Primary 5 April and May News

Primary 5 have had a busy few weeks. They have planned a honeymoon tour of the UK for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, held a fashion show of wedding outfits, acted as commentators, models, videographers and photographers and enjoyed a wedding reception on a budget. Prince William could have saved a fortune!

 This past fortnight they have been involved in more budgeting, as part of their Financial Education, where they have planned a birthday party for ten children with a budget of £50.  We believe parents are delighted that the annual parties will be cheaper this year.  These plans have been displayed in our area.

In art, they have produced some beautiful butterfly paintings which are linked to our Science focus, Living Things and the Processes of Life where we are studying plants and animals.  This week saw some rather unusual red celery and dyed carnations!

 Friday the 27th May sees the final product of months of work in RME/Music/Drama/Literacy when P5 will perform their musical about Moses.  Parents are invited to the 9.15am performance.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Finally a big big thank you to Mrs Knox who has done a very good job working with P5Y this term. Mr Fruish should be back on Tuesday.

P3 News

At the beginning of term P3 had a fantastic experience learning about the Royal family and weddings in preparation for Kate and William’s big day! This interdisciplinary topic took in Maths, Literacy, Design, Art and Music and culminated in our own Royal Wedding street party – complete with the national anthem and top table speeches. Many thanks go to all the parents who came to support this topic, both during the focus and to help create a real party atmosphere!
 
We are now focussing on learning about Ancient Egypt and we’ve really enjoyed all the information and artefacts that have been sent in from home. This topic features a strong research component as the children put the reading for information skills they have been learning all year into practice. We have been learning about 3D shapes and this led up to the children successfully designing a net to make a pyramid.

Lasswades Got Talent – Tickets On Sale Now!

The finalists have been decided and they will all be practising hard between now and the big night to get the judges votes. It promises to be a fantastic night with a variety of acts for your entertainment. The show is on Friday 17 June at 7pm in Lasswade High School Centre. Tickets always sell out fast so get your order in quickly. See attached flyer for details on how to order your tickets. Don’t delay! We are also looking for prizes for an auction, raffle and tombola and the more we get the more money we will raise for the school so if you can donate something please hand it into the school or if you have any contacts who may be able to put up a big prize for auction then please ask them. Thanks for your support.

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P2 are Learning about Butterflies

This month in Primary Two, we are watching the amazing changes in our caterpillars which arrived last week.   They are busily munching all the food and are getting very fat.  We are looking forward to the next stage of their lifecycle when they start to spin their cocoons.  After that we hope to see them emerge as butterflies.  We decided to follow the lifecycle of the butterfly because we are going to take part in the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ this summer.  If you would like to take part too, please visit http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

 Our focus this term is on Plants.  We are working using a Critical Literacy approach.  Through looking at different texts and videos, we will answer lots of different questions.  By the time we visit the Botanic Gardens next month, we’ll be plant experts!

We have been visited this term by a number of ‘People Who Help Us.’  Tom and Alex Kirk’s Mum came to speak to both classes about her job as a Paediatrician. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to look at and use the instruments that she uses at the Sick Kids Hospital.   We are looking forward to being visited by Mr Smith who is a postal worker in our local area and Mr Hutchison who is the local Community Police Officer.

P7 Leaving Events Meeting Update

Following the P7 leaving events meeting it was decided to go ahead with the P7 disco on Thursday 23rd June at Bonnyrigg Roses Club from 7pm to 9pm.  There is no cost for the disco to the pupils.  Juice and crisps will be available to buy on the night.

 It was also decdiced to have a P7 leaving lunch on the last day of term.  This has been booked at Gi Gis for Friday 1st July at 12.30pm.  The cost of this will be £10 – this will include Pasta/Pizza, Ice cream and juice.

The parents also thought it would be a good idea to contribute £5 towards a gift for the teachers rather than each child buying individual presents.

 We are also costing a leaving gift for each child – this has still to be finalised but the cost should be no more than £10.

 Slips will be sent out w/b 24th – all monies should be sent back to the school by Friday 3rd June.  Thanks

P7 Camp News and Photos

Primary 7 pupils have started to recover from their busy and exciting week at Dalguise School Camp. They were involved in a variety of activities throughout their time there.

Many children faced their fears and attempted many of the challenges that were set for them.

By the end of the week, everyone had achieved so much and they were all exhausted.

Click below for some photos and great memories.

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P1 News

We really enjoyed our recent Master Class sessions.

We all took part in a variety of activities. These included:

decorating hard boiled eggs, making fluffy Easter bunnies, making special boxes, making chocolate nests, having a treasure hunt in the school grounds and taking part in an Easter dance!

We joined up with the nursery for these exciting Early Level experiences. We plan to have another Master Class at the end of this term.

 We all enjoyed a visit from Generation Science when we learned more about bees. We pretended to be bees collecting nectar from flowers and learned what life is like for a bee inside a hive.

 Some children went to the local Garden Centre to choose plants. You can see them outside the P1 door and various places around the school. We are all going to plant a sunflower seed to bring home and look after over the summer.

Parent Council Meeting

Next Parent Council Meeting will be on Monday 16th May at 7pm in the Staff  Room. At this meeting we will be discussing Lasswade Got Talent 2011. A lot of hard work is required to make this happen so if you can spare some time please come along to the meeting.  Your support would be very welcome.