Room 14
Class News
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What we are learning about this term:

Literacy - The children will continue to develop key literacy skills through a range of comprehension, spelling and grammar activities this year. Using the ‘Active Literacy’ approach, the children will learn to connect and predict, decode new vocabulary, visualise, infer and summarise. Theywill develop these skills by studying two novels this term – ‘The Wreck of Zanzibar’ and ‘Going Solo’. In Writing, the children will become more familiar with the genre features of imaginative and functional writing.

They will have the exciting opportunity to bring their stories to life on our visit to the Sky Academy on the 30th of January where the children will work together with professional studio staff to master the art of storytelling and create their own story trailer. 

Maths – Using the Big Maths Programme, the children will continue to participate in daily mental maths activities, games and challenges to enhance and develop their numeracy skills. The children have now furthered their understanding of Place Value and Shape as well as the four number concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This term, we will focus on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and Measurement.

H.W.B - This term within Health and Wellbeing the children will be learning about Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (R.S.H.P) relating to the following aspects of Curriculum for Excellence: - feelings/emotions, relationships, love/marriage, internet safety, personal hygiene and respecting personal space and boundaries as well as stereotyping. The children will also re-visit menstruation, puberty and reproduction previously taught in P.6 as well as learning about pregnancy and the needs of the unborn baby. Parents/carers will have the opportunity to view the teaching materials prior to the lessons taught (invitation to follow).

I.D.L -  This term, our interdisciplinary topic is ‘Japan’. Through this topic, the children will develop their mapping skills and will learn about the climate and weather in Japan. The children will also investigate the impact of natural disasters on the country. Finally, the children will learn about Japanese culture and history, and will compare and contrast life in Japan to their own life in Scotland.

How you can help your child:


In Primary 7, the children are encouraged to take responsibility for managing their own workload with regards to homework. This will help them to prepare for the transition to high school. The children are issued with maths, literacy, reading and spelling homework on a Monday and are also advised when each piece of homework is due. Currently children will use their Homework diary to record their homework and it would be helpful for children to carry this with them daily.


Maths homework will consolidate what the children have been learning in class and may be a written worksheet or an online game on RM EasiMaths or Studyladder.  You can also help your child with by practising mental maths, such as times tables.


As well as set reading each week, the children should be encouraged to read for enjoyment at home. This will help to increase their vocabulary, improve their comprehension and provide a rich source of inspiration for their writing!   

Class rewards
Positive behaviour and effort are celebrated daily in class through our class reward chard. On earning 15 personal points, the children can choose a reward card and the group with the most points at the end of the week is also rewarded. Finally, the individual with the most points for the week will receive our ‘Star of the Week’ trophy which they may take home to share their success and should return this to class the following week.

PE days will normally be held on a Monday and Tuesday this term although it would be helpful for children to bring their P.E. kit with them every day in case of any additional activities or temporary changes to our timetable.