Advertising Feature…HONK!

From our Arts correspondent, Zac Burns…

“This year’s P7 show is Honk JR,  an adaptation of the Ugly Duckling. The show will last roughly 2 hours. There will be two shows; the dates are Monday 26th of June 2017 and Tuesday 27th of June 2017. Both shows will be held at the Barony Theatre in Bo’ness.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Single £6.00

Family [4 tickets] £20.00

and order forms have been sent out today!

We hope you can come and see the show!

P7 Show – HONK!

The end of term is coming racing towards us and P7 are already elbow deep in rehearsals for our end of year show.honk

Attached is a copy of the proposed rehearsal timetable.  We will be rehearsing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in school 2.15 to 3.15 as a whole year group, but we also have access to the school hall on Thursdays and Fridays after school.  Using the hall allows the pupils to really understand the space they have to use, and the volume of voice they need to use!

I have tried to get this right, and need the children to check which rehearsals they are needed for and add these dates to your calendar at home.  Any mistakes, omissions or conflicts please get in touch to see if they can be rectified.

It will be alright on the night.

It WILL be alright on the night…

Honk Rehearsal Timetable

I Bike

2017
Queensferry Primary School runs I Bike events and we have an active I Bike Crew. The I Bike crew are a group of Primary 5 children who are enthusiastic about riding bikes and bike safety in and around school. These children are:

Emma Garmany                        Rihanna Connell
Charlotte Grant                        Niamh Gorman
Rory Davidson                          Meggie Clark
Ruby Hood                                 Abigail Whyte

Each week this crew count how many bikes and scooters come to school. The also help to organise events in school that encourage even more children to cycle or scoot to school.

At the minute we have the Golden Padlock competition. This involves a bike that is regularly brought into school, being chosen each week. A Golden Padlock is attached to the bike by the I Bike crew and the owner comes to Primary 5 to select a prize of their choice. As the year goes on we will hold a variety of events to encourage healthy journeys to school.
For upcoming events please watch below:

Friday 24th March – Our Big Pedal competition has been running for a week now and already we have a number of children who have brought their bikes for four days and have their golden tickets for prize draw. The school target was to get 15% of children bringing a bike or scooter to school. This week we have achieved 16%, so well done to all those children who have taken part.

Monday 20th March – The I Bike crew are launching a new competition called ‘The Big Pedal’ which will run from Monday 20th March until the end of term. Children are being encouraged to bring their bikes to school and they can win a variety of prizes including a scooter, a helmet and lots of other smaller prizes. Over the two weeks, if children bring in their bikes for 4 of the 10 days they will be entered into a prize draw. Also each day there are over 50 bikes and scooters together the school bike will move around the world map. We are hoping to move all around the world. Our school may also win prizes just for taking part in this national competition. Thank you.

For more information please see this link http://bigpedal.org.uk/

Wednesday 15th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.

Wednesday 15th March – Primary 5 are taking part in a Dr Bike initiative to ensure bike safety and teach simple maintenance.

Wednesday 8th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.

What is I Bike?
Sustrans’ I Bike project works with schools in Scotland to promote cycling, scooting and walking to school. It is an excellent way to incorporate physical activity into children’s daily routines. The benefits of physical activity include increased alertness in class, improved health and reduced risk of obesity. I Bike aims to increase the number of children travelling actively to school, particularly by bike.

They work with each of their schools to develop a structured programme of cycling related activities including route planning, led rides, themed Bike To School events, bike maintenance sessions, bike clubs and themed assemblies.
Active travel also includes walking and scooting and is great for all ages. It can incorporate healthy exercise into the daily routine, can improve children’s concentration at school and increases independence for older pupils, as well as being a more sustainable way to get around.

Through running a series of fun and inclusive activities, I Bike aims to keep pupils cycling when they move on from Secondary School and to increase the numbers of pupils who want to cycle to school.
For more information about I Bike: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/what-we-do/schools-and-universities/i-bike

P7 March 2017

As ever the term is snowballing and with every passing day we are finding more and more things to do!

Show

Most exciting (for some?) is the decision and announcement that our P7 show this year will be Honk!, a fun and lighthearted take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.  Find out more here – http://www.mtishows.com/honk-jr – and get ready to help learn those words and sing those songs!

High School Visits

We will hopefully get many high school transition opportunities over the coming months, and we were excited to receive an inviatation to the art department to do some printing, and perhaps sculpture work, to support our Japan topic.  It’ll be good to have our first class look at the “big” school.

Skoolbo

If at all possible try to download the free app Skoolbo (UK) which will allow the children to practise literacy and numeracy skills, including French, at their own individual levels. Now and again I will send targeted activities to those pupils who needs them, and this is simply another step to help our P7s be the best they can be as they enter high school.  They all have accounts and passwords, and please email me for clarification if needed.

Parents’ evenings

These appointments have been handed out and I look forward to meeting with you again (4th time??) to discuss your children’s progress.

What else?

In class just now we are using some computational thinking skills and numeracy to plan Escape Room type activities.
We are writing reports about the structure of the earth, and homework is only to be reading, note making and planning a project about natural disasters.
We have been looking again at JASS folders – some children are very independently filling these in while others seem less sorted with how to proceed, or vague about whether these folders are at home or not.  Please take a moment to see if they need any support here, and let me know.
In PE we are playing handball, using brand new balls (!), to practise drills in throwing and carching, moving in to space and using strong high throws.

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!

And there it was, gone.

Not much time this morning as it’s all hands on deck to pack and tidy before departure!

Yesterday the children enjoyed their final activities, some up high on ropes, some below ground in caves but all dancing and singing late into the evening at the disco.

Top behaviour and participation from everyone (even staff!) and in bed by 10. Asleep by…well, it was the last night.