Have a lovely holiday and see you all back on Tuesday 24th October, bright and early at 8.50am.  Take care.

Nicola Wilson

60 second update

Nursery

This week we were playing in the polytunnel and the garden. We turned the hose pipe on and pretended it was raining! We have been watching the birds on the bird table, and we all made some great flamingos that looked a bit like Delphine. On Wednesday we went to visit the book fair in school, and we practised stopping in two steps when we are running.

Primary 1B

In P1b this week we listened to the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  We were then each given one part of the story to sequence back together in the correct order and made our own book for the classroom!  We have also been working on our throwing, catching and balancing skills in gym.  See if you can practice over the holiday!

Primary 1R

Such excitable children in P1R this week so we needed to get outside lots! We enjoyed gathering leaves to make an Autumn display and went on a litter pick up! Thanks to all for coming to your parent consultation appointments. P1 have achieved so much this term they deserve a holiday! Have a lovely time whatever you are up to!

 

Primary 2

This week in P2 we have been creating some beautiful art work, painting and printing with leaves. We have been working on seasons, months of the year and shape in our numeracy work.

In literacy this week we have been finishing off our time machine control panels, and creating some imaginative short writing about where our time machines will take us.

 Primary 3

This week we’ve learned the difference between Earth’s rotations (on its axis) and Earth’s revolutions (round the sun). We worked well together in our reading trios on a non-fiction short read task (rotation vs revolution) and loved making vivid collage pictures to illustrate what we’d learned about Earth’s orbit. We’ve also been investigating shadows at different times of the day but we will revisit this in sunnier weather!

Primary 4

This week Primary 4 visited the churchyard as we have been learning about the church in RME.  ‘We used a map to find parts of the churchyard and we identified certain graves’. (Ruaridh) ‘It was quite hard and there were some unknown people in the graves.’ (Emma K)  ‘We learned that different parts of the church were built in different times’. (Nina)  ‘Some graves had skulls on them.’ (Louis)  ‘I really enjoyed it’. (William)  ‘We learned that if a family died, then they would be buried in the same plot’.  (Willow)

Primary 5

P5 have been solving crimes this week using science. We tested water samples using PH paper and ink samples using chromatography. We had great fun.

 

Primary 6

Primary 6 have been working with Miss Wilson over the past few weeks on how to complete application forms, conduct themselves in interviews and training on how to be a Buddy Roo. They will be working in the playground to help the other children play games and keep an eye out for children on the buddy bench. They will be getting paid in house point/class dojo’s

 

Primary 7

Primary 7 have had a great time this week planning and filming their movie. Thank you to Mrs Hamilton for coming in to do the makeup for the Zombie characters.

P7 attended their rugby festival at Ross High Rugby Club this week.  Photos can be seen on the class blog at http://edubuzz.org/p7pps

 

 

 

 

60 second update

Better late than never!

Nursery

In the nursery this week we have been feeding the birds and learning about owls. We even made birds to decorate the classroom! We have also been clearing the garden with help from some very kind parents so now we can use the poly tunnel for stories!

Primary 1R

Inspired by Kandinsky, we have enjoyed mixing the primary colours and painting concentric circles. We have also been busy writing and illustrating our very first book titled “Farm Animals”. Once again P7 came to help us use the laptops. They helped us fill in a table which involved counting forwards and backwards from 30. Thanks P7!

Primary 1B

This week in P1b, we drew a new pupil for our classroom and labelled him with all the body parts we knew.  These included eyebrows, knees, lungs and even a belly button!  We also looked at mixing primary colours together to make secondary colours, and created circle pictures inspired by Kandinsky.

Primary 2

P2 were writing some fantastic imaginative stories this week, all about the adventures of their own dinosaurs. We have started writing a Monday diary, where the pupils can write about what happened over the weekend.

Primary 3

In P3, we’ve been investigating the relationship between the sun, planet Earth and the moon, particularly how their patterns of movement cause day and night, months and years. We had great fun trying to demonstrate this through role-play (with a torch!). In literacy, we have focused on planning and writing high quality beginnings to our stories about the silver box mission.

 

Primary 4

On Thursday, primary 4 walked up Traprain Law to learn about a Roman tribe called the Votadinis who once lived there.  We got a bit muddy but we all managed to get to the top.   There was a stone fort and we learned that the Romans who lived there loved to show off. We also walked through the maiden stone.   There are wild ponies that live there and they came to say hello.  On the way down it was very windy and we thought we might fly off the side. We all had great fun and lots of exercise.

 

Primary 5

Primary 5 have been writing science reports and creating posters to show what we have learned about solids, liquids and gases. We have also been making maths games to help us practise our number bonds to 100.

 

Primary 6

P6 have been creating their own reflective reading task mats for our class novel ‘Holes’. They then gave it to a friend to answer. P6 have also been giving each other peer feedback regarding their answers. They all did very well giving constructive feedback.

Primary 7

We had our second visit from Elizabeth this week as we are now working on our Adjustments.  If you don’t know what these are, ask a P7.  Hopefully they can explain.

 

We are also preparing for next week ……..

 

 

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60 second update from Pencaitland Primary

No nursery update at the moment as Mrs Kerr has been out of school all day on a Food Hygiene course. This course is mandatory for staff working in the nursery.

I am sure the children in nursery have had a great week. I always like to see what the question is each day as you walk into nursery.  I am really enjoying all the visits we get from the nursery children when they come over to the school for stories or PE.  Thank you for always smiling and saying hello!

Primary 1B

This week in P1B we have been looking at and comparing similarities and differences.  We worked together to create a graph which shows our hair colours!  We have also been on a forest walk around the school, comparing the different colours of the leaves on trees.  Have a look next time you are outside – we noticed some are green, some are brown and some are even red!

 

Primary 1R

Another busy week!

We mapped the story of Mr Gumpy’s outing and completed another mission set by Fizz!.

We’ve been discussing our similarities and differences and made a graph about our hair colour.

Mr Golightly told us about the school’s recycling bins and we are trying to reduce, reuse and recycle in the classroom. We hope you’ll recycle at home too.

Primary 2

This week in P2 we have been working on our reading comprehension, completing tasks relating to our reading books. This will help us with our reading strategies, to enhance our vocabulary and, to improve our understanding of a text. We have also been discussing the months of the year, and which months occur within each season.

Primary 3

The children in P3 have been finding out about climate change and how this affects everyone all over the planet. We have been thinking hard about all the little things each person can be doing to help save the planet’s resources for the future. The children worked very hard designing fantastic posters about recycling and reducing waste. We now know that every little thing we can do helps!

 

Primary 4

This week primary 4 have been learning about the weather (Le temps) in French.  There are lots of different weather phrases to learn. We can now ask what the weather is like and have been practising our responses.

 

Primary 5

Primary 5 have had a busy week.

In maths we have been using empty number lines to help us with our mental addition. In writing we have been creating our own Mr Wuffles inspired adventures. IN science we have been separating solids and liquids and trying to grow our own crystals.

 

Primary 6

P6 were very pleased to be asked to help move sand into the nursery to make the new sandpit.

They have also been reflecting on their behaviour and come up with an idea called “Days of Awesomeness”, this will encourage them to always be putting in their best effort and reminding them to be kind and respectful of one another.

The P6s have been trying to improve their dictionary work skills. Locating words, understanding the layout of a dictionary and key features of a dictionary.

 

Primary 7

P7 have been helping to prepare for the MacMillan Coffee Morning in School.  We have written posters and put them up around the village to let everyone know about it.  We also helped set up the hall and dining room ready and will be helping on the day.  Watch here for some photos next week.

Active Schools Volunteering

Active Schools – Volunteering Opportunity at PPS

 

Our Active School’s Co-ordinator, Laurie Daborn, is inviting parents, carers, local folk, aunties, uncles and others to take up volunteering in Pencaitland Primary to create more opportunities for kids to take part in fun, enjoyable and active past-times here in the village.

 

 

 

If you, or someone you know over the age of 16, is interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Laurie or pass your details into school.

Training is given and it’s a lot of fun for all.

Just wanted to let you all know that Mrs Campbell will be off school for a while as she is having an operation.  We are hoping she will be back in January but this all depends on her recovery.

P1B will have a supply teacher called Maria Smith until the October holiday and hopefully by that point the candidate we interviewed will have all the necessary paperwork completed to start when we come back in October.

We wish Mrs Campbell a speedy recovery.

A few reminders

Come along and join us for our MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September from 9-11am.  We want this to be a community event so invite neighbours, friends and others from the village.

Donations of home-baking, cakes, biscuits or any other goodies would be appreciated and can be handed into school next week.  Please label tubs so we can get them back to you.

We are a nut and kiwi free school so please be mindful of what you are  making and handing in.

Hope to see lots of you there next week and to help raise money for this charity as well as kick start our year of the community in Pencaitland.

What’s been going on in Pencaitland this week…?

Week beginning 18th September

60 second update

 Nursery

This week in the nursery a new café opened selling cakes and pizza. We had cooks, customers and waiters taking our orders. We also went over to the fence and found lots of autumn leaves, and used them to cover one of our buddies in P6 until we couldn’t even see them any more. We also read Jack and the Beanstalk and we even had some magic beans in the nursery!

 

Primary 1B and P1R

Mrs McDougal from RHET  (Royal Highland Education Trust) came in to work with P1 this week. We turned big grinding stones to mill wheat into flour and used the flour to make bread dough. We met Speckle, one of Mrs McDougal’s hens!! She had a lovely red comb, beady eyes, a yellow beak and sharp claws to scratch the ground with. She said hello to us in hen language!!

Primary 2

This week in P2 we have been writing instructions for our very own time machines, and continuing to work on number bonds.

Primary 3

This week we have started two more new things. We have been working in new ‘reading trios’ on reflective reading short read tasks; this will help us develop our skills in working collaboratively. We have also become ‘Big Writing Agents’ and have embarked on a mission investigating what’s in an unusual silver box. We had great fun designing unique watches with top secret features that will help us on our mission! More to follow!

Primary 4

This week, Primary 4 have been learning about the Roman empire. We used atlases to identify and label cities and countries that were major countries and cities of the empire.   The names of the countries have all changed over the years. Some of the names were quite similar and were easy to identify but others needed us to look at a map of Europe and do some research.

Primary 5

This week in Primary 5 we have been carrying out more experiments in science. We have been separating different mixtures of solids, some were easier than others! We have also been reading and writing about another cat, Mr Wuffles.

 

Primary 6

Primary 6 have worked really hard this week to learn The Rainbow Song in French. They are looking forward to sharing what they have learned with the nursery boys and girls and are excited to hear the nursery boys and girls singing the same song in English.

Primary 7

P7 have started their rugby training with Michael from Ross High Rugby Club.  We will have 3 sessions and then a festival at the rugby club in Tranent.

 

Some photos can be seen on the P7 blog at http://www.edubuzz.org/p7pps/