Category Archives: Primary 7I

Welcome to P7!

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!

SSPCA Workshop


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.

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

Launching into Space!


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!

Written by

Sienna Shepherd

P6G Goes Skiing

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!”


Written by

May MacDonald

P6 Outdoor Measurement Challenge

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!


P6 Curling Taster

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


Multi-Sports Festival

On Friday 9th November P6 went to DHS to participate in a multi sports festival. The S4 pupils had been training to deliver a variety of activities and we had a chance to try some of them out. The activities available were dodgeball, football, baseball and different kinds of races and team games. We were joined by other P5 and P6 pupils from St Marys as part of our transition to high school, so we could get to know each other.

“I loved doing the multi-sports because it was really fun and I got to see my friends from St Marys” Esmee

“I enjoyed doing the sports at the high school and meeting up with other people” Sienna

P6 Marvellous Maths

So far this term, we have been learning about place value and how to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.

We have been transferring 12 hour time into 24 hour time to help us with reading and making timetables for our Destination Dunblane trip.

Using the chromebooks, we have been introduced to Microsoft Excell, or the equivalent Google Sheets, to organise information and create graphs. These new skills will help us when we have collected information during our Dunblane trip.

We have just started using mathletics for homework and we are really enjoying it. We took part in a National Sumdog Competition as part of Maths Week Scotland and as a class, we came 228th.


“I really liked going on Google Sheets, making graphs and making a formula to do the calculations for you.” – Eva

“I really liked doing the 12 hour and 24 hour time.” – Amelia.

“I am happy because I have definitely improved multiplying and dividing with decimal numbers.” – May

We Love Reading in P6G!


Over the past few weeks we have set up a book recommendation wall and a display to keep track of all the books we have read during the year. We are encouraged by Miss Guthrie to share a little bit about what we have been reading, because other members of our class might enjoy reading the text too.

Every week we go up to the library and we have a recording system so that we can borrow books to read from school and from each other.

During Guided Reading, we have been looking at non-fiction books. One is called ‘How to Persuade People’ and we have been using this to look closely at persuasive language and techniques. We have also been learning how to take effective notes and have been practising our note-taking skills using books and video footage.

In Shared Reading, we have been reading a book with Mrs Savoury called ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. It is about two boys who get evacuated from London because of a war.

“I really like Friend or Foe because it is very adventurous and I like those kind of books. I also love going up to the library to get comfortable and read a nice book.” – Esmee

“I love reading in the mornings and when we go to the library.  I love when I read an adventurous book because it takes me in and makes me excited to see what happens next.”– Evie

“I like reading because it’s when I feel most happy when I read. Friend or Foe can get really dramatic at times, where it makes you want to keep reading it to find what happens next.” – Lilith