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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

 

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Welcome back to the summer term – lots of things to look forward to!
Our new topic is politics and we are all very excited by this. As well as learning about politicians, elections etc. we are forming our own parties and having an election, the result of which will be made public at our assembly on Friday May 15th! We have already chosen names for our parties, come up with a slogan and a colour scheme. We will be choosing leaders soon, making logos and fine-tuning our policies. We will be introducing ourselves to the rest of the school at next week’s assembly hopefully so the leaders will have to make an impression!
Multiplication is our main focus in Maths – as well as learning our tables and new strategies to do multiplying we’ve been making up our own routines to help us remember our tables. Most of us think this is helpful!
In PE we are doing football – not everyone’s favourite sport but it is a lot of fun and hopefully it will help with our playtime and lunchtime games and sportsmanship! We also did rounders – we learned some new rules which were quite challenging but it’s good to try new things. We have a PE student in class called Mr Donaldson for the next 4 weeks.
Magic moment of the week – everyone has their own opinion on this but Mrs Johnston’s favourite moment was Matthew, Leah and Sophia sharing their 6 times table routine – MAGIC!
Coming up:
Bring trainers in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for outdoor learning and PE outside
Deacon’s Court visit about the Marches – Thursday 30th April

 

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Sorry for the lack of blog last week but Mrs Johnston was away on camp with Primary 6 having a fab time! Not to be outdone, half the class were away on their activity week last week and this week the other half are away on theirs – the P5 classroom has been a peaceful place to be!
Highlights from the activity week include biking (Broddy, Oscar, Gordon, Leah and Sam), archery (Adam and Lana and Mrs Johnston enjoyed her archery at P6 camp), Bush craft (Emma and Laura), ski-ing (Anna and Findlay) and Problem Solving (Chloe). A real mixture of activities and a lot of fun was had by all. Fantastic, supercalifra….., epic, adventurous, fabulous and brilliant!!!
We had our last rugby session with Tom from Linlithgow Rugby Club – most of us really enjoyed this and learned some new skills that we can use in other areas of PE. Thanks to Tom and to Euan who also came along to help.
We have been writing our entries for the Young Writers competition and Primary 5 really love to write imaginative stories. We’ve also been very artistic this week entering another RHET competition and also the LUCS 40th birthday art competition. Fingers crossed that we have more success.
We were chuffed to see ourselves in the Gazette – centre spread no less – it was a great morning and it’s nice to get our photos in the paper and to be rewarded for our hard work.
Coming up:
Parent night – Mon 30/Tues 31 March
Easter service – Wed 1 April
Easter egg decorating – Thu 2 April (bring your own egg(s))
Easter holidays – hope everyone has a fab time!

 

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This week’s blog comes from The Question Mark table – Sam, Leah, Joseph, Ella, Findlay, Emma, Madeline and Broddy.
We all really enjoyed our breakfast being made for us by RHET as a result of us winning the Farmhouse breakfast competition. Joseph’s favourite food was the bacon roll, Sam tasted potato scone for the first time and loved it, Emma enjoyed tasting the apple juices and deciding which one she preferred, Ella liked her bacon roll the best, Findlay added scrambled egg to his bacon and had it in a roll and thought it was fab, Leah enjoyed queuing up and being tempted by all the lovely smells and she enjoyed the potato scones, Madeline loved the scrambled egg best and Broddy thought the bacon tasted best – we all thought the RHET volunteers were very clever to make such a fantastic breakfast for 33 of us with only a microwave, a little cooker, 2 hobs and a toaster! WOW!
Emma learned that we should try and eat different varieties of food to get a balanced diet. Findlay learned that you can get healthy cereals that taste much nicer than the sugary, unhealthy cereals. Sam learned it is important to try new things that you don’t usually eat – you might find something new that you like. Overall it was a super experience – so make sure you enter competitions because you might win, we did!
Joseph enjoyed the new games we played at rugby this week, especially the passing game. Ella says we were very energetic due to our big breakfast! Madeline enjoyed being the official photographer – look out for them on the plasma screen! Broddy enjoyed the capture the flag game we played. Only one week left sadly but most of us have really enjoyed our rugby training – especially this week when it was lovely and sunny for a change!
Our activity weeks start next week – we’re all looking forward to it. Findlay can’t wait for the ski-ing, Ella is looking forward to ski-ing because she’s never done it before , Broddy is looking forward to the day of biking, Joseph thinks the ski-ing will be the best, Madeline is looking forward to orienteering, Sam can’t wait to go biking, climbing, archery – everything, Emma is looking forward to the climbing the most and Leah is looking forward to everything!
Coming up
Activity week 1 – 16 – 20 March
Activity week 2 – 23 – 27 March

 

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This week’s blog comes from the RNLI Brainlicker Snails
Kristina thought Science was really fun this week – all about chemical reactions – and her favourite one was the class experiment which was the volcano experiment. It was fun to watch and good that everyone got a chance to do experiments.
James enjoyed the drama for health and wellbeing – it was fun and he feels comfortable acting out scenarios in front of the class.
Gordon thought ICT was epic – we got to do research on World book day using the internet and then we had to put all the info into a powerpoint and use all our skills to make it ‘whizz bang’. We also had to make sure we saved it under a sensible name.
Molly was really chuffed that we managed to play along to an Emilie Sande song , Next to Me – we sounded amazing! We now know 2 chords and are learning another one today.
Maths saw a lot of lightbulb moments for a lot of the class. Ruth has enjoyed changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. It’s been quite challenging but good to be using our times tables in a different way.
Ross enjoyed our Fairtrade lesson all about cotton and learning about how cotton goes from plant to garment – he enjoyed the group task and listening to the information.
Molly is really chuffed because she has been chosen along with Megan and Ella to play at a chess competition this weekend – good luck girls! Kristina and Madeline are going to play Mrs Johnston at the teacher/pupil match – Mrs Johnston is very nervous!
Most of the group found our comprehension task hard this week – lots of information to read through and sort – but we’re going to get more time to look at it next week.
Lois was really happy to be able to take part in rugby this week and enjoyed all the different games – it was better weather this week too which made it more enjoyable.
Lee liked the animal friendship videos we’ve been watching and discussing to try to focus on the positives of friendship. We’ve been working hard to try to improve our attitudes to niggles that go on in the playground and we all feel talking about it and looking at it in a different way helps a bit.
Coming up:
9th March – class photographs being taken
10th March – RHET farmhouse breakfast – get your tummy ready!
13th March – Red Nose Day – dress in red and bring a donation please
w/b 16th March – Activity week 1
w/b 23rd March – Activity week 2

 

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Today’s blog comes from the 2015 Knickerberries group.
We started rugby training this week. Adam really enjoyed tag rugby – he won the first round outright and was joint first with Findlay in the second round – what a result! Finlay really enjoyed it as he already does rugby so feels quite confident and was able to answer the questions asked by Tom from Linlithgow rugby club. Laura got 2 hailstones in each eye – so next week we need to remember proper gear as we will be doing rugby outside whatever the weather! Anna says the weather ‘kind of’ put her off but it was still fun! Sophia enjoyed the team games but Matthew found rugby a bit annoying but he’s going to keep going and hopefully will enjoy himself.
Jessica enjoyed Science because we got to predict and then carry out results to do with dissolving and reversible and irreversible changes. We had to be very careful with some of the materials, like Andrews Liver salts because that can get quite fizzy! Finlay has asked if we can do some more experiments, particularly ones that make a chemical reaction – watch this space!
Robbie really enjoyed our inventions work – not only did he enjoy showing off your own ‘housework rocket’ invention but he really enjoyed seeing everyone elses and finding out what they did. Look out for our display in school – it’s great!
Sophia is really excited about getting our breakfast cooked for us on March 10th. We were all gobsmacked when we found out we had won the RHET Farmhouse breakfast competition. Laura is also excited because she thinks she will try out new things to eat. Anna says thank goodness for Adam, who pointed out that the original breakfast date clashed with our activity week – that wouldn’t have been fair!!
We’re doing fractions in Maths – Matthew is not really enjoying it but he is working hard anyway. It is a tricky subject so we’re all taking it slowly so we can get a good understanding. Laura says she has found it quite confusing at times but she is getting it now. Sophia is enjoying fractions because she is getting the hang of it! Robbie was quite surprised when he got the correct answer for a really tricky question – well done Robbie.
Jessica quite enjoyed comprehension which was all about sequencing. We are getting tested on our recent comprehension strategies and Mrs Johnston said we all did really well – next week we have another test.
Coming up
Tuesday – RUGBY – bring all weather gear
second week of Fairtrade
Friday 6th – dress up as a book character

 

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Very exciting news this week – we found out we won the RHET farmhouse breakfast competition which means we get our breakfast cooked for us in school one day! We are all very excited and proud that we won. The judges thought our recipes were clearly set out, included lots of Scottish produce and were a good mix of ideas.
We had fun at science this week carrying out experiments on different solids to see if they would dissolve or not. We had to predict the results first before we carried out the experiments – most of us predicted very well indeed! Next week we’ll be looking into reversible and irreversible changes.
We have 4 weeks of rugby training from a rugby specialist starting next Tuesday. This will be outside so we have to remember tracksuit trousers and trainers – these will get mucky and muddy so bring ones that don’t have to be kept clean!
We’ve started fractions in maths this week and we are looking at poetry in writing and in our listening and talking sessions. Mrs Johnston has started recording us while we’re talking and most of us don’t like the sound of our voices – very embarrassing, but it is a good way for us to hear how we speak and to see if we need to slow down, speak up or put more expression into our voices.
Next week it is the start of Fairtrade fortnight so we’ll be combining our industrial revolution topic where we are looking at cotton mills with Fairtrade cotton producing – lots of discussion and activities to look forward to.
Mrs Johnston was very proud of us this week during PE because we showed how competitive we can be but afterwards we all shook hands and demonstrated great sportsmanship! Hopefully we can carry this out to the playground.
We celebrated Chinese New Year by learning about the animals that make up the Chinese zodiac and we all wrote Happy New Year in Chinese and during ICT we researched certain aspects of Chinese New Year using search engines to find different websites.
Coming up:
Fairtrade fortnight
Rugby training
World book day

 

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UNICEF day for change went well with the class looking (but not feeling) very blue. We talked about RRS again this week and completed a comprehension type exercise all about a girl’s experience during Typhoon Haiyan. We also watched some footage of the typhoon which was a bit scary and made us glad we live in a country which doesn’t have weather extremes!
We had a visit from the SSPCA which was very interesting and we learned about their work with wild animals like otters, foxes and swans. We also learned that the SSPCA works entirely in Scotland but the RSPCA only helps animals in England and Wales. A lot of us didn’t know that!
We’re still enjoying gym, particularly when the challenging gymnastic equipment is out like the high horse. We are working hard to refine our taking off and landing skills as well as our balancing skills.
We used watercolours to paint our ‘imagined world’ pictures based on Leo de Feus work of the same name – hopefully they’ll be put up on display soon so watch out for them if you’re ever in school!
We learned a bit about GIRFEC this week (Getting it right for every child) and we now know that it is important for us to feel safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included in school – we made a display to show off our new knowledge.
We went outside for Maths this week looking for angles in nature and on the buildings. It was a lot of fun doing a different type of learning and then we came inside and did Kung Fu Angles – we made this up ourselves and it’s great fun!
We’re looking forward to our couple of days holidays now. We’ve brought our learning logs and targets home so please have a look and return them next week.
Happy holidays!

 

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Adam really enjoyed learning about Leo de Feu, a local artist, in the Zone and his imagined world art based on Leo’s work is called ‘Ruins of Rome’. We’re looking forward to painting them next week with watercolours.
Chloe enjoyed writing about Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, making them into characters and using great words (including Scots words) to describe them. We’ll be putting them into stories this week.
Megan found it interesting learning about Unicef day for change, finding out how hard it is for some people to cope with emergencies like typhoons and wars. She thinks we’re very lucky that we don’t have to go through stuff like that!
Tongue twisters were tricky and funny according to Molly – we had to think about the speed we talked at, the quality of our speaking and our clarity.
Oscar is still enjoying Brass and this week they learned the notes by remembering the phrase ‘elephants go backwards down flagpoles’ and they’re going to practise ‘Mary has a little lamb’ and ‘hot cross buns’.
Lana made a little bunny with wooden blocks in the Zone then everyone built a colosseum around her – lots of communication and teamwork required to ensure it did not fall down or collapse.
Anna found it interesting in ICT to see how many big events happened on the 4th February in history – for example, Snow White and the 7 Dwarves film was released on the day and the first Barbie doll was made.
Rebecca is still enjoying learning the Ukulele but it is quite tricky to tune them when there are another 20 children tuning theirs! Hopefully we’ll get to learn our chords soon.
Coming up:
Wed 11th – SSPCA workshop
This terms Targets coming home
Fri 13th – HOLIDAY
Mon16th – HOLIDAY

 

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This week we sent off our entry to the RHET Farmhouse breakfast recipe competition – we have already got a reply from the organiser saying she thought we had worked very hard and she loved the picture of Gordon’s hens! If we win then we get our breakfast cooked for us one day – fingers crossed! It’s breakfast week this week so we’ve been doing some research on breakfast and trying to understand why it is so important. We have also been making posters to advertise the importance of breakfast. We found out an interesting fact this week – a lot of children are eating the equivalent of 8 chocolate fingers for their breakfast because there is so much sugar in their cereals!
We’ve been playing battleships in class during Maths to consolidate our co-ordinate knowledge and we also have the BeeBots in class to help too. We never knew Maths could be so much fun!
We didn’t get our Scots language workshop but in writing we are going to be inventing our own characters called Haggis, Neeps and Tatties – we’ll be trying hard to be very descriptive and hopefully use some Scots words too.
We’ve set our targets for this term now – these will be coming home soon for you to see – and we also looked at last terms targets to see if we’d achieved them. We’re pleased to say that we mostly did meet these so we’re very chuffed.
Coming up:
UNICEF day for change – Friday 6th February – dress in blue
February holiday – Friday 13th/Monday 16th February