swordplay and ‘deaths’ witnessed!
We have our party on Monday afternoon so bring party clothes to change into after lunch.
It’s the Christmas service on Wednesday afternoon – please come along and join the celebration. The P1 nativity looks set to be amazing and the choir, strings and brass always entertain.

P5 blog 3/12/15

This week’s blog comes from the reflection journals belonging to Patrick, Kirsten, Abby, Sanjana and Rory – great effort from all 5!

Patrick wrote, “In IDL we were doing internet safety and were learning about never accepting unknown messages. I really enjoyed our RNLI visit. I learned a lot about safety in water and how to call if you get caught up in a wave. I also really enjoyed our open afternoon and the puppet show we put on!”

Abby wrote, “What I enjoyed most this week was the RNLI visit. I thought Mairi looked funny and so did Jamie when they dressed up. I learned that you can get saved when you are in a flood and I also learned that if you get stung by a jellyfish or a wasp you put vinegar on the sting. What surprised me this week is that we have an advent calendar but it’s a maths one!”

Sanjana wrote, “What I enjoyed this week was making weapons to go with our Scottish shields. I made a Morning Star – Alasdair and I were creative with the choice of our weapons and I enjoyed it very much.”

Rory wrote, “At PE, me, Maisie, Patrick and Kirsten all used a lot of teamwork. In IDL we all made a puppet show and I was with Harry, Sanjana and Maisie. I also improved on my drawing. At art we made weapons and I made a battle axe – I got better at working with tin foil.”

Kirsten wrote, “This week I enjoyed making our puppets and acting with our puppets about the Robert the Bruce and spider story. We used teamwork to get it better. Molly was Robert the Bruce, Leah was the narrator, Cara was his army and I was the spider. My mum came in and helped with our play. I enjoyed when the RNLI came in too and told us about how to stay safe if you’re stranded in the water. We investigated what to wear in water like life jackets.”

Coming up:
Friday 4th – VLG
Monday 7th – school show auditions
Thursday 10th – Handball festival
Friday 11th – Bubblegum and Fluff event
Monday 14th – P4/5 party!
Wednesday 16th – Christmas service at the church

P5 blog 27/11/15

This week our blog is made up of reflection log excerpts from Zara, Kayleigh, Ryan, Oli and Freya.

Zara wrote, “We did mixtures in Science – it was awesome! In PE we did dancing. It was fun but you need to have co-ordination.”

Freya wrote, “I found Science interesting and fun when we investigated what would happen when we put things in a bottle together. I strengthened my understanding of 2 digit multiplication. I improved on my teamwork skills in PE doing dance.”

Oli wrote, “In problem solving we investigated a difficult question and I feel that I’m starting to understand it a bit more. In Science we developed mini lava lamps and in our group in PE we used lots of co-operation, teamwork and support so we got better at our task. In art we achieved making the first bit of our shields.”

Kayleigh wrote, “In science I learned how to make a lava lamp – you add some oil and some food colouring and other stuff. In PE we were developing new ideas in dance using teamwork and we improved on thinking about new moves quickly.”

Ryan wrote, “I was most pleased about my shield because I hadn’t done paper mache before but I think mine was OK. I enjoyed Science because we were doing mixtures and we also did an experiment in a bottle. I think I need a bit more help with multiplication because I got some wrong. During handball I got better at my throwing and catching skills.”

Coming up:
RNLI session – Friday 27th November
Curriculum afternoon and evening – Tuesday 1st December
auditions for talent show – Thursday 3rd December

P5 blog 19/11/15

Our blog is made up of excerpts from some of the pupil’s reflection logs – we hope you like reading them!

Kate said, “On the Lidl bus we developed new skills on making smoothies. I consolidated that we need to eat 5 pieces of fruit or veg a day. We were also in the hall where we investigated our heart rate and then check it after some teamwork races. It was so fun!”

Jamie said, “This week I enjoyed Maths because I thought I improved. I also enjoyed the Lidl bus where I thought we used teamwork. I also enjoyed topic when we were watching a video and taking notes.”

Leah said, “In PE I feel I’ve been persevering and we have been using good teamwork. I feel that in school I have lots of responsibilities, like making sure I get things done at a reasonable time. I think I solved lots of maths problems and I investigated lots of things.”
Molly said, “On the Lidl bus I consolidated my learning about fruit and my 5 a day. It was fun making smoothies with Mairi. I investigated that you should only have 200ml of smoothie a day. In PE we did dancing and I improved my rhythmic skills and I also worked on teamwork.”
Harry said, “In writing we did our plan for the Scottish Wars of Independence so I developed my writing skills. This week we went on a Lidl bus and we made smoothies and consolidated that we have to only have 200ml – it was fantastic!”