Spelling Bee Final

Aimee, Charlotte, Lauren and Emma were successful entrants in the cluster Spelling Bee held at Windygoul Primary. Professor King was invited to read out the spelling words to the contestants from all the primary schools in the cluster.


The whole class were there to support their classmates. The initial round was testing pupils on 20 words from the list of 100 words that they have been learning  at school.


These were very challenging spelling words!  The girls did very well and passed through the first round. Round 2 was a knock out round, so if anyone spelled a word wrong, they had to leave the platform. Well done Aimee, Charlotte, Lauren and Emma who all spelled many words correctly and lasted quite a while in this round. Mrs Thomson, Mrs Williams and Mrs Berry  (as well as their mums) were extremely proud of their achievements. 

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The girls received special certificates from professor king. Well done to Connor from Macmerry, who won the spelling Bee title!


Afterwards Mrs Berry treated everyone to an ice-cream lolly! 

It’s your turn to throw the dice!

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The class were given an end of topic challenge; to design a board game which reflects what they have learned in their WWII topic. The children worked in cooperative teams and produced very imaginative and entertaining games.IMG_6291 IMG_6290 IMG_6289

Each team member took turns in teaching other teams how to play their game. Pupils were asked to show a fist/ hand vote on how well this team member did in their presentation and gave feedback on what they liked about the game and whether he/ she could make improvements.

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Sarah’s talk on Auschwitz & Birkenau

Mrs Moore’s daughter, Sarah, visited the class to tell us about her visit to the WWII concentration camps as part of a student trip to Poland and Germany. She gave a very informative talk on what she saw and learned there. 


Charlotte had chosen ‘The Holocaust’ as her research topic and so she was able to tell the class several additional facts that she had learned about Hitler’s treatment of the Jewish people. We also discussed Anne Frank’s family who were sent from Holland to the Polish concentration camp. Aimee, Erin and Amalea studied Anne Frank for their project booklets, and told us that she had sadly died only two weeks before Auschwitz was liberated by the allies.  

Peer Assessment of WWII Research Booklets

Everybody has completed their WWII research tasks. They make interesting reading! The class worked in pairs to read and assess two project booklets. Using the peer assessment sheet, they discussed and wrote comments on how well the person had achieved each of the success criteria. The focus was on factual content and presentation and the assessments included the traffic lighting (green, amber, red) to indicate the progress in achieving targets.

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Smokefree Leaflet

Laura from Fast Forward visited us earlier in the year (see January post) and left us a challenge to design Smokefree leaflets  to inform parents about the dangers of second hand smoke. The children took this task very seriously and have produced fantastic leaflets. Some chose to design their leaflets on the computer and others preferred to handwrite and draw their own designs. The results are impressive and can be seen on the Photopeach slideshow, and in school on our P6/7 Smokefree display.

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Laura chose a winning leaflet (Well done Lauren Fraser!) which has been printed and sent to every Elphinstone parent, together with an NHS leaflet asking them to sign a pledge not to smoke in front of children. Thank you to the many parents who have signed the pledge!



Sharing our planning formats

We have been discussing the importance of planning, and looked at possible ways to plan our research WWII topic. Today we shared our planning; first within our home-teams and then with other members of the class. 

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Some had made lists, others had chosen to plan using mind maps. Everybody chose a format that they felt helped them most to work on their research task. The pupils benefited from looking at others’ planning sheets and also hearing how people had been progressing through their topic

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Scots Poetry Recital

On Monday, the children recited a chosen Scots poem to the class. This had been their homework task. There was a wide range of poetry and most of the poetry was written by Robert Burns. Well done! You all did extremely well!

Learning intention: I can recite a Scots poem of my choice to the class.

Success Criteria:

I can recite the Scots poem accurately.

I can speak clearly.

I can use expression.

I can recite the poem in an entertaining way that is enjoyable for the audience to listen to.


Smoke Free Project


Laura Sharp from ‘Fast Forward Scotland’ gave a presentation to the class on smoking. The class asked lots of questions and engaged in lots of discussion on cigarettes. We discussed the effects of second hand smoke on people, and in particular, the effects on children.

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This jar represents the tar that would be in a smoker’s lungs, smoking 10 cigarettes a day for a year. The model represents an artery that has been narrowed from the effects of smoking. 

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Working in home-teams, the children had to look at cards showing various chemicals and substances and discuss with their group whether they thought each would be found in a cigarette or not.

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Bleach, butane, arsenic, methanol, acetic acid, honey, industrial solvents…..the list was endless. Each group discussed and what would/ would not be in a cigarette.

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We were shocked to discover that all of the chemicals and substances were found in a cigarette! We learned that there are over 4000 chemicals in a cigarette!

Laura left the class with a task: To design a leaflet to that points out the dangers of second hand smoke in homes and in cars and the benefits of not smoking around children. These designs will be given to Laura to be printed and then distributed to every parent with a child at Elpinstone Primary.