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P5HW learning this week 18.3.19

Today’s post is a selection of our combined reflections.


We were learning that a synonym is a word which has the same or similar meaning as another word  and an antonym is a word that has the opposite meaning to another word

eg  for  big synonym is huge antonym is small

We wrote newspaper reports covering the murder of Lord Darnley . 


We continued with multiplication and division link facts and calculations.

We measured areas in different units eg cm2 and m2 and had to work out some tricky  word problems. we need to practice remembering to put the correct measurement after the numbers 

We continued to explore the life of Mary Stuart after Lord Darnley’s murder. We discussed her captivity and escapes . We performed a play concerning the trial of Lord Darnley in out teams and then decided who were responsible for his murder. We looked at voices and characters.

We designed Tudor houses and then created a For Sale poster outlining the key features of our houses  

In PE we worked with P5H in cooperative games . We nailed the new trio dance.

We discussed out forthcoming Toy Sale and made posters to advertise it . We  created an information message  to send to all classes and parents. 

Please remember that any work you do at home can go into our class Homework highlights jotter. At the moment we have a few research pieces  displayed on our classroom walls

Bon week end! Schones Wochenende!

P5HW’s learning this week….

Today’s reflective week was written together .


We are learning how to calculate the area of shapes by counting square cm. We know that area is different from measuring a line so we have to record it like this….. cm2

We were trying to work out shapes’ area which included counting half squares too which was a little trickier.

In division  we are learning to calculate the answer using the bus stop method. Some people are doing the hang man method.

We are also trying to make the  link in fact families which helps  us calculate quicker.

eg 4 x 5=20 20 divided by 5 = 4


In Spelling we are learing that soft g in the final position is always made with the letter ge and not j and that defensive d always defends the vowel 

eg badge, ridge, gadget

Tricky words don’t , won’t, gone and done 


In Mandarin we are learning the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and the names of fruits.

In French awe are learning the names of family members 

In German we are learning the names of fruits

Mary Queen of Scots involved leaning about Lord Darnley and his murder….another whodunnit? and why? We  became journalists and began to compile a newspaper report about it. 

We are learning about Tudor houses and that they had timber frames and a jetty. We have begun to make our own houses.

In PE we were practising our skills to help us play central net games. we are getting really good at rallying

Herriot Watt University students visited and we did some science experiments with liquids to find out of the separated when they were put together like oil and water.It was really interesting.

Today we donated money so we could dress up in red for Comic Relief

Have a lovely weekend!

P5HW learning this week 1/3/19

Today’s Reflective blog was written together .


We continued to learn about Time. We were looking at different bus timetables and trying to work out the times it took the buses to reach different places. .

In number work we continued to practise  our times tables daily. 

We are learning how to multiply numbers  x10 , x100 ,  x1000.


We changed our books in Literacy Circles and added another role…the predictor.

We worked on speech marks and putting them in sentences.

We continued to explore the life of Mary Queen of Scots .


We discovered the outline of a body with questions around it . There were lots of clues scattered around the crime scene. We had to work out Who? When? Where? How? Why?

It was really exciting

Holyrood Palace visit.

We had a brilliant trip to explore the life of Mary Queen on Scots

These are words we thought of to describe the trip…

interesting, fascinating, exciting. amazing, awesome , detailed , incredible. unbelievable 

Our favourite parts included ,….

  • dressing up as Mary and Darnley ,
  • visiting Mary’s own bed chamber and seeing the scene of the crime
  • the long  gallery of paintings,
  • being history detectives
Mary is dressed by her servant
Darnley is dressed by his servant!
Being history detectives!

Next week it is the Book Fair and Book Week so a busy time ahead!

P5HW learning this week 8/2/19

Today’s Reflective blog was written together .


We continued to learn about Time. We did a number of activities to do with Time . We rotated in groups so we all took part in them all..

In number work we continued to practise  our times tables daily.We continued to learn to multiply 2 , 3 and 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number like 2556 x 6 =

We are learning to transfer our multiplication to work out word problems


In Spelling we have been learning to add ves to words with  f  to make them plural like knife to knives 

Our tricky words to date are….

would, world, very,every,threw , through, heard, herd, own, one, school, country, between, begin,ever never

We re wrote our stories we had told to P3 in our books. We concentrated on describing words and openers aswell as punctuation.

We are learning how to use quotation marks correctly. We also worked on our handwriting.


In Mandarin we celebrated Chinese New Year by dong a few activities like picking up marshmallows using chopsticks and making things with paper.

In French we continued to learn the names of animals.

In German we revised colours.

Topic We continued to explore the life of Mary Queen of Scots .

We looked at her early life spent in France and her marriage to Francis. We discussed whether she had made good choices in her life.

We discussed food eaten  in Tudor times. We discovered that rich Tudors ate lots of meat Some about 2 kg a day so we measured how that felt in weight.

In PE we were learning how to handle and use large apparatus. We made up movement sequences on the large apparatus. It was great fun

In Art we have began pictures in the style of Steven Brown using oil pastels. The background is a castle from the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

In drama we learned how to mime different emotions. We used a chair as an object.

We learned the effects of jumping in puddles in the playground!

Have a good holiday week!

P5HW learning this week 25/1/19

Today’s Reflective blog was written together .


We have started to work on Time looking at calendars and working out the days and weeks between dates. 

In number work we have been practising our times tables. Please see the previous blog with sites giving ideas to practise at home.

We are learning to multiply 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number like 25 x 6 =

We have been learning to work them out using the column method involving carrying numbers.


In Spelling we have been learning words which end in ture

Our tricky words are heard and herd.

We are learning how to be a storyteller and we are working together to make up a story to retell to an audience. This week we put our ideas onto a comic strip and worked out props we may use.

In Literacy Circles  we all took on different jobs . We read them out to our groups and then discussed them .


In Mandarin we learnt the days of the week.

In German we revised colours .

In French we talked about the vocabulary for animals


We are exploring the life of Mary Queen of Scots. We have looked at her family tree and made a timeline of her life.

In PE we made a sequence of movements on benches and mats.

We looked at some of the poems of Robert Burns and designed tartan.

We have talked about the Holocaust as it is Holocaust Week and listened to stories from survivors who are now grandparents .

We made out targets for our Learning Stories which we can share at home.

P5W learning this week 18.01.19

Happy New Year!

P5HW have had a very productive week. It has been a great start to 2019 learning new skills and reflecting and building on skills.

We have enjoyed discovering facts about Mary Queen of Scots , learning what makes a good story ,using speech marks, spelling words with -tion, starting new novels in Literacy circles, developing gymnastic skills, learning about Time , consolidating subtraction and revising tables from 1-9,

Today’s post is a selection of our reflections.


To help with tables …

Enjoy the weekend!

P5’s Learning this week 7.12.18

Here are a variety of reflection sheets highlighting what the children have been learning this week.

We have been very busy amidst the Christmas countdown!



Watch out for Learning Stories which will also be coming home during the course of the coming week!

18 sleeps to go …apparently!


P5’s Learning this week

It has been a very busy week of learning  and we have used a hige number of skills .

In literacy we wrote reports about the Rainforest and our Assembly.

In numeracy we were subtracting using “grouping”  or “borrowing” .Youcan see how to do  it here .

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day we discussed his life and why he is our ptrom Saint . We managed to learn the orcadian Strip the Willow and took part in a cweilidh with P4

As part of enterprise we all made fantastic wooden Christmas star decorations to sell at the Christmas Fair.

To help decorate the scvhool we created a fabulous Christmas tree ,each making a bauble.

We also went to the Pantomime which we thoroughly enjoyed.

It has been a fun packed week of learning!


P5HW learning this week 9/11/18

Today’s reflective week was written together .


We have begun a topic on Money.

We are learning different addition strategies in numeracy including column addition and in mental maths we have been using empty number lines.



In literacy this week we have continued to look at similes and metaphors and how they are different from each other.

We are also really enjoying our class novel The Explorer.

In Literacy Circles we shared our learning on our new books in our groups.


In Mandarin we made a booklet about Chinese numbers.  It was lots of fun!  We were counting beyond 10.

Topic – The Rainforest

We have been continuing with our fact files about animals in tropical Rainforests.  We drew some of the animals we have researched and we are also working on presenting the Rainforest as part of our Assembly.


We have been practising out assembly on Broomlee and the Rainforests. We been learning how to work together cooperatively and share our learning in an interesting and informative way.

It is all coming together nicely. Please find the link to our Rainforest song below:

Have a lovely weekend!