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This week in P7LS…

We have been doing a lot of exciting things in P7 this week.

This week in IDL we have been learning all about The Blitz in WW2 and how it started. On Monday we watched a video to get an idea on what the Blitz was like (Georgia). We also had to research using our knowledge of  digital technology to answer question on Anderson Shelters (Martyna, Cerys and Georgia). I was successful in using a search engine to search facts (Georgia). I found it a little challenging to pull out important points of the text (Cerys).

On Tuesday we used our Maths knowledge of perimeter to go outside and use the loose parts to build an Anderson Shelter (Max). We were given a 6m perimeter for the task. We had to use meter sticks and trundle wheels to mark out our perimeter (Martyna, Max). It was quite challenging to find pieces to build the shelter with (Martyna). Me and my group were successful because we marked out the perimeter (Max).

On Tuesday’s writing lesson we were learning to use description in our writing. We had to write a paragraph describing the Blitz (Euan). We had to include ambitious vocabulary and ambitious vocabulary (Aila). We also had to use onomatopoeia and similes to add description to our writing (Nieve). I found it challenging because it was hard to think of onomatopoeias (Leah). I was successful by managing to include two similes (Aila). I found it difficult to include lots of describing words and ambitious vocabulary (Euan). I think I was successful because I used lots of describing words and ambitious vocabulary (Nieve).

On Thursday during PE we done a self assessment on how we think we have done during our rugby lessons (Ewan). We had to use green, amber or red to self assess (Lachlan). I was successful because I thought about my rugby skills (Jayden). We also played a game of bench ball (Leon).

During both health and wellbeing lesson we learned about women’s health. It can feel awkward talking about it when you’re a boy but I feel like I know more about it now (Ewan).

Yesterday, for the first time, we learned German with Mrs Coons (Umar). Mrs Coons gave us a paragraph about her and we had to translate this into English (Maria). We were successful because we used our inference skills to work out what the words were in English (Seren). Schottland is Scotland (Umar). Tschuss is Bye (Seren). Meerschweinchen is guinea pig (Maria).

We are looking forward to our Holiday. Have a nice holiday everyone.

From P7 and Miss Stewart


This week in P3IL

It has been such a busy and fun filled term, it is hard to believe it is already October break! This week in Literacy and English we have been learning about the structure of stories. In particular, we looked at how the authors of stories may do different things to bring out certain feelings in us and how we can start to do that in our writing. We have also been doing some ‘thinking outside the box’ drawing while we listen to our class novel. This has been very fun! – “I liked when we were drawing while you were reading.”

In Maths and Numeracy, we have began to subtract using the various strategies we have been working on this term. – “I liked picking the cards to do sums.”

In our topic, we have been learning about pointillism art from Australia and have had a go at making some of our own pointillism art Australian flags! – “I  liked doing the dots in art.”

We had a lovely wee surprise in music when Miss Low had a wee go at playing the piano!

Have a brilliant break and we look forward to next term!

P3IL & Miss Low

Primary 1EC

Primary 1EC

Week beginning 07.10.19


This week was a revision week for phonics P1EC. The children used active games and activities to consolidate their initial sounds. Our word building continues to progress with a lot of children developing in confidence when doing this independently.

For writing this week the children wrote an imaginative story about The Gingerbread Man’ Adventure. They came up with lots of super ideas.

‘The gingerbread man could go to a bakery.’ Hana

‘The gingerbread man could go to a wedding, he could marry a gingerbread girl’ Darcie

‘He could go to Asda’ Callen

‘The gingerbread man could go to the fun fayre.’ Jacob

The children are much more confident now at having a go at writing independently. The results are great!


On Thursday this week we started to look at addition. The children have picked this up very quickly. They are able to use pictures to help them complete simple addition sums. We used EducationCity and a game called Beach Holiday.

With Mrs Cuthbert we used the addition bus game and learned how to write out an addition sum using the + sign and the = sign.

‘I loved this game, can I play it again?’ Cooper

‘I know the + sign!’ Celestan

This week also look at estimation- we tried to make an sensible estimation of how many teddies we could see in the bags.


To go alongside our IDL topic of Fairyland we had planted our own beanstalk. The children have been learning how to care for it and what it needs to grow. Throughout the week Mrs Cuthbert has been doing a task with us. We had to label the different parts of a plant.

‘I know these are the roots’ Ryan M

The children were able to identify that plants needed the following things to help them grow:

  • Water
  • Sunlight
  • Somewhere warm





Melissa told us all about her swimming certificate that she was awarded. Great effort Melissa. Keep up the hard work!

This week all the children have had their learning journals updated. Please have a look with your child, there are 4 new observations, taken over the course of their first term in Primary 1.



This week in P3/4NM

This has been another busy week!

In Maths, we were learning all about position and movement.  We were using compass points and co-ordinates to give and follow directions and to locate positions.  We worked out that Ashley Terrace is to the North of our school and then used this knowledge to work out the position of different parts of our school and local community.
– “Asda is to the South of the school.” (Oscar)
– “Mr Foley’s gym hall is at the North end of our school.” (Tyler)
– “The bowling green is to the East of the building.” (Hannah)
– “The dinner hall is at the West of our school.” (Callan)

This also linked to our IDL.  This week, we looked at a map of our local area and plotted the location of familiar local places.  We found the Leisure Bowl, Asda and some other sites around the town.  We located some other towns/villages in Clackmannanshire and discussed their position in comparison to Alloa, using the compass points that we learned in Maths.

In Literacy, we were learning to create a summary of a familiar story, using our Equitable Literacy book – ‘The Smartest Giant in Town.’   We needed to identify 5 main events from the story and then sequence them in the correct order.
– “George bought some clothes at the shop.” (Callan and Carly)
– “The giraffe was cold.  He got a scarf from George.” (Cole and Rhys)
– “The mice’s house got burned down.” (Halle and Erin)
– “George found a bag of his old clothes.” (Lola, Lacey and Ava)
– “The animals sang a song to George.” (Hannah and Harry)

We wrote imaginative stories about ‘The Friendly Alien’, with a HUGE focus on including capital letters and full stops at the correct points in a sentence.
– “An alien jumped out of the head teacher’s office on the way to assembly.  I told the head teacher that it was a reward but it wasn’t!” (Ava)
– “When I got back to class I saw a strange looking alien.  I went into shock.” (Oscar)
– “Lacey and I were in the office then an alien appeared behind Mrs Duffy.  She passed out!” (Harry)

In RME, we used the Christian Bible story about Ruth to make us think about friendship.  We worked with a partner to sort out statements, deciding whether they were qualities expected of a good friend.  We then ranked them in order, depending on what we felt was the best quality of a good friend.  We all agreed that a good friend is someone you can trust.

Have a really good holiday week!  Goodbye from P3/4 … until next time!


Family Learning Links Update

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This week in P3IL

This week we have been enjoying learning more about Australia. In music, we made our own interpretation of Australian aboriginal music using drums and mimicking didgeridoos!

In Maths and Numeracy, we have been learning to use a counting stick to count forwards, backwards and skip counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also been working in teams to sequence numbers between 0-100 and 0-1000.

In English and Literacy, we have been working on our love reading and have been reading stories to our new teddy friends.  We have also been working on our phonics, spelling and reading.

In Art we have been learning about pointillism art and have began to paint our own pointillism art Australian flag.

In RME, we had a brilliant day with Mrs. Jacobs making Sukkahs outside on Wednesday.

We had a very fun and busy week! Looking forward to next week!

Miss Low, Mrs. Jacobcs & P3IL

This Week in P3IL

This week in P3IL,

In Maths and Numeracy, we have been putting our different maths strategies to good use! We have been using maths grids this week to show the different strategies we can  use solve addition problems (and check our work).

In literacy, we have been working on our letters to send to Australia. We have also been working hard at our literacy stations, working on our reading and spelling.

In our IDL topic of Australia we have been making pictures of Scottish landscapes and animals to send to Australia with our letters.

In music this week we got to use instruments to make different 4 and 8 beat rhythms. It was a lot of fun!

We are looking forward to another fun filled week.

Miss Low & P3IL

This Week in P7AG..

Welcome to P7AG’s Blog,


This week in writing we have been learning to write a newspaper article. We used our IDL WW2 context, “to write a newspaper article the day after World War 2 started” (Stuart). We also listened to Neville Chamberlain’s radio broadcast, when he shared the news Britain was at war with Germany. We selected information relevant to our newspaper report and quotes his speech.  “I know I was successful because I included a grabbing headline, and wrote in third person” (Charlie). “I included a quote from Neville Chamberlain’s speech to make my newspaper more realistic” (Charlie B).

In spelling this week we learned a new spelling rule (Katie-Leigh) and applied my understanding of the rule when completing an array of “spelling challenges” (Stuart).

In reading, we continued to read the class novel ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey. We completed various activities as outlined in the book; namely we have been keeping a diary of “three good things that happen to us each day, and how these make us feel” (Katie-Leigh).



This week in numeracy we have been learning to multiply (Corey).

The red group were learning different strategies for multiplying 3-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers mentally. We learned the grid method, and the partitioning method before deciding on which one we favoured (Addison). See an examples below…


In the Blue and the Green group we also learned the partitioning strategy to help multiply 2 digit numbers by a single digit.

In the yellow group we continued to develop our understanding learned how to multiply single digit by single digit numbers. We practised these through active timetables games.

We found learning different strategies challenging because“I rely on one strategy and it was difficult to take on a different method” (Mia). “I enjoyed being taught different strategies because it let me pick the one that worked for me. I know that everyone learns differently.” (Ross)



This week in IDL we have continued to develop our understanding of the events surrounding the beginning of WW2 (Hayley). We also learned about the different countries involved in the war (Mia) and were able to distinguish between the Allies and Axis countries (Daniel). We have also been learning about the “leaders of the countries involved in WW2 and how each country was ran, for example if it was a democracy or a dictatorship” (Bronik).

We have continued to take ownership of our learning, by researching given topics in both non-fiction books and the internet. We have then worked collaborative to present this information to the class. “I have enjoyed learning this way because it meant I could be the teacher” (Hayley). “I liked researching and presenting because we were actually doing it ourselves” (Ross). “I found the task challenging because we had to present the information to the class and this made me nervous but after it I felt proud I did it” (Aaron).


Thank you for reading our blog, we hope you have a lovely weekend!

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P3IL

This week P3IL we have enjoyed learning more about Australia!

In our IDL, we learned about the differences between Scotland and Australia such as the different animals and climates.

In Maths & Numeracy, we have been working hard on learning strategies to solve a range of addition problems. We have been putting our maths skills to good use, cracking codes to reveal a hidden message in our sums.

“I enjoyed mental maths this week”

“I enjoyed Maths & Art because when you don’t know how to do something, you can get better.”

In English, we have worked more on our letters to invite people to come visit our school to share about their jobs. We have also been doing lots of fun literacy tasks!

On Friday we had quite the surprise visitor! There was a spider in our class so we took the time to do a bit of writing and drawing about the spider. They definitely are not as big in Scotland as they are in Australia!

“Enjoyed drawing the spider”

“I enjoyed when we caught the spider”

Please join us for our meet the teacher event this Wednesday (18th Sept) from 5-7pm. You are welcome to  come by anytime and see what fun things we get up to in class.

Look forward to seeing you then!

Miss Low & P3IL