Info for this week:
Monday – Music and Choir ( for those wishing to take part)
Tuesday – PE
Wednesday – PE and Mandarin
Meet the Teacher @ 3:15pm to 4pm. Pop in for a chat!
House Captain speeches. Good luck to all taking part! Remember to practise!
Friday – Results of House Captain votes
Homework – We discussed homework last week and after a short survey, it’s safe to say children generally have a negative view of this! Extra work carried out at home really should be useful, relevant, motivating and develop independent study skills. With this in mind, I have decided not to send home spelling or reading work as we will cover this in depth in class. I’d rather children read for pleasure at home. However, there is so much maths and numeracy to cover in P7 that there will be a task related to this each week, typically issued on a Tuesday. In addition, there may be research tasks related to topic work or preparation for pupil talks/presentations. Homework will now be rebranded as ‘Independent Study’.
Risk Factory – Each year P7 visit the Risk Factory. P7 visit the following week on Wednesday 4th September. Children should bring a packed lunch as we may be late back for the dining hall. There has always been superb feedback about this trip in previous years. Permission letters will be sent home on Monday.
What happens at The Risk Factory? (from their website)
“The Risk Factory is based on the principle that learning by experience is more memorable than being told what to do. At The Risk Factory pupils are put into scenarios that they could face in everyday life and asked to identify risks and are taught strategies that could help save not only their own lives but other peoples’. Coming to The Risk Factory allows them to make mistakes but in a safe environment where they can learn from their mistakes.”
Thanks for your support,
If you need to contact me, my email is S.Brunt@mgfl.net.
Ms S Brunt
Welcome to P7!
I hope everyone had a great summer and managed to get some relaxing down time. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone back on Monday; bright, cheery and full of enthusiasm for this important year ahead!
Homework will begin next week (26th) and there will be more information about this soon. However, those who wish to win votes to become a House Captain this year, may want to start working on their speeches! Their presentations to the house teams will be on Thursday 29th August with the results revealed the following day. Children are allowed to make two promotional posters to pin up around the school.
PE is to be confirmed, although likely to be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Mrs Duncan so can children ensure they have a full kit to change into.
Please remember indoor shoes!
Finally, a massive thanks for all the lovely gifts given to me at the end of last term; these really are appreciated.
If you need to contact me, my email is S.Brunt@mgfl.net.
Ms S Brunt
What a fabulous Gala Day, I was so proud of each and every one of you and I even had a wee tear in my eye. Can you believe that we are ready to organise the last week of term?
Tuesday 25th – Leavers event at school – organised by parents 6.30-7.30pm. Disco, photos etc. Gala clothes can be worn. Pizza, cake and juice supplied.
Wednesday 26th – Leavers show – 1.30pm. 2 aduts per child. Enter at school office no earlier than 1.15.
Thursday 27th – Leavers day out – no money requireed. Cinema trip to Dominion to see Toy Story and then lunch at McDonalds. All within school hours.
Friday 28th – School finishes at 12.25. P7 leave from classroom door
Thank you so much for your support this year. It has been a pleasure to teach P7 again as they transition into High School pupils.
I cannot believe that in a matter of weeks P7 will be leaving us to go onwards and upwards towards their High School destinations. But before they leave, we have a massive to-do list.
We still have the Island homework block to be completing for each Wednesday.
YEARBOOKS – £9, All pupils have specified that they would like a yearbook for their memories at Loanhead. I am organising this but need some first day of school photos and baby photos please. Can the order forms and payment be put in an envelope marked with pupil name on it and given to Mrs Hinton and not the office.
We are having a P7 Enterprise Day on Monday 10th of June, profits are going towards props for the leavers’ assembly as well as funding part of the yearbook.
Info about yearbooks and Virgin Money £5 enterprise challenge have went home.
Transition days – Beeslack and Lasswade are 12th, 13th and 14th of June. Both schools have parents evenings with blazer fittings on the 13th.
Parent night – in school, organised by class parents, not PC. Tuesday 25th June,
Leavers’ Assembly – Wednesday 26th of June after lunch
Leavers’ day – Dominion cinema and McDonalds – Thursday 27th June
Final day – finish at 12 noon on Friday 28th June – pupils to be met from classroom door. Previous years parents have organised a piper but this is not organised by the school. Please let Mrs Hinton know if this is organised.
Thanks again for all your support
I have sent out a class newsletter today, along with the school Newsletter. P7 March 2019
Please read to find out any information.
Pupils also have some shape words for spelling (symmetry, cylinder, tessellation, trapezium, parallelogram, rhombus, sphere, cuboid, isosceles, ellipse, perimeter, scalene) , percentages Maths homework and 20 minutes per night reading. They also have personal scrapbooks to create (info in the above newsletter)
Pupils are also encouraged to be reflective and should know areas of Maths, French or any other topic which they need to brush up on. They are encouraged to take responsibility for this.
In class I have been trying to include a variety of logic puzzles to encourage deeper thinking. We have been doing the good old logic grid puzzles this week logic puzzle tutorial
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Loanhead Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Recently, many of the children have been talking about the Momo challenge and have been increasingly worried about it. Like many of these online phenomenon the publicity and hype has made this a lot bigger than it needs to be. For a quick briefing on it see the link below.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here
FORTNIGHT BATTLE ROYAL – WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Social Media Platform Guides
Click here to access to modern and relevant information on the most popular online phenomenons and social media platforms
*SCIENCE WEEK* We kicked off science week with a workshop called Fizz, Boom, Bang – pupils created fizzy, colour changing solutions and can identify different pHs of solutions. Photos below
Pupils will be encouraged to work within set times, unfinished work is going to be sent home regularly. We are looking at presentation of work as a lot of work is now profiled for High School.
Pupils MUST be learning how to tell times and know their times tables as quickly as they can answer “what is your name?” Test your child, can they do this for all times tables? They NEED this skill for high school.
HOMEWORK Unfinished maths booklets have been sent home for Thursday, Pupils also have the following maths and literacy work to complete. Please check and sign.
Please can pupils also cover their jotters
In class we are learning about being kind and are reading the novel Wonder. Pupils should also always have a book of their choie to read at home and in school.
A key theme emerging from parents night is about being nice to everyone – including on social media. The majority of parents saying the class group chat is a cause for concern – may I remind you to regularly check your child’s phone as prank calling and cyber bullying are crimes.