P7a January 2019 Blog

Thank you to Miss Brooks from St Ninian’s Maths Department for helping us to ‘soar’ with fractions,% and decimals! As part of our studies, we mastered the skill of identifying links between fractions, % and decimals and learned how to find a fraction and percentage of a quantity. We learned how to convert as well as add, compare and order all three. We ultimately made kites and a patchwork quilt display using 100 squares and then expressed quantities of each colour to correspond. The kites are are now proudly displayed around our classroom and the patchwork quilt is an interactive display.  Nathan presented a Thank you card to Miss Brooks on behalf of P7a designed and produced on this theme, thank you once again to Miss Brooks!

Thank you to Father John from Holy Name who kindly visited our class on Thursday. We enjoyed our question and answer session which was in English and Spanish too! Father John shared his knowledge of the Spanish Language and was able to have a very fluent conversation with Halima.

An alarm continues to ring each Friday at 12 noon to remind us to pray ‘The Angelus’ together. We started this during Advent and decided that our devotion to Our Lady should continue in this way. This is led by volunteers in our class who take the role as the leader and we create a poignant, prayerful atmosphere.

In preparation for Confirmation, we have been learning about the Sacred Symbols of a Bishop and special features of St Mirin’s Cathedral. We have also been exploring modern day saints. We gathered our whole class’ research in a ‘Big Book’ form for all to read. We have also been learning about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and continue to pray for our Confirmandi.

Other World Religions

Excerpts from Anne Frank’s Diary led to study of Other World Religion of Judaism and, especially the symbols of Judaism. We devoted our prayer to National Holocaust day on Friday 25th January. Halima sketched Anne Frank and we used ICT for researching further symbols.

Social Subjects (WWII)
We have been learning about the life of evacuees and wrote diary entries in role as a wartime evacuee. We extended our knowledge through research using the Chromebooks and a short excerpt from Goodnight Mister Tom. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is also proving a very popular read, giving even further insight into a different perspective of life as a child in WWII era. We ‘aged’ our writing for authenticity and they look so believable on our Writing display.

Christina kindly brought in her family’s WWII memorabilia and was rightly very proud of her great grandad’s medals. Finlay brought in a WWII medical card, Connor brought in some old money and we hope to have a WWII exhibition in the near future so that everyone can investigate these items closely. Miss Pasternak kindly gave her time to speak to P7 about the Holocaust and her visit to Poland.

January Blog PhotosSTEM
Chemical experiments have been exciting as we have been exploring the difference between a mixture and a chemical reaction. Cross curricular links with Literacy have developed our skill in report writing of our experiments.
Miss Collins has been really challenged our thinking and perceptions of the engineering profession.
Scottish Power gave a talk to P7. We learned about the National Grid, how electricity conducts and some of the projects their engineers are developing.

Space Pioneer
Halima, our Space Pioneer visited Flux Laser Studio where she was involved in a project to design, create & build furniture to enhance our learning environment. She then assisted in leading an Assembly on the subject, well done Halima!

Our colorful Masks which we designed and produced at St Ninian’s are now surrounding our Art display and will be further enhanced when we extend our Artistic skills through making other 3D masks including WWII gas masks. We even have a genuine gas mask on our WWII display shelf!
Our P7a ‘Artistic Directors’ led a group of peers to produce a very realistic boy and girl evacuee complete with a label, suitcase and clothed in typical attire of the era, well researched art team and super artistic creativity too!

Our pull along toys are being admired in their ‘raw’ form of MDF. We decided that they look like WWII toys in this form and will continue to enjoy them before ultimately painting them and bringing them into the 21st century in Spring.

Fair Trade
Nathan, our Fair Trade representative, confidently presented a questionnaire to P7a to determine current shopping habits, understanding and contribution to Fair Trade.

Burns Assembly
We learned The Highland Cathedral song and presented it at our Burns Assembly.

Health and Well-being
In Health and wellbeing, we are studying equality and have researched Malala Yousafzai through ICT and gathering facts from ‘Information Stations’ to compile a fact file. This information then allowed us to write a poem about her. We also looked at the events surrounding her assassination attempt as well as the Nobel Peace prize and facts about Pakistan and her background.

Sky Academy
Poalo, Dan H, Sally and Evie had an amazing day at Sky Academy, they returned with a pen drive as evidence of all their efforts and enjoyed sharing their final production with their peers. They were so convincing in role as presenters, interviewers and producers and made it all happen through design and production skills behind the camera. Compliments were made as to their exemplar behaviour and representation of P7a and Our Lady of the Missions during their visit, well done, are so proud of you.

Cluster Ceilidh
On Thursday 31st January, P7 joined with other P7 classes in the St Ninian’s cluster for our Cluster Ceilidh. Great fun was had by all and we left exhausted after dancing the Gay Gordon’s, Canadian Barn Dance, Military Two Step, and a few contemporary dances too. A wonderful afternoon was had by all and we appreciate the leadership of S6 Sports Leaders.

Knitting Bee
Traditional knitting skills are proving very popular in P7a! Our Friday lunchtime ‘knit and natter’ is a big success!
We have two hand knitted WWII teddy bears for our WWII display and we named them Winston and Winnie. A group are now learning how to knit garter stitch with the help of our teacher as well as and Miss Coyle at our weekly Friday lunchtime ‘Knitting Bee’. Thank you to Miss Coyle for supporting us in this way. We are knitting squares which will ultimately be joined together to form a P7a WWII blanket.


P7a’s Christmas Enterprise Project

P7a have been very busy little elves in the lead up to our school’s Christmas Fayre. They participated in the Virgin Money, ‘Make £5 Grow’ project and have worked collaboratively in teams to design and create an array of festive products. The children worked in teams to design, create and sell products/ ideas at the fayre. In their groups they independently sourced and bought resources and decided on an overall product price in order to make a profit. The children then displayed their products on stalls, in an eye catching manner to appeal to customers. They have worked extremely hard and their efforts were rewarded when we made a grand class total of £467.55 and an overall profit of £1366.74! Mrs Bilsland and I are very proud of them all and their wonderful achievements. Well done P7a!

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Primary 7a have been busy!




As part of Health and Wellbeing, P7a are researching Plastic Pollution. We had fun using the VR headsets to see what a clean ocean should look like. We used the Chromebooks for further research and visited ‘Information Stations’ to collect numeric facts. A great deal ‘stuck with us’ as we extended our knowledge and further developed literacy skills of summarising and note taking. 


Miss Brooks from St Ninian’s High School visited P7 on Thursday and extended our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. 

We also showcased our musical talents.


STEM workshop

Morrison Construction came to work with Primary 7 last week. We developed our ability to think like an engineer and learned that triangular structures are the strongest for building.

Look at our giant pyramids!



Flights & Time

Pupils in Primary 6a and Primary 6 were using laptops in Numeracy & Maths to develop their skills in Time. They researched Flight Information on the Glasgow Airport website and worked out when flights were/are due to arrive at their destination.

‘It was really fun because we were doing maths in a real life scenario’. – Lewis

‘It was good fun because I like doing active maths and this ties in perfectly with what I’m learning just now’. – Dan H


P6a – Stephen Hawking. Black Hole Experiment

Stephen Hawking Experiment                                    Thursday 15th March

Primary 6a were sad to hear of the death of Stephen Hawking. Primary 6a used the STEM room to learn a little more about Black Holes.

A black hole is a place where gravity has got so strong that it pulls matter down into it and doesn’t let any of this matter escape, not even light. Anything too close to a black hole will be sucked down into it and trapped forever.

We carried out an experiment with balloons and tinfoil to understand black holes better!

The experiment showed how gravity compresses the star’s matter around the collapsed core (balloon). The dead star has the same amount of matter, but it is compressed to a small point. This means it has greater density than the original star.

This is how a black hole can be formed. The dense ball of matter exerts a large gravitational pull on all objects around it.

(Twinkl experiment – Black Hole Inquiry 1 Stephen Hawking )





K’NEX Challenge

Today Primary 6 took part in the K’Nex Challenge!

They had to work in groups to create a bridge.

All children had to follow a design brief:

The bridge must be at least 19cm tall and at least 30cm long.

Primary 6 had to problem solve and communicate clearly with one another.

Everyone had lots of fun!

Well done to Luke Gallagher and Gordon Grant for winning!

Runners up were Lily Cook and Orlaith Kilpatrick.

Judges found it very hard to pick a winner.

A great day had by all!