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This Week in P7RS…

Although it is a short week for us, it hasn’t stopped us working hard and learning lots!

French: In French we have been learning different hobbies such as football, volleyball etc. Once we have practised them, we played French bingo where people had to name hobbies in French. We can improve on our learning by practising more and trying hard to remember trickier hobbies. Connor, Alan, Casey and Aria

WW2 – Scientists Lap Books: We have been learning about 3 different scientists – Alan Turing, Caroline Haslett and Barnes Wallis. For our activity we created Lap Books to show what we had learned about the 3 scientists. In making this we learned about the 3 scientists contributions to the Allies war efforts – Alan Turing made a machine that could crack the Enigma code which was a code the Axis countries used, Barnes Wallis created the bouncing bomb which destroyed 2 dams in Ruhr Valley and Caroline Haslett opened up the world of science and engineering to women. Ronin, Breagh, Miles and Marek

Maths: We have been learning to use BODMAS. B = breckets, O = orders, D = division, M = multiplication, A = addition and S = subtraction. We did an activity that was on the board and we had to figure out which sum was correct. 2 were wrong and 1 was correct so we had to use BODMAS to figure out which was the right answer. Our next steps are to practise BODMAS more and do harder examples. Izzy, Megan, Rhigan and Sienna

Poetry Machine: We have been learning to write a poem using a set of rules. We have been using a set of rules. We have been writing to write emotional poems – depressed or joyful. We have been learning how to include strong similes that fits with the theme of the poem – depressed or joyful.  We have used pictures to help create a poem – a solider or evacuee. Next time we are going to try and create mild, hot, spicy or extreme poetry machines to try and challenge us. Skye, Lila, Lennox and Callum

WW2 – Dunkirk and Pearl Harbour: We have been learning about what happened during 2 of the biggest events of WW2. These include Dunkirk and Pearl Harbour. We also learned which countries were involved in these events. Pearl Harbour lasted for 2 hours and involved America and Japan. Dunkirk lasted 16th May – 4th June 1940 and involved Britain, France and Germany. The activities we have done include researching what happened during these events and creating a poster or PowerPoint. Our next steps are to complete our posters or PowerPoints and to share our learning with others. Stephanie, Ray, Josh and Rebecca

This Week in P7RS…

Even though it is the last week of term, P7RS have still been working extremely hard to learn a variety of knowledge and skills.

French – We have been learning lots of different hobbies and how to pronounce them and write them. We used a flipchart to learn a variety of hobbies in French. To help us improve we need to learn more hobbies and how to say them in French, as well as writing them down. We want to play French bingo again to help us learn them. Aria, Breagh, Rebecca and Skye

Library Visit – We visited Alloa Library on Tuesday. We took a ‘Book scavenger Hunt’ with us to help us find certain books and authors. This helped us learn about how the library was set up and how to find books. We chose a book to borrow to use during DEAR time as our chilled reader. We learned new vocabulary and about the history of the library – the library used to be a swimming pool. Izzy, Brooke and Marek

WW2 – Fashion and Dance – We made WW2 outfits out of paper, cardboard, foil, wallpaper and plastic bags. Today we are showcasing our garments in our Trashion Show. Whilst dancing we have been learning lindy hops moves. We have also tried some different Just Dance videos to help us practise different dance styles. We got creative and managed to make a bike from Alan, Connor, Lennox and Ronin. The skills we have learned through this have included team work, dancing, craftsmanship and helping/supporting others. Our next steps are to learn new lindy hop moves, practise what we know and keep them in our heads. Our next steps for fashion is to try and use more varied materials and be more creative. Connor, Ronin and Alan

WW2 – Scientists – Lap Books – We have been learning about scientific developments in WW2 and how to take notes. We learned that Alan Turing cracked the Enigma Code and that Barnes Wallis made the bouncing bomb. Caroline Haslett taught women about electronics and asked them what else they wanted to know. The activities we did to learn this included making Lap Books in groups of 2 or 3 which had to include little pockets containing information about Alan Turing, Caroline Haslett and Barnes Wallis. To improve our Lap Books we could do more research but also our time management. Josh, Jasmine, Miles and Sienna

First News – We have been learning how to skim and scan for information, how to answer thick questions trying take at least 5 minutes to answer them, how to summarise a text that we have read, answer questions fully using part of the question to begin the answer. The activities to learn these skills were to answer questions based on a newspaper article and sharing our answers with our groups to help create ultimate answers. Our next steps would be to answer thin questions more quickly, put more detail into thick answers and be more confident at telling the class what our text is about and sharing our answers. Ray, Callum, Agata and Lila

This Week in P7RS…

What an active and creative week in P7RS! Let us tell you about all our learning…

Bikeability: We have been learning how to ride a bike safely around parked cards, how to do U turn and avoid/be calm around moving cars. We have done some different games to do this but this week we went on the roads and went further than we have before to practise letting cars past us and cycling around junctions with more traffic. To improve, we need to keep practising what we have learned so we can be more confident on the road, particularly signalling as some of us still find this tricky.

Maths: We have learned how to convert fractions to percentages and decimals and we have been learning how to find a percentage of an amount. To do this we investigated finding 50%, 25% and 10%. We realised that to find these we had to divide by 2, 4 and 10 which we could all do. We then used these to help us find 75%, 60&, 20%, 5% and other percentages. To convert fractions to decimals and percentages we were doing the following –

Example – 79% = 79/100 = 0.79. We found sometimes we could simplify the fractions.

Our next steps are to find percentages of larger amounts and try finding trickier percentages such as 37% or 29%.

Judo: As part of Health Week we attended a Judo taster session. We were doing some forward and backward roles to help us learn some basic Judo moves/skills. We played games like tackle tig and we had to try and get the person on the floor. There was a mat down on the floor so nobody got hurt. We learned quickly that we had to land on our back but use our arms to protect us, particularly our head.

WW2: We have been learning to dance the lindy hop. We have been learning about the lindy hop and how to do the basic moves and some of us have learned to do these with a partner. We have also been learning about the different fashion designs worn by women, men, children and those in the forces during the war. We have begun creating our own WW2 fashion designs from trash based on what we learned. To improve and progress next week we need to finish making our clothes and try and learn more lindy hop steps.

French: We recapped animals in French and played French bingo to help us try and learn the trickier animals we have been learning. Next week we are going to try and include animals in sentences so we are writing more and learn hobbies in French.

This Week in P7TG


I enjoyed reading about what women did in the war. It was hard to make notes and identify only the key information using highlighters.  There was a lot of information to sort through.  Aimee, Aidan, Husnain


This week we learned to add fractions. Donna-Marie   I enjoyed learning to add mixed and improper fractions, it started off easy and progressed to more challenging questions. Jake  I found this hard but got better step by step and now I can almost do it on my own. Freya I was challenged to add fractions with different denominators, I think I need to practice this a bit more. Connor.

Health and Wellbeing

It’s Health Week this week! We had a go at Judo during PE.  We played a game called Tackle Tig, it was fun and good excercise. Ibtasam We had to have bare feet on the mat which felt quite funny! Grace   We worked to put more effort into our Daily Mile and complete as close to 13 laps or more in the time we have outside. Aimee We had our third session of Bikeability and rode our bicycles on the road, using road markings to stop or give way to other road users. This was our final session, our instructor was impressed with our efforts and most of us have now achieved Level 2.

Cross Country Regional Championships

Two members of our class represented Sunnyside and Clackmannanshire at the Cross Country regional Championships on Thursday.  They ran a mile and a half at Bannockburn High School. The race was challenging and the ground was mushy but both pupils enjoyed themselves.


This week we learned a bit about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. I really enjoyed the story of Anne Frank. Fern   More groups worked independently to bake Honey Cakes following a World War Two recipe. We studied Propaganda posters from World War two and this week finished off creating our own posters.

Places for Learning Workshop

Kyra represented Sunnyside at a conference in the Town Hall on Monday. She worked with other pupils from all over Clackmannanshire to talk about what our schools should look like and feel like. She brought back a few ideas to share with the class, like bringing plants into the classroom to improve oxygen levels and putting maths facts on the stairs.

This Week in P7RS…

We have had another jam-packed week here in P7RS! Here are some members of the class to tell you all about what we have been learning.

Maths – Hot Group: In Maths we have been learning to convert mixed and improper fractions and we used a help sheet to help us try to remember the process of how to do this. We tried not to use the help sheet and the smart multiplier too much. We were learning to also order fractions from the biggest to the smallest and the other way round – this was tricky at first but then we found it easier once we began to draw them and then imagine their sizes.

Spicy and Extreme Group: In Maths this week we have learned how to add and subtract fractions – easier and then trickier ones – we learned this by listening to the examples the teachers did on the board and then tried them ourselves. Next time we could try other ways to answer the questions and push ourselves with more challenging examples. We have also started to find a percentage of a number like 50%, 25% and 10% and then started to find 75%. We were using this to find discounts of items in shops. Next time, we need to practise this more and try finding trickier percentages.

Literacy, Reading, First News: We have been learning to skim and scan through texts. We have been learning to develop our opinion by answering thick questions. We have answered thin and thick questions based on newspaper articles we have read. We have been making sure we know the difference between thick and thin questions. Next time we need to work on answering in proper sentences and keeping an eye on our time.

PE: We have been learning to work cooperatively in a group and developing resilience. We have been learning to problem solve in a group. WE have been doing fitness tests and counting up scores to see how many calories we would have burned if we had a specific meal from McDonalds. We have been working with a partner and going around stations doing speed bounce, step-ups, jumping jacks, press ups, sit ups, shuttle runs, tricep dips and burpees. Our next areas for improvement would be to work harder and work more cooperatively with a group or partner.

WW2: We have been learning about Anne Frank’s life in hiding and will be writing a report about her life. We have learned about what happened to Jewish people during WW2 and concentration camps, particularly Auschwitz. We have been taking notes about Anne Frank’s life and we have also been turning our library corner into an Anderson Shelter. Out next steps would be to keep practising note taking, to finish our Anne Frank report and trying to find out information ourselves.

Bikeability: We have been learning to do right turns in traffic, how to do right turns at junctions, how to do right and left turns and U turns. To make sure we were safe we completed safety checks before we cycled, practised these manouveres on the roads with the instructors and played a few games. To improve, next time we need to try to concentrate, be more confident, push ourselves, use our signals and do the life saver look properly.

Last Week in P7RS…

P7RS were extremely busy last week taking part in Ready, Steady, Ration and working hard in our ‘kitchen’ to create and share their dishes with one another. Let’s hear from the children about what they learned….

When we were learning about rationing for our WW2 topic we played ‘Ready, Steady, Ration’. This was a game we played to get our ingredients and then we made a meal out of them. We created different recipes using the rations that we could get during WW2 plus things we could have grown.

We made Dig for Victory posters to remind us that it was important to grow your own fruit and vegetables during WW2.

Some people made crumbles, salads and soups using vegetables. We only got a little meat to include as it was rare during the war.

We tried Spam – it was disgusting although people liked it!

We have been learning to cook food that people would have eaten in WW2. We had to follow a design brief and had to use what limited food we had to create a recipe.

We researched recipes on the internet to help us create our own. We had to use substitute ingredients and less ingredients to make recipes that could have been used in WW2. We also looked at recipes from WW2 to help us find out what types of dishes we could make.

We had to be careful when cooking and handle knives and work around the hot hob responsibly.

We ate our dishes at our desks but we turned them into big dining tables. We had to wash up and clean our plates when we were finished.

If we did this again, we could try and include different ingredients in our recipes and create different crumbles as they were our favourite!

This Week in P7RS…

Well haven’t we been busy in P7RS this week! Between building our own class Anderson Shelter in our library corner, riding our bikes safely on the roads whilst working with Bikeability instructors and beginning to create rationing recipes we have been working our socks off!

WW2/IDL – We have been learning about rationing by finding out about what was rationed – food, clothes, typewriters and much more. Also, we learned that people didn’t get rations (food) everyday so they have to find ways to find a way to stretch their food to last longer so they do not starve. We learned that you had to use something called a ration book to get their food and use stamps/tokens. The ration books were coloured for different ages, like 1 – 10 year old children could be red or 15 to 20 blue.

We have learned that children were taken away from their mothers or fathers to random strangers if they lived in cities but sometimes their mothers could go with them but sometimes that wouldn’t happen. They would go to the countryside. This was called evacuation.

We have learned by researching on the internet and taking notes in our own words. We played a game called Ready, Steady, Ration where we rolled a dice and moved around a board. If we landed on a space we picked up a card which could be good or bad. A good card could be Auntie Flora came to stay and brought 10 apples so we got more food or a bad card could be the dog ran into the larder and ate 3 items.

Next, we need to create recipes using the items we have from Ready, Steady, Ration and then try and create dishes. Skye, Lennox, jasmine, Marek and Sienna

WW2/Literacy – Eric’s Story – We have been learning about evacuees by exploring a story about an evacuee called Eric. We have been learning about the emotions that evacuees might feel. These depended on whether they were treated well or badly as an evacuee.

We played a game called conscience alley where some people thought positive thoughts a character could think, whilst others thought negative thoughts the character could think to see how many emotions they might feel. We also created story maps and wrote letters home to Eric’s mother to explore the story more.

Next week we need to explore the story more and see what happens next to Eric’s friend Tim. Connor, Lila, Rebecca and Ronin

Bikeability – We have been working with the Bikeability instructors this week. We have learned how to pass cars safely. We learned how to pass a junction and how to do an M check to make sure the bike is safe to ride. Some people were also learning to ride a bike more confidently in the playground.

We went outside and onto the roads near the school on bikes. The activities we did were practising these manoeuvres outside on the roads. We had to listen carefully to the instructors to make sure we carried them out correctly.

Next time, we will be cycling a little further and we will practise passing a car. Stephanie, Miles, Megan and Thomas

Maths – We have been learning to simplify fractions and identify equivalent fractions.

Simplifying – To do this we need to divide the numerator and denominator by the highest times table both are in. You must divide them by the same number to simplify them.

Equivalent – To find an equivalent fraction, you do the same except you multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number.

Next week we need to practise this more but also practise adding and subtracting fractions. Izzy, Rhigan, Ray and Callum

This Week in P7RS…

Thankfully P7RS came back after the February break ready to throw themselves into this term. We have had a rather busy week, let us share with you what we have learned…

Reading – We have been learning to read and analyse a text for information. We have also been learning to answer thick and thin questions using information from a text. In order to do this, we have been continuing to develop our skimming and scanning skills.

We have been reading First News articles to do this. From reading articles, discussing and answering questions about them we have realised that we need to spend more time answering thick than thin questions and to read the question carefully to make sure we are skimming and scanning for the correct information.

We need to continue to practise answering these questions – particularly thick questions. Josh, Miles and Rhigan

Bikeability – We have been learning to ride our bikes safely on the road.

We took part in a Bikeability lesson where we learned to do a safe stop, safe start and a U turn. We learned to check the road before we go and to give a signal when entering and leaving the road. We were also reminded how to complete a bike safety check.

Next time, we need to develop our confidence signalling as it involves taking one hand off the handle bars and making sure we check behind us for passing cars. Rebecca, Megan and Casey

WW2 (writing) – We have been learning about Anderson Shelters and visualising what it might have been like to spend time in one. We have also been learning to use descriptive language/techniques and making sure we have used all our basic punctuation correctly (capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks).

We have been trying to do this by writing a diary entry about spending a night in an Anderson shelter. To add description/details, we have been considering what they might have eaten and drank, the smell and what they may have done to take their minds off what was happening outside. We have also been trying to include lots of emotions words as it would be quite frightening having to enter an Anderson Shelter.

We need to finish these off next week before exploring evacuations and rationing. Connor, Alan and Callum

Maths – The Spicy and Extreme groups have been learning to find a fraction of a number by using division strategies. To help us do this, we have been practising the written algorithm (bridge strategy) and then answering questions from textbooks. For example, we have completed questions like 1/3 of 135 which is 45.

We need to practise finding fractions of bigger numbers and also finding equivalent fractions.

The Hot group have been learning to use fraction walls to help them order and compare fractions. They have had to order lots of different fractions and have realised that if the numbers in the fraction are big it does not mean the fraction is bigger – for example 1/10 is bigger than 1/12.

Next week the Hot group will also begin finding equivalent fractions, using their fraction walls at first and then without. Brooke, Izzy and Aria

WW2 (technology) – We have been learning to build Anderson Shelters and we have had to think about how we can structure our Anderson shelters to withstand a ‘bomb’.

We used a variety of materials to build our Anderson Shelters including shoe boxes and other materials we have brought in from home. We had to think about how we can make them historically accurate – adding sand bags, camouflaging them, adding bunk beds, newspapers for entertainment, vegetables growing on top, radio, lamps. The Anderson Shelters had to be big enough for a family of 6 Lego figures.

We made our Anderson Shelters in groups – we had to remember to not be hefty hogs or lazy logs. We all managed to make an Anderson Shelter in our groups within the time frame too. We have bombed them and thankfully all survived! No Lego figures were injured! Ray, Marek and Aiden

This week in P7JB

We’ve had a very active week!


The first thing we did was a bike check  – the M check. When we got on the road we practiced going along one side of the road then stopping safely. After that we did u-turns, which is where you turn 180 degrees so that you are on the other side of the road. Finally we learned how to go around a parked car by using the arm indicators.    (Will and Kate)


In Art we focused on WW2. We drew a town/city after an air-raid. We drew using only a fine-liner and we weren’t allowed to use pencil. The reason we weren’t allowed to sketch it out in pencil first was because if we made a mistake we would have to be resilient and try and improve our work. (Grace, Fern and Ellie)



For Skiing we were learning how to control our speed when we were going down the slope. I got a little bit higher up the slope (Ali). I learned how to use the tow lift and control my speed, it was a really fun experience (Drew).  I worked hard to learn to keep my skis in a pizza shape (Husnain).  I finally learned how to use the tow after i had some help from the instructor (Ibtasam).


I made measurements and put tape on the carpet to see the actual size of an Anderson shelter. It could only hold 4 people and was very cold. We drew a town that was damaged by an Air raid. (Thomas and Connor)

In Literacy we have begun to develop our note taking skills using different sources of evidence. We read different pieces of evidence from the National Archives and thought about what information they gave us.

In Numeracy we have been working on the written algorithm for multiplication, some of us have looked at word problems in different contexts. Next week we begin to use our multiplication and division skills to work with fractions.

This Week in P7RS…

Since we have just started WW2, we thought we would share with you what we learned this week. We are loving this IDL context so far and can’t wait to share more with you soon!

This week, in relation to WW2, we have been learning how WW2 started, all the countries involved in WW2, about the key leaders of those countries and what our own family members went through during the war.

We have completed research to learn these things. We have used reliable websites that are child-friendly to learn key facts about the countries and the leaders. For example we learned when/where they were born, when they were leader and what they did during the war. We created a mind map all about how WW2 started. To learn the different countries that were involved, we looked at a big world map, plotted the 6 key countries and learned that they were either an Axis country (Germany, Italy and Japan) or an Ally country (Russia/Soviet Union, America and Great Britain). Some people brought in stories and artefacts that belonged to their family members during WW2. These included uniforms, medals and letters. Some of our ancestors were absolute heroes! We can’t wait to share stories about our incredible family members in a few weeks.

Next for our IDL context we are going to learn about how the war impacted on people in Britain by looking at the Blitz. We may even get to build something but Miss Smith isn’t giving too much away yet.

We look forward to telling you more about our learning in WW2 over the course of this term.