Just a wee reminder of the opening morning happening on Tuesday 3rd October. WE are focusing on writing and it will be a great opportunity to have a look at your child’s work and enjoy doing some writing together. We hope to see many of you there!
Writing for 3/10/17
Conclusion Help Sheet – WRITING A GOOD CONCLUSION
Discursive Planning Template – Discursive Essay Plan
Useful links for research:
Week 7 Highlights
On Monday we watched a great performance from Hopscotch Theatre based on the UNCRC Rights of The Child. It helped to remind us how lucky we are to be protected by these rights, and showed us what could happen if these rights were removed.
We learnt through a very catchy song that we all have the right to be:
Safe Healthy Active Nurtured Achieving Respected Responsible Included
STEM Hub Sphero Workshop
On Thursday we visited the STEM Hub at the UHI to learn how to code and programme robotic spheres. We learnt how important it was to give computer clear and detailed instructions, and how easily it can go wrong!
We began by programming the robot to preform simple tasks such as going forwards and backwards; we progressed to more complicated movements as the morning went on. We then had to design a chariot for our Sphero and race them to see which design what the most effective in terms of speed. We had a fantastic morning!
Week 6 Highlights
This week we have been working on designing Highland Cows inspired by famous Scottish artist, Steve Brown, well loved McCoo design! We created a Scottish landscape background using coloured pencil and made our McCoos vibrant and bright using oil pastels. Here’s a selection of the finished results; don’t they look fabulous!
We were made very welcome today at the IRA and enjoyed seeing round the school. Our sixth year guides were helpful and we spotted some familiar ex Lochardil faces around the place since they didn’t get out on their Sponsored Walk. We look forward to meeting Mr Fyffe and some of the older pupils for a question and answer session next term. We are going to be part of the largest year group the IRA have ever had – just like our time at Lochardil. Good to keep the record breaking going!
Writing for next week
To extend our learning around alcohol, our writing next week will be a discursive essay on the topic:
Should the legal drinking age in the UK be lowered to 16?
You should plan you essay over the long weekend on the planning sheet provided; if you have lost this please click the link below for an extra copy.
Kirking of the Council 10.9.17
A big thank you to all our House and Vice Captains who came along to support this important event. The Kirking is a blessing given to the city and Council. The tradition goes back hundreds of years and involves a procession around the town and service at the Old High Church. There was a reception at the Town House after. We proudly flew the school flag and enjoyed being photographed and filmed by lots of interested by standers!
It was also good to see Jack, James and Callum there representing other youth organisations in the city.
WEEK 4 HIGHLIGHTS
Skills Development Scotland – DIY Coding
On Friday we visited the Skills Development Scotland centre to take part in our first workshop with them – DIY Coding.
Our job was to code a light panel to create our own moving light pictures; we came up with lots of creative ideas such as a bottle flip and a disco dancer. We thoroughly enjoyed our tip and look forward to visiting SDS again in November for out “Space Junk” workshop.
Pop Art anti-smoking pictures
We have been learning all about the health risks that smoking can bring and how detrimental it can be. We wanted to encourage people not too smoke so designed Pop Art inspired pictures to communicate our message. We used oil pastels in bright colours to create out eye catching artwork!
Well Done Callum!
And finally, congratulations to Callum who recently won 2 trophies for cricket. Well done!
WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS
On Monday we conducted an experiment to find out what happens to the tar in cigarettes when you smoke them and to look at any differences between different brands of cigarettes. Although we were disappointed that the experiment didn’t work as well as we would have hoped, we did find that the tar collected in the cotton wool and that different brands differ in the amount of tar they have.
First Aid Training
On Thursday afternoon we had a visit from Kristy who works for the British Red Cross. She taught us how to respond in emergency situations and how to give CPR; we particularly enjoyed giving CPR to the rhythm of “Staying Alive”! We received a certificate for the class to recognize the training that we have completed.
Reading to Our Buddies
On Friday afternoon we were invited to go and visit our buddies in Primary 1. We shared a story with them and enjoyed spending time with them all, which was lovely end to our week!
Writing – 21/08/17
Below is the link for the clip “The Black Hole” that we watched in class.
This week we are staying imaginative writing and your task for this week is to either continue the story, or write your own story involving a black hole. Remember we are focusing on ambitious connective and descriptive language.
Curriculum Overview – Term 1
Please click below for this term’s overview of learning, routines and relevant information for the year ahead.
It was lovely to see everyone back to school this week feeling rested and raring to go for the year ahead!
This week we have been very busy being buddies to our new Primary 1s. The praise for the maturity and responsibility shown, and the good example that we have been setting for our littlest learners has been pouring in from both staff and pupils, so a big well done to all the Primary 7s!
This week we have been settling into our new routines (and our new temporary home) and having some fun at the beginning of our P7 experience!
Well done to Adnan who was our first “Star of the Week”, and to Niamh, Aimee, Lucy, Adela and Cora as their table won “Table of the Week”!
Please keep checking the blog for regular updates and information regarding class events, etc.
In the meantime have a look at some pictures from the first week!