We have crammed in so much this week that it is hard to remember it all. We also were so busy that we took far fewer photos than usual.
We continued our preparation for the Christmas Fayre, 3 group organising the making tree ornaments, Santa faces and some cookies.
The children did really well under the pressure of a deadline.
The Fayre went really well too, the class selling the decorations they produced, their Christmas Calandars and other items.
These activities targeted our food preparation skills, especially measuring and kneading.
After all the fun of the fair on Thursday we had some more fun on Friday, we made fruit skewers and cooked them over the fire pit. This gave us more practise of our cooking skills, chopping and cutting. Some children practised using lives safely to cut kindling and we were all safe around the fire. We were so busy looking at what as going on we didn’t even get one photo! The class were brilliant and keeping safe and following or fire pit rules. they built, lit and fed the fire. We even managed a bit of literacy, thinking of adjective and alliteration.
During all of this we found time to practise our Christmas show, this was made very enjoyable for the staff by the excellent behaviour and enthusiasm of the whole school.
Finally playtime saw the invention of The Banton Snack Van!
Imagination, creativity and practical skills in the playground. The Banton Snack Van serving up fresh piles of tasty leaves. pic.twitter.com/vRCIUi6EzN
The Biggies impressed me with the singing they are preparing for the Christmas Show. Mrs Rae has got them all singing with great enthusiasm, they sound great.
A couple of children ticked off their Health and Wellbeing targets by improving their press ups and filming for evidence.
The class are working in groups to plan and make items to sell at the Parent Council Christmas Fayre next week. They co-operated very well in planning and the first group “The Jolly Hollies” lead the class through making some salt dough while I sat and watched. I am looking forward to the other groups leading next week.
Finally we had a great 8 minutes writing settings today. Amazing concentration and fascinating descriptions for the class.
Today the Biggies were creating a zip line in the playground. They showed great Problem Solving skills, doubling the rope and making the line higher when their first attempt failed. They also showed that they can really work together, great Team Work.
We have just returned from our joint sports day at Chapelgreen where Banton were again victorious. Even better the behaviour and attitude of all the children was brilliant.
Our teams lead by their team leaders all worked hard. Alana was mentioned by several staff from both schools as being particularly encouraging to her teammates. Grace did a great job of helping the primary one child in her team.
We had two successful learners this week:
Jonah showed he was a successful learner when he listened and joined in with the assembly about litter. He demonstrated his learning by going home, making a poster and posting it to his e-Portfolio!
Caelan has shown himself to be a very successful learner in maths. He calculates very quickly and accurately and can now successfully convert fractions and mixed numbers to decimals and back.
Aaron really showed his ICT skills when designing a fact sheet about Highland Cattle. His layout and design were excellent and the way he used a background image and then the cow head with a drop shadow, was great.
Junior sports leader’s is a club of p5-7’s getting coached to coach the p1-4’s to be more active and have fun.
Julie from active schools came in to talk to us about how to be a Junior Sports Leader. We got booklets of how to be a junior sports leader. Julie quickly ran through session 1 of the booklet and then she teaches us some warm up games like Tig, What’s the time Mr Wolf and other games.
Now Julie went onto the main games like Ice Cube where we couldn’t be seen moving. And we obviously had to start with a warmup game which was tig and we also made our own obstacle courses. And then we tidied up and we are to do session 2 in our little booklet.
Today we went to the k’nex challenge at Kilsyth academy and we had to build a go cart and it had to have 4 wheels 1 seat 25 cm tall and 30cm wide or under. And you had to make it have a steering mechanism to turn. And there was 7 schools and we came 1ST!!! Then Ballmaloch was the runner up aka 2nd place. And I got sweets and 2 pencils and so did Fulton. But the other Banton team lost a mark because their cart was to wide. But they got 3rd!!!