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More poems this week.

We have been reading Edwin Morgans Poem: A view of things. We worked on our own poems. We enjoyed the lack of punctuation and made some great images with words.

Poems on the Table

We have been reading Table a poem by Turkish poet Edip Cansever translated by Richard Tillinghast. The class have been writing their own poem basted on the ‘shape’ of this poem. Click the titles to read the poems.

The featured image on this post is Our Table by cogdog on Flickr shared as Public domain

Highlights This week: pretty decent kids

Circle Time

We started working on our discussions skills last Friday around the Firepit and have continued this week. Talking about feelings and well being and our lockdown experiences. We have been working on making Talking Sticks, which are looking good. We hope to have some photos on the blog as soon as we have finished.

When talking about class rules, and why we don’t make a big thing of them, I asked the children why. Ben gave the answer,

because we are pretty decent kids

Today we thought about the qualities of Pretty Decent Kids. We used Keynote to illustrate these words.

Swingpark Sign Design

Swingpark Sign Design

We heard that Jonah won the Play Park Design a Sign Competition and on Thursday the primary sevens (plus Grace) went down to the park to meet The Provost, and other North Lanarkshire dignitaries along with representatives from the Banton Park Committee. You can read more on the Banton School site.

Blended Bird Art

We have been working on using our coloured pencils to create gradients and blends of colour. We look at examples of pictures by Richard Spare who works in dry point and water colours. We took some of the ideas and made our pictures using coloured pencils and charcoal. Here are a random selection you can see them all on the Art Gallery

Great Tit by Jonah
Bird art by Alice
Bird art by Lara

Alligator, Alligator

Last week we read ALLIGATOR PIE by Dennis Lee. The then wrote and illustrated our own versions for the p1-3 to listen to and read. We made a video for them to watch:

Play Park Design a Sign Competition

North Lanarkshire Council Community Partnership Team in partnership with Banton Swingpark Group were delighted to announce that a new play area in Banton was completed in August 2020.

Pupils were invited to enter a competition to design a sign and think of a name for the new play area.  The winning entry will then be made into a sign which will be installed in the new play area.

Here are the Biggies designs. They show off both their creativity and artistic skills. I am glad I am not picking a winner.

New Biggies Logo

We needed a logo or icon to represent our class. This will be used in Teams and here on the blog as a site icon.

We though a bit about logos and how they are designed to stand out and look good at different sizes.  The class had some great ideas and designs as you can see below. To be fair we  asked Mrs Rae to judge which one to use,  after a bit of a struggle she choose Heather’s which you can see above.

Vedic Square Experiments

Over the last couple of days we have been learning about Vedic squares.

We started by making a times table square and then working out the digital root of each answer to get a vedic square. When the experimented with the patterns made on the squares.

Next we repeated the square using numbers on our iPads. We used conditional highlighting to make each number a different colour. We took screenshots into pages and keynote to duplicate and make symmetrical patterns.

A couple of the class decided to animating the patterns, and then we all tried. There are a few more to be finished off next week.

4 Words – What do you want from school?

Today I asked the children what they wanted from school this session in 4 words (hat tip to Mr Minchen on twitter for the idea).

14 Fun
7 Cooking
5 Creativity
4 Gym
3 Independence
3 History
3 Art
2 Smartness
2 Learn
2 Fires
2 Education
1 Work
1 Woods
1 Maths
1 Knowledge
1 Interest
1 Hope
1 Happiness
1 Gymnastics
1 Food
1 Fitness
1 Baking
1 A’S
1 Achievements

Last Week of Term

Hi Biggies,
Only two and a half days to go.

I am not going to put up any work for this week. I would like you to continue showing your learning from last week. I have loved what has been done so far. It is really worth the effort to get a few memories on your e-portfolio before summer!


I’ll have a Teams meeting on Monday at 2pm.

Check out Teams on Tuesday and Wednesday for other possible meetings.

If you want some extra ideas you could try:

  1. Art Ideas – Banton Biggies
  2. Other Ideas – Banton Biggies
  3. Home Learning Week beginning 8 June 2020 – Banton Biggies
  4. Explore a Word – Banton Biggies
  5. Lockdown Writing Ideas – Banton Biggies
  6. Number Talks Chilli Challenge – Banton Biggies
  7. Tables Practise – Banton Biggies
  8. Adaptive Learning Platform | Learning Games | Sumdog