Category Archives: P7B Blog 2019-2020

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

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

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.

P7B – Last Week of Term 1

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!

Miss McLean

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!

P7B – Geography and Police visits

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. 

P7B – Open Morning

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.

Hope to see many of you there!

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.

P7B – World of Work: Bionic Arm

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.

P7B – One Point Perspective Art

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!

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!”