Category Archives: Primary 6L

Space Presentations

On the 28th of January 2019, P6G and P6L worked together to complete a space group challenge. Each group was given a planet to research. We now know that there are 8 planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. One group also researched the sun, which is not a planet but a star.

Our challenge was to work as a group to research different aspects of our given planet, for example it’s size, gravity, position, appearance etc. We then had to use our research to create a 3D model of our planet, an A3 poster and a Google Slides presentation to teach the rest of Primary 6 all about it.

We made the presentations over a couple of weeks and had to make sure that everyone had a part to play in our group.  Finally on Friday the 18th February, we presented all of our presentations. We all had a grid in our context jotters to take notes about what we had learned during each presentation. 

When we were making the power points we had to work together in all sorts of ways for example, we had to know when someone else’s part is coming up so we can tell them. We had to work together to make the slide show and planets. When other groups presented them, we had to respect them like they respected us when we presented our slideshow. Everyone tried their best and they were all really good. I learned so much about the different planets that orbit the sun.

Written by

Bailey Niven

Brochures, Top Trumps, Skiing and Multi-Sports

P6 recently made brochures about Dunblane and how amazing it is. We focused on Places to Live, Places to Work, Places of Relaxation, Places of Interest and on Groups. We were learning to write persuasive, non-fiction texts. We also made Top Trumps about Dunblane too.  We started this activity learning about databases. They’re really fun to play and we are hoping to sell them at the Dunblane Extravaganza. They are going to be fundraisers for our Dalguise trip next year.

We recently went skiing at Firpark in Tillicoutry. We had 2 days of learning how to ski and we all very much enjoyed it. Our skiing teachers, Andy and Louise helped most of us learn how to ski. By the end, most of us reached the ‘big halfway blue’ line. Some of us came home with soggy clothes despite the second day being a sunny and warm 20 degrees because they had to put the sprinklers on more often to keep the slope slippy! It was amazing learning a new skill and it will help us in the future when we want to ski. Andy and Louise were amazing coaches and were fabulous at teaching us simple skiing techniques.

“It was very fun because I couldn’t ski but now I can ski from the halfway line.” Isla C

“It was fun because it’s funny when you fall over.” Abigail

“It gives people opportunities to do things they have never done before.” Euan

“It was amazing because I learned how to ski and how to use the tow-lift.” Tina

“It was fabulous because I learned how to ski. To begin I was like Bambi on ice when I was on the slope!” Alby

On Friday the 9th of November, P6’s from Newton Primary and St Mary’s went to Dunblane High School for 2 hours and did sports. It was organised by Active Stirling, Mr Turnbull, a PE teacher from Dunblane High School and the S4 Sport Coaches. It was really fun and we did sports from hurdles to football and even piggyback races!! Here are some student’s thoughts:

“It was very fun to do something new.” Caitlin

“I really enjoyed the football activity.” Aoife

“The S4’s were really kind and they had some good ideas for activities.” Tina

“It was really fun.” Isla.R

“I loved the piggyback races and the wheelbarrow races.” Isla C

“I thought it was really fun especially the piggyback races.” Alby

P6 Rockin’ Responsibility Assembly

 

On Thursday 6th September, Primary 6 became the first year group to perform for an assembly this year. This term, all of our assemblies are focused on our five school values.

For our P6 assembly we focused on responsibility.

As a whole year group, we decided together how we wanted to share our ideas about being responsible. We then volunteered for different roles throughout the performance and we wrote our own speaking parts, created drama scenes and choreographed dances.

 

We also learned and performed a new song about responsibility, to the tune of One Directions ‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’, to finish our assembly. Every member of P6 had a part to play, we were all included in some way.

 “I was really nervous, but the assembly was amazing. I felt proud afterwards.” – Anna

“I felt like birds were flying in my tummy, after I felt happy!” – Victoria

“I felt nervous at first because we hadn’t learned our drama scene perfectly, but on the day it went smoothly and I felt amazing when we did it right.” -Bailey

 

P6 Hi-Five

P6 Hi-Five Group have been working on the Chrome Books with their writing.  Here is what they have to say about their learning…

“Hi-Five is fun because we are learning something new” – Kirsty

“It’s fun because we get to use the Chrome Books” – Harvey

“It’s good because it improves your skills in writing, reading and spelling” – Isla

“It’s exciting!” – Aimee

“It’s good to have a mixture of reading and writing” – Andrew

“Hi-Five is good fun” – Alex

 

        

The opening weeks of P6L

Destination Dunblane

We have been working on letters to send to different groups and organisations in Dunblane that we hope to visit soon because our topic is Destination Dunblane.

Class Charter

In a group Caitlin, Ella, Isla, Abigail, Ruaridh, Lennon, Freya and Eve made our class a charter so we all can all recognise some of our rights and responsibilities.

In class we have been talking about children’s rights and responsibilities .We made a group poster about it and we did a short performance on it.

Responsibility Assembly

We led a Responsibility Assembly. It was about why we should be responsible at home and school. It went very well. We made dramas about being responsible in relation to the ‘laws of the land’, the environment, to our parents and school.

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.

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!

STEM

Primary 5 have been lucky enough to have the expertise of Mr Connery and his colleagues from Dunblane High School and Leigh Austin from the Dunblane Centre, to support our learning context this term. Our  STEM focus is on simple chemical reactions, changing state and dissolving. Both Mr Connery and Leigh enhanced the children’s learning, through practical and fun science experiments demonstrating some chemical reactions taking place. Their favourite was elephant toothpaste and making iron.

The children have been learning about scientific reports and how we make experiments fair.  They are beginning to think like a scientist, creating scientific questions, predicting what might happen (hypothesis), observing and recording what actually happened and drawing conclusions. We look forward to seeing you at the ‘Family Learning’ session on Tuesday 27th March (am), where the children will take on the role of the teacher to teach you something new!

Novel Study – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

As part of our ‘School of Magic’ context this term, primary 5 have been reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a novel study.

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about some of the different roles involved in literature circles (an in-depth discussion about a given text). Some of the roles are as follows:

  • Question Master – ask a range of questions that check/help understanding of the text, ask my group to suggest reasons for a character’s behaviour or to explain why problems have arisen

  • Character Cop – understand a character’s personality, relationships and emotions and explain how these make a character do something surprising or unexpected, understanding of a character to predict how they will react to an event or to explain why they reacted to an event in a particular way

  • Illustrator – use detail from the text to make visual representation accurate

  • Word Wizard – identify and predict the meaning of tricky words using surrounding text and can offer an alternative word

  • Summariser – summarise the main ideas of a text

  • Connector – talk and write about links made between one story and a range of media (book, film, TV) or real life

  • Fortune Teller – predict what will happen next in the story

  • Writer’s Tricks – understand the different tricks that writers use and explain why they use them, identify examples of writer’s tricks within a text and explain the effect they have

Throughout our shared reading sessions we have been practising all of these roles. As from next week we will work in small groups, using these roles to help us analyse and evaluate the remaining chapters of the novel.