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Christmas is truly underway here!

We are rehearsing lines, learning songs, making wall displays and ordering goodies for parties.

Please make sure to get your tickets for the Christmas performance.

Nursery

This week we have been making bunting to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, and practising singing “3 craws” and “Ye cannae shove yer granny off the bus”. We made vegetable soup and it was delicious

Primary 1R and B

The children are so excited about starring in the nativity! They know their roles and we have had our first run through on the stage. In class we are busy learning the songs. Costumes will be looked out next week! We have started a new study book – “Owl Babies”. What interesting fact can your child find out about owls?

 

Primary 2

This week we started our nativity rehearsals. We have all got parts and are excited about learning our lines and songs.

Primary 3

We’ve been feeling creative this week. P3 had great fun trying to create Rangoli patterns just using their fingers and salt… they did really well, it’s a lot harder than the experts made it look! Next week, we’ll try to do it using 4 different colours of sand. We’ve also been busy learning more about place value and have made ‘place value spiders’ to show our learning on our maths display wall.

Primary 4

As part of our Big Writing, we wrote a letter to Tiger to tell him our opinions about the aliens coming to earth.  We wrote in four paragraphs and used sentence openers and good punctuation.

We have been learning about electricity as part of our science work.  We read lots of books and found out where electricity comes from and we wrote down everything in a mindmap.  We learned how to make the lamp turn by making a circuit.  We used wires, bulbs, a switch and some batteries.  When you only use one battery and two bulbs, the light is dim.  We also learned about electrons.  They don’t like each other as they are negative and stay away from each other.

This week, we were given our own username and password for Google Docs.  We typed out sentences about what we have been doing.  We are going to use these for an online profile.

 

Primary 5

P5 have been learning the Canadian barn dance and the dashing white sergeant. We have danced both dances to traditional and modern music. We have been writing diary entries for our superheroes as part of our Big Writing adventure.

Primary 6

Primary 6 have enjoyed working together to create our Christmas display for in the gym hall.

They have also been gathering information about famous Victorians for their group presentations.

 

Primary 7

After the excitement of the visit’s to the Sheriff’s Court last week, this week has been a lot quieter.  We are working on creating an object to promote Scotland.  As well as creating 6 of the actual object, each group also has to create a 30 second TV advert, a poster and leaflet and prepare a sales presentation.  Should be fun!

 

 

What does that mean?

The Education System is full of two things – pupils and jargon. It’s true!

Don’t despair though, whilst the pupils are cared for in school we, the parent council, are taking care of the Jargon.

Confused and Perplexed 

Head on over to Jargon Busting and let us know if something else has come up that has you baffled.

Parental Engagement Strategy – East Lothian 2017

Aha, the very thing we hear you say – just what I was waiting for!

 

Joking aside, you might really enjoy looking through this. PPS works hard to ensure that parents and carers are fully viewed as partners in all the education of the children. It’s a shared journey and responsibility between the pupils, parents/carers and the professionals entrusted with education through schooling. Education is actually much broader than the delivery of curriculum in school though and we all play a major part in outcomes.

So, following consultation throughout E. Lothian and feedback on draft policy, this version was formally adopted just before the summer for launch and roll-out over this school year.

The full version of the strategy is here: – ELC_PES_2017_ReportWEB_3

A shorter summary which you may have seen in leaflet form, is here:- PARENTAL_ENGAGEMENT_ELC_FINAL_WEB_.

60 second update

We have had the review team from East Lothian Council in school this week.  They were here on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They spoke to the children about their learning and all the wonderful opportunities at Pencaitland.  The team were impressed with what they had to say and commented on how the children were a credit to us.

Once I receive more feedback I will let you know how we can all work together to make Pencaitland even better than it is already.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nicola Wilson

 

Nursery

All the children really enjoyed working with Mrs Davies in music again this week. We have also had a great time playing and sharing with the P6’s.

P1R and P1B

This week we discovered “ck” and “ss” are special friends! Outside we played lots of number games and have been discovering ways to split up 5. We have been learning about staying safe with electricity and know never to use anything electric near water.

Primary 2

P2 have been exploring volume within the classroom this week; estimating what containers would have the greatest capacity. We are learning to stay safe while we move around our community. We went on our first woodland walk on Tuesday, where we were thinking about what we could see and hear that could be a potential danger to us.

Primary 3

The children in P3 really enjoyed using clay this week to make little diva lamps. We’ve given them an undercoat in white paint and are looking forward to painting and decorating them next week. In literacy, we’ve been practicing using commands and ‘bossy’ verbs to help us write instructions. We’ve also been learning about place value and have coped well with using concrete materials to represent numbers. Another busy week!

Primary 4

This week we started our first Big Writing Adventure.  Our adventure is called ‘The Aliens are Coming’ and we have been working on descriptive language and adding more detail to our writing.  Throughout the adventure we will be learning to write in various genres.

 

We are continuing to enjoy reading Matilda.  Through hot-seating and a freeze-frame activity, we have been focussing on the feelings and actions of certain characters in the story.

Primary 5

P5 have been busy practising our Jacobite assembly this week. We have made targes, dirks and broadswords from paper -mache and re-enacted battle scenes. We have had great fun! We hope everyone enjoyed it this morning.

Primary 6

P6 have been learning about properties of more complex 2D and 3D shapes.

We have had fun doing stone artwork that was inspired by Newsround. They area almost finished and will be hidden around the outdoor area of the school for the nursery boys and girls to find.

 

Primary 7

Primary 7 have been to court this week.  We have visited the Sheriffs Court in Edinburgh as part of our Schools Mock Court Project.  More details and photos on the P7 Blog.

This has been a fantastic project to be part of this term.  Something like this is all about giving learning a real meaning and context. 

I am so proud of our P7’s and congratulate them in taking part and doing so well.  Everyone contributed to the success of this project. 

Nicola Wilson

 

60 second update

Nursery

This week in the nursery we had our very first music lesson in the school with Mrs Davies, and we loved it! Outside we were experimenting with melting and we had to guess how long it would take to melt the big ice block. We are using our new shoe shop to measure our feet and compare sizes.

Primary 1R and 1B

We are still reading the book Six Dinner Sid and have drawn and made houses. P1B had to make rectangles and put on their houses as windows and P1R looked at the inside of a house and made a flap picture to see the inside and outside of a house. We are starting to think about being safe with electricity in our homes.

Here is P2’s 60 second diary.

This week in P2 we have been designing our own streets that we would like to live on. We have been learning about area in numeracy, and investigating area within our classroom. We have also been discussing, and writing about, nocturnal animals.

Primary 3

Our moon diaries are coming along nicely and we’ve noticed that we can even see the moon during the day sometimes!

We’ve started finding out about Hinduism and the festival of Diwali. The children were fascinated when watching film clips of experts quickly creating beautiful Rangel patterns just by using brightly coloured sand and their fingers! The children are keen to have a go at doing this themselves … we may do it outside, it’ll be messy!

Primary 4

This week we have been learning about Roman numerals.  We talked about where we might see Roman numerals nowadays (clocks, watches, names of Kings and Queens, credits of TV programmes and films).  It has involved some hard learning as we’ve really had to use our brains and mathematical knowledge to both read Roman numerals and to write our own.   We are building up to being able to read the dates at the bottom of TV and film credits.

 

Primary 5

We visited the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers street to see the exhibition on Jacobite’s. We walked down The Royal Mile to the Palace and learned about the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie.  We had a great time.  Thanks to the parents who came along to help.

Primary 6

Have been exploring WOW words to use in their writing. They have done this through the context of describing fireworks.  They have made bright and colourful displays to highlight all these great words.

Primary 7

Have been working hard this week to get all the last minute preparation done for their court dates next week. Robes have been finished, speeches rehearsed and we are ready to go!

 

60 second update!

Nursery

This week in the nursery some people went into the woods with Mrs Millar to look for bugs with our mums, dads and grandparents. We went to the hall and practised being safe with space bubbles. . On Halloween we dooked for apples and read a story about a hairy toe!

Primary 1R and B

We have been reading “DittyStory Books” this week! We have tricky red words, story green words and speedy green words to practise.

In our writing books we had to complete sentences based on the story. Our creative play session outside was great fun. We tied ropes from tree to tree and used the crates to make cars! During topic time we have been designing houses to make a street. I wonder

what we could name our street?

Primary 2

This week in p2 we have began our new topic on ‘The Street’. We went for a walk around The Glebe, and have been discussing the streets we live on. In our big writing this week we have been writing about a new creature that we have discovered. I numeracy we have been creating shape monsters, trying to fit as many interesting shapes in as we could.

Primary 3

P3 have been finding out about the phases of the moon this week. The children have started to look at the moon each night to spot the changes….. we’re all looking forward to seeing a full moon this Saturday night. The children enjoyed making mini flicker books to help identify the different phases of the moon.

We’ve also been busy picking up rubbish in the community to help keep Pencaitland free of litter.

Primary 4

We started making Roman goblets.  We used recycled plastic bottles and newspaper to make a goblet shape.  We painted them with gold, bronze or silver paint and we will add more detail next week.

 

This week was the last week of swimming for group 1.  ‘It was fun doing lots of lengths in the big pool’ – Sophie; ‘I enjoyed playing with the noodles’ – Emma F; ‘I loved jumping in at the deep end’ – Hamish; ‘It made me swim better than I had done before’ – Louis

Primary 5

This week Primary 5 have been learning about the first Jacobite uprising at the battle of Killiecrankie. We have been working on calculating time durations in maths and have started our new superhero writing adventure.

Primary 6

P6 have been working in groups to research famous Victorians. They will be working together to create presentations to share their findings with the class.

Primary 7

 

P7 are pleased to announce ‘Jelly Terror’ is now on general release and can be viewed on the P7 blog at https://www.edubuzz.org/p7pps.  Also available – ‘The Making of Jelly Terror’ – a documentary by Joel.

 

60 second update!

Nursery

This week in the nursery we have welcomed 3 new people! We have been thinking about babies and things we can do now that we couldn’t do before. We made autumn tree pictures and planted daffodil bulbs, and we loved going to P1 to share a story.

Primary 1B and R

Thanks to Laura form the RSPB, P1R and P1B had a great afternoon looking for animal habitats within the school grounds. We played a fun game to remind us that animals need four things to survive 1. water 2. food 3. a habitat and 4. family.

Primary 2

In P2 this week we have been working on using capital letters and full stops in our writing. We took part in the authors live event with Kes Gray, and the RSPB visited our class and taught us all about ‘Giving nature a home’ within our school grounds.

 

 

Primary 3

We all seem to have come back to school after our holiday refreshed and ready to learn! The children loved this week’s reflective reading tasks linked to ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams and they worked hard to produce some very entertaining illustrations to illustrate their writing! Well done! We were all very excited to meet Mrs Claire Haston, our new ‘Monday teacher’, and we’re looking forward to her starting teaching us in P3 on Monday.

 

Primary 4

This week, Primary 4 investigated life in the Roman army and took on the role of Antonius, a Roman soldier. They wrote persuasive letters to their brother, Marcus about life in the army and tried to encourage him to join the army.

 

 

Primary 5

P5 have been weeding in the garden this week as a start to our John Muir work. We have started learning about time in maths and have begun to read Cressida Cowell’s new book, ‘The Wizards of Once’.

 

 

Primary 6

P6 loved receiving the apple crumble from the nursery boys and girls.

 

P6 have started investigating famous Victorian people, they will share their finding with their peers.

 

 

Primary 7 

We have now completed and uploaded our Adjustments for our Schools Mock Court project.  Next week Amy and Elizabeth are coming for their final visit when we will be staging a practise court in the classroom before visiting the Sheriff’s court in Edinburgh.