P7L – Miss Lee

Hello and welcome to Miss Lee and P7L!
Primary 7 have settled well into the new session and I have enjoyed getting to know the class.

We will update this class blog regularly so please visit our page. Indeed, each week we will reflect on our learning and experiences and add these reflections to this blog as well as to our ‘Learning Street’ display outside the classroom.

We had a busy start to the term with the House Captain Elections – fantastic campaigning by all the candidates!

In Numeracy we will be developing our basic facts and mental maths skills as well as developing our understanding of key vocabulary for the four number operations.

In Literacy we will be focusing on descriptive writing and in reading we will be developing our understanding and responses to the different question types. We will also be completing a writing Key Assessment Task using “The Bathers of Asnieres” by Georges Seurat as a stimulus which will be shared with parents. We hope you enjoy reading these ‘Adventure at the River’ stories! We will also use Seurat’s pointillism technique to inspire our own artwork.

Our Topic this term we will be World War II and in Health and Well-being we will be focusing on Core Values which include Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and differences.

I look forward to meeting you at Parent’s night.

TERM 1 (AUGUST – OCTOBER 2018)

Week 1
On the first day we chose our class rules for the year and signed our class contract.
In writing we wrote a personal account telling Miss Lee all about ourselves, such as our hobbies, families and favourite things. We had to include all our VCOP and self-assess our work to decide what our writing target for the term should be. By the end of the week we also set our own reading and golden/class rule target ready to share with our parents.
In circle time we did ‘Two Truths and one Lie’ which was really fun. We also did Guess Who and now it’s on the classroom wall. In addition we did a self-portrait in the style of Picasso.
By Amy

Week 2
In week two of Primary 7L we did pointillism by George Seurat and it was really hard because we had to use cotton buds, but it was also fun.
We also did writing about things that made us happy, which was a lot of things (I hope someone said P7L made them happy) we used our writing targets then self-assessed (:
We went into the ICT room to make our Textease All About Me Piece, and there were lots of things that we wrote down.
We also went back to the 1930’s and listed off the things we think/know about WW2, including the gory stuff because there was a lot of that too. We also talked about the things we would like to find out about WW2.

FUN FACT: Matthew’s obsessed with ww2 planes!!

Finally, we also learned a lot about respect, so now we’re VERY respectful, well.. we hope!

P7L is great so far!

By Grace and Morgan

Week 3
We have been so busy so far but it is all so much fun!
In week 3 P7L along with the rest of the school had M & M productions come and show the school a theoretical production of The Secret Garden.
We also did the House Captain elections. Campaigning for house captains votes was lots of fun! We had nearly half of the P7 year group go for House Captain but there was only going to be 6 places, 2 for Revoan and so on. All the candidates had to say their speech in the assembly on Friday and then the rest of the school had to vote. Unfortunately, the votes couldn’t be counted in time on Friday …… we had to wait until Monday to find out who the House Captain were.
This week Primary 4 to 7 also started their citizenship groups which we are all very much enjoying.
We also continued to work on joining our handwriting and did a seal handwriting and we had to try and do it in the shape a seal would move in!
So far P7L is fun and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year!

By Kerrie

Week 4 In P7L!!
In week 4 in P7L we are learning about our basic number facts such as our 9 times table. We learned FUN activities like bingo and how to use our fingers and look for patterns to do the fabulous 9 times table! Our main learning intention was to recognise different vocabulary for add, take away, times and divide.

We also had a nice man come in to our class called John to tell us all about what the NSPCC does to help us and we learned techniques to learn the ChildLine number it is 0800 1111!! We are going to write thank you letters to him next week.
We have been doing descriptive writing and learning about adjectives and ‘wow’ words. This helped us with our writing assessment about an adventure at the river.  Macey must love to write. She wrote 4 pages!!
We have also been adding some fun pictures to our P7L Street to Success!!

By Caitlyn and Connor!!

Week 5
On week 5 we did WORLD WAR 2 research, we found out that Hitler was actually born in Austria and was the leader of Germany. We learned when and why the war started and some of the countries on each side.
We also voted for our class pupil council reps, and Callie and Connor won the vote.
We wrote a thank you letter to John who came into our fabulous classroom last week for a talk about the NSPCC. We learned that if we get a nasty message to report AND don’t delete don’t meet and don’t reply.
For our amazing maths homework we made our own mental maths targets to work on over the next few weeks. Miss Lee told us to make our targets S.M.A.R.T (small, manageable achievable and reproducible targets)!
We also self-assessed our story Adventure at the river that we wrote in week 4 to see if we had used wow words and description.

By Leah and Klaudia

WEEK 6
In week 6 we started reading Good night Mr Tom as our class novel and we also look at an interesting spitfire bullet that Alice’s dad found when he was younger. Kerrie also brought in an astounding grenade that her grandpa and granny found and she brought it round the class and everyone got to hold it and it was quite heavy to be honest.
In maths we continued to work on our 9 times table and we timed ourselves and we actually beat Usain bolt high score for running how amazing is that. We got 8.72 seconds!
We have been working on our similes and metaphor. A simile is when something is like something else; the cat was as dark as the night etc. A metaphor is when something is something else, Macey is an angel etc. Since we are doing fantastic similes and metaphors we decided that we would do a feelings poems, some people did sad poems, some people did happy ones as well, they were all really good.
This week we also learned about young leaders and how we can help the community, we started to make our clubs/groups that we’re going to do after school and in school time. Next Wednesday we are going to have a talk with Kerrie Dickson about young leaders and we all have our training with her and we will learn some games and skills we can use when we do our clubs. This week we all had a talk from Mairi Brown from the young volunteers about doing volunteering. On the grid we fill in each square is for half an hour and we work on getting to a ruby award at the end of the year or more!
We did a maths assessment for our vocabulary + – (divide) x it was pretty hard to be fair but oh well we did our best.
In French with Mr Lawrence we did french bingo and we counted up to 60 in French.

By Macey, John and Morgan

WEEK 7
In week 7 we did the Edinburgh meeting so that our parents could find out what we will be doing when we go to Edinburgh at the start of Term 4.
In French with Mr Lawrence we have been playing bingo and learning the numbers up to 39 and for P.E with Mrs Nicol we have been doing Football and Shinty\hockey.
In reading we have been doing hots and lots and rose [reading group] finished shadow and violet finished Smasher.
We did a WWII evacuation research task in ICT and learned all about who, why and when they were evacuated. For homework we had to research our own family’s memories of WWI or WWII and we shared our findings with the rest of the class. We continued to read Goodnight Mr Tom as our class novel. We are hoping to watch the film too to compare it with the book.
In maths we have been learning how to identify different angles – acute, right angle, obtuse and reflex. We also learned how to measure angles using a protractor.
On Wednesday we did the young leaders training with Kerrie Dickson and we played tag games which were fun and we are looking forward to next week’s training too.

By Alex and Alice

Week 8
This week Kerrie Dickson came to do our Young Leader training with us we played lots of fun games and we lead games for the rest of the class. We can’t wait to start our lunchtime clubs next term.
In writing we did a secret garden poem of all the amazing seasons, it was an assessment so we had to try our best. For maths we have been doing angles. We have been measuring and drawing our own ones. We started watching Goodnight Mr Tom and compared it to book.
This week we also reviewed our own targets for this spectacular term. We had to say if we thought we were making progress with them.
On Friday we went to Church Alice, Caitlyn, Amy, Klaudia, Callie –Mae ,Kerrie and Zoe read out for Mr Strang.
By Amy

TERM 2 (OCTOBER _ DECEMBER 2018)

Week 1
On Tuesday Kerrie Dixon came in to help us plan our Playground leadership activities that we are going to start in a couple of weeks. We started mandarin with Mr Mo which we enjoyed but we had forgotten a lot of the words we learned last year.

This week we started to learn about WW1 in preparation for our assembly on remembrance. It is very interesting!

We also made some 3D poppies out of plastic bottles that will decorate the church for Remembrance Day and we did some artwork for our assembly. We did a ww1 silhouetted soldier picture and we made some 3d paper poppies.

In PE with Mrs Nicol we developed our travelling and pivoting skills and then we used these in our game of basketball because we had the rule that we were not allowed to dribble.

We also had a learning conversation with Miss Lee about how we did in our poetry assessment last term.

We had a great time on Wednesday when we dressed up for Halloween. We told the parent council some jokes and they gave us a goody bag.

Week 2
This week in writing we imagined that we were evacuees in WWII and wrote a letter home to say how we were finding the experience. Then we up-levelled our work before tea staining it so that it looked old and rustic.
We also continued learning about WWI and then we brainstormed ideas for our school Remembrance assembly. We spent the week practising our lines and we have enjoyed doing our assembly very much!
In art we did some poppy potato prints and then we had a free choice art which was fun. Our artwork looks really good and we are going to show some of it in our assembly on Monday.
In maths we continued to work on improving our times tables and division facts and this week we started working on our x6, x3 tables and -6 and -3 facts.
For homework we had to create a WINTER themed hall display and on Friday we voted for our favourite five designs. The designs we chose were Archie’s, Macey’s, Kyles, Kerrie’s and Callie-Mae’s.
In Citizenship we had a final week with our teachers and in Miss Lee’s group we used recycled material to make a litter bug, in Mrs Laing’s we reused plastic bottles to make Christmas decorations, in Mrs Sutherland’s we finished off learning about internet safety, with Mrs Wilkin’s we did road safety, with Mr Lawrence we did about human rights and in Mrs Riach’s we did outside House challenge activities. Some of us like Citizenship.

Week 3
This week we did our ww1 assembly it was really fun and our parents really enjoyed it.
We also did our targets for Term2 including writing, Reading, maths and personal.
We did work on bullying work for national bullying week we looked at the different kinds of bullying, why people may bully and also what to do when we get bullied. Also we learned that people choose to bully others it is a behaviour choice. We also did a RECIPE friendship poem using ingredient measures.
This week is Children in need week and on Friday we dressed up in our onsies or Pjs there were some gorillas, parrots and some Zebras some people just wore Pjs or school uniform but still payed £1 to raise money, it was good fun.
We did a display competition for homework to design our hall display board with a winter theme. We had fopur votes and the people who won are Callie, Archie, kyle, Macey and Kerrie did their art lesson to show us how to recreate their designs. It was fun.
By Amy and Callie!

Week 4 23/11/18
This week we have been learning about rationing in WW2 and it has been extremely interesting. On wonderful Wednesday we did some spectacular reports on the Battles of WW2 [Battle of Britain, Battle of the Coral Sea, etc.].
We had an open afternoon on Monday when our parents came in to look at our learning folders.
In maths we continued to learn about prime numbers and we did a prime number challenge sheet for homework. We also learned about factors and we did lots of 3 division facts and 6 division facts work and looking at the families of times and division – four for the price of one!
We also did Macey and Kerrie’s art for the hall display it was really cool.
For Homework we did something on the school values of which we NEED TO REVISE!!!!!! We continued to do our bullying work too.
We also did some spelling revision on Friday and in reading we have been trying to reach our targets of using a dictionary and thesaurus to help understand the meaning of new words.
We also started our Young Leader Clubs at lunchtime – they are going really well!
By Amy

Week 5
This week the class made healthy dog treats it was really fun we went out in groups and Callie helped all the groups they were cheesy dog treats. We packed them in to some jars and Clingfilm and sold them at the Christmas fayre. It was a great success!!!
In writing we did free choice to work on our targets. Some of us did imaginative stories and some did personal.
This week we have also been doing our leadership groups it has been going well.
On Friday we had the Christmas light switch on then the Christmas fayre at school some people sang in the square and came back to help at the school fayre.
In maths we have learned chunking, long multiplication and bunk beds it has been really fun.
In addition we started our volunteering sheets some people have done up to 16 hours already!

In week 6
We got to use our chrome books for the first time.it was VERY fun!! We learned how to log in to them and changed our passwords, to email and we also did a poem about the Blitz in WW2 on them.
We learned our Christmas Song we are singing Snow is Falling featuring Baby shark. It is going well.
In Maths we have been learning about written methods for times and divide.
In PE we have been doing ww2 dancing. We got put into groups of 6 and we had to make up a marching sequence.
We shared our ww2 homework that we had to choose off of our ww2 homework grid. We also got our disco tickets for Monday the 10th – we can’t wait!
By Caitlyn

Week 7
This week we did our maths key assessment task about division and multiplication. Some of us found it tricky.
On Monday we had our Christmas disco at the Grammar School with all the other P7 and P6 pupils from the different schools. We enjoyed it a lot and the S5s did a fantastic job! We also did our Christmas performance to our parents in the church. Most of us really liked the song and we feel we did a good performance on the night and sang well. Early in the week we watched the infant’s dress rehearsal of the very grumpy sheep!
In pairs or on our own we built WW2 spitfires as part of our plane challenge. We then went into the hall to fly them. We had four goes and Matthew won the first on. Archie then did really well and won the next three. Here is Archie with his winning plane – well done Archie!
This week we have been working on our reading targets and have been using a dictionary to look up new words as well as using the sentence the word is in to work out the meaning
In topic we did a clothes rationing challenge where we had 48 coupons to spend on clothes for the whole year. Some of us did well but unfortunately some of us didn’t think this through and only had one set of clothes for the whole year and Callie forgot to purchase trousers or a skirt!

Week 8

This week we have been very busy organising our learning profile folders. We did our WW2 topic evaluation, our term 2 evaluation, we picked our favourite work for our folders for the term as well as having a learning conversation with Miss Lee about our numeracy key assessment task from last week.
We have also enjoyed using our Chromebooks again this week and learning more about them and what we can do on them. We have formed a P7L classroom where Miss Lee set us a task to photograph our three favourite pieces of work and then we had to submit it to her. The next day Mr Patton (Alice’s Dad) from the Grammar School came down with some S4 and S5 pupils to show us how to use ‘grammarly’ and how to share our work with others so that we can work together on our own chromebooks and both see the work on our own screens. We also had fun using the microphone which lets you speak and it types! We are looking forward to teaching the P6 all these things when they get their Chromebooks after Christmas.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to do PE with Mrs Nicol this week because of the school parties in the hall. However, Mrs Nicol did some great art lessons with us instead. We made penguin Christmas cards and 3D stars. We also made calendars with Miss Lee.
Towards the end of the week we watched the DVD about Anne Frank and it helped us to understand what life must have been like for Jewish people during WW2.
On Friday the whole school will go to the church and then the countdown to the Christmas holidays begins!
Miss Lee is looking forward to us coming back next year with lots of enthusiasm and ready to work hard.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

TERM 3

Week 1

It is a new year and we are pleased to be back! We have really enjoyed seeing all our friends again. We have improved our lining up by 100% and Miss Lee is very happy and we are going to keep it up. We have also met our new head-teacher, Mrs Cryans, and she is really nice.
In maths we have been learning all about patterns and sequences. We really enjoyed learning about the Fibonacci sequence and we created some of our own. We have also been working on our 7x table and we have actually improved our class speed time! Amazingly, our time is 7.25 seconds compared to our best time for the 9x which was 7.63 seconds. We love using our Chromebooks in lessons and this week we have been comparing how helpful our Chromebooks are for helping us improve our 7 times table. Initially, they didn’t seem to help but by the end of the week our time was fantastic! We have also learned a new card game in maths that helps us to learn and recall our number bonds. It is called Victory!
We started our Robert Burns topic this week which we have really enjoyed. We are excited about organising a Burns Supper for our parents at the Grant Arms hotel in a few weeks. We have learned a lot about his life and we have nearly completed our fact files on him. In art this week we used our shading skills to sketch a portrait of him.
On Wednesday four ladies from the local Bridge club came in to show us how to play mini Bridge. It is so fun and we can’t wait for next week’s session. We are looking forward to forming teams and entering the Bridge competition.
We created new targets for this term. We have 3 literacy target (Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking), a maths target and a personal target.

Week 2
In week 2 we have been practising and learning our entertainment for our Burns Supper including To a Mouse, Auld Lang Syne and A dug a dug.
Also we played MINI BRIDGE with the volunteers from the Bridge Club. This week we learned how to score and what a ‘dummy’ hand is.
Mrs Cryans came into work with us this week. We worked in our Bridge groups and we were given a sheet of paper asking us for our opinions on different things in the school, like ‘What makes a good teacher’, ‘Favourite subject and why?’, ‘Favourite thing about school’, ‘Changing things’ and ‘What makes a good student’.
Every day this week we have been doing our leadership groups with the little, ones they have been going absolutely great!!!!!!!!!!!
In the termly house challenge Revoan are the winners sadly for some happily for others – Archie and Annie, the House Captains, are very very very very very very impressed.
In writing this week we wrote a biography about Robert Burns and his life, like his family, childhood, after his childhood and his death as well as some of his famous songs and poems. We had to make sure that we checked our work over for errors before handing it in because this is our target for this term.
We continued to learn about Robert Burns in art. We made drawings of Robert Burns inspired by Andy Warhol, they were all really good and they are going to go on display in our classroom.
In maths this week we have been doing square and triangular numbers they have been very tricky!!
The outside lines in the morning, at break and lunch times have still been great. Each time we line up we get a smiley face if it’s a good line.

By Amy McCord and Morgan Cameron
Week 3
This week we have been really busy preparing our work for our Burns supper. We are going to dance, sing lots of songs and recite poems. |We are really forward to it!
In art this week we designed our own tartan and used paper to weave our designs. We also enjoyed finishing our Andy Warhol inspired Robert Burns artwork and they are now on display in the classroom. In writing we up-levelled our Robert Burns biography and included these changes on our posters. At the end of the week Miss Lee set us a quiz on our Chromebooks all about Robert Burns which made us realise how much we have learned about him. P7M did their whole school assembly on Robert Burns which we found interesting.
In PE with Mrs Nicol, we have started table tennis and gymnastic. Both are going well. We also had to finish our Playground Charter on our Chromebooks for Mrs Rutledge.
In assembly we have been introduced to our new behaviour system called ‘It’s Good to be Green’ and we are looking forward to earning privilege cards.
We had our third bridge lesson and we learned about when to call no trumps or trumps.
In numeracy we have absolutely love going on Education city to improve our number skills. Miss Lee set us some tricky classwork on it. We really enjoyed competing on ‘live play’.
Finally, Miss Lee has continued to be very impressed with our lining up as well our enthusiasm for learning!

Week 4
This week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we were practising for our Burns supper on Wednesday night. It went amazingly and everyone enjoyed it, some of the boys had kilts on and looked very smart. Here is a pic of us all on the stairway !!

On Thursday morning Mrs Cryans came in and asked us 10 reasons why we deserved something special (our first class privilege card!). We came up with 10 things that have really improved this term such as our behaviour, our enthusiasm for our work, being good role models, improving our lining up and all the planning we did for our Burns supper! Leah and John got to go and collect a PRIVILEGE CARD from her office it was VERY exciting and on Friday we voted on how to use it !!!!! We are going to have a movie afternoon with snacks.

On Thursday we also made thank you cards for everyone who helped put our Burns Supper together including Mrs Casaru, Mrs Murphie, Miss Lee and many more…

In maths we started algebra it was interesting …

On Thursday we also started an art competition and watched Winter Watch live on the smart board.

Week 5
This week on Monday we had our first snow day of the school year, Miss Lee was very disappointed she couldn’t see her beloved class, but we were very happy about it! We all had tons of fun in the snow but it has now turned to ice and is very slippery.
Tuesday we had our second session of gymnastics, we had to set up the apparatus, and we had to make up a routine that included: inversion, travel, vaulting and roll. Kyle learnt how to do a headspring!!
In writing, we did a news article about our Burns Supper and on Friday we typed it into our Chromebooks.
On Tuesday we chose what to do with our privilege card we decided to have hot chocolate and cookies while watching a D.V.D. On Friday we were all very energetic and excited and had a lovely afternoon!!
On Thursday we started to use Times Table Rock Star which is really fun. Some people had very funny names like Goldie Gass, Tim Bailey, and we also had very random passwords and usernames,
We also did a quiz to find out who is going to represent the school in the rotary quiz in Aviemore.
We’re also finishing are John Byrne art competition most girls drew eyes or some sort of food or animal, they were very good drawings!
In maths we have been focusing on our basic algebra, some brains have exploded because of it… Miss Lee is certain that we will get the hang of it!
We also have been working on our reading targets (quietly for 30-40 minutes) and getting back into the swing of our reading groups. Two groups have started new books.
We also got our new citizenship groups on Thursday.

It has been a very fun week!

Week 6

This week we started our Africa topic and began by brainstorming what we already know about Africa’s geographical features and landscape, its history, wildlife and animals and people and cultures. We then decided what we wanted to find out about these things using our ‘question’ words:

WHAT? WHO? WHEN? WHY? HOW? WHERE?

We have learned that Africa is a continent made up of over 50 countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and many more. On Thursday we used our pencil and creative skills to draw an African animal of our choice. They are looking very good!
On Wednesday we had a ‘free’ choice writing lesson where we had to showcase our writing skills and make sure we achieved the class writing target of checking our own work through before handing it in.
Love was all around us on Thursday and we enjoyed finding out about the history of Valentine’s Day. We also enjoyed completing a Valentines maths challenge ‘The Mystery of the Missing Chocolates’. It was fun following the clues and working out that Jimbo did it!
It has been another great week in P7L and we can’t believe that we are half way through the term already!

Week 7
Last week we had a short week because of our two day holiday and an INSET day. Despite this we had a very busy two days in class.
In Health and Wellbeing we started to learn about Smoking and the reasons why children may decide to smoke. This generated a lot of good discussion.
We started some new work in Maths which was to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. We know it is important to move the numbers and not just add or take zeros off.
We also continued our Africa topic work and learned about Ghanaian customs and culture and how these compare to our own. We finished our African animals and some of them are displayed in the Hall.
On Friday we had Golden Time in our classroom. Macey spent her individual privilege card on hot chocolate and cookies with a friend (lucky Alice!). You can tell from the photograph that they really enjoyed themselves! DELICIOUS!

Week 8
This week we completed our SNSA on our Chromebooks. Some of us found them tricky but on the whole they were okay.
We are continuing to enjoy PE with Mrs Nicol and she is so impressed with our class that she is considering awarding us a Class Privilege Card. We are going to work really hard in table tennis and gymnastics next week so fingers crossed.
In topic we had a go at African drumming. It was great fun and we are looking forward to working in groups next week to create a song and dance of our own.
On Tuesday Alice, Raith and Zoe from our class along with Morag and Surya from P7M represented our school at the Rotary Quiz competition in Aviemore. They did extremely well and came second with 93 points! Mrs Cryans awarded them a Privilege Card.
We had minibridge on Wednesday and 14 people from our class have been selected to go to Elgin on Tuesday 12th March for the minibridge competition.
This week we enjoyed doing Relax Kids with Mrs Mirchie when she was in – it was so relaxing!
On Friday Zoe and Alice spent their Privilege Cards on hot chocolate and cookies. They had a great time. Callie-Mae also decided to spend her Privilege Card and went to help out in the Nursery. She told us all about it and enjoyed it very much. She can’t wait to earn another Privilege Card so that she can go again soon.
Mrs Sutherland has been so impressed with us this term and how we have helped her with classroom jobs as well as being good role models. She bought us some chocolates! We ate then during Golden Time – they were delicious! Thank you Mrs Sutherland!

Week 9
This week we have been busy bees and on Tuesday we were all delighted when in snack time Mrs Cryans gave us another CLASS PRIVILEGE card we were all very happy !!

On Thursday we made symmetrical African masks it was difficult but fun most of us enjoyed it.

Also on Thursday, it was parents evening so we got our work and our trays ready for Miss Lee [ best P7L teacher ever] to show our parents

This week we have been working on smoking leaflets to let young people know the dangers of smoking.

In maths, we have been working on algebra we have been enjoying it and some of us find it tricky but we are getting there!

On Monday we got into groups to do some African drumming in the basement then we performed our sequence to the class.

On Thursday afternoon we started with a new teacher in citizenship we all moved up a year to the next class teacher

On Wednesday in mini bridge, we had a class tournament we did pretty well and next week some pupils are going to represent the school in a competition in Elgin.

On Tuesday we watched a video of Nkoleda from Kenya and how his family follow tradition from when his tribe started years ago it was interesting to see the difference between his life and ours.

On Friday it was world book day so some of us dressed up as book characters, we all enjoyed ourselfs and had a great week.

Week 10
P.E.
In P.E. this week we have been doing volleyball and also finished our Gymnastic sequences.

Maths
In maths, we have been using inverse operations to solve Algebra problems. We have been using Education city to help us with this which was fun.

Topic and Art
In art this week we used paint to create a large lion’s head image. We mixed different shades of orange, red and yellow for the mane and had to use careful outward strokes. We then finished the effect off with PVA glue to make it shiny. We also did African people using either paint, chalk or oil pastel it was hard but they all look really good.

Writing and VCOP
In writing, we had to continue a story using only one quality paragraph which had to contain at least FOUR V, C, O and P. We all worked really hard and achieved this – Miss Lee awarded lots of star writers!

Reading
In reading we have been learning about different punctuation (colons, dashes, commas etc…..) and learning where and when to use it!

Other Activities
On Tuesday 14 people went to a MiniBridge competition in Elgin and they did very well. On Thursday skiing was cancelled so 6 people in our class went out with Neil Wilson to do Mountain Biking in the playground they all had fun.

Week 11
Other Activities and Responsibilities
This week on Friday Amy’s pet lamb “Alfie the girl” came in and saw the class she also saw P5/6, P1/2, P4, P1, P3, P6 she was a very busy lamb. On Thursday some of us went Skiing or Snowboarding we all had a great time but it was a very hot day. When the Skiers and boarders went up the hill some people left helped the little ones with their Citizenship Day. On Wednesday we had a visit from the Grammar School Guidance Teachers and we had the opportunity to ask some questions about The High School! On Friday Mrs Sutherland asked for volunteers to work with her P4 class to help them self-assess the maths games they had made for their Key Assessment Task (KAT). In addition to all this, some of us are doing an Enterprise for Blythswoods Charity for the 999 Ambulance and Fire Service. We are going to raise money for this charity on Tuesday of next week by doing activities such as a cake sale.
Literacy
On Wednesday we up-levelled our Cave Of Dur writing on our Chromebooks and had to include the best and most sophisticated VCOP that we could. Miss Lee wanted a quality paragraph only. We also started wraparound spelling techniques which we are finding helpful but tricky to always recognise the digraphs (special friends).
Topic
We have been continuing our Africa topic and this week we found out about the life of Nelson Mandela. We have also been learning the skill of note taking in preparation for our KAT which we are going to do next week
Maths
In maths we did our Algebra assessment and then we started Data Handling. We started this by showing Miss Lee what we already knew or could remember from P6.
P.E.
With Mrs Nicol we started High Jump and got to 1.2 metres.

Week 12
Privilege card
On Wednesday we used our class privilege card on hot chocolate and cookies and we finished watching Ice Age 4 from our last privilege card. It was great fun and we are going to work really hard to be awarded another card …… hopefully!
Maths
In maths we have been working on Data Handling and learning how to organise data in pictograms, tally charts and frequency tables. We have also been learning to present our data in bar charts, bar line graphs and line graphs.
Literacy
In spelling we have been working on the short e sound and continuing wraparound spelling! We have also been working on our Key Assessment Task by researching about an African country of our choice. We had to take notes and then use them to create a new, spectacular piece of work from them. We had to make sure our notes were in our own words, they were organised under headings and we weren’t allowed to copy from the internet.
Topic and Art
On Thursday Miss Lee was on a course so we had Mrs Clark in the morning so we did silhouette African sunset art. We painted a sunset background then did a black animal or tree it was really cool! We also learned about Nelson Mandela and how he was a very important person in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. As a result he spent 27 years in prison!
Other activities
On Thursday we did the annual “Spring Clean ” and P7L did the vegetable garden.
On Friday we had the first ever house meeting in our houses it was very fun.

TERM 4

Dear Parents/Carers,
As you know this term commenced with our residential trip to Edinburgh. We all had a great time and the pupils enjoyed the many cultural experiences it afforded.
This week pupils have been issued with a new homework grid for this term. Pupils should work through the tasks in order and be ready to share their work with the class on a Friday.

Topic: Our class topic this term will be ‘ENERGY’. This will have a strong science focus, whereby the pupils will be learning about the different energy sources, how electricity is generated and how we can live in a more sustainable way.

Numeracy & Maths: Throughout this term pupils will continue to work on progressing their mental number skills. With this in mind, this will be the focus of their homework in maths this term (see grids in homework jotter). In addition to this, pupils will be learning about ‘Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’ as well as ‘Time’.
Literacy: In Reading pupils will develop their responses to literal, inferential and evaluative questions, justifying their answers from the text. In Writing pupils will apply their VCOP skills to develop character and setting/scene descriptions. Furthermore, we will continue to use the Wraparound’ Spelling Programme, introduced towards the end of term 3, to develop their spelling skills. This will be incorporated into their weekly spelling homework.
Health and Wellbeing: This term P7 will participate in the Health Education Programme following the ‘Living and Growing’ series. This will build on previous years’ learning in P5 and P6 and focus this year on: Girl Talk, Boy Talk and Let’s Talk about Sex. If you wish further information about the resources that are to be used please get in touch and an appointment can be made for you to view them.
This term pupils will also explore the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.
On 27th May all P7 pupils will participate in the ‘Safe Highlanders’ workshop in Aviemore. This is run by external organisations and teaches P7 pupils how to stay safe in a number of different situations.
The class will continue to have PE with Mrs Nicol twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays. The focus this term leading up to Sports Day and House Team Challenges will be athletics.

Other Areas: Pupils will work with Lorraine Hemmings, a drama specialist, for 8 weeks on Thursdays commencing 2nd May. Lorraine will support pupils to prepare and present their End of Year Show called ‘Troy Story’. More details about costumes and parts will follow.

Dates for your Diary:
24th-26th April Edinburgh Trip
2nd May Beginning of 8 week drama block with Lorraine
6th May HOLIDAY
27th May Safe Highlanders in Aviemore
1st June 10k and Fun Run events
3rd June Inset Day – school closed to pupils
4th June Sports Day am (weather permitting)
20th June End of year show, ‘Troy Story’, evening performance at GGS.
24th-28th June Transition week. All P7 pupils to attend GGS this week.
3rd July Leavers’ Assembly 9.30am
4th July End of term. School closes 12.30pm.

Remember that you can see our weekly updates on how our learning has been going on the school website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Week 1
In week 1 Monday was Easter monday and we had a day off. On Tuesday we researched things to do with our Edinburgh trip and found out our walking groups.
On Wednesday some of us went to Edinburgh ( see 2 stars and a wish) and others stayed with either Mrs Cryans or Mrs Clark and did normal work!

Things we did in Edinburgh:
We went to Camera Obscura World Of Illusions! (WED)
We went to Holyrood Palace for a tour!(Thursday)
We went to Dynamic Earth! (Thursday)
We went to The Cinema! (Thursday)
We went to the National Museum Of Scotland! (Friday)

Week 2
Maths: We started decimals and some of us don’t really understand it and need some help whilst some of us understand it really well. We learnt how to write decimal numbers, how to round them to a whole number or to 1dp as well as how to use decimal points in a bunkbed sums.
Homework: We started our new homework grids which was reading, wraparound spelling, working on our basic number facts in maths and a tropic task which was to reflect on last week’s Edinburgh or class work and write 2 stars and a wish. We also had to share our KAT about an African country with our parents and remember to bring in our KAT’s (Key assessment task).
Topic: We started our new topic which is ENERGY. We did a task which was about what we already know about energy, some of us know a lot whilst some of us know very little. Some of the questions were “What are the different types of energy?” “How do we get energy?” and “What Is energy for?” and “What is renewable energy?”.
Health and wellbeing: We started learning about drugs and alcohol and how they affect the body. We started by completing a questionnaire sheet to find out what we already know about alcohol and the law. An interesting think that we learned was that alcohol is technically a food because of all the calories in it.
Reading: In reading Bleu carried on with their book and Rose chose a new book called Wolf Hollow: it’s about a girl called Annabel who gets bullied by a girl called Betty. Violet have carried on with their book as well.
Drama with Lorraine: We started our drama in preparation for our end of year show. We all auditioned for our parts but some of us didn’t get the part we wanted, the auditioning was really fun and we enjoyed our first day of drama with Lorraine. The play we are doing is TROY STORY!
Privilege cards: Klaudia used her privilege card to teach the class a lesson about the zodiac signs and what they’re all about, we did a task about writing about our zodiac signs and then we made our own ones. It was really fun. Lots of people used their privilege cards to have hot chocolate and cookies with a friend ……. Delicious!
By Morgan and Alice

Week 3
Maths
This week we have been doing decimals in maths it has been pretty good!!

Writing
We have started creating our own poetry anthology. We started with writing a rhyming poem in couplets.

Arts and Drama
In art this week we did Romero Britto Brazilian happy art and they are so good that Miss Lee has displayed them in the classroom! In Drama we were working with Lorraine again and our rehearsals are going well.

Homework
In homework we had to research some Greek Myths and write the moral we did well but got a bit stuck on the moral bit!!

Topic
In topic we have been working on Energy we researched different types and renewables.

HWB
In Health and Wellbeing we have been learning about Alcohol and looked at effects on the body it was very interesting!

Week 4

Literacy:
This week we have been looking at root words and adding prefixes and suffixes to them. In spelling we were practising the long A sound. In writing we continued with our poetry anthology booklets by creating our own riddles this week!!

Health and Wellbeing:
We continued learning about alcohol and we learned about the long term effects of alcohol on the body.

Maths:
We continued with decimals in maths this week!

Art:
In art we designed our Greek or Trojan shields ready for Troy Story drama show.

Drama:
We worked with Lorraine to prepare for our end of year Troy |Story Show.

Homework:
We had to make a model or a DETAILED drawing of a renewable energy source. Some of our models are superb!

Week 6

On Tuesday PC Maciver came in to talk to us about drugs and alcohol. We learned about the law to do with these two things and he showed us a case that had examples of the different kinds of drugs so that we could understand what they look like.
On Friday Mrs Clark came to talk to us about keeping bees. It was interesting seeing all her equipment that she needs as well learning all about bees and what they do and why they are important. We created a fact file to showcase all our learning. Miss Lee really enjoyed the lesson and is hoping to keep some bees soon too!
We continued working with Lorraine on our end of year show. We choreographed the battle scene between the Trojans and the Greeks. It was so much fun and looked really good.
On Tuesday we had a SUPERB maths lesson!!!!! We made real progress with our decimal work and have started to convert decimals to fractions and percentages. Mrs Cryans came in for some of the lesson and was really impressed with our attitude and enthusiasm too.
On Wednesday Klaudia traded another of her privilege cards in to teach her second lesson on the Solar System. It was really interesting and at the end she organised a game of ‘Around the Solar System’ and Amy won!!!!
In art this week we re-created Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and they are very detailed. We then had a go at using the drawing programme on our Chromebooks to create a piece of artwork of our own in the style of Van Gogh.

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