It has been an emotional day saying goodbye to everyone in P7B! I am sorry not to be with you all until the summer but know that you will have a super last 8 weeks with Miss Sutherland.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all this year. It may not be the Primary 7 year that we had all hoped it would be but your hard work, enthusiasm and positivity have made it a year to remember. Whether we were in class or at home, you all worked hard and made this year an enjoyable one!
I have no doubt that you will continue to work hard for your remaining time in P7 and as you move on to secondary school. And I will be back to visit you all before the summer holidays to say hello and introduce you to baby!
Thank you all for the very thoughtful gifts; I am overwhelmed by your generosity and appreciate it very much. Hope to see you all soon.
We ask P7, S2 and S4 pupils to complete our Highland Lifestyle Survey every 2 years. We have been using the Lifestyle Survey since 2009 and so have a good amount of trend data. This year in particular it would be really helpful to have the survey completed by as many pupils as possible. It will give us good information about the impact of COVID as we will have comparative data from 2 years ago.
The survey isn’t compulsory and pupils can opt out. However, it is helpful if they are encouraged to participate and we have as full a return as possible. S2 and S4 pupils can make the decision about taking part themselves. Parents/carers have the option of withdrawing their child from the survey and to enable this the attached letter should be sent out a week before the P7 pupils are to complete the survey.
The survey is lengthy (80+ questions covering many aspects of lifestyle and wellbeing) and some pupils who have literacy or learning difficulties can be supported to complete it if appropriate. However it does require a reasonable level of understanding and so may not be suitable for pupils with severe learning difficulties.
The survey can be completed during the school day or the link can be provided to pupils to complete in their own time. Ideally, completion will be during the school day as questions can be clarified for those pupils who may require help.
The survey is anonymous and no pupil will be identified from the data they provide.
Please complete the attached form if you NOT wish your child to take part in this survey. Thank you for your help with this.
Since returning to school we have been working really hard on creating our very own Anderson shelters. We used a range of different materials, from cardboard to moss, to construct our models and make them look as life like as possible.
We demonstrated excellent team work, communication and planning skills while building our models and our efforts certainly paid off as they look great! Well done to Layla and Olivia, who the class voted for as the winners of the Anderson shelter challenge.
Today we made a really great start on constructing our model Anderson Shelters. While we were at home we learnt about how Anderson Shelters helped protect the people of Britain during the air raids.
We have been working hard in our pairs and threes to design and create our own scale versions of the shelters. Have a look at what we have done so far. And look out next week for pictures of the finished products!
Welcome back! Firstly I would like to personally thank you all parents and carers for your support while we were learning online.
It was a fantastic day yesterday welcoming everyone back into the classroom for the first time this year. Although we have been learning together virtually nothing quite beats the buzz of voices in the classroom on a Monday morning! There were lots of smiles as we caught up with one another in class and the playground.
A huge thank you to Mrs Kellacher for organising the perfect welcome back treat. Miele’s Gelateria came to school in the afternoon and we were all treated to two scoops of gelato, which was the perfect way to end the first day back in the school building.
This week will see us spending time catching up, settling back into our routines while still getting stuck into our work as we are all raring to go.
Keep an eye on our blog for updates on our learning.
World Book Day is back with their fabulous selection of £1 books! To find out more information about the selection of books available this year, please visit: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/
Normally, we would be distributing £1 book tokens in school, which can be exchanged for one of these brilliant books, or £1 off any other book of your choice.
This year, World Book Day are making digital book vouchers available for all pupils. In order to get a digital voucher, you will need to download the attached PDF and print the voucher off. It can then be used in any participating retailer. The tokens are vaild from Thursday 18th February – Sunday 28th March.
A group of us have been working together to help count, sort and pack up the food donations we received after our dress up day in October. We covered boxes with Christmas paper, made salt dough decorations and covered the hampers with recyclable plastic cellophane to finish them off.
We were delighted to share 12 food hampers with Inverness Women’s Aid today and have 10 more ready for delivery to some of the senior citizens in the community next week. We will share out the remaining items to other families and the Inverness foodbank.
Thank you to everyone who donated food, which will make such a difference to families at Christmas.
In Primary 7, around this time, we usually visit My World of Work on Church Street to take part in some sessions with Skills Development Scotland. This year we have been unable to do this but I am delighted to share that we will be engaging in some sessions virtually through Google Meets.
As this will be done virtually and digitally, please can you ensure that your child comes to school with their Chromebooks fully charged, especially on Friday’s this term when we will be taking part in our sessions.
So far we have Coding Art taking place on the 4th December and Games Design on the 11th December.
We look forward to sharing our from these sessions learning with you soon!
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! Thanks to your kindness and generosity we have collected 61 boxes along with donations of money and gifts. It is really appreciated!
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Children in Need today! So far we have raised an amazing £533! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. We had so much fun and it was really lovely to see our friends in other classes virtually during our school quiz!
This week we had a go at something a bit different for maths using Google Sheets. We were testing our multiplication and division knowledge and we had to input our answers into a Google Sheet. If you got the correct answer cells on the sheet would be filled with colour. We enjoyed using this digital resource and seeing the picture appear on our screens (which was very fitting for this week).
On Wednesday we marked Remembrance Day by taking part in the two minute silence at 11am.
To help us learn more about why we do this every year we learnt about the story of John McCrae, the Canadian solider, who wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”, after his experiences in Ypres, Belgium, in World War 1.
We read the poem and discusses the imagery that it included. We took some time to choose words and phrases in the stanzas that created a powerful image in our minds.
This Friday is the big fundraising show for Children in Need and Primary 5 have been working hard to help everyone take part safely and have lots of fun while raising money for this great cause!
This Friday will be a Dress Down Day. This year’s CiN theme is ‘Wear Yellow’ but any dress down clothing is fine!
The activities, which have been organised by Primary 5, will take place virtually within your child’s classsroom.
We are not charging specified amounts for taking part in either the Dress Down Day, or the activities. Any donations would be greatly appreciated though! Please hand in all donations to school on, or before, Friday the 13th of November. Thank you very much!
A huge thank you to all of you who have donated to the Blythswood Showbox Appeal. Please can we have all donations in by tomorrow. We are very grateful for any donations, whether it is a filled shoebox or items that can be included in a shoebox.
This week we have been working extremely hard on our maths while taking part in the Sumdog National Contest. We were off to a flying start on Friday when the contest started and all our efforts since then meant that overall we placed 29th out of 3428 classes across Scotland. We are very proud of where we placed and will enjoy a reward next week for being ranked within the top 30 in Scotland.
Ness Book Fest Reading Record Attempt
We had a very relaxing start to our morning today as we took part in the Ness Book Fest reading record attempt. From 9.15am to 9.30am we had silent reading time in class.
Appropriate Autumn/Winter Clothing
This week has seen a real change in the weather, with it becoming wetter and colder. This is a reminder that pupils should be coming to school with a jacket, change of shoes and even a change of clothes if they wish. We are spending an increasing amount of time outside due to current restrictions so having these things would be a great help.
Our topic, based on “The Nowhere Emporium”, is full of emotions. The week we explored different scenes in the book and looked at the different emotions the key characters were feeling during these. We discussed the different body sensations and behaviours that we might feel when experiencing these emotions, and came up with strategies to regulate ourselves when these emotions become out of control.
One Point Perspective Art
This we we finished a 3 week art project using one point perspective. We created a street scape using the technique, and also used some shading using coloured pencils to add further 3D effects to the buildings and tress. Take a look below at some of the fantastic pieces of art!
This week will see us finishing our class novel, and topic focus for the term, “The Nowhere Emporium” by award winning Scottish author Ross Mackenzie. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the novel, with many asking if we can read the next instalment, “The Elsewhere Emporium”.
The book that we have just read is the first in a 3 part series. I have purchased the remaining two books for our class library for pupils to read in class. I thought it might be useful to post the names and covers of the two sequels on the blog in case your child is looking for a new book to enjoy at home!
To link in with Maths Week next week our class will be taking part in the Sumdog national challenge. Schools across Scotland compete, and there are some great individual and class prizes to be won.
Please ensure that your child brings their Chromebook to school every day, fully charged in order to take part. This is also a reminder that Chromebooks should be brought to school charged fully every day.
This term, our PE focus on a Wednesday is basketball. We have enjoyed having use of the MUGA to practise our passing, dribbling and shooting skills and are now beginning to play some short games in teams. There has been some really great teamwork displayed this week; not to mention some healthy competition!
REMINDER the PE is still to take place outdoors under current government guidelines. As the weather begins to get colder and wetter please ensure that your child come to school with a PE kit, appropriate footwear and a jacket.
Art and Design
Our current art and design focus is how to create depth and 3D elements into a picture using one point perspective. We started last week by drawing a number of 3D shapes so that we could get used to the technique.
This week we were able to draw a one point perspective street scene. Although some of us found it quite challenging we are all really proud of our final results (have a look at a couple of these below). Next week we will be using watercolours to paint our pieces.
I cannot believe that we have come to the end of week three of the first term back; time definitely flies when you are having fun and working hard!
We are now feeling very settled in our new class and have gotten used to our routines. I have been incredibly impressed at the positive attitudes, hard work and motivation each pupil has shown in their return to school; it is already shaping up to be a great Primary 7 year.
We have been busy over the last couple of weeks thinking about our Class Charter (see picture) and the rights we want to be respected in our class. For the pupils there was a big focus on feeling safe, learning and having time to relax in class. We have agreed on our the actions that need to be taken by both pupils and adults to ensure that these rights are being met.
I have also been enjoying getting to know everyone in P7B, both as a class and as individuals. We created some getting to know you work to help share information about ourselves with the rest of the class.
It has been a great first few weeks in P7B; well done to everyone for their hard work!