P5/6 have been hard at work designing suspension bridges using Tinkercad. Their designs were inspired by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel from the Victorian era.
They used 3D design platform Tinkercad to design their bridges and will now see them come to life using the 3D printer.
Each tiny model takes between 2-3 hours to print. We are sure they will be well worth the wait. Keep an eye out for a completed model tomorrow.
P5/6 have finished reading the novel Matilda. The class will now watch the movie and complete various comparison activities linked to the book. Matilda has a PG rating. If you DO NOT consent to your child watching Matilda please contact the school office by Wednesday 11th December.
Today we learned about DYW. We spoke about all of the different jobs you can do. We also spoke about the qualities that you would need to get a job. We worked in teams to create life-size characters that we wrote jobs, skills and qualities around.
We decided that this year we would like to have a DYW day, mock interviews for the P7s and Guess the Job game for the infants with real people about their jobs.
We are also going to write to parents/carers to invite them in to share information about their jobs with us.
We had a busy morning.
by Sophie & Tommy & the committee.
P5/6 had a fantastic day recreating a Victorian Classroom. Children experienced a typical school day from the Victorian era including bible lessons, reading, writing and arithmetic before the potato lesson and drill. Children also had hand inspections after break and lunch to ensure they had clean and tidy hands ready for work.
Boys and girls lined up separately, ate separately and took different afternoon lessons. The boys tried their hand at technical drawing and construction whilst the girls hand washed stubborn stains from clothing to prepare them for a life as a housewife or servant.
The day was a real insight into how different school life would have been in Victorian times. We can’t wait to visit Scotland Street on Wednesday!
REMINDER – P5/6 will be visiting Scotland Street School tomorrow (Wednesday 20th November) as part of their interdisciplinary learning. Children should be at school at 8.45am to register before leaving at 9am prompt.
Children should wear school uniform.
The bus will return at around 4pm.
We are looking forward to another great Victorian Day!
Week 3 – Homophones
Words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things.
grate/great, its/it’s, heard/herd, bear/bare, be/bee
Please check the school bags of P5/6 tonight as there is a special delivery inside.
Children have requested a reply to the delivery in writing.
It will all make sense when you see it.
Exciting times ahead.
This week P5/6 are working on Bonfire themed words for spelling. As a class they developed a bank of words and they have each selected 10 that they find tricky. The spelling check-up will be on Thursday as usual.
The full list of words is:
oxygen, sparklers, explosives, fireworks, people, smoke, amazement, colour, colourful, fabulous, excitement, dangerous, bang, lighters, night, bonfire, executed, gunpowder, Guy Fawkes, Parliament, November, wood
Week 2 – Prefixes
Remember: a prefix is added at the front of a word and changes its meaning.
This week our focus is dis and in, both meaning not.
We are now the proud owners of our very own Be the Nice Kid signage. A huge thank you to Owen Kerr Signs for their kind donation. The BTNK sign shares an important message about kindness and thinking of others.
It’s now proudly on display in our school hall. Be sure to check it out the next time you are in visiting.
#nethenicekid #itscooltobenice #owenkerrsigns
Today for Outdoor Day number 2 it was Marneil’s turn to create some Big Art. We watched an Art Attack, Big Art, clip to find out more about our task.
Then we split into groups and started planning. We had to sketch a rough design and make a list of the materials that we would need. After that we had to gather all the supplies from around the school.
We worked together in our groups to make our pictures. We went upstairs to view our pictures from the window and see just how good they were. We made a tiger, walking man, fish and a circus clown.
What do you think?
Week 1 – Tricky Words
Blue Group – lovely, receive, weird, acquire, concentration, environment, marriage, reference, women, actually, conclusion, especially, material, relief, wretched
Red Group – writing, yelled, your, yours, upon, while, young, across, both, following, near, brother, sister, cousin, friend
JOTTERS MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL ON A THURSDAY FOR THE SPELLING CHECK-UP.
Below is the checklist for the Talking Homework Project given out to all children. You can see what is expected of your child at each level. Feel free to use this when helping your child prepare their talk.
Title: Victorian Times
Pupils have been given a project to prepare and present a short 5 minute talk about an aspect of the Victorian Time. Some ideas might be toys, school, jobs, houses or Queen Victoria. You can use the internet or books to research your chosen subject and you can chose whatever you would like to use to enhance your talk e.g. PowerPoint (saved on GLOW or pendrive), poster, photographs, bringing in items.
Children should practise their talk at home in order to be able to fluently talk to the class, they might want to use notes on paper to help them remember their talk.
All talks will be assessed using the school’s Talking & Listening criteria, which is also available on Glow. It lets pupils know what is expected at each level and can be a useful tool for parents to support their child with their talk.
Talks should be ready to be present on Monday 4th November.
Week 4 – Spelling Rules
- Q is always followed by U – (making the sound ‘kw’ e.g. queen)
- Soft C – (coming before ‘e, i, y’ e.g. face, fancy)
- Soft G – (coming before ‘e, i, y’ e.g. judge, ginger)
Blue Group -request, aquarium, earthquake, prince, December, chance, rampage, generosity, energy
Red Group -quick, quilt, quite, circus, centre, fancy, damage, gym, gigantic
Please make sure that jotters are brought to school on a Thursday for the spelling check-up.
Just a reminder that P5/6 are due to submit their Nando’s Reading Homework challenges next Thursday 10th October.
Remember only 3 activities have to be submitted each term. These can be about anything from a novel to an online news article or comic/magazine.
It is completely up to each child.
For our Outdoor Learning Day we did Big Art. We had to go around the school collecting items that we could use to help us create our big pictures.
We used bits and pieces from the gym hall, resource room, classes as well as some natural materials.
We split into two groups and decided what our theme was for our pictures. Group 1 chose a beach scene and group 2 chose the circus.
After we completed our pictures we went upstairs to the classroom window to look out and get the full effect.
We think they looked great.
Sophie & Demi
This week P5/6 are exploring homophones. All groups have the same words as the focus is on knowing the spelling and meaning of each.
hair/hare, here/hear, hour/our, no/know, maid/made, meat/meet
Prefixes – spell check will be on Thursday 26th September
antifreeze, antibacterial, anticlockwise, autobiography, biannual, bicycle, bifocal
autopilot, autograph, autocue, antiaging, biannual, bicycle, bifocal
This week’s spelling words for P5/6 are:
absence, chocolate, engagement, listening, queue, accommodation, climb, enquire, lonely, reaction
better, scary, police, white, purple, yellow, tries, wanted, piece, peace, arrive
There will be a spell check on a Thursday and this will be done at the back of homework jotters so that results can be shared at home. Children can practise their spelling in any way they wish. There are some fun spelling activities on Glow that children are free to do.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.