UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES – CLOSED FRIDAY TOO

UPDATE: School closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March, BINGO NIGHT AT SCHOOL CANCELLED



Today (28.2.18), Thurs (1st March)and tomorrow (2.3.18)


Our building is closed. All Midlothian schools and nurseries are to be closed due to adverse weather conditions. Keep up to date with news and more info on the council website. We will update this page later today with more information if we have any.

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/878/schools/46/school_closures

P4 Homework 16/01/18- contains information about the poetry recital competition.

Welcome back. I hope you had a lovely holiday.

Spelling – No Spelling this week.

 


Reading

Some children have a particular system that they are following and the pattern of this should not should not change.

See Reading Records:

On TuesdayThursday for J.K Rowling-  Learn to be a  summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.

On Tuesday, Thursday for Julia Donaldson-

On MondayWednesday, Thursday for Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney

Enid Blyton- Given on Tuesdays- Learn to be a  summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.

David Walliams- Given on Tuesdays- Learn to be a  summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.

 

Additional Reading

On Thursday this week I will be handing out some Scottish Poems by the Author J.K Annad for the children to read at home. We have discussed these in class and have looked at Scots language.

In the last week of January there will be a poetry recital competition and two children from each class will be chosen from heats to enter the final. There will be more information on the date of this to follow.

If your child wishes to enter into this competition please help them to learn their poem. Even if they don’t want to take part, please take some time to read with them and enjoy the poems together.

If you can think of a different poem in Scots or with some Scots elements please feel free to teach them that one.

P4 Bimonthly Newsletter: Swimming, Outdoor Learning, Topic and Volunteers

Swimming

The children really enjoyed their first trip to the swimming pool today.

They were placed in groups and got to grips with the routines. We had some winners for fastest changed at the end of the session and the medals and points went to Liam, Conor and Blair. Well done boys!

Please remember that the children need a snack and a packed lunch on a Tuesday.

You may have more children asking for goggles now swimming has started, they are welcome to bring them but they are not compulsory.

Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back. I do have a pack of emergency baubles to give away if needed (I promise they don’t get re- used!) But it saves me pennies of they remember in the morning.

Outdoor Learning

The children had a great time with myself and Mr Fallon from the outdoor education team last week. We are still awaiting some Annual Data Check forms to be returned and as soon as these are all in I can put the photos on the website.

We have just hears that the Parent Council have funded us over £300 to buy some outdoor learning equipment, so… watch this space!

Topic

Our new topic Weather, Climate and the Continents begins this week and we will be taking part in science experiments as part of this.

Volunteers

If there are any of you that would like to come to class to help out either in the morning or afternoon regularly of otherwise please let me know. I am always happy to have a few extra pairs of hands and some more heads in the classroom.

P4 Outdoor Learning on Monday 4th September.

Hi all,

Sean Fallon from the outdoor learning team is coming to school on Monday to help us build some shelters in the woodland behind the school.

We will be outside from 11:30-12:15 and therefore all children should bring a waterproof jacket. Please ensure they are wearing shoes that are watertight.

Photos will follow on the website so that you can see what they get up to.

Letters have gone into bags about this and I think we are all looking forward to Monday.

Laura

Welcome to P4.

P4 Information

Welcome back everyone! I hope that you had a nice holiday and are settling back into the school routine easily.

I thought I would provide you with some current information about timetable and topic organisation, homework and swimming.

Timetable Information

Music- The children have music on a Monday morning with Mrs Callaghan and will come into school from the lines first.

P.E.- Our pre-planned P.E. days are Wednesday (with me) and Thursday with Mrs Duncan. I think everyone now has a P.E. kit in school but if not can I remind you to provide one for those days.

Class Novel- By popular demand I am reading Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone to the class after breaks.

Topic- For the next week we are learning about Pirates and Mapping. Linked to survival on a desert island a member of the Outdoor Learning Team is coming on Monday 4th September to assist us in the building of Outdoor Shelters.

Swimming

Due to the fact that the building of the new leisure center is not yet complete swimming will begin on the 12th of September. Children will need a packed lunch that day- a letter with follow.

The children should bring a swimming  costume/trunks a towel and goggles. There is no need to pay for a locker and we won’t be using hairdryers or vending machines.

Homework

Homework in P4 will be distributed on a Tuesday and should be returned on  a Monday.

There will always be reading and spelling and initially (starting from next week) the children will be asked to revise their learn its. More numeracy homework may be handed out as and when additional numeracy support is needed.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 29th) I will give everyone a printed copy of the spelling chart and children will be expected to write what is required in their jotters.

There will be a copy on the Website, posted by 4pm on Tuesday.

Any worksheets that are required will be given and any further copies will either be available from the website (if possible) or from me.

 

 

Welcome to P7 – Some quick information

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 (k.hinton@mgfl.net)

P4 resources appeal.

Hi all,

After the trip next week we are beginning Forces our new science topic. We are going to combine this with music and design and technology.

We need some materials to help us make instruments such as:

Plastic tubs (margarine, icecream or old Tupperware)

Pringles tubs

Biscuit tins, coffee tins, other tins without sharp edges

Plantpots.

For the science aspect if anyone has any:

old material, carpet, lino, tile, magnets or toy cars (wheeled toys) that we could use/ borrow then this would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mrs Cooney and P4

P4 Dates for your Diary- Assembly and Trip

Dear Parents, some dates for your diaries.

 Friday 19th May

The children have been working on an assembly and would love to show you their production. Please feel free to come and see the Loanhead Primary News Station report on the continents and climate on Friday the 19th May 11:45 in the large hall.

The children who have speaking roles will be bringing scripts home from next week to practise and may be asking for some items to wear. Please don’t go to any expense. I will send a note home about this when we have discussed what we may need.

Thursday 25th May

P4 will be visiting Dynamic Earth on Thursday the 25th of May from 9.30- approx 2pm. Packed lunches will be required.

We have been learning about the Continents, climates and the weather cycle and we will be learning more about this on the trip. We will also be taking part in a forces workshop on the day which is the new topic we are starting after the trip.

A letter with detailed costs will come out soon; I am still waiting on details of the buses and can’t calculate this till then.

The children have asked if they can bring some money for the shop and I have no issue with this, as there will be time but, I would ask that the amount they bring is limited to £3 per child.

I will also need a few parent helpers for this trip if you think you can help please return the slip at the bottom. If you can make the assembly also fill in a slip, this is to work out how many chairs etc are required.

Thanks, Mrs Cooney