P7A

Welcome to P7A!

Class Teacher: Mr Thomson

In the new year…

Next term, all Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils will be taking part in an exciting workshop and performance of ‘The Dragon of the Western Sea’ with Scottish Opera.

We will be learning lots of interesting songs and actions and most importantly, having fun! In between presents and the odd Christmas movie this holiday, the children are encouraged to try to learn some of the songs. This will help them prepare which hopefully, will enhance the enjoyment of their participation and performance.

Click here or follow the link below will take you to a special Scottish Opera webpage with the Sing-along Storybook in order to practise the songs.

https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/join-in/opera-for-schools/the-dragon-of-the-western-sea-teaching-resources/

Big News – P7A has gone viral!

P7A have officially launched their Youtube channel! We use our channel to bring you the best book reviews.  Check us out by clicking here or following the link below and remember to like and subscribe!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeX2Pu1R_bZj8qLhCQW5iYA

Daily Mile: Update on P7A’s  journey to Japan!

Our Daily Mile journey is a long one (5674 miles!) So far we have ran 1875 miles. Do you know how many more miles to go? 1.png

Recent Trips

We have been very lucky this term to have gone on some amazing trips. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have supported us. We would not be able to go without you!

The Risk Factory

We LOVED our trip to the Risk Factory where we got to experience everyday risks in a safe environment.  Here are some pictures of the action!

 

Edinburgh College

We had the chance to meet fellow pupils from cluster schools at Edinburgh College to learn all about something called S.T.E.M. Ask your child if they can tell you what S.T.E.M stands for and what they got up to on the day!  Here are some clues:

Tynecastle High School

As part of transition to High School, we recently visited Tynecastle High School to learn about the kind of things we would be studying.  We learned how to make our own keyrings in the C.D.T workshop!

Term Ahead: Term 2 (October December)

Literacy and English

Reading

Last term we learned all of the roles for our literature circles so this term we have put what we have learned into practice. We will also be continuing with short read tasks to develop comprehension skills.

Writing

Our focus will be on report writing and creating a newspaper report. We will look at the difference between fact and opinion and how that can create a biased or unbiased news report.

Grammar and punctuation

We will be revising the use of capital letters, question marks and full stops.  We will also be learning to use more sophisticated conjunctions in our writing.

Spelling will be a mixture of topic words and words using prefixes.

Numeracy and Mathematics

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

In numeracy, we will be taking a closer look at fractions and how they relate to decimals and percentages. We will look at how fractions look as a number, on a number line and in a shape or quantity. 

We will be explaining the mental strategies we use when solving maths problems.

We will also be looking at different times tables and will have a weekly number to focus on and practice. Make sure to ask your child what their weekly times table is and quiz them on it!

As part of a class enterprise we will be looking at how to plan a budget and discuss the calculations involved.

Learning Across the Curriculum

We have an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experience this term where the children will get the chance to develop their problem solving, teamwork and communication skills as well as meet children from other cluster schools.

Our topic this term is World War 2. If you know of anything that would benefit the children’s learning in this area, for example, books from home; personal knowledge or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

Our trip to ‘The Risk Factory’ is this week and will help the children in learning how to keep themselves safe.

Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays, with the 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.  

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

 

Previous Terms

Details of previous terms can be found below.

Term Ahead: Term 1 (August – October)

Our Visit to see the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Open Day in the Woodlands

We had a great open day learning about measuring, equations and 2D shapes in the  woodlands.  Thanks to all of the parents who braved the weather to come and see us learn!

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be focusing on developing literature circles, a collaborative and pupil-centered approach to reading, which encourages critical thinking and reflection.

In writing, our focus will be on writing stories.  We will be looking at how to set the scene using imaginative descriptions inspired by the senses. We will also be learning to create stories suitable to a specific audience using the Ipads to create interactive stories on book creator and will put our stories to the test by sharing them with primary 3.

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’. In class discussion, we decided to explore the school’s woodlands to look at practical elements of how to survive as well as elements of science and social studies through research into the recent natural disasters that have occurred. If you know of anything that would benefit the children’s learning in this area, for example, books from home; personal knowledge or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

Health and Well-Being will focus on emotions and friendships.  We also have an exciting trip to ‘The Risk Factory’, which will help the children in learning how to keep themselves safe.

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

Admin

P.E:

P.E. takes place on Tuesdays, with the 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

Music takes place on Thursdays.  Mrs Barber will be focusing on building our confidence in preparation for the primary 7 school show later in the school year.

Homework

I am delighted with the homework that has been coming back.  It has been fun and imaginative and it is clear that the children are supported in their learning at home. Thank you so much for helping with this.  

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.

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