P7b Class Assembly

On Friday 4th October, P7b presented their Class Assembly to Parents and extended families on the subject of Stewardship.

Through exploring the concept of what Stewardship actually means, P7b collected and presented evidence that Christians are called by God to protect the natural world.

We started with a prayer:

The Earth is the Lord’s

And everything in it,

The world and all who live in it.

Help us to live with respect for the Earth.

To care for it and each other.

To use only what we need,

not what we want.

To consider the needs of people

living nearby and far away.

Help us to remember that

the Earth is ours on loan.  Amen. 

P7b wore yellow ribbons. Yellow is commonly seen as a symbol of hope and optimism. So, through their studies of Stewardship, the pupils in Primary 7b have been filled with great hope and optimism for our community and for our world and decided it would be a good idea to reflect this by wearing a splash of yellow.

Eilidh said, “Many of us act like the disintegration of the natural world is going to resolve itself. Or rather, won’t somebody else take care of it for us? A Christian response to this would be ‘NO!’, this is our responsibility, and not just the responsibility of some. It is the responsibility of all of humankind. After all, God left us the Earth in good faith that we would take care of his creation for him.”

As passages from the Bible reflect a Christian understanding of God’s role as creator and our role as guardians or stewards of that creation P7b looked in the Bible for evidence and found examples in the book of Psalms and the book of Genesis.

We also presented our findings regarding Greta Thunberg. At the end of our Assembly Mrs O’Connor made reference to Greta’s words, “No one is too small to make a difference,” as being the main message of P7b’s Class Assembly.

Rose stated, “We discussed her famous words and decided that it was a PUN. A pun is a play on words and what Greta really means is that we are never too little, and nor should we feel that we are not important enough to make a difference in the world.”

P7b went on to give concrete examples of how we can all do our best to be good stewards at home, in school, in our parish and our wider community.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a most memorable Assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P7b – Stewardship

In preparation for our Class Assembly on Friday 4th October, P7b used technology to gather facts about Stewardship. We also worked as a team to answer HOTS questions at Information Stations which were randomly placed throughout the P7 Forum area. We then all came together and shared our new knowledge which has further informed our Assembly preparation.

We look forward to presenting our findings at our Class Assembly and   welcoming parents and carers to share in our learning journey in Religious Education.

Author Visit

Thank you to St Ninian’s for inviting us to join with some S1 pupils to meet Victoria Williamson on Thursday afternoon. She gave a great insight into how she decided to become an author and how she developed the main characters and plot of her recent book.  We got a deeper insight into characterisation and the personality traits of one of the characters through participating in an active task and we even did a Science experiment. She gave helpful tips by expanding on how to develop a plot in our own imaginative writing. A most enjoyable hour which encouraged us to seek out her book when we next visit the library.

 

P7b Lord Provost Debate

P7b spent a most memorable morning at East Renfrewshire Council Debating Chamber where they debated their chosen motion: 

“There should be a legal built in time limit on games consoles for all children under 16.”

In preparation for the debate, P7b explored the etiquette of debating as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this topic. They extended persuasive Writing techniques through writing speeches both for and against the motion. They also enhanced public speaking, open ended questioning and their keen listening skills.

The motion was very convincingly argued by both Proposing and Opposing teams who backed up their opinions with current research data collected during Computing Science. Critical questions from the audience prompted even deeper probing and the News Reporters summarised the main points from both perspectives. Our photographers captured all the action on camera. 

The final count of 20 votes against and 16 votes in favour of the motion resulted in a narrow win for the Opposing Team.

Thank you to Councillor Fletcher for officiating and guiding P7b through the debating process. 

Definitely some lawyers in the making! 

P7b – Possession Games

P7b have been taking part in possession game in PE.  So far they have been working on their skills in basketball and hockey.

They have been learning to

  • make decisions about the skills they are learning and use them in cooperative and competitive games​
  •  make changes to suit ability by changing; ​equipment / rules
  •  transfer skills into a number of team games

Soluble vs Insoluble

P7b have been learning about substances which are soluble or insoluble.  We carried out experiments to test if certain solids would dissolve in water.  We kept the conditions and method the same to ensure a fair test.  Next we are going to look at variables which may affect the rate which a solid dissolves.

Safety in the Park

Primary 7a and 7b enjoyed their Safety in the Park trip which was held at Arthurlie Park on Thursday 29th August. This was a most enjoyable morning where we participated in real-life scenario workshops relating to personal health and safety. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who organised such fun and enjoyable activities which link to Health and Wellbeing learning in the classroom. Thank you also to parents who generously gave their time to join us.

P6d Numeracy

Primary 6d have been working hard in Numeracy, learning about the various properties of triangles, converting common measurements and function machines. Below, you can see them creating triangle poster fact files using straws, making potions by actively measuring different liquids and  focusing on the operation aspect of function machines.

Maths Week 2018

Today Euan and Jamie from Corum Estate Agent visited P6 to talk about how they use Maths in their day to day job. When advising clients who are buying/selling houses, we learned that they need to work out running costs, calculate interest etc. Mental maths plays a big part in an estate agent’s job as they often need to calculate costs on the spot.

Euan is lucky enough to run his own business, so he taught us about some of the budgeting that he does day to day. For example he has to pay rent, pay his staff, pay tax etc. It is important that his earnings are higher than his spenditure, otherwise his business would go into debt.

 

Who tried to poison Paddington?

P6b had a great morning investigating a crime scene! They were called in to investigate 4 suspects who may have tried to poison poor Paddington Bear. This involved a number of experiments in which they had to separate mixtures and conduct chemical reactions. Thankfully their skills in fingerprinting, chromatography, and using UV light helped them to narrow down their search. With the help of PC Grant and considering the suspects’ motives, they were able to identify the guilty suspect – Mr Trunchbull!