After a busy few weeks of rehearsals P6 are in the final preparations for their Scottish Opera performance on Friday afternoon, we hope to see you there!
It’s been all about Scots this week, we have been rehearsing for our celebration even next week Friday. We have also presented our learning in the form of recitals and art work learned and completed at home. We have used our listening skills to draw Nessie and a Thistle which will be on display next week, we had to follow some intricate instructions.
We have continued to read our class novel Brightstorm and in writing we have written detailed descriptions of a monster character in addition to our daily writing challenges.
We are still leaning about Dinosaurs but we have upped the amount of fraction work we have done – we have folded paper and estimated and drawn fractions and we have used these to compare fractions. We have now moved on to understanding, illustrating and calculating equivalent fractions. We have been putting our tables knowledge to use to complete these.
We have thought about how we would like to learn about Scottish Inventions, we talked about what we want to do, we are excited about the idea of some more practical activities and going outside to use loose parts to demonstrate our learning.
This week we use a story pathway to retell the story about how Marmalade was invented – Fergus told us this story last week and we could still remember it!
We have finally completed our self-portraits in the style of Frieda Kahlo – with impressive backgrounds, extended neck and dominant eyebrows. We drew our faces thinking about proportion and placing features carefully. We asked our partners to help us identify colours to use for our eyes and hair, we had to think about light and dark too.
We coloured feathers with our goals on them and Ms Belford has used these to make a colourful wing display – I’ll Spread My Wings and Fly.
We think it’s beautiful.
We did the Bleep test last week and Mr Manson was super impressed with our effort. On Monday we continued to develop our Badminton skills through playing lots of mini-games.
We can now count up to 31 in German! We played Lotto and Battle Ships to reinforce our skills. Mrs Shepherd from Alloa academy visits every Wednesday to help us practice even more.
This week in P.6JDW – 17.1.20
Class Trip to the Engine Shed in Stirling
Jack, Leon, Caiden, Airingas, Karis, D’arcy, Grace and Ollie – “On Tuesday we took a train from Alloa to Stirling to visit the Engine Shed. We learned lots about energy. We watched a film clip in 3D effect. We worked in groups to build a windmill. All of our activities were linked to energy and climate change. Have a look on twitter to see some of our photos!”
Fergus the Storyteller
Kimberley, Stephanie, Aleena, Scott S and Mirren – “On Thursday, we had a visit from Fergus. He told us lots of stories about Scottish Inventors and he sang us some songs and played his guitar. It was good fun!
Scott M – “We are learning to sing 2 Scottish songs, they are called ‘Shug the Dug’ and ‘Sam the Skull”. We are singing the songs with P.5/6 and are looking forward to the Scots Showcase event.”
Lewis H and Lily – “On Wednesday, Mrs Shepherd from Alloa Academy came to our class again. We revised the numbers up to 31 and played some German number games. On Thursday with Mrs Coons, we played some German number and colour games. “
Michael and Jorja – “We were learning how to use the right hand and left hand at the same time. It was quite hard to keep your fingers straight. We played a tune using both hands.”
Sophie and Leah – “We painted our Nessie illustrations and my drawing had red spots and red spikes. We then illustrated a thistle to match our Scottish Poem – ‘The Thrissle’.
We’ve had a busy start to the term!
The Engine Shed
On Tuesday we went to The Engine Shed, we had a great time travelling by train. We had a chance to play with thermal camera’s and were surprised to see that the floor was warm! They had underfloor heating from a geothermal heat pump. Next we worked in groups to build a wind turbine. It was fun but super challenging – we impressed the adults with our collaborative skills! After a quick break we visited the auditorium and learned about what Historic Environment Scotland do – they look after our old buildings and find ways to conserve them for future generations.
Then we got to go and explore their facilities, they had some fascinating exhibits. We looked at stone structures under a microscope, we explored the density of liquids by turning containers. We loved the enormous map of Scotland and used iPads and augmented reality to explore different aspects of Scotland’s geography. We built a keystone bridge and had a lot of fun walking over it – we were amazed that it worked.
After a lunch break we headed back to Stirling Station and caught our train home.
We have started exploring the Scots language, learning songs and poems for our Scots celebration at the end of the month. We look forward to sharing these with you. We have continued to read our class novel Brightstorm.
We have continued to explore dinosaur measurements and are exploring the practicalities of keeping a dinosaur as a pet.
We have also begun revising our knowledge of fractions and exploring what we can remember, were getting pretty good at comparing fractions and are more confident using words like numerator and denominator.
P6 have had their workshop and are nearly ready for their performance, they can’t wait to share it with you!
Our first week back has been a very busy week!
Rebecca, Aleena, Leah and Scott S – “One of the Scottish Opera members came to visit us and we all got together to perform our songs in the gym hall. Each group has been working really hard to learn the songs and our visitor was really impressed with all our hard work. We are very excited to put on the costumes and perform to our parents and to the whole school in a few weeks’ time.”
Scott M, Josh, Jorja, Aaron and Airingas – “Today we drew an illustration of Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster. Nessie has spikes on her back and spots on her body. We are looking forward to adding paint to our illustrations next week. Look out for our Nessie poems and art work on the boards in the gym hall.”
John and Lewis K – “ In our German lesson, we learned how to count to 31. Mrs Coons would say the number and we would repeat it. This helped us to pronounce the numbers correctly. We also played a game of bingo to help us learn the numbers. We also learned the names for the colours in German. ”
Jack and Lauren – “In P.E we are learning how to play badminton and we were learning how to serve. It was easy. At first, we were throwing the shuttlecock across the net and then once we were ready we started to use the racket. We played a friendly match with the other team.”
Miley, D’arcy, Mirren, Kimberley and Ollie – “In Maths, we have been developing our measuring skills. We really enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks to measure the length of different objects in our classroom. We can now measure objects using mm, cm and m.”
Grace and Stephanie – “We have been learning more about Fair Trade. Fair Trade is about paying farmers from poorer countries a fair price for their products. We also created fair trade posters to show our understanding. “
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We have added new words to our vocabulary from word of the day. Our writing has been based on this and Ms Grossert has been impressed with our ability to include more adventurous words. We have been enjoying our class novel Brightstorm. We have also put our literacy skills to work reading information about Fair Trade in IDL.
We have been working with Mrs Jacobs to improve our understanding of time and to read time on analogue clocks more accurately. When we developed our enterprise stall we applied our numeracy skills to calculating costs and profit. We ran our stall independently and sold nearly all of our Rudolphs. We plan to spend our profit adding some games to our classroom. Finally we have been refining our measurement skills. We have been comparing our hands and feet to lifesize dinosaur measurements using the book Lifesize Dinosaurs by Sophy Henn. We are looking forward to continuing this in the new year.
We have been learning about Fair Trade products. We have explored what fair Trade is. We focused on the Cocoa bean and learned about Ghana in West Africa. We learned that fair trade helps farmers in poor countries get a fair price for their products and that there is a community premium paid that helps provide schools and other facilities such has clean water and electricity. We read an article that also made us think about whether or not Fair trade is really a good thing. We took notes from the article and then watched a video clip from people in Ghana talking about the benefits of Fair Trade. We shared our learning in the form of a poster.
We enjoyed a visit from Mrs Shepherd who taught us about Nikolaustag on the 6th December and shared some Lebkuchen with us, we were surprised that they tasted so good. We have now started learning about colours with Mrs Coons and can now ask Ms Grossert if we can go to the toilet in German!
We have had our Christmas Parties and enjoyed the chance to dress up, show off our social dance skills and play some games. Ms Grossert and the other teachers were impressed with how well we participated and the courtesy and respect we showed eachother.
Our P6’s have been working hard to prepare their songs for Scottish Opera, we have heard lots of lovely sound coming down the corridor and are looking forward to the final production next term.
We would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
P.6 Christmas Party
Leah, Stephanie, Grace and Aleena – “On Thursday we had our Christmas Party in the afternoon. We played some games: musical statues, musical arms, pass the parcel and corners. We participated in 2 social dances. We danced with our friends to Christmas songs and we all had a great time!”
Karis and Lily – “We are learning to sing songs from the Scottish Opera performance. We are in 3 groups called: Soldiers, Peasants and Builders. We sing some songs separately and some together. We are looking forward to the final performance in January.“
Caiden and Kimberley – “This week for writing, we wrote an imaginative story about a magic carpet. We used the same monster character we created a few weeks ago. In paragraph 1 we wrote about finding the magic carpet, in paragraph 2 we wrote about where the magic carpet took our monster and in paragraph 3 we wrote about the magic carpet bringing the monster back home. We are enjoying writing stories about our monsters.”
Lewis H – “In German we were learning to name the different colours. We continued to learn numbers 0-12 and played some board games to help us remember the numbers.”
Kimberley – “I did a Christmas dance at my gymnastics club.”
Last week we welcomed many parents to our class assembly about Health and Wellbeing. We were very nervous beforehand but we had practiced a lot and learned 3 new songs. We had made pictures, we performed random acts of kindness, Marcus took lots of photos and Haris pulled the powerpoint together. Our favourite part was when Mrs Penman had to open a bottle that she thought would explode – it was very funny!
This week our focus has been on reading and writing about characters in stories. We read a short text from Krindlekrax about an unlikely hero. We looked for clues about how an author can tell us about a character. Then we had a go at writing our own character descriptions.
We have used a counting stick to think about the 6 and 7 times tables and how we can work out the stations. We used doubling and halving, adding and subtracting to work out each station. We still need to try and remember as many as we can though.
We applied our knowledge of timestables and fact families to division calculating. We are working hard to extend our understanding to bigger numbers.
Coffee and Carols
This week we found out which songs we will be singing and have started learning these songs – we hope you will join us for some festive fun.
We have been exploring what the greenhouse Effect is by researching using our class iPads – we had to draw a diagram and annotate it to show our understanding.
We’ve had our first chanter lesson! We have each been issued with our own practice chanter and we have learned a few basic notes. Mr Tannock demonstrated his bagpipes for us, they were amazing and really loud. We were surprised that he didn’t only play Scotland the Brave but also some familiar songs – including Jingle bells.
We have learned some simple conversation skills and we can count to twelve. We enjoyed playing games in groups with Mrs Coon. This week we have also met Mrs Shepherd from Alloa Academy who will also be helping us learn more German.
We were pleased to welcome a former Sunnysider to our class, she wants to be a teacher so has volunteered to come and help us out.
We had an impromptu session of Football with Leeanne Ross (a Scottish International footballer) because Mr Manson was off. Our gymnastics block is coming to an end, we have enjoyed developing our skills and routines.
This week in P.6JDW – 15.11.19
Jorja, Sophie and Leon – “Mr Tannock and Mr Nimno came to teach us how to play the chanter on Thursday afternoon. Mr Tannock played the bag pipes. We learned how to hold the chanter and we learned how to play 4 notes.”
Caiden – “We have been learning about 2D shapes this week. We can name, identify and describe the properties of most 2D shapes. We were learning about polygons. A polygon is a name for a shape with many sides, usually more than 4.”
D’arcy – “We have started to write imaginative stories. We are learning how to extend our ideas to improve our writing and make it more interesting. We have been learning to use sentence openers, adjectives and connectives to up-level our sentences. This week we wrote a story about our monster character that we created last week.”
Grace and Miley– “We created our own monster last week and we wrote adjectives around the monster to describe its physical appearance and its personality. This helped us to write our first paragraph where we introduced the character.”
Lewis H – “I came second place in the cross country competition.”
Sophie – “I achieved 50/50 on my grading in Judo and I now get to miss a belt and now I will be working on my orange and white belt.”
Grace, Ollie and Michael – “We have been learning to name and identify 2D shapes. We went outside and used chalk to draw 2D shapes and we labelled them on the ground. We can describe the properties of 2D shapes and can use the correct mathematical vocabulary, e.g. edges and vertices.”
Stephanie – “In German we have been learning to say the numbers. We played a game where Mrs Coons would call out a number and then we had to get into a group with the correct number. We also wrote the numbers once Mrs Coons called them out.”
Rebecca and Leah – “ We have been learning the names of the colours in French and we have been learning to sing a French song about greetings. We can also have a small conversation with a partner and can ask them what their name is and how they are feeling.”
Aleena – “I was learning to spell words with the rule silent w/g/l and I completed 2 spelling activities. One activity was curly writing and the other one was rainbow writing. “
Airingas and Scott M – “In P.E we have been learning how to do a balance and hold it for 5 seconds. It was fun. We had a climbing frame, ropes to climb up on, mats to do balances on and a balance beam.”
Health and Wellbeing
Lewis H – “We learned how to keep ourselves safe on bonfire night. Some of the safety tips are:
Stay well back from the bonfire
Wear gloves if you are going to hold a sparkler
Keep fireworks in a closed box.”
First Marathon Winners – Grace and Karis