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What fantastic support from all of our lovely parents and other related adults! We can’t thank you enough. You were all such great sports. I think the children did a terrific job of concocting such cunning clues for our Escape Room.

I hope you have all by now received your certificate of success, designed by the very talented Elsie, who went home and did them in her own spare time. Thank you Elsie, and of course, big thanks to Her Royal Majesty, for taking time out of her busy schedule.

Here are our successful escapees!

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The children practised country dancing with Miss Barclay…they only pretend not to like it. I see those happy wee faces and I know different! Photos by Mackenzie.

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We held our auditions for the Christmas Show today (Friday) what a talented bunch. We had a vote and the baritones won. Well done to everyone who had a go. We’ll be seeing Melissa on Britain’s Got Talent very soon. What a voice!!!!!

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Last of all, Oliver in a rather fetching hat!

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IT’S (getting awfully close to) CHRISTMAS!!!!!

 

Christmas fever has gone up to somewhere between hysterical and off the chart! Woohoo!

Lots of information later on…

Time is the new maths project, and the children have been learning all kinds of skills. We are sending home another Learning Conversation, this time about an area of maths. We have done a time maths assessment to send home with the ‘cog’ sheet.

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In French we have been learning all about classroom objects and Christmas in France. We had a scavanger hunt for all the objects.

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Our ‘HATOMETER’ has reached the wonderful total of 49 hats! We have hardly started our knitting in school, as we have been so busy. The children wrote some thank you notes to all the kind knitters….and stuck on some pictures of them modelling them. Mackenzie tried to get them all on his head but only managed 15!

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We had our final session with the lovely tennis coach Andrew. He had them out in sub-zero temperatures last Friday. True die-hard spirit….a huge thank you to him!

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Our Escape Room is just about ready! I have sent a wee note home about times. The Open Afternoon is on Thursday 7th but we will extend it throughout the day so that anyone who wants a shot can come along (and then go to the class for a tour of our activities so far this term with your child). You are going to need a sharp brain and roughly 20 minutes to get out……that’s supposing you do! The children have created some very interesting clues…

A few more dates for your diary. The p5 party is Monday 18th in the afternoon, and the p4s are Tuesday the 19th in the morning.

The final Christmas service will be on Thursday 31st at 10:00am. We will be looking for volunteers to walk us round.

Finally, auditions for our Christmas Talent Show (December 13th but only room in the hall for the children sadly, no parents) will be on the 8th Dec.  Something Christmassy please! Any music to accompany a child should be in to the school by 11th December

 

We’ve been doing all things to do with money this week, and it’s paying off. (Pardon the pun!)

Oliver set up Bilsland Supermarket and has been dealing with a few tricky customers..

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We have some good resources on the computer, and I would highly recommend the BBC Skillswise maths game about giving change, to help any children struggling with this. Mackenzie is using it and he got to level 3 which is very difficult!

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The ‘ money loop cards’ seen here all join up like dominoes, one half of one, contains the answer to the other half of another etc. Josh, Harry M, Ollie and James managed to make the loop.

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We also painted a HUGE TV screen and we are going to be using this in conjunction with a whole school emotional literacy programme called ‘Emotion Works.’ The children themselves can appear in the telly as you can see, or we can use puppets to talk about situations and resolve any issues. I think we may need the police to step in with Harvey and Cameron’s dispute!

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We all enjoyed going to the cinema a great deal, and we are in the process of writing our film reviews about the wonderful ‘Sing!’ at the moment. I have booked places for the class to go to Gangsta Granny in May next year when it comes to Eden Court. All great experiences with a wealth of educational oportunities!

Lastly, Robbie and Ollie were very proud of their castle so I said I’d pop their noggins on the blog.

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I can’t believe this week is already nearly over! I think it’s an age thing…

We have been looking at lots of WOW words this week, as well as introducing similes……(I hope you liked your spelling test!!) The PLOP group were trying to think of words that meant the same as fun, exciting and kind…

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We all had a look at alternatives for the over-used words; sad, small, big and happy. They came up with some interesting words…

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We used fascinating and fantastical words for our Hallowe’en Acrostic poems…

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I particularly like Elsie’s ‘Off hand’ for the zombie! That did make me chortle!

Oliver made a fab job of setting up his wee shop!

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Our winter sparkle snow scenes look really smart..

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And a HUGE THANK YOU to Harvey’s gran who has made this gorgeous hat for our HATOMETER!

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We now have 35!

This week has been impossibly busy but very exciting!

Pictures at the end of the post, but first a quick overview of this term’s work.

In language we will be looking at effective use of adjectives, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia for story writing, as well as discovering homophones and learning the rules for plurals.

In maths we have started looking at symmetry, but will move on to money, 3D shape and position and movement. We will also be practising our tables up to 5, then tackling the ‘Tricky Ten’

6×6,6×7,6×8,6×9,7×7,7×8,7×9,8×8,8×9 and 9×9. PLEASE keep going over these at home!

Our project is all about codes, cyphers, coding and computer programming. The p5 children have already had experience of working with codes, so they are working on our computers on sites like ‘code.org’ and ‘lightbot.’ The p4s will be using a cool mouse game to plan routes and program instructions.

Ultimately we want to create a Christmas Escape Room with clues, codes and cyphers!!!

Hallowe’en found us  carving and painting pumpkins and wee ghosties…

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We were visited by a strange ghost!

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We visited the Book Fayre,

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And Josh, Daniel and Freya won a £5 token for their entries into the p7 Book Fayre competition. Well done to them!

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A top treat today was having Andrew from the tennis club, coming and coaching the children too.

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We did do SOME work though…!

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Welcome back to all!

We are delighted to see everyone back and keen to get stuck into the winter term!

Two big news items this week. We have already got a load of hats…

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Our lovely Mrs Sutherland asked her knitting friends from a church group to knit some for us, and she came in after the holidays with a big bag of 18 hats! So kind as usual! We will be learning how to knit next week, in pairs. I have made a HATOMETER, just like Blue Peter…sad.

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Our biggest and best news is though, we have a new pupil Zoe!

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She is from Hungary and has little English as yet, but she is learning new words every day. We are all super-excited (especially my little group of out-numbered girls!) to welcome her to our class. She has even had a go of a bunnet!

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We have been doing some spooky art, writing spooky poems, and generally getting spooked at the disco too.

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What a fun and insane week we have had!

Our fund-raising has gone really well. We don’t have a GRAND TOTAL yet, because we still have to collect money for the car wash, but we are thinking we will have raised enough for at least THREE life-saving water filters. The children were absolute stars! They were soooooooo super enthusiastic, it was very touching. Freya even gave some of her savings as a donation.

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A special mention must go to the two boys who either washed, or supervised/quality controlled the car washing – Finlay Campbell and Harry MacLachlan. Those two were absolutely brilliant at washing, as well as training and supervising all their little teams of helpers.

A lot of the teachers were slightly nervous after hearing a horror story from another school carwash…….dropped sponges and grit and new cars ……But these boys were so very careful and meticulous, we didn’t have one complaint. Lots of teachers gave extra money for the good job they and their helpers had done!

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A big thank you to all of you for supplying various bits and bobs to help make our venture so successful.

Thank you for coming to our open morning too. It’s always fun to have parents in to see what we’ve been up to!

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Of course we had a delicious curry from the Rajah on Thursday!

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And the excitement on the final day of term was that we were allowed to dress up inweird and wonderful clothes for a pound.

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Have a fantastic holiday, and see you back on the23rd!

Second last week, and the second last blog post! A few bits of information to pass on…

Firstly, there is never any homework for the first and last weeks of term in my class. The children are devastated.

Secondly, please don’t forget about our fund-raising during the open morning, from 11:00 to 11:45 next Tuesday 3rd.

We will be running the activities for the rest of the school during breaks on  Monday and Tuesday, but you are invited to join in too, if you wish!

I had planned an Escape Room for an extra activity, but I think that it is such a fun idea, I want the children to be instrumental in making it, not just me doing it, so I shall postpone that for now.

We will also be sending home Learning Conversations on Monday which will be based on the children’s writing. More information on this to follow.

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We had a fascinating visit from Mrs Pamela Lemon this week. She told us so much more about the children for whom we are raising the money. The ‘Kids of Kolkata’ organisation go out to India every year with life-changing ideas for things to help improve the lot of children and adults in the city.

They have a lot of projects on the go, but we are raising money for water purifiers. We have also been inspired to knit hats for the children for the cold winters, starting next term. For most, this is their first ever possession at the age of 7 or 8. Hard to believe when you think of all the possessions we have in the West! If anyone fancies knitting a hat, then Pamela is going over to India at the start of December, so all hats to p4/5 by then. 

Something special was happening in Melissa’s life. I wonder if you can guess what?

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We had a visit from the talented actors of Hopscotch Theatre Company this week. We were learning about the Rights of the Child. It was very good as usual, and they cleverly showed us what life WITHOUT these rights could be like.

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This week I’m going to let the Class Representatives introduce themselves, and tell you a little about what they have done so far…

Elsie Hutchison

  My name is Elsie and I am the class representative for Health Promotion. We have only met once so far, but we want to make the school healthier. At this meeting we only got our photos taken, but I’m sure we will do more.

Mackenzie Cornish

My name is Mackenzie and I am the Junior Road Safety Officer for our class. We are going to make the parking safer by making posters about people being careful about where they park.

George Gilchrist

My name is George and I am the Eco Schools Representative for p4/5. We were discussing what to do this year and we have identified the littering problem. We are going to look at all the things at school we can do that will help to save the polar ice caps.

Freya Soden

 

My name is Freya and I am the UNIKIDS representative for our class. We are going to make sure the school is a Rights Respecting School. We designed a mascot for our group and made up questions that we would like to ask about our rights.

Daniel Kucharzyszyn and Lambie MacKinnon

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Our names are Ollie, Daniel and Lambie. We are the representatives for the Pupil Council. We were talking about what makes a good pupil and what makes a good teacher. We were also talking about what things are good about our school, and what we would like to change.

I will try to update you on our reps’ progress throughout the year.

The homework task of ‘notnimdab’ is just like spelling tennis, but you have to spell the word backwards,,,,,,and play badminton. If you have to spell the word backwards – you REALLY have to know how to spell it forwards!

We had lots of interesting things happening in our class this week, and quite a few visitors too.

In French we learned how to play, ‘Quelle heure est-il Monsieur le Loup?’ The children will tell you what the game is and how to play it. Everyone got a wee bit cheaty towards the end, as they all wanted a shot of being Monsieur le Loup!

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Then we had 3 visitors to our class on Wednesday…

A very talented strings teacher:

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A very talented tin whistle player:

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And an adorable German student, experiencing life in a Scottish school…

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She was here when we were doing activities related to Roald Dahl Day Molly’s birthday!

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We really enjoyed tooting on our tin whistles making a lovely sound (NOT) but we have been practising and definitely improving!!

The children will get the whistles home….lucky you…..but not until we’ve had some more lessons with Hugh!

Actually, he was very impressed with how good they were for complete beginners.

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Thank you so much for the money for the take-away. Sadly, parents are NOT invited, no matter how much they hint, BUT you will be getting details soon from the children, of our planned activities on the Open Morning (3/10/17 from 11am) 

Bring your cash for the fund-raising, but also your brain for an Escape Room, that p4/5 will be setting up!

CAN YOU ESCAPE THE ROOM??????

 

ELEPHANT WEEK!

Looking at India has let us do lots of elephant inspired activities this week.

The children had to calculate the weight of Ophelia the elephant using bathroom scales, a spade, a bucket of yellow paint, sand, a swimming pool, a small bucket and a boat that will take an elephant. You have to use ALL these things to solve the problem. Can YOU do it? Check the solution out next week!

Molly brought in a beautiful sari, and luckily Elsie knew the correct way to put it on her! Mrs Prentice was clueless, and the photographic evidence of her attempt has been deleted…

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We were also paper weaving with bright colours.

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We were also learning to count in French by playing the beret game. The only problem with this cool game is that the children get too competative and end up flinging themselves all over the place! Not good for my nerves. 

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Thank you all for your help with the wordsearches. The children enjoyed doing each others wordsearches after the spelling test on Thursday. Please check the back of their jotters to see how they got on in the test!

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Lamby had a wee shot of the sari too!

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!BIG TALK!

On Friday we will be writing a ‘Just So’ story, inspired by the works of the wonderful Rudyard Kipling. Kipling was an English writer who spent most of his life writing about India. Can you discuss an idea for a story of how an animal got its peculiar thing (eg. How the Horse got its Mane,’ or ‘How the Owl got its Big Eyes etc.) with your child. This discussion, and being prepared in advance, makes a massive difference to the quality of the writing. Thank you!

We watched this one below about the camel. It’s my first attempt to embed a link……so please let me know if it worked at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHty4j2AlM

 

 

 

We have been working hard this week again. A quick snapshot of the week in p4/5 in some subject areas…

Josh and Harry are beautifully demonstrating how we use a wee dictaphone for discussion work in some reading groups. The children take turns to express their opinions about questions they have made up, into the dictaphone. We discovered today that Mrs P had left it on for 4 hours…recording!

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Oliver’s group have been reading the wonderful ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes

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Aiden and Daniel are ‘paired reading’ on their own. Hard to keep your concentration, but they did a fantastic job!

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Melissa and James are practising how to join an ‘e’ onto a tall letter in handwriting, at the front and at the back.

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We all had a go at using 2B pencils to make sketches of eyes. The children did a really good job, listening carefully and following instructions to the letter. Some look spookily real!

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Morgan and Max have made some cool lego structures.

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And finally, the children have been trying to get more points than me in Duncan’s Game. This is where they have to repeat the french days of the week after me……but only if I have said the right one that I’m pointing to (written in English). They are finding this tricky….so I AM THE CHAMPION!!!! So far…

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What a busy week!

I’m going to give you a brief overview of this term; our projects in maths, language and other subject areas.

In maths we will be starting to introduce the algorithms for adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers. We will be looking at BIG numbers, and the properties of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.

In language we will be developing our skills with sentence structure, paragraphing and formats for writing (and sorting out ‘two, too and to’, as well as ‘of and off’, and other tricky homophones!)

Our project this term will be raising money for the Dochas Trust. This charity are very closely linked to Lochardil, and we have already, successfully raised enough money for 3 Water Filters, making a huge difference to families in India.

They only cost £40 and make a massive difference to the health of the families who get one. We are going to work in small groups competing against each other to see who can get the most filters with their fund raising activities. We are trying to think of interesting and fun ways to raise the money, so watch this space!

We will let you see how we are getting on during our open afternoon this term – date tba.

The children will be working with Miss Ross for science, and will be studying the human body.

And we had a fair old go at dressing up during Golden Time. I let Flora loose with the camera!

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Any queries, I’m here every day!

 

(That one is for our sheepy class member called ‘Lamby’)

Lamby playing our game

Yes it’s back to school again, and a HUGE welcome to all the fabulous children in primary 5/4!

We’ve had a bit of a guddly week just getting sorted for the year. I’ll put in some pictures at the end, after I’ve given you some information about the running of the class. I promise I won’t always write this much! Only for the first week…

As already intimated, P.E. sessions are on a Monday and a Thursday. The children are expected to bring a complete change of clothes from their usual school uniform.

Homework will be given out on a Thursday. The children should hand the completed work in by the next Thursday. There will usually be spelling words in the language task. Please take the time to learn these words with your child, as I will be testing them each Thursday to see how well they know them. Handwriting should be joined now, all the time, not just in our handwriting jotters!

There will be some form of maths work to do each week. This will often be related to the work we are doing in class. 

There will sometimes be a discussion task. This will usually be relevant to the piece of writing that we are going to be doing on Friday. We spend all week working on related activities for the writing task, so help from home is invaluable to the success of your child’s writing.

This is the big year for the times tables! PLEASE work with your child at home as much as you are able. I find bribery works very well (!), along with any kind of a game with a competative element of some kind.

A really good thing to make them aware of is this; after they have learnt the 0,1,2,3,4,5,10 times tables (really thoroughly), there are only 10 more tables facts to learn!

This is because you can reverse the small tables (eg. 5X9 is the same as 9X5) so most of the big tables they actually know already! These 10 are the hardest ones to learn BUT definitely worth concentrating on. Your child’s maths confidence goes through the roof! In ALL areas of maths.

6X6, 6X7, 6X8, 6X9

7X7, 7X8, 7X9

8X8, 8X9,

9X9

That’s it! Much more achievable!

I try to get the children to take as much interest as they can in the local, national and world news, so again, help from home is appreciated. They love when they have already heard something about the topical news we discuss in class, or maybe read in First News, (fabulous children’s newspaper available online or in newsagents) or watch on Newsround.

I’m here every night after school so please give me a phone or come in to see me if there is anything at all I can help you with. PLEASE keep your eye on the blog, as a lot of class information is there, and I really try to update it every week.

Hopefully the children will enjoy their learning this year as much as I know I’m going to love teaching them!!!

Here are the promised photos! I’ll let the children explain them this week!

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