P7 info 23/4/18

Dear P7 Parents,

PLEASE COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FOR EDEN ROCK BEFORE TUES 24TH – USE THIS LINK   http://www.edenrockclimbing.com/registration/

Virgin £5 challenge.

In class we have been working on enterprise and teamwork skills and hope to have an enterprise week next month.  In that week pupils will take part in the £5 challenge from Virgin Money where they will work in small groups on a variety of activities to try and make £5 grow.

Pupils have thought about various ways they could use their £5 to make more profit, this week they have thought about possible issues that may arise and how they may prevent these.  Soon, pupils will be asked to present their ideas to Mrs Donnelly – they should know their plan, costing, how they will prevent problems, possible profits and perhaps even have a prototype.  It will also be important that they can answer questions about their venture.  This week, as part of their homework, they are being asked to talk to people at home about their ideas and put their presentation together.  I look forward to hear about all of their exciting ideas very soon.  Profits made will go towards drama props and art materials for our Leavers’ assembly.

Transition Tests

We are working our way through transition tests in Numeracy this week.  High School requires pupils to get 60% or less in their tests so that they can see where their gaps are and address these first.  It does seem a bit strange that pupils are not expected to get a higher mark and some cannot get their head around it.  Please assure your child that they have all worked very hard this year and these tests are a mere snapshot of their learning.

Leavers’ Books

Last year we made small autograph/year books in P7 and they cost £6-7.  I have a larger book template and the class have all said they really like these and would like the opportunity to make them.  I have a lot of photographs of them over the years so this would make a lovely keepsake.  The cost would be £8.50, please can pupils bring this in ASAP.  As part of our Leavers’ events I am asking if I could get any photos of pupils starting P1 (as well as other years), Photos of them doing something they are proud of and if possible a copy of the P1 class photo.  I will scan any photos and return them to you once I have – please put child’s name on the back of each photo.  Alternatively please email me anything you think would work to k.hinton@mgfl.net.

Such a busy term, I will try to keep the website updated as much as possible.

 

Many Thanks

Mrs Hinton

P7 info

Please refer to the letter handed out this week for important term dates and trip info.

Please note that the Eden Rock trip requires you to fill out their form online or pupils cannot go. Details on teip ketter and my class newsletter. Bus fairs required for Toby Carvery so parent pay is not being used. Thanks

P7 Info 20.3.18

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS ARE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) PLEASE WEAR UNIFORM! Please note that the expectation is for pupils to wear school uniform and have no false nails, make up etc in school.  Hoop earrings or dangley earrings are also not permitted.

Maths homework which consolidates class learning from the past 2 weeks was given out on the 19th and is due in on the 26th.  We are also working on algebra, probability and finding patterns in data and using these to create formula.

We are reading the Wizard of Oz in class and also studying robots which the class are enjoying.

I would like if pupils could spend time on SUMDOG and hour of code to brush up on skills set.

A few pupils are still attending school not ready to learn because they have not had enough sleep.  Please can we work together to promote good health and wellbeing.  To much “gaming” is having an obvious effect on learning.

Many thanks

P7 Information 9.3.18

I hope everyone is back to normal after our snow days, seems unreal to have snow in March but fingers crossed for more spring like weather.

We have finished reading books and are reading the Wizard of Oz in class so there will be n reading books going home.  Pupils are expected to be reading 30 minutes a night and should have a consistent book in class with them.

We are continuing progress plans so ALL pupils have targets in numeracy, they have agreed how they will seek to meet their targets and are working on these at home.  e.g.  My target is to revise the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, I will do this by a) watching a tutorial b)asking for revision c)taking a textbook home.  I need to be able to show my learning by getting 70% in a test (individual choice here).

As we are testing next week I will be asking pupils to work on their targets and do any test appropriate revision – all discussed fully in class.

 

REMINDER – LASSWADE SCHOOL OF FOOTBALL APPLICATIONS DUE IN SOON – FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

P7 News/info and home learning 2/3/18

Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying the snow.

I have made a whole school sumdog competition so please remember to log in – if you need help with your log in details then email me.

Remember your individual targets – where do you need to go? How will you get there?

Home learning – due Wednesday


Literacy – please remember your book reports and quiz that were due in on 1st.  If you want to challenge yourself and consolidate learning we have done in class then write a short setting description of a snowy setting – remember our in-class success criteria (Using your senses, adjectives, adverbs, long and short sentences and no story/charactes e.g. The warm sun shone down on the turquoise water like freshly cleaned diamonds, the birds lazily perched on the tan branches while the sound of them gleefully singing danced in my ears.  I felt at peace.” Type it on word and email me, share with me on GLOW or just write it and bring it in next week.

Maths/Numeracy – Have a go at this BEAST FROM THE EAST P7 Maths activity challenge – how many house points will you earn?

The Beast From The East Maths Investigation P7-1nm7473

REMEMBER to keep sending my your fun in the snow, snow sculpture or snowy extreme reading photos. k.hinton@mgfl.net

P7 DAY OUT.

An excited and keen parent first mentioned this in January and I could not believe that it was time to think about it so a pat on the back for planning ahead.  She has volunteered time to help organise this and attend on the day.  I have had a few more parents ask me about the day out and would suggest a wee team to go with the pupil ideas would work well.

Pupils discussed it with me and I posted the results on the page last week.  As Time Capsule was the firm favourite I presumed people would look into this – I am happy to get the office to price a bus for the parent team while they organise prices for the trip and food.

Pupils are saying the Time Capsule is closed during the day – after a quick email they got back to me to say that for trips etc they can open at 10am, you just need to speak to them.

Paintballing was not first or second choice but I do have to mention that this, or similar activities, is not something Mrs Donnelly or I would be happy to have organised for their day out so this is not an option.

If Time Capsule is not an option I am happy to go back to the class and chat about other ideas (escape rooms, Blair Drummond plus BBQ, Picnic etc were also suggested after our discussion).

 

P7 Homework 19/2/18

All pupils have to finish their reading novels to the end for next Mon.

Pupils have a decimals worksheet for maths (due on Fri), we have been working on multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

I have set a personal challenge of no screens after 8pm- this is not compulsory but a good talking point given that the class have screen obsessions.

We have been learning to tell the time in French – pupils would benefit from revising this.

For the parents organising the day out. We chatted about it and pupils voted on their top 3. See below.

Screen Time and Concentration – P7

Recently, they hot topic in class has been a game called “Fortnight” or similar.  Pupils are admitting that they are trying to pull “all nighters” without their parents knowing, some even claim to get up at 5.30 to play each other on line and many are spending fortunes on parent bank cards without permission.

I have had a few parents speak to me about their concerns relating to this obsession but also the language that pupils are using to converse with each other over phones/headsets while playing.  Some pupils are coming to school red eyed, tired and really distracted and when spoken to they are blaming too much screen time but are reluctant to stop.  Mrs Donnelly has advised that ALL parents be made aware of this.

While we do not wish to tell you how your child should spend their free time, we would like you to support is in promoting healthy lifestyles and good sleep hygiene which is not promoted by too much screen time.   If pupils are overstimulated and tired, it has been proven that this has severe effects on learning and concentration.

Most difficulties that arise in school come from social media or gaming and we ask for your support in this matter. We conducted a survey in P7 about screen time….there are some surprising results e.g. 52% of pupils s[end 5+ hours on a screen (Not inc T.V.) each day! (click the link below)

When speaking to specialists, some recommendations are:

  • Turn off the Wifi at a set time each night (be strong!)
  • No screens in bed rooms
  • Appropriate down time at least 2 hours before sleep
  • Passwords for all consoles, phones, tablets should be shared with you.

For more information please see below for some guidance:

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/digital-home/how-much-screen-time-for-kids-3520917/

http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/tablet-smartphone-screen-time-advice-parents-kids-11364191314228