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Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal

Every year at this time Newton Nursery ask parents, carers, staff and children to help them to support the ‘Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal’.

Shoeboxes will be delivered to school this week and will be available to collect from the nursery or the school office. If you prefer you may ask your child to collect a shoebox on your behalf.

Please see the attached advice from the Rotary Club regarding making up the shoeboxes.

The Rotary Club ask that you do not wrap the box but feel free to decorate the sides with felt tips or crayons.

A suggested donation of £2 towards transport costs would be helpful. This may be done by taping coins to the outside of the lid of the box.

Please return all boxes by 5th November 2018

Further information from www.rotaryshoebox.org

Welcome to Primary 5!

P5 have been learning all about Fairtrade as it is our new context this term. We’ve been thinking about the amount of money that farmers are paid and we have been very surprised to learn they get paid very little! Remember to look out for the Fairtrade logo when you’re shopping.

We have really enjoyed visiting the Memory Café in Dunblane with Mrs Watt. We can’t wait until they come and visit us at Newton, where we will have entertainment and lots of Fairtrade baking for our afternoon tea.

Both classes have been working hard on our class charters. We thought about what rights we have and how these are important in school. We designed our own class charters and voted for our favourites.

In literacy we have been learning about non-fiction texts and persuasive language. We can identify the main features of a non-fiction text and have used our skimming and scanning skills to look for key words. Last week we looked at a number of adverts to see what techniques are used to persuade and influence buyers.

In maths we have been learning about place value up to 100,000 and beyond as well as estimating and measuring. As part of our mental maths we have been using CLIC with a focus on times tables.

We’ve been enjoying P.E. with Mr Shearer. We are developing our basketball skills and get to play fun games!

Written by May Cruft (P5F) and Holly Stobie (P5P)

European Languages Day 2018

European Day of Languages

Newton Primary School will be taking part in ‘The European Day of Languages’ which will be held on Wednesday 26th September 2018. It is a time to celebrate the 6,000+ languages spoken around the world, promote language learning and have some multilingual fun!

The purpose of the European Day of Language is to celebrate both the cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe and to encourage and promote language learning.

The aims of the European Day of Languages include:

  • To celebrate the diversity of languages and cultures within Europe
  • To encourage language learning at any age
  • To promote intercultural understanding
  • To diversify the range of languages learnt

How can you help?

For Primary 1-4

We are looking for volunteers who would be able to come into school on Wednesday 26th September and read a story, or song or teach a few words to the children in a different language. Perhaps you are a native speaker or have learned a language for work?

For Primary 5-7

We are also looking for volunteers to talk to the children about how languages have helped them succeed in the world of work, or how it may have helped secure a job.

If you think you can help please phone or email the school office and we will be in touch.

Further information will be issued at a later date.

Thank you for your support,

Miss McDonald

NPSFG Newton Wine Tasting Challenge 2018!

Friday 28th September at Newton Primary School

  • 7.30pm arrivals for an 8pm start. Evening finishes 10.30pm.
  • Your Wine Tasting host will be Shane Dunning of WoodWinters, Bridge of Allan.
  • Enjoy a welcome glass of fizz on arrival.
  • The wine tasting challenge is based on a blind taste game – 8 wines to try (4 red, 4 white). Can you correctly identify all 8?
  • Prizes on the night!
  • Light nibbles provided.
  • We’ll make teams up on the night so come along as individuals, couples or groups of up to 6. Dubious team names welcome!
  • £15 per person. Use the tear off slip below to book your place.
  • Please join us for a brilliant night of fun and fundraising!

John Muir Award

As part of their learning context, P5 have been actively working on achieving their own personal John Muir Award. As part of the Award the children have explored the school grounds and taken part in a variety of outdoor learning experiences, which they have thoroughly enjoyed. As well as exploring the school grounds, they have visited Holmehill, a local woodland area. Whilst visiting Holmehill the children had great fun searching for a ‘secret tunnel’, participated in  a scavenger hunt and measured the ages of trees to compare with the trees back in the school grounds.

For our second outing we were lucky enough to have the support of Rosie who is a volunteer for TCV, she planned a mini-beast hunt and discussed air quality with the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who allowed us to visit Holmehill.

P5F Tree Detectives

Primary 5F enjoyed taking their maths outdoors today for empty classroom day.  They became tree detectives by working in pairs or trios to calculate the ages of a variety of trees around the school grounds. Firstly, they identified the species of tree by looking carefully at the leaves and after that, calculated its age. Primary 5 were able to work this out by measuring the circumference of the tree and then dividing this number by 2.5. The average age of the trees surrounding the school is 30 years old.

The Rainforest

Primary 5 are learning all about ‘The Rainforest’ this term. So far we know about the location of different rainforests across the world, the climate, the plants and animals that live there and the different layers of the rainforest.

We completed up close line drawings of different animals you would find in the rainforest. We outlined them in black and then coloured using oil pastels. They look extremely vibrant and realistic.

Thank you very much to Freya’s mum (P5K) who gave us a fantastic talk all about her job as a botanist and her experiences in the rainforest. We enjoyed seeing lots of amazing pictures, handling items that had come all the way from the rainforest and we still can’t believe that she’s actually written a book. Thank you again!

Egyptian Explorers – The Show!

Recently, we have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. We learned about Egyptian Gods, papyrus, the pyramids, mummification and The Nile.

Over the last few weeks we have been preparing a show all about our learning and the Egyptians called ‘Egyptian Explorers.’ We have had a fantastic time preparing our show.

On Wednesday 28th of March we performed to our friends and family. We absolutely loved it and had a great time!

Fraser C – “I really enjoyed learning about the pyramids of Giza and painting our backdrop for the show!”

Katie – “My tummy felt funny!”

Daniel – “I liked learning about Mummification and singing the song ‘Make a Mummy'”

Leila – “It was a bit scary saying the words to everyone’s parents but after I felt proud.”

Charlie M – “I loved doing the show and singing all the songs.”

John – “At the start I felt a bit scared but after my first few lines I found it was actually quite easy and I wasn’t as scared.”

Cameron – “I really enjoyed learning all about the Nile and singing the ‘Gift of the Nile’.”

Imogen – “I feel really proud of us!”

P3 STEM Pyramid Challenge

On Friday 9th of March, Miss McDonald set us the challenge of making STEM pyramids. We had to make pyramids using different materials:  paper and cello-tape, Lego, interlocking cubes, play dough and art straws. We needed to make sure our pyramids had equal sides, it was free standing and had a square base.

Teamwork was important for our challenge. Everyone in our groups had a job to do. We had a Team Leader, Resource Manager, Photographers, Quality Checkers and Time Checkers. Each person was responsible for their own job, but also had to help build our pyramids.

We found making a pyramid from paper was the most difficult. Only 2 groups out of 4 managed to make one! We felt that the play dough and art straws were easy, as well as the interlocking cubes.

Eilidh – “I thought it was really fun making the pyramids!”

Aaron – “I really liked the materials we were making the pyramids with. My favourite was the paper!”

Fraser R – “I really liked building the pyramid with the Lego because it was quite easy and you could use the blocks to help shape it.”

Eva – “I liked making the pyramid out of paper because it was a real challenge.”

Finn – “I found making the pyramids easy, especially the paper one – my group managed to make it!”