P7A

Primary 7 Class of 2016/17 are…p7a-wordle

summer

I hope you all had a great Easter break and are now looking forward to our summer term and P7 show spectacular!

Below is the term ahead letter for your information, incase it didn’t make its way home.

We are frantically rehearsing fot he Primary 7 spectacular show! 

SHOW 2

Primary 7 family members, have you got your tickets yet?

Send money into school, in a labelled envelope, to your childs class this week!

Adult £3 and Child £1.50

Term Ahead: April – June 2017 Primary 7

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back to school after the long Easter break. I hope that you all had a lovely holiday. We are continuing to work collaboratively as a whole year group. This final term is full of exciting activities and opportunities for Primary 7 at Balgreen Primary School.

Below we have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information.

Literacy and English

In reading, we are using a new approach. This will encourage Personalisation and Choice. This approach is called Connect 4. There is a variety of genre to choose from and using connect 4 enables the children to explore new, exciting and different types of text. After each completed book they will do a consolidation task, which they are free to choose from a selection of 16. The expectation is that they will complete 4 different books by the end of the term. However, connect 4 allows each child challenge themselves and take responsibility for their own learning in preparation for their transition into S1.

In writing, our focus is on Play scripts and advertisement which is closely linked to the P7 Show.

In grammar we will investigate, Direct Speech and introduce colons and semi colons.

Spelling will focus on common word spelling and cc words.

Maths and Numeracy

We will continue to use Heinemann Active to support our numeracy and maths lessons throughout the year.

In numeracy, we will be developing our knowledge of the 4 operations and introducing algebraic thinking.

In maths, we will be reviewing our learning over the year including data handling, shape, time and measure.
Learning Across the Curriculum

This Term we will be taking part in the John Muir award and aim to complete our Discover level Award.
We will be learning about:
• John Muir the man.
• Technologies
• Outdoor Learning
Culminating in a Visitor Centre which parents and carers will be invited to.

Continuing our Social Studies work we will be taking a closer look at the 1920s lifestyle and entertainment.

Health and Well-Being will focus on transition and strategies to deal with change.

 

 

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays, with our PE specialist, Mr Smith, and Monday will be rugby with the Murrayfield Wanderers. Please ensure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of the lessons. If they do not have kit they will borrow a kit from the box.
Outdoor Learning: days will require a change of clothes in the event of adverse weather conditions. It will go ahead in all weather conditions. A letter will follow with more details.
Music: will take place on Thursdays. Mrs Barber will be focusing on building our confidence in preparation for the primary 7 school show.
Homework: the homework wall will consist of a variety of tasks for the pupils to choose from. This is an opportunity for them to take responsibility for their learning and organising themselves in preparation for S1.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for winter word       I hope you all had a fabulous Christams break and are now looking forward to our midterm break this week.  Below is the term ahead letter for your information, incase it didn’t make its way home.

BOOK SWAP 2017

As you are aware we held our first ever book swap here at Balgreen Primary School in Primary 7.  It was a great success and every pupil will come home with a new book for the Febraury break.  We would love to run the event again just before the Easter holidays.  See the original letter and pictures below.

p7-book-swap

Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of the drive to improve our enjoyment in reading and participation in the ‘First Ministers Reading Challenge’, Primary 7 will be holding a book exchange on Friday 10th February.

We ask that all pupils bring a book to school that they would be willing to exchange. They might have read it already, enjoyed it, or even didn’t enjoy it, and swap with a fellow primary 7 for a new book.

Our hope is that each pupil will come home with a new book to read and enjoy over the holidays. If the event is successful, it is something we will look at repeating throughout the course of the year.

Your participation and support is greatly appreciated.

Sam Gilbertson & Julia Kerr

Outdoor Learning

We have been taking our maths and art outside this term.  It is in prepartion for Discovery John Muir Award.  More details will follow.

p7-outdoor-learning

Term Ahead: January – March
Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back to school after the festive break. I hope that you all had a lovely holiday. We are continuing to work collaboratively as a whole year group. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Primary 7 at Balgreen Primary School.
In the boxes below we 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 our weekly short read activity. Children work in mixed ability groups to read one text and collaboratively answer higher order thinking questions. After developing our skills in literature circles we will be using our skills using our group novels 2/3 times per week.

In writing, our focus will be on poetry and report writing linked to our mini science topics.

In grammar we will continue to look at sophisticated conjunctions and develop our vocabulary, we will also revise verbs.

Spelling will concentrate on i before e except after c. As well as many topic specific words. Numeracy and Mathematics

We will continue to use Heinemann Active to support our numeracy and maths lessons throughout the year.

In numeracy, division using the formal and expanded methods. We will be moving onto algebraic thinking and solving simple equations.

In maths, we will be focusing problem solving in measure, shape and gathering and measuring data.
Learning Across the Curriculum

This Term we will have a special Science focus consisting of the following:

• The Planet
• Energy
• Electricity

As part of Social Studies we will be studying the 1920s prohibition and the 1960s prejudice and we will be comparing and contrasting the different decades with life and times today.

Health and Well-Being will focus on substance misuse, coping with change and transition.

In RME we will continuing to studying the beliefs of the 5 main religions. Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays, with our PE specialist, Mr Smith, and Wednesday with the class teacher. Please ensure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of the lessons. If they do not have kit they will borrow a kit from the box.
Music: will take place on Thursdays. Mrs Barber will be focusing on building our confidence in preparation for the primary 7 school show later in the year.
Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,

Sam Gilbertson
Class Teacher

 

 

Thank you to alll who came to the Primary 4- 7 Christmas concert last week.  We really enjoyed ourselves!

As you know, we ran a Christmas market in aid of the charity Erskine.  We have been learning about WWII and decided that any profit raised from the market should be donated to help those who have served their country to keep us safe.

Today we did a final count and have raised a HUGE £248.72 to donate to Erskine.  We have written a letter to them explaining what we have done and we hope that we can hand over our donation very soon.

Thank you for supporting out enterpirse project!

 

Term Ahead: October – December

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back to school after a short break. I hope that you all had a lovely holiday. With the addition of Mrs Kerr, we are collaborating closely and enjoying lots of joint learning.
Below we 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 introducing a short read activity. Children work in mixed ability groups to read one text and collaboratively answer higher order thinking questions. We will be developing our skills in literature circles using our group novels.

In writing, our focus will be on creating information posters, leaflets and newspaper reports linked our World War II topic.

In grammar we will be looking at use of speech marks, direct speech, also furthering our knowledge and application of conjunctions.

Spelling will concentrate on prefixes and using a hyphen. We will also have topic related words and maths vocabulary.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Throughout the year we will be using Heinemann Active to support our numeracy and maths lessons.

In numeracy, rounding, various methods for multiplying whole and decimal numbers.

In maths, we will be focusing on averages – mean, median and mode. Also looking at speed, distance, time,

Through our WWII topic we will look at currency, budget planning and profit and loss.
Learning Across the Curriculum

Our topic this term is World War II from a Home Front perspective with a focus on ‘The Blitz’, Evacuees and Rationing.

Health and Well-Being will focus on bullying and substance misuse. Through our topic we will also look at the UN convention of the Rights of the Child.

In RME we will be studying the key elements of world religions and comparing their similarities and differences throughout Primary 7. This term will focus on key celebrations.

Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays, with the new PE specialist, Mr Smith, and Wednesday with the class teacher. Please ensure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of the lessons. If they do not have kit they will borrow a kit from the box. *PUPILS MAY COME TO SCHOOL DRESSED IN PE KIT ON A TUESDAY WITH THE STRICT UNDERSTANDING THAT SCHOOL UNIFORM MUST BE BROUGHT TO CHANGE INTO AFTER THE LESSON.*
Music: will take place on Thursdays. Mrs Barber will be focusing on building our confidence in preparation for the primary 7 school show later in the year.
Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,

Sam Gilbertson
Class Teacher

Welcome to Primary 7A!autumnleaves

Term Ahead: August – October Primary 7
Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable summer break. I hope that you all had a lovely holiday.  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 focusing on characterisation, setting and literal and inferential questioning.

In writing, our focus will be on writing stories. We will be focusing on ghost stories and we are entering a city wide competition with the chance of winning £100!

Grammar and punctuation will be revising the use of commas and apostrophes. We will also be using a thesaurus to improve our use of vocabulary.

Spelling will concentrate on the patterns –ous, ious and –cious, with revision of –ly words and ‘s’ sound as ‘c’.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Throughout the year we will be using Heinemann Active to support our numeracy and maths lessons.

In numeracy, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction, including decimals and fractions. Within this, we are working on our mental strategies within 5 digit numbers.

In maths, we will be focusing on 2D shape; how to split, combine and tessellate them. In symmetry we will look at how to reflect and rotate lines and shapes to create new shapes.
Learning Across the Curriculum

Our topic this term is ‘Survival’. It will look at various examples across science and social studies, including natural disasters and the effects on people and the environment. The topic will conclude with cross-class groups creating their own ‘Survival Island’ using all the things they have learned along the way.

Health and Well-Being will focus on emotions and friendships. We also have an exciting trip to                            ‘The Risk Factory’.

In RME we will be studying the key elements of world religions and comparing their similarities and differences throughout primary 7.

Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays, with the new PE specialist and Wednesday with the class teacher. Please ensure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of the lessons. *PUPILS MAY COME TO SCHOOL DRESSED IN PE KIT ON A TUESDAY WITH THE STRICT UNDERSTANDING THAT SCHOOL UNIFORM MUST BE BROUGHT TO CHANGE INTO AFTER THE LESSON.*
Music: will take place on Thursdays. Mrs Barber will be focusing on building our confidence in preparation for the primary 7 school show later in the year.
Homework: Homework will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned by Thursday in line with the school Home Learning policy.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,

Sam Gilbertson
Class Teacher