Happy new year and welcome back! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and restful break.
Term 3 has got off up a great start. Pupils have been focussed and hard working all week which has been great to see. Keep it up! I will post the term 3 learning overview on here next week so keep an eye out for that!
On Thursday morning we had Miss O’Boyle from the IRA English department come in to visit and give us a taster of critical analysis writing using the PEAR structure. We all successfully wrote a paragraph about our favourite food using PEAR. She will be back in 2 weeks time to introduce us to using PEAR to analyse poetry.
Parent appointment slips went home in school bags yesterday. Please ensure that these are returned by Tuesday 14th January indicating your appointment preferences so we can try our best to accommodate your requested day/time.
Today P7B had a different start to their Friday morning. We joined Miss MacNeil from the ELCC for a Forest Schools session in Lochardil Woods.
We were learning how to light fires with flint and steel, and looked at what materials work best to create a strong fire. We also got to use our literacy skills and create stories from the point of view of an ant. We use our surroundings as inspiration and came up with some super ideas.
We are looking forward to our next two sessions with Miss MacNeil over the coming couple of weeks.
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!
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!).
We cannot believe that the first term of Primary 7 has gone by so quickly. A big well done to everyone for all the hard work they have put in; let’s keep it up!
Fancy Dress Disco – This week we began to prepare for the annual P7 fancy dress disco. This is used to raise money to put towards P7 trips and is always a huge success. Pupils have come up with some really creative stall ideas and should continue to prepare for these over the holidays. Please do not go to any unnecessary expense! The discos will take place on 30th October- more details to follow in term 2.
Rose Bowl Projects – All pupils were issued with the Rose Bowl project guidelines on Monday. Every year we ask P7 pupils to create a detailed project on a topic of their choice. Support for aspects of the project such as bibliography and glossary will be given in class. Pupils should make a decision on their project topic and begin to research as soon as possible. Projects are due in the last week of term 3.
Open Morning – Thank you to all those who managed to come along to our open morning on Tuesday. It was great to see the pupils share their learning with you – they were very proud of their Google slides and forms. Thank you as always for your support.
World Mental Health Day – To recognize World Mental Health Day 2019 P7B took part in the BBC Teach live lesson about Growth Mindset and Wellbeing. We discuss how our wellbeing can fluctuate depending on what is happening in our lives. We discussed things that we could do to top up our wellbeing; suggestions included: chocolate, spend time with a pet, take a bubble bath. We also discussed the power of “not yet” and how we need to adopt a growth mindset; this is being able to tell yourself that you can improve, you may not be able to do something YET but you can still achieve your goals if you put your mind to it.
Loch Insh – Reminder that to secure a place for your child to take part in the Loch Insh Residential Trip, deposits of £90 are due by Friday 1st November.
I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and restful holiday and I will see you all in term 2!
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.
Today we were lucky to have two different visitors in our class.
First we were visited by Mrs Kish, a geography teacher from the IRA. She will visit us a few times throughout the year to give us an introduction to the subject.
Today we were learning about map symbols and what they signify. We played bingo to help us learn them. We really enjoyed this and got quite competitive!
We look forward to welcoming Mrs Kish back later in the year.
We also had a visit from Police Scotland to discuss drugs. We got to see replicas of different types of drugs and if provided a great opportunity for us to ask any questions we had. The police officer helped to reinforce the key message that drugs and peer pressure may be a situation we find ourselves in as teenagers and we discussed how to seek help if you find yourself in this situation.
A great link to this term’s topic of substance misuse.
A wee reminder to all parents and carers that our first open morning of the 2019/20 session will be held on Tuesday 8th October from 11 – 11.45am. Pupils will be sharing their learning on our health and wellbeing topic ‘Substance Misuse’ and there will also be opportunity to have a look at our jotters to see the wonderful work we have been doing this term.
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.
Today we visited Skills Development Scotland for our first ‘My World of Work’ session.
The focus of today’s visit was based all around the advances assistive technology related to prosthetic limbs for people with disabilities. We discussed the types of jobs that might be involved in this line of work; these included engineers, doctors and biologists.
We then got to have a go at building our own bionic limb, using Lego and computer programming. It was a challenge but with a bit of team work and imagination we think we did a pretty good job! Thank you to Julia’s mum for assisting us on the trip.
This week in Explore, P7 will be using yoghurt pots and egg boxes. If you have any of these can you please bring them in on Monday or Tuesday? We are also looking for sports bottle caps or fruit shoot caps for next week. Thanks.
This term we as focusing on how to make our art work look more realistic, experimenting with line and perspective. Our first art project has been to create one point perspective pictures. We found this quite tricky to begin with but after a little practise we are delighted with our results so far. Today we worked on adding in the finer details and used watercolours to bring our pictures to life. We are hoping to have our finished results next week. For now take a look at our progress so far!
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!”