P5H blog 2/2/18

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Welcome to P5H’s Weekly Reflections
This week we had a “Literacy Across Learning” open afternoon, parents came in to see what we were doing in school. We were using our listening, reading and notetaking skills to find out about the first emperor of China, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. We had to recall our learning through a fun interactive quiz. Mrs Henderson, when she was in China bought some sheets of fabric that Chinese children use to learn to write. You used a paintbrush, dipped in water, and when you wrote on the fabric it came out black! We watched a video showing us the numbers in Chinese and Mrs Fan, our new Hanban teacher, showed us how to write them, we all had a great time!
We have really been enjoying our tag rugby lesson in the rugby club. We have enjoyed playing the games and learning how to throw and catch a rugby ball and how to work together as a team.
In maths we have been discussing different subtraction strategies. We have been sharing our ideas and trying to use these different strategies to answer subtraction problems. We have talked about all the different words that tell you that you need to subtract to solve the problem, words like take away, minus, how many more and difference between. In literacy we have been learning about different kinds of nouns, common, proper, abstract and concrete, we all feel a little bit more confident about naming different nouns now.
We are also doing a school show called “Let Loose” which is about a school trip to a campsite. We are all enjoying practising our lines. Our costume list has also gone out and we are really excited and nervous about doing the school. We hope that you enjoy it. We are creating the raft scene and have used cardboard boxes to try and make the rafts, we now have to try and work out how to hold the raft together and make it look like wood!
We have our last rugby session next week and Safe Internet day and of course more show practise. We all have to try really hard now to learn our lines.
We hope you have a good week.
Primary P5H and Mrs Henderson
Next Week
Tuesday- Last Rugby session
Wednesday- Safe Internet Day
Friday- VLG
Holiday weekend all return Wednesday 14th February

P5H blog 26/1/18

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This week we went to the Linlithgow Rugby Club. To warm up we played tag thief, basically you started with two tags on your Velcro belt and went around trying to steal other people’s tags and get the most. Then we played a game of end ball, all you do is try and get the ball to the other side of the pitch. The opponent has to take your tag; if they do you have to pass immediately. To make it more like rugby, we had to pass it backwards. We all had a truly fantastic time and improved our catching and throwing skills and improved our stamina because we had lots of running around to do. We are really looking forward to next week! Remember to come dressed!
We also went to Linlithgow Academy to do a handball festival. In our school there were 4 teams and every team got a different coloured sticker. All teams did very well and enjoyed it a lot. We played games against all the other P5s, from the Linlithgow cluster. Lots of us even saw friends from other schools! We had to make subs, and played to very strict rules, so everybody got a turn!
Sadly, Mrs Cleland is leaving, so we have been working very hard, to learn the song “Come on Eileen”, sang by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Mrs Paton has done a great job of changing the song lyrics, and has turned them into a sad comedy! To cheer her up, the P3 assembly will be happening on her last day. We all wish her luck in her school in Edinburgh.
We have been practising our show quite a lot this week. We all have our parts now and have been trying to learn our lines. We think it is going to be a great show and think it is very humorous. We are sure everyone is going to enjoy it. We have also been learning all the songs and the scenes and will be making some props soon.
Have a good week
P5H and Mrs Henderson
Next Week
Monday-Swimming assessments at Leisure Centre
Tuesday-Rugby Session at the Rugby Club
Tuesday- Literacy Across Learning Open Afternoon from 2:15 to 3pm

P5H blog 15/12/17

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We all enjoyed performing our last dances with Mr Carswell and primary 5P. It was great fun learning new steps and dances. Our favourite ones were the Flying Scotsman and the Dashing White Sergeant. We liked these because it was a fast dance and we loved doing the train sound, whooo, whooo in the middle. The Dashing White Sergeant was quite fast and the figure of eight was very tricky. We all had to work hard to keep in time to the music.
We all had a great time creating our own Scottish themed dance. The Mexican wave was a great addition and we all had to share our ideas and listen to others to create the dance. We worked individually, in pairs and in fours. It looked great and the video was fun to watch.
We all hope you enjoyed the primary one nativity and listening to our singing. We practised hard to get to know the words and learn the tunes. We thought it was lovely.
We have also been working on The Wars of Independence. There was a lot of fighting and battles, we think the people living in those times must have been very brave and strong. Some of the weapons they had had to carry were very heavy.
We have, also, all been creating super heroes for a competition; they are characters who help the sea and its creatures. Good luck to everyone.
We hope you all have a great Christmas holiday and a happy new year.
Mrs Henderson and P5H
In-service 8-1-18
Pupils Return 9-1-18

P5H blog 8/12/17

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We have had a very busy week preparing for Enterprise evening. Sadly our salt dough idea did not work very well and we had to change our plan. Lolly pop stick Christmas tree decoration and a “Guess the Bear’s Birthday”.
We had to do a lot of maths calculations to work out the best price for our ideas. We even did a survey of all the pupils and adults in the school to see what they thought. We had to work out what was the lowest price just to cover costs. We also had an interesting discussion about when something might become too expensive. We had to think about how much money an adult might spend if they had a larger family. We did finally agree but it needed lots of discussion.
We have also created a great whole class dance in PE. It has a Scottish country dance theme. We worked in pairs and fours to make it and had to think about eight beats and moving in different direction. Mrs Livingston, Mrs McCartney and the primary ones came to watch us; it was nice to have an audience. We are going to show Mr Carswell next week. Mrs Henderson said she will video it so we can watch ourselves dance.
We all self-assessed our own class talk. It was interesting to see what we thought we did and what we actually did. We learned a lot about how we presented ourselves and about how much eye contact we gave our audience.
We hope you enjoyed our class enterprise. We had great fun serving on the night and making our products.
Have a good week.
P5H and Mrs Henderson
Next Week
Wednesday-Nativity Rehearsal
Thursday-Christmas Lunch
Thursday –Mr Carswell last day
Friday- Class Auditions for Talent show

P5H blog 17/11/17

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In Health and Well Being we have been learning about how to become more independent and take responsibility for ourselves. We discussed the things we do at home that help us to learn about the skills we need to look after ourselves when we grow up. We have also been doing Scottish dancing. We have been doing real Scottish country dancing with Mr Carswell and in PE with Mrs Henderson we made up our own Scottish dances with partners. We then merged groups, and did it in groups of three or four!  We have found out that you need lots of energy to do dancing and it is more tiring than it looks.

In Inter disciplinary learning we were making Christmas cards for our International link with other countries and for our pen-pals. We have made lots of cards. We have also been addressing envelopes to Spain, Malta, Portugal, France and many more other European countries. We made Christmas tree shapes and put glitter and decorations on them. We have started to receive cards from other countries but we are not allowed to open them until nearer Christmas.

We have also been learning about saints in RME. We were learning about patron saints, especially St David the patron saint of Wales. We learned about how some people in Wales celebrated this with special dancing and Welsh cakes. Their national emblems are a dragon and a leek, they also use daffodils.

In literacy we wrote squirrel poems, first we found out about the red squirrel and wrote a fact file, and then we read a poem about them and thought of words that described how squirrels moved and what they looked like. We used thesauruses to find interesting words. Mrs Henderson has picked some of them to go on our wall.

We hope you have a good week.


Billy, Grace GM, Lewis and Rosie B


Next Week

Road Safety Week

Start to create our items for Enterprise evening!

Thursday-Dancing –Mr Carswell



P5H blog 10/11/17

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This week we were doing time in maths. Some of us were telling the difference between AM and PM and also working out the difference in 12 Midnight and 12 Noon. We had to change from one time to another time. Mrs Henderson says we all worked really hard… We all really enjoyed it but unfortunately this was the last week of time.
In PE we were doing country dancing. We went into pairs to make up dances, but we had to dance to a beat of 4 or if you felt like it 8. Some people liked it but some didn’t but everybody tried their best. We are also doing Scottish country dancing with Mr Carswell, we learned the “Saturday Morning Jig “and the “St Bernard’s Waltz”
In Science we did an experiment to try to prove the water cycle. We got a bowl, a plastic cup, Clingfilm and water. We filled the bowl with water and put the plastic cup in [with weights in it] and put the Clingfilm over it, we hope the water will evaporate and go onto the Clingfilm and drop into the cup and therefore prove the experiment.
In art and literacy we were learning about why the Red Squirrel was endangered. We had watched a clip about red squirrels and then took notes. We listened first and then took notes when we listened a second time. We learned that they were endangered because of the squirrel pox. This disease makes their face come out in sores swell up and this makes it difficult for them to eat and drink. After two weeks they die slowly of hunger and thirst. Grey squirrels carry the disease and pass it onto the red squirrel but the grey squirrel do not get ill. Interesting Red Squirrel fact, it can fall 12 metres and not get hurt. It can be left or right handed and its nest is called a drey.
We revised the Ten Commandments and drew tablets of stone. They can be split into two different categories, one about God and one about how you should treat other people around you. We hope you have enjoyed our reflections
Imogen, Lily, David and Hamish
Next Week
String on Thursday 15th not Thursday as usual
Dancing Mrs Carswell on Thursday

P5H blog 3/11/17

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In PE we have been doing handball. We played matches with five players in a team; it was hard because you had to watch for opponents trying to intercept you. We also had to be aware of the rules; you are only allowed to do three steps, three throws and could only hold the ball for three seconds.
In RME we have been learning about the Ten Commandments and Moses. Last week we had to act out a drama based on the story of what happened to Moses when he was born. We all tried really hard to include everything we remembered in his story and to make sure everyone was included.
In literacy we have been writing our letters to our French pen-pals. We have been writing about what we enjoy doing, we have found out that there are lots of French words that are similar to English: gymnastics /gymastique tennis/ le tennis. It has been fun to write and we are excited about posting them.
In maths we have finished doing weighing and are now all a little more confident at reading a scale and know more about grammes and kilogrammes. We have moved on to the measuring of time. We have been playing “Stop the Clock” computer game. We have to match times to a clock and the time we take to do it is measured. It is exciting and fun.
We had a visit from the Wildlife Bus. They came to our school in a double-decker bus. In the bus there were stuffed animals (real ones!!!) and we learnt about animals that live in Scotland. They had different colours of boxes with things about the main threats to animals, such as natural disasters, pollution, habitat loss, over hunting. We learned a lot about how animals can become endangered. We have been talking about our class talk; it is on endangered animals around the world. We have been doing art involving red squirrels we hope to finish them next week.
We have enjoyed our week. We hope you did too.
Euan, Dexter, Grace and Sophie
(Mrs Henderson and P5H)

P5H blog 27/10/17

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This week in numeracy we have been weighing salt and different objects. This included pencils rubbers and other classroom objects. We were learning about how much 1.5kg, 1kg, 500g and 250g felt and looked like in weight. Some of us were converting kilogrammes into grammes and into tenths of kilogrammes. We think we now have a better idea of how much 1kg and 500g actually weigh.

This week in IDL three people came in and they talked to us about Moneysense. We had to organise, plan and budget for a party. We had to choose an imaginary character. We had a budget for each person which was only ten pounds! We discussed in groups what we thought were the most important things you need when organising a party. All groups decided that guests, venue (entertainment), cake and food were the most important things to think about. We had fun choosing what type of party it would be and the food we would choose. We had to decide what the best value was for the money we had. We all decided that making a cake at home was far cjeaper than buying a cake from the shop. Every group managed to be within budget and we all managed to save some money.

This week in PE we played handball. We were learning the movements and skills needed to throw the ball, catch the ball and to hit the target. We had to move around the pitch with a partner and make sure we had good eye contact, or we may drop the ball. We need to practise our skills because we may have a tournament later in the year.

We have all been using Wordshark games to practise our spelling; these are computer games that make spelling fun. We have all now chosen our books for Literature circles and will start discussing them next week.

Thank you for reading our class reflections

Written by Archie, William, Maya & Rosie Mc :]

(With some help from Mrs Henderson)

P5H blog 13/10/17

In maths we have been doing measurement. We have been working on length and capacity. We poured water into different sized tubs and then saw how much they could hold. We were looking at metric measurements litres, millilitres, centimetres, metres and millimetres. Some of us revised perimeter and addition.
In PE we did a variety of different things like dodgeball girls v boys and tennis. In tennis we did rallies and had leader boards in tennis. We thought it was challenging to compete against each other and a good way to practise all our skills.
We went to Learmonth gardens and planted some wild flowers. We used trowels, kneelers and gloves to protect ourselves from thistles and germs. We saw lots of worms, maggots and spiders…..they were awesome. (Although not everybody thought this!) We planted foxgloves, oxeye daisies, white clover and red clover. We planted them in groups of three. This helped to protect them and with seed scattering. We all enjoyed the experience; you can go down to the gardens to see our plants. We would like to thank Burgh Beautiful, Buglife and Central Scotland Green Network Trust for inviting us to take part in this great local activity
Last Friday we did our assembly. We all had a great time and enjoyed creating it. It was fun to learn about languages around the world and create our power points. Mrs Henderson was very proud of us.
We hope you have a fabulous October break. See you again on the
24th of October.
Jude, Millie, Matthew and Fraser

P5H blog 29/9/17

Hello and welcome to P5H’s class update.
It was WOW week this week we had to write in our wow jotters. On Wednesday this week we had Mrs Ramsay, we made road safety competition posters with her. The twelve winners get their posters put up outside their school, and their own personalised prize. In badminton we were doing leagues in fours. After that, we did bum badminton which was really enjoyable because you had to use all your skills to try and hit the shuttlecock .We really enjoyed doing our writing; it was about a cable car accident. Our stories were exciting and scary. Some of us wrote about a cable car failing to work because the cable had broken or snapped. In maths we were doing measuring. Most of us went outside and used metre wheels and metre sticks to measure distances in metres. We have also done some work on kilometres. Our art pictures are now finished and we will be making them into a wall display. Next Friday we have an assembly about world language day. Parents are invited. We will be working on this next week. We have been practising a Spanish song already.
Rosie B, Lewis, Billy, Grace GM.