Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the School Community.
Learning Conversations – Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February.
Appointment times will be coming home via pupil post. We have tried to allocate times to requests but, with our large classes, it hasn’t been possible to do this for everyone. We hope that the appointment time coming home will be convenient and look forward to seeing families next week.
Friday 7th February – there’s a lot on!
a) School Photographer
The school photographer will be visiting next Friday and every pupil will have an individual photograph taken (there is no obligation to buy) and family groups as requested.
b) Global Play Day 2020
On Friday the 7th February we will be participating in Global School Play Day 2020 (GSPD.) GSPD has been promoted by Psychology Today and is being celebrated at schools around the world. You can learn more about the day and benefits of unstructured play by visiting the official GSPD website: www.globalschoolplayday.com.
It will take place during the normal school hours and children should wear school uniform.
If your learner wishes to, they can bring in things to play with on this very special day.
Here are some examples of things your learner may bring in: Dress-Up, Puppets, Stuffed Animals, Board Games, Puzzles *No electronic devices please*
c) PTA Family Bingo Night
Next Friday (7th) the PTA are hosting a Family Bingo Night in the school. Eyes down at 6:30pm and donations for a raffle will be very welcome.
Primary 1a and 1b
This week we have been busy learning two new sounds – ‘v’ and ‘x’. We made up a character called Victor and made him some lovely velcro vests! We also had a great time making some adventurous treasure maps for ‘x marks the spot’.
Kaelib: I got diamonds in my map!
Halle: I got diamonds too!
Hunter: I got a sword!
Sam: I found treasure. I’m rich.
In maths we have been continuing to work on addition and learning more about 3d shapes. We had a great time searching for items in our classroom that were cubes, cones and cylinders.
This week we have been talking more about where we live and what’s around us in Castle Douglas. We discussed our favourite places to go and then took part in a team challenge to make models of places in CD out of junk. Lots of good teamwork and lots of fun!
Daniel: I got the clock tower. I used sellotape.
Joseph: I made the church. I made the hall.
Ellie: I made the library. We made a garage and I made the door. Hunter made the windows.
Chloe: We did the school. I made the roof. Cotton wool and foil.
We look forward to welcoming parents into our classrooms over the next two weeks to tell us more about their jobs. If you’ve sent back a slip, please check the homework bags for a reply.
Parent Appointment slips went home this week.
We will be going on a short walk around the town on Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting). Please ensure that your child brings a warm coat.
We have been very busy learning about symmetry in number this week.
Ziya: We learned that if you put a line through something each side is the same.
Kai: I had to colour each side of my picture the same, so it was symmetrical.
In our language work we were learning about capital letters and full stops.
Brodie: We must use full stops at the end of every sentence.
Eddie: We must use a capital letter at the start of every sentence.
Melisa: I know names begin with a capital letter.
Darla: I know lots of places begin with a capital letter too.
We have also had lots of fun learning about the planets in our Solar System. We found out lots of things about the planets.
Angus: I know there are eight planets.
William: Jupiter is the biggest planet.
Charlotte: Pluto used to be a planet.
Zane: The Earth takes 365 days to spin round the sun.
Max: Mars is a red planet.
Josh: Neptune is a cold planet
Flynn: I think Mercury is nearest the sun.
We have been working on adding and taking away using different strategies.
Cara- I learned to do jump sums using tens and ones.
Kaci – I got 10 out of 10 on hit the button.
In language work we were learning to write a recount by retelling a story using different openers.
We started to investigate how toys are made so that we can try to make some of our own.
The first thing we looked at was how cogs worked.
Cara – we tried to make them stop.
Abby – we put them in a long line one went back and the other one went the other way.
Dorota – we were printing with Lego to make pictures.
Ollie – I liked the printing.
Abby – I made shapes with the Lego.
In ICT we have been learning to use a search engine to find out about old toys. We discovered that yoyos have been around for 2500 years!
Parents evening appointment slips have been sent home.
There will be no Forest Friday on the 7th of February as school photographs are being taken that day.
Jorja – ‘We have new things in our tray at the back. It has snow, ice, polar bears and penguins’.
Clay – ‘I am doing Accelerated Reading. My book was about pirates’.
Jack – ‘We have been using Rek ‘n’ Reks in maths. We have been taking away and adding’.
Luci – ‘I liked it when we did our science experiment. We were learning about blubber and trying to see if it helped to keep our hand warm in the icy water’.
Robyn – ‘We made a polar animal from clay. I made a penguin’.
Evie – ‘I liked making my powerpoint. I learned that arctic hares long ears.’
Frankie – ‘We were using arrow cards in Maths. We made numbers with hundreds, tens and units’.
Noah – ‘We are making a powerpoint in ICT. Mine is about Orcas.’
Aiden – “This week we did a blubber experiment. We covered one hand in blubber (lard). I liked putting my hand into the ice to see which one felt colder”.
Taleah – “I loved going to the computers. We made a PowerPoint. Mine is about Arctic Wolves”.
Jack – “I enjoyed maths this week. We have been learning to use different symbols to compare numbers”.
Ferne – “I liked doing the blubber experiment. The hand with the blubber stayed the same and the hand with no blubber got really cold in the ice”.
Darcie – “I enjoyed the blubber experiment too. Even though the lard stinks. The hand with the blubber on stays warm in the ice”.
Brooke P – “I enjoyed making my own Polar food chain”.
Rose – “I liked doing the PowerPoint in ICT. I learned that Polar Bears can spend up to 2 hours out at sea”.
Summer – “I enjoyed doing the blubber experiment”.
Alexander – “The blubber experiment showed us how polar animals stay warm in the freezing temperatures”.
Alba – “I learned that Artic Foxes are similar to foxes, wolves and hounds because they all hunt rabbits and they look kind of the same”.
Zane – “I enjoyed making the paper food chains. We had to draw the pictures of the animals on paper tubes. They slot together to show what gets eaten and by what”.
Gregor – “I enjoyed doing art this week. We used watercolours and we had to blend colours together but not so much that they all turned brown. I used purple, green and blue”.
This week we have been learning about the Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh. He invented the waterproof raincoat. With a partner we explored the properties of different materials. We wanted to find out which material would be best for Charles Macintosh’s new waterproof outfit. We put the material over a pot and used a pipette to add water. To make it a fair test we kept some things the same. We then observed and recorded what happened when the material got wet. Here are our predictions. The best will material will be…
“Tin foil because it is strong” -Abi
“Cotton wool because it is fluffy” -Alex
“Plastic because it does not leak” -Coby
“Tin foil because it is shiny” -Caitlin
“Tin foil because it keeps germs out” -Kaidi
“Cotton wool because it is soft” -Jayden
To finish we compared our predictions to our findings. Watch our video posted earlier on this page!
In maths we have been working out change from £5, £10 and £20.
In ICT we created a word document and typed up our experiences of Scottish day. We saved it and printed it.
P.E kits needed every Wednesday and Thursday.
Parents evening appointment slips have been sent home.
Global Play Day on Friday 7th of Feb, no electronic devices.
P6 Barcaple Photographs can be downloaded from this link
Class Twitter Feeds
Our older classes are sharing their learning using Twitter feeds using the share hashtag #cdpsdg7
Please have a look using the Twitter links. There is also a Twitter Feed bar on the right hand side of our School website menu for all our class tweets.
Primary 4/5 – https://twitter.com/Mrs_Findlay
Primary 5 – https://twitter.com/Mrs_McCulloch08
Primary 5/6 – https://twitter.com/56CDPS
Primary 6 – https://twitter.com/mr_coulthard?lang=en-gb
Primary 6/7 – https://twitter.com/Mrs_Campbell50
Primary 7 – https://twitter.com/P7andMrwhan