P5b Learning Log

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P5b playing human tic tac toe.

Maths – Some of us have been subtracting 3 digit numbers with carrying and exchange. Other people were focussing on recognising and making their own number sequences. To help us remember our tables we have done timed times table test and human tic tac toe.

P.E – This week we started the next block of skills that we will be doing. We are learning the skills to play invasion games. Our class will be learning the rules and how to play hockey.

This week for big writing we finished our scary incident stories using similes and metaphores to make our writing more interesting. Some similes that people used in their writing were….. “he was a dead as a Dodo.” ” …they moved as slow as a slug.”    ” …as jumpy as a lion.” and …”she was green with envy.” My favourite was “life is a roller coaster.”

This week we have been discussing and talking about how to keep safe on the internet. Three facts that we learnt to keep us safe when using computers are, keep your profile private, never share credit card details, always check with your parents before you use a website.

We are learning some South African songs and dance steps in music to create our own gumboot dances. They are called gumboot dances because when working in mines people were treated badly were not allowed to talk or to bring in their drums to entertain themselves during their breaks. So the workers used their gum boots to make sounds and to communicate with each other.

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P5b Learning Log 6.2.17


This week we have been busy doing some more about time. We had to look at the written time and then say what time it would be in the time trail after we added more time to the starting point. Our challenge was to make up our own time trail for a partner to solve. Our group also did 3 digit addition to get to an amount already written.

Metaphors and Similes – Literacy

We were using similes and metaphors to make posters.  Similes are  saying something is like or as something else. ( e.g. Tom is as slow as a turtle.) A metaphor is saying something is something else but not literally. ( e.g. time is money.) We made a blurb using similes and metaphors. The blurb was about a scary incident that happened to us.

Health and Wellbeing

We were being food detectives. We learnt that our daily sugar limit is 24 grams. Too much sugar may cause diabetes or some cancers or heart disease. We looked at the sugar in different food with a sugar smart app.


We are each taking a piece of a Japanese painting and creating a class mural. We are looking at line shape and colour. We are learning to sketch our pictures before painting them with water colours.


P5b Learning Log

Literacy :

We have been learning how to use speech marks and then turning direct speech into indirect speech. We used two characters to make up a conversation. We made notes for a debate – our debate was whether it would be a good thing to sail around the world with your family for one year. We had a good discussion remembering to take turns and listen to everyone’s opinion.


We are rounding large numbers and adding and subtracting with 2 and 3 digit numbers. We are using exchange and borrowing. In our Time lessons we have been estimating how long it takes to do an activity and then finding out if we estimated correctly. This will help us to plan things that we do everyday.


Our project this term is going to be about the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo. It is about a boy who sails around the world with his family, but it does not all go to plan!!!


We have been looking at a painting by Hokusai – a Japanese painter. We then made our own paintings using cold and hot colours.

Class Trip:

We went on a trip to the National Library to study maps. For our project we have made maps of our lives and we will be plotting Michael’s trip around the world from the novel.

We looked at how the area around our school has changed when we went to the library.


Studying local area maps at the National Library


Beverley showed us round the exhibition and told us about all the different kinds of maps people make.

We are really looking forward to working some more with Miss MacRae, who will be teaching us for some of this term.


P7a Storytelling

We have been learning all about storytelling.  We have learned how to create story hands and story maps to help us keep the story in our heads.  We have also been learning how to make the story interesting when re-telling it.

We created a story map of Tam O’Shanter to be able to tell our own version of it. We used our story maps to help us tell an interesting and creative version of Tam O’Shanter to P5b.

We had great fun telling our stories and the Primary 5s gave us lots of great feedback to help us with our story telling in the future.  Thank you P5b for being such a great audience!

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P5b Learning Log December 2016


It helps us to remember our new spelling words and their meanings when we play games like Spin and Spell. You might have to spell the word by saying it or writing it or say what the word menas or use the word in a sentence.


More Spelling games

These are our wizard board games. You have to challenge your partner to spell your words the person with the most words on the board is the winner.


Maths topic

We have all been learning how to make nets for some complicated 3D shapes. This means you need to measure and cut very accurately. You also have to be able to work out what a 3D shape will look like if it were unfolded!

Learning Log P5b Op Art


Op Art

We looked at Bridget Riley’s op art paintings. The optical illusions that she made gave some of us sore eyes and heads! Here are our versions of op art.


Colour and shape

Colour and shape are really important elements of op art so we looked at some art by Victor Vasarely. We used simple shapes and hot and cold colours in a pattern to make this large art piece.


Communication and signals

Before radios were invented sailors had to create ways to communicate over long distances at sea. We discovered how they used flags to send messages on their ships and used hand held semaphore flags to send messages. When it was dark or cloudy they used blinking lights using morse code. Morse code was still used once radio was invented. We had fun creating our own messages using these different codes.


Famous Women

Once we discovered that it was women that painted the dazzle ships we wanted to see if we could find out about any other famous women in history and now. We first wrote about someone we admire and then we started to research about famous Scottish women.

P5b Learning Log for Dazzle



We “dazzled” the portraits of the six famous Scottish woman that we researched. Can you see Nicola Sturgeon, Elsie Inglis and Mairi Chisolm? These woman are well known for their work in politics or medicine.


Historic dazzling

This is Flora McDonald she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape by dressing him up as a woman. One thing that all these woman have in common is how brave and strong and intelligent they all are or were.


Science Fiction Writing

We have been watching science fiction aninmation clips and writing descriptive stories about the planets and creatures. We are also creating and writing about creatures that would live on our planets.



We have been making sure we read carefully so we can write descriptions of characters from our novels. Then our partner draws from our descriptions. This is some of the images and descriptions of the Iron Man. This is the novel that one group is reading.

Schools of Cooperation Level 3

Hermitage Park Primary is the first school in Edinburgh to receive the level 3 Schools of Co-operation award. This award was given to us by the Co-Operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) and was awarded after a presentation by the Pupil Council to Morag Pendry and Hugh Donnelly.


To become a school of co-operation we had to democratically select and implement a co-operatively led school project chosen by the pupils and show increased awareness of co-operative values and principles (caring for others; democracy; equality; honesty; openness; self-help; self-responsibility; social responsibility; solidarity).  We follow and promote these values in school and cover them in whole school house meetings every month.


We were delighted when Morag announced that we were awarded level 3.  We previously had a level one award and managed to bypass level two with our project.schools-of-coop