Primary 6 wb 13/9/21

Hello everyone

It has been another busy week in Primary 6 this week! In Spanish we have been learning how to pronounce colours and write the colours in words using the feminine and masculine spellings. In French we have consolidated our knowledge of the numbers from 1-100 through dance!

In Technologies we have continued exploring coding. Last week, we learned that algorithms are instructions for computers and they need to be very accurate. This week, we have applied this knowledge to create instructions to get from one object on our table to another. We have used our knowledge of angles and compass points to design our instructions and then tested the accuracy of the instructions using tape. If our instructions were not correct we had to “debug” them by fixing them.

In maths we have been learning about different types of angles such as acute, right angled and obtuse. We have also learned that the total amount of degrees in a shape can vary. We used our problem solving skills to find the missing angle in triangles and quadrilaterals.

In P.E we are beginning to develop our football skills! We have been practising using our right and left foot to dribble and pass the ball.



The latest homework grid is now on teams and is due to be completed on the 24th September.


Enjoy the rest of your week


Mr Drysdale & Mrs Scott

Primary 6 7.9.21

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!

Primary 6 have been busy bees already this week. In Spanish and French we have been learning to count forwards and back. In Spanish we have been learning to count from 1-31 and we played some very competitive games of bingo to consolidate our knowledge. In French we have been learning the numbers from 1-100 with the help of this song: French Numbers 1-100 Song
Feel free to practice at home P6! 🙂

In Technologies we have been exploring coding. We know that an algorithms are instructions for computers. We also know that algorithms need to be very accurate in order for a computer to follow our instructions exactly. We have been playing coding games on: Coding Games
These games have been helping us to learn how to “debug” our algorithms if we’ve not quite given the computer the correct instructions. Primary 6 have shown a lot of resilience today often having to try several times to debug an algorithm.

If you would like to see more updates from Primary 6 then please follow our school twitter page. You will find us at @carmondean_ps. Mrs Scott and Mr Drysdale also have their own twitter pages @Mrs_ScottCPS and @MrDrysdale4 if you wish to follow us there to see more P6 updates.

Homework is due in on Friday. This can be submitted on Teams or be brought into school as a paper copy.
PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please remember PE uniform means that non uniform hoddies/jumpers should only be worn during outdoor PE sessions themselves and not throughout the school day.
Please send your child to school with a full water bottle each day. This can be refilled when required.
If you have not yet seen our “Meet the Teacher” videos then please have a look at the P6A and P6B Teams pages to learn more about us and the year ahead in Primary 6.

Thank you very much for your support.

Mrs Scott & Mr Drysdale

Primary 6 2.9.21

Hello everyone!

We have had a busy but fun week in Primary 6 so far. Work has begun in each of the curricular areas and the children are working extremely hard so far 🙂 Homework has been posted on Teams. The children have 2 weeks to complete the tasks and only the tasks with a star are mandatory, the rest are optional. More information can be found on our class Teams page. Some children have also received a paper copy of the homework. Please encourage your child to ask their class teacher for a paper copy if they require it.

As our annual Meet the Teacher event is unable to take place this year Mr Drysdale and I have created a short presentation each so that you can “meet” us and hear more about our plans in Primary 6 this year. You will find these videos on the P6A and P6B Teams pages. Please have a look 🙂

In Numeracy we have been continuing with work on place value looking at building and partitioning numbers up to 7 digits. The children have also been exploring the place values of decimal numbers using tenths and hundredths.

This term our focus in writing is recount. This week the children are recounting the events of their weekend. Yesterday the children planned out their writing and today they will using their plan to produce their first full piece of writing in Primary 6. The children will also self assess their work using “Green for Go” and “Pink for Think”. We can’t wait to see their fabulous work!

– Indoor shoes should be worn in class and around the school. Please ensure your child has a pair of indoor shoes in school that they can change into.
– PE days are Tuesday (outdoor) and Wednesday (indoor). This week we are having a one off PE session on Friday 3rd September too. Children can therefore wear their PE uniform to school this Friday too.
– Homework is due in next Friday 10th September

Thank you for your support.

Mr Drysdale and Mrs Scott

Welcome to Primary 6!

Hello everyone!

Primary 6 have made an excellent start to the year. Mr Drysdale and I are very impressed with the children’s hard work and effort during the first week. P6 have made fantastic first impressions showing themselves to be kind, caring and helpful – well done everyone!

In the first week the children have made a fabulous start in several curricular areas. In Numeracy P6 have shared their knowledge of place value. In Reading they have shared their thoughts on our new novel “You are Awesome!” by Matthew Syed and made informed predictions on what this non-fiction text is going to be about. In PE the children helped to create a PE charter with Mrs Ferguson. In Topic the children shared what they would like to learn and how they would like to learn about our new topic of “The Industrial Revolution and Inventions”. P6 have also began learning about how to be a member of a connected, compassionate classroom through the creation of our class charter.

This week the children will take part in football activities in PE, create a wall display all about the SHANARRI indicator – responsibility and will create other fabulous pieces of art work for our classroom walls.

A newsletter will be sent home this week detailing this terms learning and events in more detail. In the meantime here are some helpful reminders –

– Please can you ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes to wear in the classroom.
– PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. This term PE on a Tuesday will be outdoors and on a Wednesday will be indoors with Mrs Ferguson. Please ensure your child attends school in the school’s PE uniform on these days. A non-uniform jumper/hoodie can be brought in your child’s school bag to put on later when taking part in Outdoor PE on a Tuesday.
– Please also ensure that your child brings a full water bottle to school each day. This can be refilled in school when required.

Thank you very much for your support. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or contact us via the school office.

Mr Drysdale and Mrs Scott

Primary 6 Friday 11th June

Good morning everyone, Primary 6 have had another busy week.

In topic this week we have been learning about the Sinking of the Titanic.  We have watched videos and read information on the timeline and have also studied all the faults which caused the ship to sink so quickly.  Our favourite part was watching interviews with some of the survivors who shared their expericences.

We had great fun at Sports day on Wednesday, we took part in a variety of potted sports, relays and beat the goalie.

In maths we have been learning about square numbers and function machines.  We really enjoyed creating our own function machines to challenge our friends.

We have learned that the main characters in our novel Kaspar Prince of Cats have boarded the Titanic.  We can’t wait to read on to find out what happens to them.

Next week we will be beginning to present our class talks on our Titanic characters.  Can you please check that your child is ready for their presentation.

Have a lovely week

Mrs Jamieson, Mrs Smith, Ms Matheson.

Primary 6 4.6.21

Primary 6 have continued to work on our Titanic Project this week.  We have started learning the key facts about the sinking.  We have explored the mistakes which were made and how they led to the sinking of the ship.  We have continued to read our novel Kaspar Prince of Cats and this week the family have arrived on the Titanic.

In maths we have been solving problems related to multiples and factors, we have also started learning how to calculate the area of a rectangle.

In writing we have started learning about the targets related to the recount genre.

Next week we have sports day on Wednesday morning and it would be great to see as many people as possible coming to school dressed in their house colours.

Our eco committee have working hard on ways to reduce waste in school.  We are trying a new initiative called waste free Wednesdays and are encouraging our children to bring snacks and lunches which are not stored in single use plastic.  We would be grateful of your support in encouraging your child to think of alternative ways to store snacks and lunches on that day.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Jamieson, Ms Matheson, Mrs Smith



30.4.21 Primary 6

Good morning from Primary 6.   This week we have started our new topic, Titanic.  We have researched the key facts about Titanic, written a report and painted a wall frieze.  We have also started researching the passengers who travelled on the maiden voyage. Over the next few weeks we are going to be making models of cabins in shoeboxes so we would be grateful for donations of any you may have at home.

In RME we are learning about The 5 Pillars of Islam.  We have been doing some research and preparing Powerpoint presentations.

Some of us have been working with Mr Shanks on programming robots called Tinkerbots.  We have really enjoyed this.

We have started a new class novel called Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Murpurgo and are looking forward to hearing more of his adventures with his owners, we have already predicted that he will have  a journey on Titanic at some point.

In Maths we have been working on decimals and measure.  We have a homework presentation due on Friday 7th May and are looking forward to finding out what everyone has learned so far.

Our PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday again this term.  At present both sessions are outdoors and children can still come to school in outdoor PE kit on these days.


Have a lovely long weekend.

Mrs Jamieson, Ms Matheson, Mrs Smith

Primary 6

Welcome back! It is great to be back in school and to see everyone again. Everyone seems to have settled back into the school routine.

At the moment we are continuing the Space topic that we begun during lock down. This week we learned about the 1969 moon landing and Neil Armstrong. To finish off the topic, next week we will be making models of either the International Space Station or the Saturn v rocket. We can’t wait to see the amazing models !

In science we have been looking at the solar system. The pupils have been divided into groups and are each researching a different planet. Once this is completed, each group is going to make a wall display to show their findings to the others.

In Numeracy we are learning about fractions. Some of the class have been working out the fraction of an amount and others have begun work on simplifying fractions. A knowledge of the multiplication tables makes fraction work so much easier, so any work done on this at home would be of great benefit.

A quick reminder that gym is on Wednesday and Thursday. This will normally take place outside.

Please feel free to contact us if we can help in any way,

The Primary 6 teachers



January Active Fun Challenge results

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our January Active Fun Challenge. The number of active minutes logged across West Lothian Primary Schools was phenomenal and 32 primary schools in West Lothian took part.

Carmondean Primary logged 33 days, 2 hrs and 9 minutes of active minutes in January- AMAZING!

Take a look at the results video here to see which schools ranked in the TOP 10.

Judy Murray  announces the winner in the video and sets out a challenge to everyone.  I gave the challenge a try- can you do better than me?

January 2021 Active Fun Challenge

Happy New Year everyone.

I’m hoping that you all made your New Year Resolution to be as active as possible in 2021 because I have entered the school into a competition to find the most active school in West Lothian and in true Carmondean spirit we are in it to win it!

How can you help?

  1. Be as active as you can.  Any activity counts from taking taking part in PE lessons to walking your dog to dancing along to Just Dance.
  2. Record the number of minutes each week you are active and submit the number on this form. This most be done by 10am every Monday. ( first submission date is Monday 18th January)

  1. Every Tuesday the school with the highest number of weekly activity minutes will be announced and at the end of the month the school with the highest number of minutes throughout the month will be the champions.

Good luck, happy exercising and if you have any questions please get in touch.

Mrs Ferguson

11.12.20 Primary 6

Primary 6 have been researching information about our selected countries in topic this week.  So far we have looked at traditional foods and have started to research music and musicians.

In RME we have been learning about advent and took part in an online event with Livingston United Parish Church called Bubblegum and Fluff.  We enjoyed learning about the true meaning of Christmas and made some decorations.

We completed our IT project this week which included animating part of the Christmas story and adding a soundtrack from Garage Band.  We hope to upload these to teams to allow the children share them with you.

For PE this month we are trying to run to the North Pole, we have been taking part by doing some running games.

This week we wrote letters to Santa attempting to persuade him give us presents this year.  You wouldn’t believe how good we have all been.

Have a lovely week  Mrs Jamieson, Ms Mathieson and Mrs Smith

27.11.20 Primary 6

Primary 6 have had yet another busy week.

We have started our new topic called Who do you think you are?  We have chosen different counties round the world that some of our classmates come from and are beginning to research them.  This week we have also been working on mapping skills.  We have been locating countries in Europe and recording their location using grid referencing.

In Maths we have been working on division and properties of triangles.  Some of us have even managed to calculate the size of angles within a triangle.

In ICT we have been making our own music using garage band.

Have a good week


Mrs Jamieson, Mrs Smith, Ms Mathieson

Primary 6 Update 20 November

This week Primary 6 began our new interdisciplinary topic ‘Who do you think you are?’ The main focus of this topic will be Europe but we will also be finding out about different countries around the world. Last week for homework the children were asked to find out if anyone in their family was born in a country other than Scotland and we can’t wait to find out where all our families are from.

In Numeracy we have been improving our multiplication skills and have been multiplying 2,3 and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. The class picked this up well. To aid with the instant recall of the times tables, homework on the Education City web site was set.  These games are a lot of fun and we would strongly encourage the children to use the games throughout the year.

This week both classes had their last tennis lessons with Mrs Ferguson for this block of time. Even though it was very windy on Wednesday the children were able to control the ball and hit targets of varying distances. On Thursday the children worked hard when completing circuit training. What fit classes they are!

A quick reminder that homework continues to be issued on TEAMS.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Jamieson, Mrs Smith and Ms Matheson

Primary 6 1.11.20

Good morning from Primary 6.  Here is some news about everything we have been doing this week.

In reading we have been working on new roles for a new learning style called Reciprocal reading.  We have been discussing tools for reading and have been given new task roles.  They are Clarifyer, Predictor, Questioner and Summariser.  We will continue to practise these roles over the next few weeks.

We are so pleased to see all the inventions arriving in school this week and are looking forward to presenting these on Monday.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped with this, your support is greatly appreciated.

We have started writing haunted house stories using our description genre targets.  These was a real success, everyone enjoyed writing them and we will be redrafting these for display next week.

In ICT we have been working on Garage band with Mr Shanks, there were some fantastic pieces of music  being played this week.

In Maths we are continuing to work on place value and have completed our angles topic.  On Thursday we had an activities session where we were challenged to create pathways using compasses and draw shapes by programming instructions using the Probots.

On Friday we had a super morning participating in Halloween activities.  Everyone loved the Quiz which was made by the PSA  and goody bags so we would all like to say a big thank you for that.  We also took part in a murder mystery where we had to use our maths and group work skills to solve the problem.

Class newsletters were handed out on Friday with information on the rest of the term so have a look in bags if you didn’t receive yours.

Have a lovely week.

Mrs Jamieson, Ms Mathieson and Mrs Smith.

Primary 6 Week beginning 28 September

Primary 6 are continuing to work hard.

We have just  finished our mini-topic about Ancient Greece. We listened to, and read, a variety of Greek myths, including Medusa and Icarus. The paintings of Medusa are brilliant, with green snakes writhing on her head! We researched the origin of the Olympics and learned that some of the events are still included in the Olympics today. We even learned to write numbers using the Ancient Greek number system. It has been a very enjoyable short topic.

Our next topic is going to be about Scottish inventors. As a class we spoke about what we want to learn. Some of the ideas include researching who the main inventors are and what they made and even becoming inventors ourselves! It should be an interesting topic too.

In Numeracy  we are learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and in Mathematics we are continuing our work on measuring angles.

This week homework has been issued. This year it will be issued through TEAMS. If your child needs a paper copy of the homework please let us know. There is a maths, spelling and reading activity to complete. The work will be uploaded to TEAMS on Monday and should be completed by Friday.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Mrs Jameson, Mrs Smith and Ms Matheson

Primary 6 28.8.20

Primary 6 have settled in well to our first term and are enjoying being back at school.  We have chosen a new topic to study called The Ancient Greeks and are already enjoying learning about them.  This week we have learned about 2 Greek legends, Medusa and Pandora’s box.  Our reading a writing have been related to these stories and we have completed newspaper reports about them.  In Maths we have been looking at the Greek number system and data handling to record results related to the Olympics.

In Health we have been revising the Health and Wellbeing indicators.

We have also started our modern languages and this week we have been revising greetings in French and Spanish.

Our PE days this term are Wednesday and Thursday and we are working in increasing our stamina for cross country running.  Most people have remembered to come dressed in PE kit in those days which has been a great help.

Have a good week

Mrs Jamieson, Ms Mathieson, Mrs Smith

Family Active Games Ideas

As we head into the summer holidays I wanted to share a document with you that has some ideas for games you can play at home with your family and friends that require very little equipment but are lots and lots of fun. Click on “Family Games” below to access the  document.

Family Games

Have a fantastic summer,  keep active,  stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in August.

Mrs Ferguson

Guinness World Record weekly challenge

Have you heard of Guinness World Records?   Every year this organisation  publish a reference book , listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

They have a fantastic website with details of some of these world records and also lots of activity ideas for you to try at home.  Every week they set a challenge and this week’s challenge is ” Most foot taps by a team of 2 in 30 seconds.”

I would like you to give this challenge a try.  Let me know how you get on. Will we have a Carmondean PS world record holder?

They also have a fantastic kids sections on the website with more world record ideas to try at home.  Check out the following link and give some of them a go.

I’d love to know how you get on.

Mrs Ferguson

Sports Day – Your team needs YOU!

Today was supposed to be Carmondean Sports Day 2020.  If you haven’t completed the sports day activities yet then today is the perfect day to do it. My forecast says the sun will shine today.

I am really enjoying seeing photos of everyone taking part and lots are in their house team colours.  Here are a few more fab photos of sports day ( at home) 2020.

The results are looking very even at the moment so every point counts.  Let’s hear you cheer    Let’s go


Good Luck everyone

Mrs Ferguson

Sports Day – submitting results

Well done  to those who have completed the sports day tasks so far. Results have to be submitted via the online form. Here it is  for anyone who can’t find the link


I’m also attaching the activity information again for anyone who missed the first blog post.  You have until Friday at 12 noon to submit results. Click on this document Carmondean Sports Day

Deer Park are currently in the lead-  Come on Raeburn, Sutherland and Waverley !   Parents can join in too for extra points for houses.  Just tick adult instead of class on the form.

Good Luck!

Mrs Ferguson