P6 blog 22/6/17

Hello and welcome to the p6 blog,

This week in maths we have been working on coordinates and compass points. We played a game of battleships and did drawings with coordinates. Linked to our topic fairgrounds we made a map of the park using scale and map skills. For compass points we went outside and wrote places that are either of the points.

In Spanish we learned numbers up to 20, common phrases and colours. We watched a video about colours and numbers and acted it in groups 4.

In art we drew a picture using words. For example, if you are drawing a cloud you write it with the word cloud. We had to draw a person, animal, tree, cloud and sun.

In PE we played a game of rounders in our previous teams we all enjoyed it very much. We played capture the flag with new rules.

In writing we were creating and describing a new room for Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and then drew a picture to go along with it. We all really enjoyed it.

We also got our reports this week and went through them with Miss Smith and also the smoke free homes and zones certificate got handed out.

Most of us have handed in our reading books ready for no more homework in P6

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P6 blog 12/5/17

In primary 6 this week we have been sporting athletes! Our cross country festival took place on Wednesday and we were outstanding! Unfortunately we did not get anyone in first place however we have all improved so much over the last few weeks. Running up and down the hills at the peel is hard work. Thank you to everyone who came along to cheer us on – we were definitely the loudest school there.
To continue with the sporty theme, we all loved our time on the Peel for Sports Day. We enjoyed supporting the younger ones, using lots of skills at our 12 activities and had so much fun. The races were super and we all tried our best.
In maths, we have been working on finding fractions of amounts. We were using concrete materials in the form of counters to consolidate our understanding and prove our answers. Some of us have also been doing addition and subtraction of fractions. We had to consider equivalence and we have all been using our knowledge of multiplication and division.
We were able to be imaginative and create stories in writing. We used this time to show off to Miss Smith all our learning from this year by producing excellent stories. We had to imagine we were traveling on the back of an animal. We got our inspiration from a short clip called Adrift.
In French, we were consolidating our knowledge of weather. We have all been asking and responding to Quel temps fait-il? We have all improved and had fun playing games to show off our learning.
On Monday, we will be working with Mr McRae as Miss Smith and Mrs Livingston will be away with the Euroquiz finalists to the Scottish Parliament. We hope they do amazingly well – they have been doing lots of revision and have worked hard. Good Luck! We will have a few visitors from West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Services in with us next week to do some tobacco education and will also be doing Bikeability on Monday – remember your helmets!!

P6 blog 21/4/17

In maths we have been doing fractions. We have been simplifying them and looking at fractions that were equivalent. We were using Cuisenaire rods to help us visualise the fractions and order them. We also used long bits of paper to demonstrate a long jump and found, compared and accurately worked out different fractions of the whole distance. We also did some mental maths questions which were quite good for improving our speed of calculations. Some were quite challenging but we all did well.
PE with Mrs Clapton was fun because we did lots of relay races and played lots of games. We are training for our upcoming X Country Festival so are excited about how this will help us be faster and have enough stamina to complete the route. Next week, we will be training on the Peel – trainers brought in from home may be a good idea as boots/shoes/indoor shoes are not always the best for running.
During French we were learning how to say the names of different animals in French. To do this, we had a quiz to see if we remembered how to say it in French. We watched a video and also listened to a song.
Our assembly preparations are well underway! We have been thinking about its structure and working out how we can make it very exciting. As part of our assembly practice we have been refining our Hakas. We all had to put our ideas together to make it a very good Haka. We had to think about our facial expressions and make sure we sounded intimidating for the other teams – we are very excited for you to see them next week.
In writing, we were creating stories for the Young Writers Competition. We had to ensure we were using high level VCOP and create an exciting and unique story. They were all great and Miss Smith had a tricky job choosing 3 to go forward for the competition. Well done everyone!

P6 blog 24/3/17

Hello, this week in art with Mrs Dickson we created landscapes inspired by French artist Vincent Van Gogh. Some people used their imagination whilst others went basic. Thanks Mrs Dickson! In our other art this week we created the water lily by Monet. Everyone’s was Fab and they are now going to go up on the wall outside the classroom.
In PE with Mrs Clapton we made up routines on the mats. It was good fun and the routines were great as well. The skills we developed during PE were balancing and co-ordination. It is good to have Mrs Clapton back!
In maths we have been doing shape work. It has been challenging for some people and easier for others. We have also been using I Zak 9 which is a big cube with problems on it which are tough. When we do I Zak 9 we need to work in groups to complete challenges which involve problem solving and we need to work together in order to complete them. The skills we developed were teamwork and problem solving.
This week we watched the dress rehearsal of the P2/3 school show. It was based on the loch ness monster Nessie and Drumnadrochit. It was fabulous and they should be proud of themselves.
Next week is the last week of school before the Easter holidays. Hope you have a great Easter this year! See you next time on P6 class blog!

P6 blog 10/3/17

We went on a trip to Tesco. We were looking at different logos and what they meant and we had to find food with these logos. We were learning about sustainability and we focused on Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance. The products we discussed were Cocoa, Bananas, Fish, Coffee, Tea, and Sugar. We also got to make a Banana Mash-Up which was made by mashing up bananas and adding strawberry yoghurt, cinnamon and coco powder. Some of us enjoyed them, others didn’t! We also got to taste chocolate.
In PE, we were continuing with our gymnastics work. We were looking at rotations. We worked in partners and scored each other out of 5 on how well their rotations were. We did Teddy bear rolls, forward roles and sideways rolls. We also got to make up routines in our pairs using the rotations we were learning and some balancing work.
During writing, we were getting excited about Robinwood. We wrote letters to the centre or our potential leaders. We had to use good VCOP, personal and emotive language and make sure we were using the correct letter structure.
We also had a visit from Lush as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. When they were here, we had a PowerPoint around the company and what makes them Fairtrade. After, we also got to buy some of their products.
We were identifying the properties of 3D shapes. We were using language such as Vertices, Edges and Faces to help us identify them. We have all gotten better at this and our confidence has improved. We went outside on a shape hunt to see if we could find some of these shapes – it was quite tricky.
Mrs Johnston came into P6 to do a lesson on Listening and Talking. We had to use good listening skills and presentation skills. We took part in a 60 second challenge where we had to talk about a random topic for 60 seconds without saying ‘em’ or pausing for too long. It was good fun – thank you Mrs Johnston!
Camp next week – remember to be at school for 8am on Wednesday! Some children have brought luggage labels into school (so there is not a panic to find them the night before!). Additional medication forms and medicine should be brought to Mrs Ramsay’s office on the morning of camp – she will have some spare forms should you need another. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school. We are getting very excited!!

P6 blog 2/3/17

This week in PE we have been doing rugby and gymnastics. In gymnastics we were doing partnerships and trios and focusing on creating balances. We had to work hard together and trust the people on the base of our balance. During rugby, we played lots of different games that helped us improve our teamwork, throwing and catching and also spacing.

We have also been learning about parallel and perpendicular lines. We have been working on text book tasks and also went outside to find these types of lines in the school grounds. We have also been learning about the different parts of the circle. It was quite challenging to try and remember all the different parts and identify them in a circle. Some of us knew what they were but we forgot so this was a good reminder.

For homework, we have decided to read a book to challenge ourselves to read an entire book and get more stickers in our First Minister Reading Challenge Passport. We are doing well but could try and read some more at home – why not check up

In IDL, we have been making posters to advertise the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. We hope to gather as many of these as we can so we can get even more sports equipment in school. Some of us also had an important job to do. We wrote a letter to the PTA asking them if we could have a stall at the Fair so we can raise money for Golden Time resources. We have been doing this because the party who won the election wanted sports and golden time resources.

Writing this week was inspired by our Virtual Reality Google session. During this we went to the Galapagos Islands and saw lots of wildlife there. We used this experience to inspire our writing and we wrote stories about a trip there. Some of us wrote adventure stories and others wrote stories about a lovely trip to look at the islands. We had to use a good story structure to make sure our story made sense and we have all been working hard to up level our VCOP.

P6 blog 24/2/17

This week primary six have been very busy. We had our first science lesson with Mrs Cameron all about electrical circuits. Everyone really enjoyed making circuits with buzzers and other electrical components. Some groups joined theirs together and managed to power nine light bulbs!
Another important thing that happened this week was the heats to get into the Euroquiz team. The four people who are in the team are Alasdair, Freya, Kate and Ted. All of p6 wishes them good luck when the time of the quiz comes in 2 weeks.
In maths, we have been working on time. We were timing how long it takes to do different things, estimating first. We had some good guesses but others were way off! We have also been looking at 12 and 24 hour time and some of us have been trying to work out the speed if we know the distance and the time. We have been working very hard.
In PE we had our first rugby lesson. We didn’t do any contact, so don’t worry your children won’t come back with broken bones! We’re just practicing the basic skills like passing and evasive manoeuvres. We played lots of fun games to practise the skills we learned. Hopefully our rugby will come on a lot and we can’t wait to try again next week. Be aware that we play outside on the grass so please bring old trainers on Mondays.
Miss Smith has been looking at all of our reading passports for the First Ministers reading challenge. Some of us have read a huge amount whilst others have only a few stickers in their passport. We have set our own challenges and hope to read a set number of books by Easter. Ask us what our target number is!
CAMP!! We are getting very excited now. Miss Smith is waiting on a few EE2s to be returned. If you would like to hand in your luggage label to Miss Smith (she would lose hers!) please bring it in and she can keep it with all other camp information. 19 days to go!!
Coming up: We have a few trips coming up; Tesco on the 9th of March and St Michael’s church for Cracking Easter on the 23rd of March. Thank you to those who have offered to help.

P6 blog 17/2/17

This week has been very busy,
Our topic is the Scottish parliament. On Thursday we held an election on what we should change in the school. The parties were, The Ninja Sporty Squirrels, Crazy Clubs, Golden Sports & The Arty Sporty Dancing Peanuts! Every class had a time slot to vote and choose which party would bring the most change. Our Fantastic Presiding Officer was… Kate.
In P.E. we were doing basketball games. It was our last P.E. session with Mrs Cameron (Mrs Walls will be coming back from her maternity leave.)
Writing this week has been fun whilst challenging. We have improved our letter writing & VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation.) we have also had a ‘word jail’ which we use if we have already used a word. The words that are in jail right now are amazing and “and then” (and then is joined together)
For languages we learned some Spanish and French. In Spanish we learned how to say Hello “Hola!” and can I go to the toilet is, “puedo ir al baño por favour” in French we were doing some revision. Head in French is, “tête” shoulders is, “épaules” knees is, “les genoux” toes is, “les orteils”

P6 blog 3/2/17

Primary 6 this week has been very busy.
We have had a special visitor from the fire department which said what to do when there’s a fire and he told us a story about a hoax call and why we should not do it. Part of our homework next week will be to discuss exactly what to do if our smoke alarms go off at home and where we should go.
In PE we have been doing basketball. We were playing some games. We were learning to pass accurately so had to use skills such as eye contact, communication, team work and cooperation. We are all enjoying basketball and the best part is when we get to play games.
In writing, we have been using our imagination and creativity. We had to write a story about what happens to a herd of Elephants during a flood. Some of us wrote about them joining the circus, how they hide in caves and find ghosts and also the herd reaching the Pyramids in Egypt.
In maths we have been using the ‘smile’ method to help us solve division sums. We also learned a new method – we have decided to call it the ‘choppy’ method. It’s quite hard to remember each step and some of us prefer to use the smile method. Both are good at getting us to use our mental strategies.
In our grammar lesson, we were trying to come up with different ways of remembering which ‘there’ to use. We think we now have a better understanding of this and are trying to remember which one to use in all of our writing tasks.
In IDL, we were learning about democracy. We had to carry out an activity in different groups with different leadership styles to see which one works best. We have also begun to write our manifestos and are preparing our speeches for assembly tomorrow.
Next week – remember to come along for the Robinwood information evening on Tuesday 7th February at 6pm. P6 children are welcome to come along too and ask any questions they have!
Also – The newsletter states that P6 Bike checks will be Mon 27th February. However, this is a mistake and they will be carried out on Monday 27th March.

P6 blog 27/1/17

Hello, welcome to Primary 6’s blog
On Monday we had a visitor in school doing gymnastics with us. We all enjoyed it very much. We had lots of activities from swinging on the ropes to climbing very high on the wall bars. We also learned how to jump from high up safely. Flexibility and strong muscles were needed.
We have set out our classroom like the Scottish Parliament debating chamber. We all have different political parties for an election which will be held for the whole school on Thursday the 9th of February. The parties are Crazy Clubs, The Arty Sporty Dancing Peanuts, Clubbin’ Golden Chimpanzees, Sporty Ninja Squirrels and Golden Sports.
On Wednesday we did imaginative writing. This was an assessment to show off how well we are doing. We could write about anything we wanted to and had to use lots of ambitious VCOP.
In Maths, some of us have been getting a little muddled with Division. We are looking at strategies for mentally solving division but we prefer to just use the written method. We have been using concrete materials to help us, working in pairs and sharing lots of ideas.
Some of us have been finishing off the Scottish Maths Challenge questions this week. They are very tricky questions but we have shown good perseverance to work them out and share our working. We will bring them home for you to try out next week! The rest of us worked incredibly hard on Thursday to solve a range of problem solving challenges where we had to work backwards to solve a problem. We worked well in pairs and could explain our thinking clearly.
Next week, we are looking forward to our visit from the Fire Safety officer on Monday.