Primary 7 in France Tuesday 16th May

Bonjour from France

Today we went to war memorials. First we had breakfast – we had croissants, baguettes and cereal. Then we went to Ulster Tower, we looked at the graves and then we saw the forests and saw all of the trenches. They were dug out and metal was used to keep the rocks and stones from caving in. The trenches were not straight they were zigzag, small and tight so that bombs can’t fall in and kill soldiers. There were craters that were not levelled out since ww2. We found out that in the water bottles French soldiers had red wine and water and British had water. Then we went to Thiepval and had lunch. The memorial was so big and had so many names. We laid a wreath at Lochnagar crater. After that we went to another memorial -etaples. There were so many graves, the biggest cemetery we saw.

Dinner was spaghetti and ice lollies for pudding. Yum! We then went to the beach. It was a very long walk! We had great fun and got very sandy.

Tomorrow we are at the theme park. We are so excited!

written by James and Stuart

Primary 7 in France! Monday 15th May

Today we arrived in Rotterdam and travelled to Fort des Dunes. It was built in just two years by the French troops. It was built In 1878. Inside there were bunkers and we saw where the cannon supplies were kept.  We also had an audio guide to tell us all about the place and what happened during World War 2. As well as that we went through tunnels that were built there and had lots of fun. We arrived at our hotel and unpacked. After dinner we went to the park and had lots of fun playing with all of the equipment.

Written by Rebekah, Louisa, Cari & Jessica

Primary 7 – 11.05.17

Hello from Primary 7

It has been a very hectic week in Primary 7. Most of the work the children have done this week is in their assessment jotter. You will have the opportunity to look back at all of their assessments when the children bring their jotters back at the end of term.

The Prom committee had another meeting this week. They have decided on the colour scheme and food. The venue will be decorated using the colours red, light blue and purple.

They have requested a chocolate fountain – if anyone has access to one of these please let us know.

Well done to our two teams who took part in the maths challenge at DCHS. Congratulations to Carmondean B who came first (Emma, Jessica, Helena & Chanel) and Carmondean A who came third (Sarah, Niamh, Ben & Ciaran). They all got a certificate and a sweet for taking part and the school are the proud owners of a large shield for the next year. Well done to everyone for their hard work.

The children presented their buddy posters to primary 6 who asked lots of questions about being a buddy. Primary 7 are looking forward to the beach trip with their buddies on 20th June.

The children are very excited about the upcoming France residential. Please ensure all medication has been handed into school by Friday. The children who are staying in school will be working with Miss Farren on a variety of activities.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Macaulay & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 – 05.05.17


A short but productive week in Primary 7.

In writing the children planned and created a leaflet/poster explaining what it is like to be a buddy. These are very informative and the children will present them to P6 soon.

The children evaluated making their fairy house with their P1 buddy. Everyone was able to come up with 2 stars and a wish for their fairy house.

The Prom Committee had their first meeting on Wednesday where they have started to organise the Prom. They will be speaking to their class next week to make decisions about the theme, food, music and any extras they want at the prom.

The children are continuing to work on Didbook. They finished their personal statement and have started writing about ‘Me’. Remember the children can access this at home so you can see what they have written.

The children going to France organised their groups for the theme park. We will be having a further discussion with them next week giving reminders about what to pack and do for their residential experience. Remember no electronic devices that are Wifi enabled are to be brought.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Macaulay & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 – 27/04/17


Hope you are all well.

The children have been working hard this week in primary 7 and we have started transition activities in preparation for the move to high school.

In health the children have been gaining further knowledge about the effects of puberty on their body. There were lots of questions which we have tried to answer but it may be beneficial for you to have a chat with your child at home to clarify any misunderstandings or misconceptions.

Our PE days are Monday (athletics) and Wednesday(circuits). It is important that the children have appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing for these days as I am sure you will agree we do not want the children to become injured if they are participating wearing inappropriate kit.

We have started work on Road Safety – this is particularly important for this age group as they are most at risk of being knocked down. The children investigated stopping distances, speed limits and how these have an effect on the drivers ability to react to situations. Many were shocked at how far it took a car to stop and this is why so many accidents occur. You may want to have a further discussion with your child about appropriate ways to cross the road.

Miss Lindsay worked with Primary 7 on Didbook. The children started their personal statement. They will be able to access this at home to work on it.

The children had a great time working with their P1 buddies on a challenge to build a house. We are not sure who enjoyed it most!

Your child’s My Life So Far project should be nearing completion. They will be working on it in school for the next few weeks. These are looking fantastic and we cannot wait to see the finished projects.


Spelling homework

Monday !st May and Thursday 4th May – Holiday

Tuesday 2nd May – AAL Metting 6pm


Primary 7 – 21.04.17

Welcome to the last term in P7 and primary school for the children!

The children have been choosing their best piece of writing to enter the Young Writer competition. These have been sent away and fingers crossed we will have a winner!

Miss Lindsay from DCHS was in school on Wednesday working with the children on Didbook. The children will be identifying their strengths and next steps for high school. When the children receive their loin and password you will be able to read at home what they have written. This was all explained at the information meeting which took place last term.

Miss Thompson completed her final visit with P7W – the focus was on Algebra. The children were able to solve simple Algebraic equations. Initially the children were slightly apprehensive about this but by the end they were very confident!

PE this term will be on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure our child has appropriate kit for these days.

In health we will be using the Living and Growing resource to review the physical and emotional changes that take place at the onset of puberty. We will be looking at the development of relationships and how they can interact appropriately with others. You will receive a letter about this shortly.

The children will be working on their My Life So Far each Thursday for the next few weeks. Please ensure your child brings all/part of their project so that they can continue to work on it in class as well as at home.

Yesterday the children received information about the Residential to France. Please ensure the relevant sheets are returned to school as soon as possible. If your child will need medication, please ensure the relevant form ahs been filled in before hand.


Spelling homework

PE on Monday and Wednesday

Maths homework


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour


Primary 7 – 31.03.17

A fantastic show was performed on Wednesday! The children worked very hard learning lines, songs and stage directions and their performance was outstanding! Thank you for all of your support in helping the children achieve this level of excellence. Thank you for an amazing turn out, the audience really helped the children perform to their best. The next show for P7 will be our Leavers Assembly!

Miss Thomson made her final visit to P7G working on algebra. This was a scary thought at first but by the end everyone was solving algebraic equations. Well done!

The children watched the film version of the book they had been reading in Literacy Circles – Goodnight Mr Tom, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The children discusses the differences and similarities between their books and the films.

The children have been working on memories about Eveline our dinner lady. There will be a special assembly today to wish her good luck in the next chapter of her life. Many of the children will miss her.

The children will be sharing what they have been working on up till now on their My Life So far. They will have an opportunity to work on this in school next term but most of it will need to be completed at home. The finished product should be handed in by Friday 2nd June. We look forward to reading the finished results.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy and holiday.


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 – 24.03.17


It has been another busy week for Primary 7. On Wednesday the children performed their show for the rest of the school and the nursery. It was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed watching Alice the Musical. Thank you to everyone who has helped us to provide costumes for the show. There are still a few children who still have not brought in their costumes – could they please do so for Monday. Tickets are selling fast for the evening performance so if you would still like to buy tickets please send your form in as soon as possible.

The children have been delivering their WW2 class talks. It is obvious that many children have spent a long time researching and preparing their class talks. Well done to these children!

The children have been writing imaginative stories, trying to include all the information that they have learned about WW2. The most written so far is 6 pages – what a lot of reading we will have to do!

Yesterday we took part in Earth Hour by designing hearts to show what we love about nature and the environment. Look out for these on the Earth Hour trees that will be appearing in the corridors very soon.

We are taking part in Red Nose Day today. The children will be dressing down and buying cakes at the bake sale. If your child has forgotten to bring their donation for dressing down then please send it in on Monday.



Spelling homework

Maths homework

Last week of Literacy circles – please ensure all homework booklets are up to date and books handed in on Monday

School show 1.30 and 6.30 on Wednesday


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour


Primary 7 – 17.03.17

Primary 7 have had a very busy week. The children have been practising for the school show – Alice the Musical. The children have been working really hard learning their lines and song words. Please ensure you child brings their costume in as we have our school dress rehearsal on Wednesday. If you wish to purchase tickets for the school show please complete the tear off slip on the letter that was given out this week and return to school.

The children have been working hard on their WW2 personal projects during the past few weeks at home and in class. These are looking brilliant and are due in today. If your child has not been able to hand it in today, please ensure it is handed in on Monday.

As part of their personal project, the children have been asked to prepare a class talk where they will be able to present information about their chosen research area. These will be taking place next week. A lot of hard work has gone into these projects and we cannot wait to find out what the children have found out!



Spelling homework

Maths homework

Class talks

Continue to learn show scripts/songs

PE on Thursday with Miss Inglis

Friday 24th March – Red Nose Day – details to follow


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour


Primary 7 – 10.03.17


This morning we are off to DCHS to take part in the Hurricane challenge. We will give you more details of how we got on next week.

We are continuing to practise for our school show, Alice the Musical. The children have been working very hard learning their lines and the songs. Please continue helping them with these and I’m sure we will have a fabulous show! Please can you send in all costumes as soon as possible. Thank you.

The children had their last dance rehearsal in PE and they will be performing their dance to P1s and the rest of primary 7 on Tuesday.

PSA Spring disco was a great success. The children had a great time dancing their socks off!




Spelling homework

Maths homework

Practise songs

WW2 Project due Friday 17th March


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour



Primary 7 – 03.03.17


We are pleased to report our Inspectors were very impressed with our school and children, you should be very proud of your children!

The children have been practising hard this week for the school show – Alice the Musical. Please can you help them to learn words and songs as from next week the children will not be using their scripts.

Miss Wilson’s maths set had a visit from Miss Thomson from DCHS. She was very impressed with the children’s knowledge and understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages.

It was World Book day yesterday and P7 read books with their P1 buddies to celebrate. We are hoping that this will become a regular occurrence.

Next Friday the children will be going to DCHS for a transition activity – The Hurricane Challenge. More details to follow.



After school clubs have now finished

Spelling homework

Maths homework

Continue to learn songs and scripts for school show

Continue to work on My Life So Far

WW2 Personal Project

PSA Spring Disco – Thursday 9th March – please send money in an envelope


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 – 24.02.17

It it the end of a very busy week with our visitors.

Throughout the week the children in Primary 7 spoke to our visitors on all aspects of school life. The visitors were very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and knowledge of their learning.

On Monday and Tuesday the children participated in a World War Two day organised by the Military Museum Scotland. The children took part in quizzes, they got to dress up in military uniform, try on gas masks and look at a variety of memorabilia from WW1 and WW2. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and increased their knowledge and understanding of aspects of WW2. Well done to all the children who made the effort to dress up in a range of outfits from the 1940s. They looked fantastic!

Well done to the Sportshall Athletics group – they have been training hard the last few weeks and finally participated in the competition. Carmondean were the winning school from West Lothian and they came 9th overall. A commendable effort by all.

Miss Thomson from DCHS came to work with Mrs Gilmour’s maths set on Wednesday. They investigated fractions, decimals and percentages, and worked through a range of tasks. Miss Thomson will be visiting Miss Wilson’s maths set next Wednesday.

The children are continuing to work on programming using KODU. They have made a racing game and they will get to evaluate a class mate’s game next week.


Next week is the last week for after school clubs

Spelling homework

WW2 Personal project

My Life So Far


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour


Primary 7 – 17.02.17


We hope you all had a lovely long weekend!

This week primary 7 have been practising their show using the stage in the new hall. The children have been working really hard to learn their lines and song words. It is all sounding wonderful!

In French the children have been looking at greetings and conversational language. They have been asked to practise these with their friends and share their learning at home.

Next week primary 7 are having a WWII day in school where a mobile museum will come and set up in the hall. The children will get to see memorabilia and learn a lot more information! Primary 7W will enjoy this experience on Monday and Primary 7G on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the children selected to attend the Sportshall Athletics will go and represent Carmondean Primary School. We know they will do their best and make us proud. A letter will be coming home with times of buses today.


Spelling homework

Literacy circles

WWII day P7W – Monday 20th

WWII day P7G – Tuesday 21st

Sportshall Athletics – Wednesday 22nd

PE – Monday and Friday for P7G

PE – Tuesday and Friday for P7W


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 – 03.02.17

Hello from Primary 7,

We started the week with a Scottish flavour with our Scots afternoon with invited guests. The children helped to serve the food and clear away the dishes. Some also had to chat to our guests which they were very good at! A good time was had by all our visitors and they left with a very good impression of Carmondean primary.

The children had another session with Mr Shanks investigating the programme Kudo. Please ask your child about what this entails as I am sure they will be very excited to tell you!

In writing the children were creating Propaganda posters. They were looking at different slogans and pictures that were used and have created their own. Look out for these on parents’night as they are fabulous!

We had our first official literacy circles session on Wednesday. Unfortunately some children had not completed their homework. For literacy circles to work properly all children need to complete their homework each week. They are given a week to complete their homework task which is plenty of time.

It has been assessment week in school and the children have completed assessments in a variety of curricular areas. You will have the opportunity to look over these to see your child’s progress from last time at parents evening.

On Monday a visiting PE specialist will be working with the children. They will hopefully be using the large apparatus and gymnastics equipment. Please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit!


Spelling homework

Maths homework

Tempest Photography in on Tuesday 7th February

Parents night – Tuesday 8th Feb and Wednesday 9th Feb

Valentines dress down day – Thursday 9th February

Friday – Holiday!



Primary 7 – 20.01.17


It has been yet another busy week in Primary 7!

On Monday the children enjoyed using Google expeditions to explore the events of WW2. The children looked at some of the places that were affected in WW2, we visited the Tuskadee airmen and went on the USS Missouri . The children learned so much from this experience.

As part of our ERASMUS plus project we researched different aspects of Scotland. This included traditional food, clothing, music, dance, stories as well as the geography and tourist attractions. The children made slides which will be combined into one PowerPoint to tell our partner countries all about Scotland.

In writing the children created a leaflet to share their learning from the Risk Factory trip. The children chose how to create their leaflet – either writing it by hand or using Publisher. The leaflets were very informative and included information about how to stay safe in the home and outside.

Indoor PE this term is dance. The children have chosen their groups and decided on their music. They will now begin to create a routine which they will perform to an invited audience. The children will also have to think about appropriate costumes and advertising for this event.

On Wednesday the children began to work in their Literacy Circles groups. Each group chose a novel to focus on (Anne Frank, Blitz Cat, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Goodnight Mr Tom). The children will be working in their groups each Wednesday and will need to ensure they complete their homework tasks on a weekly basis.

As part of our class topic on WW2 the children have been given a personal project to undertake. Their challenge is to present information about an aspect of WW2 both as a booklet and as a class talk. In class the children were given time to research different aspects and choose a focus. There will be time in class on a Monday to work on this project as well as working on it at home.

Today we held our annual Burns Poetry competition. Two children from each class recited their poems to the whole school. Everyone did a fantastic job!



Spelling homework

Literacy Circles – Wednesday

Maths homework

Continue to learn song words


Primary 7 -13.01.17

Hello to Everyone,

It has been another busy week in P7.

The children have been working hard learning their Burns poems. Nearly everyone has learned the words and they are now adding in expression and actions where appropriate. It would be appreciated if you could also help your child with this. The children will be reciting their poem in class on Wednesday or Thursday next week and the 2 children who get the most votes will represent their class at the school Burns Competition. Good Luck to everyone!

We have started our World War 2 topic and the children have lots of questions. If you have any memorabilia that we could show the children this would help bring the topic to life. Even better if you know anyone who would be willing to speak to the children about their experiences please let us know.

We had a very successful visit to the Risk Factory on Tuesday. The children learned strategies to keep them safe in a variety of scenarios. The children will be creating safety leaflets about this in writing next week.

Auditions have been taking place for our show ‘Alice The Musical’. All children will find out what part they have been allocated next Wednesday. To make the show a success we need all children to attend both the afternoon and evening performances. If they are unable to attend in the evening please give us plenty of notice about this so we can adjust their part accordingly as it is unfair to expect other children to stand in at the last minute.

My Life So Far is not being worked on in school this term so the children will need to work on it at home. First draft of the project to be handed in Friday 31st March 2017.


  • After school clubs have started
  • Spelling homework due each day and all by Friday
  • Swimming on a Friday for P7G

Thank you for your continued support with all aspects of school life.

Mrs Gilmour and Miss Wilson

Primary 7 – 06.01.17

Happy New Year to everyone!

We hope you have had an excellent holiday.

It has been a short but busy week in primary 7. We have started practising for our school show which this year is ‘Alice the Musical’. The children have been auditioning for parts and learning the songs. Next week they will being home a song booklet to help them to learn the words of the songs.

The children have been working hard on their My life so far. This will now be done at home as in class during reading sessions we will be working on literacy circles, source work and key comprehension.

Our topic this term will be WWII. They will be learning about all aspects of life during this time.

This term the children will have indoor PE on a Tuesday and outdoor PE on a Friday. For the next 3 weeks for Mrs Gilmour’s class this will be swimming at the high school.


After school clubs start next week

Spelling homework

Burns Poems to be learned

On Tuesday we are visiting the Risk Factory.


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour

Primary 7 15.12.16

The last two weeks have been really busy in primary 7!

We have been busy rehearsing for the concert at Deans High School which is tonight. The children had a practice on the stage and they are sounding wonderful. A reminder that children should arrive before 6.45pm in the foyer at the front reception.

In PE we have been learning ceilidh dancing – Gay Gordon’s and Dashing White Sergeant in preparation for our disco on Monday 19th December. The disco finishes at 8pm and all children must be collected by an adult.

In outdoor PE primary 7 have been creating playground games. They taught these to primary 1 and a great time was had by all. We used the Ipads to film the playground games and these recordings will be sent to our ERASMUS partners and the children in those countries will play our games.

Miss Thomson from the maths department at DCHS has been working with P7W for the last two weeks focusing on mental strategies and decimals. She also showed us how to make a 3D snowflake and some children have been making these in their own time. It is looking very wintery in the classroom!

In school today the children will be watching the pantomime with their P1 buddy. I’m sure they will tell you all about it when they get home!

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour


Primary 7 02.12.16

Another busy week in Primary 7!

The children have been working hard on their Enterprise activities for the Christmas Fair. Hopefully you can come along to the Christmas fair tonight and see them in action!

In PE the children have been creating playground games for their buddies. Next week they will be teaching their buddies how to play these games.

Mr Anderson from DCHS had another practice with all the children and they are sounding fantastic! The children are getting excited about singing at the high school on Thursday 15th December.

P7 assisted in the smooth running of the Christmas lunch. They served the children from P1 to P6. Then the adults in the dining room served the P7s with their lunch.


Christmas Fair – Friday 2nd December at 6pm

PE days have changed to a Monday and Tuesday – please ensure that your child has kit on these days

Children should continue to bring in their My Life So Far folder on a Thursday


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour



Primary 7 25.11.16


We have had yet another busy week in Primary 7.

This week in writing primary 7 researched the effects of smoking and created informative leaflets using Publisher. The children worked really hard on these leaflets which will be displayed in the classroom.

The pupils’ Christmas lunch will be taking place next Thursday (1st December). Primary 7s will help to run this, and of course, enjoy their Christmas lunch!

During Enterprise the children have been busy creating Christmas crafts, organising workshops and games for the Christmas Fair. They will continue to do so next week in preparation for Friday 2nd December. Primary 7 are looking forward to running their  stalls at the Christmas Fair.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Wilson & Mrs Gilmour