Please find attached an update of our term 3 overview including a brief overview of what we will be doing in Explore, this term.
To Celebrate Chinese New Year and Burns Night, the pupils in our class will have the opportunity to take part in a food tasting session on Wednesday afternoon, this week, where they will get to sample foods from both Chinese and Scottish culture. The children will have the choice of what they do or do not want to try. If your child has any dietry requirements or allergies, that I need to be aware of, please let me know.
Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with swimming. If you are able to help on the following dates or would be willing to be on our “emergency stand in” list please get in touch with Miss MacDonald.
Friday 6th March
Friday 27th March
Friday 24th April
Today we created charcoal drawings inspired by our report writing on the Australian Bush fires. Don’t they look amazing?
Our P6 pupils are due to go swimming,on Friday afternoons over 10 weeks, from the 7th February. However, unfortunately we have yet to secure any parent helpers. If we are not able to get parent helpers for each of these weeks we will be unable to take the P6 pupils swimming. If you are able to help for any of the dates, please get in touch with Miss MacDonald in P6B. Parents will not be required to swim, simply accompany and supervise the pupils.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in enabling us to provide an enhanced curriculum for our children here at Lochardil.
We had great fun developing our model work skills, creating our very own Terracotta Army. This term we are studying China and we are doing our Scottish opera on the Terracotta Warriors. We still have to decorate these but they are coming together.
Neil, our local scout leader came into school today to tell us all about the skills we could be developing and the fun and experiences we could be having by joining scouts. He forgot to bring in all his information leaflets so he is going to drop them off at school this week. He said that Scouts is on every Monday evening in Green Drive Hall from 7pm-9pm.
Miss Mac Donald
We did our start of unit assessment for Money ? this week. A lot of people in our class found the division questions really tricky. We started working on division practice today but If you can, please practise multiplication and division facts at home this week in order to boost confidence and understanding . #teamwork
the first Emperor of China, destined to rule his Empire forever. After all, didn’t he drink the Elixir of Life, a potion that promises immortality? Not such a great promise when that elixir turns out to be a deadly poison. Now the afterlife awaits, but even a dead Emperor needs an army. So, over many years, he’s gathered a vast hoard to watch over him after death – 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots, all armoured and armed to the teeth. And every one of them moulded from clay…
This term we will be working alongside the other P5 and P6 pupils in partnership with Scottish Opera to tell the true story of Emperor Qin’s incredible 2,000 year old terracotta army, and the clay warriors that continue to amaze and delight millions all over the world to this very day.
The timing of Scottish opera has worked out well for us as Our topic this term is CHINA ??. You will be able to come alongand see our performance in March. I will share dates for your Diary,in our term overview, next week.
In P6B We have been researching the Australian Bush Fires and reading news reports to help us write our own report, next week. Yesterday we made pictorial story maps to summarise one of the articles that we read .
Bushfires have been burning since September and haveintensified over the past week. People have had toevacuate dueto high temperatures and strong winds causing the fires to spread.More than 20 people havedied and habitats have beendestroyed. New South Wales has been worst affected.
Here are some of our peace windows from P6B. These window frames are decorated with symbols from different world religions and symbolise our belief and hope that everyone can live peacefully , together in our world #windowtotheworld #peace #GlobalGoals #Equality #respect #belief
On Monday 9th December we didn’t do P.E. because Miss Barclay wasn’t here. So instead we had Mrs Finlay, and we did a detective problem solving where we were the Jury and we had to listen to two sides of the same story and we had to think which story was true. It was tricky but fun. We also watched the P1s and P2s perform their nativity. It was the same show that we did when we were in P2.
On Tuesday, We learned about Weather in French. It was really fun. We felt like weather forecasters and we learnt lots from Miss Macdonald. She is an amazing French teacher. Next, after lunch was topic. We watched a video clip about how our brains process things and how we all have different opinions.
We split into groups of 4 and got given a BIG question. Some examples were:
- What is love?
- How are adults different to children?
- Do animals have rights?
We recorded our thoughts on a big A3 poster then we shot a video about what our opinions on the question were.
Wednesday was good because it was Christmas jumper and Christmas dinner day. During lunch there was Christmas music playing. Before lunch we had Explore with Mrs Scotsonn. Since Miss Barclay was off, we did social dancing with mrs Scotson. We did the Military Two Step and the Dashing White Sergeant.
On Thursday we weren’t here due to an election day but all the teachers were in school.
On Friday Miss MacDonald was not in class in the morning so she left us some work to do with Miss Marshall. We did reading and maths then we had golden time before the open afternoon. After lunch our parents came to our classes and we showed them the work that we had been doing on book creator. We have been researching Christmas around the world as part of our topic because many people believe different things or celebrate in different ways.
Thank you for reading our blog From Elsie + James M
Primary 6 had a fantastic day at their Christmas party. One of our favourite games was “The After Eight Game” We had to get the After 8 from our foreheads into our mouth simply by moving our faces. Check out some of our expressions :
We also showed off our Scottish dancing skills :
Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Christmas party. Pupils can come to school in their party clothes. Don’t forget to bring your “highlighted” party food.
We are still in need of 2 parent helpers for our CCC service on Thursday morning. If anyone from either P6 class can help, please let me know. Thank you
A massive than you to everyone who donated money, items and their precious time to help our fundraising efforts for Children in Need. We raised a fabulous £786.58! Mrs Prentice and Miss MacArthur would also like to thank the P5 pupils and P7 volunteers for all their hard work organising and running all the fundraising activities. Well done everyone!
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
Please click on the link above to access our overview for term 2.
This term our IDL will be : Beyond Belief. This IDL will build on children’s sustainable learning development and enable pupils to apply and grow their knowledge and understanding of rights as well as our school values of respect, responsibility, love, confidence and pride.
It will provide children with an opportunity to question and try to explain the world around them by looking at philosophy, spirituality and religion . Looking back to our term 1 topic, in the words of Greek Philosopher, Aristotle “It is the mark on an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ” Children will explore varying beliefs, religions and values as well as developing an understanding of both mental and physical health and wellbeing, thus looking at people and society as a whole.
Children will be given the opportunity to develop philosophical thinking and a more holistic understanding of the world through asking questions and exploring answers from different viewpoints. We will explore and compare how religion, science, pholosphers, values and individual opinions aim to answer life’s big questions.
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
As part of our topic this term we will be doing a bit of philosophy and thinking about some of life’s BIG questions. Today we started to research different point of view and answers to the question : How was our world created? We look at viewpoints from different religions , science and astronomy. Pupils are working in groups to create a poster explaining a specific point of view. They will then share this with the class. We remembered that everyone has the right to an opinion and to be respectful of all viewpoints.
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.
Thank you for all your support and to all the pupils for their hard work this term. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 28th October. Have a great holiday . Here is our blog written by Hamish and Morgan:
Monday we had P.E with Miss Barkley for the whole afternoon because Miss Macdonald was at a meeting. We played a game where we had to throw the ball to someone on your team who was on the other side of the hall, on a bench and they caught the ball then you would go join them on the bench. The aim of the game was to get your whole team on the bench. Then the P7s came in and we played benchball with them.
On Tuesday we had an open morning for our parents to come in and see our work. We did a topic task about how different life in Sparta and Athens was. We had to think about what rights the children living in each place had or didn’t have. We also did a sheet about our emotions and talked to our parents about it.
Last week we made baby cards for the uni kids to send to the government because kids in other countries are dying of diseases that we have the cure to.
Recently we started to do Successful learners and Effective Contributors each day. We have an envelope that will have someone’s name in it and if they have been listening, have not been in trouble and have been responsible and respectful for that day we get 5 dojos and a little sweet. If the people do not get it, Miss MacDonald does not say who it was.
Last week we did a workshop with Scotish Ballet , If you look on class dojo there is some videos of us.
We also did writing about heroes and villains. We used Hercules as a model text to help us write our story.
In maths we did our end of unit assessment on place value and we did amazing!
We are moving on to fractions/decimals/percentages . It is going to be tricky but we will try our best.
We also did French, with Miss Cox where we learned about Birthdays, numbers and colours.
As you can see we have had a busy time but it has been fun. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and have a great holiday.
By Morgan and Hamish
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.
Bike ability workshops will run for all primary 6 pupils next term. The children will need to bring their bike to school on the following dates. If your child does not have a bike or is unable to get it to school please just let us know. They may be able to share with a friend . P6 A will have their sessions from 0915-0945 and P6B from 0945-1015.
Thank you so much to everyone who managed to pop along to our class this morning. If you haven’t had a chance, we would be super grateful if you could take a moment to fill out this short poll to provide us with some feedback (even if you couldn’t make it along today) everyone’s voice counts.
The poll can be found on the link below. This link is the same for all classes.
just a reminder about our open morning, tomorrow. You are invited to join us in our classroom any time from 11 o’clock until 1145. This is an opportunity to see what your children have been learning so far in primary six, to have a look at their work and to take part in some health and well-being activities with your children.
Today we took part in the Ness Book Fest Reading Challenge. This morning everyone read or listened to a book for 20 minutes. It was such a relaxing start to our day .
We had a great afternoon with our Scottish Ballet workshop. We discussed themes of diversity and equality. We are looking forward to our full day session on Friday .
Highland Council have revised and reissued the Chromebook Agreement that was sent home to p6s and p7s at the beginning of term. The revision brings the agreement in line with current guidance, particularly around charging devices at home. As these have been signed and returned already this term, no action is required. Here is the revised agreement for your information.
We have been learning about the Ancient Greek Olympics. It started as a religious ceremony to honour Zeus, the king of the gods. We looked at some pictures of Ancient Greek pottery that depicted scenes of Ancient Olympians and we had a very creative morning making our own. We even incorporated some of the Greek Alphabet into our designs. They show sports such as: athletics, discus, carriage racing, boxing, javelin and wrestling.
We have been talking about Global goal 5 (Gender Equality) there was lots of discussion about “boys things” and “girls things” and how society categorises activities, hobbies and clothes etc into boys and girls. We spoke about how WE CAN like anything we want to and people shouldn’t be bullied,discriminated or questioned just because some else doesn’t agree.
What does your key open ?
Today we all got a mystery key . We did some great writing planning and shared some imaginative ideas of what our keys unlocked. We will be writing our stories tomorrow .
Another successful week in P6B. Today we learned the myth of Icarus & Daedalus and we began to design our own labyrinths. This week we used the chrome books to write our own mythical stories including some of the characters we have been learning about and we are enjoying our class novel :Percy Jackson and the lightening thief.
In maths we have been revising place value up to millions and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
Everyone completed homework for week one and week two homework was issued on Thursday.
Have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday .
Today we were using our maths and problem solving skills to work as part of a team in order to design our own theme park. We were given a budget of £5000 and a cost sheet . We knew the area that each thing would take up(eg a cafe was 4 cm2) and how much each item would cost to run in a day. We all managed to create our theme parks within budget and within the space given. We had some really creative ideas.
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!”
Well we survived week one ! We has lots of fun today ! We challenged each other in a game of basket ball and netball and we started to learn a new morning motivation song (we had a little boogie too). We got stuck into our reading books and created comic strips to summarise and retell our stories so far and we got brand new photos for our lunch orders (these were very cute P1 photos and everyone has grown up so much) . I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and look forward to meeting everyone who has requested an appointment, next week. If you’ve not received a slip with an allocated time please just send me a message and let me know.
Today was a great first day. We created our class charter (Still a few bits to add). Here is our promise to each other, created by the children.
“We promise to respect everyone and their rights and to listen and offer help when we can. We will believe in ourselves and motivate each other, taking pride in all we do. Our teacher will keep us safe, Educate us and help us to have fun whilst we learn . We promise to be kind and nice and love each other. We will say sorry and forgive whilst being honest . We will care for each other and include other people. We share responsibility of helping our classroom be a happy place . The year ahead is exciting . We will be friendly, kind and always challenge ourselves to be the best we can be. We won’t stop until we are proud”
Our promise to each other was made up from words, actions and ideas that the children thought were important to having a good classroom ?
Just a quick hello and welcome back to all Primary 6B pupils and parents. I am looking forward to our first day in P6B tomorrow. Please can all pupils bring their smile and best self . We will be updating our dojo page and the blog with a Termly Overview next week.
Keep your eyes on our class dojo and blog for daily and weekly updates. Hopefully this will give you any information you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything regarding your child, just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone or just ping me a dojo message. I will be offering voluntary “Hopes and Dreams” meetings, next week which will give us the chance to meet in person and identify your child’s hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
I look forward to seeing all pupils at 0850 tomorrow .
P6B Class Teacher