Primary 7 Newsletter

P7 is an awesome, confident and responsible learning team! These are few of the things that we have done in P7 so far!

Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL)

Through a variety of contexts, we have developed skills for learning, for life and for work. Particular areas of the curriculum have given us lots of opportunity to foster links across our learning and to make connections. To begin with, we learned through The Secret Garden about life in Victorian times. This was a book we knew well and this helped us to arrange our classroom to demonstrate the rich learning that we gained from this. We invited the rest of the school and P7 from Pirniehall to visit our exhibits and displays.
A day at Dynamic Earth kicked off our IDL with a tour and a Shake, Rattle and Roll workshop, thanks to our Golden Ticket. Expressive Arts and Outdoor Learning are related to all our topics but especially in the Changing Face of the Earth.
We completed this study with a fabulous trip to the National Museum of Scotland for the Food Heritage Trail
We entered a few competitions because they give us a purpose for our learning and an opportunity to share our learning with a greater audience.
• Green Pencil Award – a poetry writing competition. Entries were amazing!
• Stained Glass Window – art completion for windows in Princes Street Gardens.
• Royal Mail Letter Writing Competition – the letters were perfect!

We continued work with the rights that we should live by in St David’s and working out our place and responsibility for the world we live in. We are taking part in the Smart project again and this involved a fully paid trip to Snow-White at the King’s Theatre.

Curriculum Areas

Early in the term we had a visit to the Book Festival to see and hear Francesca Simon, which led to us reading The Sleeping Army and The Lost Gods as class novels. Interesting!
Using the school library and choosing our own novels has deepened some of our love for books and reading.
We have written in a variety of genres including poetry, news reports, personal responses, letters and functional posters.
Speaking confidently in a variety of situations, taking time to consider our audience and how to both ask and answer questions has been a priority and developing our listening skills in a variety of situations, using our new talking and listening approaches.
Mental Maths, Problem Solving and number processes have kept us occupied, with making the links we need and applying our mathematical skills in a selection of situations. We have been working on our tables and will continue to do so!!
We have been following the themes of Fresh Start, Friendship and Anti-bullying and building up organisational skills. Miss Spence has helped us to play basketball and to take part in sports hall athletics and social dance.
Food Technology, Science, RME, Expressive Arts have all been a large part of our curriculum.
We all have the ability have our 1:1 devices at home, leading to increased opportunities for research, recording and learning in different ways. We will looked at fundraising and business contexts whilst using enterprise and design and enjoyed an Eco workshop on Waste and what to do with it!

Ethos and life of school as a community

At St David’s we are very proud of the many ways that we help other people, develop awareness of our world and learn to be responsible citizens.
In P7 have all been chosen as prefects after a challenging interview process. They fulfil duties and volunteer for extra tasks constantly. We have been given a new design school tie, for P7 only. This includes being buddies to P1 and helping them to settle into the school and being House Captains and Vice Captains, to take the school forward with counting house points and presenting the results at assemblies. We all have responsibilities, which we take seriously.
There are new Dens. We are represented in each one of them and we are getting to know children from other classes very well. We have represented the school at the Legacy Games at St. Augustine’s and Broughton High School Games and came back with accolades!

Opportunities for personal achievement

We have learned in lots of different ways – by making, saying, writing and doing and had the chance to learn through different experiences.
We record our achievements in our Personal Learning Plans, share our learning with parents and feel proud of what we achieve both as a class and as individuals. We participated in Active Schools activities and attended the Homework Club.
We contributed to the ribbon art installation in the playground and the snowflake displays at the shopping centre. We are working towards our Junior Award Scotland Scheme (JASS) and have almost completed our Bronze Level.
Our fundraising has helped our camp to be cheaper and we have enjoyed a lot of support and links with others, including local businesses. This included organising the school Hallowe’en Party.

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