I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2020. Have a fabulous holiday everyone!
Ross spoke passionately to us about his experiences of biking. He showed us photos to demonstrate his skills too. Well done Ross!
We made Christmas wreaths! We used our knowledge of tone to add depth of colour to our holly leaves. You can personalise these wreaths by adding a photo in the middle of them!
We had a fabulous Christmas party today and had lots of fun! There was Scottish Country dancing along with lots of party games too. Many thanks for all the kind donations of food!
Congratulations to Oscar who is our Star of the Week for his fabulous writing! Well done Oscar!
Singing Practice for Eastgate. You all did a great job on Tuesday! Well done!
Congratulation to Lillie, who is our Star of the Week for her fabulous use of similes in her writing. Well done!
We had a visit from Dawn from MFR Cash for Kids on Wednesday. We learned that there are lots of different jobs you can do within MFR, but that Dawn enjoys being involved in MFR Cash for Kids the most. We learned that MFR Cash for Kids helps local children in lots of different ways, but they prioritise food, shelter and clothing. Thank you for coming to speak to us and giving us fabulous gifts too! We loved the inflatable microphones!
We had a fabulous Christmas lunch! ?
Thank you to all who joined us at Eastgate. We hope you enjoyed the performance! A huge thank you and well done to all the boys and girls of P5 for their fabulous performance. Everyone managed to get up in stage and sing, despite a few nerves, which is hugely courageous. You all sang beautifully too! We raised a fantastic £104 for MFR Cash for Kids and Mission Christmas! A huge thank you to Inverness Taxis ( @InvernessTaxis ) for showing true Christmas spirit and kindly providing our transport free of charge.
It is December and we have a very special advent calendar in our classroom. Instead of chocolate, it provides a gift to help children who are struggling to get their rights of education, healthcare, shelter, food and water. So far, our doors has revealed the gifts of a measles vaccine, pencils, a mosquito net to prevent malaria and vitamins for undernourished children.
Congratulations to Ayla, who was our Star of the Week for her fabulous contributions to our Health and a Wellbeing discussions. Ayla has a wonderful positive mindset!
We had a visit from Vincent, from the SSPCA.
He taught us about the work of the SSPCA and brought along owl robots for us to build and programme. Fabulous learning for our STEM skills and great fun too!
Oscar was delighted to meet Oscar the Owl!
Here a few things we learned about the work of the SSPCA
That the most common animal helped by the SSPCA are seagulls.
Most SSPCA workers go to college or university to complete a course to help them learn about animals and how to look after them. Vincent studied Zoology.
Seals can be the most dangerous animals to help, as they are likely to bite and cause an infection.
The SSPCA help domestic, wild and farm animals.
Congratulations to Erin, who is our Pupil of the Month! She is our Pupil of the Month for her fabulous teamwork and gymnastic skills while creating a group gymnastic routine in PE. Well done Erin! She also won a trophy at the weekend for her fantastic dancing!
All of our amazing P5 pupils are our Stars of the Week this week for their fabulous fundraising efforts. They organised, ran and managed all the fundraising activities brilliantly and we raised an incredible £786.58. A massive thank you to everyone who donated items, money and their precious time to help us. We really appreciate it!
To celebrate the 30th birthday of the United Nations Rights of the Child, please enjoy a special day at school on Wednesday 20 November.
Come to school in your party clothes if you want to dress up!
Play some fun party games
Enjoy a special Celebration assembly with UNIKIDS.
Let’s have some fun as we remember all the UNCRC articles that we enjoy.
Children in Need is on Friday and P5a and P5b have organised lots of fun activities and games to raise money for this fabulous cause. There will also be a ‘Dress Down Day’ on Friday for a donation of £1. There will also be a bake stall and raffle. Any donations of baking (no items containing nuts please) or items for our raffle would be gratefully received. Please send in any items of baking, or prizes, into school by Friday. Thank you very much!
From P5a and P5b
A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! We have collected a fantastic 52 boxes this year. These gifts are really treasured by those who receive them.
From Primary 5a
Well done to Lily, Freya, Katie, Erin and Ayla who spoke at our assembly today about the work of Blythswood and our fundraising plans for Children in Need. They all spoke so confidently and clearly. Well done!
We had a visit today from Elma MacKay who works for Blythswood. Mrs MacKay has recently visited Eastern Europe and she was able to tell us all about the people she met there and what Blythswood are doing to improve their lives. She also spoke about the work Blythswood do locally to help those in need. We learned about the history of Blythswood, what her job involves, what skills you need to work for Blythswood and how we can get involved and support their work. We would like to say a huge thank you to her!
We are learning about the work of Poppy Scotland in the lead up to Remembrance Day. We have been learning about the use of tone in art and we are creating Poppy Artwork using a variety of media, including charcoal.
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox appeal so far. Please can we have all donations into school by Friday. Thank you very much!
From P5a and Miss MacArthur
We are very excited about our trip to Edinburgh to see a live performance of the Lion King at the Playhouse Theatre. Please could we have all deposits in by 08.11.19. Thank you very much!
P5a are organising a collection for this year’s Blythswood appeal. We would be very grateful if we could have all shoeboxes handed into school by the 08.11.19.
Leaflets about the shoebox appeal, including a checklist of items, were sent home this week. Please let us know if you need any more information or anymore leaflets.
Thank you so much for your support!
From P5a and Miss MacArthur
This week, classes in Explore have been making things over the campfire. The classes learned about fire safety and used their weighing and measuring skills to make Dampers – sweet bread – over an open fire.
In case you would like to make this tasty bonfire treat, here is the recipe.
- 250g self raising flour
- 40g Caster sugar
- 100 ml water
- First, put the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the water a little at a time and mix well.
- Use clean hands to knead the mixture and bring it together, adding more flour or water as required.
- Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
- Find a 50cm stick and cover the end in tin foil.
- Take a small amount of dough, make it into a sausage shape and coil around the top of the stick.
- Bake over hot embers for 10 to 15 minutes until it is golden brown and solid to touch. Alternatively, these could be baked in the oven (without the stick!).
- Fill with butter, jam or chocolate spread.
Congratulations to Tyla, who is our pupil of the of the month for her fabulous written work! It is always so neatly presented and full of description! Well done Tyla!
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday!
We took part in the BBC Growth Mindset and Well-being lesson live, where we have been learning about the power of YET and having a positive mindset. Let’s focus on what we will be able to achieve one day, with some hard work and effort!
This is an advance notice that we will be supporting this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us in the past. Last year we collected 55 shoeboxes and we would love to make this an extra special Christmas for those in need again this year.
This year Blysthswood will be collecting our filled Shoeboxes on Friday November the 8th. We would be very grateful if all donations could be handed into school by then. A checklist of suitable Christmas gifts to include in your shoebox will be going home on the first week of term.
Please help us to spread love and hope this Christmas.
P5a wanted to learn how to make bread. We learned that the ingredient called yeast makes the dough rise. It needs sugar and warm water to work. We made dip of different flavours to try with our homemade bread. Our favourite flavour was chilli! ? It is believed that chilli originated from Mexico.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our open morning. We loved being able to share our school day with you all! If you have not yet had the chance to leave us feedback, I would be very grateful if you would by using the link which you can find on our school blog.
We had great fun learning how to make fresh pasta in P5a. We loved kneading the dough, rolling out the dough, cutting the dough into our favourite shapes and using the pasta machine!
We have been learning about international food. We have been learning how to prepare food safely and we wanted to learn how to prepare vegetables and how to make homemade soup. Today we made vegetable soup and had great fun tasting a variety of foods and flavours from a variety of countries. Spicy food is a favourite in P5a!
We have taken part in the 2019 ‘Big Read’ for National Poetry day. We looked at the poem ‘Mercy,’ by Kit Wright.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our morning today. We loved being able to share our school day with you all and it was a lot of fun. If you did not get the chance to leave feedback, there is a link to our feedback questionnaire on the blog.
We have been learning about international foods in P5a and wanted to learn how pasta is made. We had such a great time making pasta. We enjoyed working the dough, rolling it out and cutting it out into the shapes of our choice. We loved using the pasta machine too!
Congratulations to Katie! She is our star of the week this week for her fabulous teamwork skills in PE. She made great use of the available space and showed fabulous skills of passing and catching the ball. Well done Katie!
After our visit from the Kakatsitsi Drummers last week, P5A and P4 made this Kente Cloth. Kente cloth is an important tradition in Ghana. Woven from strips of coloured cloth, each colour represents something different. We learned about colour, line and pattern, and some of us learned to weave for the first time.
We had perfect weather for PE this week. We were learning how to use space effectively and how to shadow our opponents. We were practising our throwing and catching skills while having great fun too!
Congratulations to Alex, our Star of the Week, for his fabulous art work. His observation skills and attention to detail was great. Well done Alex!
We had a wonderful visit from the Kakatsitsi performers this week. They are from the Ga tribe in Ghana, where they speak over 50 languages including English, French and Ga. They taught us a traditional fishing song and taught us how to play the drums and shakers. We learned that when you change the position of your hands, you can change the sound the drum makes. They call this tone, bass, slap and tips. We loved having a go ourselves! Playing the drums was our favourite part.
Congratulations to Cameron, who was our ‘Pupil of the month’ for his fabulous maths work. He puts so much effort into all of his work and has fabulous concentration! Well done Cameron!
P5a are concentrating on invasion games in PE just now. We have been developing our spatial awareness and having great fun too!
This week has been a very busy and fun week!
We have been learning how to keep ourselves and each other safe during food preparation. We have created information posters, with our own individually designed mascots, to communicate what we know about food hygiene and safety and we are very proud of the result. We are very excited to put our knowledge into practice next week as we begin to design and create our own recipes!
Congratulations to Maria, who is our Star of the Week for her fabulous information poster. It was really informative and beautifully presented. Well done Maria!
We have had a fabulous and busy week in P5a. Our highlights have been learning about food hygiene and safety, increasing our heart rates while having a great time in PE, learning about place value and learning how to use our Chromebooks.
Congratulations to Andrew, who was our ‘Star of the week’ for his fabulous reading work. Well done Andrew!
This week the upper school started Explore classes: our new outdoor learning lessons (p3/4 will have this next week). All 250 kids had the chance to say what they thought Explore should be about and what they wanted to learn. All the classes started making class totem poles! To quote one P5, “This sounds amazing!”