P7b Learning Log 16th-20th January

Maths

This week in maths we were learning about enterprise as well as tying up loose ends in volume and surface area. On the subject of volume and area, instead of a boring test we created 3D buildings out of paper (only using cubes and cuboids) and then calculated the surface area and volume of the buildings. We also began to scratch the surface of enterprise and budgeting. We were given a scenario in which we had to organise a craft sale. From BOGOF to buying 800 envelopes, we had to do all the budgeting, calculations and everything in between.

Literacy

At the time of writing this, it is drawing ever closer to Burns night so in celebration of this world famous poet we are studying one of his more famous works, Tam O’ Shanter. We have drawn story maps marking the events of the poem using no words whatsoever. This is to give us some experience in storytelling and including lots of detail. As a side note our story maps were based on the novelisation of Tam O’ Shanter by Lari Don.

P.E.

This week in P.E. we were doing more yoga and gymnastics. We are also going to be having tryouts for cross country running at the Meadows. In gymnastics we were doing cart wheels and multiple other activities (such as the straddle vault and the backward roll). In yoga we were all doing multiple poses at the same time such as” the downward dog” and the “half lord of the fishes”.

Music

In music we were learning how to play Auld Lang Syne on the glockenspiel in pairs. We were given more freedom to continue further. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lesson and get the hang of the song and notes.

Louis and Harry

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

 September     2016 In maths Primary 7 have been working on shape and angles. They were inspired by Kandinsky’s Composition VIII to create their own art which included circles, triangles, lines and a selection of angles.

 ART In art we have been looking at Op Art which is a style of art that uses optical illusion. In maths, we have been studying the properties of circles. We drew our circles using pairs of compasses which was quite tricky for some of us!

SAMBA DRUMMING

When I heard about the samba drumming, I wasn’t excited but it was actually great fun. My drum was a smallish tall drun called a High Surdo which made a low sound. I enjoyed the samba drumming because it was fun and diverse. I also considered joining the samba drumming club but I am busy at the time it starts. Overall I enjoyed this.

Rowyn

I was really excited to get a chance to do the samba drumming. The tutors were Rohan and Steve and they were really nice. The drum I played was the Casha, a Brazilian drum. I think I participated really well. My ability to follow the tutors while playing the Casha was great. I enjoyed it so much. I’m starting the drum club.

Olivia
I was playing the Low Surdo. It was really good because I’ve only ever played the drum twice. It was the biggest drum there! I had to play a beat. The beat was Scotland 10 Germany 1. I liked Rohan the best. It was really loud and really fun. I loved it. All the drums were different colours and Arwen had her own.

 September     2016 In maths Primary 7 have been working on shape and angles. They were inspired by Kandinsky’s Composition VIII to create their own art which included circles, triangles, lines and a selection of angles.

 ART In art we have been looking at Op Art which is a style of art that uses optical illusion. In maths, we have been studying the properties of circles. We drew our circles using pairs of compasses which was quite tricky for some of us!

 SAMBA DRUMMING When I heard about the samba drumming, I wasn’t excited but it was actually great fun. My drum was a smallish tall drun called a High Surdo which made a low sound. I enjoyed the samba drumming because it was fun and diverse. I also considered joining the samba drumming club but I am busy at the time it starts. Overall I enjoyed this. Rowyn I was really excited to get a chance to do the samba drumming. The tutors were Rohan and Steve and they were really nice. The drum I played was the Casha, a Brazilian drum. I think I participated really well. My ability to follow the tutors while playing the Casha was great. I enjoyed it so much. I’m starting the drum club. Olivia I was playing the Low Surdo. It was really good because I’ve only ever played the drum twice. It was the biggest drum there! I had to play a beat. The beat was Scotland 10 Germany 1. I liked Rohan the best. It was really loud and really fun. I loved it. All the drums were different colours and Arwen had her own.

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

 September The Christmas cards went well this week because we all finished them. We made them early so that our families could order them in time for sending out at Christmas. Also it was good because we got to do what designs we wanted to do. We started fitness on Tuesday with Mrs McLaughlin and on Thursday with Miss Milne. We created our own station as part of a fitness circuit. In maths some of us started learning about bearings which is used by sailors, pilots and more when following directions. I thought it was very confusing at first but then you pick up on it and understand it better.  Our next steps are to try and get better at doing bearings in maths and the other groups’  next steps are to work  more on coordinates. *I think the Christmas cards went well. * P.E. The fitness is good because it is good exercise. I think this week could have been better if we had finished everything. Logan and Jake

 Dazzle Ships’  Dioramas For our Dazzle Ship topic we have been researching facts about the ships. Here are some of the facts which we have found out.

 Maths In maths, the Octagons have been learning about scale. They decided to make models of the Leith Dazzle Ship. They used a diagram of the ship and measured the length and height of it. The models they are currently making are half the size of the diagram. They also wanted to make them out of plasticine. These are photos of progress so far. We have finished our dazzle ships now and showed them to Helena who works for the City Art Centre who comissioned the Leith Docklands Dazzle Ship. We also showed Mrs Penman, our head teacher, and she said they were a great version of active maths. we also thought that it was a great challenge and we should do it more often!

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

OCTOBER’S LEARNING.

LOOSE PARTS PLAY – I found it great fun because my group made a humongous den, with RUBY , AVA, MADDIE,  ALICE,  ME, LOGAN, EMILY,  KHADIJA , JOE,  HARRY and ROWYN.   We also made a big marble run for the balls.

MENTAL MATHS – I LIKE  MENTAL MATHS BECAUSE  IT IS  A WARM UP   FOR  THE BRAIN BUT ON  MONDAYS I HATE  IT  BECAUSE MY BRAIN DOESN’T WORK ON A MONDAY.

TIMELINE- I FOUND DOING THE TIMELINE A FUN, ARTSY, HISTORY LESSON WITH ADDED OOMPH.  I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING ON THIS WITH LOGAN AS WE ARE VERY SIMILAR AND WE CAME UP WITH EXCITING IDEAS.  WE GOT OUR DAZZLE SHIP INFO FINISHED AND WE GOT TO DO A SECOND ONE ON THE DARIEN DISASTER.  I FOUND THIS A FABULOUS SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON WHICH TAUGHT ME ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LEITH DOCKLANDS.

RUBY

 This week I have learned to correctly rotate, reflect and do translation of shapes. I need to listen a bit more and concentrate a little more.     Jake My learning successes were maths because I did very well at rotating shapes. I think I need to get quicker at answering maths’ questions quicker. Sophie One of my successes was in maths- rotating and symmetry because I found it easy. In rotation you really had to think if it could fit into itself. In science, even though we have just started the topic, I have learnt a lot like bacteria is in yeast and yoghurt.  Louis

 I thought rotation was hard because you need to get a shape and then turn it and see where it will land. Mental maths has been good because the multiplication has been easier for me.  Destiny This week we started some science on micro-organisms. I don’t really understand everything yet but I want to learn more. Ava I think the mental maths computer program is really helping me with my maths because we do it every morning and it is gradually helping me get better at my maths.  Maddie

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

 NOVEMBER Buddying- P2 My buddy, Nina, and I made a poster on the emotion, Excitement. We drew some pictures and words that showed excitement. Nina and I had a lot of fun. I felt we both worked hard. Logan When I was with my buddy we created a poster about being ‘excited’ and my buddy Finlay drew a picture of what makes us excited. We wrote a sentence beside it to tell the people viewing the poster why that makes us excited. I think Finlay was a bit quiet but we both enjoyed it. Sophie With my buddy we were making excited masks. It was fun and we wrote a sentence about when we get excited. Louis My P2 buddy Dan and I had so much fun. We made mouth masks showing an excited mouth. After that we wrote what makes us excited. I wrote Christmas makes me excited because I like to give presents to other people. Murren

 SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS Today we went to the Sportshall Athletics’ trial at Meadowbank Stadium. The competition will be at the end of November. There were field trials and relays. I learnt to work as a team and at the end of the last race our team came in first place. I think that I did very well and did my best. Thank you to Mrs Gray for taking us. 100/100 Ava

 Scottish SPCA We were visited by the SSPCA. We learnt about how to look after and animals in our environment. Some of us even learnt about animals we had never heard of before. We really enjoyed the animal quiz at the end.

 Buddying with P2 We met up with our P2 buddies again. This time we were discussing the emotion ‘Fear’. We watched some clips of ‘Inside Out’ and the character Fear in it. With our buddies we drew pictures of Fear and wrote about what makes us scared, how we feel and how we stop ourselves feeling scared.

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

 SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS This week a selection of P7’s from Hermitage Park attented an athletics competition at Meadowbank. Each P7 had a variety of events to take part in; most people did 3 or 4. There were track and field events; some of the track events were: 1×1 relay, 2×2 relay, 4×1 relay, 6 lap parlouf, over and under relay and to top it off, the obstacle relay! Some of the fied events were: standing long jump, triple long jump, vertical jump, chest push and lastly, the speed bounce. We all had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves. Overall in the competion we came 5th! Arwen and Emily

 November I was successful at learning about function machines although some parts are still a little confusing. Spanish was good and I could count up to 50 and talk about people. I am going to improve my learning by practising my tables for the function machines.   Emily Music went well this week because we got to make our own music and our own sound effects.  Khadija My learning success this week was my spelling. I did well with the words. I also did well when making the dazzle art pictures on the famous Scottish women.    Lavine PE this week was really fun because we did football with the S6 leaders. I scored 2 goals and saved some shots. I also learnt that some people that don’t like it were actually very good. Craig I think I was successful at writing the biography as it was very interesting to hear about the famous Scottish women.  Rowyn

 Scottish Gas Visit We had a visit from Scottish Gas. They came to discuss energy we use at home, fossil fuels and renewable energy. We worked in groups to complete activities about different energies. My learning success this week was when the Scottish Gas people came in and taught us about how gas is made and that it will run out.   Logan During the Scottish Gas visit I did well at answering the questions during the Smartboard activity on different types of energy.  Olivia In science we are testing out different types of bread and how quickly mould will appear on them. Some groups had their bread in dark places, some in warm places and some in cooler places. I think science has been a success because I think mould will grow on the bread quickly.  Sophie Science was successful as my group worked well together and our bread was looking interesting. Ruby

P7b Learning Log Sep-Dec 16

 MICRO-ORGANISMS We began our science topic on Micro-organisms. We created an experiment using yeast, water and sugar. We had a bottle filled with warm water and one filled with cold water. We mixed in the sugar and yeast and attached a balloon to the neck of the bottle.

 RESULTS The balloons with the warm water quickly began to inflate. The yeast mixture produced carbon dioxide which inflated them.

 The mixture with the cold water did not inflate straight away but the next morning we found that the balloons had inflated.

P7b Learning Logs Aug – Dec 16

 September     2016 In maths Primary 7 have been working on shape and angles. They were inspired by Kandinsky’s Composition VIII to create their own art which included circles, triangles, lines and a selection of angles.

 ART In art we have been looking at Op Art which is a style of art that uses optical illusion. In maths, we have been studying the properties of circles. We drew our circles using pairs of compasses which was quite tricky for some of us!

 SAMBA DRUMMING When I heard about the samba drumming, I wasn’t excited but it was actually great fun. My drum was a smallish tall drun called a High Surdo which made a low sound. I enjoyed the samba drumming because it was fun and diverse. I also considered joining the samba drumming club but I am busy at the time it starts. Overall I enjoyed this. Rowyn I was really excited to get a chance to do the samba drumming. The tutors were Rohan and Steve and they were really nice. The drum I played was the Casha, a Brazilian drum. I think I participated really well. My ability to follow the tutors while playing the Casha was great. I enjoyed it so much. I’m starting the drum club. Olivia I was playing the Low Surdo. It was really good because I’ve only ever played the drum twice. It was the biggest drum there! I had to play a beat. The beat was Scotland 10 Germany 1. I liked Rohan the best. It was really loud and really fun. I loved it. All the drums were different colours and Arwen had her own.

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.