# Harvest Time in Primary 4

A very successful class assembly was given by Primary4 today.

We explained the origin of Harvest Festivals and how they are celebrated by Churches to say thank-you to God for a good harvest.

We gathered in food which will be given to our local food bank.

Many thanks to our mums and dads for the donations and for coming along to support us.

Primary 4 and Mrs Dalglish

# P1 Enrolments for session 2016-17

Please bring all enrolment applications and documents to the school office by Wednesday 11th November 2015

Application forms are available from Loretto RC Primary School office

## Please bring the following documents with you –

1. Birth Certificate
2. Most recent Council Tax Assessment Letter as proof of address
3. Utility Bill, dated within 6 months of date of registration
4. Baptismal Certificate (if appropriate)

The catchment area for Loretto RC Primary is Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.  If you live outwith the catchment area, you will need to make a non-district placement request.

# Maths and Numeracy Family Fun Homework

I hope everyone enjoyed this challenge! We have had many interesting discussions in the school about this! We hope the final clue released on Wednesday helped to solve the last puzzle.

1. How far can you travel in 3 hours? Think about how you are travelling… are you going to walk, run, drive, go on a train, use a bus? It’s up to you! Google maps is a useful tool for this question on speed, distance and time.

Some children reached Italy! It was wonderful to see the mixture of travelling modes. Many children used a variety of methods including walking to the train station and then taking the train. Some children even factored in bus delays! Well done everyone!

1. How many triangles can you see?
2. There are 11 triangles
3. How many squares can you see?
4. There are 17 squares
5. What number do all of the digits on the telephone add up to?

45!

1. How many minutes are in a year?

525, 600

Leap year: 527040

1. Each shape stands for a number. The numbers shown are the totals of the line of four numbers in the row or column. Find the remaining totals.

The circle has a value of 5, the triangle has a value of 8, the club has a value of 6.

# Maths and Numeracy Outdoors!

Outdoor learning is always fun and this was definitely the case yesterday afternoon when children from P1 to P7 went outside for Maths!
Each teacher ran a station and the children moved around the stations. At the stations, the children learned new things and practised their existing skills. Mrs Hill asked all of the children to draw numberlines. It was great to see the progression in children’s understanding of number as some of the numberlines included negative numbers! Miss Carroll organised a number treasure hunt in the woods. Mrs Dalglish was thinking about time and how to make clocks with our bodies. There were many other activities that helped the children to think about number including Miss Kinsella’s activity that was based on constructing pictures using 20 objects. Ms Henderson had number relays on the field! The children were so fast at this! Miss O’ Regan had a shape activity where the children created different 2D shapes using ropes and chalk. Finally Mrs Clark had a sorting activity outside the nursery.
The children had a wonderful time learning outside. They were all very confident and able to speak about their learning.
We look forward to more outdoor learning and more great Maths and Numeracy fun activities in the near future!

# Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 visit Museum of Childhood

Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 had a super day visiting the Museum of Childhood. The children saw so many sorts of toys and enjoyed playing with a few of them too! We saw the ‘The Lone Ranger’ memorabilia and learned that character toys have always been a popular choice of toy. The doll exhibition was very spectacular! Can you spot the 300 year old doll in the photos?

# Numbers, Numbers Everywhere!

What a fantastic start to our Maths and Numeracy week. Today the children across the school engaged in a paired number bond activity. We like to call it Number Bond Buddies!
The P7 children were paired with the P1 children. Mrs Hill and Miss O’ Regan brought the children outside to the basketball court. Each child had their name and a certain number of dots on a badge. They ran about until an adult called a number. Then the P7 and P1 children came together to form that number. The children had to learn how to identify the number of dots really quickly!
After the children found someone to pair up with to make the number, the older children helped the younger children to write the number sentence on the ground. It was so wonderful to see all of the work displayed so quickly!
The teachers did test the children’s skills by asking for numbers that required some subtraction work.
Well done to the P7 and P1 children!
We look forward to speaking to other children in the school and find out how they got on during the Number Bond Buddy Session!

# Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday the 25th of September 2015 P5/6 hosted a special coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. We made invitations and printed them out using the computer. The invitations had information on them including time, place and day.
We decided to accept donations for the cakes rather than have set prices.

On Thursday before the bake sale, we prepared everything for the day. On the day of the coffee morning, we were all excited but a bit nervous. The first guests started trickling in at 11:00. We had two games set up. One of the games was “Baked or Faked”. Players were blind folded and tasted a bit of cake. They had to guess if it was homemade or store bought. It was great fun!
Thank you for donating your money! It is a big help for Macmillan Cancer Support.
In total, we raised £213.99.

# Printing with toys in P1 and P1/2

As part of our Toys project, P1 and P1/2 used printing techniques to create a toy soldier. The children printed using real toys and created some fantastic effects. They rolled toy cars in paint to make tracks which became the soldier’s trousers. Marbles were rolled in paint and over paper to make the buttons on his jacket. The children blew bubbles in paint using straws to create the soldier’s face and hat. Finally the children used transport stampers to make the soldier’s jacket. He looks fantastic and is standing to attention waiting to greet our grown-ups on Parent’s Evening next week!

# Making Toys in P1/2

P1/2 have been learning all about toys! They explored how toys with wheels work and how they are made. They looked at toys that can be pushed and pulled and toys that roll. They created a variety of toys with wheels on fixed axles. This means that both wheels attached to the axle move at the same time. The photographs show the children working hard to create a Bugmobile, a Pull-Along Chick, a Red Bus and a Push-Along Ladybird.