Sunday, June 24, 2007

Last Day

Today was our last class with Mrs McDowall as we have our P7 Valedictory Service next Thursday. We spent the first part of the lesson trying to log on to the GLOW competition but it kept saying blocked. Mrs McDowall got Mrs Waddell to phone the help desk but they didn't manage to sort it out in time for us to enter the competition. If it gets fixed, Mrs McDowall is going to get the Primary 7s to try and enter it for us. Fingers crossed!
Then, we split into groups and each group was given a conversation to rehearse. We then created another podcast. This one is all about ma famille - my family. We used Odeo Studio and My Podcast to host the audio. We hope you enjoy it. We certainly had fun creating it!
Have a great summer holiday!
by Primary 5

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Tu as des frères ou des soeurs?

Today we revised all the family names using the flashcards. Mrs McDowall kept putting up flashcards and asking us what they meant in English and French. We had to translate into English and back to French and sometimes we had to answer in both French and English. It was quite hard, but good fun.
Then, we matched the words in French to the figures on the board. There was one missing flashcard as you can see from the photo. Can you tell us what is missing?
Finally, we went on to Kirklandneuk's blog and answered their question about our brothers and sisters. Some of us couldn't remember how to do the accents so we will need to remind ourselves to use typeit next time.
Mrs McDowall has set us some homework for next week. We have to listen to this mp3 file and repeat all of the family names. She has also bookmarked it in delicious/inchinnan.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ma Famille - 31/5/07

Today in French we practised saying the family names. We used Roller to help us with this. Roller said the words and we repeated it. Then we listened to this song and we had to figure out how many cousins Roller had. None of us got it right, so we listened to it again and it was 8!
Next we did this Lanuages Online activity and again we had to repeat the words. We had to drag the heads on to the correct place in the family tree. If it wasn't correct, it wouldn't let you place it.
Then we had to do the sheet below. You have to write mon or ma in the correct place. Mon is for a boy and ma is for a girl. Why don't you try this fantastic sheet and see if you can get it right?
Finally, we answered Kirklandneuk's question "Combien de personnes est-ce qu'il y a dans ta famille?" which means "How many people are in your family?" and all of us had different answers but they all said "Il y a ... personnes dans ma famille."

by Robyn and Shannon

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Date of Meeting

Dear Pupil Council Members,

Our next meeting is on Friday 1st June at 12.15. At the meeting we will discuss Rainbow Day.

See you then,

Miss Campbell

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pupil Council Meeting

I met with the Pupil Council at their meeting on Friday 18th May to ask their views on the recent introduction of Golden Time. It had after all been their suggestion.

The good things - or stars were:

  • Everyone enjoys it and has fun

  • The teachers enjoy it and get to do things they like

  • It is good to have pupils from each stage of the school in the groups

  • We get to try new activities

  • We're not doing the same thing over again

  • Once a month is good as we look forward to it and it is a special time.

Wishes were:

  • More outside activities

  • Golden time with Classroom Assistants eg baking in morning and ready for eating later

  • 2 pupils from each class to go to Mrs McCluskey's Party.

If you have any other suggestions or points to make - post them on the blog.

Mrs McCluskey

Thursday, May 10, 2007

La famille

We started today by doing some questions to revise the answers that we have learned so far. We did really well and remembered most things.
Next we learned about the members of the family. You can see all the family members we know so far in the picture. We did a listening assessment and all of us got it right so we all got stickers!
Then we talked about brothers and sisters. To help us remember, we played a game using flashcards about "Tu as des frères ou des soeurs?". There were 12 cards face down and one person had to pick up 3 or 4 cards. The other person asked "Tu as des frères ou des soeurs?" and you had to reply how many you had. Some of the cards were blank so you could answer "Je suis enfant unique" which means I am an only child.You can see some of us playing the game below.
Finally we left comments on Kirlandneuk's blog. Today's lesson was fun!
by Primary 5
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Quel âge a-t-il/elle?

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Can you answer our questions? We have been practising asking others questions today so we thought we'd let you have a go! We have just learned how to ask what age is he or she.

Friday, April 20, 2007

20/4/07 Pupil Council Meeting

Today's meeting was all about Bully Buster Week which starts on Monday. As part of this, we will have the playground games out and the Classroom Assistants will demonstrate how to play the new games. The Primary 7s will be helping their buddies to play some of the new games and the Pupil Council will be getting out the parachute and doing some games. It should be great fun and we are looking forward to it!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spring Revision 19/4/07

We started today by playing a game where we had to hide the cards and go to people and ask them questions. We had to go round and find a partner and then ask "Comment t’appelles-tu?" and "Où habites-tu?" and if they had the same card as us we made a pair!
Next, we revised all our French numbers up to 50 using flashcards.
Then, we quickly recapped on the days, months and seasons because we might have forgotten them over the Easter holidays, but we hadn't. After that, we went on to languages online and used this activity to spell the months of the year that it told us but we had a problem with the accent on août so Mrs McDowall is going to find out why it wasn't working.
We finished by going to Kirlandneuk's blog to leave comments. Some of us went to some of the other school blogs to leave comments and some did the activities Kirklandneuk suggested.
We enjoyed coming back to French. À jeudi! (See you next Thursday!)
Au revoir!
by Chloé and Euan C

Friday, March 23, 2007

23/3/07 Pupil Council Meeting

Thank you for your comments.
We have raised £189.50 for Comic Relief. Thank you to all of you for taking part.
Sophie in P4 came to our meeting today with a proposal. She asked the Pupil Council if the school would take part in the Rainbow Appeal in memory of her friend Johanna. We voted unaminously to accept her proposal. More details to follow.
If you have any other comments please leave them here and we will try to answer them.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Quel temps fait-il 2?

Last week Mrs McDowall gave us homework to make a dice with weather on it. We had to bring it in today. We got into pairs and rolled the dice, then one person asked the question "Quel temps fait-il?" Our partner had to look at the dice and answered in French with the actions. We weren't very good at saying the weather so Mrs McDowall told us to go and play and listening game to help us learn the words. We had to repeat everything we heard. You can try it out
here. Then, we tried the dice game again - this time we were much better!

Next we learnt how to say the seasons - l'hiver is winter, le printemps is spring, l'étè is summer and l'automne is autumn.

Last of all, Mrs McDowall let us use Roller to practise all the things we have learned so far.

by Ewan N and Ross

Thursday, March 15, 2007

15/3/07 French

Today Mrs McDowall had to go away so we had French with Mrs McCluskey. First we practised the weather and we showed Mrs McCluskey the actions. She thought that our action for snow should be like snowflakes falling but we prefer to throw snowballs!
Next we went on to tout-le-monde and heard an interactive story about a boy who builds a snowman and it comes to life. We understood everything that was happening even though it was all in French.
After that we went on to an Australian website and played activity 1 and 2. One of the games was pelmainism when we had to match the pairs with the picture of the weather and the writing. The other game was also about matching but this time we had to drag the words into the speech bubble.
Finally, we went on to Kirklandneuk's blog and answered their weather questions.
Our homework this week is to colour in and make the weather dice that Mrs Mcdowall gave us. We are going to use it in a game next week!

by Primary 5

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

14/3/07 Pupil Council Meeting

Remember Friday is Red Nose Day. Everybody can wear red if they bring 50p but no football strips.

We saw Andrew's thank-you for our Talent Show on William's Syndrome.

Our next meeting is on Friday, 23rd March. If you have any comments to make to the Pupil Council please leave them before that date.


The Pupil Council

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Quel temps fait-il?

Le temps - The weather

We had to finish off our assessments today. We found the time one trickier than the one about days of the week and months of the year.

Mrs McDowall let us mark each others and we used the interactive whiteboard to show the correct times. We didn't all get it right first time!

Next, we began to learn some of the phrases for the weather. We made up some actions for each. Can you guess which phrases we are miming in the photographs? CLUE: We only used these phrases:
Il y a du vent, il gèle, il fait beau, il fait mauvais et il fait froid.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Today's French

Today we did a test on the days of the week and the months of the year. Our assesment sheet meant we had to write them down and spell them right so Mrs McDowall put the words on the white board for us to check. We then discussed the answers with Mrs McDowall and we had to spell them to her in French. Some of us needed to practise our alphabet so, at the end, we revised our French alphabet on the computer. Before that we went on to and played a French game where we had to spell out the time shown on the clock. Twenty past was hard because some of us forgot that it was Il and just did two ls!

by Jasmine and Josh

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hier, aujourd'hui et demain!

Yesterday, today and tomorrow!
First we copied Mrs McDowall's chart from the smartboard. It was all about the days of the week in French. We had to complete it by working out which day was yesterday, today or tomorrow. Mrs McDowall timed us. We had only two minutes but it was a trick as four of the answers were the same! Only seven noticed and worked it out!!

Mrs McDowall set up some digital times on the board and we used our numbers to answer her. We were wondering why we had only gone up to 59!! Now we know.

Then we created a graph of our birthdays using an online graph. We had to spell the months of the year using "ça c’est écrit ..." while Mrs McDowall wrote them in. People had to come out and touch the whiteboard when it was their birthday month. You can see our graph and our days of the week chart below.

Finally, you can see us leaving answers to the questions on Kirklandneuk's blog.
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by Ross and Shannon

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Quelle heure est-il?

We were learning about time today. We used the whiteboard to show times and Mrs McDowall taught us the question "Quelle heure est-il?" which means "What time is it?" Look at our pictures and see if you can answer "Quelle heure est-il?" in French. We have given you a helping hand by giving you some answers!

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We also used a game of Concentration to practise the question and answer "Il est .... heure." Why not try it for yourself by clicking here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Les douze mois de l'anee

The first thing we did today was a worksheet to revise our numbers. We had to work out Quel numéro monque? which means which number is missing? It was quite tricky!
Next today we were taught how to say the Months of the Year. Can you guess which ones these are - fevrier, aout, avril, juin et septembre? Mrs McDowall put three cards in each corner and then she told us the months in English. We had to find that month and then tell her it in French. Then, she told us something that happened in a particular month and we had to find the correct month and, again, tell her it in French.

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We went on to this website and tried out some games all about the months of the year. Why don't you try them too?
Finally we went to Kirklandneuk's blog which asked us to look at French television and find out what was on today - jeudi vingt-cinq janvier - at this time. Today at 11.30 it was Malcom - Frapper et recevoir which we think is Malcolm in the Middle. Do you think we are right?

by Calum and Stefanie

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Aujourd'hui c'est jeudi!

Today is Thursday! We started today's lesson doing the register in French. Then we listened to a tape which told us things in French and we had to write the answers down in English, but the tape broke!! We were disappointed and Mrs McDowall was cross and said that's why she wanted it on a CD!! She had to make up some answers for the football scores we were to write down. She made really big numbers which was not realistic for a game of football.
Then we were introduced to the Days of the Week and learned a song about them. Hopefully you can hear us singing it on our school website.
We then went on to Kirlandneuk's blog to answer their age questions. It was fun trying to find the answers. We have decided to leave them some questions this week. Here they are!

Common ca s'ecrit Monday en francais?
Common ca s'ecrit Wednesday en francais?
Common ca s'ecrit Sunday en francais?
Common ca s'ecrit Kirklandneuk en francais?

Enjoy answering!

by Nathan and Rachel

Friday, January 12, 2007

World War II: The Home Front - Two Stars and a Wish

Our topic was World War II: The Home Front. At the beginning of the topic we had to think about all the things we knew about the war and all the things we would like to find out. Now that we have finished our topic, Mrs McDowall has asked us to think of two things we loved about it and one thing we didn't like or would have liked to find out more. this is what we came up with!

Our Stars (things we loved about the topic)

Creating the posters in our group challenge
Learning about Make Do and Mend and how they did it
Finding out about the clothes they wore
Using the LTScotland websites to find things out
Looking at other school websites about World War II for facts and information
Learning about the Blitz
The role-play we did about evacuation
Our trip to People's Palace
Learning about the Blackout and the preparations for war people had to make
Watching the video about Children during World War II
Using the internet for research
Learning about Evacuation and how the children felt
Finding out about Propaganda and Censorship
Learning about what it was like to live in Britain during the War
Doing research about the ARP, Home Guard and Auxiliary Fire Service and then presenting it to the rest of the class.

Our Wishes (what we would improve about the topic)

To have found out more about the Black Market
To have learned more about the actual War and the battles that were fought
To have had time for more people to try things out during the People's Palace trip
To have learned more about bombing and the effects
To have found out more about the equipment the soldiers had
To have learned some more about Hitler
To have spent more time understanding about rationing
To have learned more about Japan and the atomic bomb
To have found out how all the countries involved recovered from the war
To have learned more about it all!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Primary 5 French - 11/1/07

The first thing we did this morning was the register in French. Then we revised our numbers using bananas. Here is a picture of us using the bananas.

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Next we did mental maths in French using French numbers for adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying.
After that we learned how to ask somebody their age - Quel age-as tu? - and the answer was J'ai ..... ans. Only two people in our class are still 8 - J'ai huit ans. Everyone else is 9 - J'ai neuf ans. Mrs McDowall wrote numbers on the whiteboard and we answered J'ai ..... ans. We had to answer her questions really quickly, but it was good fun!
Then we did two tests. The first one was all about numbers and people's ages. The second one had a mistake in it! It said dans ma trousse instead of dans mon sac, but we still managed to draw the objects in the schoolbag!
Finally we did numbers using our bananas and Mrs McDowall took pictures.
While we were writing the blog, the rest of the class were doing this number game.
by Adam and Chloe