Primary 1 22.1.20

This has been another busy week in Primary 1. We have been continuing our learning about dinosaurs. Yesterday another letter arrived from Professor Rex asking us to investigate the job of a paleontologist. Lots of the children would like to be a paleontologist when they are older so it was a great opportunity to talk about the skills they need to develop in school now to help prepare. In order to practise being gentle around delicate fossils the children picked chocolate chips out of cookies. It was great fun and the children especially loved eating the cookie when they were finished! Tomorrow we will be researching the diplodocus and writing a factfile on it. If you have time at home tonight why don’t you look up the diplodocus online and see what facts you can find?


In maths we have returned to a focus on addition. We are moving away from a reliance on cubes to count amounts and are encouraging the children to add small amounts in their head. We are continuing to revise numbers to 20 at the same time and any help you can give at home is much appreciated.
In phonics we are learning y and z this week. We only have 2 more sounds (q and x) left to learn and the children are very excited to know all the letters in the alphabet. We are continuing to work on blending these sounds together to make 3 and 4 letter words. The children are making great progress in this!
Today each child will be reciting the poem ‘Roguey Poguey’ in front of the class. We will then chose 2 winners to represent the class in front of the whole school in Friday’s Burn’s Day Assembly. Good luck to all the children.
A few reminders:
PE is on a Thursday. Please send your child to school prepared for this with a named PE kit. PE is in the morning so it is helpful if your child comes to school with their PE clothes under their school uniform.
Outdoor Learning is on a Wednesday afternoon. We will try to get out every week and in all weathers so please send your child with suitable footwear and clothes.
Many of the children are asking for water throughout the day. Please send your child to school with a named water bottle each day. The children are allowed to take a drink at story time and during the day when they are not with the teacher.
Thank you for all your support
Primary 1 teachers.

P2/1 23rd January 2018

This week P2/1 have been having great fun making boats and creating our own underwater exploring machines. We have been using our imaginations to design a vehicle that would take us to the bottom of the ocean to find out about what lives there.  We also extended this to our writing and wrote underwater adventures-we all have great imaginations in P2/1!

In Maths the P1 children have been working very hard with subtraction facts to 10 using concrete materials and are becoming really confident with this.  The P2 children have been working with subtraction to 20 and are now moving on to missing number subtraction facts.

Well done to everyone who has been learning their poem for Burn’s Day-we will begin hearing them tomorrow so keep going!

Reminders-

Tuesday- New Reading book

Wednesday- Burn’s Poem to perform in class

Thursday- Gym

Friday- Burn’s Competition

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Steel

Primary 6 19.1.18

The sound of deep Scottish brogues can be heard throughout the Primary 6 classrooms as we prepare for our Scottish School Assembly. Each pupil has chosen a Scottish poem to learn and two pupils from each class will be put forward to the school competition. Primary 6 are also planning to have a Burns Supper next Thursday , 25th January. Haggis will be available for those who would like to try it and pupils are welcome to wear tartan. Pupils should come to school in uniform and will be given the opportunity to change into any tartan items before the supper.
Mrs Wylie’s math class are working on fractions, decimals and percentages at the moment. It would be great if the pupils could note where we use the above in everyday life.

Show auditions have begun in earnest and Mr Platt is very pleased with the number of pupils who have put themselves forward. We are sure it will be a rocking success!

All pupils have been given their Literacy Circle booklets home to be used with their novels. Tasks have been assigned and each pupil should note this in their booklets. We had a new addition to primary 6 this week ….. We now have a cat! The children can explain!

We had a visit from a Polar explorer on Monday who discussed his expeditions, demonstrated some survival techniques and allowed the pupils to sample some expedition food ….Yum!! We have used this topic as a stimulus for our science lessons this week.

REMINDERS –
PE – outdoor Kit – Wednesdays
Indoor Kit 6Wy – Tuesdays
P6W – Mondays
Homework – Reading homework due on Tuesday , spelling words will be given on Mondays with homework due on Fridays .
Maths Homework – we would like to remind all pupils that they have maths homework EVERY WEEK. If we do not give out maths homework in the form of worksheet we still expect the pupils to be practising Times Tables, Fact Families , Number Bonds . We have shown the pupil’s games and activities they can do to practise.

Thank you for your continued support.
Mr . Woodward, Mr Shanks and Mrs Wylie

Primary 6 26.01.17

Happy Thursday!

P6 have had a very enjoyable week this week. In maths we have all begun to learn about fractions. The children have been working hard to share their prior knowledge with others. We are now beginning to find fractions of both shapes and numbers. Soon we will be working on equivalent fractions too. Please ask your child about their learning.

This week we had our very own Burns Supper! We had the chance to try haggis, vegetarian haggis, cheese, oatcakes and shortbread. Our haggis was piped into the classroom and Mr Woodward recited “Tae a Haggis”. Mrs Wylie also gave the “Immortal Memory”. Max read out the Selkirk Grace before we ate and we sang “You’re Welcome Willie Stuart” and the traditional version of “Auld Lang Syne” Our favourite part of the supper though was when Logan, Gregor and Tyler read out the boys “Toast to the Lasssies” and Luci replied by reading the girls “Toast to the Laddies”. The boys and girls split up into different classrooms to write a collective speech to the lads and the lassies. The aim of the speech was to compliment each other but was also meant to be a bit cheeky! Mrs Wylie & I thought the final results were marvellous!

We are continuing to work hard on our Titanic topic. We will begin work on our classroom wall display on Tuesday, painting the characters we have been given thinking carefully about the types of clothing first, second and third class passengers would have worn.

Mr Woodward has begun working with Miss Clark’s class. He will be teaching P6C about The Bible in RME, Human Body in Science, more information about The Titanic and much more.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Clark, Mrs Wylie & Mrs Kelly

Primary Five 13.1.17

This week we have been doing some dictionary and thesaurus work in language along with the start of some note-taking activities.  This is in preparation for us starting some non-fiction work based on The Scottish Wars of Independence.

We have looked at our Topic and the children have had a chance to talk about what they know and what they would like to find out.  We are really looking forward to starting this topic next week!

To start the Topic we will be looking at timelines and children have been sent home with a little bit of homework this weekend to discuss the ‘Timeline of their life’.  We would be grateful if you could talk to your children (and make some notes if you like) about the main things that have happened in their lives so they can place them on a timeline.  This is to help them understand the concept of a timeline as things that have happened in the past.

The children have all now got a Scottish poem to learn to present to the class.  The children are all really excited about this and we would be grateful if you could keep practising these at home.

Things to remember for next week-

Monday- Spelling and Reading homework

Tues/Wed- Maths homework

Thurs- Indoor gym kit

Fri- no outdoor gym due to Burn’s Assembly

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Steel and Mr Grieg

Primary 3 w.b. 1st February

Well done primary 3 for your performance of Katie Bairdie last Tuesday. Your singing was very loud and clear and the audience were very impressed. Well done also to Joe and Leila for your final recitation of ‘Snaw’ on the afternoon.
Primary 3 are really enjoying the knights and castles topic. Last week the children learnt about the clothes Kings and Queens used to wear. They created a self portrait as a King or Queen which will hang in our classroom Great Hall when it is finished. Primary 3 also learnt about the weapons knights would use when attacking or defending a castle. We’re glad we don’t live in medieval times!
In Maths, primary 3 are finishing off their work on times tables. So far the children have learnt the 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables. This week we will finish off this work. Thank you for all the practice you are putting in at home.
This week primary 3 will be continuing their knights and castles topic by writing about an attack on a castle and by completing a challenge in small groups. We look forward to sharing these with you at parents’ consultations next week. If you have any junk we could use for our challenge, please bring it in on Tuesday.
Thanks for your support.
Miss Christy and Miss Rafferty

Primary 1 week beg 11.1.16

Happy new year!

Welcome back to school! Hope you all had a lovely holiday and are excited for the New Year. This term our topic will be Dinosaurs. We will begin our topic this week and use this to develop our writing and researching skills. We will also use this as a theme for Art, Drama, Music and Technology.

In Numeracy we will continue to develop addition and begin subtraction. We will continue to develop an awareness of numbers and their place value along with problem solving mental maths strategies. We will also focus on telling the time and measuring length this term.

We would like to remind parents that indoor P.E with Mrs Ferguson will take place on a Thursday. Please ensure your child has appropriate gym wear and check that gym rubbers are well fitted. We would also like to remind you that children should not bring juice in their water bottles for P.E and class time.

The Burn’s Poetry Competition will take place on the 22nd of January. Please help your child to learn one of the poems given. There will be winners selected from Primary 1 to perform at the school assembly on that day. Please have your poems ready for the 21st so that we can choose the winners from each class. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask one of the teachers.

Thank you for reading,
The Primary 1 teachers

Happy New Year from Primary 7!

Hello & Happy New Year!

We hope you have had an enjoyable festive break. We are happy to be back and are looking forward to a busy term ahead full of learning.

This week, we started our new Interdisciplinary Topic of World War II. So far the children have been very interested in what we are learning about 1930’s Britain and 1930’s Germany. Next week we will begin to learn about the life of Anne Frank. If anyone has any resources or memories they could share with us we would be delighted to hear from you.

Today the children chose a Burns Poem they would like to recite to the class in 2 weeks time. They have been given their poem home with them today. Please encourage your children to practise and memorise their poem at home. We will also be working on helping the children to learn their poems in class. 2 children from both classes will then be chosen to recite their poem in front of the school at the annual Burns Assembly. Good luck everyone!

In the next 2 weeks the children will begin learning and practising for this year’s P6/7 School Show! The show this year is called “Hosanna!” Your child may receive lines to memorise, please encourage your children to practise these at home.

Some reminders:

– Indoor PE is now on a Monday and Outdoor PE will be on a Tuesday for both classes. Please ensure your child brings appropriate kit to school on these days.

– Next week your child will receive spelling homework (given on Monday, due in on Friday) and maths homework (given on Monday, due in on Thursday) as normal. The children will no longer have a news book to complete this term. The children will also receive reading homework in the coming weeks. There will be more information about this in the next P7 newsletter.

Thank you, as always, for all of your suppport. Have a great weekend!

Miss Clark & Miss Farren