This week in P7AG..

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Trip to the Science Centre

This week we went on a trip to the Science Centre in Glasgow. During our visit we went to see a show called Future Fuels (Charlie M) and learned about how gas can be used instead of fossil fuels (Beth). “I enjoyed the trip because we got to see lots of different things and experiments” (Emma). “I really enjoyed the optical illusions part” (Andrew K). I enjoyed learning new things at the science centre, for example different types of gas and how they are used (Mia). “I really enjoyed the show” (Hala).

Maths

This week we have been learning to collect, organise and display data (Hayley/Charlie B). We created frequency tables (Summer) and collected data using tally marks. We also represented the data in a bar chart using an appropriate scale (Charlie B).

Literacy

This week in writing we continued to write imaginatively (Ross). We focused on finishing our stories about the magical room we created for the Nowhere Emporium (Bronik).

This week in grammar we have been learning to identify different types of nouns (Leah). We focused on countable and uncountable nouns (Leah). We know that countable nouns include: egg, apple and orange (Ross, Hayley and Andrew). We know that unaccountable nouns include:  jam, bread, and sugar (Charlie M).

IDL

This week in IDL we have been learning to carry out experiments safely (Alicia). This week we also created different models to monitor and record the weather, for example we made a barometer and an anemometer (Andrew T).

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Primary 7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG…

Welcome to our Blog!

Maths

This week we have been investigating 3D shapes and objects (Summer).

Neptune group – We identified the properties of 3D shapes, for example the number of vertices, edges, faces (Liam). We have also been learning to create nets for 3D shapes (Ross). Today, we were learning to draw 3D shapes and we even had a go at representing the sides you can’t see with dashed lines (Summer). We also practiced calculating the area of a cuboid and a triangular prism (Cameron).

Jupiter – This week we used precise measurements to make nets.  “To be successful I know I had to measure each side accurately before using a ruler to draw these” (Aaron).  We then cut our nets out and made the 3D shape (Andrew K). We also learned how to  calculate the area of a 3D shape (Alicia) – when each surface area was detailed in a drawing. To do this we added together the area of each face to find the answer (Bronik) or multiplied (Leah).

Venus – We have been learning to name 3D shapes. We have been identifying how many vertices, faces and edges a shape has (Corey). “I enjoyed the matching game when I was matching the name of the shape, with the picture and its net” (Hayley).

Literacy

We have been learning to write imaginatively. This week our writing was based on the book the Nowhere Emporium (Hayley). The Nowhere Emporium has rooms created by magic (Mia). These rooms include a snow globe room, and a space room. “When the people go in they feel like they are there” (Alicia). We then designed our own rooms, by creating a plan before using this to help write our story.

• “My room was a Candy Land, where everything was made of sweets, not chocolate” (Leah).
• “My room took me to a race track with go karts and as soon as you enter the room, you end up in the race” (Andrew T).
• “My room is a gaming room with lots of different game consoles and every game you can imagine” (Aaron).

We have been learning to answer questions related to the text the Nowhere Emporium (Dylan). We are beginning to develop our wondering skills whilst being read to.

We gave been learning to to find and select important information (Dylan). Our new IDL topic of Climate Change, and we have been reading factual reports . This week we used a weather climate change report and were answering questions about the impact of the climate change on the weather.

IDL

We have been investigating climate change and the impact these changes have on our weather systems (Addison). We carried out an experiment this week about the water cycle (Corey). We first watched a video which described the steps of the water cycle (Charlie B). The first part of the water cycle is when the heat from the sun warms up the water and it turns to gas (Bronik). This is called evaporation (Corey). Then the water gas gets colder it turns back into water again, this process is called condensation (Allana). Then water falls from the sky, as either snow, rain, hail or sleet (Charlie B). This is called precipitation (Cameron). The water is collected by the sea and rivers and then the cycle starts all over again. Then we created a mini water cycle inside a plastic food bag. These are on our windows and we will check these next week.

We have been decorating our door for World Book Day (Leah). We created designs for our door (Hayley) and voted for our favourite design. The winner was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Corey). We used mixed media and worked collaboratively to create the book display. We created this with paint, card, pen, tin foil and tissue paper. Come along to our Sharing the Learning Meeting next week to see our wonderful display!

Thank you for taking the time to read out blog.

Primary 7 and Miss Gillon.

This week in P7AG….

Literacy –

We have been learning to write imaginatively (Allana). We continued our 500 word challenge (Charlie M) and submitted these on Thursday. “You can win books if you are first, second or third” (Aaron and Alicia). We focused on editing and re-drafting our writing (Andrew T) to include more ambitious vocabulary by up-levelling and including figurative language (Allana).

We were also learning to find and select information from our class novel (Allana) called The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie (Corey).  It is an adventure, fantasy, and mystery book (Leah and Ross). In chapter 10, Daniel (the main character) went into a room and fell into space, where he was floating (Hayley). Daniel met Mr Silver’s Daughter and he learned that Ellie could not been seen by anyone outside for the emporium and was not magical (Alicia). We had to use inference, to help us to answer the questions (Addison). Inference is when something is implied by the words but not said (Charlie B).

Maths/Numeracy

Neptune Group – We have been learning to calculate percentages of an amount (Dylan). We first explored the link between fractions, percentages and decimals to help us. We know that:

• 75% is the equivalent to the fraction 3 quarters (Ross). To work out 75% of 24 we first need to divide by 4 and then times our answer by three (Beth/Allana).
• We know that 25% is the same as one quarter and can divide a number by 4 to work out the percentage of an amount (Charlie B).

Jupiter Group – We have been learning to explore the link between fractions, percentages and decimals (Aaron). To convert a decimal to a percentage we multiply the decimal by 100 (Ross). If the fraction is 50 over 100 then the fraction would be 50% which is the same as one half (Charlie M).

Venus Group – We used dienes materials to help calculate the fraction of a number (Hayley). To work out two thirds of 14 we split our counters into three groups first and add together the number of counters in 2 groups (Hayley).

Health and Wellbeing –

We learning about how babies are made, how they grow/develop and how they are born.

We have also been learning about contraception and the different types.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG…

Welcome to our blog.

Maths –

We have been learning to estimate, measure and convert units of measure. This week we focused on length (Ross).  “I enjoyed estimating and measuring the length of objects in the class because it was active and it was interesting to see how close my guess was” (Liam). We also focused on converting metric units of measure, for example: millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm), meters (m) and kilometres (km).

We know that:

• There are 10mm in 1 centimetre (Corey). We need to multiply the [number of] cm by 10 if we want to convert cm to mm (Emma).
• There are 100cm in 1 meter (Daniel). We need to divide the number of meters by 100 to convert m to cm (Charlie B).
• There are 1000m in 1 km (Andrew T). We need to multiply the number of meters by 1000 to convert m to km.

We also learned about imperial measurements, for example inches, feet, yards, and miles (Charlie M) and know that:

• 1 inch is the same as 2.5cm (Charlie M)
• 1 foot is the same as 30cm (Allana)
• 1 yard is the same as 90cm (Summer)
• 1 km is the same as 0.60 miles (Charlie B)

Literacy –

Writing – We have been developing our editing and re-drafting skills this week. We have up-levelled our writing to include ambitious vocabulary and interesting openers (Leah). “This was challenging because I had to use a thesaurus and word mat to change words in my story, and sometimes it was hard to find a word that made sense” (Beth).

Class Novel – We continued reading out class novel, The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. We have been learning to answer questions relating to the text (Addison) and predicting what will happen next (Aaron).

IDL –

This week has been the final week of our Scottish IDL. To round up the topic, we have been researching famous Scots before creating and presenting these to the class. “I picked someone from the past because he is the reason we celebrate Burns day (Robert Burns)” (Bronik). “We choose Jackie Stewart because it I feel he has contributed to the Scottish Culture” (Charlie and Liam). “To be successful we had to create a PowerPoint with different slides and transitions” (Daniel) and “We had to use a loud and clear voice and use eye contact when presenting to the class” (Summer). We enjoyed this task because we could choose whoever we knew the most about.

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG…

Maths –

We have been learning to identify and name the properties of 2D shape (Charlie M).

We started the week exploring on the properties of a circle and know that:

• The circumference is the distance around the outside of the circle (Ross).
• The radius goes from the centre point to the outer circumference (Summer).
• The diameter goes from the circumference to the opposite side of the circumference and  goes through the centre (Cameron).
• The radius is half the size of the diameter (Charlie M).

We applied this knowledge when drawing circles using “a pair of compasses” (Andrew T).

We have also been learning to name and identify types of triangles (Andrew T). We can describe the properties and name each triangle:

• A scalene triangles has three sides and they are different lengths. I also has three angles that are all different sizes too (Beth).
• An isosceles has three sides, two are equal in length and one is not. It has two angles which are equal and one is not (Aaron).
• A right angled triangle has three sides and it has a right angle (Allana).
• An equilateral triangle has three sides, all the same length, and three angles that are the same size too (Dylan).

We have also been learning to describe the rotational symmetry of a 2D shape (Dylan). “Rotational symmetry is when you rotate an object so it fits back into itself” (Allana). The term order of symmetry is “how many times you can rotate the 2D shape into itself” (Charlie M). “I know a square has an order of rotational symmetry of 4” (Charlie B.)

Literacy –

We have continued to develop our imaginative writing skills this week. We finished our 500 word competition stories (Ross) and have started to up level the vocabulary and perfect the punctuation (Allana). “I enjoyed writing imaginatively because you can make up your own characters and setting which is fun” (Alicia).

In our grammar lesson this week, we were learning to identify numerical prefixes (Summer). Our focus was on the prefix ‘tri’ and we know this means three (Beth). We also revised the difference between hour and our and use this in different sentences (Beth).

IDL –

We also started thinking about famous Scots from the past and the present. Next week we are going take notes about our chosen famous Scot before creating and presenting PowerPoint presentation (Andrew T).

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P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG..

We have had another busy week in P7AG. Check out our blog to find out more.

Maths –

This week we have been learning to identify and name equivalent fractions (Allana). We have been using lots of games and active learning this week (Andrew T). We played equivalent fraction snap (Daniel) in groups, played equivalent fraction dominoes (Cameron) and used the IPad to explore equivalent fraction games on Topmarks (Emma).

Dylan – “I know, to find an equivalent fraction I need to do the same to the top and the bottom number part of the fraction. So if I multiply the denominator by two then I need to multiply the numerator by two to get an equivalent fraction”.

Allana – “I was challenged this week when using the fraction wall because it was a different way of learning.” Hayley – “I liked the game snap because I was learning about equivalent fractions in a fun way and it made me get quicker and identifying them.”

Leah – “I enjoyed using the iPad equivalent fraction games in the rotations because I could pick my games and it was a fun way to learn.”

Literacy –

This week we have been learning to plan an imaginative story (Beth). We were also learning to write imaginatively (Liam). We are entering the radio 2 500 word story competition (Alicia) and have planned our own imaginative story through written plans (Corey) and drawing story maps.

I know I was successful during the planning stage because:

• “I included descriptive language, for example onomatopoeia” (Bronik),
• “ I included a story setting (Corey),
• “I included a detailed character description” (Ross).
• “I detailed the main events.” (Emma)

This week as part of our rotation we used a different spelling task sheet to consolidate our understanding of the spelling rules and patterns. “I enjoyed doing the new spelling tasks with my words because I could choose one that suited the way I like to learn” (Charlie B).

IDL –

This week we have continued to develop our understanding of the Scottish Culture (Charlie M). As part of the Scots Language showcase event we have practiced reciting Scots poems and discussing the meaning behind the language (Dylan).

We have also been learning to create improvised drama scenes to accompany our Scots Poems. We decided as a class how best to convey a message through our body movements and costumes (Halyey). We also created our own painting of our imagined version of a ‘haggis’ animal (Beth).

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog,

P7AG and Miss Gillon.

This week in P7AG…

What a busy week we have had in P7AG!

Maths –

This week we have been learning to identify a sequence and explain the rule (Mia). We have been working on complex number sequences and patterns, for example, patterns with the original pattern, Fibonacci patterns, triangular numbers and squared numbers. “I know I was successful because I could recognise the pattern between each number and continued this on to finish the sequence ” (Emma). Liam also added “I know I was successful because I could explain the rule when I was finished .” Mia said “I liked learning about the Fibonacci pattern and about triangular numbers because it made me really think.” Mia and Aaron also enjoyed the numeracy rotations with Aaron saying “I liked doing education city in our rotation because you can play maths games with friends” (Aaron).

Literacy –

We have also read chapter 1-4 of our new class novel ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie and answered questions about the text. We used what we had heard and the question asked to phrase our answer (Charlie B). We answered questions about what happened in the story and also answered questions about what was suggested by the words (Charlie B).

This week we have been learning to take notes based on current news items. We search newspapers and the internet to select an area and began to take notes under given headings. “I liked using the newspaper to take notes as it related to real life and I knew some things about it already” (Ross).

We also used this information to write a newspaper report (Andrew T). “I know I was successful because I put the information in the order they happened and I set out my newspaper correctly with a headline” (Andrew T). “I found this challenging because I had to put the information under the right heading” (Hayley).

IDL –

This week we have been developing our understanding of the Scottish culture (Alicia). We learned about tartan and began to create our own using textiles. We have been using wool to create a tartan pattern on a kilt outline (Dylan). “This was relaxing activity but I had to really concentrate to weave the pattern right” said Alicia. “I enjoyed learning about tartan, especially when we found out about the names of the tartans and the clans” (Leah).

We have also been learning to share our interests and how to relate these to my learning. We have been thinking about our upcoming science topic and decided on a topic we are interested in (Allana). After discussing, we decided to use the Australian bush fires as a stimulus and have decided we would like to learn about climate change and the relationship between climate change and natural disasters (Charlie M).

Thank you for reading our blog and have a nice weekend!

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG..

Happy New Year to you all. P7AG have had a great week back at school!

Maths –

At the beginning of the week we were learning to round numbers to the nearest given value (Allana). The rounding rule is: “if the number is 4 or below you round this down, if the number is 5 or above you round this up” (Hayley). “I know I was successful because I picked the digit I needed to round and moved to the right of that digit and applied the rounding rule. This told me if I had to round my original digit up or down”. (Aaron).

As the week progressed we began investigating integers (Liam). We were learning to recognise the place value of a negative number. “I are less than zero” (Allana). We also learned to sequence and order integers (Andrew T) and for some of us we began adding with negative numbers.

This week we have focused on a more active approach and have used an array of games to learn and develop our understanding. “I like learning through games because it’s fun and I remember it more” (Daniel).

Literacy –

We have been learning to apply new spelling rules and patterns (Katie- Leigh). “I know I was successfully because I could identify and explain the spelling rule” (Leah). We completed spelling challenges and Katie-Leigh said she found this fun but sometimes challenging.

We were also learning to make appropriate predictions based on our new class novel ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross Mackenzie (Cameron). “I am looking forward to the new class novel because it looks like a mystery book and I like that genre” (Cameron).

We have also read parts of our new book which detailed the setting before drawing a representation of what we think the setting described looks like. We have been learning to visualise how the setting would look (Summer). “I know I was successful because I included lots of detail on my drawing of the front of the shop called the Nowhere Emporium” (Alicia).

IDL –

This week we have been learning about New Year celebrations around the world (Charlie M). We have compared these celebrations to that of our own and created our personal New Year’s resolution. We have also been learning about the impact of poverty (Charlie M) and discussed the small steps we can all make to tackle poverty at a national and local level.

Our IDL focus on the lead up to Burns Day will be Scotland with our main focus of textiles and poetry. Therefore this week, we have been learning to recall facts about Scotland, Scottish poetry and textiles and create a mind map of what we already know (Ross). We then said what we want to know and how we want to learn this information (Beth). We agreed we would like more drama, and art within our learning.

Thank you for reading our blog,

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week ion P7AG…

The countdown to Christmas is on in P7AG and we have had another great week developing our skills and confidence.

IDL –

We have been learning about the end of WW2 this week. We learned about D-Day (Broink) and about the Allies joining forces to take back France and push the Germans back (Andrew T). We also learned about what happened to Hitler at the end of the war (Allana). We ended the week learning about Victory in Europe (VE) day and the celebration throughout the country (Allana). To summarise our WW2 topic we ordered the main events of WW2 to create a timeline.

This week we continued to rehearse our Scottish Opera songs in preparation for our showcase in January.

Maths –

We have been learning to divide by 10, 100 and 1000 (Charlie M). We used our knowledge of place value to help me divide by 10, 100 and 1000 (Charlie B). We know that each column in the place value grid is ten times bigger than the one before it; when moving from right to left (Allana). We used this knowledge along with our understanding that multiplication is the inverse of division to help divide by 10 (Ross). “I know that you move all of the digits one place to the right if I need to divide my ten, two places to the right if we need to divide by 100, and three places to the right if I divide by 1000” (Addison).

Literacy –

We were learning to find and select information on the internet (Charlie B). We then used this information to make a booklet showing our understanding of a specific topic during WW2 (Ross). We had to write the source we found this information from and take notes from the website or book (Andrew K). “I found it challenging to find the information I needed” (Leah) and “I found it challenging to find good sources” (Charlie B). We then created a booklet containing a contents page, information and reference page. Come along to our showcase at 2pm today to check these out!

We have also been learning new spelling rules and strategies this week (Leah) and put these to practice with our spelling challenges.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend,

P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG…

Another busy week in P7AG!

Literacy

We were learning to identify and use figurative language and we focused on hyperbole this week (Allana). Hyperbole is an example of figurative language (Charlie B). Hyperbole is where you exaggerate when you describe something (Bronik). For example, I could sleep for a whole year (Daniel). We created our own examples of hyperbole (Bronik), and tried to make links with our WW2 topic.

We have also been learning to apply new spelling rules (Ross). We practiced our spelling using rainbow writing (Bronik), robot writing (Alicia), pyramid writing (Hayley), blue vowels (Leah), other hand writing (Ross).

Numeracy

We have been learning to mentally multiply decimal fractions (Leah). We have been trying different strategies to help us (Andrew K). We used the decimal place value counters to help us represent the number and to show our working (Alicia). We completed tasks to show our understanding, for example: we worked on Education city or completed a worksheet (Bronik). “I enjoyed using education city to learn this week because it was more engaging and fun” (Charlie B).

IDL

We have been learning to set up and run an enterprise (Alicia). We designed and made super snowmen tree decorations (Summer). We worked out the profit and created a pricing list (Dylan). We also shopped around for the products but we found this difficult because we had to divide the total cost by the total items (Bronik). We then sold our items at the Christmas fayre, using persuasion to convince shoppers to buy our product (Ross). Thank you to all our customers who bought our items!

With Christmas coming up, we have been learning our Christmas carols and associated Makaton (Charlie M). Makaton is a type of sign language (Mia).

Thank you for reading our blog,

P7AG and Miss Gillon