P5 end of Feb news

Primary five have had a very busy time in February.

We have been continuing our learning about what life was like during the 1940’s. Miss MacDonald’s grandma, Mrs Saunders, came in to talk to us about what it was like being a child during the 1940s. She told us lots of wonderful stories and gave us lots of information about what life was like during war time. Our favourite story was that she had to wear boys’ shoes growing up because they cost fewer ration coupons than girls’ shoes. She did not like having to wear boys’ shoes!

The children were fascinated by Miss MacDonald’s other granny’s nurse’s cape. Mrs MacDonald was a nurse stationed in France and Germany during, and immediately after, the war. Each soldier that Mrs MacDonald saved gave her the badge from his uniform as a way of saying “Thank you” to her. We couldn’t believe how many badges there were. We found badges from countries all over the world, even from Poland!

We also had a visit from Mr Paterson who brought in lots of artefacts from World War Two. We worked very well in groups to find out the answers to questions about the war. It was great getting to try on the air raid warden’s helmet.

This week we are learning about what happened during evacuation. We will be using our research skills to find out about evacuation and then we will write a non-chronological report about evacuation.

Maths
The children have been doing a fantastic job with their learning during our unit on fractions. We are learning to find equivalent fractions, to simplify fractions and to work with mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will be continuing our work with fractions for the next two weeks. We will then start to learn about decimals and percentages.

Language
We have been writing wonderful “Thank you” letters to Mrs Saunders and Mr Paterson for their fantastic visits.
We have been continuing to enjoy reading our class novel “Friend or Foe.” This week we were imagining that we were one of the characters writing a letter home to our mother about what had been happening on the farm.

Phonics
We are learning about the different representations of the “ch” phoneme this week.
Next week we will use a variety of active spelling activities to learn our tricky words.

World Book Day.
Thursday is World Book Day. Please can your child bring their favourite book to school as we will be doing a range of activities in class based on their favourite book. Children are also encouraged to dress as a character from a book and bring a £1 donation to SCIAF.

Thank you for sending donations to SCIAF to school with your child. Primary five have decided to do a “Disney Dress-up day” for SCIAF. We are encouraging all the children in the school to dress up as their favourite Disney character and bring a £1 donation to SCIAF on Friday 11th March.

The children are all working very hard in their rehearsals for the Passion Play. The children are looking forward to sharing it with you all on Tuesday 22nd March at 2pm.

Thank you
Miss MacDonald and Primary 5.