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On Wednesday the 29th of January Primary 7 hosted a fantastic Burns Supper for our parents, carers and invited guests. Over the past few weeks we have worked in the following teams: decorations, food and catering, productions, entertainment and sales and promotions.
The decorations team made all the decorations for the event. They made place cards, thistles, bunting, posters and much much more!
Our food and catering team worked alongside our kitchen staff to create a great menu and helped to prepare all of our favours and shortbread that our guests enjoyed.
Not only did P7 organise a Burns Supper, but we also created a book full of our art work and poems. Without our production team this wouldn’t have been possible! The team worked hard uploading all of our work into the book, deciding on the layout and getting it published at Stirling Copy Centre.
Without the entertainment, the night wouldn’t have been the same. They also put together our program and wrote the script.
The sales and promotions team helped to raise money through the selling of tickets and the Scotland is…book! The team designed tickets, made ticket order forms, advertised the event and will be calculating our profit.
Our Burns Supper was an amazing night, one we’ll not forget in a while. It really showcased all of our talents and was enjoyed by all!
We have all made a fantastic start to our final year at Newton Primary School! From the minute we walked in the door on the first day of term we have been fantastic role models for the younger pupils. All of our Buddy training in P6 has came in handy the past few weeks as we have been helping our new Primary 1 buddies settle into life at Newton Primary. We have been helping them line up in the morning, get coats on at play time and helping them get their lunch in the dinner hall at lunch time.
In class we have been reading the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This is a fantastic book and we cant wait to read on to find out what happens next. Through reading Wonder, we have been learning all about SHANARRI and we led a school assembly to share our learning about kindness and inclusion. We create lovely artwork based on the front cover of wonder, all about the things that make us unique and special! We have also been learning a lot about the different types of discrimination and the impact it has on society.
We are all super excited about beginning our transition week in a few weeks and staying at Dalguise with our friends in the Dunblane Learning Community! We will post all about it when we get back!
On the 27th of February 2019, Lindsey from the SSPCA came in to speak to us about what they do and the animals they look after.
First, she told us what the SSPCA stands for. It stood for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Then Lindsay got a card game out that we played in fours. It was a bit like a Top Trumps Game about different animals. We learned some very interesting facts from them. After that, Lindsey answered some of our questions. One of the questions was ‘what the most dangerous animal you’ve rescued?’ and surprisingly someone had been keeping anacondas in a small flat in barrel, which I think surprised most people.
Finally we had to follow instructions to build a robotic rabbit and then used a tablet to program it to turn and move forwards and backwards, left and right. Once we got the hang of moving the robot, we also experimented with coding it to create sounds and we challenged each other by creating obstacles to move the rabbit around.
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.
To launch our new topic ‘Space Explorers’ we created our own rockets.
First we got into partners. The diameter of the rocket had to be twenty eight millimetres to fit onto the top of a plastic bottle and we could only use one piece of card. You could decorate it whatever way you wanted but we had to think about how high it would go and far it can go.
We had a competition, with winners for the best design and which rocket travelled the furthest. Sienna and Victoria’s rocket won the most attractive rocket design. Next we did who could go the highest and Anna and Chloe’s rocket won.
After we had a class discussion about why different rockets travelled higher than others and considered the design of a space rocket and other vehicles we have seen. We are very excited to learn more about this topic and to design and build other things!
On Wednesday 12th of December and 19th December, P6G went skiing at the Fir park ski centre in Tillicoultry. First we had to get ready by putting on our heavy gear: first the boots, second the helmet, then the skis and last of all, the gloves. After that we all went out to the slope.
Some of us had been skiing before, started to ski from the top. An instructor worked with us to see what skills we could develop and gradually introduced markers for us to navigate between on our way down the hill. The beginners began by learned how to side step, plough, and move with their skis in general, because some of them had never skied before.
Then we had break and everyone’s legs were aching. After that, everyone went back on the ski slope. Next, the beginners started skiing on the slope, still not using the tow though, so they had the hard challenge of side stepping up the hill a little. After lunch everyone was exhausted, however we kept going to the end.
On the second day everyone knew what to do so it hardly took any time at all to get going. We swiftly went onto the slope, starting where we had left the week before. The beginners group (now we could call them the medium group) were really excited as they were able to try using the tow for the first time. They were great at this, even though naturally there were a few falls but everyone bounced straight back up. After break and lunch everyone was a natural and spent the afternoon practising our new skills, building confidence and most of all – having loads of fun!
We all came away with a certificate to tell us which level we had achieved, even Miss Guthrie got one! It was an amazing experience and it has let some of us try a sport that we might not have tried before.
Anna – “I loved skiing and I learned lots and I had fun.”
Alex H – “I improved from the middle of the ski slope to the top of the ski slope and it was so fun.”
Libby – “I enjoyed doing slalom with my friends, you could see my helmet cover from miles away!”
Over the last few weeks, we have been practising our measuring skills and learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of squares, rectangles and composite shapes.
As an extra challenge, we took our learning outdoors and tried out our new skills on a bigger scale. Working in small groups, we had to create giant shapes with chalk, then measure and record the length of each side using trundle wheels and metre sticks. Back in the classroom, we then had to work out the perimeter and area of each of our shapes.
Each group demonstrated fantastic teamwork and problem solvingskills which ensured that everyone was able to participate equally and complete the task successfully!
On Tuesday 20th November, we were invited to attend a curling taster session at the Peak. There were 3 coaches there to help us – Norman, Judith and Elspeth – from Active Stirling and Scottish Curling. When we arrived, we began by warming up and then had a go at walking on the ice. It wasn’t as slippy as we thought it would be!
We spent the morning learning a variety of different skills such as :
- how to ‘sweep’ the ice
- ‘the delivery’ – (how to slide on the ice)
- how to slide the stone properly across the ice – it was 20kg so pretty heavy!
- Tactics involved in curling games
After we had practised the skills we required, we had the opportunity to play games of both long and short curling. Long curling involved sliding the stone as far down the rink as possible, with ‘sweepers’ in each team helping it to travel further. Points were awarded for how far the stone travelled and the closest stone to the centre of the ring at the end.
Short curling was from a close range, trying to aim the stone to land as close to the middle of the ring as possible. The closest stones to the centre awarded the team points for that rounds. There was 2 rounds in total.
‘I liked curling because it gave us a new sport to play and it was exciting. I thought it was going to be boring but it was very fun’ Chloe
‘It was hard, but eventually I didn’t fall over and I really enjoyed it’ Kirsten
‘I never expected that I would like it as I’ve never done anything on ice before but I found it very exciting and fun’ Alex R