P7A had a busy term 2. We squeezed lots of learning into our World War 2 topic, pushed ourselves to do our best in literacy and numeracy, learnt lots of new Spanish, took part in bikeability training every week and enjoyed learning with Miss Jess too! Below are some photos to show you little snapshots of what we got up to.
As part of our WW2 thematic work, we did a block of learning about all soldiers who fought on behalf of Britain during the war. We learnt that there were a selection of colonies and dominions within the British empire during wartime. Many countries within the empire got involved in the war on behalf of Britain. We learnt that dominions were able to choose whether to get involved or not, and that colonies didn’t have a choice since they were governed by Britain. We then researched soldiers from across the British empire and depicted them in our creative portraits. We hoped our display showed just how diverse soldiers fighting for Britain were – with lots of uniforms, races, religions and languages represented.
We also read some war-related class novels, both of which had protagonists who were Indian soldiers fighting on behalf of Britain.
We also took part in a few STEM lessons after several members of the class asked for more science input in P7. We learnt about vortexes, Newton’s First Law of Motion and binary coding through different experiments.
We delivered two presentations to the class last term. One was in Spanish and was intended to teach the class about a city in a Spanish-speaking country that we had researched. These presentations were delivered in Spanish too! The second presentation was about a World War 2 topic that we had chosen and researched in groups. Both of these projects allowed us to practise effective teamwork, digital literacy and presentation skills.
We all achieved our level 1 bikeability award!
We also made lots of lovely memories together in the run up to the Christmas holidays. We watched the Brunton Theatre pantomime virtually, went on a lovely Christmas jumper walk, made lots of crafts and thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas party.
Well done to P7A for their hard work in term 2! It’s almost time for term 3 to begin and we are heading back to some online learning for this, so please do remember to keep in touch with Miss White via Twitter (@MissWhiteCV) and make sure you can get logged into Microsoft Teams at home to access school work. Fingers crossed we’ll all be back together in school soon 🙂
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Primary Seven children continue to enjoy Academies, as part of their transition experience to high school. Castlebrae Community High School hosts Primary Seven students from all cluster primaries, and children are given the choice of Art, CDT (Craft, Design and Technology), Dance, Football, History, Hospitality, Music, and Science.
Our children chose two academies, and started their second academy choice after Christmas. Here are some photos of Castleview children enjoying Art and Hospitality.
World War II Topic
Primary 7 are studying World War II, and have been busy preparing solo or group presentations on an aspect of the war. We have looked at how the war started, and what life was like during the war, including how the roles of men and women changed, how rationing affected our diet and habits, the Blitz (both London and Clydebank) and the evacuation of children from the cities, as well as key battles. We also tackled the difficult subject of the Holocaust, and how the anti-Jewish laws would have impacted on the lives of Jewish people in Germany and the occupied countries of Europe.
Here are some photos of Primary 7a doing their solo presentations. They were surprised at how much information needed to go into a 2 minute presentation, and they learned that rehearsal is a wonderful way to improve your delivery!
Primary 7a have been having fun learning about idioms. We used our existing knowledge of common idioms, as well as the iPads, to investigate idioms and what they meant. We then chose an animal idiom that we liked, and created a plasticine model that represented the idiom and wrote a sentence that used the idiom in context.
Here are some of our models. See if you can guess the idiom!