From the 2nd to the 4th of June, P7 went on a once in a lifetime trip to the Big Smoke for two nights with Mrs Marc, Miss O’Brien and Miss Chidgey. This was a great chance for P7 to make lots of amazing memories and to spend some quality time with each other before we take the big journey up to the high school. We all arrived at the school at the early hour of 8am so that we could get a bus to Waverly station to then get the train to Kings Cross in London.
After a long but exciting train journey, we arrived at Kings Cross Station at about 2 o’clock. After that, we headed to platform 9 ¾ for some photos of us trying to get through the wall! Then we dragged all our bags to our hotel, The Royal National, and we relaxed for a small amount of time before we were up again and on our way to the Rainforest Cafe where we had an amazing time looking at the exotic fish and lifelike animatronics. We then walked to the Victoria theatre to watch ‘Wicked’, which was SPECTACULAR (and that was only day 1!). You can imagine how tired we were seeing as the show finished at 10:30pm meaning we got back to the hotel at about 11:00pm!
The next morning, we were up for breakfast at 7:30am. We were so excited because we were going to Harry Potter world/Warner Bros studio tour. During the tour we had an insight into the creation of this spectacular franchise. This included: trying butter beer, getting pictures of us on broomsticks in front of a green screen, looking at the biggest ever model of Hogwarts and lots more. It was AMAZING!!
We then got changed and started our journey to the next show, ‘Matilda’. This show was exhilarating at points, sad at others and it was also quite funny. The changes they made improved the story and made sure that the story was not boring. We then walked back to the hotel and passed out for the second night. We were certainly happy to see our pillows!
We then woke up for the last day in London, it was a long day of walking as this was the day we went on the London eye and we went sightseeing. From the London eye we could see most of London and it was wondrous. We then walked around London looking at all of the big attractions like Big Ben, 10 Downing Street and lots more.
After a long few days we were finally ready for our trip home on the train. We got home about 9 O’clock on Thursday, leaving with memories we would never forget!
Primary 7 Triops
Christin and Robert have a big secret. Primary 7 has a class pet! The pet is not a hamster or a guinea pig; it is even better. It’s a type of shrimp called a ‘Triop’, which comes from the group ‘longicaudatus’ and is great for observing for science.
Triops shed their exoskeleton several times a year which you can take out the tank and keep or just let them eat it – yum yum.
It all started when we had an idea, we wanted to learn new things and we thought “How about a class pet of some kind, we can’t have a hamster or anything like that…” then it came to us: Triops. Robert had hatched them at home and was very fascinated with them and Christin wanted to find out more about them.
It started with us going to Mr Currie with our heads held high to pitch our idea to get primary 7 a class pet. Then, after a lot of perseverance we finally got a yes to getting Class Triops.
It has now been about 2 weeks and he is doing great he should be laying eggs soon which we can give another class to use next year.
St David’s HS Maths Challenge
On the 26th of May P7 and P6 went to a maths challenge at St David’s High school and had lots of fun.
We earned lots of points and won three awards: we came third in the ‘Measurement’ poster competition (which we made at school before the event) and came 1st and 2nd in the overall competition. We were really excited to win scientific calculators as prizes! We would also like to say a big well done to St Andrew’s for winning the best school prize.
During the day, we took part in some fantastic active maths challenges as well as problem solving activities, which were lots of fun! The third years gave us scores for how well we completed the activities and sometimes they even helped us to get on the right track with finding the solutions.
After such a successful and enjoyable day, Primary 6 have already said how excited and determined they are about going back next year! We hope that all the other schools had fun and will come back next year too. We would like to say a big thank you to the high school for inviting us to the maths challenge. We had the coolest time ever we also like to say thank you to all the staff and third years for taking time out off class to help all of us. We would also like to say thank you to Miss O’Brien, Miss Gilmore and Sandra for taking time off their time table and looking after us. Primary 6 and Primary 7 also feel that they represented St David’s well by trying their hardest, working really well together and showing manners to other schools and staff at the high school.
Primary Seven have lots of fantastic and exciting things to look forward to this term! As it is our last term of primary school, we want to make it as special and memorable as possible!
We have an amazing trip to London planned at the beginning of June so we will get the chance to explore the famous sights like Big Ben and the London Eye, get a taste of London culture and even see some West End shows! Many of us are really looking forward to going to Harry Potter Studios! We are really excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to make some super special memories.
Harry Potter Studios here we come!
We also have our long-awaited transition days at our high schools coming up. We will get the chance to meet some of our new classmates and build some new friendships, get to know the school and the teachers a bit better and we will be getting used to following timetables to get to our lessons. We are looking forward to this experience as we feel it will help us to feel more prepared for our move into secondary school.
We are really enjoying our learning so far this term too:
In Maths, we have been focusing on ‘Measurement’. We can now find the areas and perimeters of simple and compound shapes and have been applying this learning to real life problems. We have also revised telling the time and reading analogue and digital clocks. Our next step in measurement is to read and interpret timetables in order to help to prepare us for reading timetables when we go to High School.
In Literacy, we have been focusing on developing our use of openers in our writing and learning to write simple, compound and complex sentences. Our next step is to improve the punctuation that we use across a range of writing genres.
We have been using Bug Club to help improve our reading comprehension. We get assigned different genres of texts regularly and have the opportunity to answer questions about the texts and develop our higher order thinking skills too. Bug Club is great because we can also use it at home to really challenge ourselves and make extra progress. Our next step in reading is to develop our own questioning skills using Bloom’s Taxonomy to challenge our own and our peers’ thinking.
Primary 5, 6 and 7 are excited to announce that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is their Interdisciplinary Learning Theme this term. They will be learning and applying skills across the curriculum from Expressive Arts through to Literacy and Numeracy! Watch this space for future updates of our Learning!
Performances take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March 2015
Go, go, go Joe!