P1, P2 and P3 enjoyed a fantastic visit on Tuesday 24th May from the author of Badger the Mystical Mutt. Laura Cameron Jackson and Lyn McNicol are the team behind the series of illustrated children’s books for 5 – 9 year olds. The children enjoyed a real treat when Laura read an extract from one of the Badger stories and we even got to meet Badger! He really made us laugh and he was so good at doing magic tricks. We had a great afternoon and some of us bought signed copies of the book. Mrs MacKenzie also bought a set of the books for the school so we are really looking forward to listening to them in class.
This week in Primary 1 we have had our Robot Showcase. Thank you to all who came, it was great to see so many of you. The Robots looked amazing and clearly a lot of time and effort had gone in making them. This week in Literacy we have been looking at the ‘ow’ sound and have been word building and writing sentences that include words with the ‘ow’ sound. We are also half way through retelling the tale of The Little Red Hen in our own words. In Numeracy we have been looking at solving problems and the skills of listening, methodical working and process of elimination. We have also been looking at weight and using pan balances to work out which items are heavier and lighter and then have also tried to balance them. Next week we will be looking at capacity in Numeracy and our new sounds in Literacy will be ‘au’ and ‘aw’ sound.
We are looking at Building our Learning Power here at Harrysmuir. Today we learned that we have different learning muscles that can be stretched and about how we can be more Resilient (this means not giving up!).
We are focusing on Resilience this term across the whole Inveralmond Cluster and our teachers are going to try to catch us managing our distractions, being absorbed in our learning, noticing details and persevering.
During assembly we had to show how we think we are at persevering by doing actions:
Do you give up easily? (fold arms), Do you give up sometimes? (hands on head), Do you never give up? (hands in air). We have lot’s of people at Harrysmuir who think they don’t give up!
We are looking forward to learning more about how we can Build our Learning Power and continuing this at home too. We are having an open afternoon for parents on Wednesday 18th where we will showcase what we are learning.
See more about our assembly here: BLP PUPILS
Pupils from the whole school chose a country and a festival that they would like to study and were split into groups.
- The groups met beforehand so that the pupils were involved in planning their learning and staff organised activities that were challenging, enjoyable and motivating
The aim for our Personalisation & choice day was:
- I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations. HWB 0-14a/1-14a/2-14a
Each group participated in a wide range of activities and made a poster to share their experiences. We also had an assembly where we all sang a German song and shared our learning through a silent PowerPoint, it was fantastic!!
Thank you to all of the teachers for providing interesting and exciting activities, to the support staff for their help with cooking and to the children for being excellent examples of Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors
We were VERY proud of our Primary 6 Euro quiz team who were runners up in the West Lothian Euro quiz heats this morning. They had to answer some very challenging questions and did brilliantly in a tense final round with Williamston Primary. Well done to Drew MacPherson, Daniel Nicol, Kaitlyn Robertson and Megan Henderson
Primary 4 have been learning all about the local land use and landscape around Livingston and West Lothian. Pupils took part in a challenge to design a 3D model of a local landscape out of paper mache and various art materials.
Pupils made models of water landscapes such as Linlithgow Loch and the River Almond, forest landscapes such as Polkemmet and Beecraigs and also hill landscapes such as the Cairnpapple or the man made Five Sisters hills.
Take a look at their finished products. I think you will agree that they are fantastic and really represent the actual landscapes from around West Lothian!
The Children & Parent Council is holding a Race Night on Friday 18th March in Newyearfield Farm. The doors open at 6.30pm with the first race commencing at 7.00pm. Tickets are £3.00 (including a buffet) and are available to buy at the School Office. This is a Bring Your Own Drink event.
From Monday 22nd February the school P4-P7 playground is getting re-tarmacked, this will take 3 weeks to complete. The P1-3’s will use their normal doors, however the P4 – P7’s will all use the P6/7 door (there will be a designated walk way to the door).
The gate located near the kick pitch will be closed for the duration of the resurfacing.
Lunchtimes – at lunchtime there will be a rolling timetable to enable all children to have access to the P1-P3 playground.