Welcome back Primary 7!
You all looked so smart in your red hoodies today, what a fabulous start to, what I am sure will be, an amazing year for you all.
As discussed, there is no homework this week other than house captain speeches which we will begin to write in class at the end of this week. These will be due in at the end of next week.
When you enter our classroom you will intermediately notice that it is like no other because it was designed, after a lot of research, by P7 last year. It promotes high level learning, rich collaboration, student centered and active learning. This fortnight we are trying out different learning areas to suit learning styles and hopefully you will learn more and more about how your learning environment can help or hinder learning. Today we worked outside, on the floor, in groups, in ICT and in the noisy hall today and you were all able to reflect on these environments really well. The respect that you showed to some of the “funky furniture” was great – well done! We will begin to explore all the flexible seating options every day, please trust and bear with me because I know you will not only love your new space, but overtime you will also understand why it is how it is and be able to change things and make adaptations.
I put together a Welcome back newsletter HERE in a PDF for you to have a look at and once I have edited your DAY 1 PHOTOS i will put them below 🙂
Mrs Hinton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our Awards assembly yesterday. The children did really well and I am so proud of each and every one.
I cannot believe that the year is almost at an end, it has already been such an emotional week. I want to thank you all for your support, gifts and kind words and I wish you all health and happiness in the future. Please say Hi when you see me around Loanhead. Here are some photos and a video of our recent topic to share with you.
So much to fit in…so little time!
The letter from Mrs Wyllie has been sent home – this details all the information about the day and night for P7 in the last week of term – thanks to all the parents who took time to be part of the organisation. If the letter has been misplaced then here it is P7 LETTER
There is no homework other than reading and any maths goals pupils have set themselves after their transition days.
Invites for our P7 leavers assembly will be coming out this week. It is on the 28th of June in the afternoon and is very much a red carpet event so please dust off your diamonds and top hat 😉
We are still looking for anyone who may be able to take photographs of the P7 during their assembly and after and would be able to edit and share the link that week (our very own Paparazzi) . We are also hunting for a piper to pipe as the P7s leave from about 11.50-12.20 on the last day of term – 30th of June,
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Health week – there is no homework this week due to transition days. I have advised pupils to try to be as active as possible and spend time outdoors, making healthy food and doing their posture exercises daily (ask them all about it!).
There is a trip to Sky Studios on 20/6/17. There is a payment of £5.50 and a packed lunch and school dress is required. The letter will be available in lass but can be printed here SKY STUDIOS LETTER-
Please note that there is another advertiser photograph arranged for next Monday so please wear hoodies.
This week personal projects are due. Please also remember that pupils have reading homework twice a week- the majority are not doing the necessary work.
Wednesday- Advertiser are coming in to take P7 photos. Please wear hoodies. Project due in. Maths homework given out today for Monday.
Friday-reading for today.
Please return Beeslack transition slips. Also if you wish you purchase an autograph book please can you let me know.
Summer fair- we are looking for as many P7 helpers as possible and donations for raffle, hamper, tombola and stalls still needed.
You have a novel that you are reading in small groups in class, and sometimes at home. I would like you to choose another book of choice for the rest of May and I would like you to read this with an adult. This does not mean that you sit, every night, reading to them – you may wish to read a chapter and chat it over, do reading tennis with them, get the audio version and listen to some part and read the others, they may read a chapter and then you can read it and you may take turns to answer questions for each other.
This task is for you to read for enjoyment while discussing texts as we have been doing in class. Skills to consolidate might include – inferential questions, rhetorical questions, predicting, comparing the text to others you have read or to events in your own lives, you may discuss the author’s purpose or main idea, look up words and discuss why they have been used….talking about texts is endless. Enjoy your reading.
At the end of the month I would like you to share your book with peers in the form of a verbal book report.
Due 24th May
As High school looms closer it is important to have your future in mind, not everyone knows what they want to be when they are adults but it is always food for thought. If you have a rough idea then you can plan next steps, goals and even have an idea of experience, skills and qualifications that you need to gain. I would like you to produce a report on 1 career path that you are thinking of considering. This should be written or typed and include various texts and images. You should have
- A contents page
- An about you page – why you are choosing that career to research, what skills and qualities you have that might help you in that career etc.
- Information about training/experience/tests/exams/assessments needed for that career.
- An idea of progression in that career path, you may want to include wage details, responsibility details and additional training needed as you progress.
- You may want to include what life would be like of a “typical day in the life of a…..”
- You might be lucky enough to know someone in that career who you can interview and write up about their experiences.
- You may need to include a glossary or FAQ pages or even tables, charts etc – the choice is yours.
*I would like you to research this topic in detail. Please include all details that you feel may be relevant and will show me that you have done high quality research and work over the 2 week period.
There is a SUMDOG assessment for the class. We are also consolidating work on fractions, decimals and percentages and many pupils know division needs improvement – specifically short division with 4 digit numbers.
We also plan to have a bake sale for NDCS on the 17th of May. Donations of baking etc that we can sell would be gratefully received.
Mrs Hinton could not be any prouder 🙂 P7 have had Robotics as a topic this term and have been working through the Vex Robotics curriculum. This STEAM ( science, technology, engineering, art and maths) topic has really taken off and a team of 8 travelled to Birmingham with another team from St David’s Primary School to compete in the National competition.
Pupils have had to study robot builds from simple from complex, they analysed how they work and designed their own robot for for a challenge, built, it was then programmed to move, pick up hex balls, lift and transport them, place them in high and low goals, go up and down a bridge and balance in a bridge with 1 other robot…..very tricky. They also had an engineering notebook detailing, step by step, how they built and programmed the robot and this was assessed.
In Birmingham, pupils represented Scotland as the only 2 teams from Scotland and competed in driver and skills matches. Their robot was inspected and analysed and they were tested on their knowledge and understanding.
They had under 3 weeks, as a team, and we’re up against teams with experience from 2-6 years so they have done amazing. Thank you to the parents who have come in to help over this time too.
We have learned a lot from our fast paced day yesterday and saw some truly technological robot design and programming. We also are so happy to have won the Think Award for knowledge of programming, being able to talk about it on detail with terminology and relate it to our chosen robot design. Well done!
A different P7 team will.compete in a Midlothian school contest in 2 weeks.
This week there is reading homework only. Pupils are having a week of testing and assessments throughout the curriculum and are already embracing these so please spend the evenings outdoors and relaxing…Help cook dinner, make something for someone or help around the house.
VEX Birmingham people- info packs will be coming your way tomorrow. Please discuss the event with pupils because they will be expected to speak about their experiences, robot design choices etc to the assessors.
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