This week we developed our note taking skills – we wrote information in key words under sub-headings. We then used our notes to write up what we had learned. Some of us made posters, some of us use the netbooks to make Powerpoint presentations. We have been reading a short novel called The Day We Met the Queen – this is a book that can be purchased for £1 or using a book token for World Book Day. We have been developing the comprehension skill of wondering, linking it with our ability to make connections.
We have used the counting stick to explore the links between Fractions, decimals and percentages. We also spent time this week learning to use the grid method to multiply larger numbers – this method requires us to use our partitioning skills and our understanding place value.
Health and Wellbeing
We continue our RSHP lessons this week, we have explored some challenging topics but also ideas about respecting others likes and dislikes and the idea of personal space and consent.
World Book Day
Many of us dressed up as characters from our favourite stories, we had Pippi-Longstocking, a Scarecrow from the wizard of OZ, Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web ( a very big spider!), Maudie from Brightstorm, Pikachu, Mildred from The Worst Witch, Rocky from The Fairy Books, a bat from Brightstorm, a witch from Hogwarts – and a few muggles! Our door is looking fabulous and we are looking forward to the judging tomorrow. In assembly Miss Belford told us about a book her dad had made.
We have worked really hard to extend our writing skills and enter the BBC 500 Words competition. It was challenging to have to write 500 words, we enjoyed using the netbooks to type up our stories. It was also fun to be able to choose to write about whatever we wanted. We read stories by previous entrants for inspiration. We have completed our class novel Brightstorm, it was sadder than we expected but it ended happily with the promise of a further adventure. We were inspired by the story and have decorated our door for World Book Day using the cover as inspiration. In reading we are developing the skill of wondering about what we have read. We have found that we are good at thinking of questions but still to work on linking our wondering to evidence in the text.
We have continued to work with decimals, and are using addition and subtractions strategies to work out the perimeter of shapes. We continue to revise our times tables and this week we had a go at using Topmarks Daily 10 as a warm up activity.
Health and Wellbeing
Our last few lessons have been all about RSHP – P5’s and P6’s have completed these lessons separately. We have been learning about friendships and relationships and exploring issues of equality and fairness. We have thought about stereotypes and how we can challenge these.
We learned the story of Charles Mackintosh who invented the raincoat by blended rubber from a rubber tree with fabric and made a waterproof material.
In Science we revised the states of matter and did a dancing raisins experiment which we used to practice our observation and recording skills. We notices that the gas bubbles in fizzy water helped the solid raisin float in liquid water. Some of us were disappointed because it didn’t work every time.
We have worked with different teachers but had another go at the bleep test with Mr Foley, he was very impressed with our efforts and improvements.
Stephanie and Grace – “In IDL we continued to work on our group presentations. We used netbooks and Ipads to research our Scottish inventors and inventions. We are looking forward to sharing our presentations with the rest of our class.
Kimberley, Jorja, Lewis K, Caiden and Scott S – “We have been learning about decimals and linking decimals to our fractions work. We learned about tenths and hundredths and we used a place value chart to show decimal numbers to 1 and 2 decimal places. We have learned to order decimal numbers and we also learned how to convert a decimal into a fraction. In Daily 10, we have been learning to identify the value of a digit within numbers to 999,999.”
Lauren, Rebecca, Lily, Jack, Josh and Airingas – “In P.E we were running and taking part in the bleep test. We had to complete 5 laps to get points for our house. We did a 6 minute run. We played some games to improve our pace of running.
Michael –“ I got player of the month for my football club.”
Lauren – “I took part in a horse riding competition.”
Lewis H, Kimberley, Lewis K, Airingas, Jack and John – “This week in P.E we learned how to play a game of beach ball and volleyball. We also tried out sitting down and trying to play volleyball. It was hard. If you stood up or went on your knees your team lost a point. We played against the other half of our class. We learned some new moves: the dig, the volley and the catch.”
Lily and Aleena – “We have been learning about improper fractions and mixed numbers this week. A mixed number must have a whole number and a fraction. An improper fraction is when the numerator is bigger than the denominator.”
Aaron – “My group has been learning how to compare fractions and how to order fractions. We used visuals to help develop our understanding. I am getting much better at fractions.”
Health and Wellbeing
Sophie, Lauren and Michael – “We have been learning about emotions and feelings. We can discuss our emotions. We also learned how our bodies are growing and changing.”
Ava, Stephanie and Becca – “We have been learning to say our birthdays using the German language. We played pairs battleships to help us learn about the school subject names.”
Last Friday we sang Lugton Dug and Sam the Skull by Alastair McDonald. We also recited Nessie and The Thrissle by JK Annand.
I felt nervous when we started but when we got into it I got confident (Megan).
We learned more about Kandinsky’s abstract art. We found out he was inspired by other artists and looked at how his style changed. Today we started to create an abstract work of art inspired by Kandinsky.
We have new PE teachers. Their names are Miss Crossan and Mrs Martin. We have been doing fitness stations, playing badminton and learning how to serve. We worked in trios. One person would spectate and give feedback. Our badminton skills are improving and we are getting fitter.
In Grammar we were learning to use commas in a list. We were using commas so we didn’t write the word ‘and’ all the time.
In Numeracy we learned how to add and subtract decimals using the jump strategy and place value counters.
Mrs Coons has been working with us to say numbers up to 31 and months of the year. We have started to say when our birthdays are.
Written by Jodie, Megan, Danny, Callum, Haris, Brandyn, Sophie-Leigh and Kacyleigh.
Kimberley, Karis, Aleena and D’arcy – “We have been learning about fractions. We learned how to find a quantity of a fraction. First, you identify the quantity then you divide the quantity by the denominator and then you multiply by the numerator. “
Lauren – “My group has been learning to create equivalent fractions. We have been using visual pictures to help us identify the fraction within a shape.”
Jorja, Jack, Lily, John, Lewis H and Scott S – “In P.E we have been learning how to play a game of volleyball. We learned how to do a move called ‘dig’ where you put one hand in the other hand and you move your hands up in the air to hit the ball with your wrists. We also continued to play badminton at the start of the lessons. We had to find 2 or 3 partners and play ‘King of the Court’. “
Miley and Stephanie – “We organised ourselves into groups and we chose a Scottish Inventor to research. Each group has decided how to present their findings such as a powerpoint, poster, leaflet, speech etc. We need to use the internet and topic books to find facts about our Inventor.”
Ava, Josh, Ollie, and Sophie – “Mrs Shepherd taught us the months of the year and we did activities with Mrs Coons about names, birthdays and favourite colours.
In French, we have been learning to count to 100. We listened to and joined in with counting songs. We played a game of bingo.
Scott M, Mirren, Jorja, Scott S and Aleena – “We learned 2 Scots Poems – Nessie and The Thrissle, and we learned 2 Scots Songs – Sam the Skull and Lugton Dug. We performed these poems and songs at the Scots Event this morning and we really enjoyed ourselves.”
Aaron – “This week we have been learning about fractions. It has been fun. We learned to identify a fraction within a shape. We learned how to write a fraction and we learned the top number is called the numerator and the bottom number is called the denominator.”
Josh, Becca and Ava – “We have been learning to count to 31 in German. We also started to learn the months of the year. We researched a month and had to find out what celebration happens in the month.”
Lewis K and Airingas – “We have been learning to play a game of badminton. We have been learning to serve and we played in a doubles team.”
After weeks of rehearsals and workshops we finally got to pull together our performance. Primary 6’s worked in the morning to learn the actions and movements. After an early lunch they performed their dress rehearsal to the rest of the school. The P5’s were very impressed and enjoyed themselves immensely. They thought it was amazing! The P6’s were especially pleased with the standing ovation they got from their peers. They enjoyed singing the songs and performing to the parents.
It’s been all about Scots this week! We have worked super hard to learn the lines to our poems and the lyrics for our songs. We are looking forward to sharing them with you on Friday morning. We also presented our poems to the class and Ms Grossert was impressed with the effort we put in and found it hard to choose our winners for the competition.
We have been working hard to deepen our understanding of fractions. We worked to use our tables to find equivalent fractions, we used different materials to help including fraction walls. Now we have moved on to calculating fractions of amounts, we have to remember to divide the whole amount by the denominator – knowing our tables comes in handy for this.
We have been discussing the role of different emergency services and exploring all the things they can do to help.
We have begun exploring some famous Scottish Inventors. This week we learned the story of James Watt, he took Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine design which he learned about while looking after it at Glasgow University, and improved it making it safer and cheaper and very very popular. So much so that a lot of people think it was him that invented the first steam engine. We created story pathways to help us remember and tell the story of James Watt.
Mr Manson will be leaving us this week, a new PE teacher has been appointed and we look forward to meeting them next week. In the meantime we have worked on our badminton and team game skills.
We have impressed Ms Grossert with our use of German vocabulary in Numeracy, we have extended our knowledge of numbers and now know the days of the week too.
We are very proud that every pupil in our class has achieved a marathon, many of us are very close to achieving our second now. We enjoy supporting each other and challenging ourselves to go further when we run.