15.1.18 Primary 7

This week in P7 we are having an intensive revision week where we will be doing a lot of mental maths to consolidate square numbers, division, times tables, problem solving etc.  Mrs Caldwell has delayed her test until next Monday so pupils have an extra week to revise the fractions, decimals and Percentages tables they have been working on.  They will be expected to know the fraction, decimal and related percentages (e.g. 50%, 0.5, 1/2)

Pupils all have reading homework but there is no other homework because I have given out a choice of Burns poems for them to choose one to recite on 30/1/18.  I gave them 16 minutes to learn 1 verse and most were successful – this means they have ample time to learn the whole poem if they use time wisely. (Ae fond kiss, Address to the Deil or Adddress to the toothache – some have challenged themselves to learn Tan O Shanter)

In Scots week we have been looking at Scotland’s landscape, natural disasters and plate tectonics.


Now that it is 2018 I have a few dates for you (some parents and pupils have been asking me)

26th June – P7 night in school, usually a DVD and pizza

27th June – P7 Leavers Assembly – Afternoon

28th June – P7 DAY out (ORGANISED BY P7 PARENTS, Previously I have assisted by giving out surveys a parent has made which gives pupils a choice for a day out – often discussed by parents via class facebook, the school can also get costs for buses.  Parent council allocated £15 per pupil for this FULL day to include outing and food)

29th Last day of term – previously parents have organised a piper to be outside the classroom as they leave – photo opportunity etc.

Last year I made an autograph book with the class which they loved, they were about £4 each so this may be something we do again

Happy New year from Mrs H and P7 News

Happy New Year!!! I hope that you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year – Thank you all so much for your kind words, cards and gifts, you all know me so well!

Apologies for the long post!  I cannot believe in just 6 months we will be finished and P7 will have ended their time at Loanhead Primary.  In the mean time we have a LOT of hard work to do to prepare for High School.  I have been busy building up learning profiles for the children to send to High School with them and transition meetings will be starting where I meet with guidance teachers.

My expectations for 2018 are that pupils will come to school organised – WITH PENCILS, RUBBERS, GLUE, SHARPENERS, HIGHLIGHTERS, RULER, PROTRACTOR and a MEMORY PEN ( we use so much ICT this makes printing it easier). Pupils will be expected to know their homework and make a note of it so, as usual, they should bring a homework diary every day.  At High School pupils homework is given orally and they write it down – they take responsibility for their own learning.  These things are more important that spinners, toys and slime!

Unfinished Work – Pupils will be given enough time to complete a task, if they are not using time wisely (and 2/3+ of the class have finished) they will be expected to take it home, complete fully and have it signed for the next day. I appreciate your understanding.

P.E. (after advice from High Schools) PE will be on Tuesday and Thursdays and pupils are expected to have a FULL change of clothes – top and shorts (no tights) as well as indoor shoes.  No aerosols but roll ons are allowed.  Only about 60% of the class went to PE fully equipped every week last term.  If pupils are unable to do PE they will complete written work on PE.

I have worked out a simpler, and less time consuming, learning record so will begin to use this again – sending it home on Fridays to be signed.  We will continue with shoeless learning because, I believe that it works and we are going to be doing a lot of mindfulness and relaxation which ties in with it.

If you did not see me at Parents Night and require a catch up please get in tough k.hinton@mgfl.net

Homework will usually be given out Mon or Tues but reading will be at least twice a week as well as unfinished work.  Pupils will have maths targets that they will set and are required to work on these in their own time.  Mrs Caldwell is redoing the Maths test on fractions, decimals and percentages (pupils were asked to memorise the table below before Christmas – many never and therefore some of the results were not good).

Please talk to your child about the importance of being organised, on task and respectful.  This is their time to grow, learn and have fun but because it is fast paced with high expectations, there is a plan in place with management to support this.  Social Media had a massive impact on learning last year, please talk with your child about this and the importance of reporting to the police, not sharing images of others or doctoring them to share (both illegal), setting up fake accounts for the purpose of online bullying is not acceptable and the police told them all about the consequences.

I look forward to all of the exciting things we have planned this year and working, with yourselves, to prepare each and every pupil for High School.


Mrs H

P7 Info and News

WW2 Homework grid is due on Tuesday – Pupils have had 3 weeks to do 8 or 9 detailed activities (30 mins on each at least) – WW2 HOMEWORK GRID – 


PUPIL BEHAVIOUR PASSPORTS – Apologies for not handing these out today.  I am trying to get another system as 10 pupils did not hand them in last week so I am thinking of either a parent email or just doing it weekly.  Any suggestions welcome 🙂  They are a lot of work but have been welcomed by parents.

SCHOOL SHOW – COSTUMES AND PROPS FOR MONDAY (The actual show is a week on Monday.

Pantomime is Tuesday afternoon – arrive back at school at 4.30.  Whole upper atrium are out and the lower school will be at their panto too.

XMAS JUMPER DAY AND SCHOOL XMAS LUNCH are on Wed 🙂 Cash donations for local charity.


Our topic is WWII and although we cover a lot in class, pupils asked to do some personal project work.  To take this into account I have made a 3 week homework grid – pupils should do a MINIMUM of 1 task out of each section.  They can collate these in the folders given, produce their own booklets or folders or type it all and email to me.  I expect evidence of research, making connections across the curriculum, creativity and high quality work.


SKY ACADEMY – 29th Nov – pupils require a packed lunch

Pantomime and xmas party is now due.

P7 are really busy with our Christmas fair and I will be sending out permission slips for them to stay until 2pm on 1st December in order to help out on the day.

Pupils have reading for Tues and Thursdays and should consistently be working on learn its, times tables (plus associated division), adding and subtracting 3,4,5 digit numbers in their heads (with 10 seconds work out time only)

P7 News and Homework 6/11/17

P7 have their trip to the poppy factory on Thursday morning so require a packed lunch. Many people still need to return the £3 for the poppy factory with the permission slips, the £3 for Sky and permission trip are also due – a few people have returned the slips only.

I still require a parent helper for Thursday – please let me know if you can help k.hinton@mgfl.net

Homework this week (for Fri):

All groups have reading with associated activities

There is a Remembrance worksheet Poppy Homework-1jfar62

Maths Homework (to be completes in jotters) – Time Homework 6.11.17-23pxozv

Thanks to the 12 who handed in their homework on Fri, surprises may be in store!

Poppies are on sale this week – 50p/£1 suggested donation

Christmas Card order form should be sent home – please return by Friday

Gentle reminder that pupils should not cycle or scoot in playground and could water bottles have only water in them please.

P7 30/10/17 News and Info

This week we have started a mini literacy unit which uses the theme of Zombies.  Pupils are looking at survival skills, hygiene, water purification, geography/local landscapes and map skills.  This is designed to be a fun activity and has no gore or scary stories linked to it 🙂

Letters went out for Poppy Factory and Sky Academy (plus 2 consent forms to be filmed at Sky) please could slips and payment be returned by Friday.

Maths Homework went out today and is revision of Time – if your child has a watch it would be useful if they wore it and learned to read it as this has been covered in first level.

Maths – Time revision

P7 camp update

P7 campers are having a ball demonstrating great resilience, determination and perseverance. They are enjoying meeting new friends and working together to overcome challenges and reach new heights.

Mrs Hinton is proud of all They have achieved so far and is impressed with their manners and growth mindset. For those without Twitter here are some photos. Apologies if they are upside down….signal is rubbish etc.

P7 News, info and homework 12th October 2017

Camp Info that went home 13/10/17 (Pink Letter) Oct Camp Info

It was lovely to meet so many of you again at Parents Consultations this week.  Many of you are requesting additional homework and I suggestthat pupils revise multiplication, mental addition and subtraction up to (4 digit numbers), telling the time both analogue and digital and money (budgeting). I send out maths homework most weeks.

As well as reading for 20-30 mins each night, it would be advantageous for pupils to also revise common word lists and if they are secure with these then the most commonly mis-spelled words.

Common words

Common misspellings

Pupils have homework due on 23rd October.  This is an activity grid based on WONDER. Their answers should be high level and quote the text as evidence.  They are worth up to 10 house points per question and I have high expectations. This was issued on 8/10/19

P7 Wonder Homework

We have been made aware of a French High School transition test where pupils will be tested on listening and writing in French.  They are expected to know basic French for conversation for speaking and writing.  We have revised this every year and have worked on it this month.  Some pupils asked for revision to give them a good grounding for the test (next month) I put this pack together.

french revision

There are also many fabulous French apps such as Duolingo which have been proven to improve French – even just by doing 5 minutes per day.