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!
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!).
Just a quick round up of some of the activities this week, as I will be posting the ‘Termly Overview’ with dates and information very soon.
We were finding out about acute, right, obtuse, straight line, reflex and full turn angles. We used an angle generating ‘machine’ to help us…
We also painted some HUGE poppies inspired by a book about Remembrance Day, and by looking at Georgia O’Keefe’s work. The children worked with a partner. I was very proud of how well they all listened to instructions, watched and imitated my demonstration AND didn’t spill the water all over it! As expected, this brilliant class worked together as a team beautifully. (And Cameron is not doing what it looks like he’s doing…he was putting his hand up!)
Watch this space for lots of information on the Termly Overview.
We have been working on communicating with our partner school in France the past two weeks. Myself and the lovely Mrs MacLelland are going to visit them for a week in Versailles. We will be sampling the local wine culture!
The children were working with primary 3 to make a film. Mrs Scotstoun and I are working on a way to upload this, but there is too much content. We’re trying to make a link… so watch this space. I will put the children’s letters in French on here. Can you translate? Ask the children to help if you get stuck! (or do like I did, and use google translate;-D )
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.
We were reading fabulous books, and working on rounding and estimating.
Our art work this week was copying fruit and veg in minute detail. Next week we will colour them in, using a variety of media. Much more successful than our bowls….BUT we do have clay now!
We played netball on Tuesday in our MUGA gym session, which was great fun. Great game netball!
Robbie was such a star. He got this trophy for being the Scottish 8-9 year old Trial Bike Champion! Congratulations Robbie. A lot of commitment and skill, and very dedicated parents!!! We are very proud of you Robbie!
In French we were doing colours in French and BSL. The children had to give me the French and the sign, when they pulled a colour from the feely bag. It has been fun revising french, and adding the BSL sign. It’s another tool to help the memory perhaps?
For Golden Time a lot of the children like to dress up…….here are some of the crazy kids!
Finally, our first winner of the Pupil Achievement Award is…..Keira Robertson. Well done Keira!
In art we started doing some papier mache but we may have to abandon task! The original lesson needed clay, and our cupboard clay had gone. It was fun to do, but not as good as the clay. Still, the children did learn how to make and apply smooth effective papier mache! We will do it again when the clay comes in. C’est la vie!
We also decided to make some delicious cupcake pictures with pastels. Real pastels are so lovely to work with, and the children had a (messy) ball.
We were working on chrome books, laptops and pcs to try to find interesting ways to follow up our weekly reading book passages. Robert made a moving animation of Rudolf Nureyev flying through the air in a beautiful jetee in a field using our fabulous 2Simple programme.
Finally this week we were playing a clapping and rhythm game called, ‘Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.’ Ask your child how it’s played BUT you need a lot of people to play!
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!”
Just a very quick welcome back to all Primary 5B parents. I will be updating this blog with a Termly Overview next week.
I generally put all necessary info on the blog, as much as I can, every Friday. Hopefully this will give you everything you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything at all affecting your child, I’m here most days till 5 and am here early in the morning, so just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone.
As I say, more about the coming term next week. Very exciting!