This week in P3LH, we have been very busy. In writing, we have been planning a newspaper article about a very shocking event! A tiger had escaped from a zoo and broke into a classroom! We used the 5 W’s to make sure we included enough details in our writing and descriptive words to make it more exciting.
In reading, the Jaguars have been identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives in their reading book. They went on a word hunt to see how many they could find! Leopards and Butterflies were reading for information, this helped them answer yes/no questions and comprehension questions about their book. All groups were working together to read aloud, using my turn/your turn, this then helped us give each other feedback about our reading skills.
In maths, the mild group has been learning about multiples of 2. We have been practicing counting up in 2’s and using this knowledge to calculate the totals of equal groups. The hot and spicy groups have been counting in multiples of 2’s and 5’s and using this knowledge to create multiplication number sentences. They also began to look at multiples of 3, we learned a cool way to count in 3’s by using our fingers, ask us about it!
In our IDL, we have learned about deforestation in the world’s rainforest. We were shocked at how many things we benefit from that are found in the rainforest, like coffee, chocolate and even medicine!! We were sad that deforestation meant that we would be losing out on these great things and we are determined to spread the word about saving the rainforest! We are also planning an experiment in P3LH, we discussed what plants need to grow and how we know this is true. We decided to prove this and we are going to grow cress under a range of different conditions. Find out on our blog next week, what happens to our cress!
In Primary 3/4 LS we have been very busy this week.
In Numeracy and Maths we have been learning to identify the difference between am and pm. We have changed our group names for Maths to different types of rainforest animals. The cheetahs and sloths have been learning to record 12 hour time in am and pm. The jaguars have been learning to identify 24 hour times and making links to 12 hours. Miss Stewart gave us an event that happens during a full day and we had to use our am and pm card to show Miss Stewart whether that event takes place in am or pm. I enjoyed this task because I liked having the cards (Layla).
In literacy we are learning to identify the main points of a text. We had to draw and label a picture of one of the main characters using the information from our reading book. I drew my character Danny from Danny the Champion of the World using the main points of the text. I used words like helpful because he helps his dad out at the garage (Nate). I enjoyed drawing Mr Mortlock from Beyond the Door. I drew him with his red glasses and his mustache wearing his black suit (Mac).
This week we have finished our scripts for our group presentations and we have been learning to read with expression. We were standing up with our presentation on the iPads and practising our speeches. I found this challenging because we don’t feel very confident yet (Jessica, Anika).
In IDL we have been learning to identify the different layers of the rainforest. We have been making a display on the wall outside our classroom. It has been really fun and exciting because we used lots of different materials to make a rainforest. It was challenging getting the sizes correct and working out how much materials we needed to cut out. We just started cutting up resources without knowing where we were going to put them (Eilidh D). So far the display is going well, we have got 5 trees reaching the emergent layer and we have the mud on the forest floor (Nate and Layla).
It has been a busy week in Primary 3, getting ready to finish up for our October holidays.
We have started a new class novel, it is called ‘The Nothing to see here hotel’ by Steven Butler. We used the front cover and the blurb to make predictions about our new book. Hannah thought that the Granny Troll would get out of her bed and the Prince Goblin would make her get out of her bed and stop being lazy! Halle thought that Frankie finds a secret door in his room and as soon as he steps into this secret room, he turns into a seagull. We can’t wait to see if our predictions come true!
In writing, we were writing a newspaper article about a very special guest that visited us last week! We used the 5 W’s to help us structure our article. We spoke about Alex and his animals from Zoolab who came to P3, We wrote about touching and learning new facts about the Rainforest animals.
In IDL, we have been researching information about the layers of the Rainforest using a search engine on the iPad. We wrote down our information about who lives in each layer in note form. Once we had all our notes, we used Spark to begin creating a presentation about the layers of the Rainforest. We were able to add music, voice clips and text to our presentations. We can’t wait to share them with the class!
In maths, we have been learning to add and subtract numbers. In the mild group, we were working on subtracting numbers to 20 using a number line to help us (Mah Noor). In the hot group, we were subtracting multiples of 10 from a 2 digit number, I found it a bit tricky to start with but I kept trying and I never gave up (Amy). In the spicy group, we were learning to subtract bigger numbers using our knowledge of number bonds to help us, for example we know 7 – 2 = 5 so 97 – 2 = 95 (Lucas).
In French, we learned basic classroom commands like Bonjour (Lily), silence (Tyler), regardez-moi (Hannah and Lola), asseyez-vous (Callan and Lily) and levez-vous (Grace and Hannah).
We are looking forward to our October break but can’t wait to come back to continue with our hard work!
In numeracy and maths we have been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock and digital clock. The Mild group have been telling the time to o’clock, half past and quarter past. The Hot group have been working on telling the time to quarter to on analogue clock. The Spicy Group have been telling the time to quarter to on digital clocks. Lots of us have been so successful in our learning that we moved on to more challenging work. Some of us even started working on 5 minute intervals. It was so fun learning using the iPads on the telling the time game (Innes). We also were playing card games to help us tell the time (Anika).
In reading we have been paired reading with P7B. Jamie has been reading The Magic Finger with his buddies and thought it was really funny because the character changed their names to Mr and Mrs Egg (Jamie). Jessica has been reading the BFG with her buddies and would recommend other people to read the book.
In IDL we have been learning to create a speech using our animal fact files. We used the iPads and the Netbooks to successfully use Clicker 6 and Word to type up our speeches. Some people have two slides to talk about during the presentations and some people have one. I thought it was exciting because not all of us use the Netbooks for our writing every week (Eilidh H).
The most exciting bit of the week was when ZooLab came into our class and showed us rainforest animals. We learned lots of interesting facts about rainforest animals. I held a cockroach, it had lots of legs and it was ticklish (Nate). Did you know that cockroaches sense things with their antennae? I held an African Snail, a Corn Snake and a Millipede. My favourite animals was the Corn Snake because it was long and scaly (Mac). Did you know that Millipedes roll up like a poo and smell like a poo so they have less chance of being eaten by predators? I also held the Corn Snake called Iggy, i thought it was soft (Anabia). We had an amazing time with ZooLab we would recommend it to others.
Zoolab came to visit us first thing on Tuesday morning. Alex brought animals that live in Rainforests for us to meet. We met a Madagascan hissing cockroach. It has an exoskeleton (Lily), it lives mostly on the forest floor but can climb to the emergent layer. To get back down it jumps and it lands on its back( Callan), because it is really hard and will protect it’s body. We also met a millipede which curls up to protect itself when it is scared. This makes it look like a poo so monkeys won’t eat it.
My favourite part was when the snake looked at me while others were touching it (Hannah). I liked touching the rat (Grace). The corn snake was coloured to look like corn so it is well camouflaged (Tyler).
In Numeracy we were learning to measure weight, we used scales and a game on the iPads to help us (Ben). We also carried on learning to add and subtract (Lucas).
In Literacy the P7S came to do paired reading, ” My buddy asked me good questions about our story,” (Halle)
If you checked out the school Twitter feed you will have seen us experimenting with sound and rhythm to create the effects of a passing thunderstorm (Callan).
In Numeracy we have been learning to describe how we solve subtraction tasks. The Mild group have been using numbers to 20, the Hot group have been subtracting to and from decade numbers and the Spicy group have been working out higher decade subtraction mentally. The Spicy group have been using wolf numbers (nearly numbers) as a strategy for subtraction. The Mild group were using dice, number lines and cubes to help them with subtracting. I like using the dice and cubes in my learning because it’s fun and it makes me do my work faster (Alyxs).
In writing we learning to persuade our readers by using more interesting vocabulary. We used out litter letters from last week to up-level them by typing them up on the netbooks using Clicker 6. I thought it was fun because I have never used Clicker 6 before (Layla).
In reading we all got new books. We started off looking at the front covers to help us predict what will happen in our stories. I like predicting because you get to guess. When you start reading the book you can get a surprise because you don’t know what is going to happen (Eilidh D).
In IDL we are learning to use PowerPoints to display information. This week we learned how to use transitions and animations to make our PowerPoints more interesting. We also used Google to find pictures. My team found an Orangutan sleeping in it’s nest (Nate).
In IDL we have also been researching animals and classifying them. We were given a different Rainforest animal to look up in a book. We had to identify if the animals were a mammal, a fish, an amphibian, a reptile, a bird or an Invertebrate. We then had to find out if it was a predator, prey or both. I enjoyed researching the different animals because it was interesting (Jamie).
Welcome to our latest blog for the week beginning 24th September.
We have been hard at work all week! 10 of us completed our Bronze certificate – we earned House points for putting a lot of effort into our work, taking part in PE, for doing our work well, for handing in our homework on time, showing good manners, helping adults and friends in school, for being kind to others, for being responsible and independent.
In Literacy we learned the word vocabulary (ask us about it) and learned how to use our word finding skills to build our vocabulary. I learned what a sculptor does (Ben). I used a dictionary to look words up (Lacey). I used an iPad to look up words (Hannah). We used the picture in Julia Donaldson’s book A Squash and a Squeeze to work out that a larder is where food is stored.
We also use the 5 W’s (when, why, what, where, who) and How – to write questions about our reading books. This was quite hard because we really had to think. It helped us to understand our story better and remember more details (Halle and Callan).
In Daily Mile this week Lola led our warm ups – she won 2 trophies in a dance competition at the weekend and brought them to show us – we were very impressed!
In Numeracy we have been adding using blank numberlines. On Monday I was not happy, it was tricky and I didn’t get it (Callan). On Tuesday I was angry because I still didn’t get it – but I didn’t give up. (Alexis). On Wednesday we started to feel a bit more confident. On Thursday it became a lot easier and I felt confident (Grace). Today I think I will have kind of got it (Alexis). Ms Grossert is super proud of the way we are transferring basic number skills to trickier problems.
In Art this week we looked at Rainforest animals with Mr Mathis. We learned to sketch the basic shape first and then add details, we had a go at drawing a toucan, a spider monkey, a green anaconda, jaguar and tapir.
We are very excited that Zoolab are coming next week, we’ll tell you all about in our next blog.
In Numeracy we are learning to describe using our knowledge of number structures to add. The Mild group are using their doubles and near doubles, the Hot group are adding from and to a decade number and the Spicy group are solving higher decade addition. I like the mental maths train game because when we get the answer right the carriage sparks and the train leaves (Nate). We have been playing hit the button and using our doubles (Mac).
In Writing we are learning to develop our persuasive writing skills. We wrote a letter to Sunnyside to persuade everyone not to drop litter and put their litter in the bin.
This is part of my letter: “Don’t litter because you can unfortunately completely hurt animals and you might get fined. Stop and think before you litter. Is it good to litter or not? (Eilidh H).”
In IDL we are learning to use PowerPoint to display information. We used our animal fact files to start making a PowerPoint. It is a lot of fun because we like using the iPads in our learning (Jamie).
Thank you for reading; we can’t wait to write our next blog.
This week we have been busy learning using our iPads, working together in groups and using ten frames to develop our understanding of larger numbers.
In Numeracy we have been learning to build and describe numbers. We learned about hundreds, tens and units (Lucas), we thought about thousands too (Ben). We worked with Mrs Gray to do some sums on a whiteboard (Mah-noor).
To help us we have been learning about using the 5 B’s (back, buddy, bits and bobs, brain and boss) when we are stuck. Ask us more about this at home.
In Literacy we have read books from our class library in DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read). We are learning to be Book Dectectives in our reading groups. I was a predictor, my job was to predict what happened next in the story (Callan). I was an illustrator, my job was to make a picture about the story using what I had read (Grace). I was a clarifier, I had to work out what tricky words meant (Carly).
In IDL we have continued to learn about the Rainforest. This week we worked in groups to learn about animals that lived in the Rainforest. Poison Dart Frogs live in the Rainforest and eat flies and insects (Hannah). Anaconda’s live near the water (Tyler) and they are the biggest snake in the world (Callan), Sloths live in trees and they eat leaves (Alexis).
We hope you have enjoyed reading about our learning – we can’t wait to share more with you next week.
This week in P3/4LS we have been enjoying our learning. In numeracy we have been learning how to build and describe numbers. We have been playing Blast Off on the iPads. It is fun because you have to press the right answer then the rocket flies away (Innes). We also played a game where we had to guess the number on our forehead using questions. I really like the game because it’s fun when you get the number correct (Amy).
In reading we are learning to read different types of books. Eilidh and Tyler have been reading Roddy Doyle books. In their story Mr Mack went to jail because he robbed a bank. I really enjoy the book because it’s really funny (Tyler).
In writing we are learning to persuade our reader. We were writing to Aliens that took over our school. We used ambitious vocabulary to try to persuade them to give back Sunnyside (Anabia, Ben).
In IDL we have been learning about rainforest animals. We split into groups and each group decided on a different animal such as Jaguars, Green Anacondas, Poison Dart Frogs and Orangutans. We went outside to measure the length of each animal using a ruler and metre stick. The Green Anaconda was the longest animal at 9m. Did you know that 8 children can lie the length of a Green Anaconda’s body (Eilidh)?