Chinese new year!

The children were visited today by our mandarin teacher and others who helped us learn about Chinese New Year allowed us to try some traditional games from China. The strings were a huge hit and i am still learning to do the Eiffel Tower! Some of our class can do it so they will have to teach me. Fantastic learning today.

Boom!! Bang!!

Primary 5 invented a new spelling game to practice their spelling words. They wrote their words on the back of the neon shapes and played with others in their spelling groups to try spell their words! Look out for the boom or bang though or you loose your cards!

Active Spelling

We were outside yesterday using chalk to write our spelling words in the playground. Active spelling activities engage pupils to learn their words and sounds for their weekly homework. Apologies if pupils returned home a little “chalky!”

Equivalent fractions using Numicon

Primary 5 have been using Numicon to identify equivalent fractions allowing them to visualise these more easily. They worked well with their partners making different facts for each other and identifying what the answer would be and using the Numicon to “prove it!”

Big writing

Today the children worked collaboratively using our class novel Billionaire Boy to help them plan and write a newspaper report. The children planned each of the sections together and each child was given a role within their group to ensure all were included and all ideas were shared. This allowed the children to have a wide variety of ideas to help them in their individual writing piece. The work produced was spectacular and I personally, cannot wait to see the finished versions!

Term 3 newsletter

Primary 5P newsletter – January 2019

Dear Parents,
Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are ready to start another term. This term, the children will continue to be supported in class by Mrs Rhodie and Miss Keith.
During term 3, we will be reading a class novel, Billionaire Boy. The children will be engaged in whole class reading sessions and will complete tasks based on the novel to deepen their understanding of the text.
In Maths this term, the children will be working on fractions and weight and volume. They will also continue to follow the “Big Maths” programme to improve their mental calculations where they take part in a weekly CLIC challenge and Total Recall Challenge to improve their personal scores.
In reading and spelling, the children follow the Active Literacy Programme alongside the Reflective Reading strategies which will improve their skills in understanding of a text. Furthermore, they will continue to follow the Big Write Programme which allows children to focus on up levelling writing by using vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. Our new library is up and running and we are all very excited about it. We will continue to visit the library weekly so that the children have an opportunity to take books home or leave in class for ERIC time (Enjoy Reading in Class).

Just a reminder of any other information you may find useful:

• Our timetable: We have PE on a Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kits for those days. A reminder that jewellery should be taken out or covered with a plaster for these days.

• Reading:

o Groups 1, 2 and 3 will have reading on a Monday and Thursday. Groups 4 and 5 will have reading on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure you sign your child’s reading record when completed at home.

• Homework: Maths and spelling homework will be given out every Monday and should be handed in on Thursday. Maths homework is a consolidation of what your child has been learning in class and should never be anything new. If there is an issue with homework, please ensure your child speaks with me before Thursday to ensure it is handed in on time. Please leave me a comment in their jotter if you have any questions regarding the homework.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or queries.

Miss Petrie

Gordon Highlander Museum 29.11.18


Primary 5 had a great morning at the museum learning about WW1. Children were taken on a timeline back to before the war started and learned a lot about how the war began, learned about medals that were earned by the soldiers and about artefacts that would have been used by the soldiers. The highlight was definitely seeing what the trenches looked like as this was a keen interest from the class while we were learning about it although I don’t think they enjoyed the smell that had been recreated and kept in a box for them to smell what it would have been like with infections from trenchfoot, wounds and the duck and chuck! I know I did not enjoy that one little bit!

Fantastic effort for Children In Need


I couldn’t be more proud of our class member who took it upon herself to raise money for Children In Need. She spent her weekend running errands, doing dances for her family and even a call to Cyprus took place!! Fantastic effort – Well done.

New Library!!!


All classes had a fantastic day today for the opening of our new library! The children across the school had an opportunity to visit the library and look around then participated in a few fun activities around the school linking to reading. Well done to all and look forward to spending our first session in the library on Friday. #readingisachieving

Chinese Mandarin


Great fun with Mandarin today recapping colours and numbers and playing interactive games to enhance learning!




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