P5/ STEM Activities

Next week P5/6 will be working alongside our STEM champion George Burns in an electric lorry building task.

The challenge is part of a National STEM challenge and requires the use of different tools to construct the frames and create the vehicles.  George will demonstrate the safe use of equipment, such as saws and bench grips prior to the task.

If you have any concerns about your child using tools as part of this STEM activity, please contact the school office.

We can’t wait to share our creations with you!

Cyber Safety

As part Internet Safety Day P5/6 have been chatting about how to protect their identify online.  They looked at the different apps, games and sites that are used by everyone and how much about your own identity is shared by having a profile or account.

As part of the  Internet Safety Day initiative they completed the East Ayrshire Avatar competition. Check out our three winners’ designs. Aren’t they great? They were created by Neve, Sophie-Kate and Madison.

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Good luck girls!

P5/6 Spelling

Week 1 – Spelling Strategies

Red Group – happy, word, lady, paper, window, floor, shoe, being, coming, jumped, started, used, walked, woke, only

 

Blue Group – competition, experience, mischief, safety, alliteration, convenience, explanation, modern, Saturday, although, chief, fascinating, moreover, secondary

 

Please remember homework jotters for Thursday’s spelling check-up.

P5/6 Spelling Words

Week 4 – Spelling Rules

Blue group – determination, information, participation, multiplication, evaluation, partitioning, compensation, visualisation, missing, willing

Red Group – addition, ambition, nation, station, partial, location, fuss, miss, will

Remember your jotter on Thursday for your spell check.

DYW – STEM Fun

This month in our DYW committee group we were learning lots of science skills. We learned about wiring a circuit to

light a bulb and then we added a switch.  We experimented with different materials to see which ones were insulators and which were conductors. This means which materials let electricity flow through them and which ones stop it.

After break we learned about forces and motion. We had a Rocket Challenge to see who could design and build a rocket that could cut through the air.  The winning rocket was ‘Pencil’. It was like a pencil with a sharp top. It moved the furthest and quickest.

We had an excellent time working together.

by Layton, Sophie, Jamie and Alix

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P5/6 Spelling Words

Week 4 – Homophones

Reminder – Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things.

allowed, aloud, ate, eight, beach, beech, bored, board

Please remember to bring your jotter on a Thursday for your spelling check-up.

P5/6 Spelling Words

 

 

This week’s spelling words for P5/6.

Blue Group – Prefixes (ir, im, mis, post) improper, impossible, impolite, impatient, irregular, irresponsible, immature, misbehave, misread, misuse, postgraduate

Red Group – (ae phoneme) – a-e, ay, ai, ey, ea  Chocolate, mistake, holiday, yesterday, birthday, complain, explain, chimney, monkey, valley, break, steak

Don’t forget that jotters must be brought to school on a Thursday for the spelling check-up.

Penpal Fun

This week in P5/6 we have been writing letters to our new penpals. We have buddied up with Uryside School in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, as part of our Scottish focus this month.  We hope to get to know the P6 class at Uryside and learn about them and where they live.

We are really excited and can’t wait for them to write back.

 

 

 

P5/6 Poems

P5/6 have been issued with their poems for this year’s Scots Verse.

P5 are learning Feart by Liz Niven and P6 are learning Up in the Morning Early by Robert Burns.

Remember to practise at home as often as possible and to add any action that you think will enhance your performance.

We are sure that they will be fair guid!

 

P5/6 Homework Words

Spelling words – week beginning 6th January 2020

Week 1 – Spelling Strategies

Red Group – happy, word, lady, paper, window, floor, shoe, being, coming, jumped, started, used, walked

Blue Group – advertise, conscience, evaluation, meanwhile, remember, again, conscious, evidence, metaphor, research, aisle, consequence, exaggerated, miscellaneous

Remember – you can practise your words anyway you wish at home. Your spell check will be on Thursday.

Party Time

P5/6 had a great time at their Christmas parties this week. The P5s joined P3/4 and P4/5 for some festive fun while the P6s joined P7. They enjoyed lots of ceilidh dancing and Christmas games.

I’m sure you will agree they all looked wonderful.

Tinkercad Creations

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.

 

Matilda Movie Consent

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.

Thank you.

 

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

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.

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P5/6 Victorian School Day

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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!