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Maths –

We were learning to calculate addition tasks mentally (Summer). The activities we did this week were: working from the SHM textbooks (Beth), active approaches like using 3 digit spinners to make random number addition sums (Allana), word problems (Charlie M) and we used practical materials to help us e.g. place value counters (Allana).

This week we learned a variation of strategies, for example partitioning, near doubles, and compensation strategy (Summer/Charlie B) and created a poster showing the method we found most helpful.

Literacy –

We were learning to identify and use figurative language (Charlie B). This week we focused on metaphors (Andrew K). The activities we did this week were: We used words in a metaphors to help us understand what each metaphor is describing.

Writing – We were learning to apply our knowledge of figurative language. We wrote a fireworks sound poem, after watching a video showing fireworks. I know I was successful because I included examples of onomatopoeia (Daniel).

 

IDL –

P7AG and P7LS presented the remembrance assembly this week. Therefore, we were learning to present to audience (Cameron). We practiced our own poems and recited Flanders Fields by John McCrae (Allana). We also created artwork and practiced our lines and roles for the assembly.

As part of the IDL lesson this week, we were also learning about concentration camps and the impact of these (Aaron).

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This week in P7AG

A very busy week in P7AG. Check out our blog to find out what we have been learning!

Literacy –

We have continued to develop our knowledge of figurative language this week. We focused on personification this week (Summer). I know personification is when you describe a non-human thing using human traits (Ross). For example, the stars are dancing in the sky (Mia).

In writing, we have continued to focus on poetry this week (Leah). We have been learning to up-level our writing by re-drafting our remembrance poetry (Charlie B). Our focus this week was to use more examples of figurative language and improve our vocabulary. I know I was successful in my writing this week because I included examples of alliteration and personification (Leah). I know I was successful because I used different sentence length and made sure to include rhyming words (Charlie B).

Maths –

This week in maths we have been learning to calculate area (Emma). We know that to calculate the area of a rectangle we should multiple the length by the breadth (Charlie M). We also learned how to calculate the area of a right angled triangle (Emma).  To be able to do this we learned to multiply the breadth by the length and divide the total in half (Allana). The formula is half x by breadth x length (Charlie M). We also applied our knowledge of area on Thursday  when we completed a floor plan of a haunted house. I know I was successful because I used the formula length x breadth to work out the area of each room (Alicia).

IDL –

This week in IDL we have been learning about Adolf Hitler and his rise to power after World War One (Bronik). We began the week investigating Hitler’s past before creating a posters and a mini group presentation (Andrew T). We now know he was:

  • A soldier in WW1 (Bronik).
  • He received the Iron Cross for Bravery during his time as a soldier. (Bronik).
  • He was born in Austria and not Germany (Daniel).
  • His parents died when he was young (Andrew K).

We then finished the week off by investigating how Hitler rose to power.

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Primary 7AG and Miss Gillon

Week of 21.10.19 P7AG

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Art

We have been learning to identify and use various visual elements such as colour, line and tone. We have been using colour to represent emotions – dark colours for negative emotions and bright colours for positive emotions (Emma). We have also been creating different patterns through the use of different types of lines and shapes (Alicia).

Literacy

We have focused on poetry this week. We learned to identify different types of poems example: Acrostic (Bronik), Limerick (Alicia), Haiku (Bronik), Narrative Poem (Charlie), Free verse (Leah), Shape poem (Charlie M), and Kenning (Bronik).

Writing – We have been learning to use figurative language (Charlie) when writing a Remembrance poem (Leah). In our poem we included as many examples of alliteration, onomatopoeia, and similes (Beth). We then learned the skill of re-drafting and were able to use a thesaurus to up-level our vocabulary (Hayley) and dictionary to identify spelling errors (Bronik).

IDL

We have been developing our understanding of  the significance of music during WW2. We learned about the different types of music listen to during the time (Daniel). We listen to two main artists (Vera Lynn and Glenn Millar) and compared their work (Charlie M). We discovered that music was important at boosting moral during the war.

Maths

We have been learning to order decimals (Cameron). To be able to do this, we had to be able to recognise the value of each digit before putting these into order (Cameron). We also learned the terms acceding and descending (Aaron). We have used various active methods to help consolidate this knowledge, for example, dice and card games.

 

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This Week in P7AG..

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Literacy

This week in writing we were learning to write a set of instructions (Alicia). We used our WW2 context and wrote a recipe using rationing ingredients (Andrew T). We also applied our knowledge of letter writing by attaching our recipe to a letter. The letter explained why we were sending the rationing recipe.

This week in literacy we have also been learning to summarise a text. “I know I was successful because I selected the most important details and put them into sentences.” (Ross).

Maths/Numeracy

In Numeracy we were learning to apply our knowledge of time real life contexts (Beth). We focused on working out durations at the beginning of the week and were able to use bus, train and cinema timetables to work out how long a journey or film would last (Charlie). As an extra challenge we worked out the journey time from our school to a designated trip. We even calculated the total cost for our class and were shocked at the overall cost!!

IDL

We have been learning about the impact of WW2 on food supplies (Bronik). We learned why the government started the rationing scheme (Liam), and how much an adult was entitled to each week (Leah). We then had to use the rations available to create a meal planner for the week (Leah). We also investigated the varying propaganda posters aimed at encouraging people to ration and created our own mini poster. We also learned that clothing, and fuel was rationed during WW2 (Bronik).

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P7AG’s Blog 27.09.19

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IDL

This week in IDL we have been learning about the evacuation process [Alicia] and what the life of an evacuee was like. During our lessons, we listened to music of the time and particularly enjoyed the song “Run Rabbit” [Emma]. We also responded to the air raid siren by getting into the brace position under our tables.

We continued to take ownership our own learning and researched: who was evacuated? [Beth], why they were evacuated? [Emma], and what they had to take with them? [Beth]. We also designed our own suitcase and packed the relevant items.  We enjoyed learning our IDL through literacy, numeracy and art this week and have asked Miss Gillon if we can do this again next week.

Writing

This week we were learning to write a diary entry as part of our IDL context [Dylan]. We put ourselves into the shoes of an evacuee and wrote a diary entry about the evacuation process [Alicia].

We also learned how to self-assess our own writing against the success criteria and identified our next steps  [Charlie M]. “I know I was success today because I wrote in first person and included emotive language.” [Charlie M]. “I was success because I put emotive language in each part [of my diary entry]” [Ross].  Self-assessment allows me “to be more independent”  [Charlie M].

Literacy

This week in literacy we have been learning to summarise [Mia]. We used our WW2 context and read a passage titled “War Child”. We selected the most important information and put these into concise sentences. We also learned an array of facts about evacuation in the process.

This week we also consolidated our spelling rules taught during the previous weeks and completed an array of spelling challenges as part of our literacy rotations.

Maths – Time

Group 1 – At the start of the week we were learning to convert time between hours, minutes and seconds [Summer]. We then finished the week by learning to work out complex time durations.

Group 2 – We have been learning to calculate time durations [Andrew T] using the time line strategy.

Group 3 – We have been learning to convert between 12 and 24 hour time.

We made use of Education City this week to consolidate our knowledge and enjoyed this because “was a fun way to learn” [Andrew T].

Buddy time

This week we all enjoyed our buddy session. We particularly enjoyed teaching the Primary 1 to identify different technologies. “Being a buddy is a big responsibility”[Leah].

P.E.

This week in P.E we were learning how to move into appropriate space [Charlie M] as part of our rugby context [Leah]. We had to move around the hall and find a space to receive a pass.

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P7AG and Miss Gillon

This Week in P7AG..

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Literacy:

This week in writing we have been learning to write a newspaper article. We used our IDL WW2 context, “to write a newspaper article the day after World War 2 started” (Stuart). We also listened to Neville Chamberlain’s radio broadcast, when he shared the news Britain was at war with Germany. We selected information relevant to our newspaper report and quotes his speech.  “I know I was successful because I included a grabbing headline, and wrote in third person” (Charlie). “I included a quote from Neville Chamberlain’s speech to make my newspaper more realistic” (Charlie B).

In spelling this week we learned a new spelling rule (Katie-Leigh) and applied my understanding of the rule when completing an array of “spelling challenges” (Stuart).

In reading, we continued to read the class novel ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey. We completed various activities as outlined in the book; namely we have been keeping a diary of “three good things that happen to us each day, and how these make us feel” (Katie-Leigh).

 

Numeracy:

This week in numeracy we have been learning to multiply (Corey).

The red group were learning different strategies for multiplying 3-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers mentally. We learned the grid method, and the partitioning method before deciding on which one we favoured (Addison). See an examples below…

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In the Blue and the Green group we also learned the partitioning strategy to help multiply 2 digit numbers by a single digit.

In the yellow group we continued to develop our understanding learned how to multiply single digit by single digit numbers. We practised these through active timetables games.

We found learning different strategies challenging because“I rely on one strategy and it was difficult to take on a different method” (Mia). “I enjoyed being taught different strategies because it let me pick the one that worked for me. I know that everyone learns differently.” (Ross)

 

IDL:

This week in IDL we have continued to develop our understanding of the events surrounding the beginning of WW2 (Hayley). We also learned about the different countries involved in the war (Mia) and were able to distinguish between the Allies and Axis countries (Daniel). We have also been learning about the “leaders of the countries involved in WW2 and how each country was ran, for example if it was a democracy or a dictatorship” (Bronik).

We have continued to take ownership of our learning, by researching given topics in both non-fiction books and the internet. We have then worked collaborative to present this information to the class. “I have enjoyed learning this way because it meant I could be the teacher” (Hayley). “I liked researching and presenting because we were actually doing it ourselves” (Ross). “I found the task challenging because we had to present the information to the class and this made me nervous but after it I felt proud I did it” (Aaron).

 

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P7AG and Miss Gillon

This week in P7AG…

 

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Literacy:

This week we have been learning to write imaginatively (Stuart). We firstly planned our own imaginative story, detailing the main character, the setting and the main events.  “I enjoyed writing imaginatively this week because it meant I could be more creative.” (Charlie B). “I found this challenging because I had so many ideas and found it difficult to pick one” (Addison). “I know I was successful in my writing because I included a character description, described the setting and then told my story. I used paragraphs and wrote over three pages too.” (Liam).

This week we also learned how to persuade an audience while presenting written information. We made Meet the Teacher invitations for our families (Daniel). We had to include accurate information and make the invite as attractive as possible. We can’t wait to show our families, friends and carers around our classroom.

We also continued to read the book Diary of a Brilliant Kid and completed various activities outlined in the novel. Each of the activities allowed us to write a personal imaginative response. For example, we imagined we were 119 and had one minute to live before writing what advice we would give our great-grandchild (Addison).  This was challeneging because “it was hard to imagine ourself as a four year old” (Daniel/Addison/Liam).

 

Numeracy:

This week in numeracy we have been learning to multiply (Cameron). We were learning different strategies to multiple 2digit numbers by 2digit numbers mentally. We decided on a strategy that worked best for us.

To consolidate our knowledge of the times tables we have been playing times tables verbal ping pong with Miss Gillon. We enjoyed this because “it was a different way to learn” (Beth) and was a fun alternative to “repeating them over and over again” (Hayley).

 

IDL:

This week in IDL we completed a treasure hunt in the class to locate various different jigsaw pieces. We then had to use our problem-solving skills to put each clue together and consider what our topic would be. We initially guessed, WW1, WW2, and Titanic before joining with the P7LS for the big reveal. We also took ownership of our learning in IDL and decided on what we wanted to learn and how we wanted to learn it.

This week we also had a visit from Max in the Middle – an NHS drama, music and health and well-being workshop aimed at improving our knowledge of food related health. This is an event we will take part in next term. The purpose of this visit was to allow the instructors to get to know us. We had fun playing various games with our peers and can’t wait for them to come back!

Thank you for reading our blog, have a nice weekend.

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P7AG – Week 02/09/19

Numeracy –

This week in Numeracy we continued to learn about place value (Charlie). We have been ordering numbers and rounding numbers. We used dice to create random numbers before ordering these. This task was more active than completing work from a text books and this meant we enjoyed it more (Aaron). We also learned the rounding rule and listened to the rounding rap. This helped us to round numbers to the given 1000, 100 or 10.

 

Literacy –

This week in Literacy we continued to read the novel Diary of a Brilliant Kid, and completed a follow up letter writing task. The letter was addressed to our 2%ers (Charlie). These are people that are positive and make us happy. We were learning to position the component of a letter correctly and structure our writing so it was interesting for our reader (Addison).

This week we also voted for our in class reading books, choosing the book most interesting to us. We then learned how to make a prediction based on the front cover and the blurb at the back (Allana).

IDL –

This week, we helped our Buddies decorate leaves for their Fairyland topic. We used various different materials to create unique leaves, which will be displayed in the primary 1 classroom. We enjoyed our buddy time because we got to do art and were able to spend time with our buddies (Leah).

Next week we will find out our new IDL topic through a problem solving treasure hunt. Check out our blog next week to find out what our new IDL will be!

P7AG and Miss Gillon.

This Week in P.7AG

Welcome to P7AG’s weekly blog!

Literacy

This week we have been reading the book “Diary of an Awesome Kid” By Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussy. We have used this as our context for all our literacy lessons this week.

We developed our ability to write imaginatively when we wrote a story about how our life could look in 20 years if we didn’t put any effort in at school (Bronik). We then wrote about how our life could look if we did put the effort in (Allana). It was really interesting to see how much our story had changed by simply adding in a little effort.

This week we were also learning how to write a newspaper article (Addison). We know that you must write in third person and have an active voice (Emma).

We also went to the school library to pick a chilled reader for at home (Andrew T).

Maths/Numeracy

In Numeracy we explored Education City (an online resource) to develop our understanding of how to access work and use this properly (Leah).

We have also been learning about number structures, namely place value (Addison). We know that the position of the digit tells us the value of the number (Allana).

We have also been learning to increment and decrement from a given number (Ross/Bronik). We know this is a fancy word for increasing and decreasing a number by an amount.

 

IDL

Our mini IDL topic for was looking at how we can promote our own and others’ social and emotional wellbeing. The topic was termed SHANARRI. We now know what each of the letters stand for and are able to discuss what learning related to each letter this week.

 

S – Safe – We have been learning to keep ourselves safe online. (Addison)

H – Healthy – We have been learning to increase our pace during daily mile (Dylan) and hope to promote our fitness levels.

A – Achieving – We have been learning about growth mindset and the impact positive thinking can have on your wellbeing (Ross).

N – Nurtured – We have been developing our ability to be a good big buddy (Alicia), by showing our buddy around the school and appreciating their individual emotional needs.

A – Active – We have also been learning to create a bar graph to record our daily mile laps (Beth), where we have been trying to beat our personal best.

R – Respected – We have been learning to recognise emotions (Addison) and developed our understanding of our rights (Ross).

R – Responsible -We have been learning to model appropriate choice and take pride in our prefect and buddy responsibilities (Charlie M).

I – Included – Finally we also welcomed our buddies to the school (Aaron).

 

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Primary 7AG and Miss Gillon.