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P7 Zombie Apocalypse – Day 2

This afternoon, we had to build a fence with a gate that opens and closes so we can go out for supplies. We used the engineering design process to help us work through our ideas. We had some materials to use and criteria.

Product Criteria:

  • Your gate must open and close with a latch.
  • Your fence must have a perimeter of least 10 cm.
  • Your fence must stand on its own and be at least 7 cm high.

Process Criteria:

  • Check the Engineering Design Process below
  • Every member of your team must contribute (suggest ideas)
  • Every member of your team must have a role (Facilitator, Resource Manager, Time Keeper, Quality Checker)
  1. Identify the problem: What is the problem the challenge wants you to solve?
  2. Identify the criteria and constraints. What are the rules of the challenge?
  3. Brainstorm possible solutions. What are some ways you can complete this challenge?
  4. Generate ideas. What are some materials you can use?
  5. Sketch a couple of ideas.
  6. Select an approach. What design did you pick? Why?
  7. Build your model or prototype. Does your design work?
  8. Refine the design. What changes did you have to make, if any?


P7M – Goodnight Mister Tom Book Reviews

This morning we finished reading our class novel, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. I managed to read through the tears…just! You worked with a partner to discuss your thoughts and opinion about the book. Who were the main characters? Did you like them? How did they grow and change throughout the story?  What happened in the story? What is exciting? Did it keep you guessing? Would you recommend it and if so, who to? We will be watching the film on Friday morning, so we can compare them.


P7M – Dunkirk Homework Feedback

Well done to those of you who completed the Dunkirk research task (17/27). I was impressed that most of you used the article and video to select the key information and then para-phrased (reworded) it in your own words. This is an important skill for studying, researching and writing your own texts. I was pleased to see that the majority of you used correct punctuation, capital letters and spelling. Only a few of you made mistakes that could have been easily corrected if you had read over your work before submitting the post. These ‘quick fix’ errors are easily avoidable and it is your responsibility to check your work. The criteria was for the summary to be ‘around 50’ words and most of you hit the mark, however if you were way over please try to summarise the key points.

Please take the time to  read your peers’ summaries.


During ww2, Dunkirk was a retreat back to England by the British army across the English channel. It took place between the 26th of may-4th of june 1940. 338,226 were saved from beaches. Meanwhile British soldiers were still getting bombed by the germans. This evacuation was code named Operation Dynamo.


On the 4th of July, 1940,Nazi forces seized the French port of Dunkirk that had nine days earlier been full of 338,000 British soldiers and a few French that had come up to help protect France from invasion but with the English Channel behind them and Nazi forces advancing on them they needed to evacuate the port and fast on any boat that was free.



1940 German army took over French port of Dunkirk. Month later German forces went through the west stormed into France May 24 ready to take Dunkirk. Germans stopped the attacks so their plans didn’t go to plan. People evacuated May 26. Men stranded Germans going towards them.Boats arrived to save them.German captured Dunkirk. Soldiers went back to fight






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P7 Chill Time

What a busy week we have had with the Big Pedal, Eco tasks, our WW2 show, Red Nose Day and that’s not even including all the usual learning! Luckily, we had a half hour chill time in the beautiful Spring sunshine this morning. It was lovely to see everyone mixing between the classes and enjoying each other’s company.

P7 WW2 Show

A huge well done to the pupils of P7 for their dress rehearsal in front of the whole school and then their evening performance to family and friends. They worked hard with Euan from G.A.M.T.A. to help to create the script. We had a debrief of the show on Wednesday morning, to discuss what went well, how the show could have been better, what we would do differently next time and what we learned from the experience.

P7M – Archery

This afternoon, we had another fun activity arranged by the Eco Committee – archery! Michelle from Active Schools, showed us how to safely hold and load the bow with the arrow. She showed us how to position our shoulder when pulling back the string. We had some Robin Hoods amongst the class and a few who need to work on their aim because the arrows splatted on the windows, rather than on the target board! We all had fun regardless of the outcome. Thank you to Michelle and Kasia.

P7M – Scottish Water Visit

This morning we were lucky to have a visit from Scottish Water. They told us about water production: the cost of processing it and what we can do to help. The main message was about what to flush down the toilet – The 3 Ps! Pee, Poo and Paper. Other products can block the pipes and cause lots of damage.

Thank you to Douglas and Ian for coming to tell us about what we can do to help keep Scottish water one of the tastiest in the world!

P6-7 Art Masterclass

In this afternoon’s Art Masterclass, we learnt about the colour wheel, use of line, perspective and tonal shading. After a quick demonstration, you got to work and I was blown away with the talented artists I had in the class! Although we don’t have a Masterclass session next week, I offered for you to come to my class at lunchtimes to finish them and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished designs.

Learning Outcome

I can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts. EXA 2-03a

Success Criteria

Your colour wheel must:

  • Include all 6 colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • Have the colours in the correct order
  • Show perspective of the buildings
  • Have a variety of line and pattern
  • Show tonal shading



P7M – WW2 Projects

This morning you presented your WW2 projects that you have had 5 weeks to prepare. I was impressed with the variety of topics and many different delivery styles. We had confident presenters who gave great eye contact, faced your audience and delivered your facts using a varied tone, to keep the audience’s interest. Some of you highlighted your drawings or images to point out interesting facts. We even had some home baking using ration recipes which worked a treat in winning us over!

I have your individual feedback ready to give you tomorrow but some general feedback for the majority of you:

  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! This allows you to check you are within the time allocated and your family members can give you honest feedback about your delivery style (voice, body language, etc)
  • Put the facts into your OWN words. Taking another person’s words from the internet or a book is called plagiarism and it doesn’t show me you have understood your research. It also means you should be able to say the words!
  • If you have made a poster, chosen images for a powerpoint or made a model, talk about it! Please point out interesting facts and show us your hard work. Make use of the props and things yo have brought in.

P7M – Basketball

This morning we had our last basketball session. You have all shown major improvement since session one. You have followed Kasia’s advice and instructions and are able to play very well.

We had discussions in between each game to talk about what we could learn from the mistakes the others had made. The main repeated errors were not passing the ball (being aware of who is open on the court) and line violations when throwing the ball in. Try to learn from your mistakes.

As I said at the end, you all have strengths in different areas of the curriculum but some of you allow others to dominate you. For example, those of you who are showing skills in basketball allowed the more vocal pupils to shout over you. Come on – let yourself shine!

P6-7 Jewellery Making Masterclass 2.1

This afternoon we started our second rotation for the Jewellery masterclass. What a lovely time we had! Everyone managed to make at least one piece of jewellery or a keyring. I heard polite conversation, sharing, laughing and advice being shared. What a joy to hear.

Learning Outcomes:

I have the opportunity to choose and explore an extended range of media and technologies to create images and objects, comparing and combining them for specific tasks. EXA 2-02a

I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem. EXA 2-06a

Design Considerations

  • Who are you designing this for? Who is the client?
  • The design should use a limited amount of colour, no more than four and be related to your theme.
  • The design should be easily worn

Are there any other design issues that you should consider as part of your brief?

P7 – Visit from Mr Polonis

This morning we were lucky to have a visit from Mr Polonis (Mrs Polonis’ father-in-law). He was only six years old when the war started and had a lot of stories, facts and interesting anecdotes to tell us about his and his families’ experiences of world war two.

He started by telling us about his dad being called up to serve for the Royal Navy Reserves which is kind of like the current Territorial Army. He served on HMS Courageous, an aircraft carrier which was the first ship to be sunk by the German U-boats in WW2. Read more about it here. Over six hundred men lost their lives but thankfully for Mr Polonis, is father survived. The captain made the decision to turn the ship into the wind to launch aircraft which left it in a perfect position for torpedo attack. Mr Polonis’ dad had to swim in the English Channel for over 24 hours before being rescued.

When his father was away in the navy, he was left at home with his mother and older brother. He showed us a photo of them during the war. He lived in Weir Street in Greenock when the Germans first started bombing the area. He remembers the first night of the blitz he heard the whistle of the bombs, then silence just before the bombs crashed to the ground. His building was left standing but the windows were blown out.

A decision was made by the local authority to move people out to places of safety. His family moved in with his grandparents in Broomhill, Greenock. His grandmother had been involved in a domestic fire and her legs were badly burned. The second night of the bombings they decided not to go to the bomb shelters because they didn’t want to leave their grandmother. Unfortunately, a bomb hit the house next to theirs and the settee that Mr Polonis and his brother were sitting on was thrown on top of them like a tent. His cousin who was also staying with them suffered from a bad facial injury, his mother became deaf from the bomb and sadly his grandmother died two days later from her injuries. He explained that 280 people were killed in Greenock, 1200 were injured  and over 10,000 homes were destroyed.

The rationing was severe due to the ships being torpedoed. He remembers a terrible Norwegian tin called snook. He loved getting his sweetie coupon and his favourite was and still is Rowntrees Fruit Gums (which his father said he ate like a seagull!).

At night they had to make sure there wasn’t a slither of light in case the Air Raid Wardens came round and gave them into trouble. He told us that you had to carry your gas mask everywhere and if you forgot to take it to school you were sent home to get it. They had to try them on every morning which was a bore but one plus was the fact that you could make rude noises with them and the teacher never knew who was making it!

He told us about the red brick bomb shelters which had no windows or doors. He vividly remembers a neighbour playing songs on his accordion but he was so bad it was like he was playing with boxing gloves on! They had to make their own entertainment by playing football in the streets with a tennis ball or rolled up paper. They didn’t have all of the fancy football kits and equipment we have now so they would make do. Once his friends used red dye to make red shirts to play against other ‘teams’ but when it rained it all ran and they looked like tomatoes! His dad once brought back a pair of skis which was quite unusual in the east end of Greenock. But his brother and him made the most of them and made them into a sledge which went like a rocket. An hour later his brother ended up in hospital with a sore face. Oh dear!

He remembers when his dad came home his brother and him would raid his kit bag to see what he had brought home. His dad said that working in the Arctic ocean was so cold he couldn’t shave so he grew a beard which they didn’t like. Although his dad received many campaign medals (Atlantic Star for the HMS Courageous, the Arctic Star – received just over one yea ago). He said that his dad is not a hero – he was only doing his duty. He is sure that everyone would do the same today if the circumstances were the same. What an interesting thought.

Mr Polonis is now married with two children and five grandchildren. He is envious of all of the toys and gadgets that we have today but they made do with what they had. He answered all of your questions with detailed responses and has obviously learned a lot about the war since it ended. He said that he was never scared during the war because he was too young but he can remember his neighbour Mrs McGee shouting ‘The Germans are coming!’ when the sirens went off. Another reason they weren’t scared was because the British government hid a lot of information from them and only broadcast positive news to keep spirits up.

A huge thank you to Mr Polonis who wowed us with his stories and knowledge!

Visit the following websites to find out more about the bombing of Greenock:

Remembering Scotland at War

BBC – The Greenock Blitz

Greenock Blitz

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P7 – WW2 Bishopton News

Today we received from George O’Neill (a pupil’s parent) about an interesting find of his from a few years ago. He had read in our Twitter feed that I had posted about the unexploded bomb (UXB) in Portsmouth. This story reminded him of his own story about where he lives…

“I work in architecture and a few years back we did some background research on Dargavel (the ROF factory before development started). We found a WW2 German air force aerial reconnaissance photo of the site. Obviously a munitions factory would be of great interest during the war. It got my attention because my house it on it!”

Please see the aerial photo he emailed me (apologies for the resolution – it’s a scan of an old print out.

Mr O’Neill says: “You can see Greenock Road/ Kingston road, the school would be just off the top of the map above the word BISHOPTON. A couple of minor miscalculations by a pilot could have made Bishopton a very different place.”

Wow! What a scary thought!

He also said that while digging in his garden a few years ago he discovered a large metal canister! He was assured it was something to do with drainage but he was very careful when covering it back up…just in case!

Thank you for sharing this amazing photo and your story, Mr O’Neill.


P7M – Figurative Language

You worked really well in co-operative groups this morning to research the different types of figurative language. At first, you looked a little bamboozled when I first introduced hyperboles and idioms, and I thought some of you might run for the hills (ha ha…it’s an idiom). However I heard some great suggestions of your own once you got going. Well done! Please use the links below to practise these because if you use these in your writing, it will sound so much more impressive.






Have a look at your work.

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