P7 robotics award winning team at the Vex nationals competition 2017, Birmingham

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.

P7 Information

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.

 

School Newsletter (March)

P7 29/2/17 homework and class information

Pupils have been given Maths homework jotters and have been asked to supply a strong plastic wallet for these to go in along with homework sheets.  I have also allocated homework diaries for those without.  Pupils should also try to have access to showbie either via IOS, apple, android or windows as I will include some revision on there for pupils who wish to use it.

  1. We have been looking at Speed,Distance and Time calculations and have progressed onto Decimals, fractions and percentages.  Pupil homework builds on learning in class and it is ESSENTIAL that pupils know their times tables.  It is expected that by P7 they know them all, if not then those pupils must continue to work on this.- you tube teaching aid for S,D,T – S,D,T calculation, Teaching aids for fractions and decimals Decimal Place Value , Multiply decimals , Decimal Division
  2. Reading circles have been set up this week and pupils have chosen books and all set their homework in their groups. They always have a reflection of some sort to do alongside their reading – this will not just be a simple summary.
  • As you must be aware, our current topic is Robotics.  We have 8 lucky pupils who were drawn from the hat to participate in the Birmingham competition in March (I have only just finalised information but it will all come out to parents, those pupils who wished to be considered for the competition had already taken a basic info sheet home).  There is still our school “robot wars” competition as well as the Midlothian competition so all pupils will still be doing the same learning regardless of each competition, They will all produce and code a robot suitable for the Crossover challenge.

 

* P7 homework and news 21.2.17 *

  • Many pupils have reading comprehension homework to finish from Monday for Wednesday.
  • Pupils have a speed/distance/time maths sheet (for fri)
  • Vex robotics forms to be completed for Wed (only for those wishing to be considered to take part in national contest)
  • SUMDOG challenge(s) for class
  • Hour of code: Majority of pupils have requested extra work on programming and robotics, links are below but VEQ channels on you tube are an excellent resource and pupils are encouraged to note take.
  • http://www.robotmesh.com/studio/106407
  • https://code.org/learn/robotics
  • https://code.org/minecraft

P7 homework and Information 30/1/17

Homework – 

Spelling words – 30 of the most commonly wrongly spelled words – pupils are to challenge themselves to learn these for MONDAY 6th Feb

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Maths For Friday – Pupils are asked to learn their 8 times table and related division sums (e.g. 6×6 is 36 so 36 divided by 6 = 6).  These need to be learned with speed and accuracy.  There are fortune tellers which pupils can decorate, build and use to learn.  They have had the 8 times table one handed out in class.

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In Maths we have been investigating parabolic curves and producing these in a variety of colours and shapes.  Pupils are being asked to research new designs of these and try at least 1 on an A4 piece of paper or other medium (please ask if needed) – see here for a similar lesson  http://mrchads.weebly.com/parabolic-curve.html

 

 

Parents Evening: Thursday 2nd February 3.30 – 5.30pm: This is a drop-in event for an informal chat, we are still waiting on mi:SPACE deliveries and hope to invite parents in to share more learning after the Feb holiday so if you are unable to attend on Thursday there will be another opportunity soon.

mi:SPACE – An inspiring learning spaces project in P7

Primary 7 are working on a project called mi:SPACE – A project which aims to encourage pupils and educators to “think outside the box” – (e.g. the classroom box!) and try to replace learning spaces that feature a fireplace view, white walls, harsh lighting etc with a modern, zoned learning areas.  This project is for Education Scotland and will be of interest around the world – Midlothian council have funding to allow pupils this opportunity and Loanhead are among 20 other schools in Midlothian taking part.

Since August P7 have researched many aspects of learning environments such as:

  • Optimum colours for learning (wall colours, screen colours and even paper or jotter colours)
  • Sounds that help us to learn best
  • Types of learner that we have in P7
  • Ventilation and temperature control, regulations and effects on learning—Classrooms around the world that work much better and suit a modern curriculum
  • Zones for learning
  • Positions for learning – do we really need boring, hard, plastic chairs and one height tables? We have chosen to have standing areas, seated areas, floor areas…..
  • Shoeless learning – ask us why it works!
  • Visited modern work places and asked advice and ideas from workers about their environments.

We have produced mood boards, videos, poems, raps, pie charts, line graphs, presentations, scale models, a giant floor book, a green screen and so much more and we have not even completed the project.

We had to work within a set budget to plan out a new learning zone – furniture, wall coverings, floor coverings, technology etc and pitch this to Midlothian Council – now we have to sit back and wait for the magic to happen!

We will invite you in to look at our new learning space when it is complete but we want to share some of the work with you below – enjoy!

Watch one f the groups short documentary herehttps://vimeo.com/201027130

P7 Camp Information

Not long to go now 🙂 Please note pupils can never have enough gloves or socks 🙂

TUESDAY DROP OFF. Pupils will be getting ready to leave at 10am.  A letter has been sent home which says that you are welcome to come into school at 8.50 but pupils and all their belongings must meet in the large hall where you are welcome to wait.  Please do not come to school any later than 9.45.

Below is some information that has already been given to pupils but can be accessed here if needed.

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Please note from the Kit list and expectations that pupils should bring no electrical equipment, phones or snacks/sweets.

Pupils will meet their groups at Bonnyrigg Primary next Friday morning and will find out their dorms nearer the time.

 

MED 1 – form

MED 2 – form

P7 information etc.

FOR 22/1/17 – Learn and recite (with expression) Tam O’Shanter.  We have been working on this in class, have translated it and watched a video.  Some pupils are trying to learn it all but others are choosing at least 15 lines to recite for the competition next week.

Primary 7 have been working on long multiplication (e.g. 367×45) using the vertical sum method and have also been revising short division.  They should be able to show you what we have been doing and explain how they would “work the sums out”.  I have been encouraging pupils to work as fast as possible with accuracy and to finish work in the set times as this is very much a high school expectation – If work is unfinished it will be sent home – thank you for your support.  There is a real need for pupils to learn their times tables and how these times tables fit with division (e.g. 6×6=36 so 36 divided by 6 is 6) Pupils know their own individual targets for times tables (they all have them) and are taking responsibility to learn these.

We are doing a lot of reading comprehension and inferential questioning and will be breaking out into “reading groups” after camp.  Pupils should always have a silent reading book and are encouraged to read a book until the end in order to be reflective.

Please can pupils bring a homework diary because pupils will have individual homework activities that they should record.

I set weekly sumdog challenges and I encourage pupils to try some brain teasing exercises and problem solving like these, should they wish

https://nrich.maths.org/9803

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

We are also working hard on our STEM challenges with VEX robotics and pupils have been using “hour of code” and can do so at home.

https://code.org/learn