Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within the world of work and establishes foundations which can be built upon through lifelong learning. Numeracy is not only a subset of mathematics; it is also a life skill which permeates and supports all areas of learning, allowing young people access to the wider curriculum. (Education Scotland)
Monday 23rd September – Family Numeracy and Maths Homework Challenge
Families can choose one activity (or more if you wish) from the grid and work on this together over the next two weeks. How you record and share your homework is up to you! There are some suggestions on the grid but please feel free to be as inventive as you wish. This homework will last two weeks. On Friday 4th October, the eldest child in each family should bring in their family homework and the pupils will get a chance to share their activity with the school community. The homework should be carried out as a family and each activity can be simplified or extended to allow everyone to take part. There are lots of real life challenges to allow our pupils to see the benefit numeracy and maths has on our everyday life. These activities are designed to be fun, active and engaging for all our learners. It will not only promote their numeracy, but it will also develop their problem solving, creativity and collaboration skills.
family numeracy homework
Spelling – Access https://www.spellingcity.com/users/MrsKHorne select the correct list and use spellingcity’s games to help you learn your words. Each week you are also to learn five words that you have selected yourself with the spelling rule taught on Mondays. These will not be on spelling city. Instead practise the rule making your words using active strategies (writing words on a partners back to guess, make with pasta or play doh, rainbow writing, cheerleading the words etc…). You do not hand evidence of this in to school. It should be short, fun and engaging. You will complete a short dictation which uses words of a similar difficulty, though not the 5 specific words, which follow the spelling rule on Fridays.
***On Friday the 4th of October we will be wearing red to ‘Show Racism the Red Card’***
On Wednesday, in writing, we were learning how to write a story using interesting openers and volcabuary. We walked around using our books and our imaginations, trying to think of different words or phrases to suit the titles on our group’s paper, and then moved to the next poster. We had lots of good ideas and used them to plan. Alexander E decided we should add using three interesting words in one of our descriptions to our success critereia. Next week we will be redrafting our stories and improving them using our success criteria and volcabuary pyramids.
By Emma and Safa
* Check your homework diary for your mental maths task.
* Choose an activity from the spelling homework grid to helpyou learn your spelling words.
* Volcano Experiment
Spelling Challenges ES
Volcano Experiment 1
***I have given any children experiencing technical issues a chance to complete their ICT task in school today. Numeracy and Literacy tasks can be completed without accessing Teams this week. Until everyone is able to access Teams from home we will post homework here on the blog and items which would be submitted through Teams should be emailed to the class email address Kh6a@kirkhill.e-renfrew.sch.uk***
Spelling – Access https://www.spellingcity.com/users/MrsKHorne, select the correct lists use spellingcity’s games to help you learn your words. Each week you are also to learn five words that you have selected yourself with the spelling rule taught on Mondays. These will not be on spelling city. Instead practise the rule making your words using active strategies (writing words on a partners back to guess, make with pasta or play doh, rainbow writing, cheerleading the words etc…). You do not hand evidence of this in to school. It should be short, fun and engaging. You will complete a short dictation which uses words of a similar difficulty, though not the 5 specific words, which follow the spelling rule on Fridays.
Numeracy – Create a question to investigate in your home (e.g. How Many Windows Are in Each Room in My Home? How Many Walls Are in Each Room in My Home. Which Colours Decorate the Walls in My Home?). Create a list or table to help you tally your results. You have the choice of using excel or paper to create a graph of your findings. Remember your success criteria (title, axes labelled across the lines and titled, correct information displayed, scale equally spaced etc…). You don’t need to colour in your graph but can if you like. Please bring in your graph, or submit it here. You don’t need to hand in your notes.
Other Area – ICT Spreadsheets. Using the formula we learned last week in ICT complete the answer cells on the spreadsheet attached. (Remember the computer will complete the calculation for you!)
3. Recap Challenge – new
This week we drew diagrams of how you would show an electrical circuit that Mrs Horne described. We had to know what components you needed for the circuits, where to put the components and we needed to use a ruler. We didn’t need to label the circuit because we used the correct symbols. Then we looked at diagrams and we had to say if they would work or not and why we thought they wouldn’t work. We will find out if our predictions were right next week when we make the circuits.
by Katie and Grace
Homework is now available to view on Microsoft Teams. This week we are investigating our home to create a graph, completing a spreadsheet using formula used in class and using https://www.spellingcity.com/users/MrsKHorne to practise our spelling rule.
Homework is always explained clearly and carefully in class on either Friday or Monday to ensure understanding, but if they forget anything we are happy to discuss this again.
All children have checked again that they are able to access glow. A few passwords have been changed over the last two weeks to two words with no capitals and one space, to aid recall. Please check your child is able to open their homework at home, and understands their tasks each Monday night. This will allow us time to arrange computer access over the week if neccessary. It can be completed any night Monday – Thursday but we recommend not leaving it to Thursday night as homework can be time consuming. Recommended length, set out in our school Homework Policy, is 20-30 minutes a night for P5 and P6. If you find tasks are taking your child too long please just stop and send in a short note.
Occassionally there may be events happening at home over the week. We both completely understand this. A short note on Friday explaining this is why homework could not be completed on time is perfect. If your child is repeatedly stuggling with homework, please do contact us so that we can help but hopefully this will not be the case.
We hope to be able to share photos of P6a enjoying their learning during the year. Once GDPR photo permissions are returned, and responses collated, we will take turns to add these to the blog during our ICT lessons. Photos will be posted without pupil names attached. Mrs Horne will contact you, to confirm preferences if you have indicated you would not like photos online, over the next few weeks.
Thank you for your patience, and please keep checking for updates!
Thanks to everyone who managed to drop by last night to ‘Meet the Teachers’. We realise with clubs and activities it is not always possible to attend events so below is the PowerPoint with information which was displayed through the night. We are looking forward to a productive year, watching each pupil mature, grow in confidence and develop their knowledge and skills. There will be many more opportunities to enjoy a visit Kirkhill, over the course of P6.
Kirkhill Primary Meet the Teacher September 2019
This week’s homework will be available on Microsoft Teams from Monday. To access this log on to your glow account, click on the red office 365 tile, select teams and then the assignments tab. We all checked we were able to log in to glow, opened assignments and looked at how to ‘hand in’ completed work last Thursday.
If you have any issues accessing your homework at home on Monday please let Mrs Jamieson know on Tuesday, or Mrs Horne on Wednesday. We can check you are able to login or arrange access to the computers in the atrium at lunch time if you don’t have access at home.
We hope you enjoyed your weekend. We are looking forward to seeing you, with your responsible adults, on Thursday night, if you are free and able. You are invited to visit the classroom to see some of the resources we will be using this session, in P6a.
Mrs J and Mrs H
Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others and thinking skills. Learning in the outdoors can make significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. Therefore, outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels.
(Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2010)
At Kirkhill Primary we strive to provide regular outdoor learning experiences for all our children. As a school we have a fantastic outdoor space which can be used across the curriculum to develop our children socially, emotionally and academically. During last session we had a super Science Garden added to our fantastic Eco garden and we can’t wait to explore here and other areas of our school grounds!
To allow all pupils to access outdoor learning in the changeable Scottish weather, we would appreciate the children bringing in outdoor clothing (wellies, rain jackets and trousers) on days they will be learning outdoors. Class teachers will let you know via the class blogs the days that these are required so that you can keep them at home on other days. Also, if you have any spare items which your child is not using any more and you are happy to give these to the school, please put this in a bag with it clearly labelled as spare clothing for the school to allow items to be shared with our families.
Thank you in advance with your support with outdoor learning and please get in touch if you have any questions. This support will allow our children to have a fantastic time learning outdoors come rain or shine!