P6 blog 23/2/18

Hello from Primary 6!
Firstly, we would like to say a huge well done to Nathan Brown for winning the school competition to design a new bin for behind the school. This idea was suggested by both eco and pupil council VLG groups.

We’ve had a very busy week getting ready for school show! We have been working hard with Primary 5P and Primary 5H to get the final touches sorted for next week. We are all very excited now that the scenery is up and we are using some props. Miss Tully is very impressed with the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the pupils in her class. We are looking forward to our dress rehearsal on Monday before our two evening shows on Tuesday and Wednesday. A groupcall has gone out regarding the logistic details for our performances. Tickets are on sale for both nights via ipayimpact and will be issued from the office. Please bring these on the night.
We look forward to seeing you on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

Our school is very lucky to have Mrs Fan, our Hanban teacher helping us learn Mandarin. So far, in P6 we have learned a lot about Chinese New Year and what life is like in China. Mrs Fan has told us a lot of interesting facts. We have also learned how to say hello, where we live and how to introduce ourselves to Mrs Fan! We have a small panda jotter to note down phrases that Mrs Fan has taught us. The children loved telling Mrs Fan about Scotland and traditional Scottish food.

Our chums have been working hard on their reading skills and Miss Cuthbert kindly asked us to help them for two weeks. This is called ‘paired reading’ and lasts for 15 minutes every day. Not only has this given us an opportunity to see our lovely chums every day, it has also allowed Primary 6 to demonstrate many skills such as listening, cooperation and constructive feedback.

As part of our PE lessons, we had two lovely local rugby coaches in this week to begin our five week taster sessions. This was great fun and the sun was shining (which is very unusual)! We worked hard on our teamwork and reaction time. We played a few games which incorporated reaction speed drills. These games included: tag thief, shark and fishes then rats and rabbits.
We enjoyed sharks and fishes because it was fun and quite challenging to get around the sea weed and sharks. Can’t wait for our next session on Tuesday!

In Health and Well-being our current topic is drug education. We have been learning how to value our body in a positive way. We had a class discussion about why people might want to take drugs and had a look at different laws including the legal age to drink alcohol. We have learned that there are different kinds of drugs which can have both positive and negative effects in our bodies. Some of which are legal and others clearly illegal. We looked up the definition of legal and illegal. Afterwards, we moved on to what health and safety skills should be adhered to when handling medicines.

In literacy this week, we have been reading our novels as we had no reading homework this week. Some of us were reading aloud to help with expression in our voices; others were completing reading tasks and some groups were researching words which they had never come across before. Suzie and Lewis discovered the word ‘hullabaloo’ which is a lot of noise or fuss made by people who are angry or excited about something. In writing, we used the technique ‘vison off, sound on’ to help with our descriptive language. We had to listen to a clip with only the sound then draw what we thought was going on. The second time we listened to it, we had a discussion about what the video was possibly about. The class then had to write a short piece about what they think it could be about using descriptive language. Most of us thought this was funny and enjoyed using ‘vision off, sound on,’.

In numeracy this week P6 have been finishing their data handling topic. We are looking forward to moving onto multiplication and division. The class discussed probability and looked at the language of probability. This included words such as: impossible, unlikely, likely or certain. Then we moved on to the language of chance. We had fun thinking about events which would have no chance, poor chance, even chance, good chance and a certain chance of happening. We used probability to answer some questions that included square numbers, prime numbers and triangular numbers. It is important that we keep going over the mean, mode, median and range at home to ensure we don’t forget how to use these elements to interpret data.

Thank you for reading. We look forward to sharing our show with you next week!
Remember to bring your favourite book next Friday to assembly for paired reading with another stage.
‘Low Port’s extreme reading challenge’ is running until Friday 2nd March so if you have a photo of yourself reading in a funny or strange place then please bring it in!

Just a sneak peek of next week:
School show dress rehearsals on Monday afternoon.
Rugby lesson on Tuesday afternoon.
School show evening performances starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
World book day on Thursday 1st March.
Visit from SSPCA officer on Thursday afternoon.
VLG on Friday.