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This Week In P7B

This week on maths we have been focusing on subtraction up to 5 and 6 digits. We also do beat that sums, if you don’t know what that is it is basic maths for the start of morning to help our brains warm up for the challenges throughout the day. We have developed our multiplication skills by using bingo to help us too and we have also played guess my number that helps with place value.

We have focused on poetry and music we have been learning about:

*Personification (not alive but give it human and alive actions)
*Stanza and other words related to poetry
*Songs and comparing them to poetry
*Alliteration (describing words that are the same letter)
*Simile (compare with like/ as)
*Metaphor (Comparing something NOT using like or as)

In bikability we have been learning to cycle safely on the road, we have been looking at getting on the road safely and U-turns. In outdoor focus we have got rid of all the weeds and have planted some plants, including a strawberry bush. We then removed the bad plants and brought new ones. In art a group of us have been looking at taking photos and then editing them, we used the rule of third, using the background and face. In PE we have been learning football rounder’s.

In P7D this week

In writing this week we finished our photo story, ‘A Knight’s Tale’. In this final paragraph we made a plot twist and ended on a cliffhanger. In spelling we used our spelling words in sentences and diacritically marked them.

In numeracy we have been using multiplying, addition and subtraction strategies like partitioning, columns and number lines. We used written methods to multiply large numbers and decimals in the form of money. We have played games like Guess my Number and Around the World.

Health & Wellbeing
In PE we did a lot of fitness activities. It was a lot of fun and we used different parts of our bodies to do different things.

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Primary 2/3 Week beginning 14.09.20

I cannot believe that we are another week down, P2/3 have worked so hard this week and have covered so many different learning experiences.


This week in literacy we revised ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ . We played games in which we read words containing these digraphs, used spotter stories to identify words containing these digraphs and used elkonin boxes and 5 finger word strategy to build words containing these digraphs.

‘ship chip’ Fraser   ‘cheep’ cash’ Erin and Melissa    ‘chips and sheep’ Emily


For writing this week we concentrated on ‘connectives’ The children are able to identify that  ‘a connective is a word’ Isla. For example:

‘but’ Becky    ‘so’ Leighton    ‘because’ April    ‘and’ Malcolm

The purpose of a connective is…  ‘ it joins two sentences together’ Jacob. 

We then used sentence starters chose a connective and then finished the sentence off. Here are some of our examples:

I had to play with Sam, but Mum had to come with me’ Layla

‘We went the top of the tower to take a picture but it was raining’ Andrew

‘I went a picnic but it was raining’ Emily

‘We made cakes so we can sell them to people’ Kendal


In Numeracy with Mrs Jacobs we continued to consolidate our understanding of half past timings. This week we looked at drawing on the hands ensuring that-

the little hand is in between the two numbers Isla and the big hand always points down to the six for half past Marcus

We also played a bingo game which used o’clock and half past timings so we had to really concentrate and know our time knowledge.

IDL: Ancient China

On Wednesday of this week we did our hook lesson for our new IDL topic. After lunch we arrived back i our classroom to a challenge from Emperor Ting, along with Chinese jigsaw pictures to put together and different artefacts to investigate.

We discussed what we already know about China:

They have dragons Erin

They have Dragons at Chinese new Year Leighton

There are Chinese Lanterns

The Great Wall of China: It is made from stone and is 2000 years old. Malcolm

Chinese Dragons: Don’t like red Jacob

The Budda Statues: This is what the Chinese God looks and helps people calm down and relax

The Chinese speak a different language, they speak Chinese Fraser

Chinese buildings are not like our buildings Fraser.

Chinese have temples instead of churches

My Gran has a Budda in her house: Marcus and Layla

Hana knows how to speak their language

Chinese have different clothes than us Leighton

 The Chinese people have slightly different eyes than us. Kendal

And then we talked about what we would like to know and find out about during our topic

Is China a rich country or a poor country?

What religion do they have in China and what is their God like?

What kind of clothes did Chinese people wear?

What is Chinese New Year and what do they do during it?

What are the red buildings in China?

What are terracotta warriors? And why do they exist?

What are Chinese schools like?

What is Chinese food like?

What do Chinese homes look like?

Why are Chinese animals important to Chinese people?

Are there Ninjas?

What is the Great Wall of China? Why was it made and who made it?

Do China still have Emperors?

What is Chinese weather like? 



This week we continue with our EmotionWorks Recovery Programme and spent time investigating the Orange Cog- Hana.  Becky was able to tell us that the Orange cog reminds us of the different emotions we can have and the emotive language that goes with this cog. We then discussed feeling brave and we added another page to our zig zag feelings books. They look great up on our wall.


This week in P7D

In numeracy we have been learning how to use place value palaces. We used them to multiple and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

In literacy we have been using the game of Boggle to create words and recognise spelling patterns. We also wrote the first part of our Slow Writing story, A Knight’s Tale, using pictures to help visualise.

In other areas we were asked to think about what questions we would like to find answers to in our new IDL about Zoology. Some of us also were filmed giving our persuasive speeches saying why we would like to be house captains

This Week In P7B

Democracy Week
In democracy week we’ve been learning about Westminster and Holyrood. We know that in Westminster we need to be 18 to vote. There’s the house of commons and the house of lords, the House of Commons is green and House of Lords is red. Westminster is in west London and the big tower is called Elizabeth tower and the bell is called Big Ben. There’s 650 MPs, 220 females, and 65 BAME (black, Asian, minority, ethnic). The House of Commons pass over a law/bill and then the House of Lords debate about it and call it a game of ping pong.
In Holyrood government, they have devolved powers. The age to vote is 16. They have power over education, transport and health. And there’s 153 MSPs.

In maths we’ve been learning about addition, subtraction and strategies. A small group of us were reminding ourselves about time. We’re also doing mental maths Monday to Friday.

Science/emotion works
In Science we did gardening, some of us have plants to take care of, some of us were just getting rid of weeds. We also designed our wormeries, we used measurement and scale.

We looked at an animated story called lighthouse.

We also looked at another animation about a boy and his disabled dog.

We talked about the emotions in the animations and the actions. We wrote down the emotions the characters had, their actions, regulation strategies and more.

In literacy we have been reading Coraline. We made an alternative cover for the book Coraline. We also researched words in a dictionary, which I personally found enjoyable. So did I. (Brooke, Sophie and Kaiden the Class Journalists wrote all of this by the way) Alongside completing comprehension about the Scottish Parliament.

We also did speeches for jobs! It was a bit scary but it was alright afterwards. Everyone’s speech were amazing and it was difficult to choose who to vote for.

This week in P2D…

This week in P2D we have been continuing to learn about alliteration, rhyming and syllables in Literacy. This morning, we worked together to write a short alliterative poem around the ‘d’ sound:

There was a demon dog

And there was a diamond dolphin,

There was a dangerous dinosaur

And they all went for a dip!

In Numeracy, we have been learning to represent numbers in different ways using manipulatives. We have discussed how representations of numbers don’t always look the same, but in fact, are the same.

In Health and Wellbeing, we continued with Democracy Fortnight and we voted for representatives in our class to be on the different school committees!

It’s been a great week and now for some chill time!

This week in P7D…

In writing we tried a new way to tell stories called Slow Writing. The teacher would give us a starter for each sentence which included things like: Verbs, onomatopoeia, rhetorical questions, emotions, similes, and 5 word sentences. This helped to make the stories more focused and interesting for readers.

This week in numeracy we have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Rounding can be useful when dealing with money or estimating.
We also played Countdown, which is a fun game where you are given a number and have to find ways to make that number using the 4 processes.

This week in IDL we were looking at Democracy. We used hula hoops to represent the houses of parliament in London and Edinburgh. This was called a Venn Diagram. The UK parliament was responsible for things like: nuclear energy but Scotland was in control of things like farming, fishing and schools.

This week in P5/6

This week in P5/6 we have had a busy but exciting week.

In Numeracy we were practising the column method for taking away. We were also using partitioning and learning about negative numbers. ‘I love the column method’ (Jamie).

In Literacy we practised writing our speeches for Democracy Fortnight. We then presented our speeches to the class. Some of us found that quite intimidating. ‘I found it quite scary’ (Michael). Miss Steel was very proud of all of us for doing such a great job. ‘I was happy that everyone tried their best’ (Megan). Congratulations to all the new class representatives.

We also wrote a personal piece of writing about a difficult time we have experienced. Some of us found this quite sad as we were talking about our emotions when things go wrong.

We were learning all about the Scottish Parliament as part of Democracy Fortnight too and we made some beautiful, colourful campaign rosettes.

Lastly, we had a new temporary PE teacher this week called Miss Buchanan.

Our ros
Our rosettes have our unique skills and abilities written on them.

This week in P7D

As part of Democracy Week we have been writing and giving speeches to try and persuade classmates to vote for us to take on school leadership roles. We know which features to include in speeches like adjectives, repeated phrases, rhetorical questions and emotions. When delivering a speech we know we need to make eye contact, stand upright, use gestures and be confident.

We have been learning to use 4 different methods to calculate addition sums. These include: column addition, partitioning, number lines and rounding.
We have also been learning about the range of different terms to describe the 4 processes: Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide

We took part in a Webinar with representatives from the Westminster Parliament and learned that in Parliament there is 2 houses, The House of Commons and The House of Lords. The Commons make the laws and the Lords read these and make any changes before they go back the Commons (Parliamentary Ping Pong)and then the Bill is signed by the Queen and becomes an Act.