House points total:
Well done Bruce!!!
House points total:
Well done Bruce!!!
On Tuesday afternoon we went out and about to the pet shop.
Callum – I got to hold the rabbit!
Josh – I held some animals, it was nice. I held the snake, a turtle and a bearded dragon. The bearded dragon felt soft not spiky.
Geordie – I held the bearded dragon too. I really liked it. It had spikes on its face. It was a bit like a child because it was crawling over me!
Cary – I loved the visit to the pet shop. It was a nice experience for two reasons.
1) I got to see other pets and
2) I got to see peeled snake skin! It was on the ceiling. Snakes shed their skin eventually and it comes off by itself. They just wriggle out of it! I would like to go back next month to see the bearded dragon eat some food.
Thursday 6th March was World Book Day. In class 3 we listened to a story from a book called Revolting Rhymes. The author Roald Dahl wrote his own version of Cinderella which we decided was much more gory and exciting than the original!
Cary – The Cinderella poem was really good.
Geordie – It was awesome!
Josh – I thought it was a bit weird.
Callum – It was very funny .
Liam – Cinderella danced at the ball.
We looked at the vocabulary that Roald Dahl used instead of said. He included words like yelled, muttered, bellowed, roared and replied.
We all agreed on the part of the poem that we liked best . This is it. We hope you’re not too squeamish!
Now came the Ugly Sisters’ go.
One tried it on. The Prince screamed, “No!”
But she screamed, “Yes! It fits! Whoopee!
So now you’ve got to marry me!”
The Prince went white from ear to ear.
He muttered, “Let me out of here.”
“Oh no you don’t! You made a vow!
There’s no way you can back out now!”
“Off with her head!” the Prince roared back.
They chopped it off with one big whack.
We are looking forward to reading another Revolting Rhyme next week!
Firstly, thank you to all who came to our Victorian Afternoon Tea – Morning! The children had a great time sharing their learning and eating scones! They performed the Victorian Work song brilliantly. Well done everyone in P5m!
This week P5m visited New Lanark to learn even more about the Victorian Period. Everyone had a great time and thought it was lots of fun!
The Annie McLeod ride was definitely the favourite activity and the scariest!!
The ride was about a girl named Annie. It told you about her life and she was born in Lanark. – Scott
The last part of the ride when it stopped was freaky! – Josh
Here are some things that the children learned at New Lanark:
I learned that there was a girl named Annie McLeod who was 10 and worked in the cotton mills. – Emma C
I enjoyed learning about Annie McLeod on the ride. After she said, “Do you believe in ghosts?” our ride stopped!! – Abby
The Victorian Classroom was so cool – we got to put on tunics. – Ava
I learned the whole of New Lanark was powered by water (the River Clyde). – Cameron
I learned cotton was made in the mill. – Travis
I learned that the River Clyde water wheel was powered by hand. – Drew
I learned that Robert Owen married David Dale’s daughter. – Nadia
Eve enjoyed seeing the cotton mill twisting the cotton.
Charlie learned that all energy was created from water and that Annie McLeod was born in New Lanark and that a lot of poor and working children had to work in factories.
We have also been learning about Florence Nightingale and read her story.
Apologies I haven’t been able to upload the photographs from the open morning. They’ll be posted soon.
Have a great weekend!
Another busy and exciting week!
This week on our trip around the world we were in Saudi Arabia. We researched lots of facts about Saudi Arabia, we learnt about the different customs and culture of the Arabs. Arabs wear different clothes from us, their clothes are loose and long and we found that this was so that they don’t get hot and sweaty as Saudi Arabia is a desert and so it gets very hot. We got the chance to dress up in these clothes. We also looked at a special building for Muslims – this was a mosque in Makkah, near Jeddah. It had a black cube decorated with gold embroidery and a gold spout, in the middle of it. All Muslims face in this direction for their prayers wherever they are in the world. We used a net for a cube to build our own representation of the Kaaba and coloured in a geometric pattern to make the doorway covering for the Kaaba. Here they write from the right to the left and Mrs. Ghafoor showed us how to write our names in Arabic. It was tricky but we all did a super job!
We were given cut pieces of a picture and had to redraw this onto a larger piece of paper, using exactly what we could see, we then coloured it in. When Mrs. Ghafoor put all the pieces together we had created a mosaic picture of PC Arnott. This was very tricky as we didn’t really know what part of the picture we were recreating! It looked fab.
On Thursday we went to watch the performance of The Wizard of Oz by the Primary 6’s followed by more music with Miss Doolan. Just before lunch we went to WHS Smith to choose a book with our book token. They very kindly let us choose another book or small item for free as well. All in all an exciting week.
Enjoy your weekend.
On Friday we performed our class assembly. The theme was TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More!
Taylor – I think our assembly was amazing and we all worked really hard on it.
Sam – I enjoyed our assembly and us all working together as a team to create a really epic assembly.
Christopher A – All our hard work we put in paid off as it all came out so well.
Rabeea – This week I enjoyed doing the testing. I mostly enjoyed the maths one because it moved from easy to hard level and it was testing to see how difficult I could go.
Fraser – I enjoyed P.E. with Mr Jeffries because I liked working with my team during badminton to see how many points we could win.
Callum – I enjoyed reading this week’s Literature Circle reading because it was really exciting to find out what happened next in Lord Loss.
Sam – I really enjoyed Literature Circles too. It was week 4 and my role was Discussion Duck and the book is starting to get so exciting that I ended up reading to the end!
Tom – The testing was a little bit boring and also quite difficult because it was asking us some questions we didn’t know the answer to.
Rebecca – Jane impressed me by getting MVP from Mr Jeffries for PE this month.
Rabeea – Jane has impressed me by learning her lines for Captain Scotland and putting lots of expression into her performance.
Abbie – I’m impressed by Taylor because she stepped in at the last minute and learned somebody else’s part as well as her own.
Josh – I’m impressed by everybody in the class and Mr Berginis because we all put such a marvellous assembly on.
Taylor – I’m impressed with the class for putting on an amazing performance and how we worked together as a team. Also Abbie because she learned her lines so quickly.
Jane – I’m impressed with Louise because she really got into the character of Jenny Long Legs and was able to act in an annoying way!
Fraser – I’m proud of Rabeea, Alistair, Jessica and Ewan for doing so well representing the school in the Rotary Quiz.
Mr Berginis – I’m very proud of all of the class for how hard they worked as a team and how well they performed their assembly (including all my rubbish jokes!)
This week we have been working very hard in language. In our reading we have been using the book Zog. We were discussing the meaning of different words. We were looking for words in the text that we could change and thinking of words that mean the same thing. For example: “What a great idea” said Zog – We had ideas to change ‘great’ to super, wonderful, fantastic, fabulous and many more! Also, we have been learning about verbs this week and listened to the verb rap. We now know that a verb is an ‘action word’. In our writing we were finishing our dragon stories. We are getting very good at writing stories with a beginning, middle and end.
In our castles topic we have been learning about the people who lived in castles and the types of jobs they had. We know that there were servants, cooks and knights in a castle. Also there is a gong farmer and nonbody would like to have his job. He cleaned out the toilets!
We also know that a knight needs to a crest to let other people know who he is. We found out what different colours and symbols mean on the crests and designed our own.
We have been working hard on our class weekly targets over the last 4 weeks and today we received our class prize. We got two greens and two ambers on our targets overall so we got to have 15 minutes extra golden time today! Next time we hope to get all greens and get the bigger prize!
We are still practising our Skellybones and are looking forward ot the performance. Remember to return your slips. Also, the letters for our trip to Stirling Castle went out this week and we are all excited about learning more about castle life during an interactive handling session. Please remember to return the slips as soon as possible.
Class Dojo and Table of the Week – We will find out on Monday.
MVP – Evie
Drama – Holly
Poster Competiton – Mya
Well done to everyone who entered the competition.
See you next week.
This week we thought we would share with you our thoughts on what we have been learning:
Annabelle – I love learning about Castles.
James – I like learning about groups of things in Maths.
Finn – My mum helped me make my Tin Man costume, it was good.
Charlie – I am great at writing sentences.
We loved drawing our Wizard of Oz pictures for the Float Competition. It was great fun and we listened to the Wizard of Oz music while we drew. We were not impressed by Mrs Haddifon’s impression of the Cowardly Lion though…….
We are getting very excited about Mr Skellybones and can’t wait to show it to you all. Some of us have still to return our ticket slips though.
We also took home our trip letters and are looking forward to touring Stirling Castle and dressing up in their costumes as we love drssing up in our class!
This week 7M have completed 5 of the CEM tests. The pupils felt that the tests “made them think!” They completed an Attitudes Quiz, a Developed Ability Quiz, a General Maths and Arithmetic Quiz, a Reading and Spelling Quiz.
This week we learned what is needed to write persuasively and we used this knowledge and our learning of World War II evacuations to write a persuasive letter. We went in role as an evacuee and wrote a persuasive letter to our mum to allow us to come home. Some of the letters were so persuasive they brought a tear to Miss Macintyre’s eye!
Our homework task this week was to ask parents and grandparents if they knew of a family member who was living during World War II and had any interesting stories to tell. We learned that everyone had an interesting story to share from Prisoners of War, soldiers who fought bravely and received medals, soldiers who sadly died, soldiers who helped those in Concentration Camps, and woman who worked in factories. We loved looking at the letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and medals that were brought in. A thank you to the parents/ grandparents who shared WWII family stories.
In PE with Mr Jeffries the children have been learning what skills are required to play Badminton.
We also enjoyed 7b’s assembly which reminded us of the importance of working in a team.
Liam – On Tuesday we went to Lana’s cafe. I liked the Airforce hand-dryer. It is black with black and red writing. I had juice in a pink bottle at the cafe. I had a pink cake with sweeties on it but I didn’t like it. Airforce is fast and noisy. I was sitting with Miss.Waddell and Mrs. Clark at the cafe. I like hand-dryers.
Aiden – This week at PE we went outside with Mr.Jeffries, Mrs. Clark and Miss. Waddell. We played Buildy Tig, Bathroom Tig and Mind Reader. Mind Reader is a game when you need to think about something like Minecraft, cars or fruits. Then the rest of the people have to guess what they are thinking about. If they guess correctly the two people have a race. It was good fun.
Caitlin – Class 2 went to Lana’s cafe. I chose toast and a cup of tea. The tea had sugar and milk in it. I liked going to the cafe it was fun at the cafe. I liked playing Toilet Tig at playtime this week. The noun game I played on the computer with Miss. Waddell was okay – we had to say if the noun was a thing, person or a place.
Dylan – I liked going to Lana’s cafe. I looked at the menu and asked Lana for a cup of tea and a jam roll. I want to go back with my mum and buy her a morning roll.
I used the special highlighter to find the nouns with Mrs Clark. I was good at it. I found the nouns Dipper and dolphin.
Cody – I have been doing some work and some fun stuff at school this week. I have been doing maths and learning about nouns, nouns are naming words. I have been doing maths in my integration class this week. On Tuesday we went to Lana’s tea-room which is a cafe near the school. I had a drink when I was there. It was fun at the cafe and Aiden had tea for his drink.
It’s been a very busy time in p5d!
Last Friday we had a Victorian tea party. All the children really enjoyed sharing their learning with the parents. We did lots of different activities including copper plate writing, making thumatropes, peg dolls and fortunes tellers. We also had a tea party with homemade scones and cucumber sandwiches and we had tea in fancy cups like the Victorians would have! The adults found our Victorian tea party etiquette amusing. We finished the morning off with a Victorian song that everyone really enjoyed.
Lucy M – I enjoyed making a fortune teller with mt mum.
Teigan R – having my mum in class was exciting and we made a peg doll.
This week we visited New Lanark as part of our Victorian topic. We visited the Victorian school room where we dressed up as Victorian school children and had a pretend lesson. We also went on the Annie McLeod ride which told us about her life in the Victorian times. We were all surprised that children would work a 10 hour day and then go to school afterwards. Mrs Drummond thinks this is a great idea!
Rachel Q – I really enjoyed the Annie McLeod experience.
Also, we have been learning how to stretch sentences. We can all see a difference in our work already! We now know how to make our sentences more interesting by using who, why, where, when and what.
Mhairi H – I know when there is a noun I can add an adjective to make it more interesting.
That’s all folks!
This week we have been learning about what goes on inside our bodies. We enjoyed exploring the organs which work inside our bodies, and are very curious to find out more about what they all do!
We were interested to find out that most of the organs are a similar pinky colour, and were fascinated with the length of our intestines!
In French this week we have been learning to count from zero to five, and practising greetings.
Thank you to all of the family members who attended a busy shared-start event yesterday. We love welcoming you into our classroom
This week with Miss Doolan we have been learning about the beat and the rhythm in music. We had to clap, stamp and use musical instruments to the beat and rhythm. We are looking forward to working more with her over the next few months.
In maths we have been learning lots from subtracting and dividing to telling the time. We like that we play lots of games at maths time including loop games, bubble game on the smartboard and BINGO.
Miss Goff gave us a tough challenge this week and asked us to hold a debate. The question was…who is the most important person in school? One side chose Mr Welsh and the other side chose us (the pupils!). It started off with 9 children on Mr Welsh’s side and 14 children on the pupil’s side. We had to make statements and ask the opposition hard questions in order to persuade them. Here is one of our points:
For Mr Welsh – Without Mr Welsh we wouldn’t have resources, ICT and staff to help us learn. We wouldn’t be prepared for life without Mr Welsh.
For the pupils – Mr Welsh said himself at an assembly that this building wouldn’t be a school without children. How could you possibly argue with Mr Welsh himself?
Some of us make supporting placards and the end result was 5 in favour for Mr Welsh and 18 in favour for the pupils!
This week’s Special Person is Louisa because:
Question of the week – What could our next debate be about?
Have a lovely weekend!
Last week we began our new topic ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’. We discussed dinosaur objects and recorded what we knew/wanted to learn. We were very interested in dinosaur footprints. As a result, we learned what fossils are and that palaeontologists study fossils. We made our own dinosaur fossils using dough and went digging for pretend bones in the sand pit.
We also looked at the different sizes of dinosaurs. Did you know that a brachiosaurus was as tall as eight men standing on each other’s heads, a stegosaurus was as big as a bus and a T-Rex’s tooth could have been as long as 20cm!
We labelled different parts of a dinosaur’s body. During this we learned that a stegosaurus had plates on its back to defend itself from attack.
Thank you to Lauren as she went a trip to the museum last weekend and brought in a fossil and dinosaur egg for us to see. We put the dinosaur egg in water and it’s beginning to crack. We are very excited to see the dinosaur inside!
English and Literacy
We enjoyed reading our books in the dark den this week. We had to use the light from the torch to help us to see the pictures and words. We had to follow the words carefully with the torch.
‘I was reading The Bears and the Honey’ it was very very very good’. Lewis
We enjoyed writing magic words with Miss Cameron. We wrote our words on paper using white wax, and then painted on the paper to reveal the hidden word.
Joe and Yolie enjoyed selecting stories to read on the iPad. Joe enjoyed reading the Three Little Pigs. We enjoyed playing a game on the iPad which helps us to listen to and identify medial sounds in words.
This week both Cushion Clubs made pancakes on Tuesday. Everyone thought they were fun to make and even better to eat! Some of the children tried maple syrup for the first time and they were impressed with it. Kai could tell us all where maple syrup came from. Good for you Kai! Summer thought Mrs Stewart was great because she could flip a pancake in the pan and it didn’t land on the ceiling or the floor.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the first Balbardie Family Quiz Night. Comments at the end of the evening were very positive and we hope that you all had fun. Congratulations to the winning team, The Brains, Beauties and Baldies with 76 points and to everyone else who took part. A massive thanks to all those who donated raffle prizes and helped on the evening. The House Captain Team and Head Boy and Head Girl did really well with organising and running the event and we were very impressed with how well they did.
Many thanks once again.
A number of parents have established an informal walking bus to help with bringing children to and from Balbardie from the green area of Bathgate. This is a group of parents who are helping each other out to reduce traffic around the school and from having to come out every morning and afternoon to the school. The walking bus is off to a wonderful start. If you would be interested in joining the rota then please speak to one of the walking bus mums at the end of the day in the P1/2 playground.
Here we are on the first day of the walking bus:
“Shared Start – making Roman clay houses” (Sophie).
“Art – creating an ice-cream sundae! (Grace).
“Learning about the Romans; what they wore” (Robbie).
“Outdoor P.E. with Mrs Mitchell” (Murray).
“P.E. with Mr Jeffries” (Ciaran).
“Maths; adding and taking-away with hundreds” (Scott).
“Reading, using SRA cards” (Casey).
“Doing RME with Mrs Mitchell” (Jack).
“Running games in outdoor P.E. I came third!” (Gabriel).
We all had our Grand Opening! We made our own museum with 5 exhibits. These were:
It was lots of fun taking parents around our museum. We all had different jobs. These were:
1.Ticket office workers
We also had visitor badges for all the parents.
We made our own artefacts, e.g. death masks, sarcophagus, etc.
We made sure we had facts on all the tables about each exhibit and we researched these facts ourselves.
We all enjoyed our jobs a lot!
We also had thank you cards and welcome tickets that we handed out and made ourselves.
It was a fantastic open morning and we hope all the parent senjoyed themselves – because we certainly did!