4.5.18 Primary 5A

This week in P5A, we have started our literacy circle activities. We were well prepared and able to take on the different roles. The directors made very good teachers, leading the groups. To help with our reading and research we focused on identifying the main idea.  At writing, having looked at different samples of text we were able to workout where the new paragraphs come. This will help when writing stories.

In number we have continued  to find fractions of amounts and use real life examples. This makes much more sense to us now.  We have been finding perimeters of shapes with Mrs Gordon and doing more number talks. She loves our strategies.

As part of our expressive arts and IDL we are comparing a classical artist, Edwin Landseer’s ” The Monarch of the Glen”  (1851), with modern Scottish artist, Scott Naismith’s different beach scenes.

We painted our own version of Scottish mountains from photographs and then positioned a stag in the foreground. Next week we will use pastels to create beach scenes.


At science we discussed light and shadows and whether materials were translucent, opaque or transparent. We took part in different activities which involved making shadows smaller, larger and from different angles. We revisited how a solar eclipse occurs from our Space topic in term 1.

For IDL we studied the different landscapes in Scotland and also studied map symbols. We looked at the  universal colour code and then designed our own ordnance  survey symbols.

What great matches we had at basketball this week. The passing was super and there was great dribbling and shooting. Mr Logan said the class worked really well during his football lesson.

P1 and Apple Pie!

apple pie
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
This week we began our journey around the world to make an apple pie! This funny story involves a little girl travelling the world to get the items she needs for her pie because the “market is closed”. To Italy to harvest the wheat, to France to gather the eggs, to Sri Lanka for some cinnamon and so on, until finally picking the apples in a Vermont orchard. We looked at this book as we have been looking at Fairtrade products during Fairtrade Fortnight.
We used higher order questioning to deepen our understanding of the book. We designed a new front cover, looked at the seven continents on a globe and on a map, played a matching game and summarised the story. This book was a wonderful reminder to know and appreciate all the places our food comes from. I hope it makes you want to make an apple pie soon!

Book Week

We are delighted to announce our Book Week will take place from Monday 29th February until Friday 4th March 2016. We have lots of exciting events organised for this week including:

  • The author Stuart Reid will be starting our week off with a whole school assembly, followed by writing workshops with P4 and P5
  • Linlithgow Library will be visiting hosting story telling sessions, Britannica Online and voting for the Scottish Children’s Book Trust Awards
  • 7 pupils will be visiting the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow to participate in the Scottish Chidlren’s Book Awards ceremony
  • Dressing up as a book character (Friday 4th March)
  • Scholastic Book Fair will be here selling a super range of books
  • Mrs Manlove will be hosting special library story telling sessions for all

Further details to follow!