IXL Maths

We are currently trialling a Maths website with some of our pupils for the next month. Letters have been sent home with an explanation, username and password. Please see the link below or in Useful Links on the right of the page.

http://uk.ixl.com appears to be a fun way to practise Maths, and allows pupils to log in at home or at school. The questions and problems are clearly presented though do allow you, if required, to have parts read out, and if you get them wrong it tries to help you. It also keeps a note of how pupils are doing and rewards them as they progress.

As a teacher I would envisage using this to practise and revise previous topics, in class and potentially at home – though only where access is permitted. In time, I think parents could log in with their child and see how they are doing in the different areas.

If IXL proves to be a hit, for all involved, and not a one night wonder, then we’ll need to look at funding. Watch this space.

Mr Archibald

Our Christmas Concert

Last term was so busy we almost forgot to blog, though we’ll got caught back up as we have lots of great learning and experiences to share.

First up here is a Photostory by Faith and Lucy of how we put together our Christmas Eve show:

PhotoStory by Faith and Lucy

Tron

When learning about Electricity we discovered that electrons are conducted in a circuit. Electron and electricity are related words. When discussing this Fergus noticed that tron is also a part of the word electron. Tron is a game that some pupils have been playing during break based on the film Tron Legacy. This got us thinking about the film and the class (especially) Teri came up with some ideas to work on. One was making a Tron design like the ones in the slide show below.

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To make these pictures we researched video and images from the film. Mr Archibald noticed that one of the P7s had accidentally inverted the colours on one of the banners for this blog (see if you can spot it) – which produced an interesting effect. White turns to black and colours change – dull ones become bright. With that in mind Cameron and Lucy experimented with some different colours of card, scanned them and then inverted the colours, using MS Paint. This gave us an idea of the colours to use. Next Mr Archibald made a couple of examples using two different colours. You can see the original pictures below which were made on white paper with felt tip pens and cut out coloured paper. You can then see what happens when after you scan the picture and invert the colours in MS Paint. I also brightened up the colour in MS Office Picture manager.
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