P4H blog 24/2/17

Hello and welcome to P4H’s class update.
We are entering the Edinburgh Fringe competition. We explored information about the fringe and looked at a painting of Edinburgh to help inspire us to create our posters. We are all excited about it.
We have started to plan our assembly. We are in 3 groups and are looking at the weather in French. We are a little nervous because we will be in front of lots of people. We are starting to make props.
In maths we have been working very hard on subtraction and decomposition, It was tricky but we tried lots of different strategies including partitioning, adding on and taking away. We are moving on to multiplication next week. Some of us have been learning about time and using an analogue clock.
In PE we have been learning about the skills we need for racket sports like tennis. We were even been juggling 2 balls, we had to concentrate really hard to try not to drop the balls. Ms Walls, now Mrs Clapton has been doing gymnastics. We used the equipment to jump, climb, balance and hang. We were practising holding a balance.
We now have new reading books and will be learning about Literature Circles. We will be finding out about all the different roles we can have during our discussions.. Our first one, DD, is Discussion Director we need to think of open ended type questions we can ask our group.
We are looking forward to our BBC Glasgow visit and have thought of questions we can ask Nicola Davies.
We hope you have a nice week.
From William, Dexter, Billy, Lily
Next Week’s Highlights
Fairtrade Fortnight
World Book Week
Thursday 2nd March Dress up as favourite character
Friday 3rd March P4H Assembly-All welcome

P1 blog 24/2/17

Primary 1 have continued to make strides in Numeracy and have built upon their understanding of doubles. The children have been working on multiplying numbers by 2 and an enhancing their understanding of what this means. This has involved the children using concrete materials such as such as rekenreks and counters and also showing multiplication by 2 in pictures. We have demonstrated the two times tables in arrays, area using squared paper ,number lines and equal groups. All of this assists with an understanding of the abstract concepts such as multiplication by helping the children to visualise. Some examples of pictorial displays will be included in the homework please feel free to talk to your children about these. As always if you have any questions then please just ask.
In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting /th/ and learning the /wh/sound. Next week the children will continue to reinforce their knowledge of digraphs (two letter phonemes) and learn the /ng/ and /ee/.
P1 have been very enthusiastic about magnet investigations in Science and have been preparing to interview a special visitor next week.
Primary 1 have continued to make strides in Numeracy and have built upon their understanding of doubles. The children have been working on multiplying numbers by 2 and an enhancing their understanding of what this means. This has involved the children using concrete materials such as such as rekenreks and counters and also showing multiplication by 2 in pictures. We have demonstrated the two times tables in arrays, area using squared paper ,number lines and equal groups. All of this assists with an understanding of the abstract concepts such as multiplication by helping the children to visualise. Some examples of pictorial displays will be included in the homework please feel free to talk to your children about these. As always if you have any questions then please just ask.
In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting /th/ and learning the /wh/sound. Next week the children will continue to reinforce their knowledge of digraphs (two letter phonemes) and learn the /ng/ and /ee/.
P1 have been very enthusiastic about magnets investigations in Science and have been preparing to interview a special visitor next week.

P4T blog 24/2/17

Hello from Primary 4T!
In Miss Tully’s class, Elodie told us that we were learning how to write and read ‘quarter to’ on an analogue and digital clock. We also revised ‘o’clock’, ‘half past’ and ‘quarter past’. We worked in stations to carry out a range of different activities. We played ‘time’ dominoes; ‘time’ snakes and ladders and ‘time’ match up. We also used the laptops to play some time games and completed different worksheets. In Mrs Henderson’s numeracy class, Fearghas told us that he was learning about subtraction. They used chimney sums to help them.
In PE, Sophie told us that Mrs Clapton taught us gymnastics. We had to do lots of activities. For example, we used ropes to swing on and climbed up the bars. We also worked on our balance skills with another 3 or 4 people in the class. Shaymaa told us that we were learning to develop basic movements used in football as well as learn how to dribble more effectively. We played small matches in groups of 4 or 5. We had to make sure we passed the ball three times before shooting at the goals. Afterwards, the whole class came together and played a class match.
In writing, Isla and Finlay told us that we watched a short clip of a film as a story starter. The film was called ‘The Tree’ and we had to imagine what the next part of the film was. With our groups, we had to think of a one sentence blurb for our story ‘The Tree’. We found it very useful to use the film as a stimulus for our stories as it can sometimes be tricky to start a story! At the end after we had finished our stories, we got to watch the end of the short film to find out what happened.
In French, Zoe and Fraser told us that we continued our lesson from last week. This lesson was focused on learning the French words for our clothes. The class had to pick an item of clothing and draw this piece of clothing on an A3 piece of paper. We had to include detail and the French word for the piece of clothing in big writing. Miss Tully is going to hang these up in the classroom on our “washing line”.
In literacy, we have focused on completing a range of VCOP challenges using our VCOP team (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation). Amelie really enjoyed using descriptive words in her opening sentences. We went on to use adjectives to describe different pictures that Miss Tully put on the smart board.
Have a good weekend everyone.

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.

P7 blog 24/2/17

Science

This week in science p7 did a terrific scientific experiment that involved dying our tongues blue to find what type of taster we are. There are 3 different types of taster which were Non-taster, Taster and Super-taster. Once we had our tongues dyed blue we counted how many fungiform papillae we had in a little space of our tongue. This was the result of our test.

  • Non taster 3
  • Taster 17
  • Super taster 13

Engineer visit

On Tuesday 21st we got a visit from an aero-space engineer. It was Jenni from the Lego workshop and we had prepared lots of questions for her. This was to help us with our inventions for the Scottish Engineering Award.  Here are some questions we asked her:

  • Q: Do you like working with Lego more than your old job?

A: I really enjoy Lego but I do miss my previous job.

  • Q: What lesson in school helped you the most?

A: I think English because communication is key.

  • Q: What is your favourite type of Lego to build?

A: I enjoyed building Space Lego especially rockets.

 

 

PE

In PE we did gymnastics and circuits. We enjoyed the circuits but it was very tiring. Gymnastics was on the equipment so it was lot of fun. We are enjoying having Mrs Clapton back to teach us P.E.  Mrs Johnston took us for the circuits and we did things like press-ups, sit-ups, planks and Russian twist. It was fabulous fun and we have built up strength.

 

By Kristina, Anna B and Molly T

 

P2 blog 23/2/17

Hello from Primary 2,
We reflected on our learning and discussed what we have enjoyed so far this term….
Evie is loving learning the school show songs and is looking forward to performing.
Jake has enjoyed learning to tell the time – he is good at o’clock and ‘a little bit of half past’.
Maisie has liked numeracy work with adding and subtracting.
Layla liked learning about fractions and now understands about halves.
Thomas really enjoyed doing the canal picture for the Round Table Competition.
Tom enjoyed the team games we did at PE.
Euan liked running around in PE and helping others in P2 with their fractions work. To find a half of something Euan knows to get cubes and say ‘one to you and one to me…’.
Fergus liked spending time with Mrs Ramsay (aww).
Archie enjoyed drawing the canal picture too, he drew a boat in his.
Ben liked this as well, he enjoyed choosing the colours he needed.
Amelie liked doing French, we were counting up to 30 and we played ‘Bingo’ to check we knew our numbers.
Alasdair thinks his canal drawing is very good and he is pleased with it.
Erin loved playing bingo in French. Ooh la la!
Oscar enjoyed this too. He thought it was great fun.
Anna got all of her numbers except one and she was very excited!
Ross won our game of bingo and he was very good at helping others remember all the numbers in French. Well done Ross.
Gabe enjoyed the canal drawing competition and he drew ‘Victoria’ because his Grandpa used to ‘drive it and fall off it a few times too.’
Violet enjoyed co-operating with her friends in the Zone.
James liked drawing the people on the boats in his canal drawing entry.

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”

P4T blog 9/2/17

Hello from Primary 4T!
Henry told us that in numeracy, his class were learning about capacity. They were measuring litres and millilitres. Callum went on to tell us that the class measured capacity with jugs and water. The class watched videos about capacity as well. In Miss Tully’s class, Elodie and Zoe told us that we were learning about the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Zoe went on to explain that we finished our subtraction topic this week and revised everything we had learned. We are looking forward to starting our time topic.
Jozh explained that in RME this week, we researched how Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated. We learned that people celebrate by giving cards and presents, eating special food, wearing new clothes and visiting the Mosque. Women and children have their feet and hands painted using Mehndi paste. Jozh enjoyed creating his own Mehndi design.
Lexi told us that in problem solving this week, the class had a number of different problems to solve. Lexi solved a problem with Flora which involved trying to work out how much each symbol in a diagram was worth. Once the girls had done this, they were able to fill in the boxes around the diagram by adding up all the symbols in each row and column.
Alastair told us that the class were exploring the story of Matilda through role play. The class worked in groups of three to recreate the scene when Miss Honey goes to the Wormwood’s house. The meeting had to include detail about Matilda at school and how amazing Miss Honey thinks she is. In reading, we also looked at Matilda. Flora explained that we made wanted posters for a character in the book. The class spend some time discussing the characters and what their crime could possibly be! This was a lot of fun! We had to make these posters look old!
In PE, Alex told us that the class were playing fun ball games with Mrs Cameron. This was our last lesson with Mrs Cameron and we are very sad about this. We would like to thank her for all the fun games she has taught us. In our other PE lesson, Amelie told us that we were learning to keep control of our football. We went into groups and practiced dribbling with the football and cones.

P5 blog 9/2/17

Hello this week in P5 we have been having fun learning about netball and learning the positions we split into teams of 7. We noticed that there was a disadvantage because one of the basketball hoops was higher than the other. We played mini matches and the length was round about 5 mins we all had great fun!!!
On Monday Music Programming came in and continued on with our songs many people have finished their drums and bases. Next week we will be putting in the vocals using our own voices and adding more instruments to our awesome songs.
We all made amazing art work of Steven Browns Highland Cows. We were all were amazed at our colourful highland cows. We are putting our brilliant pictures in the hall and we all think they are beautiful.
The P6’s held a school election. We had to vote for our favourite campaign. There were 5 campaigns, Arty Sporty, Dancing Peanuts, Ninja Squirrels, Clubbing Golden Chimpanzees, Crazy Clubs and Golden Sports. We learned how to secretly write and put your vote into the ballot box.
We have been busy writing poems and stories about the canal for a competition. The competition was called The Round Table Marches Magazine competition. We have been working hard on the poems but we are finding it tricky to find words that rhyme.
In maths we have been working on data handling we split the class into groups and worked on a presentation to do with various types of graph. We made a survey for the class and we chose our subject e.g.: cars, food and apps.
For literacy circles we got an interesting discussion about reading homework. And shared our jobs with our reading groups. Thank you for reading our long class blog.

Ryan St and Matthew

A very thorough blog this week. I don’t have much to add other than to wish you all a lovely holiday weekend.

• Class Assembly 24th March
• PE Kits home to be washed.
• Please ensure literacy circle homework is completed every week to make sure our circles run smoothly.

P2 blog 9/2/17

This week in P2 Miss Cuthbert is happy to be back and has been very impressed with our singing for the school show. In Maths we have moved onto Money. Yesterday we looked at the different coins, their colours, size and shape. Today we added different coins to make a given total and identified which coins make a given amount (select 3 coins that make 27P). Miss Cuthbert will update our maths learning wall soon to reflect our future learning. In spelling we have been continuing with the ‘au’ sound (because) with Miss Cuthbert and will move onto ew (flew) next week. In writing we have been designing posters for the school show and looking at the importance of font (letter) size to grab the viewers’ attention as well as key information. Homework will remain as it is until Miss Cuthbert is back fulltime.

We hope everyone enjoys their February break and we look forward to settling back into our normal routines on Wednesday 15th February. Family/Friends could discuss the different coins, notes and bank cards in your purse/wallet with your child to familiarise them with different methods of payment.