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.

P4W/A Viking trip!

Primary 4 had a fabulous visit to the National Museum of Scotland on Monday to learn all about the Vikings. The class displayed super behaviour and learned lots of interesting things about the Vikings. One of the highlights of the day was getting to handle Viking artefacts. Here are some photos of our day. Can you guess what all the artefacts are?

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.

 

“Last full day!”…

…is the cry being heard, with a mixture of  joy and sadness as “can’t believe it’s been so quick” meets “actually, nearly ready to go home.”

Yesterday was a lovely day filled with forest walks, orienteering, caving, biking and even kayaking for a hardy few. A scavenger hunt and nature art competition finished off the evening before bed.

Incidental lessons of the day centered on the tuckshop, where children dealt with the concepts that sometimes shops run out of things (what?!) and that, no, if you drop your sweets outside you can’t demand a refund (nice try though).