P5 blog 12/11/15

We had a very good trip to the Wallace Monument on Tuesday.  It was a grotty day but that didn’t stop the valiant P5’s from striding up the hill to the Wallace monument, before tackling the 246 steps to the top.  It was extremely windy and wet at the top of the monument but we still got a great view of the site where the Battle of Stirling Bridge took place.  We learned a lot about William Wallace and the battle and we’ll be writing about this next week.  We got to see the types of weapons and armour worn by the armies and we learned about the tactics used by the Scots to win the battle.  A great trip all round.

Sanjana taught us a lot about Diwali this week – the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus.  She told us how she and her family celebrate it and we made rangolis (window decorations) for our classroom.

We learned how the Scottish Wars of Independence started and made a comic strip to represent the death of Alexander III.

In Science we learned how temperature affects the states of matter – solid, liquids and gases.  We’ll be doing some experiments next week to see some physical and chemical changes in action.

We started Literature Circles this week and Mrs Johnston was so pleased with how well we did.  Everyone completed their tasks to a very good standard and some very good discussions were going on.

We are still practising hard for our handball festival and played a big game in PE this week.

Maths included multiplication and some data handling – all the groups are finding the work a bit challenging and are learning to read questions very carefully before diving in!


Coming up

Tuesday 17th November – Lidl bus at Low Port

Friday 20th November – PTA disco


P5 blog 6/11/15

It’s been a busy week in Primary 5 with topics finishing and new ones starting. We have now started our new topic, the Scottish wars of independence, and have created a time-line to give us a sense of when this happened in history. We are very lucky to have Alasdair who is already somewhat of an expert in this area – he even brought in his Dad’s mug which had part of the ‘declaration of Arbroath’ on it! We are all looking forward to our trip next Tuesday (10th) – please remember to send in a packed lunch as we will be arriving back too late for school lunches that day.
We had fun in science this week when we made some water very dirty and then filtered it using sand and filter paper to make it clean again. The children were all very excited when the clean water started to drip through. Next week we will be focussing on the states of matter – solid, liquid and gas.
We are getting very good at our handball in preparation for our festival on the 10th December. We have been learning skills like passing, throwing, catching and marking and everyone is playing well. We also did some yoga at PE this week – Mrs Johnston thought it might relax and calm the class and be a lovely, quiet experience but, alas, there was a lot of giggling and hilarity at some of the poses we had to do! It was good fun though! Mrs Johnston is running the London Marathon in April and the class are encouraging her every step of the way. To help with this there is a ‘marathon mileage’ chart on the door so that the children can see how many miles Mrs Johnston has run every week – no pressure then!
We had a good session during ICT exploring and working on SumDog – everyone seems really enthusiastic about it and Mrs Johnston has entered us for 2 contests already although its up to each pupil to decide if they want to participate or not.
Maths has been quite challenging recently within our data handling topic although results are improving all the time with practice and consistent effort. Our next Maths topics will be multiplication and division.
Our last Bikeability session was on Monday and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mrs Wilson and Mrs Garcia-Alis for their enthusiasm and happiness at delivering these sessions. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and perhaps we’ll see more children cycling confidently to school from now on.
Coming up:
10th Nov – trip to Wallace monument
13th Nov – VLG 3
17th Nov – LIDL bus
20th Nov – PTA disco

P5 blog 29/10/15

Everyone has arrived back to school safe and sound with lots of holiday stories to share – sounds like it was a busy holiday for some of you!
This week we are finishing off our British Isles topic by exploring the water cycle and how it affects us. We’ll also be doing some science experiments to support this, including making our very own water cycle!
We are continuing with information handling work in Maths and the children are enjoying carrying out their own surveys and translating them into bar charts and line graphs and working out other information from them.
We are still learning about Moses in RME and have started our burning bush pictures. We’ve been writing about Halloween monsters and talking about these in French too!
Brass players got their instruments yesterday so great excitement and already tales of how they are annoying little/big brothers and sisters with their playing! String players already have their instruments and are very enthusiastic about the whole experience.
It’s our ECO inspection today so Ryan and Leah are geared up to talk about the P5 duties and Jaime and Patrick will also be meeting the ECO inspector in their roles of ECO VLG members – good luck to the ECO team!!

Coming up
10th November – trip to Wallace monument
13th November – VLG


P5 blog 15/10/15

Thank you to all the parents for coming along to parents night – it was great to meet you and share your children’s many successes with you. I’m very lucky to have an enthusiastic, motivated, sometimes noisy, supportive class and I look forward to more of the same in term 2.

Our highlights this term have been:
Bikeability, the Kelpies, Music Technology, Power Point presentations, our assembly, French, splatter art, glaciation, mindsets, THINK, data handling, the canal trip, learning handball, golden time, blue bags and tuck shop.

Special thanks to Mrs Garcia-Alis and Mrs Wilson for doing Bikeability with us – we have one more session to go. We have all loved it and feel very proud of our achievements.

It’s been a busy but successful and fun term and I hope term 2 will be full of success, busy-ness and fun too. I hope everyone has a wonderful week’s holiday and will be ready to come back refreshed and set to impress in term 2.


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P5 have been learning about growth mindsets this week. It has been really interesting to learn the difference between fixed and growth mindsets and we’re going to try hard to ‘change our mindset, change our words’. For example, instead of saying “It’s good enough”, we’re going to say “Is this really my best work?”. In ICT today we’re going to make up our own statements to display in the class to remind us to always think positively about ourselves and our abilities.
We’ve loved music technology but this is our last week sadly. Lots of us have brought instruments in for today so I wonder what we’ll get up to today….
We did some really colourful and messy paintings as part of our British Isles topic. They turned out really well and you can see them at Parents night next week.
Our assembly went really well – everyone remembered their moves and their lines so well done P5.
We’re all enjoying handball and are getting very good at throwing, catching and marking. It’s a lot of fun but very exhausting too!
Maths is going well but it’s nearly time for a more practical topic so we’re going to start data handling next week.
We all had much better discussions during reading this week. We’ve been learning about questioning and how to create discussion and debate. We now use different types of questions depending on our tasks.

Most of us were excited about the Bake off final and we wrote to Newsround about who we thought should win. Much to our surprise our comment is now on Newsround’s website!! Check it out!
Coming up:
Tuesday and Wednesday is parents night – please remember we have to stick strictly to 10 minutes maximum
Wednesday – last handball session from the specialist
Friday – holidays!!!


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This week’s blog comes from the Flying Piggies – Leah, Abby, Alasdair, Ryan, Georgia, Zak and Molly.

Molly and Leah think Bikeability is fun because you get to go on your bikes and learn by playing games. Georgia enjoys it because we don’t normally get to do things like that.
Abby has been enjoying learning the French fruit version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes. We’re all trying to learn our lines and some of us are a little nervous about our assembly on Friday. It’s all about our responsibilities in P5 and about healthy eating. Zak says our last assembly practice is today!!
Alasdair was surprised to get an instrument letter and thinks he’ll have a shot. 12 children from the class got an instrument so a lot of excitement but some were disappointed not to be chosen.
Zak and Ryan and everyone else are enjoying our music technology lessons. Last week we recorded lots of different sounds and made our own little orchestra with them – the result was quite funny! 2 more lessons to enjoy.
Georgia noted that in talking and listening we’ve been focusing on pace and this week we read out food poems to the class trying to make sure our pace was just right.
We’ve all entered a competition to name a gritter and if one of us wins then our gritter will visit the school and we’ll be able to see it up close.
We’ve got a new class novel – we had a choice of 3 and Mr Nobody’s Eyes got the most votes – Alasdair is looking forward to reading it.
Leah, Abby, Zak, Molly and Georgia all love Hi5 French because it’s funny which makes it fun to learn.
The red arrows have moved on to addition which is a nice change and the green dragons have been looking at the link between addition and subtraction and the blue bears are working really hard with their tricky subtraction sums too.
For topic we are looking at the British Isles so we now know where the borders are and the different capital cities. Leah says we did this by marking them on a blank map of the British Isles.

coming up:
Assembly on Friday 2nd October
Bikeability on Monday 5th October
parent night appointments out Monday 5th October


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We started our new topic this week – the British Isles – and we will be investigating the environment and the geography of the British Isles. We now know exactly what makes up the British Isles thanks to Kirsten, Kate, Molly and Maisie.
It’s ‘Walk your wigs off’ day on Friday 25th – please come to school wearing a wig or wacky hair and bring a donation for Team Jak in memory of Jak, a West Lothian schoolboy, who would have been 16 last week.
It’s our assembly next week so lines will be going out on Monday and that is the main homework (along with spelling). This is for school only but parents and family are invited to our assembly in May.
We can’t wait to find out who is getting an instrument – no news yet…..
VLGs start on Friday and remember bikes on Monday 28th for Bikeability training.


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This week’s blog comes from the Cheese Toasties – Zara, Maisie, Rosie, Harry, Jamie and Patrick!
Zara really enjoyed doing her Maths check-up this week and she felt she did well and felt confident about her subtraction. Harry and Patrick found their check-up kind of in the middle but both felt they did OK. Rosie and Jamie found their check up quite hard but tried their best and did well and Maisie found it OK.
Zara likes trying powerlines – a game on the smart board and even though it is quite tricky everyone can have a go!
Harry, Jamie, Patrick, Maisie and Rosie enjoyed our dodgeball games this week and even Mrs Johnston learned something new about dodgeball – when you have an emperor in the team – thanks Oli for suggesting this game.
We had a music specialist in last week and she is coming back for another 4 weeks to teach us about electronics in music. Harry thought it was really fun because we got to experiment with lots of cool instruments.
Jamie thought Bikeability was fun – he learned how to brake safely and to do emergency stops.
Maisie, Zara and Rosie enjoyed floating the cardboard boats – the great thing was that every single boat floated. Harry and Kayleigh were off but we’ll try theirs out next week. Our boats are now on display for everyone to admire – watch out for them at Parent’s night!
Maisie has enjoyed working at the Tuck shop and making posters and presentations about the tuck shop. Everyone is looking forward to going round the classes today to do the tuck shop survey.
We all completed our Kelpies and they are looking fabulous in the classroom but will be put on display in time for parents’ night.
Most of us are happy with the VLG groupings and this starts next Friday.
We had the music instrumental test this week and Rosie and Patrick didn’t really enjoy it that much but Maisie and Zara loved it – results will be back soon.

Funny moments of the week – Harry managed to splat Patrick at dodgeball and some of the boys and girls struggling a little to do the stretches demonstrated by the very bendy Zara, Mairi and Molly!

Coming up:
Holiday weekend
First VLG on 25th September
P5 assembly (school only) 2nd October


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This week’s blog comes from ‘Piggies go BOOM!’ – Mairi, Freya, Sanjana, Alyssa, Blair and Ted.
Ted enjoyed kickball rounders because it taught us to be good sports and the skills we practised were kicking, catching and throwing.
Freya enjoyed doing Powerlines – a maths challenge where you had to link numbers up to make the correct total. Maths skills we used included adding and subtracting.
Sanjana enjoyed the canal trip because we got to ride on the barge and there were lots of interesting things to find out like trying out the shovel navvies used to dig the canal. Alyssa felt like our feet were in the water because the boat was so low. Ted found it interesting to look out the windows to see the wildlife and evidence of the horses that used to pull the boats along. Mairi thought the video clip was ok and thought it was a good idea the video was stopped at places to check we were listening and could answer questions. Alyssa also learned about the numbers on the canal bridges and what they meant.
Blair enjoyed the handball because you got to pick a partner and you had to mark them. This didn’t make it easier though as you had to stick with one person and couldn’t help your team-mates. Mairi would like more practise so she can become a better marker. Other skills we learned were spacing and passing. Alyssa enjoyed the mini warm-up games too.
Freya brought in a great book of Scottish folk tales and we read the one about the water kelpie. We all enjoyed the story and then we finished off our Kelpie drawings. We’re all pretty proud of our efforts.
Everyone enjoyed Hi5 French because you got to sing and you got positive feedback which was said in a funny accent.
Funny moment of the week was when Harry talked about healthy food taking over the world but everyone started giggling especially Zak because he gave the best example of how NOT to speak in public!!


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Welcome to the brand new P5 weekly blog! We hope you enjoy it!
Today’s blog comes from the Marshmallow Minions – Kayleigh, Kirsten, Rory, Kate, Cara and Oli.

Kirsten is enjoying Maths and is doing subtraction using mental strategies.
Rory has been enjoying creating our Minecraft themed class charter. He and others have made up their own minecraft characters, buildings, monsters and animals showing lots of imagination.
Kayleigh and Kate enjoyed our swimming assessment at Bathgate particularly when they had to dive under the water to collect the toys – between them they managed to grab 5! Thanks to Maisie’s mum and Freya’s dad for helping us with this trip.
Oli and Cara loved the handball because we got to play lots of games and then we got to play an actual match. The 2 skills we learned were throwing and finding space. The 2 rules we learned were you can run with the ball for 3 steps and you can only hold onto the ball for 3 seconds.
Bikeability started this week but it was all about bike checks which Rory thought was a bit boring BUT once he got cycling it was fun and we’re all looking forward to next session. A big thank you to Mrs Garcia and Mrs Wilson who are organising this.
We used dictionaries this week in comprehension but some of us found this a bit tough so Oli thinks we need to keep practising!

Funny moment of the week was during handball when Harry headed the ball into Rory’s hands – well done Harry and Rory!
Also when Zara accidentally hit Maisie and Freya on the head during the throwing game – everyone laughed a lot including Maisie and Freya!

Thanks for reading – see you next week!
The Marshmallow Minions

Mrs Johnston would also like to say thank you to everyone who came along to the Meet the Teacher night – it was great to see you and she hopes you found it useful!