Primary 1 love Football with Kevin!

January 21st, 2020

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Every Tuesday we love going to football with Kevin from Football Star Academy!  He makes it so much fun and we enjoy learning new football skills, playing games and getting lots of exercise too.

Michael – I love it.  Football’s so good.

Macy – I love playing football.

Kai – I scored two goals.

Raeya – My heart is racing!

Tyler – Kevin is the best!

Louisa-Faith – I loved Cops and Robbers.

Brax – I ran so much and I scored a goal.

Bailley – It keeps you fit.

Harry – I dribbled the ball in the last game.


Mathematics in Action in Tay Class

January 20th, 2020

Tay Class pupils have been using ‘number rods’ or more correctly, Cuisenaire rods, as a way of handling and manipulating counting materials. The rods were invented in 1945 by a Belgian teacher, Georges Cuisenaire. He was concerned that children didn’t take the same delight in mathematics as a mathematician might.

When you see how many ways we can use these, as well as our intense concentration, then you will also realise that another generation has begun to deepen their understanding of maths by using this approach in daily lessons.

Busy start to the new year in P1

January 20th, 2020

We have hit the ground running in P1 this new term.

In literacy we are now learning to read and write digraphs.  These are sounds made up of 2 letters.  We have already learned how to read and write ch, sh and th.  We can also find these sounds within words.

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We are continuing to learn new strategies for addition. We have had great fun using different practical materials, even sweets!  We have been using tens frames to make number stories.

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We have started our new IDL topic of ‘Where we live’.  We have started to create our own map of Polbeth and discussed all the shops and services we have within our local community.

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We are enjoying visiting the school library every week and using our library cards to take out a new book each week.

We were so excited to have Kevin the football coach back and we loved our first session with him where we were playing games and trying to score goals.

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Rannoch Class – 9th-17th January 2020

January 18th, 2020

Cookery – Milk Chocolate/ Plain Choc Crispy Cakes

The boys stared the New Year making some simple Crispy Cakes and some added decoration. They were very tasty when done. They made some using both plain and milk chocolate!

The boys all started their new ‘Free Writing Friday’ activity too, decorating their jotters on the outside as they pleased! Think the boys are going to love this – no pressure of getting spelling completely right, or having absolutely every capital letter and full stop!

Mathematics – learning about Fractions

We started a new block of learning on Fractions at different levels in Mathematics. The boys always enjoy working with concrete materials and like to talk to talk and ask questions about what they are learning. The teacher told the boys that when she was a wee girl she used exactly the same materials – ‘Cuisenaire Rods’ to help her understand Number work better as well! The boys also use counters and other practical resources to help them better understand their learning.


Pizza Making!

We made the most amazing Pizzas this week! The boys made their pizza base, rolled it and tried to make it as round and flat as they could, with not making it too thin! Lots of skills needed to chop, cut, share and work together to come up with the tastiest personal combinations of pizza possible! The boys took their home made pizzas home to eat!

Show & Tell

The boys love ‘Show and Tell’ – over the last fortnight, we’ve had some very interesting personal gadgets, toys new and old! Well done boys!

Reading Skills

Rannoch boys have been learning new reading skills – how to look for information in what is read and also learning new spelling words and sounds for our new spelling programme.

Pupil Voice

One of our boys is a member of the ‘Junior Leadership Team.‘ This past week he explained to the class that the whole school is planning a big end of session ‘Show’!! As a class, Rannoch boys were given the opportunity of voting for the show they would like to be a part of. This is what Rannoch Class have voted for! What have the rest of the school voted for??? …we can’t wait to find out next week we hope!!  #buildingforsuccess  #teamrannoch

A busy week in Primary 2

January 17th, 2020

In Primary 2 this week we have been developing our understanding of measuring. We have used different objects to measure things and people in the classroom. We have also discussed what would be the best way to measure things and why. We have had lots of fun doing this. This week we have also used a ruler accurately to measure things, spending a lot of time thinking and discussing how we should use a ruler, hold a ruler and draw straight lines with a ruler.
The 2 times table is becoming a lot more failure and we have been using our concrete materials to work out groups of two, this was challenging for some but we all tried super hard.
As we have started our new Topic, Island home life we have been looking at the Isle of Lewis as we have been enjoying Katie Morag stories. Looking at a map of Scotland we tried to work out where Polbeth was and where the Isle of Lewis was.
With Burns day coming up we have also enjoyed looking at Scottish poems and songs and singing these together as a class.

Active literacy in P3

January 17th, 2020

Primary 3 are beginning another busy term by working hard.. as usual!

This week we have been focusing on learning our new spelling rule. Our sound this week was ‘igh’.  We worked both individually and collaboratively to make, say, break and write our spelling words.

Here are some pictures of us hard at work..

A busy week of learning in Ness class.

January 17th, 2020

The Fish Project

Ness class are joining together with Primary 5 to help take care of fish eggs that will be shortly arriving to the classroom.  Every day the temperature of the water will need to be checked to make sure it is safe for their survival.  Eventually we will have baby fish that will grow into trout.  When they are big enough, we will release them in the local river.  This week we were learning about the life cycle of the fish and what we will need to do when they arrive.  We’re all very excited about it.

Making Chocolate Fork Biscuits

This week we were baking in pairs to create our very own biscuits.  This has been our most popular bake so far and we all enjoyed having them for our snack after PE.  We even had a few left over to take home to share with our parents.  If you fancy, you could have a go at home using our special tasty recipe.

Ingredients:  65 g butter, 2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup self raising flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder.

Method: Mix the butter and sugar together.  Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon and then with your hands to bring it together in one large ball.  Tear off lumps and shape them into balls by rolling in your hands.  Put the balls on to a lined baking tray (not too close!).  Use a fork to press the balls down into a biscuit shape.  Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes at 180 .  Leave to cool.  Eat and enjoy.

Fish in the classroom

January 17th, 2020

As part of our John Muir project, Primary 5 along with children from Ness and Lomond are going to be hosting fish in our class.  Amy from the River Life project came in to tell us all about it.  She explained about the life cycle of trout and how to look after them.  We have set up the fish tank in our class and we will get the eggs in a  few weeks when they have been harvested.  We will monitor them and watch them grow from eggs into alevins.  We have to keep the temperature nice and cool by placing bottles of ice into the tank to reduce the temperature of the water.   We have a little booklet to learn about the fish and record their progress and we will be keeping you up to date on how we are getting on.

Litter-picking Outside by Rannoch Class w.e.17.1.20

January 17th, 2020

Rannoch boys were on the litter Rota this week and managed to pick quite a bit of litter around the front area of the school. Well done boys!

French Phrase of the Fortnight – Late January

January 17th, 2020

The French Phrase of the Fortnight this time is…

Au revoir!

It means Goodbye!

Why not say Au revoir when you need to say Goodbye?

Here are Primary 4 and Pierre saying Au revoir!