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P5S – Titanic Personal Project Presentations

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You have all now presented your Titanic personal projects to the class. Once again we have had a wide range of projects being shared: PowerPoints, models, posters, books, and we even had  a few quizzes (with prizes for our winners). A large amount of information was shared during your presentations – I was very impressed! Well done everyone! Verbal feedback for individual presentations will be given over the course of this week.

Once all of our presentations had been completed, you had the opportunity to have a closer look at each other’s work. Please click the link below to view our presentation photographs.

Titanic Personal Project Presentations

P5S – Titanic Open Afternoon

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Open Afternoon today. I hope you all enjoyed visiting our class this afternoon and taking part in all of the activities. The children had a wonderful time showing off their work and knowledge on the Titanic. They have worked incredibly hard this term (and all year) and deserve a huge round of applause.

Thank you to those of you who have completed our feedback survey. It is much appreciated. The children will have a look at your comments and discuss your feedback on how they can make their next Open Afternoon even better. If you would like to complete the survey, you may access it here.

Please click here to see our photographs from this afternoon.

P5 – Titanic Open Afternoon Feedback

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Thank you for coming to our Open Afternoon. The children have been very excited about having the opportunity to showcase all of their work.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete this short survey to let us know what you thought of our Open Afternoon today. The children in P5S created the survey as part of their Data Analysis topic in maths. The survey can be accessed using the link below. Thanking you in advance.

Titanic Open Afternoon Feedback Survey

P7 – Our Amazing Brains!

Use the weblinks below to help you complete your Brain Fact File and Senses task.

Our Amazing Brain





Our Five Senses







P5S – Tall Ship Trip

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Yesterday we visited the Tall Ship in Glasgow to take part in a workshop linked to our Titanic topic.  Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful but it didn’t dampen the spirits.

First we had the chance to have a nosey around the ship. We also took part in a scavenger hunt. Some of the groups managed to find the soft play area and had lots of fun! We also had the opportunity to learn a little morse code. Can you tell someone at home what the code is for SOS?

In our workshop we became Marine Archaeologists and we found a number of items that may just have been on the Titanic. Some of the items were over 100 years old! There were also a few unusual items that we hadn’t seen before. Can you name any of them? You even had to use your knowledge of coordinates when recording the things you found. I was pleased to see you all remembered how to do this. Well done!

After finding these items, you had to decide whether or not the items were real or fake. It was a little tricky to decide on some of the items.  How did your group do?

A huge thank you to our parent and gran helpers who braved the weather to come with us. To view some photographs from our trip, please access the link below.

Tall Ship Photographs

P5 – Titanic Personal Project Presentation

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Over the next few weeks you should prepare a personal project presentation on the Titanic. You will then present your project to the class on Thursday 15th June.  I know some of you may already be sunning yourself somewhere hot on this date, therefore you may complete your project prior to this date. Please see me (or Mrs Hughes if you are in P5H) and I will organise a different presentation date for you. The criteria and task sheet for this task can be found below.

Titanic Personal Project Presentation

Learning Outcome:  I can research a  given topic and create a detailed presentation.

I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.  SOC 2-01a

I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence. SOC 2-06a

Skill for Learning

Application & Knowledge: I can apply my knowledge of a given topic to plan and produce an interesting presentation.

 Skill for Work

I can organise my time and resources independently to ensure my presentation is completed in the allocated time.


To build further on your presentation skills you have to prepare a personal project to present to your peers. Presentations play a huge part in our learning and being able to present to your peers, with confidence, is a great skill to learn.


What you need to know: Your personal project should be about the Titanic. You may choose any aspect you wish.

What you need to do: You can present your project in any way you choose. This might be in written form, a PowerPoint presentation, a booklet, a video or even a model. In other words, you have the choice to choose the way you feel will best help you to demonstrate your knowledge of your chosen topic. This project is all homework based therefore you need to think about the resources you will have access to: books, library, internet, personal accounts etc.

What you need to think about: You can use whatever you need to describe your personal project: photographs, videos, props etc. Try to think about why you picked this area for your project. What was it that interested you about it? Remember some people in class may know nothing about the area you have chosen to discuss, so you must explain it in detail.

How to get started: Get all of your ideas down on paper and then decide which ones are the most relevant and will best engage your audience.


Product Criteria

·         You have 4 weeks to pull your presentation together so use your time wisely. You will be presenting your information to the class on Thursday 15th June 2017. Remember to try and present your information in a different format from what you have done before. Be creative!

·         This is an independent research project. It is your responsibility to organise your time effectively and ensure you are putting in enough effort.

·         Everyone will approach this task in different ways so don’t worry if your friends are doing something different from you. Have faith in what you have to say and it will all work out.

·         This is your chance to show just how well you can take responsibility for your own learning.

Happy researching!

Mrs O’Neill

Titanic Passengers – 18.5.17


There were approximately 1300 passengers on the Titanic when she made her maiden voyage. As you know there were first, second and third class passengers on board. Now it is time for you to find out more about them.

Each group member has been given the name of a passenger who was on board when the Titanic embarked on her maiden voyage. Using the relevant links below, you are required to research information about your passenger. Only these links should be used. You should include:

  • Name
  • Class
  • Date of birth
  • Age when travelling
  • Did they survive
  • Any other relevant and interesting information

You have 1 hour this part of your task

First Class

Second Class

Third Class

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?


P5S – Titanic Facts Fun

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This afternoon we had our first research task for our Titanic topic. We used the new laptops to find out lots and lots of facts (some of which were very interesting). Can you remember where and when the Titanic left on her maiden voyage? What facts did you learn about the crew? When did the Titanic sink? How long did it take? Please share some of the facts you learned with someone at home.

Using these fascinating facts you were to create a group poster showing your new knowledge. How did your group do? We had a wee chat at the end of the day to see which groups worked well with one another today. I was pleased to see that you were all very honest with your feedback. Please ensure you are discussing any issues which may arise during topic tasks. You are a new group working together for the first time so you may need to compromise with one another at times.

The posters are looking great and I am looking forward to showing them off once they are completed. Just remember they should include facts and it’s not all about the illustrations.

Here are a few photographs from this afternoon.

P5 Titanic Facts – 25.4.17

All About the Titanic

Group Task

Part 1: In pairs, group members are required to research information about the Titanic using only the links below. Your information should include:

  • Which company owned the Titanic
  • Where the Titanic was built and by which company, how long did it take from start to finish.
  • Statistics for the Titanic e.g. weight, height, length, number of lifeboats etc
  • Where and when her maiden voyage began
  • Information about the crew
  • Passenger facts
  • When she sank
  • Any other fascinating facts you can find

You should also produce a sketch of the Titanic in your jotter.

You have 1hour to complete the task and share your information with your group.

Titanic the Unsinkable Ship

Titanic Facts for Kids

Fascinating Facts

Cool Facts for Kids



P5S – Meet our Titanic Families

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Last week we started our Titanic topic with our Home Team Challenge. With your new group you had to create a banner and include information you researched relating to family life during the early 20th century. You were given a list of names of families who were on board the Titanic during it’s maiden voyage and had to choose one for your group name. We had some very interesting choices made.

Meet our new term 4 groups.

The Franklin Family

The Webber Family

The Silven Family

The Evans Family

The Appleton Family

The Goodman Family

P5S – Titanic Home Team Challenge

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This week we started our new topic and completed our Home Team Challenge. You decided on your Titanic family names and created your banners using the information you researched about family life during that time. In jigsaw groups you researched particular information which you then shared with your group members.

In your first task as a new group you had to work on the following skills:

Skill for Learning – Application: I can carry out a task by working collaboratively with my group members.

Social Skill: As a group we can reach an agreement in the correct manner.

How did you do? Did you achieve success, both as an individual and a group member. I could see some fabulous work going on however at times there were individuals who were not on task or as focused as they should have been. Were you one of them?

Here are some photographs of you working on the task. Are you on task? Did you complete your share of the work? Keep scrolling to see just how well (or not) you think you worked as a group on this first task. Please remember to always think about next steps and ways in which you can ensure you are all working to the best of your abilities in future tasks.







 THE SILVEN FAMILY (feedback form to follow)

P5S – The River Clyde/Clyde in the Classroom Debrief

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Today we had our topic debrief. We discussed What Went Well and how we could make the topic even better (EBI). I have been delighted at the enthusiasm shown by you all with this topic.  You have all worked incredibly hard and have learned so much this term. Well done!

Here are your feedback comments.

Lewis:  WWW – I liked that we had the fish and the bake sale/fundraiser.

EBI – If we could choose our own landmarks for the mural and to have some more balloons at the fundraiser.

Mirren: WWW – I think when we had the fish we looked after them well!

EBI – I think it would be even better if we kept the fish for longer!

Kate:  WWW – I really like looking at the huge mural outside of class and I really enjoyed making a part of it.

EBI – It would be even better if we had the fish for longer.

Lily: WWW – Looking after the fish went very well. The community Café went very well when we did the quiz all about the River Clyde.

EBI – If we went on more school trips about the River Clyde. Also if we could have kept the fish for longer.

Cameron H: WWW – I like that P5S and P5H kept fish in the classroom. I enjoyed gong to the Science Centre because we got to try things out for the first time. Also releasing the fish into a burn was fun.

Innis:  WWW – I liked having the fish in the class. I liked making our 3D fish. I really the song about the River Clyde we learned.

EBI – It would have been better if the groups had been able to look after the fish a bit more. We got to take the fish home.

Lucy L: WWW – I liked the fish because we got to look after them. I also liked letting them go.

Chloe M: WWW – The mural because it was fun making it and it looks good on the wall. Our trip to the Science Centre and releasing the fish. Having the fish in class was good. I enjoyed organising the fundraiser. The quiz during the Community Café was fun because my grandparents were there.

Heather: WWW – Most of our fish survived because we took good care of them. Our fish life cycle posters on the wall are good. The quiz on the River Clyde at the Community café went well.

Mikey: WWW – Not a lot of our fish died. I liked my group and we learned a lot about the River Clyde.

EBI _ If more fish stayed alive.

Luca: WWW – The activities and the brown trout. Looking after the fish and making the posters.

EBI: It would have been even better if we had been able to keep the fish and go on a visit to the Sealife Centre or go fishing at Balloch.

Ewan: WWW – I thought the fish were good because it was very fun.

EBI – I think we should have went on the Waverley.

Finlay: WWW – Everything because it was fun.

Lucas: WWW – Not a lot of fish died because we looked after them so well.

EBI – The quality of my work was better and if I stopped talking more often.

Olivia: WWW – I really liked keeping the brown trout. It was fun looking after them. I loved learning all about the marine life in the River Clyde.

Cameron S: WWW – I enjoyed the quiz – definitely! I enjoyed making the posters. I enjoyed making the 3D fish. I enjoyed learning about the River Clyde from the visitors at the Community Café.

Lucy S: WWW – I loved that we got to have brown trout and then release them. Also I learned more about the River Clyde like there used to not be the Erskine Bridge and instead it was a ferry. I also learned that the Waverley is 70 years old and will be 71 years old this year.

Aiden: WWW – It was really fun – everything!

EBI – If we didn’t have to release the fish and if some of the fish hadn’t died. It was sad when they died.

Chloe S: WWW – I think we looked after the fish very well. I think it is good that we had around 185 fish left.

EBI – It would be even better if the 3D fish didn’t fall apart so quickly. I wish we could have had the fish longer because I really liked looking after them.

Kieran: WWW – My group didn’t fight. We learned a lot and it was fun.

EBI – The brown trout didn’t jump in the water. If the tank didn’t leak.

Alex: WWW – I liked doing the Pointillism brown trout because it was a different way of painting them and we got to draw them before we painted them.

Charlie: WWW – I liked the quiz. I liked the Now and Then task because it was interesting. I liked releasing the fish.



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






Rachael L


Ryan G






Ryan O



P7 – WW2: The Battle of Britain and The Blitz Research Task

Today you will be learning about The Battle of Britain and the Blitz. Each member of your group will research a specific part of the Battle of Britain and then share their knowledge with the group. It is everyone’s responsibility to take as many notes as they can so that your group has as much information about the Battle of Britain and the Blitz as possible because you will be taking part in a quiz next topic session.

Each squadron member will become an expert on a different aspect. You will have a set amount of time to research before bringing together your notes to share with your squadron. Notes should be as detailed and accurate as possible.

The higher order thinking skill you will be practising is understanding because after researching you will have to explain the information to your group, paraphrasing and giving examples of what you have learned. The skill for work you will be practising is self direction because you are responsibile for your own learning and what you learn and feedback affects what your group learns (and ultimately how well you will do on the quiz).

1. Clydebank: Watch the videos and read ‘The Blitz’ sheet (one side)

Clydebank Blitz 1 (allow to play until the end of ‘Gregor’ -part 4) total time 8:12mins

Remembering the Clydebank Blitz

The Blitz

  1. Planes: Read the ‘Battle of Britain in the Air’ and ‘Planes’ sheets (3 sides) and watch the video

Horrible Histories Pilot song time 2:47mins

  1. B.O.B. Overview: Read the Overview sheet (1 side)

B.O.B. Newsreels time 8:02mins

  1. Defences: Read the ‘Ground Defences’, ‘Barrage Balloons’ and ‘RADAR’ sheets (2 sides)

WAAFS and Barrage Balloons time 1:01 mins

The Royal Observor Corps in WWII time 2:41 mins

P7S – Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

On Friday afternoon, each group had a different testimony from someone who experienced the Holocaust; either a survivor or a person who helped the persecuted to escape.

You had to read their testimonies and then discuss in your group how that person might have felt during the various experiences they went through. There were real life testimonies, therefore out major focus was to highlight the feelings and emotions of each person.

If you would like to watch footage of the actual people, click the links below:

Miep Gies – click for subtitles

If you would like to read more about these extraordinary people, please visit the websites below:

 Within the limited time you all managed to produce excellent presentations to retell the story of these people’s lives. You managed to keep your tone serious while explaining the feelings of the people and give a personal response. Well done.

P7M Homework – Monday 27th March

Remember to complete each task to the best of your ability. Please let me know if you are struggling with any task or need advice, as soon as possible. Try not to get stressed or upset about homework – it really isn’t worth it! Ask your parent/carer to write a note if you are unable to  attempt any task. Thank you, Miss McDowall.




  • Please write two stars and a wish for the WW2 topic. Also, write two stars and a wish for yourself in relation to working in your squadron. So there should be 4 stars and 2 wishes in total! Post this as a comment on the blog. If you are unable to post it on the blog, please write them on paper. This should be done by Friday 31st March.


  • Tempest Photography, Tuesday 28th – Photos for Young Scots will be taken. Everyone will have their photo taken.
  • The Big Pedal  – Monday 20th to Friday 31st March – Please bring in your bike or scooter every day. Remember to wear a helmet, chain your bike and bring a plastic bag to cover your seat. Click here for more information.
  • Parent Appointments: Tuesday 28th, 5.40-8.10pm, Wednesday 29th, 3.20-5.10pm. If your parent/carer cannot make it, please let me know A.S.A.P.
  • My Merit – Show your My Merit account to your parent/carer.
  • Please return any forms A.S.A.P. (Parent/Pupil Response form).
  • We are looking for two adult helper for Tuesday 9th May from 11.15-12.00 visit to the library. If you are able to help out, please write a note in your child’s diary or post a comment on the Blog. Thank you in advance.
  • We will be watching the film version of Goodnight Mister Tom on Friday 31st March. As it is a PG, we would appreciate if you would let us know if you do not wish your child to watch the film so we can arrange an alternative activity.

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.

P7 – WW2 Topical News

Today is Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday.  She is known as the Forces’ Sweetheart because she sang so many songs to the troops during WW2 to keep their spirits up. Last night her image was projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover.

We are singing one of her most well-known songs in our show tomorrow night, ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Visit the link below to read more about her life.


P7 WW2: Dunkirk Homework Task

As part of your homework for this week you should access the link below on The Battle of Dunkirk. This was a very important battle during WW2. Your task is to research the battle, using the link. You should then summarise the main points relating to the battle, in around 50 wordsPlease post your completed summary of events on the blog by Tuesday 28th March. If you are unable to post on the blog, you should hand in a paper copy of your summary.

Remember when summarising you should only record the most important facts. These facts should be in your own words as much as possible. 

The Battle of Dunkirk

The video below has some really interesting information on the about WW2. The information relating to Dunkirk starts at 2.16 and ends at 3.43. All of the video is worth a watch if you have time!

P5S – Pointillism Painting

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Last week for homework you looked at the work of Georges Seurat who uses Pointillism in his paintings (just like the one above). Pointillism is a technique which uses small, distinct dots of colour to form the image.

Today in class you used the same technique to create your own version of both a male and female brown trout. I am looking forward to showing your finished creations off in a couple of weeks at Parents’ Night.

Here are a few photographs of you hard at work.

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.