Last week, we were very lucky to have some fantastic visitors to our class who told us all about how they use Mathematics in their world of work. We heard all about pensions, computer generated images, being a GP, working with leather, creating spreadsheets, being an archaeologist and how high school maths links with design and manufacturing sports equipment (though the children were much more interested in the job at McDonalds that pays for all of the expensive trainers).
We’ve launched our new topic, but Sssh! It’s a secret.
In Maths we’ve been working with numbers, identifying Place Value, ordering numbers almost to 1,000,000, practicing our mental maths addition and subtraction skills and dividing with remainders.
We’ve linked Literacy with Health & Wellbeing, analysing the words to “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman which led to some fantastic discussion in class about what it means to be different and how society’s view on disability was very different in the past.
While the children were off on Tuesday, the teachers were completing HeartStart Training and so the children will be coming home with new First Aid Skills very soon.
Today we have been combining art and maths. Looking at shapes –
“Everything in nature is formed upon the sphere, the cone and the cylinder. One must learn to paint these simple figures and then one can do all that he may wish.” Paul Cézanne
We spent time looking at sunflowers to see what patterns were visible. Ask your child about the Fibonacci Sequence…
Literacy and English
We have been learning how to use speech marks to show if someone is speaking. It was quite easy but we enjoyed it. We will use speech marks in our writing.
Numeracy and Mathematics
We did our Numeracy SNSA this week. We did a practice first which was very easy and then we did the real one. It was really fun and quite challenging.
On Thursday we went to the Museum of Rural Life. At the farm we learned how to milk cows by squeezing the udders. There was also a quiz in the museum where we had to solve clues to find the answers. Some of us were able to pat a lamb, a calf or a horse. Some of us were able to hold chicken’s eggs. At the workshop we were learning what soil was used for. We learned that 95% of food starts with good soil and that soil is made of grass, water and minerals but it takes 1000 years to make a centimetre of soil.
Did you know horses grow moustaches when they get to a certain age?
We were very lucky with the weather but Group 3 got a little soggy!
As part of our current Health topic we will be looking at disabilities and medical conditions to develop our knowledge further. Today we looked at diabetes specifically what it is, what the cause is and some symptoms that may present themselves.
We put ourselves into the shoes of a new pupil arriving in the class with diabetes. Our aim was to write a diary entry from this point of view explaining how it may affect their daily lives.
We shared our diary entries with a peer and received some feedback. We discovered that diabetes is manageable if with injections of insulin and a healthy diet and exercise. The children also realised that it doesn’t define a pupil and they can still lead an active and fun filled life.
The boys and girls of P4A have been busy researching where produce is farmed, grown and harvested around Scotland. It took some patience, IT skills and good communication with our partners to identify where each food could be found.
After the resounding success of Mystery at Magpie Manor, we have been really focused on our Numeracy, Maths and Literacy learning for the rest of this week. We used the creatures created in our Chris Riddell (author and illustrator) inspired illustration lesson to learn about developing characters. In previous lessons we have created characters and then drawn them whereas this time, the children drew their creatures and then work on building the characters using the Chris Riddell technique of What, Who and Where. The writing jotters have been sent home today and I’m sure you will agree that the characters developed by the children were fantastic.
A conversation in class sparked learning about Hyperbole and the children have all embraced the use of it – be prepared for lots of “so hungry I could eat an elephants”, “I can run faster than a rocket” or some of the other many examples the children came up with in class.
In Numeracy and Maths we have been looking at mapping and coordinates as well as number sequencing and interpreting data. There have been lots of opportunities for active learning, the bee bots have been in class again and some of the children tested their map drawing skills by describing routes to the office and then walking their routes. They quickly learned to adjust their maps as soon as they realised that they led to other classrooms, dead ends and into walls.
The weather inspired today’s art lesson, the children created Salt Snowflakes. We looked at photographs of snowflakes and discussed the similarities and differences, the children designed their own snowflakes as a result of this discussion and then by combining glue, salt and water paints, they discovered what happens when you add water to salt. They watched as the colours spread across their snowflakes and were able to identify the appropriate colour palette to create winter themed pictures. I am delighted with how sensible and mature they were as they worked together to created their artwork and then tidied the classroom afterwards.
After the excitement of last week’s assembly, the children have settled back into learning really well this week. With only a few weeks until the holidays, we have been focusing on time, area and division in Maths. All tricky topics, but the children have worked really hard at mastering them. We’ve also been looking at 3D Shapes and their Nets which gave the perfect opportunity for the children to create cubes and octahedrons to decorate our class tree.
We consolidated our topic learning so far by creating an information leaflet all about the Templar Knights of Capelrig. The resulting leaflets were both eyecatching and informative and all of the children met their Success Criteria.
We continued our learning about our local area by creating maps with all of the important landmarks highlighted. The children created a key for their map and there was a lot of discussion about the position of the roads. We looked at 3D images of the Tower in the Woods. We have been very lucky that Mearns History Group have been very supportive with our topic and this week we received further images of the Tower that were not available online and an email from James Winnett, the artist responsible for the Capelrig Stones who is very keen to speak to the children about their learning.
Today we undertook a STEM Challenge. the children were given a Plastic Cup, Two Eyes, cotton wool and paper and left to create their own Santa. The results were very impressive and extremely creative.