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P1 Assembly

P1 performed two AMAZING assemblies showing off a wide range of singing, dancing and acting. They told us about all the amazing learning they have been doing this year. Everyone had worked really hard to put on such a great performance.

There was a lot of practising involved and it is really hard for P1 to sit still for such a long time. The whole school enjoyed watching and there were a few tears for the buddies song at the end of the show.  We are all very proud of them.

Check out some of our videos below!

That’s What Buddies Are For…

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How Many Green Bottles…?

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What’s For Lunch…?

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What’s The Sound Of The Aeroplane?

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A Week Of Learning!
[Blog Post by Torin and Eilidh]

We have been learning the last sound this week so we read the 3 Billy Goats Gruff story. We thought about how else the goats could get across the river.

We had lots of good ideas, we could make a boat, bridges stepping stones, diving boards. We had a go at making these.

We also did ‘Fit In 15’ on the new track outside.

We then had a visit from a giant who wanted our to help measure things.

Well done to Torin and Eilidh for all of their help taking these photos and putting them on the website!


Easter Surprise!

A secret visitor made their way to Primary 1 at the end of the Easter term… Can you guess who it was?!


RSPB – ‘Giving Nature A Home’

On Wednesday 7 March, P1/2, P2A and P5A had a visit from the RSPB. We we learning all about the habitats that animals need to survive. We looked at the different areas in our playground and found lots of places that would provide great habitats for birds, insects and small animals. Check out our pictures below to see what we were up to!

Here’s P1/2:

And here’s P2A:

If you’d like to find out more or check out some games and activities that can be done at home then click the link below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-wild-challenge/


SumDog
With Our P7 Buddies!

P1 have been learning all about an online app called SumDog! With help from their P7 buddies, they learnt how to log in and play some cool maths games. They’ll also be getting to take home their usernames and passwords next week for them to play at home!


Tesco Trip

Last week all of P1 and P2 had a visit to Tesco to find out how our food gets to the shop. On Thursday afternoon it was the tun of P1/2. It was quite a long walk and we had lots of roads to cross. Luckily we had just watched a Magic Road Safety show so we were able to make sure we could cross the roads safely by remembering to Think,Stop, Look and Listen.

When we got the store we went to the back of the shop and saw where all the food was stored in the big storerooms and fridges. We also saw the loading bay where the lorries delivered the food for the whole store. At the end of the tour we got to sample some of the produce.


Feeding The Birds

P1/2 will be going out each week to feed the birds in the allotment. Mr Millar has built a fantastic new bird table next to the Hyde. Over the next few weeks we hope see the birds enjoying the seeds.


P1/2 Learning About Skeletons!

This week we have been finding out about the bones in our bodies. We listened to the Funnybones stories and we used straws to make our own skeletons. We also went into the woods to collect sticks and with a partner we made big skeletons with these sticks.


Library Visit!

This week Primary 1 had a visit to Corstorphine Library.

We listened to a story then got to explore the children’s book section and we got a special Library card for our class.

We got to take some books back to school with us, that we’ll have fun reading in class.

Barney (The P1B class bear) had fun visiting the Library too.


t… t… t…t… tie!

P1A were missing their teacher for a few days this week but that didn’t stop them from learning some important sounds!


Meeting Our Buddies!

It was an exciting time for P1 as they got to meet their P7 buddies for the first time!

Here are just some of the things we were doing:
Reading stories… Drawing pictures… Playing with sand… Watching Alphablocks… Going outside… Playing in the house corner and… Collecting lunches!


 


Archie Visits P1/2 and P2A

Primary 1/2 and Primary 2a were very excited to receive a special visitor this week!

We learned all about Archie’s job as a therapy pet visiting children in schools and people living in care homes.

We also learned about how important it is to ask an owner before stroking a strange dog, and how to approach a dog without making them nervous. We asked lots of interesting questions and had lots of fun!

 


Visit to Edinburgh Castle

On Thursday 31st May P1 /2 and P2 went to Edinburgh Castle. It was really busy with lots of tourists. We were able to get round the castle and see most of the important parts.


Robin Hood and Castles
[Blog Post by Harris and Sammy]

We were making our own Robin Hoods. We were also drawing and cutting out castles.


Robin Hood Needs A New Castle!

At the start of the Summer term, P1/2 and P2A went for a walk in the woods to look for signs of Spring…

Suddenly a man appeared from behind a tree. It was Robin Hood!

He started by telling them all about losing his castle to Guy of Gisbourne. The classes agreed to help Robin by finding out all about castles. They also learned how to make a bow by tying some string to a bendy stick. The next step is to find out how to attack and defend a castle.

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It’s Electrifying!

At the end of March we had some visitors from General Electric. They came to talk to us about electric circuits. They showed us how to make a circuit using play doh,a battery ,a light bulb and some wire. We all got to have a try to make the light bulb work.


RSPB – ‘Giving Nature A Home’

On Wednesday 7 March, P1/2, P2A and P5A had a visit from the RSPB. We we learning all about the habitats that animals need to survive. We looked at the different areas in our playground and found lots of places that would provide great habitats for birds, insects and small animals. Check out our pictures below to see what we were up to!

Here’s P1/2:

And here’s P2A:

If you’d like to find out more or check out some games and activities that can be done at home then click the link below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-wild-challenge/


Primary 6 meet Primary 2!

At the end of December, P2 and P6 got together to have fun playing board games. They had the chance to play lots of different board games and card games. It was sometimes hard to work out who was teaching who!


Tesco Trip

Last week all of P1 and P2 had a visit to Tesco to find out how our food gets to the shop. On Thursday afternoon it was the tun of P1/2. It was quite a long walk and we had lots of roads to cross. Luckily we had just watched a Magic Road Safety show so we were able to make sure we could cross the roads safely by remembering to Think,Stop, Look and Listen.

When we got the store we went to the back of the shop and saw where all the food was stored in the big storerooms and fridges. We also saw the loading bay where the lorries delivered the food for the whole store. At the end of the tour we got to sample some of the produce.


Feeding The Birds

P1/2 will be going out each week to feed the birds in the allotment. Mr Millar has built a fantastic new bird table next to the Hyde. Over the next few weeks we hope see the birds enjoying the seeds.


P1/2 Learning About Skeletons!

This week we have been finding out about the bones in our bodies. We listened to the Funnybones stories and we used straws to make our own skeletons. We also went into the woods to collect sticks and with a partner we made big skeletons with these sticks.


P1/2 At The Library!

Today we went to our local library. We had to be careful to cross the roads safely. At the library we met a lady called Shirley. She told us about the books and how we can borrow them. She read the story –  Shark in the Park. Everyone got to choose a book to bring back to school. We got back to school  just in time for lunch!


P3 Roman Assembly

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May, the children of P3 performed their version of the story of the Roman God, Hercules!  There was outstanding acting, clear narration, great group work and fabulous musicianship!  Both performances were fabulous and made everyone involved feel ‘Proud’.

Fred Frog was also very impressed… Click here to see what he had to say!

 


 

Roman Foods!

P3 have been learning about foods in Roman times. We tasted dates, grapes and figs. We also made honeyed bread which the Romans ate as a sweet treat.

 


Puppets and Nests
[Blog Post by Megan and Arran]

We made a puppet show and put lots of effort in to our shows.

 

We also went outside and built some nests.

 


Introducing… The P3 Puppet Theatre!

In Primary 3 we don’t sit still for long.  We read the stories of the Enormous Crocodile and the Giraffe, The Pelly and Me and we decided to put on a puppet show!  We then had to investigate Puppet Theatres, puppets and props.  The children wrote their own play scripts in several ‘scenes’ to allow the puppets to act out the story.  The children worked in small co-operative groups. They sorted out narrators, puppeteers, scenery designers, and prop builders. Each group put on their puppet show for a group from the other class and Miss Inglis popped in to watch one of the shows!  She was very impressed! Well done to all the children in Primary 3.

 


Looking For Spring!

The children of P3 were looking for signs of Spring and answering a maths challenge.  They looked for new buds on trees and shrubs in the friendship garden and the story garden.  They searched in the woods to identify new, fresh leaves.  They searched for spring flowers such as snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses. They worked through their challenge with a partner and finally, using some of the twigs, sticks, moss and feathers they found, built little nests for birds.  Here are some of the results.The children were really thoughtful about how to protect the birds’ eggs.

 


Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

P3 had a design challenge this week. This came from our weather study.

We had to design a kite, build a kite and try to fly a kite! A fun way to think about the wind.

Ask your child to describe how they made the frame for the kite.

 

We succeeded! Look at the fabulous designs the children put on their kites! The trickiest bit was getting the string attached, but once that was done we had great fun flying them up and down the field in the afternoon breeze.


Autumn Poems

P3 have been busy writing autumn poems, examining leaves for lines of symmetry(you would think they were there but….).

We made quick designs out of autumn leaves, twigs and stones.

Connor wrote about what it felt like to be a conker  in autumn.

The conker smells the leaves.

The conker sees darkness

The conker feels cosy

The conker hears the wind

The conker will soon fall off the tree.

 


Welly Walks!

Autumn weather means going for a ‘welly walk’. We found lots of interesting things in the poly-tunnel.

 


Extreme Weather Conditions

As part of their Weather topic P3 have been having fun designing houses to withstand extreme weather conditions.

 


Checkout These Amazing Achievers

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Railway Safety

Today we welcomed P.C. Jackson into our school and he was telling us all about railway safety. The key messages were not to climb up the fences, not to throw stones and cans onto trains and train tracks and don’t go onto the railway tracks.

Wise words.

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When Women Got The Vote!

“We went to a procession and were celebrating 100 years of women getting the vote. There were 3 main colours- Green, White, Violet -it stands for: Give Women Vote. We felt very proud and empowered.💂🏻‍♀️🦄”

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Super Swimmers and Super Heroes!

Another successful week of learning in P4, from sculling, treading water, learning to float and learning from our mistakes! You guys are awesome!

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Great Focus and Motivation

On behalf of ‘Focused Felicity’:

“Well done boys! You have produced some great work this week. You are awesome – so are the gloves!”
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Lookout… Superheroes About!

IMG_0733.JPGCheckout this week’s certificate winners! All these students have been caught doing amazing things this week!


Designing Board Games

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Superheroes Soup

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Rubbish!
[Blog Post by Kirsty and Ava]

P4s have been looking at ways to try and stop plastic going into the sea.

We’ve also been counting the amount of break rubbish in one break time.


More Area Things
[Blog Post by Jaidyn and Megan]

We have been measuring area outside in maths.


Measuring Area in Primary 4

All classes in Primary 4 have been exploring ways of measuring area. Their first task was to create a square that measured one metre by one metre! Using this metre square, groups were able to go and measure the areas of spaces both inside and outside the classroom. We found out that four P4 students can sit comfortably inside the metre square! As fun as this task was… we are thinking there must be an easier way to measure area! That’s our next step, watch this space!


Achieving Alfie

It’s only week one but look how many children have impressed their teachers already! Great work! Keep it up!


Assembly Photos

What an amazing assembly!

Primary 4 wowed everyone last week as they performed their ‘Scottish Inventors’ assembly.  Based around Britains Got Talent, there was some amazing acting on show as well as singing, dancing, jokes, catwalk models and even a moody Simon Cowell… What more could you ask for!


Motivated Mark

Well done to these students who showed great motivation this week, great concentration, listening and talking as we prepared for our assembly!

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Focussed Felicity

Well done to all those students who won certificates this week. We had a focus on ‘Focussed Felicity’ and were watching out for wonderful focus and concentration.

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World Book Day In P4!

IMG_2843.JPGWhat an amazing variety of characters! Bogus, Bunce and Bean were so impressed! It was wonderful to see all these much loved characters come to life! 

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Keep on reading, p4!


Cereal Detectives

P4B have been exploring cereal boxes, looking for all sorts of information…

They found out how healthy each cereal is or isn’t. They looked for adjectives and adverbs describing the cereal. They even found out which cereals the Queen eats! Lots of good fun and motivated reading!


Starry Night Calendars

IMG_2574.JPGP4B enjoyed studying Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. They experimented with line work to complete their own Starry Night pastel calendars.


P4C Trip To City Chambers

Congratulations to one of our P4C pupils for winning the Lord and Lady Provost’s Christmas card competition! On Tuesday, the class were invited to the City Chambers for a special reception and short tour. The staff there kindly provided us with tasty refreshments before Ruby was presented with her winning design. Everyone in the class was also treated to free tickets for them and their family to the ‘Bairns Afore’ show on Hogmanay!

We were shown some very important items kept in the City Chambers, and we learned a lot about what the Lord Provost does and where he works. Some of us were definitely inspired to be Lord Provost one day!


Properties Of 3D Shapes

All the students in Primary 4 have been studying 2D and 3D shapes. They have been learning about edges, faces and vertices. They had lots of fun creating 3D shapes, using spaghetti and marshmallows.

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Code Club !

Over the past 6 weeks, some of our P4 children have been attending our first ever Code Club. With help from some Lloyds Banking volunteers, they’ve been making animations, programming some talking robots and even creating their own games!

Ryan: “It’s fun because you can make games, things move around the screen and things can make sounds!”

Aiden: “I’ve been learning how to use coding and Scratch to make games. I’ve also been doing it in my house!”


Plants!

Primary 4 have been busy investigating plants. We discovered lots of plants growing around our school and we identified what they need to grow. We have even designed our own experiments! We have been learning about variables and how to set up a ‘fair experiment’. We have planted our own seeds and we are going to see what happens when we change the amount of water or light they get. We wonder which seeds will grow ? We will update you soon 😊


Glasgow Science Centre

On Tuesday 15th May Primary 5 visited the Glasgow Science Centre. The children have enjoyed learning about various scientific topics this year and were all very excited about the trip. During the day the children got the opportunity to explore countless interactive exhibits. They also had a Waterworks workshop in the science lab, where they created their own water filters and learnt about the water filtration process. All of the children were a credit to the school and the only problem was, we didn’t have enough time!


5 Star Cereal Bars! 🤗🙂🙃😉
[Blog Post by Quentin and Max]

We designed and created our own cereal bars.
We also made packaging for them.
On the packaging we did the ingredients and the nutrition information.

When preparing our cereal bar we had to choose what types of ingredients we would like. Hopefully the parents will choose these when they come in next week.


Resilient Board Games
[Blog Post by Avi]

Primary 5 have been working on making our own resilient board games.

As part of this we have been creating resilient and not so resilient cards.

We worked as a team to achieve lots of excellence when making board games.


RSPB – ‘Giving Nature A Home’

On Wednesday 7 March, P1/2, P2A and P5A had a visit from the RSPB. We we learning all about the habitats that animals need to survive. We looked at the different areas in our playground and found lots of places that would provide great habitats for birds, insects and small animals. Check out our pictures below to see what we were up to!

Here’s P5A (and a video of some very active learning!):

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If you’d like to find out more or check out some games and activities that can be done at home then click the link below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-wild-challenge/


STEM challenges

Science Technology Engineering Maths

In Primary 5 we have been looking at water. First we looked at the different states of water and devised an investigation to work out what factors which affected the speed snow melted.

Next we investigated the buoyancy of different materials and calculated how much air was needed to float different weights.

Then we our engineering skills were challenged. We were asked to make a cardboard boat which would hold a 250g weight. We really enjoyed this challenge, and all of us were successful. Some people manage to make boats which would hold up to 900g and still float!

Our most recent investigations were all to do with sound and were very noisy!

We have all also had the chance to bake with the help of Gemma, our very supportive parent helper. Thanks Gemma!

What will challenge ourselves with next?


The Desperate Journey

In both Primary 5 classes we have been reading ‘The Desperate Journey’ as our class novel. A lot of literacy work has been linked to the novel and it has also taught us about the Highland Clearances. In Primary 5A, a Highland croft was constructed, an eviction notice was served on it. Both classes then went out to the allotment to re-enact the part of the novel where the Murray family are evicted and croft is burnt down.


P5 Assembly

P5 headed to the rainforest last week as they performed two OUTSTANDING assemblies!

This term they have been learning about different aspects of the rainforest. Our P5 assembly considered the destruction of the Amazon rainforest from several different points of view. These included the indigenous tribes people, the local farmers, the animals, the logging companies and from a scientific point of view. This was done through acting, poetry, singing and dancing.

A huge thank you to all of our parents for coming along to support us!


In The Allotment

Primary 5 have been learning to maintain crops and harvest on the allotment. So far we have harvested apples, plums, tomatoes, runner beans, crab apples and potatoes. We have also been using benches made by volunteers over the summer holidays to promote enjoyment of reading whilst outdoors.


The Solar System
[Blog Post by Orla]

We’ve been using the iPads to find out about the different planets and finding out how much a day on each planet is.We have also been making model suns, moons and earths to show rotation and revolution.

We also have been telling our talk partners about rotation and summarising the lesson in one sentence.


A Great Week In P6B
[Blog Post by Leyton and Finn]

Badminton:

This week we started doing badminton. So far we have been learning backhand, forehand and the ‘v’ grip. It would be good to watch some badminton videos at home to help.

We are now also doing a lot more ‘Fit In 15’ and now we have new paintings on the playground so that we can follow a route.

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Keeping Myself Safe:

This week we have also started KMS (Keeping Myself Safe). We will watch 5 videos this year and 5 more videos next year. They show us cartoons of different personal safety situations and teach us how to deal with these.

We have already watched The Skate Park and The City.

Space:

This week we have been working extremely hard and have started a new topic about Space. We made poems to remember the order of the planets and we also made moving paper sun, moon and earth. We all have many questions and will hopefully answer these as our topic progresses (e.g. all moon names,what is space).


Our Resilience Assembly

Before the school was closed due to the snow, Primary 6 performed a fantastic assembly on building resilience!

They demonstrated that everyone can go through challenging situations in their life but by keeping connected to friends they can support us to get through these troubling times. They gave us great advice on how we should listen to our positive thoughts more than our negative ones.

P6 also showed that by belonging in groups such as football teams, Guides or dance groups, this can be a great way to build new friendships and help us improve our mental wellbeing.


Cross-Country
@ Roseburn Park

On Monday, some of our P6 and P7 children competed with around 15 schools at a Cross-Country Festival.

The children were absolutely amazing! They supported each other, cheered each other on and they didn’t do too badly with the placings either – we even got a FIRST PLACE in the Primary 7 girls race!

A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Ross for organising this and to Mrs Beath for acting as chief camerawoman!


Fitness Fanatics!

Since it is the New Year P6 have been working on their fitness in PE. We have been skipping, running, doing sit ups, planks, burpees and stepping. We have been recording how many we can do of each in a minute and recorded our results to see if our fitness will improve throughout the year.


Primary 6 meet Primary 2!

At the end of December, P2 and P6 got together to have fun playing board games. They had the chance to play lots of different board games and card games. It was sometimes hard to work out who was teaching who!


Europe Presentations

Before the October holidays P6 were busy presenting their findings on their European countries. We learned a lot of interesting facts about France, Italy, The Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Austria, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain. Did you know that Greece’s official name is the Hellenic Republic or did you know that in the Netherlands they make sculptures out of cheese?


Rule Britannia!

As part of our Europe topic we have been learning about national anthems. In our tables we decided to make our own ‘national anthem’ in the music room using the musical instruments as well as singing!


Europe!

So far in P6 we have been working on our Europe topic. We have been put into groups to make a poster and do a presentation. The countries we have been working on are France, Italy, Sweden, Greece, The Netherlands and The Czech Republic.

We have been doing a lot of research in the ICT suite and using iPads.


Things Have Gone A Bit Bonkers…

Those who say that school is boring have clearly not been to Primary 7.  Although we’re not quite sure which part of the curriculum we were covering here!


Structures
[Blog Post By Harry]

P7 have been learning how to build houses that will survive an earthquake (or the shaking of a table). This has all been part of developing our engineering skills.

Here are some before and after photos.

 


Jumping [Blog Post By Umar]

P7A in PE have been seeing how far they can jump and finding the best techniques for it.They have been using a meter line to see how far they can jump from a standing position.The best so far is 1.7 meteres,The picture on the left is a centermeterline to see the exact distance they can jump.


ORDER – P7 Parliament In Session

In Primary 7 we have been exploring the Syria Conflict and using our knowledge to develop informed opinions. Having studied ‘democracy’ earlier in the year, the children were able to conduct our own debate and discuss some incredibly complex issues including air strikes and the role of parliament.

We found this CBBC article very helpful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186

Unlike those at Holyrood and Westminster, our P7 politicians were actually able to agree on things and take each other’s ideas on board!

Do we have a future Prime Minister among us?


Easter Egg Hunt

Just before the Easter Holidays, the P7 House Captains organised a fantastic Easter Egg hunt for the whole school and what an incredible job they did!

The amount of planning and organisation was brilliant and the compliments kept coming all day from teachers and children alike.


P7 Camp @ Lagganlia

Day 1

It took a little longer than expected (thanks Ghazi!) but we set off in good time. There was also a quick toilet stop at Dunkeld for those who had already drank 2 litres of juice!

There was no time to rest when we got there as we had lunches to eat, tables to clean and beds to make. Just working out which door to go in was a challenge for some – it’s a hard life being on camp!

There was mixed results when it came to bed making…

For the nighttime activities we ventured around the centre, had a cup of tea and sang happy birthday. And just to let you know… Callum, Liam, Brenden and Ethan didn’t have the best start to their dorm inspections (see below) – a work in progress I think!

Miss Inglis has also said that she is very impressed with the commitment of those children taking their ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ scripts to camp!


Day 2

6:20am Update – The majority of the boys are awake… 🤦‍♂️

After the early morning wake-up… Everyone at camp had such an amazing day. Each activity group have been working with their instructors to plan their weeks activities and what a wide range we have had already.

There’s been abseiling, canoeing, skiing, mountain biking and then something which involved making fires and pancakes and things – clearly I’m not quite sure what to call this!

Two groups also went gorge walking but, as always, getting photos of this was impossible.

For our nighttime activity, we went out on a ’Night Walk’ which involved blindfolding ourselves and following a rope around the pitch black woods. It was hilarious – especially for the teachers watching the carnage unfold! And to end the day we sang happy birthday again for our second birthday of the week.

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It’s fair to say they have been pushed on their first full day of activities but here are some nice quotes we’ve heard so far:

“If I had my phone here, I’d be on it all the time, I’m glad we weren’t allowed to bring it.”

“I can smell proper air. It’s so peaceful and relaxing.”

“If you think I’m doing that you can jog on…”
*10 minutes later* “Well… Maybe I’ll try!”


Day 3

Once again we’ve been super busy today throwing ourselves into all sorts of activities. Although the strong winds have taken their toll on some of us – there’s a lot of red faces!

One group developed some expert orienteering skills and then used these skills to find their way back to camp from the middle of nowhere.

There were also some epic walks up the mountains, more fun on the ski slope and more bushcraft activities!

And our activity at night was a scavenger hunt, where we had to pick up some random bits and bobs and create a little presentation about our week so far – we’re always learning! Mrs Moffat also took this opportunity to attempt the climbing wall!


Day 4

We thought you might like to know about all the food we are eating. Believe me when I say the children are eating well!

We were a little too busy eating to take photos of the food but here are some of breakfast including the ‘third’ birthday girl with her cup of tea and coco pops!

Bacon rolls, black pudding, cereals, toast, soups, macaroni cheese, baked potatoes, chicken pie, roast potatoes, burgers, fish and chips, pasta bolognese, apple crumble, fudge cake and cream…! 

Mrs Iley joined us all today for our final day of activities. Yet again there were so many great things going on including archery, gorge walking, den building, mountain biking and snowboarding.

And as all good camps do, our final night included a cracking disco – we’re not uploading the videos of the teachers dancing though!


Day 5

Exhausted children.
Exhausted staff.
But totally worth it.
And that is it for another year!

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What Would You Put Into Room 101?

This term Primary 7 have been looking at persuasive language. We’ve written letters to ask parents to stop parking dangerously outside the school and also created posters to inform our audience about smoking, drugs and alcohol.

The highlight was when we created mini speeches and used Room 101 as a stimulus. We had to use persuasive arguments and passionate pleas in order to banish our chosen items into Room 101! Here are just some of the things we tried to banish:

Older siblings – Treating dogs as humans – Animal cruelty – Homework – Spongebob – Justin Bieber – Duty Free at Airports – People who always ask ‘What’s going on’ during films – Lattice Pies – Sand – The Haribo Adverts – Overpaid Football Players – People who put milk in their tea first!


Cross-Country
@ Roseburn Park

On Monday, some of our P6 and P7 children competed with around 15 schools at a Cross-Country Festival.

The children were absolutely amazing! They supported each other, cheered each other on and they didn’t do too badly with the placings either – we even got a FIRST PLACE in the Primary 7 girls race!

A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Ross for organising this and to Mrs Beath for acting as chief camerawoman!


The Risk Factory!

Just the one picture I’m afraid and it doesn’t really show what we did inside. But Callum demanded this picture be put on the website so here it is…

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P7 Ceilidh!

Last Thursday, our P7 children and their families were invited to the school for our annual P7 Ceilidh. As well as dancing, we had poetry readings, tasted Scottish treats and there was even a flash mob!

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up and made the night a huge success!

“The great feedback just keeps on coming!! Everyone is talking about how brilliant it was.”


Make Do and Mend!

Team P7 have been learning about life during World War 2. We found out about rationing of food and clothing. Clothing was rationed so people were forced into making do with what they already had, altering it and fixing rips and turning fabric into all sorts of different clothes.

P7 decided they would try to develop their ‘make do and mend’ skills by learning to sew on a button and to fix a tear. Some pupils even fixed rips in their own belongings or sewed on Scout or Guide badges.

Pretty impressive stuff! Next time a button falls off, you know whom to ask!


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Carrick Knowe Removal Company!

Mr Miller asked P7 for some help in the school grounds. He was looking for pupils to give the grounds a pre-winter tidy up and to collect up large branches that were a potential danger or blocking areas of the garden off to pupils.

P7’s problem solving and teamwork skills were put to the test as they had to plan, lift, untangle, support, remove and co-ordinate whilst keeping themselves safe in the process.

The ‘Carrick Knowe Removers’ did an excellent job… now onto those dumped Christmas trees!


It’s Electrifying!!!

As part of our science work on energy, we got the chance to take a look at an electric car – courtesy of Neil (AKA Mr Mac) who brought his car into the playground.

We got the chance to explore all the features of the car and Neil was able to tell us all about the differences between a petrol/diesel car and an electric one.

We then went back to the classroom where we found out lots more including the amounts of energy electric cars need and how they can be charged.

Finally, he went on to explain how Mrs Mac WILL NOT let him buy a Tesla. So harsh!


Thank You From Team P7!

We would just like to thank everyone who gave a little money on Friday 29th September in order to support our fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. We spent the whole of Monday counting the coins and we raised a massive £395.60.

It took a fair bit of planning, a whole lot of budgeting and some incredibly messy baking but we did it and you can check out some of the pictures below to see how we got on!

Step 1) Find a recipe…
‘Borrow’ some money off Mrs Matear and Mr Hunter…
Create posters…

Step 2) Buy the ingredients…
And play rugby…

 (because we can’t have 47 people in the shop at the same time!)

Step 3) Get Baking…
And wash up our dishes!

Step 4) And finally – get selling and count the coins!


And The Winners Are…

The House and Sports Captains voting has been carried out…
Votes counted and verified…
And the winners are (you’ll need to do your own drumroll)…


Meeting Our Buddies!

It was an exciting time for P7 as they got to meet their P1 buddies for the first time!

Here are just some of the things we were doing:
Reading stories… Drawing pictures… Playing with sand… Watching Alphablocks… Going outside… Playing in the house corner and… Collecting lunches!

We’ll be doing lots more things with our buddies over the next year and cannot wait!


P7 Elections!

Our awesome Primary 7s have been hard at work over the past week putting together campaigns in order to have them elected as House and Sports Captains.

This week they put their speeches to their fellow housemates and everybody from Primary 3 to Primary 7 got to vote for the people who best represented them.

Here we are working on our policies and campaigns…

Here’s the posters that you may have seen EVERYWHERE in the school!

And here is democracy in action!


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Fred Frog says a final Well Done, Farewell and Thank You!

WELL DONE to the well-deserved recipient of Fred Frog’s final Celebrating Success Assembly Certificate this year. 🙂 Farewell P7 and thanks for entertaining us so brilliantly at the Greatest P7 Show…. Melodie Celeb Success P7 Leavers Assembly 022JF gift for FF 001

Fred Frog says a BIG THANK YOU for his lovely end of year present ….. a gecko to keep him company over the long summer holiday ahead…. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS everybody! 

 


Pay attenTION! It’s another celebraTION with Fred Frog!

Today we were excited to WELCOME one sister, one grandad, one Dad and three Mums to Fred Frog’s classroom. They came along to celebrate the SUCCESS of and say congratulaTIONS to the preCIOUS children from their family who have worked so hard and put in so much effort with Fred Frog at school this year. Fred Frog and Mrs Dale are so proud of them – thank you to all the family members who joined us this morning and for all your fantastic support for Fred Frog’s friends!

We practised reading our GREEN words….. we can use our Fred Talk to help us to sound out and read some really tricky l-o-ng words!

We shared a story together and looked for phonic sound words to add to our Sound Trees:

Finally we enjoyed playing a game of 4-in-a-row together…… can you see which sounds we had to think about and read when we played our game?

Keep up the good work…… Fred Frog hopes we might all have a wee bit of time over the l-o-ng summer holiday time to enjoy stories together at home or at the public library … and maybe even enjoy taking a look at those green words now and again! Thank you for helping us to have fun as well as to make progress with our reading and writing!


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CONGRATULATIONS Primary 3!
Fred Frog and I loved:
Paying attenTION when we came to watch your celebraTION of Hercules and the Romans! It was a fantastic Assembly!
Well done for all your super effort and hard work!
from Fred Frog and Mrs Dale 🙂 May 2018

Practising Polly knows you were practising lots and lots…. practice makes progress!

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The ‘summer’ term gets off to a great start….

This term some of our older pupils are working alongside some of our younger pupils with lots of fantastic learning taking place. Take a look at the photos below…. Who can you see hard at work, and what can you learn from what they are doing and how they are doing it? 

Our CKPS Superheroes, Motivated Mark, Focused Felicity and Achieving Alfie have been really excited to see all the marvellous motivation, fabulous focus and amazing achievement during these ASL Literacy Buddy sessions…. 


Fred Frog’s Spring Term News…

We had a lot of fun helping Fred Frog to make some cakes when we were learning about the magic a-e sound…..

We put nice smiles on the cakes when we learned about magic i-e!

Fred Frog was happy to get lots of letters in the post one day when we each wrote a letter to him to show off our ir/ er/ ur sounds; ir: whirl and twirl; er: better letter; ur: nurse with a purse. He was really impressed with our joined-up handwriting and spelling as well as our super effort!

 Every sound we learn has a wee story and a picture to go with it – and sometimes a colour too. The pictures and their stories can help us to remember our sounds – the phonemes (how we say the letters) and the graphemes (how we write the letters). Fred Frog was SO IMPRESSED when one of us was able to remember and explain these very tricky words. 

We worked with a partner to say the sounds/phonemes in the words below, as we first finger-spelled them and then took it in turns to write and dot and dash the graphemes in each word! Haven’t we done well? 🙂

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WALT and WILF tell us what we are going to learn each week and what will help us to know how we have been successful learners. Can you spot them in the photo below? Can you see WHAT and HOW we have been successfully learning about our sounds?

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We put coloured leaves on a Sound Tree so this week we added ‘ai’ words to our grey leaves and ‘ow’ words to our brown leaves. Can you see snail in the rain and brown cow?


Celebrating Success

In January we enjoyed celebrating Rachael’s success; lots of practice and perseverance have helped Rachael to make some good progress with reading, spelling and writing skills. You will find Practising Polly, Focussed Felicity and Perseverance Penny all feature in these photographs of some of Rachael’s good work below; well done Rachael….. thank you for your super effort with Mrs Roxburgh and Mrs Dale.

If you take a look at an earlier part of our ASL Blog, you will see some of our P4 pupils putting on a great performance of their own version of the Little Red Riding Hood Story. Below is Becca’s wonderful work because of which we enjoyed celebrating her success; Achieving Alfie loved her super effort…

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What have Fred Frog and his friends been doing…

….at the end of the old year of 2017 and the start of this new year of 2018… take a look and see! 

Fred Frog enjoyed watching his friends perform in the Nativity – what lovely singing and with some great actions too; and he enjoyed opening his Christmas presents on 25.12 before he had to get busy writing his thank you cards and letters. 🙂 

After the Christmas Holiday it was exciting to see and play in the snow and to talk about Winter. Fred Frog brought some daffodils to school and helped us to start talking about the next season after Winter…. soon it will be SPRING! Will we find any frogspawn?

We worked together as a team to make a jigsaw while we learned to read and write words with the sounds ‘ee’ and ‘ea’:

Now we’re enjoying reading and writing about Spin the Spider. We had some fun making and naming our own pet spiders…..


P4’s own version of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’!

Some of our P4 pupils enjoyed listening to four different versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood before each writing their own versions. Our CKPS Superheroes were delighted with their hard work and effort. Then they worked together as a team to create this little performance for you to sit back, relax and enjoy! 🙂 

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A few more super CKPS readers… and Fred Frog’s November News!

Who can you spy reading a good book in the photos below? Is there anybody you know? Have you read their book? Where have they been caught reading?

BIG THANKS to Ms Inglis and all our class teachers and PSAs who have helped us to enjoy lots of different READING activities to celebrate Scottish Book Week at CKPS. 

Who has been caught reading about himself on the school website! 

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In November, Fred Frog helped his friends to learn about ‘igh’ (we know what sound these three letters make – the phoneme), and how to write this sound which has three letters, but only one sound. The way we write a sound is called the grapheme! Tricky words! We enjoyed working with our partners to Fred Finger Spell and then write some igh (‘fly high’) words on our little whiteboards: 

We loved it when one of our parents or grandparents came to join us in one of our Fred Frog lessons one day in November:

Our most recent reading book has been about two pirates, one called Black Hat Bob and the other called Red Hat Rob; we’ve enjoyed dressing up and acting out the story. Thanks to Mrs Matear, Mr Morley and Mrs Clark for giving or lending us some helpful props! Here we are in action: 

Also in November we enjoyed celebrating success; WELL DONE Jaimé!:


So Many Readers!

What a busy week!…. WHO else has been caught reading to Mrs Dale this week? Can you spot WHAT they have been reading? 


More Readers Caught!

Mrs Dale has been trying hard to catch as many pupils as possible doing some reading at school….. she is looking forward to seeing some photographs of pupils reading anything at home, or somewhere else out of school…. 
Do you know WHO this is? WHAT is this person reading? WHERE do you think this person is reading?:
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Find out WHO has been reading WHAT and WHERE in this next slideshow below: 
WHERE will you get caught reading? At the shops? In bed? On the bus?
WHAT will you catch your Mum or Dad reading? A recipe? Tins or packets of food in the kitchen cupboards? The washing machine dials? A good book? A newspaper or magazine?
WHO will you be reading with? Your brother or sister? A friend? Your Mum or Dad? Your Granny or Grandad?
WHEN will you be reading? At bedtime? At the weekend? In the morning when you wake up?
EMAIL OR PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR MISS INGLIS FOR THE CKPS GET CAUGHT READING COMPETITION before Monday 27.11.17 🙂 
Laura.Inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk

Look who else has been caught reading at CKPS!

Dr Seuss once said: “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book.” Mrs Dale has enjoyed listening to many of her pupils reading all sorts of things in all kinds of places! 

Who can you recognise in this slideshow? Is anybody listening to them reading? Can you see where these children are reading? What are these pupils reading? How are they feeling when they are reading? Mrs Dale is wondering if any of these pupils will Get Caught Reading at homeThe challenge is to take a photo of yourself, or somebody in your family, reading in an interesting location.


Get Caught Reading

Some of us got caught reading all kinds of things in all kinds of places in school this week! Watch the slideshow to see what we have been reading. As Dr Seuss said: “The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Who will catch us reading at home or somewhere else out of school?

As part of our planned activities for Book Week Scotland (Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December), Miss Inglis is organising an exciting competition called ‘Get Caught Reading’The challenge is to take a photo of yourself, or somebody in your family, reading in an interesting location. 

All photos should either be printed out and handed to class teachers or emailed to Laura.Inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk. The deadline for entries is Monday 27th November and winners will be announced at our special Book Week Assembly that week. 

Parents/Carers should be aware that although photos will be printed and then deleted, they will be put on display as part of our Reading Challenge Wall in school.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  Joseph Addison


What were Fred Frog and his friends busy doing in October?

We enjoyed listening to one of Lynley Dodd’s fantastic rhyming stories about Hairy Maclary before we read a story about a boy called Ben and his pet dog Ned. 

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We practise reading the green and red words with our partner before we read the story.

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After we read the story together we talked with our partners about what was HAPPENING and how Ned was FEELING at the beginning, and then at the end, of the story.

Our CKPS Superheroes really helped us with our writing about poor Ned. Focussed Felicity and Achieving Alfie were delighted! Fred Frog was so impressed with our efforts and achievements so he chose two of us to visit our superhero Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Iley with our good work – she wasn’t there when we went to see her but we will keep trying until we ‘catch’ her! 

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When Fred Frog reads our writing, he likes using his highlighter pens ‘tickled pink’ (for things he thinks are really good) and ‘green for growth’ (for ideas to help us to improve).

In October we kept working on our Set 1 sounds and practising our joined-up handwriting. Take a few moments to watch this slideshow to see why Fred Frog and our superheroes are so proud of our efforts and achievements:

In November we are looking forward to starting to learn our Set 2 sounds and to welcoming an adult member of our family to join us for one of our lessons. Watch out for a letter about this, coming home on Monday 6th November, all being well. 

Thank you for taking time to see what we’ve been upto in the CKPS  ASL RWInc Fred Frog group! Look out for more updates later this year and early in 2018!


As promised…. meet Fred Frog’s friend…. Pecking Peter…

Here he is! ….. Fred Frog’s friends are pleased to introduce you to Pecking Peter.… 

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Pecking Peter helps us with our handwriting. We have been learning how to read, spell and write words with the ‘b’ and ‘p’ sounds. Pecking Peter pecks all the way down his pole while we say and write as many sounds as we can before he gets all the way from the top to the bottom. Then we choose which one we think is our best; sometimes our partner chooses the best one for us. When Fred Frog does his homework, he also has a look at our writing and ‘tickles’ the best written sound with his pink highlighter pen

Perseverance Penny was really pleased with some of our writing this week. She and Pecking Peter were excited to know that we were learning about the first letter of their names!


September Update from Fred Frog!

What have we been learning with Fred Frog in our Read Write Inc group in September? Take a look below to find out how busy we’ve been!….

WALT (We Are Learning To) and WILF (What I‘m Looking For) share Fred Frog’s ‘Learning Intentions’ and expectations with us each week:

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We ‘SAY, WRITE, MAKE, and DO’ by using a variety of ways to learn about letters and sounds, and to discover good ways to help us to spell words. Take a look at our slideshow to see us busy at the Smartboard, practising how to write letters so that we are ready to use joined up handwriting; we are learning that letters belong to a ‘family’, and each and every ‘baby’/lower case letter ‘starts on the line’: 

Sometimes we use plasticine to ‘warm up’ our fingers before we write in our jotters:

Fred Frog loves to hear us saying the sounds of the letters as we practise writing them in our jotters. Pecking Peter sometimes helps us too – ask one of the Fred Frog pupils about Pecking Peter! Watch out for him appearing on this website sometime in the future! 

Fred Frog loves doing his homework each day – he likes using his stamps and stickers, as well as green and pink highlighter pens: green for growth – what can we improve next time?; pink for ‘tickled pink’ – what we’ve done well:

We often work with a partner; Fred Frog looks out for good partner work as we help each other and work as a team. Sometimes we are the ‘teacher’; sometimes we are the pupil while we work together with a partner to read our green wordsspeed sounds, stories and speed words. Our magic reading wands help us follow the letters and sounds:

We loved playing a game of ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ before we read a story called Pin it on!:

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We use our fingers to help us ‘Fred Finger Spell’ words by sounding out the words and using one finger to represent each sound; we know that some sounds need two (or more) letters when we write them. After using our fingers to sound out the words we work with our partner to take turns to write them on a whiteboard and ‘dot and dash‘ them:

One day we had fun warming up our fingers using pipe cleaners to shape and make a letter of the week each. Then we worked together to put our letters together to make as many different words as possible.

The letter ‘f’ was quite a tricky one to write; it is one of only two letters (the other one is ‘j’) which enjoy being in the grass, the mud and the sky! Ask one of the Fred Frog pupils what this means if you’re not sure! We did some extra practice together on the big whiteboard:

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We use a different ‘celebration‘ each day to praise our partners and celebrate our learning

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After we played a game together, we enjoyed using the ‘crocodile clap’ to celebrate our learning.

If he has noticed some special effort or achievement, Fred Frog consults our CKPS superheroes and decides to put one of our names onto his special Purple Lily Pad; this means we can sit on Fred Frog’s special cushion that day: we might have been: focusing well for Focused Felicity, persevering for Perseverance Penny, being enthusiastic and well motivated for Motivated Mark, practising hard for Practising PollyAchieving Alfie loves to see our achievements each day in the Fred Frog group.

Now we’ve got our latest CKPS Superhero Creative Cameron, who is watching out for our good ideas too!

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Fred Frog is looking forward to more exciting times and interesting activities with his P3/P4 friends! 🙂 


Fred Frog meets his new CKPS pupils! 

Fred Frog was delighted to meet his new pupils this week!
We were all excited to begin our learning journey with Fred.
He was really pleased with our efforts on our first day with him.
We quickly started to learn about MTYT (My Turn, Your Turn) and TTYP (Turn To Your Partner) as we worked with our partners.