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This week has seen us working some creative magic with a super resource called,’ Macbeth the Musical.’ We are only performing to ourselves, but it has been a really fun thing to do on these very ‘bitty’ last few days. These pictures show the children in the battle scene at the start.

 

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Thank you to everyone who dressed up for the DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) activity. It was interesting to see what each child wanted to be. We tried to stage some photos – so can you guess what each one is dressed as?

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We were lucky enough to have a visit on this DYW day from Ania’s mum who is an engineer. She and Jamie her colleague showed the children an interesting presentation about engineering and then challenged them to build a bridge with spaghetti and marshmallows. The results were mixed!

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I’m sure you have all been made well aware of our hilarious day out to the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies! It could have been a disaster, but because of: the wonderful weather, our ‘up for it’ fabulous parent helpers, a really super bus driver Marios, (who sat in the front part of the cab with the heat full on so that the second bus wouldn’t overheat as well!) and of course the fabulous attitudes of your incredible children ….we had an absolute blast!

I can’t praise my fellow Lochardil girls highly enough either. Miss Mac and Mrs A were so calm, upbeat and professional in the face of adversity that I’m filling up thinking about it. They weathered the nose bleeds, the vomit and the ant bites. They were unfazed by the breakdown and the emergency exit on the roof nearly flying off. But most of all, they kept a smile on their faces during the Motorgrill Mayhem! 

The staff at the two attractions couldn’t have been more accommodating and shifted our times without hesitation, and the Motorgrill Staff were wonderful as usual. I took some photos on the day, but I think Miss M took more, so please feel free to visit her site too.

All that remains is for me to attach the photos, and say a MASSIVE thank you to all of you for being so positive about the whole thing, and thanks to all of you who passed round messages keeping everyone up to speed on the day. A huge thanks especially to our wonderful woman in Inverness Mrs Irving, who helped at pick up time, and took my frantic calls!

 I don’t think Drumochter Summit has ever seen the likes…sadly no photos though!

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Don’t forget it’s Falkirk on Wednesday with an early start! Please be there for 7:45ish so we can go dead on 8 or we’ll miss the boat!

Please come along to our class on Friday, (9:15-10:00) if you can. See the children in action with a themed beetle drive( a bat drive really!). Join in if you can! We will be starting the beetle drive at dead on 9:15 so be there or be square!

Great fun this week with an extraordinary happening! Mrs P, briefly, was turned into a disgusting witch! However the children managed to get me back…whether they wanted to or not!

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The potions were quite extraordinary ! The troll bogies were apparently the result of only one sneeze , and you need a lot of fairies to make a teapot full of faerie tears…(there were real faerie eyeballs mixed in with it too) The children had to get the exact measurements for the potion in ml to bring me back!

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Another mega-busy week. Thank you to all of you who have been so prompt with the payments for Falkirk. Remember the payments are not due in for a wee while yet, so don’t panic!

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Yes we did it!

We finally had a game of Quidditch. It was fast and furious, but very hilarious. We didn’t have a clue what was going on, but we had a great time! Roll on the Summer League.

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We had lots of fun with ‘weight’ this week. We were finding little things in nature that equaled certain amounts specified by the teacher, then we were looking at the kind of weights and measures we have in the school. This ranges from the very old fashioned, to fancy digital scales. We then had a competition to see which team could get the closest to the correct weight in counters, with each type of weighing instrument.

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What a super trip we had. Your lovely children were so enthusiastic and well behaved. Stephen told us all about the History of the Caledonian Canal and the two Mikes let the children operate the levers to let through two boats. We were so lucky that they wanted through at that time. Miss MacDonald’s class are going next week to do the same trip. No pressure….but I didn’t lose any! The wind was cold BUT it didn’t rain.

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The Caley coaches came today to teach some skills. They were also doing super work with literacy. I’ve never seen my group so enthusiastic about writing! They were very inspiring.

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I’m busy writing reports right now so this will be brief! Sorry…

We started the week sailing on an imaginary galleon, complete with slaves! This was as part of the Moon reading group’s work on pirates.

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We were working on ‘greater than,’ ‘less than,’ ‘equal to’ and ‘not equal to’ using my friend the dragon/dinosaur. 

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We had a special birthday too. Lambie is 6!

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I’ll start with a brief Termly Overview this week just to let you know what we’ll be up to.

In maths I want to do a lot of revision of work covered so far during the year and extending these to their applications in problem solving. New projects in maths will include looking at patterns of numbers, weight and volume.

In literacy this term I’m going to revise lots of our subjects this year, such as speech marks, paragraphing, their/they’re/there, of/off, to/two/too and trying like mad to get them to STOP FORGETTING CAPITALS! The ‘text speak’ generation…        We will also be looking to improve comprehension using texts such as short films and First News.

Our project will be about canals,and will include; all the fun activities involved with our visits to the Caledonian and Forth and Clyde canals, presentations and posters about what we’ve learnt about the history of canals, work on famous canals such as the Suez, the Panama and famous cities with canals such as Venice and Amsterdam.

This week we have been busy as usual…

We played a game of French Beetle with parts of the body. I think when we have you lovely people in for our final open session, we should do a Beetle Drive! The children loved it and had never been to one before. We could do it in French!

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We have been looking at very simple algebra this week. Some of the children were working out far more complex equations though…3m+2n+4=? (m=2, n=3 ) Hard to believe they could do them but they could!

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We made some beautiful ‘Canal Folk Art’ pictures. Can you spot my demonstration ones? Not easy to spot amongst the children’s careful work.

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Looking forward to Gangsta Granny on Friday! Don’t forget a coat and a snack.

P.S.I found a load of pictures that I had taken for the blog before Easter but couldn’t use because we were offline. I’ll put them on here.

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Welcome back!

 

Last term we were offline for the last two weeks so I couldn’t blog! But we are back…..for the final push!

This week we have been using the ipads for looking at First News. First News is a newspaper specifically for children. Freya has been very kindly bringing her copy in each week, and we’ve all become big fans! The school has purchased a subscription and we can all view them on the ipads. We have to go to room 12 to do it, because our room has weak/no connectivity.

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We were thrilled this week to be able to hand our cheque over to Mrs Lemon.

It seems like a long time ago that we raised all that money, but we waited until the judges for the Scottish Education Awards competition were in the school! We made a display for the judges and told them about the water filters and the hats.

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This term has 3 outings. I’ll just tell you know the dates at the start so you can get time off if you fancy helping out.

27th April – Gangsta Granny

9th May – Walk along the canal (more information to follow soon)

6th June – Visit to Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies (more information to follow)

Please remember to come along to our Open Afternoon from 3pm-4pm on Tuesday 20th March. We have our lovely French Town and our Book Study display  to show off to you!

We had a visit this week, and for the next three weeks, from Catriona from Feis Rois, who was teaching us all Gaelic. She teaches it using song and movement and it was a lot of fun.

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We were also very privileged to watch the fantastic Scottish Opera people in action. Our brilliant primary 5s were actually in it, but we were lucky enough to be able to watch at the CCC. It was a visual treat, as well as a super cultural event.

Lastly, we were working on measure in maths this week. The children had the ‘Teeny Tiny Challenge’ first of all, where they had to find things in the playground that they estimated were certain small lengths, such as 10mm, 15cm etc.

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Then they had to see if they could work out the length of the playground, BUT they were not allowed to use a metre stick or a metre wheel. Some interesting techniques! (Yes they were doing handstands!)

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The blog isn’t working very well, but I don’t think it was me this time! I’m going to try again this week. Very frustrating when I spend a lot of time uploading and writing posts, then they don’t work!

Anyway…

The photos from last week survived so I shall put them in.

We did a very exciting challenge. Inspired by our new hero William Kamkwamba,the children had to come up with ideas for how to keep an egg safe that will be dropped from our window! They had to bid for bits of scrap with monopoly money…

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The bidding was fast and furious!

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Then they had to make their very own invention, just like William.

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Two of the eggs survived…the other 4 were scrambled!

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We also had World Book Day. The children looked a treat!

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We had a visit from a local author – Barbara Henderson, who did a great game of Book Blind Date!

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Finally we made huge pictures for World School Dinners Day this week, for the canteen. Believe it or not, we did some work too! (The children are all getting very proficient at dividing sums with remainders!)

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Another busy week! Thank you for giving me the money or Gangsta Granny so promptly. I will be able to pay this at the weekend. Thank you as well, for all the very kind offers of help for our various trips out. I will get the children to pick names out of a hat and will let you now if your help is needed or not this time.

I went to see the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies when I was down in that direction this weekend. The people were extremely enthusiastic and helpful so we are in for a great day out. The date I’m penciling in, is the  6th of June.

This week’s Blog will show pictures of the gymnastics display the children did with Miss Barclay, as well as our first foray into the Polytunnel and a cool talk by the whale and dolphin lady! 

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Can you believe the size of the sperm whale!

The gymnastics were very adventurous. Some of them look ready for the Olympic squad…

The Polytunnel is a big mess, but this is what we will be transforming into a beautiful French town……….eeek! We love a challenge.

We went Fraction Fantastic this week!

 

A great day of fractions on Wednesday. We scoured the school for all the fraction resources we could find, and used them to make up games which test your fractions.

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The children at the table are playing a game they made up themselves called, ‘Who wants to be a Fractionaire!’ (Elsie is the ‘phone a friend!’)

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Under the umbrella of Global Citizenship and Rights Respecting Schools, we are going to be doing Book Studies as a school. This will feed into a wall display of work which you will hopefully get a chance to see at our Open Afternoon in March.

We are going to be studying a very moving book called ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind.’ I’m going to be lucky to get through it without greetin’! 

This is the true story of William Kamkwamba, an amazing man, who was only a teenager when he made a wind generator from old scraps, having taught himself English so that he could read the relevant science books to do so.

The whole of Milawi had a drought, William’s family could not afford schooling for him or food. They were down to one meal a day and his father went temporarily blind with hunger. William made a wind generated pump, to pump water to the whole village saving many lives. Inspirational stuff!

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Just a quickie!

We were working as a team to try to win the Brain Gym tasks. The children were given a point for buzzing in with the correct answer…..but a point off for the wrong answer!

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Equivalent fractions were tricky but we got there in the end…

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And we also worked with the class next door to do some collective art work,

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Cool new lego!

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Huge thanks to you all for your enthusiasm on Parents’ Nights. I will go ahead as planned with the trips to Muirton, Falkirk and Gansta Granny.

Lots of cool things happening this week.

Miss Ross takes the children on a Monday for science. They have been investigating all about electricity. The children had to make static electricity by some means, (Oliver offered his noggin!) and then use it to pick up a paper snake…

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We were using fractions for dividing up random objects…(from pom poms to googly eyes!)

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We went to see a super presentation/workshop all about the value of prayer and contemplation across all faiths.

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