Life in P6T

Rebecca and Cooper worked really hard on writing their blog entry, and they couldn’t believe how much we have learned in such a short amount of time!

21.11.16 On Monday we were learning science with Mr Shields. We were looking at the structure of the brain and what it does. We also made a story graph about our reading book, plotting the suspense levels. After lunch we were learning about fractions in maths. In RME, we looked at the Pharisee and the tax collector story.

22.11.16 On Tuesday we started to write an instructional writing piece on how to wash a dog. After break time we went to Queensferry High School to go swimming. The instructors were called Mrs McKay and Mrs Anderson. We were so tired when we got back to school! After lunch we made sprites on the program Scratch.

23.11.16 On Wednesday we did CLIC and big maths in the three different rooms. In science we looked at the nervous system and what it does. We went outside and we drew a giant person showing the nervous system, respiratory system and circulatory system within the giant. Finally we had Scottish dance with Miss Brown.

24.11.16 On Thursday we did art with Mrs Love and we focussed on self-portraiture with her. We also looked at tessellation and we used our knowledge to create a wall hanging with stain glass windows using tessellated shapes. We looked at how artists used tessellation in their art and natural tessellation like pineapple, honeycomb and snake’s skin. We then did literacy circles in our groups.

25.11.16 On Friday we were practising having a French conversation. Then we played some Sudoku puzzles and then it was privilege time!

Traffic Safety

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As many of you will be aware, recently there have been several safety incidents around the school related to traffic at drop off and pick up times as well as commentary on Facebook regarding the issues. These include parents parking irresponsibly and buses mounting the pavements on Burgess Road. The safety of our children is paramount and improving their safety at drop off and pick up times requires a concerted and focussed effort to deliver the necessary changes.

Parents should be key in delivering this change and as a result, Queensferry Primary School Parent Council are forming a Parent Council traffic safety sub-committee. The purpose of this committee will be to engage with stakeholders including the community council, the police, local city of Edinburgh councillors, and potentially our MSP and MP, working collectively to deliver these changes. This could involve thinking of ways to encourage more parents to walk their children to school and promoting more responsible parking right through to more structural changes such as; the addition of yellow lines, road crossings or changing the layout of the roads surrounding the school e.g.  making it one way on a permanent or temporary basis.

The intention is for the sub-committee to meet several times a year with the first meeting taking place ideally before Xmas. If you are interested in being involved with the sub-committee, please e-mail the Parent Council at parentcouncil.qps@gmail.com

The Parent Council at Queensferry Primary School would also like to take the opportunity to remind parents that parking on the yellow zig-zag lines around the school is illegal between the hours of 8am and 4pm. There have been several instances recently where parents have parked on the zig-zag lines on Burgess Road when dropping off their children. This has obscured the view of the lollipop lady on Burgess Road making it more difficult to for her to see oncoming traffic.

The school is currently engaging with the local police who have agreed to take steps to tackle this issue. Parking further away from the school and taking an additional 10 minutes to drop off or pick up our children is not ideal however it is a small price to pay for ensuring our children’s safety.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Queensferry Primary School Parent Council

P7 Catch Up

It’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve not been lazing around in that time!

The October week was much needed after Benmore, and washing machines were put to the test getting rid of a week’s worth of mud and grime.  And that was just the teachers… Since then the children have been putting the finishing touches to their important Benmore booklets which will serve as evidence towards the Adventure section of the JASS work.

We enjoyed a second world war “rationing” day. The children got to Make Do and Mend (sewing buttons and patches onto old clothes) before showing off their skills in a fashion show, and tried regrowing vegetables such as leeks and spring onions as a way to make food go further.  The final activity was making carrot cookies with Mrs Thomson, proving that everything can go into a cake as long as you add enough sugar to it.

The NSPCC came to visit us, speaking about staying safe and reminding us of the Childline phone number, 0800 1111.

children making poppiesWe then got down to work on our Remembrance Assembly.  Our visit to the poppy factory was a fantastic way to start this work, talking to the ex-servicemen and listenng to the wonderfully presented stories from the trenches.  Following that we visited the cemetery with Mr Cameron who helped us understand the purpose and significance of the graves and the people who were buried there. Boy dressed as a soldier

Our assembly on Friday 11th was very well attended, thank you everybody, and covered so many aspects of our topic work in presentations packed with examples of the children’s hard work.

Coming up in the next few weeks will be learning debating skills with pupils from Queensferry High School, taking part in Bible Alive with our SU teachers and then, unbelievably, it will be time for ceilidhs and decorations!