## 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

## Primary 5: 03.06.2021

Hello,

What a hot and sunny week it has been!

This week in Writing the children wrote acrostic poems for a Top Secret Project. We had excellent discussions and brainstormed our ideas connected to our secret mission. The children worked hard on their poem, created some beautiful descriptions and the finished pieces of writing looked fabulous! We cannot to share them in the next few weeks!

During Health, we had lots of fun discussing our Birth Fact Files. The children had been tasked with finding out their full name, date and time of birth, where they were born and how much they weighed. They could also share any other interesting information about their birth! It was lovely to see all the cute baby photographs!

In Maths, both classes were working on measuring weight. We estimated the weight of household objects in grams and kilograms before using a variety of measuring scales to get the actual weight of each object. The children were surprised about how heavy/light some objects were; who knew a paperclip does not weigh one kilogram!

In Reading, we are continuing with our non-fiction text connected to our history topic; The Scottish Wars of Independence. This week we were investigating Robert the Bruce and how after the death of William Wallace he became Scotland’s new king. The children were fascinated by the story of Robert the Bruce and how the spider in the cave inspired him.

In numeracy P5G have been decimals and investigating the link with fractions. The children took to this new concept exceptionally well and were able to explain how to convert fractions to decimals and vice versa. Next week we will be looking at adding decimal numbers.

In PE all our practicing for the flash mob dance came to fruition. On Thursday filming of the P5 section of the flash mob took place and the children all danced very enthusiastically (even the adults managed it!). Look out for the video on the blog in the coming weeks!

On Thursday afternoon, we had lots of fun watching the auditions for the talent show. Some of the different acts were gymnastics, dancing, magic tricks, xylophone and trumpet playing, singing and stand-up comedy! We were blown-up away by the talent, and have two wonderful acts to represent P5 in the school wide Talent Show; Ayden and Monica the hilarious ‘Red Magicians’ from P5A and Sarah Kirk’s singing ‘1000 Years’ from P5B. Well done to all that auditions!

Next Thursday, P5 will have their Sports Day Events with Mrs Ferguson. Please come dressed for the weather and in your house colours! Hopefully next year we will be able to have spectators, however we will take plenty of photographs to post on the blog!

Reminders

• Homework next week- Spelling due on a Friday. Look, Cover, Write, Check and sentences using spelling words. This will be completed in their spelling jotter.
• Please encourage your child to practice 2-10 times tables and number bonds to 100 on a regular basis.
• The children have chosen a book to read for enjoyment in class and it would be appreciated if you could continue to encourage your child to read for enjoyment at home too.
• PE- Tuesday and Thursday – Please remember to provide your child with a water bottle on these days /

Have a lovely sunny weekend.

Mrs Gilmour, Ms Munro, Mrs Muir and Miss Herd

## Primary 6 28.5.21

Another busy week of learning for P6!

In Topic we have been looking at food served on the Titanic at that time and designed our own menus including dishes such as: boiled hominy, sirloin steak and roasted duck (1st Class) oats were served in 3rd class and roast beef.

In Maths we were calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes, finding out the missing sides using the information given. In Numeracy we have been dividing decimals.

We continued looking at our body systems focusing on the respiratory and digestive system. The boys and girls were shocked to discover that the intestines length is more than 7 metres long and if you flattened your lungs they would take up the size of a tennis court!

In Art P6A finished their Space Art drawings. Photos below and we will post P6Bs once completed.

Have a lovely weekend and hopefully the sun will be shining!!

Mrs Smith, Mrs Jamieson & Ms Matheson

## Primary 5 21.5.21

Hello,

It has been another busy week in Primary 5!

This week in writing the children were thinking about their Best Day. This generated a lot of lovely memories and we had great discussions about feelings connected to this. The children were using the success criteria for genre writing so were thinking about chronology, using time connecting words and phrases, writing in the past tense and including how things made them feel. A lot to think about! We were very impressed with the finished pieces of writing.

In health as a follow on to writing P5B discussed good and bad days we have had. There was lots of interesting discussion about this. P5A were ordering the life cycles of different animals and insects and discussing any similarities or differences between them. Next week we will be looking at key facts connected to our own birth. Eg weight, time etc.

In reading, we are continuing with our non-fiction text connected to our history topic; The Scottish Wars of Independence. This week we continued to focus on the key events that led to the struggle for independence, and the classes were able to pull on all their knowledge they have learned from their topic lessons. The children’s own non-fictions books are looking fantastic as they build up chapters each week.

In maths, both classes have continued to work incredibly hard on division strategies. Many of the children are now able to divide 3 digit numbers with ease. It is important to have a strong grasp of the multiplication tables for division, so please keep practising! Both classes continued to learn about volume this week in maths. P5A had lots of fun making potions to practice measuring volume. Unicorn tears and toad snot were some of the ingredients! P5B were estimating the volume of real life objects.

In topic we have been learning all about William Wallace and how the battle of Stirling Bridge came about. The children have been ordering the events which took place and cheering a Scottish victory! Lots of discussion has taken place around tactics used and how this helped the Scottish win.

In PE we have been practicing the dance for the flash mob. This has been great fun and the children are already better than the teachers! Many of the children became teachers and were able to direct their peers on how to do the dance moves. We then did some relay racing to help practice some of our athletics skills.

A reminder, PE is a TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. Please ensure your child comes dressed appropriately for outdoor PE. Remember we go outside in all weathers so it is essential that your child has a waterproof jacket/sunhat/sun cream with them! It is Scotland after all! If the weather does continue it is essential that every child brings a water bottle to school – remember we can refill during the day!

Reminders

• Homework next week- Spelling due on a Friday. Look, Cover, Write, Check and sentences using spelling words. This will be completed in their spelling jotter. Health-create a birth fact file. This will be assigned on Teams.
• Please encourage your child to practice 2-10 times tables and number bonds to 100 on a regular basis.
• The children have chosen a book to read for enjoyment in class and it would be appreciated if you could continue to encourage your child to read for enjoyment at home too.
• PE- Tuesday and Thursday – Please remember to provide your child with a water bottle on these days J

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Gilmour, Ms Munro, Mrs Muir and Miss Herd

## Primary 4 14.5.21

Hello everyone

It has been a fun and interesting week in Primary 4.

This week we have continued learning about our topic of mini beasts. Miss Clark’s class learned a new ICT skill this week – making a Sway. We did this through Glow and told others all about ourselves. The children will use this skill in the future to create a Sway about mini beasts. Mr Woodward’s class developed their knowledge of primary and secondary colours through creating a colour wheel. They used primary colours to mix the secondary colours for their colour wheel. They will use this knowledge to help them to create some mini beast art in the coming weeks. Next week the classes will swap activities.

Thank you to everyone who has handed in their homework this week. New homework will be issued on Monday as well as new reading books. Please remind your child to hand in their homework/hand back their reading book as soon as possible. Thank you.

In PE this week we finished our work on circuit training. We discussed what the word stamina meant and how our stamina has improved over the past few weeks. We also discussed how our bodies felt before and after exercise. Next week we will begin a block of work on Athletics. In PE with Mrs Ferguson the children are now taking part in Orienteering activities outside in the playground.

This week in writing we wrote an explanation piece all about how to look after Planet Earth. The children had great knowledge in this area and wrote excellent explanation pieces which hit all of the genre targets and core targets that we have been working on for the past few weeks. Well done P4! We are now going to be working on recounting events from our own lives in writing for the next few weeks.

Reminders

– PE kit should only be worn to school on Mondays and Thursdays when the children have outdoor PE. Uniform should be worn at all other times.
– Please ensure that your child has indoor shoes to wear when they are in the classroom. Outdoor shoes should not be worn in the classrooms.
– Please bring full water bottles to school each day. These can be refilled throughout the day if required.

Thank you for your support. Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 5 14.05.21

Hello,

It has been an exciting week in Primary 5!

In Writing, the class have continued to work on the explanation genre. This week the children were re-drafting their ‘How to keep healthy’ explanation pieces from last week. They used the editing skills and strategies we have been learning to improve their piece of writing. The finished pieces were excellent and we are now all going to act on the advice given to have a healthy mind and body.

In reading, we are continuing with our non-fiction text connected to our history topic; The Scottish Wars of Independence. This week we were focussing on the key events that led to the struggle for independence, and the classes were able to pull on all their knowledge they have learned from their topic lessons. The children’s own non-fictions books are looking fantastic as they build up chapters each week.

In maths, both classes have been working incredibly hard on new division strategies. These are new skills to most learners but the children have made some excellent progress! It is important to have a strong grasp of the multiplication tables for division, so please keep practising! Both classes were also learning about volume this week. They had lots of fun measuring out liquids and converting units of measure between millilitre and litre.

We have had lots of fun in topic this week making model Scottish and English soldiers from the 13th century. We had some great discussions around the difference between the two armies and how ill-equipped the Scots were in comparison to the wealthy English army, who had full protection from chainmail armour. The children chose whether to make a Scot or an Englishman and dressed their model in the appropriate clothing, armour and weaponry! There was some very inventive use of resources and we know have a fierce selection of soldiers in our classroom.

In PE, P5A were working on their throwing skills using the javelins. We had lots of fun learning the ‘rainbow’ technique for javelin throws which ensures we have the correct form and posture. The children were excellent at this and had lots of fun in pairs seeing who could throw the furthest distance. P5B were practicing using their whole body to run faster and change pace and direction quickly. The children made great progress with this so watch out for speedy runners at home.

A reminder, PE is a TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. Please ensure your child comes dressed appropriately for outdoor PE. Remember we go outside in all weathers so it is essential that your child has a waterproof jacket/sunhat/sun cream with them! It is Scotland after all! If the weather does continue it is essential that every child brings a water bottle to school – remember we can refill during the day!

Reminders

• Spelling due on a Friday. Look, Cover, Write, Check and sentences using spelling words. This will be completed in spelling jotters. Numeracy/maths assigned on Teams due on a Monday. This will be connected to concepts we are covering in class. There will also be a third homework task which will be connected to other areas of the curriculum this can usually be completed on Teams or on paper.
• Please encourage your child to practice 2-10 times tables and number bonds to 100 on a regular basis.
• The children have chosen a book to read for enjoyment in class and it would be appreciated if you could continue to encourage your child to read for enjoyment at home too.
• PE- Tuesday and Thursday – Please remember to provide your child with a water bottle on these days J

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Gilmour, Ms Munro, Mrs Muir and Miss Herd

## Primary 4 6.5.21

Hello everyone

Although this week has been shorter we are still having a busy week in Primary 4. Our mini beasts topic is well underway and the children have been showing lots of enthusiasm about what they are learning during class discussions. This week we learned about “vertebrates” and “invertebrates”. Many children had fantastic prior knowledge about this topic that they brought to our class discussion. We also had great fun playing a dominoes game which meant we had to match up vertebrates and invertebrates. Poppy from Miss Clark’s class mentioned something about “exo-skeletons” this week. I wonder where this line of thought will take us?

Also in topic lessons we have been exploring the world of non-fiction books. We have been learning about how non-fiction books are structured and on Tuesday we used the index to help us to research different mini beasts in non-fiction books, some of which we had never even heard of before! Most children have now been given a non-fiction book home to read. Please ask them if they can identify the contents page, index and glossary and explain their purpose. We are soon going to be using non-fiction books in class to help us to research.

This week we have set homework on Teams. There is a video on the “Primary 4 Year Group” Teams page explaining how this homework should be completed. The due date is next Friday 14th May and only starred activities need to be completed, the rest are optional. Please let Mr Woodward or Miss Clark know if you have any further questions regarding home work.

In Numeracy we have begun work on Place Value. This week we explored 4 digit numbers and what each of the digits represented (Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones/Units). We also worked on ordering 4 digit numbers. Focusing on looking at the furthest left digit and moving inwards towards the hundreds and tens digits if the numbers were similar (e.g. 1456 and 1465). Next week we are going to be working on identifying the numbers “before”, “after”, “more than” and “less than” 4 digit numbers. Please ask your child what they have learned about 4 digit numbers.

In reading we are continuing with our novel study “Charlotte’s Web”. The children are enjoying the story so far and we have already met the main characters Wilbur and Fern. We are looking forward to meeting Charlotte herself next week! There is lots of excellent description in “Charlotte’s Web”. So much so that we were able to draw accurate pictures of Zuckerman’s Barn just by reading the description of it! This week we wrote our own descriptive paragraphs entitled “My Favourite Place”. The children wrote fantastic paragraphs that focused on what they could see, smell, hear and even touch and taste in their favourite places! They were so fantastic that Mr Shanks even wanted to see some! Keep up the good work Primary 4!

We hope the children are enjoying their day off and we look forward to seeing them again tomorrow! We hope you all have a lovely weekend when it comes.

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## 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 4 30.3.21

Hello everyone!

We are having a great week of learning in Primary 4! Last week we learned about the story of Easter and why Christians celebrated Easter in RME. Our big question (asked by Lucy G in P4C) was “What’s a bunny got to do with Easter?” We explored how Easter was a spring time celebration and often represented new life. We also spoke about the symbolic meaning of eggs in relation to spring and Easter. The children then made their own Easter baskets by folding paper and we filled them with some Easter treats!

In Numeracy we have been continuing to learn about fractions. This week we have been comparing fractions by putting them on a number line from smallest to largest. We discovered that the bigger the “denominator” was, the smaller the size of the fraction.

In school this week the children are completing SNSAs (Scottish National Standardised Assessments) in the areas of Reading, Numeracy and Mathematics and Writing. The children are working very hard and we are very proud of their achievements 🙂

Our dramas about the Viking creation story are really coming together. The children will be performing/filming tomorrow and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come to life 🙂

Last week in writing the children wrote fantastic fact files about one of the Viking gods (Thor, Freya, Odin or Loki). These pieces of writing were absolutely filled with interesting and surprising facts! The children are also working extremely hard to achieve their writing targets each week – we are very impressed P4!

Our last day of school is Thursday this week. We hope you have a fantastic Easter break and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 19th April.

Thank you for your support.

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Welcome back to the P4 Blog!

Hello everyone!

Mr Woodward and I have loved welcoming to the children back to school! It is so lovely to be back together and learning again. The children were so excited to return and have been working so hard in every curricular area! We are very proud of them 🙂

Our new PE days for this term and after the Easter Holidays are:
Monday – PE with Miss Clark & Mr Woodward
Thursday – PE with Mrs Ferguson
Both sessions of PE will take place outdoors so please make sure your child is prepared with warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and shoes that you do not mind them getting wet/muddy.

In Reading we have been doing lots of rhyming and reading aloud activities related to “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr Suess. The children have really enjoyed exploring the rhyming words in this story and creating their own poems based on the rhymes called “What the Cat Did!” Mr Woodward and I were blown away by the children’s creativity – well done everyone 🙂

In Numeracy the children have been exploring fractions. This week we have focused on finding fractions of amounts. We have been using a variety of strategies to help us to do this including – drawing pictures on our whiteboards, using counters/cubes and using number squares. Well done everyone – keep up the good work!

Our Viking topic continues with the children beginning to create their own dramas to retell the Viking creation story. They have all chosen their own roles including acting, directing and some even choosing to be in charge of sound effects and production design! Each group will film their own dramas later in the week and we cannot wait to see the finished results!

Thank you so much for all the help and support that you provided your child with during remote learning. It is greatly appreciated.

Have a great week!

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 4 10.12.20

Hello everyone

It has been a very fun and busy week again in Primary 4. Yesterday we finished filming our part of the nativity story for Carmondean’s “Christmas 7” Project. The children were able to watch our part in class today and were very excited and pleased about how it all came together! Keep your eyes peeled for a festive post on the blog next week from Mr Shanks which will contain the full finished product! We can’t wait for you to see it 🙂

In numeracy this week we began learning the 7 times table. The children are now confident in using their strategies to help them to solve times table problems and Mr Woodward and I are impressed with how quickly they are now being able to learn these new facts. Keep up the good work everyone!

Our Animals topic is nearly over and what a great topic it has been! This week we learned about endangered animals and the reasons why some animals are currently endangered. We learned some interesting new words such as – “poaching”, “climate change” and “deforestation”. Ask your child if they know what these words mean. Today the children then used their artistic skills to sketch close up images of some endangered animals. The children were given zoomed in images of the faces of a tiger, polar bear, panda and elephant. They had to look closely at the details in the picture and try to use a grid to copy the animal in proportion. We also learned about the importance of using thin, light lines when drawing the outline and how to shade the darker parts of our drawings with a pencil and smudging with our finger. Mr Woodward and I were extremely impressed with the finished results! Next week we are going to turn these works of art into posters where the children will use what they have learned to share messages about how to save these animals from possible extinction. Wow – well done Primary 4!

Important information:
– Next Friday (the 18th) is a dress down day in school. Children can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper, Christmas party clothes or casual clothes for a £1 donation. All monies go to the Carmondean PSA. The children will also be taking part in a Christmas Quiz!
– PE will take place as normal next week on Wednesday with Mrs Ferguson and on Friday with Miss Clark & Mr Woodward.
– This term will finish on Friday 18th December and the new term will resume on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

As this will be the last blog post of the term Mr Woodward and I would like to thank all of you for supporting your child and their learning so far in Primary 4. 2020 has been a strange year for all of us but it has been made easier for us as teachers by having your support and highly resilient and eager to learn children in both our classes!

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas with your families.
Here’s to 2021!

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 4 3.12.20

Hello everyone

This week has been a fun, busy one in Primary 4! We were very excited to begin PE lessons with Mrs Ferguson on Wednesday (well done to everyone for remembering their PE kit!) The children learned of Primary 7’s challenge for the rest of the school to “Race to the North Pole!” before the Christmas holidays! The children ran, walked and skipped their way around the playground in order to add more miles to our tally. Primary 7 told us yesterday that collectively as a school we have ran the distance between here and Shetland already! We are looking forward to adding more miles to the total next week in PE!

In Reading we have been continuing to develop our skills of prediction and questioning. We predicted what would happen next by drawing and writing about the next part of a brand new story. Then we wrote questions for our friends about our reading books! Mr Woodward and I were very impressed with the open questions the children were asking which were often quite tricky to answer! Next week we will look at the skills of clarifying and summarising.

In Topic we are continuing to explore our “Animals” topic. The children showed their knowledge and understandings of food chains through describing the different stages of one. The children were able to use words like “producer”, “consumer”, “prey”, “predator”, “omnivore”, “carnivore”, “herbivore” and even “photosynthesis” to describe the process – wow! Ask your child if they know what these words mean 🙂

Preparation for our part of the Carmondean Christmas Show is coming along nicely. The children have learned a dance which will form part of the show as well as making signs to be shown during the performance. We are looking forward to filming the performance next week! Watch this space for more information!

Reminders – PE days are Wednesday and Friday.
There will now be no new homework issued until after the Christmas Holidays.
Please send your child to school with a full bottle of water.

Have a lovely weekend when it comes!

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 4 27.11.20

Hello everyone!

We are having another fun and busy week in Primary 4.

This week the children found out about our school Christmas performance! Each stage in the school has been tasked with recreating a part of the Nativity story. The children have been excited to learn about Primary 4s plans and this week we began discussing different roles the children might have including dancing, acting and more! We are looking forward to putting our scene together 🙂

We have finished our work on 2D and 3D shape in Maths and we are now moving onto Symmetry. The children made a great start to this topic sharing lots of prior knowledge with Mr Woodward and I. We could identify which shapes were symmetrical and which shapes were not. The children used mirrors well to help them. Next week we will begin to create our own symmetrical shapes and objects.

In RME the children are beginning to learn about the Christmas Story with Miss Donaldson. This week they used Maps on the iPads to investigate where Nazareth and Bethlehem are in the world. They also explored how to get there from Scotland.

This week the children have been sharing the PowerPoints that they have spent the last few weeks creating all about their favourite animals. The children had to research information on their chosen animal including their habitat, diet, appearance and other interesting information. They also had to include text, pictures and slide transitions in their PowerPoint. Mr Woodward and I are so impressed with the PowerPoints that we have seen already and we have learned lots of new facts ourselves! We can’t wait to see the rest today!

Our PE days are changing.
Starting next week our PE days will be a Wednesday and a Friday each week. The Wednesday session will be with Mrs Ferguson our PE specialist while the Friday session will be with Mr Woodward and Miss Clark. Both sessions will continue to be outside. As the weather is becoming colder and more changeable please ensure that your child attends school on these days wearing long thick trousers/joggers, a school jumper, a thick jumper/zippy to change into at PE time and a waterproof jacket. The children will also require shoes on these days that are fine to get wet or muddy. Thank you for your support with this.

Reminders – Homework will be handed out on Monday each week. Each task will be on Teams but paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher. The children have all three tasks explained in detail on the Monday and extra details can be found in assignments.
Please ensure your child brings a full bottle of water to school each day. This can be refilled throughout the day if needed.

Thank you for your support as always.
Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 3 30.10.20

What a spook-tacular day Primary 3 have had today. We have been blown away with the costumes and effort everyone went to, to make This year’s Halloween a success with all that is going on.

We had some Halloween themed potion making in Maths, learning about volume and measure using a variety on scales. We successfully created a variety of potions, following specific instructions.

This week, we investigated the process of building the pyramids. We wondered how they managed to lift and move the huge stones into place, and shared our thoughts. We then put some of their methods into practice to see for ourselves. We managed to lift a table with 4 ropes, and a heavy basket using rolling tubes. We needed 12 people to shift the table by pulling the ropes outwards.

We have started looking at the genre of persuasion in Writing. Our first look at this was in the form of a collaborative letter to Miss Millar, persuading her to allow us to have museum items in our classroom. Our 3D pyramid within the class is beginning to take shape.

Newsletters were handed out this week detailing our curricular focus in a variety of areas. We hope this was useful and we will continue to keep you updated on any changes via the blog.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and enjoy all the fun that’s to be had with Halloween. Stay safe, and take care.

Miss Smith and Mr Williamson

## Primary 3 23.10.20

We hope you all had a lovely rest during the October holidays. It is great to see everyone back at school and raring to go this term. We have lots of exciting things planned.

Our Ancient Egypt topic has well and truly started this week. We came back to school with a letter from the museum explaining that because of current restrictions, they would not be able to visit us to show us Egyptian artifacts. Because of this, they are going to meet us virtually and then deliver the objects to us to be quarantined and then displayed in our class.

We accepted a challenge to turn part of our class into a museum to display the artifacts, so this week, the challenge began. We now have a part built pyramid and are excited to finish it.

We learned about the job of an archaeologist today and Miss Dig and Professor W came to lead us on an archaeological dig. There were traps, obstacles and rivers to cross. Armed with our brushes, we brushed away sand to reveal Egyptian artifacts. It was very exciting!

The children thoroughly enjoyed it. This is what they had to say, “I liked going outside to dig.” “I like finding the stuff because it was very interesting and tremendous to look at.” “I liked writing my story about the dig and I also like finding the treasures and displaying them.” “I liked finding the treasure and I liked writing the stories too.” “I like to put my imagination into everything, the dig and the story.”

This Monday, homework will be handed out again. From this date, there will always be two weeks to complete the homework tasks. Homework will be added to the blog for your reference.

There will be a newsletter to follow this week as well, so please keep an eye out for this to inform you of what we plan to do this term.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Smith and Mr Williamson

## Primary 4 23.10.20

Hello everyone

It was lovely to welcome back the Primary 4 children back to school this week. We have got off to a flying start so far!

At the end of last term we finished our topic “Resilience through film”. The children wrote fantastic film reviews on either “Zootropolis”, “Moana” or “Inside Out” and showed great understandings of the plot, characters and setting of each film. The children were also able to discuss how the main characters in each of the films showed resilience. This week the children chose their new topic completely by themselves. We voted on our favourites and our new topic is… Animals! The children are very excited to begin this topic. We will be learning through Science, Technology and Art. We are looking forward to seeing how this topic unfolds.

Mr Woodward and I are looking forward to hearing the children’s class talks next week that they have been working on at home. We will begin to hear the children’s talks on Monday but will be listening to them throughout the week when each child is ready. There is more information on your child’s Teams page about this.

In Numeracy this week we have introduced the 6 times table to the children. They have made an excellent start on learning the stations of the 6 times table with a partner and also through listening to a very catchy song! We are sure the children will be 6 times table experts in no time!

Homework will resume on Teams on Monday. If you need paper copies of any of the activities then please let your child’s teacher know.

PE days will remain a Monday and a Friday each week for the next few weeks.

Thank you for all your support. Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 4 17.9.20

Hello everyone

It has been another busy and fun filled week in Primary 4! Our topic is in full swing and this week we explored perseverance through the story of Zootropolis. The children were able to discuss times in their own lives that they had shown perseverance and how it made them feel once they achieved something that had been a real challenge. We listened to the song “Try Everything” and discussed the importance of trying new things even though they might be scary! Also in topic we learned about the importance of being “Bucket Fillers” through watching this video – Bucket fillers
Ask your child what it means to be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper! Then we made our own 3D origami buckets and decorated them. The children then wrote kind notes for each other and left them in each other’s buckets to read. There was a real buzz about the classrooms as the children learned the real joy of being kind and being treated with kindness. Well done P4!

In PE we finished our block of football by playing some mini tournament games. The children showed great sportsmanship and improving skills. Well done to all of our men and women of each match and to every member of Primary 4 for trying their best. Tomorrow we will begin to work on skipping in PE! This may be a challenge at first but we are sure that the perseverance and resilience that the children are learning about in topic will help them to achieve great results and improve their skills 🙂

This week we entered Primary 7’s litter competition! They have noticed that there has been a lot of extra rubbish in the playground recently so they are setting up a new campaign to encourage everyone to put their litter in the bin. The competition involved designing a monster that could be the mascot for this campaign. We were very impressed by Primary 4’s inventiveness and imagination!

Reminders –
Please ensure your child has a full bottle of water with them each day. This can be refilled throughout the day.
PE kit is required on Mondays and Fridays. Please note that all PE lessons are outdoors and that the weather is very changeable right now!
Monday and Tuesday next week (21st and 22nd) are school holidays in West Lothian so the children should not return to school until Wednesday 23rd September.

Have a lovely long weekend when it comes!

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## Primary 4 10.920

Hello everyone

We’ve had a very fun and busy week in Primary 4. We started to learn through our new topic this week. It is all about Resilience and persevering even when things get tough. We are exploring this topic through the Disney films – Moana, Inside Out and Zootropolis. This week we learned about Moana’s struggles to convince Maui to help her to achieve her goals. She tried and tried and tried and even when she was faced with big challenges she never gave up. As a result we decided to set ourselves goals for the month. We will try to achieve this goal before the October holidays and we will feedback on our progress every week. Please ask your child what their goal is! 🙂 These will be displayed on our walls so that we can all celebrate our own and each other’s achievements.

In PE we have been learning the skills of football for a few weeks now. We have worked on passing, dribbling and shooting. Next week we will play some tournament style football games. We’re looking forward to seeing the children show off their skills!

In writing we have been working on imaginative writing. The children have been using story starters as inspiration for some fantastic tales of adventure, magic and mystery! Mr Woodward and I have been very impressed by the children’s stories so far. They have been focused on writing detailed descriptions of settings and characters as well as remember our core targets of including full stops and capital letters and spelling all common words correctly. Well done Primary 4! In the next few weeks we will be moving onto personal writing.

Thank you for your support with reminding the children to come dressed in their PE kit on a Monday and a Friday. We are so pleased with how prepared the children are on these days. Well done Primary 4!

Thank you for all your support. Have a lovely weekend when it comes.

Miss Clark & Mr Woodward

## 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