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……
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!
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?
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).
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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!