Category Archives: Primary 4M

Science Masterclass

In our science masterclass today, we used paper chromatography to work out the identity of the Bishopton Biscuit Bandit! The biscuit tin in the staffroom had been raided (a serious offence!) and a note was left at the scene. 5 different black pens were found at the scene of the crime, each belonging to a different teacher.

We used a science technique called chromatography to split samples of the ink from the 5 pens and then compared it to the ink found on the letter. Each of the inks separated in different ways and by matching the ink profile from the letter to the ink profile from the samples, we were able to deduce that Mr Donaldson was the Bishopton Biscuit Bandit!

I can’t wait to see how we will use science to solve another mystery next week……

Miss Burnett

Sumdog Contest – Wednesday Positions

Here are the current positions of our classes and the classes from our cluster schools. Remember the contest ends tomorrow at 8pm, so let’s try our best today to climb the leaderboard. Well done to the pupils who have been playing at home. Thank you to the parents who have tweeted photos of your maths and numeracy activities – they look great!

#MathsWeekScotlandRenfrewshire #MathsWeekScotland #MakingMathsCount

3rd P4!, Barsail Primary Scotland 703
30th P7!, Barsail Primary Scotland 553
42nd P4/3!, Barsail Primary Scotland 524
48th P5S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 518
83rd P5/4, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 461
84th P5D, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 460
98th P3, Barsail Primary Scotland 447
178th P5/4!, Barsail Primary Scotland 392
200th P4M, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 382
284th P5!, Barsail Primary Scotland 345
328th P4C, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 331
378th P3/2, Barsail Primary Scotland 314
432nd P6G, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 293
440th P2, Barsail Primary Scotland 290
448th P7H, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 289
505th P2B, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 274
529th P3/4 2017/18, Langbank Primary School Scotland 267
553rd P7/6!, Barsail Primary Scotland 261
571st P2C, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 256
783rd P6!, Barsail Primary Scotland 215
814th P3S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 211
841st Primary 4, Bargarran Primary Scotland 207
1026th P6A, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 178
1039th P3H, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 177
1125th Primary 5/4, Bargarran Primary Scotland 165
1154th Primary 2/1, Bargarran Primary Scotland 159
1163rd P2R, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 158
1196th P7S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 153
1308th Primary 6/5, Bargarran Primary Scotland 138
1366th Primary 3/2, Bargarran Primary Scotland 129
1438th Primary 7/6, Bargarran Primary Scotland 118
1620th Primary 3, Bargarran Primary Scotland 88
1727th Primary 7 , Bargarran Primary Scotland 72

P4M – Maths Day

Today the whole school took part in a number of activities to promote maths during our Maths Week Scotland. In my class you had the opportunity to not only work on your mental maths skills by playing a number of games on Sumdog, but you also had the chance to move your class (and our school) further up the Sumdog leaderboard.

Here are a few photographs from this morning. Look at all the smiling faces. Who would of thought maths could be so much fun?

Sumdog Contest – Current Positions

Please check below to see where our classes are on the Sumdog Leaderboard.  Nearly all of our classes have now qualified and we are climbing the leaderboard. Remember we are competing with our cluster schools (Bargarran, Barsail, Inchinnan, Langbank and Rashielea).

#MathsWeekScotlandRenfrewshire #MathsWeekScotland #MakingMathsCount

33rd P4! Barsail Primary Scotland 450
73rd P4/3! Barsail Primary Scotland 410
97th P5S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 382
102nd P5D, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 375
173rd P5/4, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 328
292nd P4M, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 273
297th P2B, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 271
328th P4C, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 261
331st P7H, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 260
363rd P6G, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 250
639th P3S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 179
703rd P3H, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 168
707th Primary 4, Bargarran Primary Scotland 167
816th P2C, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 147
903rd P6A, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 132
924th Primary 3/2, Bargarran Primary Scotland 128
984th Primary 5/4, Bargarran Primary Scotland 115
1080th Primary 6/5, Bargarran Primary Scotland 96
1085th Primary 7/6, Bargarran Primary Scotland 95
1168th P7S, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 83
1413th P2R, Bishopton Primary School Scotland 0

w/b 11.9.17

Hi there! As you know it is Scottish Maths Week.  Therefore all our homework for this week has a maths theme.   You were given a copy of our Numeracy and Maths Bingo today in class.  Try to tick off as many of these activities as you can throughout the week.

There is also a Maths and Numeracy trail that you can complete within the school grounds.  Please ask me for a copy of this if you would like to try it.

On Friday we are planning a walk to the Co-op to buy an item in store.  Please bring a maximum amount of £1.  We are looking for some parent helpers to come with us on the day.  We shall be leaving school about 11am and will be back for 12pm.  Please let me know if you are able to accompany us.


Mrs McKay

Engineer Visits

During technologies time this week, P4M were lucky enough to have two very special visitors. Alex and Jennifer came to tell us all about their jobs as engineers. Alex is a civil engineer and Jennifer is a software engineer. While the projects they work on can seem very different, they both told us how at the centre of all of them are problems that need solved. They explained what they do in their job and the different skills they need to use to do it well.

We are learning all about the world of engineering so we can become members of the Institution of Primary Engineers!

Thank you very much to Alex and Jennifer for coming along to visit us!

Sumdog Contest – Maths Week Scotland

As part of our celebrations and participation in Maths Week Scotland (11th-17th September), our P2-7 pupils have been entered into the Sumdog National Contest.

How it works

To take part, pupils simply play Sumdog’s maths games. Scores are based on accuracy and the questions are tailored to each student’s level – so everyone has a fair chance. The contest runs from 8am on Friday 8th to 8pm on Thursday 14th September. Pupils will be given time in class to play but can play at any time during this period.

Rewards for pupils

As well as improving pupils’ confidence, speed and accuracy with their number bonds and tables, as a reward for taking part, each pupil who answers 100 questions will receive an item for their Sumdog House.

Park Mains Cluster Schools

We will be competing against schools throughout the whole of Scotland but we will be focussing on beating our closest primary schools: Bargarran, Barsail, Inchinnan, Langbank and Rashielea. Our Daily Score will be posted on the Blog, so keep your eyes peeled to check our position on the Leaderboard!

Please save this link to allow your child to login to Sumdog without having to enter the school code:

Good luck and try your best!

Maths Week Scotland, 11-17 September

Dear Parent,

We have organised many fun activities to help promote numeracy and maths as part of Maths Week Scotland. A few of the main messages that Maths Week Scotland wants to promote:

  • Maths skills, understanding and confidence are important for everyone.
  • Everyone can ‘do’ maths; it’s a way of learning and thinking that we all use and can develop.
  • Maths ‘is everywhere’ and relevant to day-to-day life and work – decision making, problem solving, budgeting, planning, assessing probability and risk, and many more.
  • Being confident about and enjoying maths is about commitment and learning. It’s not ‘a gift’; it’s something we can all acquire if we want to.

Please read below to find out some of the fun activities your child will take part in:

  • Each stage will be involved in one full day of fun maths activities where they will visit different teachers to practise and learn new maths skills. This will take place on Tuesday13th September.
  • P2-7 classes have been entered into the Sumdog National competition which runs from 8am, Friday 8th to 8pm, Thursday 14th September. Your child has been issued with their Username and password. They will be playing the games during class time and they can also play the games at home. We are competing against the whole country but focussing on beating our local schools in the cluster. Check our Blog and Twitter for daily updates!
  • Your child will only have Maths and Numeracy homework during Maths Week and we would encourage you to help to promote the importance of maths and numeracy in their everyday lives. The homework will be a checklist of suggested activities where they can record what they have done. Photos and any extra evidence are encouraged!
  • We will be visiting the local Co-op and would like the pupils to buy a small item so it would be great if you could give your child some money to spend (£1 max). Adult/parent helpers will be required to accompany the classes on their visit.
  • We have fun Maths Trails available at the Main Office/Class Teacher for you to complete with your child or on their own by walking around the school grounds and on their walk home. Please ask for copy and complete with your child before or after school. Send the completed form in with your child to their class teacher.
  • Every day at 10am we will take part in RIC (Renfrewshire is Counting). The pupils will do counting activities, e.g. games, forwards and backwards counting sequences, multiples or times tables, , number patterns and sequences, relevant to their level. This should last about 10 minutes.
  • We will create Maths in Art designs. Winners form P1-3, P4-5 and P6-7 will be entered into the cluster school competition. Winners will be announced on Friday 15th September.
  • Renfrewshire Libraries have joined us in partnership to help celebrate Maths Week Scotland by planning activities that families can get involved in when visiting their local libraries. One such activity is a competition to create a new Skoob who loves Numeracy and Mathematics!
  • Please visit the websites below for more information and ideas of how to take part at home, as well as checking your child’s Blog.
  • If Tweeting about your celebration via Twitter, please use #MathsWeekScotlandRenfrewshire to get our efforts trending.

We are looking forward to sharing our passion of Maths and Numeracy with the pupils of Bishopton Primary and hope the enthusiasm spreads! If you have any questions about Maths Week Scotland, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Miss McDowall

Principal Teacher

P7S Build-a-Business – Order Form

P7S Superhero Smoothie Recipe Book

In P6, we were given a task to design a superhero themed smoothie. The colours in the smoothie had to match up with the superhero we had picked. As a class we voted for our top 3 favourite recipes and made them up for taste-testing. They were delicious! 

We have now turned our amazing recipes into a Superhero Smoothie Recipe Book. This is an electronic book (not printed) and are for sale for £1.50 for a limited time. They contain loads of different fruit, juice and yogurt recipes and are available by completing the contact form on this post.

If you would like to order our amazing smoothie e-book, please fill out the contact form to advise our management team. Please send the money to P7S in a labelled envelope (exact money only please!). It will all be added up by our finances team during our Build a Business time on a Friday and the recipe book will be emailed out to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for supporting the P7S Build-a-Business topic!