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Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back and I hope you all had a relaxing break and made the most of the short spell of good weather.

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information:

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be continuing with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. We will be looking at non-fiction texts again this term to help us write fact files but will also be reading fiction in our independent reading.

In writing, we will be using Big Writing to produce fact files related to our topic this term which is “Give Nature a Home”. We will continue to focus on building our vocabulary.

In Grammar and punctuation, we will be doing more on adjectives and learning how to use commas. In spelling, our common words are all to do with the people in our lives, day to day language and colours. We will be looking at words beginning with ex- and words ending with –ure and we will also be doing the Single Word Spelling Test.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Maths we have been using coordinates. We will be plotting points and drawing shapes on grids. We will also be finding objects at given points.

In Numeracy, we will be looking at fractions and how finding factors of numbers help us to simplify them. We will also be comparing and ordering fractions and learning how to find fractions of a number.

We will be learning to estimate by measuring everyday items to help us.

We will also be using Sumdog and Beat That Maths to help improve our mental maths.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our new topic this term is Giving Nature a Home. We will be learning about:

-living and non-living things

-classifying living things

-the parts of a plant and their function

-types of pollination

-the importance of bees

-conserving the environment

-planting and growing seeds – if you have any old seed packets or compost, please send it in.

-survival

We will be doing lots of cross curricular work. In Art, we will be looking at 3D artists such as Goldsworthy and Picasso and creating our own artwork inspired by them.

Admin

P.E: is now going to be happening straight after lunch on a Thursday and first thing Friday morning. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them on both days. On Friday they may arrive ready for the lesson but must then, for hygiene reasons, get changed.

Music: will take place on Thursdays.

Visits: We have organised a trip to the Botanic Gardens and are hoping to arrange some other trips over the course of the term.

Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.

Reading: We will be spending time reading quietly in class and we encourage children to bring their own books in for this purpose. Fiction, non-fiction, anything really! Please make sure to name books clearly.

Welcome back to school for the final stretch before the end of P5!  The Term Ahead letter will be appearing shortly but until then, a collage of some of the things that we have been up to already this term.  Our topic is “Give Nature a Home” and so much of what we will be doing is related to that. If you have any seeds or compost, seed trays, flower pots, old wellies, trowels or such like lying around in a shed, we’d love to borrow them … those that can be borrowed! Equally, if you have any areas of expertise relating to growing food, food journeys or have a job that involves working outside (e.g. gardener, farmer, groundsperson) please get in touch as we’re always interested in linking our learning to the world of work.

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Term Ahead: January – March 2017                       Primary 5A

Dear Parent/Carer,
Happy New Year! Welcome back everyone and I hope that you all had a good Christmas break and didn’t eat and drink too much!

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information:

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be continuing with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge but this term our focus will be poetry and then, after half term, we will be looking at non-fiction texts.

In writing, we will be using Big Writing to produce poems – Haikus, Limericks, rhyming poems – before writing factual leaflets and posters. We will be focusing on building our vocabulary.

In Grammar and punctuation we will be doing more on adjectives and will also be learning about how to use apostrophes. In spelling, our common words are all to do with places and the patterns we will be looking at are –ier, -iest and –dge words.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In numeracy, we will be looking at number sequences and patterns and starting to develop our algebraic thinking.

In maths, we will continue to learn about time and will be investigating money, its use, how we earn it and how we keep it safe.

We will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and will combine our maths with our social studies work to look at co-ordinates and directions to help us with our mapping.

Learning Across the Curriculum

We will be basing much of our learning on our topic, Society.

We will be learning about the following things:

–      Science: recycling, water states and how to clean it,

–      HWB: Setting goals, celebrating diversity in our communities;

–      Art: Perspective

–      Technology: Product design and development

We are going to be thinking about jobs and the world of work so please let us know if you are willing to come and talk to us about your job – and don’t mind being asked some strange questions! – please let us know. We would love to see you.

Admin

P.E: will take place first thing on Thursday and Friday mornings.   Please can you send your child into school changed for PE on those days to ensure that we make the most of the time we have available.

Music: will take place on Thursdays. P5 will continue to learn the recorder. Recorders are available to buy from Mrs Barber for £3.

Visits: We are in the process of organising some exciting visits that will enhance your children’s learning experiences.

Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.

Reading: We will be spending time reading quietly in class and we encourage children to bring their own books in for this purpose. Fiction, non-fiction, anything really! Please make sure to name books clearly.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


In Literacy we have been focusing on poetry and everyone has worked really hard to produce some fantastic poems.  We’ve written Haiku, Limericks, Rhyming Couplets, learnt and performed our Scots’ Night poems and are now finding out about similes.

Here are some of our best pieces.  Can you work work out what types of poem they are?

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhymeI put it in the sink
so it could have a little drink
I ran to the door
and spilt it on the floor
It sat on a chair
and turned into a pair
It put on a top
which suddenly popped
It hid in a bed
so I gave it some bread
It had its own book
and changed into a cook
I gave it a key
and it had a peaAT
There once was a teacher called Bob,
Who once had a wonderful job.
One day at school
a child broke a rule
So Bob made the naughty child sob.CAThere was once a person named Paul,
Who liked to play with a ball.
He sat on a rock
and played his Xbox
Until he crashed into a wall.

JCThere are lots of cars
Waiting in the queue to move
Noisy horns tootingSASchool is so boring
Teachers run around crazy
Head teacher busySMOnce upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
It was eaten by a bear
then I cut its hair
He jumped on the table
and stuck on a rainbow lable
He went to ride a scooter
and played minecraft on the computer
He went to bed
and he bumped his head

JMOnce upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
It got out of bed
and it turned red
It sat on the chair
and it felt a hair
He ran out the door
and he heard a pour
It found a key
and sold it for 1p
Then he found a magical top
and it turned into a cop
He found some fish
that turned into a dish
It got a mystery sink
which made a horrible stinkLLSo … which ones are Limericks?
Which are Haiku?
Which ones are rhyming couplets?
Ask the expert to find the difference!

SCOTS’ NIGHT

All of the children have chosen a scots poem to learn by heart in the build up to Scots’ Night.  They chose from “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, “The Boy in the Train” by Mary Campbell Smith and “Feart” by Liz Niven.  The home learning wall will not be sent out until Monday, 23rd January so learning the poem is the home learning task until then.

This year for Scots’ Night, the children are also learning the song “Comin’ Through the Rye” by Robert Burns.

This is the tune and the words are below:

Gin a body, meet a body, comin’ thro’ the rye;
Gin a body, kiss a body, need a body cry.Ilka lassie has her laddie, nane they say ha’e I;
Yet all the lads they smile at me,
When comin’ thro’ the rye.

Gin a body meet a body, comin’ frae the well
Gin a body kiss a body, need a body tell.
Ilka lassie has her laddie, ne’er a ane ha’e I;
but a’ the lads they smile at me,when comin’ through the rye.

Amang the train there is a swain I dearly lo’ve mysel;
but whaur his hame, or what his name,
I dinna care to tell.
Ilka lassie has her laddie, nane they say ha’e I;but a’ the lads they lo’e me weel,
and what the waur am I.

We look forward to hearing the song and all of the poems.


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The October break already seems like a distant memory but I hope that you all had a good week.  The term ahead letter will be put up shortly, but in the mean time, a quick update on some of the things we did at the end of last term.

Our 5 weeks of Ukulele lessons came to and end.  During this time we learnt how to hold a Ukulele, the names of the strings and how to play a few chords.  Excitement often got the better of people and listening skills need to be improved, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

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We also had the Diving Trials!  How to flood the hall with water was the children’s biggest worry but fortunately we never needed to find a solution.  Congratulations to the 5 people from P5A who were chosen to go through to the next stage being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool this coming weekend, 6th November.

For those of you whose children were chosen, it is an amazing opportunity.  Don’t worry if your child isn’t a confident swimmer as they will be taught to swim as part of the training, if they are successful.  Perhaps the Tom Daley of the future is currently at Balgreen!

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Swimming has now finished and your children’s Challenge Week jotters show what level they were working at.  Certificates will be sent home soon.  Keep practising those skills!

On the subject of Challenge Week jotters, don’t forget to have a look at what your child did and talk to them about it.  There are some feedback forms to be completed, and they should then be returned (jotter, plastic envelope, feedback) on Monday, 7th November so that they can be used as a discussion point for the Parent Consultations on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th, November.  I look forward to seeing you all then.


During our swimming sessions, we are working between Levels 2 and 6.  Lots of progress has already been made and we continue to work hard, listening to the teachers, improving and gaining in confidence each week.

We thought you’d like to see the progression through the levels and the skills you can expect your child to develop:

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Some people have requested copies of the Home Learning walls:

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Well done to everyone who dressed up today to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday.

Don’t forget the sponsored walk on Friday.  You’ll need sensible shoes for walking and to make sure you’ve had a good breakfast!

We enjoyed having so many people at the Open Morning and I hope to meet those of you I haven’t already met, soon.


autumnleavesWelcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable summer holiday. I hope that you all had a lovely time and made the most of the good weather … when it happened!

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information:

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be making notes based on the books we read and using our notes for our writing.
In writing, we will be using Big Writing to focus on our Openers and Vocabulary when we are writing journalistic reports, recounts (in the form of a biography) and posters.
Grammar and punctuation will be revising adjectives and starting to look at direct speech.
In spelling we will be revising some of the sounds studied in P4 and will be looking at suffixes, silent consonants and the days of the week and months of the year.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In numeracy, we will be revising place value, reminding ourselves of our number bonds and practising all of our times tables.   We will be using “Beat That!” maths to improve our speed and accuracy.
We will also be starting to look at fractions: first of shapes and then moving onto numbers.
In maths, we will be learning about time and measurement and learning how to present information in various ways,We will be linking our measures to our topic work on the Olympics and will be developing our understanding of the Olympic value of Excellence by trying to beat our personal bests.

Learning Across the Curriculum

We will be basing much of our learning on the Olympics and will be learning about the following things:

–       Science: gravity, floating and sinking
–       HWB: healthy eating, substance misuse, friendship
–       RME: values
–       Art: Drawing figures
–       Technology: poster design and recycling.

If you or anyone you know is or was a competitive athlete, we would love to arrange a visit to find out, first hand, how their diet, training, and everything else was affected by their sport.

Admin

P.E: will take place on Mondays. Please ensure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of the lessons.
Swimming: We will be having swimming lessons at Dalry Pool every Thursday, beginning 25/8 and finishing 27/10. Please make sure that your child comes with the correct kit, as outlined in the letter plus a swimming hat.
Music: will take place on Thursdays. P5 will be learning to play the recorder. Recorders are available to buy from Mrs Barber for £3.
Visits: We are in the process of organising some exciting visits that will enhance your children’s learning experiences.
Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.

Should you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and I look forward to working with you and your children this year.