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Welcome to Primary 7OC

Primary 7OC are learning about the Human Body this term. We have been learning about the structure of the lungs and being trained in CPR by Mrs Sherriffs and Mrs Radford.  Maybe the pupils could demonstrate their recovery position skills on family at home!

Mastering the recover position

Opening the Airways

Learning CPR

We also learned this week about the structure of the lungs and how oxygen is exchanged. We made a mini model using straws and beads.  Ask a P70C to point out the trachea, bronchus, bronchioles and alveoli.


Say No to Plastic!

As part of Primary 7’s Ocean Topic we have been investigating pollution in the world’s ocean. One of the main polluters is plastic which can take up to 600 years to decompose. Primary 7OC have been writing persuasive open letters, to inform parents and pupils about the dangers and also to show what individuals can do to help. For this writing task the pupils learned a range of Persuasive Techniques including, Rhetorical Questions; Power of Three and Emotive Language.

Below is a selection from the class by Tom Michie, Struan Williamson, Arabella Cruikshank and Robbie Strachan.

I hope you will take the time to read their work and maybe change one
small thing TODAY!

 Stop Plastic Ocean by Tom Michie

Plastic sea, tons and tons of plastic every day is getting put in the ocean pounds and pounds worth of plastic is in the sea. (Do you think that is a lot of plastic?) There is 275 million metric tons in the ocean; 225 pieces are found every 100 meters. The plastic is killing our Marine life, more and more fish is dyeing every day soon there will be no marine life left as well as 388 seals die every year. 100,000 turtles die every year. 1,000,000 million sea birds every year.

                Plastic is taking over magnificent ocean. There is a garbage patch the size of Texas times2 (really big).  Plastic out numbers sea life six to one. Do you think that is a lot of plastic?  Going on to air now, our earth is losing air because the plants that produce air are dying because of the plastic. Soon there will be no air!!!! What will we eat if there is no fish? ; Where will we get air from?

     Disgusting that our food chain is getting poisoned by the plastic because the fish are eating the horrible plastic then we eating the fish But if we stop putting plastic in the sea the plastic will slowly disappear then there will be no plastic in the ocean.  Hopefully there will be better recycling solutions in the future.

        What you could do to help the plastic ocean. Please try bay recyclable plastic so we can have a better sea life and they will grow in numbers; have a good plastic free life.  As evidence 50% of our plastic we use once and throw it away. There is on average there is 46,000 pieces per square mile in the Atlantic Ocean. Please can you recycle much as possible because more plastic will be used again and again so we don’t have to make more plastic. So we will save money   and no more plastic will go in to the sea.

        So over all we need to recycle more so marine life will survive also plastic want kill them.         

By Tom

 Plastic in the ocean by Struan Williamson

Thanks to plastic I feel that the ocean is becoming dirty, dangerous and disgusting, so I’m going to tell you about the dangers that lie ahead of us and what will happen if we continue to pollute the sea as we are doing right now.

A massive portion of the plastic that’s in the ocean right now is plastic bags and bottles, there are many types of plastic, but some take longer to disintegrate than others – the average time for a plastic bottle to disintegrate is around 450 years, which you would think is a long time, but when you find out that plastic bags can take around 1000 years to disintegrate you can really see how bad plastic bags being in the sea are! In addition to that, only 90% of bottles are recycled.

Do you love fish? If you do you’d better stop people throwing plastic in the sea, because there are more micro pieces of plastic in the sea then there are stars in the milky way and fish are eating them, which means that when we eat fish plastic can still be inside them so we can basically be eating plastic!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             100,000 Turtles die each year due to plastic, especially because of plastic bags, in fact, a helpless baby Turtle had a horribly tight piece of plastic wrapped around its body and as it grew its body stayed thin where the plastic was but got bigger where it wasn’t. Adding to how bad plastic is for turtles, they also think that plastic bags floating around in the water are Jelly fish (they eat Jelly fish) so they eat the plastic bag, choke on it, and die. 1,000,000 sea birds are killed each year because of plastic and finally 388 sea lions get tangled in plastic each year, more reasons to get plastic out of the sea!

So, hopefully you’ve learned how bad plastic in the ocean can be and that you will try you best not to use plastic bags in the future and that you will spent that extra little bit of money to buy some fabric bags that will last you longer and are healthy for the environment.

By Struan Williamson

22:3:18                          Don't use plastic bags.       By Arabella Cruikshank           

  Firstly the ocean is collecting so much waste and plastic that animals are dying. 8,000,000 marine species are known to be affected by plastic pollution. 500 tons of plastic reaches our ocean every year. More than 50 percent of sea turtles have consumed plastic bags. The ocean is getting more dirty, a junk pile, polluted and full of sewage.

 Secondly animals are eating plastic because they think it is food. Turtles think that the plastic bags are jellyfish and they are eating them which then they are dying. Marine animals are mostly eating plastic bags, bottle top lids, plastic cutlery . Turtles are getting tangled in nets and that is how they are dying. 

 If you chuck away plastic bottles in the ocean it takes 500-1,000 years for it to disintegrate. When you are in your hundreds , the plastic bottle will be in the ocean. Then when it has disintegrated it will be in lots of tiny little peaces and that is how animals are dying. How would you feel to die of little plastic? 

 To help not throw plastic bags in the ocean, use more material bags instead of plastic. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. More than one million bags are used every minute. Remember use more material bags instead of plastic bags.

 For these reasons use more material bags than plastic bags. We are trying not to put plastic it the ocean because the animals are dying, they are getting little plastic bits stuck in there body which then they are dying and can't breathe.

 PLASTIC OCEAN:       by Robbie P7OC

Every year 8 million tons of plastic is dropped in the ocean, and that's adding on to the 5 trillion already floating killing 100,000 turtles each year or the 388 seals or how about the shocking 1Million birds choking or getting caught in it. Basically every year you’re putting your favourite adorable, peaceful sea creature closer to extinction; personally I wouldn't want be responsible for killing my favourite sea creature. Out somewhere in the Pacific Ocean is a plastic island as big as Mexico killing ever fish that goes near it and we humans are responsible. Would you like it If you and your whole family where under threat because of plastic?

The point is there might be no marine life by 2025 as scientist suggests plastic will double by then. All together in the whole world 2,270 marine creature are endangered because of plastic. Fish are eating the plastic thinking it's there food. Turtles think the plastic bags are jelly fish which is part of their main diet. Baby whales are swimming getting caught in the bigger bags and they can't get out, and then sharks are coming eating the corpse and they get affected too. Throwing plastic in the ocean is basically suicide; when we eat fish we eat what they eat so when they eat plastic we eat plastic which can be fatal.

 Unfortunately we are to blame; the next sea creature that goes extinct is probably because of us. How would you feel if you got told you where responsible for killing your favourite sea creature? The average human throws away 185 pounds a year; and if it continues like that the ocean will be full bottom to top. Even though you think the plastic stays in one place it actually moves round the whole world. All together 300,000 tons get thrown in the ocean each year 80% of pollution is started on land and is blowing away.


 The worst of all is probably plastic shopping bags;   is it really so hard to just reuse them or stop using them at all. Everywhere you go some sort of plastic bag is hanging from a tree or flying in the wind. Maybe to save our oceans we can start by getting rid of plastic bags. Next time a person at the shops offers you a plastic bag don’t take it or keep reusing it for as long as possible. If you don't do this are oceans will be lifeless and completely dead. Why don't you try treating are oceans like your pet fish at home in your fish tanks? Obviously it won't be easy for some people but if you don't try they will die, and that won't be could for anyone.

So the point I'm trying to prove is the plastic is killing everything even us. We can change that we can thought if we stop using plastic bags and hopefully save the ocean in the process. 


Rotary Club General Knowledge Quiz


Congratulations to our Primary Seven representatives who took part in the recent Rotary Club General Knowledge quiz. Battling against Breadalbane, Kenmore and Grandtully Primaries, Orla, Oscar, Cameron and Millie pooled their collective knowledge and worked together to claim the victory.

After an hour of quizzing they scored an impressive 106 points and claimed first Prize- a magnificent £100 cheque for the school.

The team now go through to the next round, against the rest of Perthshire later this month.

Well done Millie, Cameron, Orla and Oscar.


Winter Term 2017

Friday 27th October.

Our topic this term is ‘Electrical Moving Models’. Our aim is to make moving Christmas Models- which will demonstrate our understanding of the transference of Energy from one state to another.

This week we were revisiting electrical circuit making to refresh our understanding- and to check that the equipment is still working.

By creating a variety of different circuits we learned how to create a complete circuit, how to adjust a circuit to give brighter lights, how not to overload a circuit, and how to check for faults.

We worked in pairs and remembered quite a lot of information from our previous learning.

 Next week we are going to investigate conductors and insulators. 

Autumn Term 2017

Thursday 5th October.docx


Poems available to view in Gallery below

Thursday 28th September was National Poetry Day.  Mrs Sherriff and Mrs Radford visited Primary 7OC to inspire and stimulate the class into writing poems around the theme of ‘Freedom’.  After a thoughtful and insightful discussion on what freedom meant to them, the pupils began to write their own Acrostic Poems.  I think you’ll agree that they have created sensitive and perceptive verses.

Well done Primary Seven and thank you to Mrs Sherriff and Mrs Radford for the ideas and input.

 Primary 7 also get an opportunity to go to Loch Insh in May. More information and a parents’ night will follow so keep an eye out for letters home about this trip.

Loch Insh 2016

Loch Insh