It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Another exciting week has passed in p5! This week we produced our final piece of persuasive writing. We enjoyed being able to choose our own topic to write about and were able to use all the different persuasive techniques we have been learning about recently. Some of the topics we could choose from were whether or not footballers are paid too much, whether dogs are better than cats and a whole lot more!

We have also enjoyed creating lots of symmetrical patterns in Maths as part of our shape topic. We have been learning about lots of different 2D shapes and have enjoyed including these in our patterns. We are looking forward to moving onto coordinates next week.

Finally, a farewell message from Miss Hewit:

My time at Bellsquarry Primary has sadly now come to an end so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all pupils and staff for being so kind and welcoming to me over the last nine weeks. An extra special thanks to Miss Hood and Primary 5 – working with you guys every day has been a privilege for me and I will miss you all very much! You guys totally spoiled me today and I am overwhelmed at your generosity and kindness. I am really looking forward to attending your Titanic assembly in May and see how you have all been getting on!

Keep up the incredible work!

Miss Hewit


Celebrating Scotland

Last Friday P3/2 presented their learning across the curriculum with an assembly celebrating Scottish culture, customs and wildlife. We worked together to create powerpoints showcasing Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, iconic buildings, notable people and Scottish foods and drinks.

After a visit from the author, Rachel McGaw, we used her story “Ruan the Little Red Squirrel” as a context for learning. Following Ruan’s adventures around Scotland, we have extended our knowledge of Scottish wildlife and habitats through research tasks and writing factual reports.

We loved putting together our ideas for the assembly and worked hard with Primary One to learn some ceilidh dances, which they performed with us in our assembly. Thank you Primary One ! We accompanied our singing with highland dancing and accordion playing. Some of us read out our poems about Scotland, which we’re very proud of and we all shared posters we designed as a homework task. They looked terrific and are very informative – we’ve learned a lot from one another.

Here are a few thoughts from P3/2 about their learning:

“Having a real author to visit us was exciting.”

“It’s been fun using the computers for research and I’m more confident using them now.”

“I was nervous before we started but once we were performing I felt really good.”

“It’s been great creating pictures of our favourite animals.”

Please enjoy looking at photographs of our Assembly!






Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Today we had a visit from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to tell us all about bees and the important part they play in everyday life.  Did you know that even if you hate bees, we really need them? They are responsible for much of the food which we eat.  Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of agriculture – it’s called ‘pollination’.  In fact, one third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees. To put it simply, bees keep plants and crops alive. Without bees, we wouldn’t have very much to eat.

Primary 1 led the assembly with Mrs Gaspar and told us all about the bumblebee and we learned lots of interesting facts.  Without bumblebees, there would be no Tomato Ketchup, there would be no healthy breakfast cereals and, of course, there would be no honey.

Sarah, from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, came along and told us all about this organisation.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was set up because of serious concerns about the bumblebee. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed dramatically. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have also reduced drastically.  Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are getting worried.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust have a vision for our future, a future in which our communities and countryside have lots and lots of bumblebees, lots of colourful flowers which support a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has three main aims:

  1. To support the save all bumblebees, rare or abundant;
  2. To raise awareness and increase our understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide;
  3. To ensure the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is able to respond quickly to challenges and change to help the bumblebee population.

Here are our highlights from this morning’s assembly.  We hope you enjoy it.

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