Maths, Maths and More Maths

This week we started our Rugby sessions with Dougie from Linlithgow Rugby Club. The weather was really nice and we managed to play the session outside, fingers crossed it stays warm and sunny over the next few weeks.

Some of us went to the Nursery to help them do a traffic survey, we found this quite tricky (but fun), who knew little children could be such hard work!!!

In literacy we wrote biographies on each other. We had to use open questions to interview our partner and then use these to tell their life story. Next week we will be writing our own autobiographies.

In Maths we have been working on fractions, decimals and percentages, converting one to the other and then calculating discounts. We have also been working on our problem solving skills. We have learned how important it is to read the questions as quite often we are missing key facts.

As part of our work on the Industrial Revolution we compared paintings by Constable and Lowry. We worked in groups and discussed what we could see, hear and feel if we were  inside the painting, as well as what we liked and disliked about them. We then shared these opinions with each other.

On Thursday we had our final opera rehearsal before our workshop on Tuesday- Mrs Newton thinks we are excellent singers.

Two ladies from Fairtrade came in to talk to us about the cocoa bean journey- we were very suprised at how little the cocoa bean farmers get paid compared to the manufacturers and retailers!

Next week we have our bake sale for Fairtrade, please remember to send in all donations on Wednesday 6th March, clearly marked with a price and labelled if they are gluten and/or dairy free. The bake sale will take place on Thursday 7th March, so please also remember to send some money in to buy our yummy bakes.

Have a lovely weekend,

P6a and Mrs Newton 🙂

P5B Week commencing 29th January 2018

In Maths, we continued to work with money and also revised how to do chimney sums and decomposition. We also looked at planning a party and working out what items we could afford within a set budget.  Next week we will be looking at the layout of bills and comparing amounts.

On Tuesday we went to the Rugby club and played a variety of different rugby based games. We especially liked the game ‘sharks and fishes’ because it gave us a chance to move swiftly and apply our dodging skills. We enjoyed the tag rugby because it allowed us to show off our rugby skills and try our best. Some of us felt tired out from the walking but we were glad to get the fresh air and exercise.

In the afternoon we had maths and we were learning about time, including minutes to and past the hour plus the 24 hour clock. We liked this challenging time work and were identifying aspects of time that we encounter in our daily lives.

On Wednesday we used our ICT skills to carry out research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and have been making “flip style” display books to record the information about his life, work and achievements. We found out that his work is now very famous and can be found in building design, paintings, posters, jewellery, clocks, furniture and posters.

In science we completed our foil boat challenge. Well done Sam and Arran…..196 marbles was amazing and Mr Ritchie couldn’t believe how many it could hold. We then were able to use all the hard science vocabulary to explain what made the best boat, buoyancy, density, surface volume.

Everyone successfully completed reciting or reading aloud their Scots poems. Some also included actions which really made the poems come to life. Well done everyone!

P7b Blog

Numeracy and Mathematics

How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice. Hello and welcome to this week’s P7b Blog. As you may have guessed, our focus this week has been weight. We have been using different scales to measure various objects and successfully converted between grams and kilograms, applying our previous knowledge that there are 1000g for every 1kg. Alongside this, we have been tackling weight word problems where we have to unpick exactly what each question is asking us to do. We also discussed the difference between imperial and metric systems of measure, and real-life examples of these being used. Following on from our focus on weight we have started our work on volume and capacity. We are now able to convert between litres, centilitres and millilitres, and use a formula (v = l x b x h) to find the volume of different containers and 3D shapes.

Literacy and English

All week we have been presenting our class talks to our peers. We have delivered a summarised version of our personal projects which focused on a specific aspect of World War II. Mr. Logan has been blown away by the standard of presentations and the hard work which has gone into the preparation and delivery of them. We have demonstrated that we are confident individuals who can present with the appropriate use of voice, tone, clarity and pace. Each and every class talk was detailed and interesting, with ICT used to support our work and audience interaction throughout. We understand that delivering presentations is an important skill for learning, life and work and we will be given a number of opportunities to do so after making our transition to Linlithgow Academy.

Health and Wellbeing

This week we had a workshop on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. It was delivered by Lyndsay from the Just Enough charity. The children learnt a great deal about both issues and were shocked by some of the statistics that were shared. They can now more confidently identify the signs that somebody may be being trafficked or held as a slave. Thank you to Lyndsay and the Just Enough team for this excellent learning opportunity.

Our football teams had their final training session on Monday ahead of the annual George Allan football tournament at Linlithgow Rose F.C’s ground this weekend. We looked specifically at our shape, set-plays and both attacking and defending in 1v1 and 2v1 situations. The boys and girls are very excited ahead of this Sunday and would appreciate any support from parents, carers, friends and family members on the day. The first group matches kick-off at 9am and will run until approximately 12 noon. Please get along and cheer us on. Go Springfield!

Next week:

  • Sunday – George Allan football tournament  – 8.30am @ Linlithgow Rose F.C
  • Monday – No after school football this week, resumes Monday 5th June
  • Monday – Drug Education workshop @ 9-11am
  • Tuesday – Final Kingsfield golf session @ 1-2pm
  • Thursday – PTA Disco @ 7.30 – 9pm, tickets available in school
  • Thursday – Deadline for any medication for school camp
  • Friday – Camp dormitory and activity groups to be shared
  • Friday – All book festival EE2 forms to be returned
  • Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June: Dukeshouse Wood all week

Enjoy your weekend, 6 weeks to go!

P7b & Mr. Logan

P7b Blog

Numeracy and Mathematics

This week we completed our work on Information Handling. The children have been creating 3D pie charts and interpreting data from a variety of sources, explaining and describing this in great detail and promoting some high quality discussion. Alongside this, we have been refreshing our memories of how to find the range, mode, median and mean when presented with a list of numbers. Our rhyme to the tune of ‘Row Your Boat’ has been helpful in reminding us the definition of each of these terms.

“Mode, mode, mode is the most, average is the mean. Median, median, median, median the number in between.”

Literacy and English

Our focus in writing this term is creative texts. This week we were given the theme of ‘World War II’ and prepared imaginative pieces of writing based on our IDL learning theme. Within our writing, we focused on proofreading and up-levelling to ensure that our work makes sense and interests the reader. We also attempted to use a range of ambitious VCOP, incorporated detail through our use of description and explanation and used ICT to word process our stories. Mr. Logan and the other staff in the upper school have compiled a list of new novels to purchase and we look forward to getting our hands on these texts in Guided Reading before the end of term. Next week we have our class talks where we will present a summary of our personal projects to the rest of the class. Mr. Logan is looking forward to seeing our presentations, they’re going to be excellent.

Health and Wellbeing

In P.E we have been further developing our skills in athletics and improving our fitness levels. At the beginning of the week we participated in 200m running, using the stopwatches to time our peers and accurately recording our results. On Thursday we upped our distance and paced ourselves appropriately when completing the 800m event. We surprised ourselves with our ability to beat our personal best times and were given some time for Outdoor Play as a reward for our efforts. Our golf and rugby sessions continued with our specialist coaches and we look forward to next week’s sessions. Maybe P7b will be lucky enough to meet professional golfer Stephen Gallacher this time…

Sciences

Finally, we celebrated further STEM engineering success this week as every pupil in P7b received a pass, merit or distinction grade for their inventions. Ross Findlater was shortlisted for a trophy at his year group and we will cross our fingers in the hope that he is successful.

Next week:

  • Monday – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Workshop
  • Monday – After school football 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday – Golf 2-3pm, rugby taster session 2.30 – 3.15pm
  • Thursday – P7 Booster Groups
  • Friday – Mrs. Malcolm’s last day at Springfield P.S
  • EE2 forms for Time Capsule, Code of Conduct for school camp and First Aid agreements to be returned
  • George Allan football letters to be returned

Have a great weekend and thanks for your continued support of all things P7b.

P7b & Mr. Logan

P7b Blog

Numeracy and Mathematics

Although it’s been a short week, we have continued our work on Information Handling by looking at straight line graphs. We began by plotting data based on the average temperatures and rainfall in our area into Microsoft Excel before applying our ICT skills to create straight line charts using Microsoft Word. On Friday, we analysed and interpreted information from comparative line graphs where more than one set of data is being compared.

Literacy and English

No reading homework this week with it being a short one, much to the delight of the children. We will continue with our group novels next week. This week our focus in literacy was proofreading and up-levelling, two very important skills required for writing and creating texts. We were given a passage that required spelling and grammatical errors to be corrected before up-levelling the same passage to make it more interesting and exciting for the reader through the use of ambitious VCOP. Mr. Logan is continuing to look through our personal projects and feedback will be given on these next week.

Health and Wellbeing

Athletics is our new focus for P.E, with the overall aim being to improve our levels of fitness over the next 8 weeks. As a baseline assessment of our fitness levels, we took part in the Cooper Test (12 minute run) and measured the distance we were able to cover over the allotted time. At the end of this term, we will redo this test with the hope being that our overall distance increases. There was no golf this week, however, we continued with our rugby taster sessions and enjoyed getting out in the sunshine to further develop our ball handling and passing skills.

Next week:

  • Monday – EE2 forms for Time Capsule trip, George Allan football letters to be returned
  • Monday – After school football from 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday – Golf sessions at Kingsfield from 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday – Rugby taster session from 2.30 – 3.15pm
  • Wednesday – Some pupils visiting Linlithgow Academy at 11.30am

Enjoy the sunshine!

P7b & Mr. Logan

P7b Blog

Numeracy and Mathematics

This week P7b have been started their work on Information Handling. We have been gathering, interpreting and displaying data in a variety of ways. Firstly, we created and carried out surveys based on a question of our choice before using Microsoft Word and Excel to present our results in the form of vertical bar charts. We then analysed each other’s bar charts and discussed the trends from our results. Additionally, we have been consolidating our previous learning of tally charts and frequency tables as a method of gathering data. Next week, we will continue our work on Information Handling when using pie charts and both straight and curved line graphs.

Literacy and English

Having finished reading our previous group novels, we have now moved on to study our final text for Guided Reading this year. The Red group will be reading Artemis Fowl, the Blue group will be reading Tiger and the Green and Yellow groups will be studying texts written in Scot’s. Our main focus this week for reading and comprehension was tackling cloze procedure passages where we were asked to fill in the gaps in passages both with and without the help of a word bank. Where there was no word bank provided, we had to carefully select the most appropriate word to ensure the sentence makes sense. For writing, we have been ensuring our work is detailed and accurate through our ability to up-level and proof read. When looking back at our writing, we identified examples of where we could use more ambitious examples of VCOP and implemented strategies to correct our spelling and punctuation. Our class talks will be based on our personal project theme and we must be prepared to deliver these the week beginning Monday 15th May. Mr. Logan is looking forward to hearing us present.

Health and Wellbeing

After our final session of basketball for P.E, which involved small-sided games and a tournament, we are ready to move onto our final block of P.E for P7. This will be outdoors to further develop our skills in athletics. Alongside P.E in school, we have also been lucky enough to participate in both golf and rugby sessions this week. A group of pupils from P7b travelled to Kingsfield Golf Range on Tuesday afternoon, courtesy of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, to begin a 4 week programme designed to get young people playing golf. Mr. Logan accompanied us to the session where we used irons and were introduced to the ‘GASP’ routine (Grip, Aim, Stance, Posture). Those who stayed at school took part in the first of our rugby taster sessions delivered by volunteers from Linlithgow Rugby Club. Our pupils are incredibly lucky to be given these sporting opportunities and were a credit to Springfield Primary School throughout.

Sciences

Finally, Mrs. Tulloch and P7b have been working tirelessly over recent weeks to prepare moving buggies as part of our STEM project. The winners were announced today and we say a huge well done to Niamh and Cameron who were awarded First Prize. This was seen as a welcome birthday present for Niamh who turned 12 today! Third Prize also went to two members of P7b, Eve and Ross. Well done to all of our pupils for their hard work and perseverance throughout the project and thank you to Mrs. Tulloch. It wouldn’t have been possible without her!

Next week:

  • Monday – HOLIDAY
  • Tuesday – Golf @ Kingsfield 1-2pm, rugby taster session 2.45 – 3.15pm
  • Thursday – HOLIDAY
  • Friday – Russell’s assembly, dress down day for the Galaday (£1 per pupil)
  • No leavers hoodies to be worn until June
  • Personal Project feedback

Have a restful long weekend.

P7b & Mr. Logan

P7b Blog

It was lovely to see all of P7b back safely from their Easter break. The children were surprised to hear on Tuesday that we would be delivering a whole school assembly on ‘Developing a Growth Mindset’ today (see link to Powerpoint – Growth Mindset Assembly). However, it’s safe to say that each and every member of P7b rose to the challenge and delivered a brilliant assembly. After some microphone issues during the lower school assembly, we demonstrated a growth mindset ourselves by presenting clearly and confidently for the upper school. Having a growth mindset is a really simple idea that can make a huge difference, and it is great to see P7b embracing this idea and challenging themselves to take a positive more attitude towards themselves and their learning. Well done P7b for your efforts and hard work this week. As always, I am incredibly proud of you and it was a pleasure to see you setting such a wonderful example to our younger children.

Only 10 weeks to go. Let’s make this final term a fun one and end our time at Springfield Primary School on a high!

Next week
– Family Learning event for Numeracy on Monday @ 2.15 – 3.15pm
– After school football training, Monday 3.30 – 4.30pm
– Golf sessions for children who chose to do so, Tuesday 1-2 & 2-3pm @ Kingsfield
– Rugby taster sessions on Tuesday for those not at golf, Tuesday 2.30 – 3.15pm
– Buggy Judging for STEM, Thursday 1.30 – 3.15pm
– Burgh Beautiful assembly, Friday 10am

Have a great weekend.

P7b & Mr. Logan