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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!

 

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We can’t believe this is the last blog from Primary 5 this year. We’re doing our All About Me sheets just now and are enjoying looking back at our old ones from P1 – P4!
We meet our new teacher today – very exciting!
Our class talks finish today – everyone has done really well and we have learned an awesome amount of stuff about Victorians. We have our Victorian school day to look forward to next Tuesday when we can come dressed up as Victorian children. Don’t forget…!
We found out at the end of last week that Rebecca was the best girl overall in the Biathlon at Donaldson’s – well done Rebecca, you really deserved the trophy. Again, well done to Ross our fastest boy.
A wee reminder that reports went out on Monday so if you could return the acknowledgement slip that would be helpful. Also reading books should all be handed back next week in time for a fresh new term – thanks for your help with this.
Everyone should bring in a bag next week so we can send work home, also PE kits and indoor shoes will be sent home to be washed/replaced.
Lastly, a huge thank you to my wonderful Primary 5 class who have made this year a fun, challenging, noisy, incredible, interesting, funny, amazing, awesome year – I’ll miss you but wish you loads of luck in Primary 6. Perhaps some of you will sign up for netball next year and I’ll see you then!
Have a wonderful summer and come back safe and sound in August!
Mrs Johnston

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Mrs Johnston was at camp for half the week with P7s so we had Mrs Ramsay which was lots of fun! Our class talks are going really well and the feedback we are giving each other is really sensible and positive. We are learning lots about the Victorians including school, foundling hospitals, punishments, transport and the justice system.
We LOVED the Biathlon – 4 lengths of the pool at Donaldsons followed by a run round their grounds – everyone did so well but there has to be a winner! The fastest girl was Rebecca and the fastest boy was Ross – well done! We will find out soon how our fastest compared to the other schools in the cluster – fingers crossed. Special mention to Kristina and Joseph who came in a close second.
Coming up:
Marches day 16th June – hope the sun shines!
Meet the new teacher Thursday 18th June

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Huge excitement in Primary 5 this week – the chicks have hatched! At this time we have 8 chicks, 7 yellow ones and one black one. We all got to suggest names and then voted on our favourite ones. The names chosen were Pixie and Penny, Ant and Dec, Gus, Nut and Ella and Gold. Sadly we did have 9 chicks at one point but poor Phoebe didn’t survive last night. We think she maybe hatched a little too early. We’ll keep the chicks until Friday when Gordon’s mum comes to pick them up and take them back to the farm to live out a long, healthy life there. It’s been awesome having the chicks and they fit right into our health and wellbeing topic of life cycles and reproduction. With the sad death of Phoebe we’ll go on to discuss the circle of life and death too.
We all enjoyed the LEPRA workout on Monday – the music and dancing got us all up and ready to face the day head on – perhaps we should do a wee workout every day! Thanks to everyone who brought in a donation.
We loved the P1 assembly – they were amazing and wonderful and we can’t wait to be their chums next year!
Coming up:
8 – 10 June Mrs Johnston is away at camp so Mrs Ramsay will be in P5
11 June – Biathlon (don’t forget to wear sporty clothes and bring a swimsuit and towel and goggles)

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Lana had the best PE of her life this week because we got to take the parachute out and play team games. Rebecca enjoyed the freedom during PE – freedom to decide their own games and to make up their own games. Laura liked it when Mrs Johnston refereed the P5 football game because she made everything fair. Mrs Johnston was pleasantly surprised at how well the game went because there have been a few disputes throughout the year all because of football.
CEM testing started this week – Lois thought it was fun and she likes how it checks her understanding of different things. Oscar found some of it hard especially the word and picture problems (he wasn’t the only one!). Our vocabulary was tested really well and that was a tricky part too. Kristina enjoyed using the touch screen computers but the headphones were a bit fiddly and uncomfortable.
Molly, Oscar and Ruth are very excited about playing at the Crying of the Marches on the 13th June – good luck!
Matthew and Sophia enjoyed making trails in the school grounds and also enjoyed trying other groups trails out. It was a very energetic afternoon!
Some of us have moved on to decimals in Maths and so far, so good. Everyone else is concentrating on division.
Sports day was great fun! Everyone took part very well and the winning house was Ochiltree – well done. In the P5 races we had a couple of very close finishes – well done Finn, Broddy and Sam and well done Kristina, Ella and Anna! Great sportsmanship displayed throughout. Special mention to the ‘guy in the tie’ (Mr Veitch) who won the Dad’s race for the 4th time running!
Coming up:
1st June – dress down day/LEPRA workout
3rd June – chicks are due to hatch!!
5th June – VLG – last one!
w/b 8th June – class talks begin – can’t wait!

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Election fever gripped Low Port last week, votes were cast and the winners were announced during our assembly. Mrs Johnston was very impressed by how enthusiastic, hard-working and team-spirited we all were during our politics topic and we all really enjoyed learning about politics and elections. In the end it was The Outside Party who won by a slim margin from The School Funding Operations Party. Not much divided our 3rd and 4th placed parties Active Like Animals Party and International Low Port Party so well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone who voted. The Outside Party (TOP) are now looking forward to meeting with Mrs Livingston to discuss how they could implement one of their policies, although unfortunately the outdoor swimming pool has already been ruled out due to lack of funding!!!
Our election assembly was great fun and everyone performed really well – we hope the rest of the school and our parents and families enjoyed it as much as we did!
We’ve been continuing with multiplication and division in Maths and our topic assessment scores have been very good. We’ve been doing a lot of Cloze work in language lessons – filling in the words – and this has been helping us with our reading and comprehension of texts.
We heard from the charity LEPRA and the work they do to help people with leprosy and we’re looking forward to our workout on the 1st June and the opportunity to dress down.
We now have 24 eggs in the classroom courtesy of Gordon’s Mum and we’re hoping that we’ll get some chicks hatching out very soon. Gordon’s Mum is coming in soon to tell us a bit more about the hatching process and this will link in nicely to our next health and wellbeing topic which is all about life cycles and our bodies.

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We have found out that we have some super fit children in P5. The PE students took us for PE on Tuesday and made us do lots of exercises to improve our cardio, core and arms. After that we did the plank challenge – everyone was really impressive but a special mention needs to go to Joseph and Adam who held their plank positions for a very, very, very long time! We then had a press up/push up challenge and again after a very determined battle Adam and Gordon came out top! The next day arms were still sore – but we’ve learned that we are a very determined bunch!
Assembly preparation is going well. We are all in groups and have responsibility for a part of the assembly and so we’re sorting out lines and a PowerPoint to show. We are also campaigning round the school for votes. Primary 6 gave us a good grilling about funding which we tried hard to answer honestly. We have set up a polling booth in the Zone, made a couple of ballot boxes, printed off the ballot papers and have made placards to encourage last minute voters to support and vote for us. We are all very excited by the election and remember to come along to our assembly to find out the result, live that morning!
In Maths we have been focussing on multiplication and division and thinking about the link between the two.
Any writing we’ve done this week has been linked to politics. We had a fun lesson discussing who we would form a coalition with and we ended up having a ‘question time’ with our party leaders. They answered the questions very well and stuck up for their policies confidently.
We went on a canal safety cruise on Wednesday – thanks Mrs Maxwell for helping us with that. We learned all about how to keep ourselves safe near water of any kind and we had a lovely cruise along to the leisure centre and back.

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Our ‘political’ campaigns are hotting up – lots of debating, arguing amongst and between our parties already. We are having to really work hard at communicating and collaborating with our team mates, making sure everyone is included and listened to. We will be presenting our parties to the rest of the school tomorrow with a ’60 second’ presentation so we hope that goes well!
We are doing lots of multiplication in Maths and trying out different mental strategies to help us with this – any times tables practise at home would be really helpful!
Our writing is all to do with our politics topic really with poster and leaflet creation. We’re also concentrating hard on our punctuation including speech marks! (Adam is very happy about this)
Our outdoor learning came indoors this week due to the dodgy weather – it really is amazing how many things you can make with a plastic bottle. We’re hoping we can make some sort of artwork that will use these bottles and display them in the school grounds somewhere – more on that next time!
Magical moment of the week –
Well done to Leah, Chloe and Laura who won 3rd, 2nd and 1st prizes for their artwork entered into the LUCS birthday competition – they all received book tokens – well done, and thank you LUCS.
Coming up:
Holiday 4/5 May
Cricket sessions – next 4 Thursdays – bring trainers that day too if possible as these will be outside!
Canal trip 13 May
Assembly 15 May