Category Archives: P6B Blog 2019-2020

Lochardil LockDown Bee Happy Stone Display!

One of our extremely talented Lochardil Primary Parents has been very busy creating this beautiful “Lochardil Lockdown – Don’t Worry Bee Happy” outdoor display right outside the school gates!

Some children have already been very busy painting stones at home, and what a fantastic job they have made. It is lovely to see such bright and colourful creations making us all smile during lockdown.

We think the stones are looking a bit lonely and thats where you guys come in – our fabulous Lochardil Primary Pupils and Families! We want you to add to our lovely display by getting your hands on some stones and taking the time to paint or colour them in whatever way you choose – and when you are out on your daily walk make sure to add your stone to our collection.

Let’s see how many amazing colourful stones we can get displayed in front of our school gate to make sure that we keep each other smiling during Lockdown.

Have a lovely long weekend!

From stage to screen

As we are unable to watch the Lion King on Stage we plan to watch it on the big screen. On Wednesday we we watch the movie on the big screen in our hall. Pupils can take a cushion and blanket (not bedding) along with some individually wrapped snacks. They can also bring a game or toy to school on Wednesday. We have been looking forward to our day out for a while so we are converting it to an Day in, instead. #positivity The film is a PG. if you would prefer your child not to watch it please get in touch with the class teacher.

Ear we go again !

As part of British Science week we have been learning a bit about ? DNA and Genes. We learnt that genes play an important role in determining how we look and lots of other stuff about us. They carry information that makes you who you are and what you look like: curly or straight hair, long or short legs, even how you might smile or laugh. Many of these things are passed from one generation to the next in a family by genes.

We had a look at our ears to see if our ear lobes were “attached” or “loose”. It’s highly likely that one of our parents has the same. This is just one trait controlled by our genes.

P6 For your Information

Open Morning – our school open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

Miss C MacDonald

P6B Book Fair

Tomorrow, Monday 9th March, pupils will be given the opportunity to go to the Book Fair and buy a new book, if they would like to. Pupils should take any money in a sealed envelope with their name on it to prevent any money being lost and not being able to be returned.

End of another busy week in P6B

It’s the end of another busy week in P6B. This week saw learning in: music and performance with Rodger from Scottish Opera coming into school to give us a master class, on Wednesday; BSL and French practice; world book day where we enjoyed a range of activities across the school; Fairtrade Fortnight where we explored societies attitude to producers and consumers and we researched a number of controversial issues as part of our topic on China. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it along to the open morning at 0915 on Wednesday.

BSL et Français P6B

We have been learning some BSL along with French. I haveposted some videos on our Google Classroom.Ask us to showyou and teach you what we have been leaning. Today we learned all about classroom objects in BSL and French. We had fun playing “Kims Game” to test our memory, team work and language skills.

Time for Maths

We had a carousel of activities today for maths. At station one we had to match written times for digital or analogue times. At station two we had to construct a timetable of events with matching times. Station 3 was a Sumdog numeracy challenge and at station four we worked on our logical thinking king skills. Ask us to see our “brain buster” challenge.

Xinnian hao and Sláinte Mhath from P6B

Our topic this term is China and this weekend marks the start of the new lunar year on the Chinese Calendar. This year will be the year of the rat. On the same day, here in Scotland, we will be celebrating Burns night.
This afternoon we joined with Miss MacArthur’s P5 class to have a cross cultural food tasting afternoon. We tried a selection of foods from Chinese and Scottish culture and like real food critics we rated and analysed each dish. Some people were surprised to find something new that they like. Most of us loved the Scottish Teacakes and the Chinese prawn crackers.

Monopoly Masters P6B

We have been learning about Money in maths. Today we put our skills to the test with monopoly. We identified many life skills and lessons that we learned from playing monopoly including:

cash handling and money management
luck and acceptance – staying positive and making the most of the opportunities you get.
building and maintaining relationships – monopoly can get very heated ?
negotiation skills
accepting change and taking risks

Reporting from P6B on The Australian Bushfires

We now have some of our Australia work displayed. We have some pictures to finish off and articles to print but we have all worked so hard on this. You can read our articles on our chrome-books. Some people still have to finish off. This topic of work has enabled us to incorporate and develop : reading, writing, research, digital, creative, emotional and social skills, to name just a few. We will share our final display soon.

P6B Multicultural Food Tasting

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.

Miss MacDonald

P6 Swimming – Parent Helpers Required

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.

Scouts in P6

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

Divided Feelings in P6B

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

All Hail Qin Shi Huang…

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.

Story Mapping – Reporting the Real World

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.

Looking Back on Last Week in P6B by Elsie and James M


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 

Children in Need 2019

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!

UNCRC Birthday Celebrations!

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 2019

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

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

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

P6B Learning Overview Term 2

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.

Blythswood Shoeboxes

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

Life’s Big Questions P6B

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.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

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

Campfire Cooking

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.

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 40g Caster sugar
  • 100 ml water

Method

  • 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.

P6B Happy Holidays

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 

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

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.

Thank you!

P6B Open Morning – Thank You

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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceh-cBT-aI38UEo-HJzJuzAurMzLj00l-indhPb5FqzZ0FqQ/viewform

P6B Open Morning Reminder

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.

Revised Chromebook Agreement

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.

Olympian Artists in P6B

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. 

I Can – P6B Challenge gender stereotypes

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.

P6B Week 3

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 . 

Miss MacDonald 

Theme Park Budgeting in P6B

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.

Explore!

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!”

P6B End of week 1

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. 

Miss M

P6B Class charter – a promise to each other

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 ?

Welcome to P6B

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 . 

Chloe MacDonald 

P6B Class Teacher