This week P3 and P3/2 have been busy learning lots of new things across all of our curricular areas. Keep reading to find out more!
Maths- We have continued to learn about fractions. This week we learned to find halves and quarters of amounts. We have learned that we can draw pictures to help us solve these problems. We also learned about doubling and halving.
Literacy- In Reading this week we have enjoyed creating a new character for our books. We labelled our character and then wrote a description about them. In Writing, we have learned how to write a description. We know these tell us about a person, place or thing. They describe what they look like and what they can do.
HWB- We have learned about the right to privacy. We know this means that we can have a safe place. Adults have to help us protect our right to privacy, especially on the internet.
Social Studies- We have been learning about the phases of the moon. We know that this can appear as different shapes because of the way the light hits the moon. We also learned about shadows, we made shadow puppets and learned how shadows are created.
RERC- We have been praying for people who are special to us. We created memory crosses. We have also been thinking about what makes us special.
This has been another busy week for us. Keep reading to find out what we have been up to.
In handwriting we have been continuing to learn how to form letters correctly for cursive script.
We have been learning about being kind. This is anti-bullying week so we have been thinking about how to show other people we care and are kind.
We have been continuing to learn more about ten frames. we have been trying to use the mist efficient strategy to show a number.
This is Maths through Story Week. we have been reading the story Pezzettino and learning about halves and quarters. We can find halves and quarters of a shape and number. We also designed our own characters.
We have been learning more about nouns, verbs and adjectives and can identify them and write sentences with them.
We been continuing to learn our spelling words and looking at different sounds.
We have been learning about recounts and wrote a recount about tidying our bedrooms. We shared our tips with our friends! We are experts at tidying up!
In RERC we have been learning more about St Francis of Assisi. We tried to write our own prayers to thank God for all the animals and creation in the world.
Father Jeremy visited us this week. He came to talk to us about God and the Church.
We designed a road safety poster for a competition about park smart.
We also discussed the special talents and gifts we have. We created a display about the talents that St Nicholas children have.
This week we have also been using the laptops to complete quizzes on our Accelerated Reader books.
We have been learning about nouns. We know that a name of a person, place or thing are nouns. We were writing sentences and we pointed out how many nouns we can see.
We were writing about our weekend using extended sentences with connectives (and, so, but, because). We still practised capital letters, finger spaces full stops and adjectives. We were also practising the sound ‘ay’ and ‘ai’, we know that the sound ‘ay’ goes usually at the end of the word ( day, pray, say) and ‘ai’ in the middle (rain, main, paint).
In Maths we were learning about money. We were playing in our toy shop, but also we were using ITC games and traditional worksheets. We were adding using the Rekenrek. The most effective way this time was the near double strategy.
We prayed for people who died in our families and for the brave soldiers who died for our freedom as well.
In science, we still continued to expand our knowledge about our senses. We were learning about the sense of smell. We were talking about the most beautiful and the most disgusting smell for us.
We also had lots of fun during PE and outdoor learning. This week we made 3D shapes from outdoor resources (sticks, stones etc.)
We were learning about Road Safety. We know how important it is and we know that we need to: Stop – Think – Use our senses to make sure we are safe when we are going to cross the road.
We also had some time to learn about emotions. The topic for this week was about behaviour. We were discussing why sometimes our behaviour is not appropriate and what we can do to change it.
We just wanted to give you a little update on what has been happening the past few weeks at nursery. We are continuing to keep the children in two ‘bubbles’ but we have now transformed the classroom next door into another fantastic learning space. This means that including our popular garden we now have three learning areas for the children, meaning that the bubbles don’t crossover and the children can still access the same experiences as they would being in the nursery.
All these changes have been put in place to keep all our little learners as safe as possible during these unprecedented times. The staff are so proud of every one of them as they have coped with these changes amazingly well. These changes mean there is less children in each area at the one time and they all seem to embracing this opportunity, keeping busy and engaged in all the activities and fun on offer to them daily.
Staff members are also allocated to bubbles and this means that we when you arrive at nursery with your child, he/she will be brought in by the members of staff in their bubble. This is so we can keep the children in each bubble on separate sides of the cloakroom and we can only have limited numbers in here at a time. We would like to thank you all for your co-operation and support at this time and please be assured that staff will try their best to bring your child into the nursery as quick but as safely as possible. You may need to stand in que for a few minutes but this is for the safety of all the children and we appreciate your patience.
We also want to thank you all for wearing your masks in the playground and for keeping a safe distance from staff at the nursery door.
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak to a member of team, please give us a phone on 01506 858907.
This week P3 and P3/2 have been very busy learning lots, keep reading to find out what we got up to:
Maths- We have continued our Money topic this week. We have been learning how to estimate the cost of things. We know that an estimate is a guess. We have also learned to partition using ten frames e.g. 10 is made of 9 +1.
Literacy- In Reading we have been answering Blooms Button questions about our stories. In Writing, we have continued to learn about Recounts and we wrote our own about tidying our rooms and we will use this to help us at home.
Health & Wellbeing- We have been learning all about our emotions. This week we listened to a story called ‘My Many Coloured Days’ by Dr Suess. We then matched up the colours with emotions e.g. blue represents sadness. We created new characters that would fit in to the book based on the emotion we were given. In PE, we played Eliminator and we also did some fitness drills.
Topic- We continued our Sun, Moon & Stars topic. We learned the way that the Sun, Earth and Moon orbit each other. We now know that this is the reason we have day and night.
Art- We created a picture of the Sun, Moon and Earth showing their sizes and their positions. We used oil pastels and focused on light and shade to show day and night on Earth.
RERC- We learned all about Remembrance Day. We know this is a day where we think and pray for those who passed away in war.
Music & Drama- Miss Doolan helped us to learn all about rhythm, we went outdoors and created rhythms using outdoor objects like sticks and stones.
This week we were practising our sentences and we remembered about capital letters, finger spaces, adjectives, and full stops. Also, we were learning about the sound ‘ee’, ‘oo’ and ‘ck’ as well as reviewing the previous sounds which we have learnt before. In our Big Writing, we wrote a ‘Friendship Recipe’ and that was a very interesting experience. We were learning about past tense (eg. adding ‘ed’ at the end of a word or changing ‘go to went, see to saw, buy to bought’ etc.)
We also were learning about differences between a fact and opinion. We know that a fact must be proven and opinion is only our point of view.
At Maths we practised counting in 2s forward and backwards and we were looking for the most effective way to make a number using the Rekenrek.
We were working hard to learn how to analyse data using pictures and Bar Graphs and also Tally Charts.
In RE we were learning about All Saints and All Souls Day. We were praying for the people who died in our families.
In Science, we were learning about senses. The next sense which we were learning about was sight. We know how important all the senses are.
In Art, we were making our Remembrance Pebbles. We painted them white and then we drew lovely poppies on them. We also made firework art when we were learning about staying safe during Bonfire Night.
In ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ we were learning about why dark is necessary. We looked at diurnal and nocturnal animals. We know some animals are awake at the daytime and some at nighttime. Owls are an example of a nocturnal animals.
We have been learning about money. We were looking at a restaurant menu and trying to work out what we could afford to buy. We looked at the cost of the items and the coins we would use to pay for the items.
We painted a pebble for Remembrance Day and then we placed them at the foot of the statue at the Strathbrock. we know Remembrance Day is on the 11th November.
We were continuing to learn about recounts and this week we write a recount of the main events from our reading book.
With our rekenreks we have been using the strategy part, part, whole.
This week we looked at bonfire and fireworks safety and we created information posters. We know posters have to have information and they need to be bright and colourful.
This week we also learned about verbs. We know they are doing words.
We have been learning more about our emotions and feelings. We tried to list all of the emotions that we know.
We had PE outdoors and we completed the daily mile and some games where we had to listen and follow instructions.
We have also been looking at different ways to show a number – we know you can use coins, tens frames, tally marks, words and pictures.
Today we launched our ‘Park Smart’ campaign to promote safe and respectful parking around our school. Over the next few weeks your child will be participating in road safety activities at school and for homework.
We have all had another fun and busy week in Primary 1 and Primary 2/1. Here are some of the things we have enjoyed:
In Literacy, we learned the sounds ‘v’, ‘g’ and ‘z’. We also practised blending sounds together to read and write words – we are getting really good at this! We wrote a recount of a story called ‘The Bird and the Cat’ and some of us in Primary 2 tried our best to write short sentences with finger spaces. Wow!
In Maths we practised putting the days of the week in order. We know that we don’t come to school on Saturdays and Sundays as this is the weekend. We also learned about the seasons and the months of the year. This was quite tricky so we will keep practising this in school and at home.
Well done to everyone for trying Seesaw and Sumdog at home this week. Your teachers have particularly enjoyed seeing pictures and videos of your homework shared with us on Seesaw. Look out for next week’s homework and another maths challenge on Sumdog.
Finally, we have had some Halloween fun this week with a themed obstacle course in PE, arts & crafts, dances, emotion spinners and party games in our fantastic costumes!
At literacy, we were learning about recount stories using First, Then, Next, Lastly. We tried to include all our success criteria: capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and wow words. We were practising our handwriting and now we know a new sound: ‘ph’ e.g. pharmacy, elephant, Sophie or photograph.
At maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes properties: faces, vertices and edges.
For RE, we have been learning about St Ruth and St Jude Thaddeus, we know how good these people were and that they listened to God.
In Spanish, we were reviewing our knowledge and we were learning how to say: ‘Can I go to the toilet, please?’ ‘Puedo ir al bano?’
In Science we were learning about senses, the first sense which we were learning about was hearing.
We also had a chance to do some experiments this week. We know that hand gel with alcohol is flammable so after using it we should not go too close to a fire. Next, we have drawn spiders on a tin foil, poured a little bit of water over it and our spiders became alive. J The most interesting was the experiment where we created a vacuum inside the upside-down glass with the help of a little candle.
We also did lots of activities with Mr Muldoon. PE was great!
We were learning about emotions. We know that we have lots of different emotions and that our bodies can react differently when we feel in a certain way.
Today we came dressed up in Halloween costumes – it was good fun. We decorated pumpkins and talked about how we celebrated Halloween last year as well as how it is going to look like tomorrow.
We have been learning all about barn owls. We know that barn owls have fluffy wings and they are silent when they fly. They swallow food in one gulp and they eat about 4 rodents a day. They also do not hoot like other owls they screech.
We have also been learning about money. We have been trying to make a sum of money using the least amount of coins. We know that you can make an amount of money in lots of different ways.
In handwriting we have started to learn about cursive writing.
We designed a Christmas card for a competition for the Scottish Government and the theme was NHS.
In HWB we have been thinking about our emotions and thinking of things to do if we feel stressed.
We have been learning about a recount and learning the different features. We know you use the words first, next, after and then. We also looked at nouns and plurals. We know plurals often end in a ‘s’.
In Writing we wrote a potion for Hallowe’en. We used lots of different ingredients then wrote the instructions to help other people make our potion.
In PE we played some Hallowe’en themed games . It was fun.
This week we also said goodbye to Mrs Davis in the office. We will miss her. We had Mass to celebrate all the work she has done in the school.
What a fun week we have had at nursery. There has been lots of Halloween fun, including pumpkin carving, art and crafts, dressing up and delicious ‘spooky’ snacks. I think great fun has been had by all.
Lots of the children went a walk to the woods this week too. The children all demonstrated good listening as we walked there and back and knew to keep safe by holding their partners hand and staying in the line. We were very proud of all our little learners! When we got there the children had great fun throwing all the leaves up in the air. They were comparing sizes of the different leaves and matching colours. We even brought some back to the nursery for the craft area.
A lot of children have commented on how it dark it is when they finish nursery so the week ahead we will learning more about dark nights and keeping safe. If your child has a torch at home they are welcome to bring it into nursery (please put their name on it).
We will also be doing some fireworks arts and crafts as bonfire night is coming up so expect to see some glitter next week! There is a photo of the snack menu for next week so you can see what your little one is being offered.
The children have been busy learning more about Autumn time and what happens to the animals in autumn. We used our big smartboard to learn about hibernation and what animals hibernate. We have been leaving some food in the garden, hoping to see some visitors.
We are still keeping safe in our bubbles. We decided that we should name our bubbles. The children participated in a vote for the name, The choices were…
Caterpillars and Butterflies
Moon and Stars
Tigers and Cubs
Sunshine and rainbows
The most popular names were…………… Butterflies and Caterpillars!
So if your child is in the morning or afternoon session they will be in the butterfly group and if your child attends full days they will be in the caterpillar group.
The children recorded the votes using the blocks. This was a great way for them to understand the voting system, as they could see straight away what names had the most votes. See the photos below.
The children are welcome to dress up for Halloween on Thursday, More details are in the newsletter.
The newsletter will be given out this week if you haven’t already received it. We will also send it out via the school app.
We have been practising our spelling with the sounds ‘oy’ and ‘oi’ with words like: toy, boy, avoid coin. We know now that the most ‘oy’ sounds are at the end of words and the most ‘oi’ sounds are in the middle of words
We were designing our houses as part of our topic, we were writing descriptions about the materials we need to build the house. We know that we need cement, bricks, sand, metal, glass etc.
We had outdoor learning where we made houses from natural materials we found or brought to school from parks. It was good fun.
In Science, we were learning about sliding and friction, which we found very interesting.
In maths, we were practising ‘double’ and ‘near double’ strategies and also ‘double add one’.
We were talking about Autumn – the current season – and we were writing Autumn poems.
In RE we were praying to Mary on the Rosary.
In Art, we were expressing ourselves painting the Monet’s Sunset. Well, we tried to.
We also practiced Spanish, we know now basic words such as; asi asi – so so, mal – bad, por favour – please, gracias – thank you, sentaos – sit down, silencio- silence and more.
Here is some of the things we have been about learning about this week:
We have started a new topic – Sun, Moon and Stars. We started to read the story of ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We learned about Plop the baby barn owl who is afraid of the dark. We looked a description of him and how the author used adjectives to describe him.
With rekenreks we have been learning about doubles and near doubles.
We have been continuing to practise our handwriting. We have been revising the letters p, h, u and r.
We created our own characters in writing. We had to use describing words (adjectives) to describe our characters appearance and how they behave.
In numeracy we have been learning about adding 1 , 10 and 100 to a number. We know that adding one changes the ones number, adding ten changes the tens number and adding 100 changes the hundreds number.
As this October we were saying a decade of the rosary. We know October is one of the months of Mary.
We were using the bee bots and the ipads to do some coding this week with Miss Gibson.
We used oil pastels to create an owl image on black card.
We had some PE outside and were playing listening games. We are trying hard to improve our listening.
In P3 science we thought about sounds we liked and disliked.
In P2 science we were learning more about forces and building ramps for toys.
Hello everyone! We hope that you are all well and are keeping safe. We are still working hard in our classes and doing all we can also to keep safe including : lots of hand washing, sticking to our own seats, remembering the one way system and going to break and lunch at different times. Easy peasy!
What have we been up to?
Some of us are almost finished reading our chapter books. We read every day in class, sometimes with our groups and with the teacher, sometimes on our own and occasionally in pairs. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary which we hope will enrich our overall skills in literacy. We are continuing to work hard to learn how to spell new words and use the strategies taught in class to help us remember some of the more challenging words.
In maths we have been introduced to some cool songs which are fun and will help us to retain the multiplication facts. The 8 times table song to the tune of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele is a particular favourite! Our teachers wish that these songs had been around when they were learning their tables.
In science we have been learning about the ‘Water Cycle’ and how condensation and evaporation works. We sometimes take water for granted and we shouldn’t as a lot of work goes into ensuring that the water poured from our tap is safe to drink. We also started a new topic which will run over a few weeks, ‘Natural Disasters and Mining in West Lothian’. We are really looking forward to learning more about mining, as it is such an important part of our history.
In P.E and HWB we completed more fitness circuits this week ad spoke about worries and emotions. We completed our health and wellbeing check in onlne too.
It was P5’s turn to host Mass on zoom this week. We prepared the reading, prayers of the faithful and the repsonsorial psalm. We enjoyed Mass as it gave us a chance to reflect on our week and give thanks to God. A lovely time of our week.
We have been practicing handwriting with proper letter formation.
We have been learning about different openers. We know that to make our stories more interesting we should use different openers in every sentence. We were writing about our weekends, remembering about all the success criteria.
We had good fun with the new artist. This week we were learning about Claude Monet. We were painting the ‘Bridge over the water’.
In RE we were learning about the 3 Archangels – Michael, Raphael and Gabriel as 29.09 is their feast day. Also we were learning about Padre Pio who is a Saint in the Catholic Church.
In Maths we have been practicing Rekenrek skills, finding the most effective way to make a number with one or more pushes. We were learning about ‘double’ and ‘near double’ strategies.
In Spanish we were learning about how parts of the face are called. We know that ears are ‘las orejas’ or eyes are ‘ojos’, the mouth is ‘boca’ and hair ‘pelo’
We had lots of fun in PE with Mr Muldoon who had the lesson out in the fresh air
We were praying on the Rosary as October is the month of Mary
The children have been learning more about autumn this week, especially the change in the weather. Please remember that we access outdoor play every day so please remember hats and wellies for your child to wear or cold and wet days.
We have been making our own autumn trees in the art and craft area and these are now displayed proudly on our nursery wall. Some children have also been out about to see the signs of autumn and collect some leaves to use in the nursery. They even managed to pick some blackberries! Discussions and stories have led on to us learning more about hibernation so we will be focusing on this over the next few weeks.
The children are doing amazingly well at remembering all the Wellbeing Icons and what they mean. The icon we have been focusing on this week has been ‘achieving’. . We have a board in the nursery cloakroom to celebrate your child’s individual achievement, from out with the nursery. If you have any photos of your child doing something special at home or from a club they attend then please e-mail it to the nursery and we will print it out and share it on our board. The nursery e-mail address is:
Have a look at the menu plan to see what is for snack next week.
This week we have been learning about Moses and the ten commandments. We know these are important rules that God gave to Moses to share with his people.
This week in STEM our challenge was to build a house. We discussed what a house would need and then we worked together to try and build a house using either lego or art straws.
We have been learning about fact families. We know that from one addition sum we can find 2 subtraction sums and another addition fact. We have been dice to play a game and a game on the laptops.
We have been practising our handwriting this week and practising the letters b and p.
We have been counting forwards and backwards in numeracy in 2s, 5s, and 10s.
We been looking at a picture and writing sentences about what we thought was happening in the picture. We had to use capital letters and full stops.
We have been making numbers using our rekenreks and trying to calculate sums.
We created our own character and then wrote sentences to describe them. we know we use adjectives to describe a character in more detail.
The P3s were outside on Monday doing a science experiment with musical instruments. We had to think about when we could hear the noise. We discovered the further away you are from the instrument the less you hear.
The p2s we were learning about forces and we were learning about twisting, pushing and pulling. we were using hula hoops to learn about forces.
This week we have also been raising money for Macmillan. We have been guessing the number of sprinkles on a caterpillar cake, dressing down and designing a cup or cupcake.
This week we also learned about road safety and that we should be safe by following the rules – stop, look, listen and think.
Primary Three have had a super week with lots of fun learning. Keep reading to find out more!
Maths- In Maths, we have been learning about Addition. This week we have started to learn some fact families. We can do a mixture of adding and subtraction sums using a group of numbers. We learned that we can switch the numbers round when we add and we can get the same answer!
Literacy- In Writing, we have been learning to write descriptions. We created our own superheroes and we used wow words (adjectives) to describe them. In Reading, we read our books and completed a comprehension sheet about them.
HWB- We learned about road safety and keeping safe outside. We know about the green cross code and crossing the road safely.
RERC- We have been learning about the Moses. We know Moses was asked by God to give the Ten Commandments to the world. We know a commandment is a rule from God that we must follow.
Art- We have been learning about an artist called Claude Monet. Did you know that he was born in France and that he paints landscapes? We recreated the painting ‘Bridge over Waterlillies’. We used paint and sponges to make our own version.
Music & Drama- We went outside and collected some natural materials to build the witch’s house from the story.
Science- We were investigating how distance affects sound. We worked with a partner and played a musical instrument while changing the distance we stood at to investigate how loud or quiet the sounds were.
We are all very proud of how well the children have adapted to the new routine of being in their ‘bubbles’. This has been a really smooth transition for them. We have been having lots of discussions about keeping safe and what Coronavirus means to them, have a look at the pictures to see what they have been saying.
This week the children have noticed a change in the weather and we have been learning about Autumn time through stories and discussions. We now have a cosy woodlands role play area in the nursery for the children to play in and learn about how the animals are preparing to hibernate. It even has a camp fire to keep them warm!
The wellbeing icon we have been learning about this week is ‘Included’. The children are doing an amazing job remembering the names of all our Wellbeing Icons and using them in their everyday play and discussions. Have a look at what Included means to some of the children.
The children requested that the role play get changed into a bedroom so we have been working on that this week with their help. You may have noticed that your child has had a new hair style at nursey this week, this is because our bedroom has a dressing table with hairbrushes and mirror and the children have really enjoyed being hair stylists!
Have a look at the snack menu to what your child will be enjoying next week for snack.
It has been a short but productive week for P5. Lots of learning has taken place including:
Spelling! We have been learning to spell common words but those ones which are especially tricky including the words ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘beautiful’. We have been learning useful strategies to help us to spell these words. We use mnemonics and look for words inside the word. We love to be challenged with our weekly words!
We have been revising how to calculate addition sums using the formal written method. Although we are great at using our number talks strategies for solving calculations we need to know how to do these too in the written way.
We have spent a lot of time outdoors completing the daily mile, working through fitness stations during P.E and enjoying the last of the September sun when listening to our class novels. P5b are particularly enjoying listening to’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Roald Dahl has certainly captured our imaginations.
Our letter writing skills have improved immensely too. We wrote a thank you letter to a member of our family thanking them for something nice that they had done. Our teachers were really impressed at how well we did.
It has been a very busy week!
Have a nice weekend everyone, P5 with Mrs Macdonald and Mrs Kilpatrick.
Spent time outside completing fitness tasks with Mr Muldoon and our teachers. We also did the BLEEP test! Our faces were very red after this activity ! We also checked in each day with our teachers. We also took full advantage of the nice weather when we did a scavenger hunt around the playground. It was a scavenger hunt with a twist though, we had to use our 5 senses to find lots of things that smelt, things that felt smooth to the touch and lots of other things. It was really enjoyable.
In Literacy we wrote another letter, this time to complain. We all had various compaints, littering, the states of local parks, people speeding in their cars, dog fouling etc… Don’t mess with the P5s as they certainly know how to put their point across! We also celebrated Roald Dahl day this week as we learnt more about the great man himself and made up a factfile on him.
We continued to practise our number talk strategies including: partitioning, compensation and making tens. We also were very active in our learning playing games to reinforce our knowledge of place value. In addition to this we also revisited how to solve calculations using the formal written method.
During R.E we learnt about Our Lady of Sorrows. We learnt that there were 7 times in Our Lady’s life when she felt great sadness.
Hope you have all had a lovely week. We have been very busy in nursery learning about our Wellbeing Icons. We have been learning about ‘Respected’. Please ask your child what this means to them.
We have also had to spilt into our ‘Bubbles’ as our numbers have increased. This is for the safety and protection of all children. We will now be bringing your children into the cloakroom in their bubbles so please be patient with us and remember to keep a 2 meter distance from others.
The children have adapted well to this and we have been having discussions about what Coronavirus is and how it has impacted their lives.
We have been lucky with the weather this week and have been enjoying lots of play outdoors we have also been exploring numbers and numerals by counting and sequencing shells.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the long weekend if you are taking advantage of it.
This week we have reading more of Matilda. We know about the newt and Matilda put it in a glass to frighten Miss Trunchbull. We were answering questions on the story and had to answer them in sentences. We know that you must use a capital letter and a full stop in a sentence. We have been making predictions and trying to guess what we thought characters were feeling in a story about a Marshmallow.
We have continued with Rekenreks and we were learning about how to show a number with 2 or 3 pushes. We are working very hard with our Rekenreks.
In art, we learned about Picasso and made a Picasso inspired face using different shapes. He used lots of shapes and ‘funny parts’ not always in the correct place in his art work. We love his pictures of faces.
We have been continuing to learn about hundreds, tens and ones. We were ordering numbers and can find the biggest and smallest number. We made a human number line in the correct order. We also tried to make the biggest number we could with some digits.
We have been learning about good and bad choices. We know when we make a decision our decisions have an affect on others. We know that at times we can all make the wrong choice.
This is coding week so worked on a pirate activity were we had to create a pirate name then try to find the treasure. We then went outside and created a grid to code our classmates. It was fun to direct them to find or miss an object we found outside.
This week in Primary Three we have been busy with our learning!
We have continuing to learn about place value, we spent some time looking at expanded form and breaking the number into pieces. We played lots of games this week to help us revise what we had learned. We enjoyed playing a dice game which helped us practice writing 3 digit numbers, We are beginning to learn about ordering numbers, we played a game on whiteboards where we had to write some numbers biggest to smallest.
In Literacy, we have been learning how to complete comprehension questions, we are trying our best to answer in a sentence. We also did some comprehension questions based on our reading books this week.
In RERC, we have continued to learn about choices. We imagined a scenario where we didn’t make a good choice and we drew pictures of who the bad choice would affect and wrote about why they were affected.
In Science, we have been learning about Sound. We had fun guessing some household sounds from a clip then we completed a quiz about different animal sounds, we matched the sound to the animal.
In Art, we continued our Picasso artist study. We enjoyed making a collage based on faces. We looked at Picasso’s face pictures and used these for inspiration. We liked the fact they were angular, they had lots of shapes and colourful.
In Drama and Music, we learned about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we enjoyed retelling the story in small groups to the rest of the class.
We have been working really hard across the curriculum.
Numeracy – In Number Talks we have been using different strategies to solve number problems. Strategies include compensation, partitioning and friendly numbers. We try to choose the most efficient strategy to solve the problem.
We have also been learning about Place Value and looking at 5 and 6 digit numbers. We know that each digit can be placed in a column and that helps us when we are adding 10s, 100s, 1000s etc onto a large number. We also know that zero can act as a place holder and if we forget to write the zero in a number it can change the number completely.
Literacy – We have been revising adjectives and similes and we took our learning outside. We found natural objects such as leaves, stones and sticks and we used different adjectives to describe them and similes to compare them to other things. We also stamped out the syllables.
We have been reading a class novel by Michael Morpurgo called ‘The Elephant in the Garden’. We created comic strips to show important events that have happened so far.
Science – We have been learning about the solar system and we know that there are 8 planets and they are nicknamed the Rocky planets and the Gas Giants. We took our learning outside to see the scale of the distance of the planets from the sun. We used a trundle wheel to measure this and we realised that the part of the playground we were in wasn’t big enough to show the distance from neptune to the sun!
Drama – We have started to write our own scripts for Charlie and the Chocolate factory and are looking forward to filming these using the green screen.
We have done lots more learning and will share more next week!
Aren’t the weeks flying by ? This is what we did this week.
In literacy we moved on to another set of words and used lots of different approaches to learn how to spell these. We used the reflective reader task, ‘Picture It’ to draw a character using the description that was provided. This was a very worthwhile task to do as it taught us that skilled writers use adjectives, similes and metaphors to write about characters. We are going to write our own character descriptions and get a friend in class to read them and draw the picture using our descriptions. We have also been practising our letter writing skills and wrote to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. We hope that she writes back, watch this space.
We practised our multiplication facts. We are really beginning to understand how important these are to our understanding in fractions and division. We also continued to practise reading and writing 5 and 6 digit numbers and have become really skilled at reading and writing these with ease.
We managed to get outside in the lovely fresh air to do P.E. We also completed the ‘Daily Mile’, which we love ! We spoke about being resilient and know who is on our team should we ever need help.
We continued to be mini engineers finishing off our stop/go signs. The designs were all fantastic and lots of thought had gone in to fulfilling the design brief. A big well done to P5 for being so creative!
We wrote letters to Miss Morgan – we are missing her lots! We wrote to tell her all about our favourite bits in P6 and how we are getting on in P7. We also wrote our own Macavity poems we used the original poem and adapted it to make it our own.
Maths and Numeracy
We learned doubling and halving strategy in number talks. We did lots of practice on this. We also worked on a lot of multiplication strategies.
We learned about the four evangelists – Mark, Luke, Matthew and John. We had to answer questions all about them to see what we remembered from our learning last week. We also had to find stories and quotes in the bible.
We made our own Spanish videos having conversations in Spanish.
We began writing scripts for our news reports interviewing one of the characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are looking forward to using the green screen next time.
We did lots of outdoor challenges this week. One was about climate change – the people on the inside were earth and the people on the outside were greenhouse gasses we had to use beanbags to throw back and forth to represent this. In our house tables we went on the wall and had to work as a team to get in order of our names etc. It was really hard not to fall off!
This week in P3 we have been working very hard, keep reading to find out more!
In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about Place Value. We can read, write and count 3 digit numbers. We have even began to learn about expanded form. We know that this is when you break a number into its parts.
In Literacy, we are continuing to practice our prediction skills, we know a prediction is a guess about what is going to happen in a story. This week we watched a clip called ‘The Clock Tower’ to help us with our reading skills.
In Art, we have been learning about the Spanish artist Picasso. We know that he used shapes and angles in his artwork. We enjoyed looking at his art and guessing what they could be. We enjoyed doing art outside by collecting outdoor materials (leaves, stones and sticks) to create faces.
In Health and Wellbeing, we designed dreamcatchers. We learned that the web catches bad dreams and the feathers at the bottom give us good dreams. We talked about how our emotions can be linked to our dreams.
In PE, we were using hula hoops to practise throwing and catching. We had fun playing lots of games to practise our skills.
In RERC, we learned about Mary and we celebrated her birthday. We have also been revising our school values, we drew a picture linked to our school values and wrote a sentence about a time when we followed our St Nicholas values.
It has been another busy week at nursery this week. Most of our new children have now started and have settled really well with the help of all the children at St Nicholas Nursery Class. Well done!
We have been learning more about ourselves and friendships with an ‘All About Me’ topic. The children have been taking part in discussions about how we are all different and that makes us all special and unique. The children made self portraits of themselves using mirrors to check eye and hair colour. The portraits are now proudly displayed on our nursery wall.
We have also been learning about our wellbeing Icons with a focus on Safe and Healthy this week. Have a look at the photos to see what some of the children said about keeping safe and being healthy.
Please see the attached photo to see what is on offer for snack next week (week beginning 14th September).
Another busy week for the P5’s! Lots of learning and fun was had!
We learnt more spelling patterns and practised these in class. We also used our digital learning skills to create a word seatch, this was fun!
We continued to use the roles in literacy circles to help us with our comprehension skills and did lots of reading in class. We are making a big effort to read as much as we can.
We focussed on the compensation skill in ‘Number Talks’ and made posters explaining how this strategy works. We have moved on to reading and writing 6 digit numbers. We have also practised our multiplication facts with our number partner.
We spoke about our one trusted adult and checked in on a daily basis with our teachers. We know that we are cared for and respected and can talk to our trusted adults at any time.
We got our hands dirty (not really! ) to become mini engineers and designed a a STOP/GO sign. We were given a design brief and then left to it and encouraged to be as creative as we wanted. We really enjoyed this task as it made us think and none of them looked the same. We are looking forward to doing more STEM challenges as in the bext few weeks.
During R.E we learnt that Jesus has many roles : Priest, Prophet and King. We spoke about occasions and stories from the Bible which show these roles and spoke about the importance of leading our lives in his example.
In Maths, we were learning about Place and Value. We know now about hundreds, tens and ones. We were learning how many ones are in a ten and how many tens are in a hundred. We were recapping counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s forward and backwards. In our Maths Journals, we had some fun finding many ways to show the number 10 e.g. 5 people have 10 legs all together.
In Spanish we were practicing basic greetings such as: Buenos Dias, Buenas Tardes, Buenas Noches, also Como estas ?, Bien – good or Mal – bad.
In literacy, we were learning about proper sentences with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, whilst neatly writing on the line from left to right. We know now that sentences need adjectives so that they are more interesting. We were also learning about predictions, which means that we were guessing what is going to happen in the story.
In Art we continued Wassily Kandinsky’s expressions. We made lovely pictures using circles, triangles and squares. During our art expressions, we were listening to classical music.
In Health and Wellbeing, as part of our SHANARRI topic we were learning about being Safe, we were talking if we feel safe at home and in school and what to do to feel safer in various situations.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and see you on Monday,
We did a story about the Curse of Cogston House – it was a horror story. We started by creating our own plans. We had to use similes and metaphors. We had to use lots of adjectives. We had to describe all of our senses. We had to create a scary setting.
We learned about Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We learned what they did for other people. Matthew started off as a tax collector and made the first Gospel. Mark crossed the sea to tell others about Jesus. John was very young when he became an apostle.
Maths and Numeracy
We had to think of 4 different strategies to answer subtraction calculations. We played an online game – it was a clock that had letters on it and we had to use clues to solve the problem.
We made a portrait of ourselves or another person using twigs and leaves. We made dens for a little toy – the toy had to fit inside and be protected. We made a number square with chalk and sticks (3×3) and all of the numbers had to add to 15. We made the alphabet out of things we found outdoors.
We have had another busy and fun week. Keep reading to find out more.
We have read more of Matilda. We know that she had magical super powers. We thought about what we would do with Matilda’s powers when we were feeling different emotion. For example, if we were angry we might use her powers to break something. We talked lots about different emotions and why they are important.
We thought about Matilda’s parents and how they were quite mean to her. We think Matilda should be nurtured by a kind parent. We labelled and drew pictures of Mrs Wormwood.
We were learning about place value. We know that hundreds, tens and ones are. We played different games to practise making the numbers. We used the deans material and played a matching ice cream game.
We played a game to see how many words we could make from another word. It was tricky.
With Ms Gilmore we created a collage using different types of paper and shapes.
We have been practising the Hail Mary Prayer prayer this week.
We looked at some tricky words and tried different techniques to spell them. We tried rainbow writing, bubble writing and dotted writing.
We thought about making good and bad choices and why it is important to make good choices.
We made predictions this week in Literacy. We watched a clip of a boat sailing and where we thought about who we thought was in the boat and where we thought it was going. Then we watched the end to see if we were correct. We know that when we make a prediction we might not always be correct.
It has been a busy few weeks here in the nursery. We have welcomed many new children into our setting and we are so proud of all our returning children as they have been so kind and supportive towards the new children.
We are focusing on learning more about each other and talking about our feelings and experiences. We will be sending home more information on this over the next few weeks.
If you would like to email us a picture of your family we can display it in the nursery. You will find the new nursey email address on the newsletter.
In Maths, we have began to learn about place value. We have been learning to read and write 3 digit numbers (using hundreds, tens and ones). We also had a go at building numbers using Dienes materials which helped us to see how many hundreds, tens and ones. We did some Maths outside by clapping 3 digit numbers and our partner guessed what number we had made. We learned the importance of zero as a place holder.
In Literacy, we have been learning about prediction. We know that a prediction is where you make a guess. We had a go at predicting what would happen in a story called ‘Little Boat’ and we enjoyed finding out if we got the right answers.
In our topic ‘Matilda’ we learned all about Matilda’s parents. We had a think about the qualities that she had. We learned about what parents have to do to look after us and keep us safe.
In RERC, we have been reflecting on our choices that we make. We discussed the difference between good choices and bad choices. We now know how we can help others with our actions.
In Art, we continued our learning about the artist Kandinsky. This week we looked at another piece of art he created and we had a go at creating our own shape collages.
In Music and Drama we learned all about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We completed different tasks to deepen our understanding.
In Number Talks we have been learning the strategy of doubles/near doubles. I found this ‘in the middle’ because my favourite strategy is partitioning.
We are learning about place value and we even went outdoors to do some games that helped us understand this better.
Our Topic is about keeping safe. This week we have been learning how to keep safe at home. For example, don’t open the door to strangers, stay away from fire or hot things, don’t touch the switch with wet hands, etc.
We also recapped when to use full stops and capital letters. I feel confident with this now.
We’ve been learning some Spanish. We played a really fun game to practise the colours. This game was very exciting to play!
We did some reading comprehension too. One of our favourite activities was creating a drawing about ‘Dragon the Cat’ using descriptive information.
It has been a great week in Primary 5 ! What have we been learning ?
In Literacy we have learnt new spelling words and used a variety of different ways to practise including : rainbow writing, bubble writing and other handed writing. We especially like to use our other hand to write and practise our words, it is fun.
We were introduced to Literacy Circles and all of the different roles within this. We have been ‘Word Wizards’, ‘Character Cops’, ‘Pirate Predictors’ and’Illustrious Illustrators’. We have learnt that these roles will help us to further extend our comprehension skills and deepen our knowledge about texts.
Talking about texts, we are reading,’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. It has been fantastic so far but all if this talk of chocolate makes our mouths water !
In numeracy we have been working with 5 digit numbers and learning their values depending on their place. We have also been recapping the ‘Making Tens’ strategy during number talks. We all agree that this strategy is a good one to use.
We have started our new topic, ‘Engineering’. We have learnt about some famous Scottish engineers and are looking forward to making our own inventions in the coming weeks.
Last but not least, we made some beautiful stained glass windows that will be used to decorate our church for our First Holy Communions. God bless all of the P5 children who will be celebrating this Sacrament tomorrow.
We’ve been learning about poetry through the poem MacCavity. We heard a song that goes along with it – it’s from Cats the musical movie 2019. We drew MacCavity and we labelled our pictures using similies and metaphors from the poem. We also learned about proper nouns, bossy verbs and common nouns. We enjoyed learning this very much!
Maths and Numeracy
We’ve been revising the 6,7,8 and 9 times table. It’s helped us get better with recalling these tables. We’ve also been learning about prime numbers – you can only divide them by itself and 1! In Number talks we’ve been learning partitioning and compensation. We are improving every day!
We did some Autumn art and examined Autumn colours and the change in trees losing their leaves. We did drama and music through Charlie and the chocolate factory. We learned about analysing a character and created a role on the wall for Charlie. We also began to learn about soundtracks and how these impact the atmosphere, mood and genre.
We hope you enjoy seeing our work. We are looking forward to next week :)!
This week we have had a lot of fun with our learning. Keep reading to see what we got up to!
In Drama we learned about the differences between Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull. We used voice, our bodies and our imaginations to think about the differences between the characters. Most of us agree we would rather have Miss Honey!
In Maths, we have been practising our counting to 100 and have started skip counting in 2’s all the way to 100. We have enjoyed playing games like Switch to help with our counting. We have been using Rekkenreks to practice our number skills.
In Literacy, we have been practising spelling our Fry’s words. We have had a go at reading using Accelerated Reader on our laptops. We took our Literacy outside with Mr Muldoon and we described objects we found. We then used our describing skills to write descriptive sentences.
In Art, we have been learning all about the artist Kandinsky. We recreated his famous circle paintings and learned some facts about him too! Did you know that he used music to inspire his paintings?
In RERC, we have been learning all about the parable of ‘The Lost Sheep’. We learned about the story and we found out that the shepherd is like God and we are like the sheep. We know that Father Jeremy is also like the shepherd in the parable as he looks after our community.
Wow! What a week for Primary 2! Take a look at what we have been up to…
We have been talking about our trusted adults and we have chosen 2 from home and 3 from school.
Our teacher read us a book called ‘The Gruffalo’ (which was amazing!). Next, we played ‘Gruffalo Corners’ and ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’. We revised common words and played fun outdoor word games too!
We have designed our class charter and we now know all our rights, also we have been drawing self-portraits to decorate our classroom doors.
We have been practising math sums with a missing number along with adding and later we had a bit of R.E., where we learned about Noah’s Ark and prayed to God for our families, friends and ourselves!
Our Health and Wellbeing is a very important part of us that is why we spent the time to learn about all the different emotions and SHANARRI. We know all the indicators: S- Safe, H- Healthy, A-Active, N- Nurtured, A-Achieving, R- Respected, R-Responsible, I- Included
Of course, we are still practising our handwashing skills since we all know, how important it is especially at this time.
Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday, everyone!
In Literacy we have been practising our sounds- we used the Vowel House and have been practising our Fry’s Words too.
We have been doing a mini topic on Matilda- we predicted what we thought the story would be about before we started reading. We also read a description of Matilda and used clues in the story to draw what we thought she looked like.
In Maths, we have been practising our counting (we can count forwards to 100 and backwards from 50). We also played some games like Switch and Figure Me Out where we wrote sums about ourselves.
In RERC, we learned all about Noah’s ark. We wrote about the story and we drew Noah and his ark.
In HWB we chose who our Trusted Adults are and spoke about why it was important. We also completed our class charter and have chosen a Toy Story theme because we like the messages in the story: To infinity and beyond, no toy gets left behind and you’ve got a friend in me. These are our key messages in P3.
In Expressive Arts, we learned all about the 3 Little Pigs- we made masks, we coloured in pictures from the story, we retold the story and we recreated the story through drama.
In Art, we designed owls and made a tree to have on our class door.
Primary 3/2 have had another busy week back at school. To find out some of the things we have been doing keep reading!
we have been drawing a self portrait of ourselves to make a lovely display for our classroom door.
we have started reading Matilda. We made a prediction about what the story would be about and drew a labelled picture of Matilda.
we read the story of the Colour Monster and have been learning about our feelings. Each day we are going to going to check in so other know how we are feelings.
we put our photograph on a picture of our body for our class room display.
we have designed our class charter and talked about our rights, We decided to use a Pokemon theme for our charter.
we have been talking about our trusted adults and have made a hand with our trusted adults for our classroom. we know they need to be someone we can got o if we have a problem and that they will help us.
we have been learning about SHANARRI and know what all the indicators are – Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving,, Respected, Responsible and Included. WE know how e feel about each of these things.
we have been reading and trying to spell some Fry’s Common words.
we have been playing maths games outside and revising our number bonds to 20.
we have doing drama outside pretending to be characters from Matilda and using facial expressions to show our feelings.
Primary 3/2 have had a great start to the new school year this week.
We have been completing lots of health and well being tasks focusing on forming friendships and getting to know one another. We have shared what we were doing during lockdown and the summer holidays. During our home learning day we had a think about some targets we could set ourselves this term with the help of our parents and had a counting challenge to test our number knowledge! We also thought about what topics we would like to learn about this year.
We are looking forward to another fun week next week!
We have completed our first week in our school and already working hard to get our classroom set up for the year ahead. We had a lesson about hygiene practice, how to wash our hands properly and how to avoid Coronavirus as best as we can. We know that we need to wash our hands before entering the classroom, after changing shoes, before and after every meal, before and after playtime and of course after using the toilet. It means that we need to wash our hands as many times as we can.
On the first day, we had lovely time learning outside. The weather was beautiful that day. We were learning some maths and practicing letter formation using chalks whilst having fun.
We had a chance to watch ‘The Story of Moses’ in the Bible for Beginners and we tried to draw a picture to reflect on what we have noticed in the story.
Today we had a wonderful time practising our number bonds up to 10 and we recapped some of the sounds. Later we had some free-choice time where we played outside.
We are excitedly looking forward to the next week of learning. There will be lots of hard work ahead but also lots of fun, we can’t wait!
Primary Three have had a great start to this new school year this week. We have been completing lots of health and wellbeing tasks focusing on forming friendships and getting to know one another. While we completed our day of home learning we had a think about some targets we could set ourselves this term with the help of our parents and had a counting challenge to test our number knowledge!
We are looking forward to another fun week beginning on Monday!
Primary 1 have had another great week enjoying their fitness fortnight challenges! This week we have :
– Researched the importance of exercise and made an informative poster.
– We continued to take part in our virtual sports day- Forth house were the winners!!
-Made a healthy smoothies and wrote instructions for someone else to follow.
-We took part in lots of fun fitness maths activities. Using exercise is a great way to help us improve our numeracy skills.
-Joined in on Basketball drills by following online videos.
-We also took part in some relaxation activities to help us focus on taking care of our mental health.
Well done everyone! We have had a fantastic year teaching you all and want to wish everyone a happy and fun filled summer holidays. We can’t wait to see you all back at school in August when you will be big Primary 2!
This week Primary 3 took part in the second week of Fitness fortnight. Here are some of the things we have been doing this week:
We researched the importance of exercise and made a poster.
In Literacy, we wrote letters to our favourite sports stars, telling them all about ourselves, why they have inspired us and asked them questions about things we wanted to know about them.
We continued to take part in our virtual sports day- Forth house were the winners!!
Using our knowledge of healthy eating we drew a healthy lunch box.
We made a healthy smoothie and then wrote instructions to help someone else to make the smoothie.
In Numeracy, we took part in lots of fun fitness e.g. roll to dice and then add the numbers together to complete the exercises set.
We took part in a few sumdog challenges.
We watched video about sun safety and then created our own video to tell others about what we knew about sun safety.
We also became the teacher and taught our families some new skills.
Here are some pictures of our work this week.
Primary 3, we just wanted to thank you for all your hard work this term. It has been very different term for us all but you have risen to the challenge and we are very proud of you. Thank you so much for all the pictures we have received. We have loved seeing your work and how well you are doing.
We hope you all have a great summer holiday. Relax and have fun with your family. We will see you in August when you are in Primary 4!
You have been so busy over the last few weeks, preparing for coming to primary school and taking part in our fitness fortnight. I wanted to say a big well done to you all – I am so proud of you! Your nursery teachers, P1 teachers and I have all really enjoyed seeing everything that you’ve been doing at home and we absolutely loved meeting most of you on your transition visits.
I hope you enjoyed the letters that your buddies sent last week. Your buddies have been very busy answering all of your questions and you can find the answers to these on the ‘Buddy Question Time’ sway.
Your task this week:
We only have a couple of days left before the end of term but I would now like to invite you to send something back for your buddy. You could choose to do a card, a drawing or a little video. Take a photo of what you decide to do and then send it to our mailbox:
We will then send these on to your buddy. I’m sure they will be delighted to receive something from you!
Please find attached this week’s home learning grid. These activities are a continuation of our Fitness Fortnight. Please remember to send us a couple of pictures of your child’s learning with a sentence about what they have enjoyed.
Please contact the school mailbox if you have any issues.
Thank you for you support during this term and we hope when Friday lunchtime rolls around you have a wonderful summer holiday. The boys and girls have worked very hard and have shown how responsible they can be leading their own learning. We are very proud of them!
Primary 6 have been super busy completing all the fitness fortnight challenges this week.
We have been busy calculating all our numeracy facts linked to sports events. Designing banners and posters to promote a healthy lifestyle and to support our house during our virtual Sports Day.
We created an acrostic poem and a healthy eating plan for our new P1 buddies next session. We tried new mindfulness activities to relax our mind and promote well-being and gave Mr Muldoon a helping hand creating some fun sporting events for the virtual Sports Day.
P5 seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the first week of our famous ‘Fitness Fortnight’. Lots of fun activities were planned to get the kids active and others were to do with healthy eating. Judging by the feedback given on Teams, the P5s had a great week.
Some of the activities that we planned included:
‘Scavenger Hunt’ – The children had to run around the house and garden in the fastest time possible looking for household items and time each other.
‘P.E Mathopoly’ – This involved the children playing a monopoly style game with exercises and challenges scattered around rhe board.
‘Mouldy Bread Science Experiment’, designed to remind the children of the importance of hand washing. The children had to handle bread with dirty hands and handle bread with clean hands and were asked to seal the slices in separate bags and we will look at the each slice again next week.
Make a healthy fruit kebab. The pictures sent in of these had ours mouths watering!
Design a healthy menu.
Write an acrostic poem on healthy eating.
Create a fitness circuit.
Design a banner for Sports Day.
To top off our fantastic week we participated in our ‘vIirtual Sports Day’. Lots of fun activities were planned, 15 in total! Again, the children seemed to really enjoy this, well done everyone who took part. We can’t wait to see which house groups wins with the most points. Watch this space, all will be revealed !
Primary 3 have had great fun this week completing challenges from the first week of our virtual fitness fortnight. So far we have made house banners for Sports day, completed a fruit and vegetable taste quiz and completed some maths and literacy activities that incorporate exercise such as spelling our names workout and estimating and measuring how far we can throw an object. We are also thinking about our mental health and completing mindfulness activities too.
Friday was our virtual sports day- we have had lots of fun throughout the week completing as many challenges as we can (and getting our families involved) to earn points for our house!
Keep up the hard work P3-not long to go until the holidays now!
As you may know, fitness fortnight has started and now we have already gone through half of it! Have a look below and see how P2 got on…
When you think of sport you usually think of physical exercise and nothing more but, with the help of some pens and markers, we included literacy in our week by making incredible sports day banners! As well as that, we made an acrostic poem to the word HEALTHY and created mind-blowing posters about the importance of healthy eating.
Along with literacy comes maths and yes, you guessed it- we did an outstanding job with that too by doing activities like, throwing bean bag (and other safe, soft objects) and estimating how far we threw them. Next -with a hand from an adult – we measured them exactly and checked how close we were with our estimation! Also, we set a timer and saw how long it takes us to do 20 squats then rounding the seconds from the timer to the nearest whole number (if we could). We made a circuit and timed how long it took us to get through it along with all the members of our family, later trying to beat our time!
What’s fitness fortnight without some plain old sport? With the help of YouTube, we have done a workout with ‘Jumpstart Jonny’ or ‘Joe Wick’s’ and ‘Just Dance’ too! Later we had a lesson to learn some martial arts! As well as spelling out our name by doing different types of exercises and taking a time to step back by taking part in the ‘Cosmic Zen Den’ video.
On top of all this, we did an exciting taste quiz to explore different foods and made activities or games to share with all the other boys and girls.
It was so lovely seeing some of you today and we are really looking forward to meeting some of you tomorrow. Here are this weeks transition activities. We are looking forward to seeing your photos this week.
Please find attached this week’s plan and a list of children in each house. This is to help with our virtual sports day on Friday (please see the plan for details of how this will work).
We hope you all enjoy our virtual Fitness Fortnight this year. Remember, to send a couple of pictures of your child completing their favourite activities to the school mailbox to be featured in the blog on Friday.
Please get in touch through the school mailbox if you need any help.
We have received fantastic photos this week from our nursery children. The children listened to a story about a very scary crocodile. They then used their imagination to take the crocodile on their own adventure.
We’ve also been learning to recognise our own name over the last couple of weeks. We’ve made our name using different materials and we’ve also spotted lots of photos of children writing their name! Amazing!
We’ve had a think about different shapes this week too. Some of us hunted around the house for different shapes and we even saw people having a go at an online interactive shape game. Here are some of the other things that we have been up to:
Well done boys and girls! You are going to be amazing primary 1 children! 🌟
Primary 6 have been very busy this week with our online learning.
Maths – Currencies The children have been learning about Currencies. They have been trying out activities to convert Euros to Pounds – initially without a calculator then by Thursday using a calculator for some fun Currency Challenge cards. The children were also provided with a Foreign Exchange Instruction Card for the Thursday task. The activities were enjoyed by the children. Great use of division strategies, Primary 6.
Literacy – Informative Writing The children really do enjoy writing and this week we looked at Informative Writing – a piece of non-fiction writing which gives information about a particular thing. This week’s task was to write about camping. We provided a video about a family setting up in a campsite in a national park near Florida. Some great pieces of writing were done using topical vocabulary and great camping facts. Well done, Primary 6.
Topic – Our Government Primary 6 have been learning about Our Scottish Government this week. We started off with describing the job of a politician and we looked at their responsibilities and what a day in the life of them would be like. We then looked at the role of the Scottish Government and created a list of priorities a government should have. The children were asked to explain their pecking-order of priorities. We also had a look at manifestos and the children became a politician and wrote their own manifesto creating slogans and three ideas that they thought would be important to the people of Broxburn and Uphall. I think we have some budding politicians in the making!!
ArtThe children looked at some artists’ work that expresses how the artists feel lockdown affects us. The children then thought about how lockdown is affecting them and created their own pieces of art choosing from abstract, naturalistic or paper cuttings collage. Each piece of art is a story about how lockdown affects them. Great creative expression, Primary 6!
Virtual CampOn Wednesday the children participated in ‘virtual camp’ activities to compensate for missing their camp this month. The children enjoyed Mini Raft Making, Star Gazing, Den Building, Timing A Bed Change, Tracking Animals, Futuristic Tent Design and cooking S’mores. The children sent us some great photos of these fun activities. Great work, Primary 6.
Well done Primary 6! As always we are very proud of your dedication to completing your tasks and thank you to our supportive parents too.
We’ve had a very busy week of learning and yet again P5 have produced some marvellous pieces of work.
In Number Talks we looked at multiplication and subtraction (lots of partial products and repeated addition strategies being used) and in maths we looked at symmetry and did a little revision on lots of other aspects of mathematics.
In Literacy we had fun looking at Onomatopoeia words and Wow we did well! Everyone was asked to develop a Word Art poster about themselves and the results were incredible, unfortunately they contain names in them so can’t be shown here, but take my word for it that Mrs Mac and myself were so impressed!
Other tasks in literacy were to use our spelling words in various activities. We designed a poster showing 5 Acts of Kindness and we designed crazy uniforms for pupils and for the teaching staff, which I’m sure they would all love to have for real! There was also an opportunity to practice some French greetings…Bonjour!
In our topics we looked at making Power-Points and Sways on sea animals to celebrate World’s Ocean Day! These were amazing and very informative. There were some science tasks to carry out, one of these was to watch Dr Chips showing us how to build a Solar Oven, very useful to have if we ever have a power cut!
One of the Art tasks we had this week was to use the drawing techniques of hatching, cross hatching, shading and gradating to capture an image of a Giant Panda, I think you’ll agree that P5 rocked this task, it’s a shame that only a few examples can be shown on the Blog.
Well done P5 for all of your hard work this week, have a lovely weekend and we will catch up again on Monday. Take Care everyone.
Well done Primary 1 for another week working hard from home. We have been busy with our home learning packs and grids and are almost ready to become big Primary 2’s now! Here are some of the things we have been learning about:
Writing: During writing time we have been learning about functional writing. This week we were focussing on writing lists and learning what a list looks like and should contain. We wrote a list of 10 things we love to hand on to our new teacher to help them get to know us better.
Phonics: We started to learn about the magic e and how he changes the sound of the vowels! This was quite tricky and we will continue to work on this next year. We watched videos and completed a sumdog spelling challenge to help us with this.
Maths: In maths we continued our learning of money from last week. We gained a better understanding of how to make amounts using different coins and we learned to pay for things and work out basic change. We even started to learn about budgeting and used our budgeting skills to plan our own lunches online!
Topic: We have had lots of super feedback from talking to parents about how much the children are loving their dinosaur topic! This week we played some dinosaur exploring games and made dinosaur artwork from our hand and footprints!
Primary 4 have been impressing their teachers again with lots of great effort and work on Teams this week! Well done everyone.
In Numeracy we have been learning the 7 times table and stretching our brain with different number challenges. We have also enjoyed active learning tasks around right angle turns. Some children sent us video clips of them following instructions to make different quarter turns to the right. Very impressive!
In Literacy we have learned to spell the names of different European countries and have placed them on the map. In writing we pretended we were owners of a 5 star hotel and created persuasive posters for Ed Sheeran to come and stay! We enjoyed reading the first chapter of JK Rowling’s new book, ‘The Ickabog’, and developed our skills in making notes and organising information under different headings.
We had lots of fun on Thursday when we went on a ‘virtual’ class trip to Edinburgh Zoo! All of our activities were based around buying entry tickets, visiting Penguin Rock, researching different zoo animals and creating animal masks to wear. We even visited the online shop and chose a ‘zoovenir’ to buy.
Here are some reflections from our P4 children:
“The tricky part was the right angles and the easy part was reading ‘The Ickabog’.”
“I enjoyed learning about all the animals of Edinburgh Zoo because all the activities were fun.”
“I enjoyed learning the 7 times table because I didn’t know it but now I do.”
“My favourite thing was learning about the European countries – now I know how to spell their names, where they are on the map and what their capitals are.”
“My learning in Numeracy this week can help me work out my change when I go to the shops for juice and sweets.”
“I enjoyed reading the first chapter of ‘The Ickabog’.”
“I really enjoyed researching koalas as they are my favourite animal.”
“I enjoyed the Health and Wellbeing PE challenge because I love gymnastics.”
Another busy week in P3. We are so proud of you all for all your hard work during this time. Keep reading to find out about some of the things we have been learning.
In our Egyptian topic we have learning about mummification. We have learned about how the Egyptians completed this task. We even tried to mummify a piece of fruit. It was fun!
In mathematics we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been looking at the properties of the shapes and finding the edges, vertices, corners and faces on shapes. We have played lots of different games about shapes this week. Even a sumdog challenge.
In RE we have been looking at stories of how Jesus healed the sick and why this is important.
In literacy we have been spotting the silly word in a passage about elephants. Then finding words we thought would make more sense.
We have also been drawing an image of a character called ‘Badjelly the witch’. We had to read the description then draw what we thought the character would look like
In Art, we looked at a still life picture and thought about what we liked/disliked. Then we tried to draw our own still life picture.
In Science, we have been learning about the skeleton and even tried to make our own from twigs and stones.
We also looked at a story about ‘Oor Wullie’ in Scots and answered questions about it.
We also looked at how things are made from different materials and when we recycle we need to split our rubbish into different bins. We tried to help at home this week. This will make us very responsible citizens by recycling correctly.
Here are some of the lovely pictures we have received this week. Thank you P3 and well done!
I hope you are all well this week. Please click on the link to find the transition activities for this week. If you haven’t already, please can you send us a photo of your little one with 2/3 of their favourite things. We are going to use these photos as a display and the children will be able to see their photo when they start school in August. It would be really lovely to have all of our children on the wall.
We have attached the learning grid for this week (w.c 8.06.20). Please send pictures of your child’s work letting us know what they are enjoying to the school’s email (email@example.com). Thank you to those of you who have sent pictures so far, it’s great for us to hear how children are getting on and it lets us plan for future learning.
We hope that you had a lovely weekend. Please find attached the home learning plan for this week (w.b. 8.06.20). If you are able to, please send us a couple of pictures of your child’s learning along with a sentence or two about what they have enjoyed. This will help us to inform our future planning. Thank you to those of you continue to send us weekly pictures.
Please email the school mailbox with any questions or concerns you may have.
I can’t believe that it’s the end of another week! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the activities – I’ve really loved seeing all your wonderful photos. This week we were thinking about things which make us unique. Here are some of the things that you said made you unique:
We’ve also had lots of photos of boys and girls having a go at the literacy and numeracy activities too:
Big well done everyone! Keep up the good work and keep sending us photos of what you are up to!
There were many activities set for this week, many involved doing research, while others focused on doing revision.
Number Talks looked over the strategies for subtraction and Multiplication. In Maths, we looked at revising our skills at adding and subtracting whole numbers and Place Value. We also used our skills to work out real life maths problems involving the planet Mars.
There were various spelling tasks over the week, one I particularly like to look over is the hidden word task, as there are always words that the children come up with that we were just not expecting!!
We researched famous Mathematicians: Albert Einstein and Sir Issac Newton to name a few. We looked into our climate and our environment and discovered the differences between the two terms. As part of our environment studies we investigated the Scottish Fishing Industry and also learned to identify some of the fish that swim around our seas.
There were a few fun challenges, we had a General Knowledge Quiz about animal facts and we also had a Sumdog challenge.
Our week finished with a lovely Mass from Father Jeremy. It was so nice to hear familiar voices! We also had probably the worse rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ ever!!! I think Father enjoyed it though! Happy Birthday Father Jeremy from P5!
Have a lovely weekend everyone, stay safe and we will all ‘meet’ up again next week.
P3 have had another fantastic week of home learning. Keep reading to find out more.
Literacy– we have continued to learn new spelling patterns this week and have been practising our words through Active Spelling activities. We are continuing to develop our note taking skills using Newsround, we then discussed what we had watched with our families. To develop our comprehension skills we have completed some Reflective Reading tasks like ‘Spot the Silly Word’ and completed a Task Map on toy adverts. We are continuing to read books for enjoyment and we created mini flip books of our favourite stories. We used an Authors Live episode as a stimulus for writing this week, creating our own adventure stories.
Maths– We are continuing to use Sumdog and other games to develop our Numeracy skills. In Number Talks, we learned more about the ‘friendly numbers’ strategy and practised this at home. We have been learning about volume this week, we know that we measure volume in litres and millilitres. We enjoyed doing practical activities to develop our measurement skills such as making our own scales using bottles and filling jugs with different amounts of water.
Health & Wellbeing- We continued to learn about the importance of Growth Mindset this week. We listened to the story ‘I Can’t Do That…YET!’ and drew pictures of things we can do just now and something we would like to learn to do. Some of our boys and girls have completed some sports challenges while they’ve been at home-completing a charity run and a football skills challenge- well done!
Social Studies- In our Ancient Egyptians topic this week we have learned all about the Gods and Goddesses. We did some research on BBC Bitesize and played a game as well as using a table to answer questions.
Science- This week we have continued our Inheritence topic. This week we learned how animals are classified into families. We watched a video and then created posters for each animal family with details of characteristics and the animals in the family.
Art- we are continuing to learn about the visual elements. This week we created a sunset landscape and focused on the elements of line, pattern and colour.
RERC- This week we have been learning about Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. We watched a video which taught us the twelve special friends that Jesus had. We used our knowledge to create a picture and labelled each of the apostles. We also learned about Patron Saints, researching St Andrew (our national saint), St Nicholas (our school saint) and St John Cantius (our parish saint). We know Saints were people who committed their lives to serving God and helping others.
Technologies- Our technology challenge this week was to compare technology in the past and present. We asked our parents about the technology they had growing up and compared this to what we use now. We used Google Images with our parents help to find pictures of past technology.
Well done for all of your hard work P3- keep it up!
P1 have had a busy week. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been up to…
In numeracy we have been revising money. We have been discussing why we need money and where it comes from. We had a go at ordering coins, sorting coins and even set up our own wee shops where we had a go at being the shopkeeper and the customer.
For literacy this week we had to plan a movie night for our family. Firstly, we wrote a letter to our family explaining why we wanted to have a movie night. We then created tickets for our movie night and lovely posters.
We are still enjoying our topic. We have been looking at dinosaur diets and researching omnivores, herbivores and carnivores.
For art, we followed a tutorial on how to draw an allosaurus.
We continued with our growth mindset series. This week we thought about what to do if we are stuck and why using the word “yet” is important.
For R.E we spent some time reflecting on our year in P1, thinking about what has went well and what we want to get better at in P2. We then finished with a prayer to God to ask him to help us with our journey into P2.
Thank you for all your hard work this week P1. We are very proud of you all.
This week Primary 4 have been busy learning lots of things on Teams. In Literacy they have been working on homophones (there, their and they’re) and practised to using adjectives, connectives and different openers to upgrade sentences. They did such a good job with this task that their teachers had a really hard time choosing the top 3 from each class! They also made some wonderful posters, SWAYs and PowerPoints describing the positive qualities of someone they admire. It was lovely to read all the nice things they had to say about their mums, dads, aunties. In Maths P4 have been working on the 6 times table and learned to use the words likely, unlikely and impossible to talk about probability and chance, for example, It is likely that it will rain tomorrow. Some of our P4s also enjoyed learning about Spanish painter Picasso and made beautiful abstract masks.
Primary 2 had a very busy week. Have a look at what we have done at home…
We were learning about the meaning of ‘non-fiction’, we wrote interesting facts in our jotters.
Rainbow writing is a fun strategy that we used to make us more confident in our spelling. We used the website ‘Doorway speller’ to practice our common words.
Learning to describe things in writing as well as speaking is very important. That is why we practised using adjectives to describe our favourite book characters.
Imagine you were asked to split a pizza in half for your other friend. You would have to know how to split things in half. Luckily we know how to do this because we were practising splitting things in half all week.
As well as that, we made sure that we will not forget all the things that we have learnt throughout the week by playing the ‘Sumdog’ challenge and filling out a worksheet about halves and quarters that our teachers have set for us.
‘Lunes, Martes, Miercoles…’ these are some days of the week in Spanish. P2 already know what they mean since we practised this by listening to a video on YouTube.
An international language is a language that lots of people around the world can understand at least a bit. Through expressive arts, we can talk about our feelings in a way that is easy to understand. This is why we watched a video about ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ and joined in along with our families.
Staying fit is key to leading a healthy life. To help us, we did a Go Noodle activity which was found on YouTube.
We all have most likely seen an ant before, but – how much do we know about them? Lots now! This is because we have learned about Minibeasts for science and then watched a video to learn some facts about ants! Later, we also learned about what plants need to survive.
For RERC, we looked at Psalm 65: 9-13 and contemplated it, praying with our family. Also, we watched a video on YouTube about how God spoke to Moses and later talked about it with our family. Next, we drew a picture of what happened. Some of us even wrote a few sentences to go along with it!
We hope you have had a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sun stays for a little longer!
This weeks transition activities are attached below. This week we would like to learn more about your little boy or girl. They have a little activity to complete which encourages them to think about and talk about what makes them unique. We would also like you to send us a photo of your little one with two or three of their favourite things. We are going to use these photos to put on a display in our primary 1 area for them starting school. We hope you enjoy the activities this week. Remember to show us what you’ve been up to by sending in some photos.
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who managed to complete last weeks challenge. You are helping us to achieve our action plan for this year while we are all working from home! That’s amazing!
We hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine!
Please find attached the learning grid for this week (w.b. 1.06.20). Remember to send a couple of pictures of your child’s work and a sentence about what they have enjoyed learning this week to the school inbox. A huge thanks to those of you that have sent in pictures so far- it’s great for us to hear how the children are getting on and helps us to plan for future learning.
Have a great week and please get in touch via the school inbox if you have any questions.