A Busy Day in Primary 5

Today we very much enjoyed our Open Morning with visits from lots of parents and families. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and join us in our work!

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We talked about Wants and Needs and wrote some lovely poems expressing the difference between what we want and what we really need in life:

This afternoon we worked in groups to write some questions that the news reporters might have asked the Bucket family when Charlie found the fifth and final golden ticket:

Finally, we took the role of news reporters or the Bucket family to act out the situation where the questions were being asked:

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A great day for us all!

UNCRC Article 28:
Every child has the right to an education.

Conscience Alley

We are reading the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In our book, Charlie found 50p in the snow and had to decide what to do with it. Bearing in mind that the book was first published in 1964, 50p was a lot of money!

Today we did some drama using the Conscience Alley technique. We learned that our conscience is the part of us that helps us to choose whether to make a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ decision, and this is why we can sometimes feel guilty about what we do.

As we took turns to walk down the alley, one side of our conscience suggested that we give the money to charity or hand it in to somebody responsible, while the other side suggested we spend it on ourselves, buy toys or Wonka bars.

At the end, ‘Charlie’ was asked what he was going to do with the money. Sometimes ‘Charlie’ made a decision that would have him feel good later, while other times ‘Charlie’ made a decision that would have him feel guilty.

UNCRC Article 29
Your education should help you use and develop
your talents and abilities. It should also help
you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment
and respect other people.

Cooperative Learning in Primary 5

It has been a busy couple of weeks in P5R. Keen to try out what I’d learned on a course over summer, pupils have been working cooperatively in class for some topic activities. This involves working in small groups or pairs in a very structured way.

We have used this style of learning to develop our classroom charter:


We have also used cooperative learning in drama and have worked well together in groups to think about ideas from our class novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:


Great work Primary 5 – let’s keep it up!