Gathering Learning from around Scotland

April 5, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Holiday Homework 😉

I don’t expect you to do any homework over the next two weeks, but you might get bored;-)

If you create anything share a photo on your e-portfolio or in Teams if you like. If you find any fun things to do you can share with your classmates.

Get in touch with me if you think I can help with anything. Email is probably best but I’ll pop into Teams most days and check comments on the blog and your e-Portfolios.

Some ideas…

Do some Art

for example
Art For Kids Hub – Art Lessons – How To Draw For Kids

or search: drawing tutorial – YouTube

Or draw your family. It might cheer them up.

Take some Pictures

Get a photo challange

or make up your own, I tried to make a rainbow in the park.

Go on a Virtual Trip

maybe look at some animals:

EarthCam – Animal Cams

My favourite is the Jelly Cam.

Make something

I am missing my cardboard pile, some ideas here:
31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids’ Minds

Or make an indoor or garden den. look out the lego, knex or whatever you have, have fun.

Keep safe and I hope to see you virtually at least after the holidays.

March 30, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Home Learning Week Beginning 30 March

Hi Biggies,
I hope you and yours are all well.

Please take you time reading this. Listen to the audio if it helps. Ask someone else to read it with you if that helps too.

I’ve seen most of you online this week either in Teams or your e-Portfolio posts. If you can please do one of the following:

  • Post to your e-Portfolio
  • Leave a message in teams
  • Leave a comment on this blog post
  • e-Mail me at gw09johnstonjohn4@glowmail.org.uk

Even if it is just to let us know how you are and that you are getting this.

I can also see that some of you have been doing a little sumdog and Readtheory, let’s try and do a bit more this week.

If you have had a problem with anything let me know.

This week I hope that you try a wee bit more work.


Everyone Every Day: Read & Write.

If you have not finished your reading book now is the time.

There are lots of things to read online but try to read books. When you have read something tell us about it in Teams or by posting a short review to your ePortfolio.

If you need reminded of the class code for Epic, email me.


Choose 2 or three things from the Writing List to do this week as well as the weekly task below:

This week make an advert. Think of the persuasive genre.

  • An interesting headline.
  • Information and claims about the product.
  • Great words and phrases.
  • Catchy slogans (that may use alliteration).
  • Facts.
  • Opinions (that may be exaggerated).
  • Exciting pictures.

You could write this, make a poster or even a movie. Post it to your ePortfolio, use the Language & Literacy profile tag.



Everyone everyday you can do one of these at least

  • Sumdog we all could do more. Not much activity last week. There are 2 Challenges for Each Group, give them a go.
  • Number Talks Chilli Challenge is still addition this week.
  • Gimmie Some Sums, do a few addition, subtraction and multiplication at a level that will challenge you. Do a few division if you know the repeated subtraction or formal method.

Triangles & Squares

Practise your Fractions of

2D Shape. Draw some circles with a compass, no compass:

Draw some, on one label radius, circumference & diameter

Circle Information and help

Make some patterns with circles, you could draw round things, use scratch. Some could be Concentric Circles.

Post to your e-Portfolio.


Read about Quadrilaterals

Draw and label some Quadrilaterals, you can use paper, an app or put them in a wall in minecraft. Label them if you do that.

minecraft screenshot
Minecraft parallelogram. Can you do better, I bet you can.

Post to your e-Portfolio.

Hexagons & Octogons

How many 2D shapes can you draw? , you can use paper, an app or put them in a wall in minecraft. Label them if you do that.
Post to your e-Portfolio.


Wars of Independence
Watch some of these videos, can you explain one of them. Don’t pick the one you did for our News programs. Think about the best way to do it, writing, drawing, video or a combination.


5 Ways to Draw 3D Shapes – wikiHow
Post a drawing to your ePortfolio

Super Simple Draw! – How To Draw for Kids – YouTube


Daily emoji Movie Quiz, answers in comments please.
Movie Emoji Quiz – Banton Biggies

31 Days of Spring LEGO Calendar – That Brick Life

The Featured image was one that Heather, one of the talented Biggies, posted to Teams.

March 25, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Home Learning Week 1 Make a timetable.

Hi Biggies,
I hope you are all settling into a routine, keeping safe and having some fun.

Please read this over with your parents, grandparents or whoever is looking after you in the day. Take your time read it carefully.

This week I would like you to do one thing. Make a timetable add it to your e-Portfolio.

Plan how you are going to spend your days. The picture with this post is just one idea, you may organise your day quite differently. You could also make your look nicer than mine😉

I do think you need to have some Literacy, spelling, reading and writing, some maths, some creative activity and some exercise. Please work with your parents or whoever is looking after you on this.

Of course you don’t need to keep to your timetable every day but it is a good idea to have one.

Your Learning Intention is: I can create timetables for different purposes, e.g. parties, school trips and events

Success Criteria:

  • Create a timetable
  • Have slots for literacy, maths, exercise and fun.

Once you have your timetable post it to your e-Portfolio. Take a picture if you can or just write it out.

If you have trouble getting onto your e-Portfolio let me know and I’ll try and help.

You can email me or let us know in Teams if you like, some people are chatting there already.
We have also had a few e-Portfolio posts, well done to those people. I’ve put links in the Team chat.

I am also putting some nice, I think, photos in Teams, Jess added a drawing in progress and Aaron has just posted a bird photo. Please do the same. It doesn’t need to be to do with School work.

Please talk to your parents or whoever is caring for you  about what you are doing, they will be able to help.

I hope to see you soon, and you are keeping safe and having fun.


Mr Johnston

March 23, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Break the bank

Not sure if this will work.  Here’s us playing a maths game.


March 19, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Playground Poetry

We have only half a class today, but the sun is shining so we went out and wrote some poems. We wrote some lunes and kennings to describe some of the signs of spring.

birds are sing
Up in the bright sky
Feeling the wind


Crocuses poem

Purple blooming in the air,
On the way to the fair.

By Tanya


Beautiful blooming
Purple pride
Purple guide
Honey holder
Money maker
Im a crocus

By Jonah

Crocus start blossoming.
Birds happily sing in spring.
Trees start budding.


Silent sight
Spotty dotter
Fearless flyer
Red runner


Purple bloomer
Yellow Holder
Light Flicker
Blooming Lighter
Spring Grower


The blue sky.
Where all the birds fly.
Up so high.


They say hello
They are fluffy and huffy
They cry goodbye


The Purple Shines,
The Orange And Yellow Inside,
The Petals Soft.


All the birds sing
What a wonderful day bird!
Birds love, it


Crocuses are growing.
Lambs playing in the field.
Potatoes are sprouting.

Rhuaridh A

March 11, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Cardboard Engineers part 3

Most of the Biggies have now finished their marvellous machines. They took the basic cams and added some artistic flair.

Some of the class needs to go to the Kilsyth Academy Maths competition this morning so they need a wee bit more time to finish.

We lalso took some short videos on the machines in action, these will be posted soon.

March 10, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Cardboard Engineers part 1

The Biggies are spending the day tinkering and engineering. Already we have used our maths skills, measuring, dividing and knowing about the properties of shape; Our problem solving; practical skills and helping each other when two hands are not enough. Our next steps will involve more problem solving and practical skills to get our cams and cam folders sorted and finally we will use some creative thinking to finish our models off.

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