Learning and Teaching Overview

Attached is the Learning and Teaching Overview for Term 3.

Learning and Teaching Overview

Tennis Tournament

We had lots of fun last Friday at Tennis Tournament, well done to everyone involved.


On Friday we created our very own Picasso drawings. In order to reflect the collage effect of Picasso’s art the class had different eyes/head/mouth/nose to choose from and a role of the dice decided their luck. We were all very impressed with the final pictures, great effort from all. Jake managed to finish his art quickly so he travelled the classroom and took “selfies” with our young Picassos!


I hope you all enjoyed your break.

Please don’t forget a packed lunch for Friday as we have a Tennis Tournament in the afternoon and will be leaving school at 12:10pm.

New Year Activities

We have spent some time this week focusing on New Year’s Resolutions and the reason behind creating such goals. We followed this discussion with a ‘snowballing’ activity, where the children threw a crumpled piece of paper on which they had written their New Year’s Resolution in order to share ideas and thoughts. An activity the class seemed to thoroughly enjoy!

We followed this up on Tuesday by planning and compiling our own list of New Year’s Resolutions onto stars ready to display in the classroom. I am so impressed with the variety of goals and targets and it’s lovely to hear about everyone’s achievements and hobbies outside the classroom as well as academic goals within!


I adopted a Polar Bear from WWF as part of P.5/6 Christmas Present. We got a special delivery on Thursday with information about how our money will help and we also received a little toy Polar Bear to have in our own classroom. The class have decided to call him Dave.. 🙂

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Lovely New Year! Enjoy the Holidays.

Christmas Parties

Both Primary 5 and Primary 6 and lots of fun at their parties on Monday. It was so lovely to see everyone dressed up and thank you so much for all your kind food donations!

Term 2 – Week 8 highlights


As part of our Sea Life and Shipwrecks topic this term the class delved into the world of pirates. P.5/6 then used this information to create their very own bounty posters. I am very impressed with the information and knowledge they have accurately used within their posters!


This week P.5/6 have focused on data handling within mathematics. We spent time at the start of the week learning how to accurately interpret data from a variety of graphs. On Thursday the class spent time analysing pro’s and cons of different types of data collection methods and then created their own surveys in groups to gather data about a chosen topic.

On Friday the class traveled around school to different classes to gather the data for their survey. We plan on collating the data and displaying it in a form of their choice at the beginning of next week.

Star Pupil of the Month 

P.5/6 Star of the Month is Henry Leitch. A huge well done to Henry, he consistently works very hard during all tasks and has a really positive attitude toward learning. Henry is kind to everyone within the class and always positive and helpful. 

Parent Helpers Required!

On Thursday the 21st the whole school are walking to Culduthel Community Centre for the end of term Christian Service. P.5/6 are looking for two parent helpers who are free from 9:30am to walk with us to the service.


Thank you so much to every single pupil in P.5/6 who completed their homework and designed and created their own home-made boat. I am so delighted with the effort that was made from every individual, they look absolutely fantastic. On Tuesday we engaged in an experiment to see which boats would last the longest floating and some were even tested by waves and storms (well, nearly) and I was incredibly impressed at the durability of each and every one. You should all be very pleased. We took this learning forward by concentrating in the afternoon on density and the impact this has on floating and sinking.

A few children decided to take their boats home but here’s a selection of ones we had left!

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Term 2 – Week 7 highlights

Macduff Aquarium

Our class trip to Macduff Aquarium was hugely successful, well done P.5/6. On arrival we were introduced to our tour guide Robbie who showed us around the aquarium and took us through the learning programme “Seashore to Seafloor”. As we traveled the aquarium we were learning about the variety of underwater habitats and the abilities of different species to adapt to their environments. The class took a voyage through the underwater habitats from coasts, rocky shores, down to the sea floor. We were introduced to the challenges that plants and animals face living in this environment and spent some time focusing on the effects of rubbish on marine life. The discussion identified links to our learning in class through the Global Goal “Life Below Water” which focuses on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

P.5/6 all worked really hard on their listening skills yesterday and I am so pleased with the knowledge and facts they have taken away from the trip, well done!!

We then went on to the touch pools where the class had the opportunity to touch star fish, hermit crabs and a spider crab too, they were all very brave!

Parent/Carers Open Session

Reminder that there is an Open Afternoon this Thursday from 2:00-2:45pm.

Term 2 – Week 5 highlights

School Trip

A letter went home on Thursday with details of the upcoming school trip. On Monday 4th of December P.5/6 will be travelling to Macduff Marine Aquarium to participate in a guided tour, a session at the touch pools and engagement in the learning programme “Seashore to Seafloor”. The trip cost is £12.50 which is to be handed in by Friday 1st December.

Reading Buddies

As result of Road Safety Week P. 5/6 visited P.2a on Thursday to share the book “Ziggy and Maggie Start School” with the aims of discussing and exploring how to keep safe on the roads. We had extremely positive feedback both from the pupils from 5/6 and 2a (as well as the teachers) so a huge congratulations to all of those involved!


Last week P.5/6 were introduced to the fishing industry within Scotland and they spent some time reading and analysing information in order to come to a reasoned decision on whether they were for or against the motion “Fishing in Scotland should be allowed”. On Tuesday afternoon the class was split into groups and each group debated the motion. The intentions of the debate were to: show respectful listening gestures respond appropriately to the opinions and others and analyse and evaluate information in order to come to a reasoned decision. I was incredibly impressed with the effort and engagement throughout the debate by every pupil, well done!!

Topic Homework went home this afternoon – can you ensure all pupils have the note with explanation of task.

Term 2 – Week 4 highlights

Star of the Month

Huge congratulations to Ava Inglis for being P.5/6 Star Pupil of the Month! Ava is a hardworking and determined pupil who continuously supports others within the class by offering a help in hand or spares her time to cheer them up, well done Ava!

Numeracy and Mathematics

The class have delved into the topic of fractions this week, starting on Monday with an exploration into different fractions using Skittles, Paper Pizzas and Trivial Pursuit Pies! The week progressed and the class have been working incredibly hard to increase their knowledge of fractions, looking both at equivalent fractions and finding fraction of whole numbers.


P.5/6 were lucky enough to be part of the Into Film Festival and we traveled to Vue Cinema on Tuesday to watch “Sing”. The class spent time today creating a Review for the Film, concentrating on our reciprocal reading role of summarising and using personal opinions to create an analysis of the film.

Learning and Teaching Overview

Attached is the Learning and Teaching Overview for Term 2. The overview shares learning expectations, routines and relevant information for P.5/6. Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries.

Learning and Teaching Overview – Term 2

Term 2 – Week 2

A huge thank you to Ruairidh Stirling’s grandfather who sent us a cocoa pod all the way over from Sri Lanka! The class were delighted to be able to see with their own eyes what a cocoa pod looks, feels and smells like. We were surprised at the size of the cocoa pod and the smell is not what we anticipated, some pupils thought it smelt like watermelon! P.5/6 are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to explore the cocoa pod for ourselves, we just wish we had the correct climate to go through the bean to bar process in the classroom!

Term 2 – Week 1 highlights.

Welcome back!

The children have had a great first week back and it was lovely to hear all their exciting news from the holiday! 

Health and Wellbeing

On Thursday afternoon we spent some time talking about lots of different emotions and how these emotions make us feel. We created a piece of artwork based on these different emotions – can you guess which group had which emotion?? Following this task we engaged in circle time where we discussed the best strategies and coping mechanisms to help us deal with these emotions appropriately.

Numeracy and Mathematics

This week we have spent time consolidating our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape through practical activities and exploring recycling to help us identify the correct nets for different shapes. The class have displayed excellent knowledge surrounding the properties and facts of all the different shapes and I am very impressed, well done!


Further to our writing sent home with the learning conversations we have started another piece of imaginative writing – What I wish I had done on my holidays! We’ve been concentrating on story structure with an emphasis on correct use of paragraphs to assist our development in the story. I look forward to reading the finished product as P.5/6 are full of fabulous ideas to make these stories exciting.

Term 1 – Week 8.

Chocolate Tasting! 

To complete our chocolate topic P.5/6 spent some time tasting a variety of different chocolates with the intention of identifying the correct colour and flavour. I was very impressed with their efforts and all individuals managed to successfully identify at least half of the flavours, great work. Miss Marshall and my two willing helpers, Alice and Imogen, had a great laugh watching the class taste the different flavours, lots of interesting facial expressions were made! The chilli chocolate, despite the pictures, was very popular! 

Parent/carers Open Session

You are invited to our Open Morning on Tuesday 3rd October from 11:00-11:45am. All parents/carers are very welcome to visit our classroom and it would be lovely to see you to share p.5/6 learning so far!

Term 1 – Week 7 Highlights. 


During Listening and Talking we are learning how to show respect for the views and opinions of others. In class we ordered a variety of chocolate bars from our ‘favourite’ to our ‘least favourite’. Following this we found a partner and shared our choices, concentrating on making respectful comments in response to others opinions. Each individual then created a word bank of sentences or phrases they might use to value and respect the opinions of others- thinking carefully about how you might politely disagree!


During Science with Miss Ross this week the class made up their own dance to demonstrate each step of the digestive system to traditional Scottish music. Excellent participation from all pupils, well done!

Term 1 – Week 5 Highlights. 

Star Pupil

A huge well done to Chloe Watt who got Star Pupil of Primary 5/6 this month. Chloe received the award for her determined attitude across all subjects. Chloe is always willing to give it a go and has really been using her growth mind-set, well done!

Daily Weekly Mile

Well done to P. 5/6 for getting off to a fantastic start completing our Friday mile, the class managed to run/jog/walk the sports field 7 times! Special thanks to Toryn for being the class photographer, a job Miss Marshall is yet to master.

Term 1 – Week 4 Highlights. 

Spelling Success 

A huge well done to everyone in P.5/6 for their best efforts in the spelling quiz this week. Everyone who completed their spelling homework achieved 10/10 in the quiz today, well done!


This week we have been exploring the journey of chocolate from bean to bar. Different groups learnt different stages of the process before presenting their information to the class. Excellent presentation skills from all involved!


The class should be very proud of their paintings created on Wednesday with Miss MacDonald. They all look great! The class used inspiration from Scottish Artist Steven Brown to create their colorful and imaginary pieces.

Learning and teaching Overview

Attached is the P.5/6 Overview which aims to share information, daily routines and expectations for learning in Term 1. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Learning and Teaching Overview


Welcome to Primary 5/6!

We’ve had a great first week spending lots of time getting to know our new classmates. It was lovely to watch the class share personal items brought from home to help them get to know each other.

P.5/6 have a PE slot on Monday with the specialist teacher, outside kit is necessary. 








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