Category Archives: Mrs Benton P7B

Mould investigation

As part of their topic about scientists and inventors, the pupils in P7B have been learning all about microorganisms and the work of Alexander Fleming.  To further develop their knowledge of the factors which cause mould to grow, the pupils carried out their own investigations. They worked in groups to plan and conduct a fair test by deciding upon independent and consideration trolled variables. The pupils are going to monitor the development of the mould of the next few days and record their findings.

Scientists and Inventors

This week, as part of their topic on Scientists and Inventors, the pupils in P7B were learning about the life of Daniel Hale Williams and his work in relation to the heart and circulatory system.  The pupils learned all about the heart and it’s functions before completing diagrams to show their understanding of this using art straws.


Can you help at our summer fayre?

The children in P7 have been hard at work preparing for our school Summer Fayre. They are taking part in the Virgin Money Make £5 Grow project and have worked in groups to create their own business. The children are planning to sell a whole range of products and would be very grateful if you could come along to help them with this. If you could set up, work alongside them on a stall or help to promote their products to increase sales, it would be grately appreciated.

The Light on Dumyat / The Great Outdoors

Primary 6 and Primary 7 participated in a walk up Dumyat on Friday organised by Stirling Council and SP Energy.

The project began with the pupils reading The Light on Dumyat and undertaking related activities at school.  Throughout the walk the children were entertained by actors, who performed aspects of the story, and who gave the pupils clues to solve a code.

As part of our Great Outdoors topic my class had to record the wind speed at various points, using anemometers they made in school, photograph the landscape and record what they could see on their journey.

The weather was glorious and the views breathtaking as we made our way to the top. A great day was had by all!

Science Showcase




Throughout Science Week each class undertook a project based on the theme of ‘Journeys’. St.Mary’s pupils showcased their learning in the school to family and invited guests.


 P1: On Cinderella’s Coach

P1/2 & P2: Through the Rainforest

P3: From the River Nile to the Field

P3/4: Under the Ocean

P4: Over the Ocean

P4/5: Fighting as a Jacobite

P5 & P5/6: Safely over the Sea

P6: Travelling by Train

P6/7 & P7: Round the Racetrack




We know everyone  enjoyed sharing in our learning experience today. We loved Science Week and our Showcase.

Mrs. Kellas would like to take this opportunity to thank Alistair Grant, a Science lecturer at Edinburgh University for his continued support. His guidance and practical skills have enabled numerous school projects to be undertaken over the past 3 years.

Finally I would like to thank all the staff and the children for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout Science Week. It was a pleasure to see pupils and family members engaged in educational discussion and having fun.


The great homework debate

This weeks debate focussed on the subject of homework. The majority of the class voted to ban homework, with most learners arguing that children have too many other commitments after school. However, some children believe that there are many benefits to completing homework tasks. Take a look at some of the points that were raised below.


Teachers v computers

The pupils in P7B have been developing their debating skills. They have been working on using evidence to justify their opinions and using techniques to influence and persuade their audience. Today the pupils took part in a debate on whether teachers should be replaced by computers. Some very valid points were raised and Mrs Benton was delighted when the majority of the class voted in favour of keeping teachers. Phew!

Evacuation letters

As part of our WW2 topic, P7B have been learning about evacuation. Mrs Benton issued some very important letters to the class to let them know that they were going to be evacuated. After receiving the upsetting news, the class worked in groups to discuss and record their thoughts and feelings. They then took on the role of an evacuee and wrote letters filled with emotive language. These wonderful letters have been edited and will be included in snapshot jotters this week.


Scots Language in P7B

The pupils in P7B had lots of fun during our reading lesson today. We used the I-pads and worked in pairs to read an ‘Oor Wullie’ comic strip. We then worked together to write a summary of the text and some of us even started creating our own comic strip. There was lots of laughs at some of Oor Wullie’s antics and we have now added some new Scots words to our vocabulary.