Christmas Fair Friday 29th November HELP NEEDED

Christmas Fair Friday 29th November 12.30pm – 2pm

This is our main school fundraiser and your support is greatly appreciated.

Donations Appeal – We are looking for toys in good condition, unwanted gifts, bottles for the bottle tombola and chocolate for the chocolate tombola. On the day and days leading up to this we will also be collecting your delicious home baking!

School catchment review

Dear parents and carers,

Two S1 pupils from Beeslack and Penicuik High, Hannah and Emily, visited Newbattle Community High School recently to speak to S6 pupils, Craig and Erin, about the world-class learning environment and its Digital Centre of Excellence. It has been captured  on film to give you more information about plans for education in the Penicuik and surrounding areas. Proposals include a replacement for Beeslack built along the A701 corridor with a Centre of Excellence in STEM subjects and a potential refurbishment of Penicuik High.

•         Watch the video<https://youtu.be/Bevx8AIonxI>

Please remember to come to one of two drop-in sessions about the plans. These are on:

•         Tuesday 12 November:  1pm – 7pm at Penicuik Library in the Penicuik Centre.

•         Thursday 14 November: 1pm – 7pm Loanhead Library in the Loanhead Centre

For more information email:

•         A701schools@midlothian.gov.uk<mailto:A701schools@midlothian.gov.uk>

P7 Info W/B 11th November 2019

Hi all,

Here is the schedule for the week:

Tuesday:

PE

Wednesday:

PE

Friday: Crazy Hair/Hat Day for Children in Need

P7 Remembrance Assembly – Well done P7 for putting on a very respectful and poignant assembly and thanks to parents who were able to attend. I’d like to thank some children in particular, who gave so much help and input to help make it a success.

AV Team – DR, OM, MBo – Boys, you worked so hard and efficiently behind the scenes. Well done!

PowerPoint – DR and DG for quickly and ably producing a PowerPoint slideshow for the background.

Singers – Everyone sang beautifully but ZM and KT/ MBa in particular, who had a solo and duet respectively.

Memories– Military stories of ancestors from FC, RA, MBa and KT; these were very moving and interesting.

Narrators – EM, EMR and ZM – great job

Wreath Laying Team – Thanks to the pupils from each class who respectfully laid a poppy wreath at our model of the local WW2 Memorial Statue.

Display and backdrop – A huge thanks to Mrs Craig who always goes above and beyond to produce superb displays with the children.

 

Independent Study Task – There will be a numeracy task sent home on Wednesday.

Children have chosen which area of World War 2 they would like to research independently. I will send home more specific information on this soon.

Reading – We will now start ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ in class.

 

Thanks for your support,

Miss S Brunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi all,

Finally, the week of School Camp has arrived! Here follows details of our departure and general reminders about the week ahead.

**Children who are not going to camp arrive and leave school at normal times Tuesday – Friday and report to Mrs Caldwell each morning for registration. These pupils have a unique and fun week to look forward to and Mrs Caldwell has discussed this with them already.**

Monday – Normal school day for all.

Tuesday – The bus pick up time is 09:30 so I suggest the pupils ensure they are in school between 08:50 and 09:10 at the latest. This allows time for last minute toilet stops etc! Children should arrive with their luggage and make their way through the main reception (office) as we will congregate in the music room. It would be helpful if parents would then leave and wait in the carpark to wave us off! Otherwise, it’ll be difficult to count heads and organise an excited bunch of P7s! I appreciate your support in this. The journey should be less than 90 minutes and children will find out their dorms and groups on arrival. Our first meal is lunch before the afternoon activities begin.

Thursday evening disco – this is not a Halloween themed event. Children should bring smart casual clothes for this. No-one should bring anything linked to Halloween please eg. masks or costumes.

Friday – We are due to leave camp at 10am so will be back before the end of the normal school day. Staff will contact the school en route who will end a text update to you all as to the time of our arrival. Children can go home from school early IF picked up by a parent/carer but will remain in school until 12:25pm if not picked up.

Weather – Looking at the forecasts, it is looking dry for the week ahead but COLD! So, make sure your child brings lots of layers, a pair of gloves, warm head and neck gear; not forgetting a waterproof coat and boots.

Reminder – no electronic devices or phones should be brought to camp. Disposable cameras are allowed.

Thanks for your support,

Miss S Brunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

P7 Info W/B 4th November 2019

Hi all,

I hope everyone is fully rested after camp last week. Camp was a great success overall. New friends were made and many fears were challenged and overcome.  I plan to create a PowerPoint of photos which will be shown or shared soon. It was difficult to get photos of everyone from Loanhead as we only had a couple of our own children in our activity groups each day. Hopefully, I can pool together photos from other leaders that were there.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday:

  • Flu Vaccinations
  • P7 Digital Wellbeing Workshop – discussing online safety. Can children bring their phones please as part of this workshop may look at privacy settings.

Tuesday:

PE

Wednesday:

PE

Friday:

P7 Remembrance Assembly – 11am sharp. Parents are welcome to attend but please arrive 5-10 minutes early to be seated. Part of this assembly will be presented by two lovely ladies from Bravehound, a charity which trains dogs as companion and assistance pets for veterans suffering from PTSD. We will have a donation bucket at the door for this charity.

Some children will have lines/poems/song lyrics home to practise for the assembly so I will not give out any other homework this week.

Scottish Poppy Appeal– P7 have two boxes of poppies to sell this week. We suggest a minimum donation of 50p and one poppy per child to begin with so that everyone gets a chance to buy one in school.

Independent Study Task – Children have chosen which area of World War 2 they would like to research independently. I will send home more specific information on this soon.

 

Thanks for your support,

Miss S Brunt

P7 Info W/B 28th October 2019

Hi all,

Finally, the week of School Camp has arrived! Here follows details of our departure and general reminders about the week ahead.

**Children who are not going to camp, arrive and leave school at normal times Tuesday – Friday and report to Mrs Caldwell each morning for registration. These pupils have a unique and fun week to look forward to and Mrs Caldwell has discussed this with them already.**

Monday – Normal school day for all.

Tuesday – The bus pick up time is 09:30 so I suggest the pupils ensure they are in school between 08:50 and 09:10 at the latest. This allows time for last minute toilet stops etc! Children should arrive with their luggage and make their way through the main reception (office) as we will congregate in the music room. It would be helpful if parents would then leave and wait in the carpark to wave us off! Otherwise, it’ll be difficult to count heads and organise an excited bunch of P7s! I appreciate your support in this. The journey should be less than 90 minutes and children will find out their dorms and groups on arrival. Our first meal is lunch before the afternoon activities begin. It would be an idea to bring a snack and a drink to have to hand when we arrive.

Thursday evening disco – this is not a Halloween themed event. Children should bring smart casual clothes for this. No-one should bring anything linked to Halloween eg. masks or costumes.

Friday – We are due to leave camp at 10am so will be back before the end of the normal school day of 12:25pm. I will contact the school en route who will send a text update to you all as to the time of our arrival. Children can go home from school early IF picked up by a parent/carer otherwise will have to remain in school until 12:25pm if not picked up.

Weather – Looking at the forecasts, it is looking dry for the week ahead but COLD! So, make sure your child brings lots of layers, a pair of gloves, warm head and neck gear; not forgetting a waterproof coat and boots.

Medication – we will take any medication we have in school for P7 pupils with us.

Reminder – no electronic devices or phones should be brought to camp. Disposable cameras are allowed.

Thanks for your support, I hope I have included everything!

Miss S Brunt

People Who Help Us Topic – p1 need your help

Primary One have started their second topic of the year. We are going to be learning about all of the people in our community who help keep us healthy and safe. We would absolutely love if any parents or family members who work in any of these roles could come in and talk to us about your job and the role you play in our lives.

We already have a visit from the local community police officers booked in for the 31st of October. If you or any of your family work as part of the emergency services, part of a dental practice or veterinary practice or any other role relevant to our topic we would love you to join us at a time suitable for you.

If you are interested could you send me an email at k.ramsay@mgfl.net and we can arrange a time to pop in.

Thanks in advance,

Miss Ramsay

P7 Info W/B 23rd October 2019

Hi all,

I hope everyone had a nice break. We only have a short week ahead before heading off to camp next Tuesday.

Info for this week:

WednesdayPE – Please can everyone have a full PE kit to change into.

  • No Lunchtime Drawing Club

Friday – Dress Down Day – I realise most P7s will miss our Halloween disco next Thursday due to camp, so it’s up to you if your child would like to dress down and bring a tombola prize as a donation for the disco.

Independent Study Task – Children have chosen which area of World War 2 they would like to research independently. We will plan this properly over the next few days and draw up a timetable for this. I will not send home any maths this week or next. Thanks to all who completed the volume task.

World War 2 Topic –If anyone has a family member who remembers  WW2 as a child and would like to share their stories with us, that would be incredible. We will start to read Carrie’s War in class as our latest novel.

Numeracy – We have formed ‘Times Teams’ in class – a buddy system which focuses on learning our times tables efficiently. This really is a priority as poor knowledge of times tables impacts on so many other areas of numeracy. Maths – We’ll revise time telling using a normal clock face, digital clock and 12/24 hour clock.

Card designs – The annual card design activity is upon us. Children will design a card at school and bring this home for you to view and order a set of cards if you wish. This is a great fundraiser for school funds. **There has been a time extension to this so if anyone still has one to hand in, please do so this week with the correct money please.**

School Camp – The children and I will discuss camp this week and ensure we all are prepared for next week. The countdown is on! If your child is not going to camp, we will discuss what his/her timetable will look like next week too.

Learning Trio Notes – The notes discussed at the Parents’ Meetings should be sent home by Friday.

Clock Change – Just a reminder that the clocks go back one hour this weekend.

 

Thanks for your support,

Miss S Brunt

 

 

 

 

Big Maths and Learn-its number progression across all stages

 

BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.

Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with an accurate and simple, but highly effective, framework that guarantees numeracy progress. This framework is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives) that make new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.
BIG Maths is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.

Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.

Don’t be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways.

 

Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.

C L I C Sessions

CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.

 

Counting:

Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.

 

‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36 addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. These are facts that children need to learn off by heart, so when they are asked ‘What is 6+4 ?’ they are able to give the answer as quickly as they would be able to tell you their name. As soon as they know 3×5=15 they also know 5×3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’).  It is expected that Pupils will know all their times tables by the end of P5 so we need your help with this!  HAVE A LOOK AT OUR LEARN – ITS PROGRESSION TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME.

 

It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful andproperly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standard

measures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.

 

Strange phrases such as ‘Jigsaw Numbers’, ‘Smile Multiplication’ and ‘Where’s Mully?’ are all part of this section of Big Maths.



Calculation:

This aspect of CLIC is when the teacher will focus on developing the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Big Maths maps out which steps children should do in a clear order and helps teachers to identify where to go back to if a child needs extra support.

Let’s meet some of the
BIG Maths Characters!

               

 

                

 

 

 

 

Big Maths Beat That is a weekly timed test of your child’s Learn Its. The aim is to improve their individual score each time!

Here is an example: