Friday 27th February Update

We have had another wonderful & busy week in P7! Please look out for the P7 Profile letter that will have been e-mailed to you or sent home today. The pupils are excited to get started with this transition activity.

You will also have received a World Book Day flyer & Comic Relief information. Please take a look at the school website if you require more information:

Iain Gray (MSP) visited the year group today and this concluded our Scottish Parliament topic. Iain sent an email after the visit to say: “I really enjoyed this morning, and the pupils certainly are a credit to the school (and staff!), I hope they enjoyed it too.” Please see P7 blog posts below to look at some of the learning that has taken place.

We are now moving on to the class novel study, ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. This is a wonderful novel and we know the year group will enjoy the book and literacy work we have planned for them.

The Big Pedal starts on Monday 2nd March so please encourage your child to cycle and scoot to school over the next three weeks.  We can win fantastic prizes!

We have asked the P7s to try and bring in the following resources for a SciFest science workshop on Monday 9th March. We would be grateful if you could provide the following:

*2 or 3 carrier bags (the thin, light type that you get from supermarkets)
*3 Tetra Paks (the 1 litre cartons used for juice and/or milk)

Please do not buy anything specifically for this – the organisers would like it to be genuine waste.

Thank you for your continued support,

Twitter: @DunbarPrimary

P7 Elections!

All parties delivered powerful election speeches in front of their class in the bid to win their votes. Unfortunately, there could only be one party that would make it through to the next stage!

After all the votes were counted, class winners were:

P7A: Party ABCD (Action Bringing Country Democrats)

P7B: S.N.A.P

P7C: Think Big!

P7D: DLP (Dunbar Local Party)

Then it was onto the final elections! Each party delivered their speech in front of the whole year group. They showed themselves to be confident individuals and passionate about the issues they believed needed to be tackled.

The winning party was…

Think Big!

A big well done to all the parties in the P7 elections. You put in 100% effort into the research, preparation and rehearsals leading up to the final elections.

To finish our Scottish Parliament topic, we are all looking forward to meeting our local MSP, Iain Gray, tomorrow morning!

P7 Spring Fling!

P7’s World of Work Reflections: Day 4

We got to meet Judy Newton, a nurse who specialises in Motor Neurone Disease. She gave a fantastic talk about her job as a MND nurse. She helped us all to understand exactly what Motor Neurone Disease is and how it affects a person.

We then got introduced to Police Superintendent, Matt Richards. He explained to us the different roles in the police and what he gets up to on a ‘normal’ day! Everyone enjoyed getting to see Matt’s uniform and some of his equipment he uses to keep himself and members of the public safe.

We lastly got to met a solicitor called Dorothy Kellas. Dorothy helped us to understand what a lawyer is and the many ways they can help us. She explained why she wanted to become a lawyer and the qualifications she needed to reach her dream.

Check out our reflections from day 4:

I did not know that the Ice Bucket Challenge raised over £500,000 for research into MND.

Police only use their weapons as a last resort.

I loved learning about the nerves in our body.

I learned that the brain sends signals to the body to tell the body part to move.

Judy helps people that find the hard to move.

I learned that you need to be very caring and patient to be a nurse.

I learned lawyers are very organised and prepared people.

I learned that Miss Robertson’s first job was working in a shoe shop.

I learned what MND is.

I learned that the Chief Superintendent  is the highest rank in the police.

I didn’t know there are so many rankings in the police.

I learned its takes you over 5 years training to become a lawyer.

P7’s World of Work Reflections: Day 3

P7 have had a fantastic day learning about the world of work!

We started our day listening to Gavin Ross, our Community Police Officer. He explained to us what lead him to become a Police Officer and the challenges you can face on a daily basis. Gavin told us to make sure that at the end of each day you can tell someone something interesting you have done. All these interesting things help you to build life experience.This is very important for when you want to stand out from everyone else during an interview to get the job you want!

We then met Matt Bower, a Water Scientist who works for the Scottish Government. His team of trained specialists have the important role of inspecting the quality of water that Scottish Water supply to all of our homes. Matt explained the qualifications and experience he needed to be successful in his career and what he enjoys about his job.

P7 were then in introduced to three different people, all with completely different careers! We met Robert Thomson, a Firefigher Crew Commander, Kristina Lorimer, a Lifeguard and trained swim instructor and our very own Miss Cleland!

Robert took us through a day in the life of a firefighter. From checking equipment is working correctly, training drills, writing incident reports to of course responding to emergency calls! As Robert is a crew commander, he also has the added responsibility of being in charge of ensuring the safety of his crew members. He told us that to be a good firefighter you need to have quick decision making skills and a lot of common sense. Check out our photos of trying on a full firefighter’s outfit and breathing apparatus!

Kristina told us that she loved swimming when she was growing up and was never out of the pool. This lead her to train to become a lifeguard and swim instructor. Kristina needs to complete safety training every week to improve her lifesaving skills. We were lucky enough to be shown how to perform CPR in the case of an emergency.

We lastly found out that Miss Cleland has had a very interesting work life so far! She enjoyed science at school and studied at university to become a scientist and work in Charles Rivers Laboratory. She then decided that she wanted to become a teacher and trained to teach in primary schools.

All of our visitors had one really important message for P7. They told us that the best job you can have is a job you enjoy. They all reinforced that if you are not interested and have a passion for what you do then your working career is going to be very boring indeed!

Read our reflections from today:

‘I learned that the Police use the same fitness test as the Armed Forces.’

‘I now know how to perform CPR!’

‘I enjoyed seeing firefighting equipment close up.’

‘I liked finding out about different lifeguard equipment.’

‘I enjoyed listening to Gavin talking about the different crimes he has dealt with.’

‘Gavin said that the best weapon is communication.’

‘I didn’t know that a pool could be so dangerous!’

‘I learned what a Water Scientist is.’

‘You need to be fit to be a Police Officer.’

‘I really enjoyed learning about the Police.’

‘You only use two fingers when giving a baby CPR.’

‘I liked learning how water is cleaned.’

‘I found it interesting that Gavin has never needed to use his baton.’

‘I learned that there are 400 water deaths a year in the UK.’

‘Always choose a job you think you will enjoy because if you don’t it will not be much fun!’

World of Work Week – Day 3

All Primary 7 pupils enjoyed having more visitors in school today to share the knowledge and skills involved in their professions. A visit from our community police officer Gavin Ross kicked off our morning and later a talk from water scientist Matt. We also had an action packed afternoon learning about hairdressing from Susan and trying out some hair styles on her mannequins. All pupils then learned what it is like to be a teacher from our very own Miss Brown and Staff Nurse Elaine shared her experience and skills with us. She also showed us how to take a pulse and allowed us to use her stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors.



P7’s World of Work Reflections: Day 2

P7 had another busy day learning about the world of work!

We started our day off by practising how to ask and answer interview questions – a very important skill if you want to be employed!

Continuing on from Callum’s talk about college and university, we learned more about the financial aspects of going into further education. We found out what a student loan is and why some people choose to take a student loan to help them during their studies. We then used our problem solving skills to work out different challenges involving the repayment of loans. This is very good practise for the future!

P7 then got to design their own character that represents their dream job. They thought very carefully about what personality traits, qualifications and skills you would need to be successful in the job. These are a work in progress – stay tuned to see examples of our work!

Check out today’s reflections:

‘I learned that you can pay back a loan in instalments.’

‘I thought very carefully about the skills I think I would need to be a good teacher when I grow up.’

‘I learned you need 5 Highers to study medicine.’

‘There is a lot of responsibilities that come with having a student loan.’

‘I have changed my mind about what job what I want when I’m older.’

‘Sometimes it is tricky to think of interview questions’

‘I learned you need to be creative to be a joiner.’

‘You need to be patient if you want to work as a beautician.’

‘You definitely need a very steady hand to be a photographer.’

‘I enjoyed finding out what skills I need for my dream job!’

‘I researched what qualifications I need to join the Armed Forces.’

‘You need a teaching degree to teach.’

‘I learned how to work out a percentage of a loan.’

World of Work Week Budgeting Task

P7 thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role as travel agents this morning when they were given the difficult task of booking a holiday to Sydney Australia for the Ramsey family. Their calculation and problem solving skills helped then work out flight dates and prices, group concessions for activities such as the Harbour Bridge climb and car hire fares for certain days of their trip. Matters became more complicated when they had to find accommodation for the family of four, adhering to strict requests of a room with a view and free breakfast. There was also last minute panic when they realised some members of the family needed to update their passports – a costly extra!

All pupils seem to enjoy the challenge and learned the importance of reading the fine print when being faced with various “money saving” offers. Great teamwork P7C! I am very proud of you all103_0328[1] 103_0329 103_0326 103_0325 103_0324 103_0323 103_0312 103_0316 103_0318 103_0311 103_0310 103_0308 103_0329 103_0306

P7’s World of Work Reflections: Day 1

What a busy day to kick off our World of Work week!

P7 were introduced to Callum McGuire from Queen Margaret University. He told us about his exciting career so far and how going to university helped to get him to where he wanted to be. P7 had fantastic questions about college and university to ask Callum.

We also met Emma Weaver, a Business Development Manager for Total Produce. She explained to us the skills, personality traits and training you need to be successful in a sales career. We also got to find out about some of the great companies she has worked with –  her personal favourite being Disney!

P7 were finally introduced to Andy and David, two retained Firefighters from the North Berwick Fire Service. They gave a very interesting talk about how they got into the fire service, the training involved and some of the day to day responsibilities they have.

We ended our day by discussing the different careers that interest us and what skills, personality traits and training we would need for these roles.

Check out some of our reflections below!

‘I did not know that there are more than 50,000 courses at university.’

‘I learned to stay in your room if you suspect there is a fire and keep the door closed!’

‘I found it interesting that if you work in sales you can travel to lots of different places.’

‘I now know that the fire brigade work with the Scottish Ambulance Service.’

‘I like the idea of getting a company car if you work in sales!’

‘I liked finding out about some of the courses you can do at college and university.’

‘I learned that it only takes three inhales of black smoke to knock you unconscious.’

‘I now know that if you are a sales person you need to like driving a lot.’

‘I did not know that there are 22 universities in Scotland and only 1 in Finland!’