All posts by John Johnston

I am a teacher, currently working in Banton Primary for North Lanarkshire Council. I also act as Product Owner/provide support for Glow Blogs.

Grit Tok

Banton had a very special, very big visitor yesterday: Grit Tok.

Grit Tok is a gritter that patrols the roads keeping them open in winter. Grit Tok was accompanied by her driver Billy.  Bill took us all sort of interesting facts about the way Grit Tok worked.

Grit Tok is a special critter because she was named by a Banton Pupil Tanya as part of a competition.

Halloween Firepit

We had a rather unusual Halloween morning today. All the classes went out to the playground and toasted marshmallows around the fire.

The Biggies started it off then the younger classes came out for their turn. The primary sevens did a brilliant job of explaining and demonstrating out fire safety rules to the younger classes.

Biggie’s Highlights 18 Sep 2020

Lots of good things going on this week.


We saw the NHS Spitfire and Arron managed to get a video on his iPad:


We have been working on our ideas around behaviour and being pretty decent kids. We though of some attributes and created characters to represent them.

We will have more on our blog when they are finsihed.

The Biggies wrote great poems this week and you can read them:

Things we Love and Hate

Please have a read and leave a comment if you like.

We hope to share them with the P7 in Breadalbane Academy (@BreadalbaneAcad) soon in Teams.

We have also taken another TikTok photo walk trying to learn a little more about photography. This week we looked at shadows:

Tiktok Photo walks: shadows

Biggies’ Blog Highlights W/E 11 Sep 2020

We have had a busy week this week with some outdoor learning.

photography in the playground
Photography in the playground: Close-ups details and Perspective.

playground maths
2D Shapes and their properties.

Im maths we have been looking at some shapes, this lead to an experiment with rotational symmetry:

Mandala Design 8.9.20

and some compass circle drawing and experimentation which will continue next week.

We had a fire and cooked some marshmallows and apples on Tuesday, Arron & Jonah posted to the blog:

Fire Pit Fun 🔥

We have been reading a poem Table by Turkish poet Edip Cansever, and the children wrote their own versions. These are great and we posted them to the Biggies blog today:

Poems on the Table

Micro:bit Maths

A surprise highlight today. We were programming our micro:bits to use in maths, showing a dice and as a random number generator. Aaron had his own idea and made a times table tester, that will show a question and then give the answer. This was in addition to rolling a dice on shake and giving a random number on button A! Certainly an independent learner.