I Come From

We have been reading a couple of poems called I come from by Robert Seattar and Dean Atta. We found them on the Breadalbane Academy P7 Poetry Blog where that class has written some poems too.

We wrote our own, they are pretty great:

featured Image by Strebe and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Things we Love and Hate

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

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:

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.

Home Learning This Week: Photos, Uniforms and More

Another week of learning at home. It is great to see signs of learning, in the e-Portfolios, Teams and Minecraft.

I particularly liked some of responses to the photo challenge.

We wrote a great poem in Teams which I’ll post here soon (just waiting for a picture to be sent to me).

My favourite bit of the week might have been when Heather & Hazel tried to get me to wear a School Uniform in Minecraft (not my comfort zone). After I failed to follow their very straightforward instructions the made a video  to show me how and dropped that into Teams.  If teaching online is a bit out of my comfort zone, being taught in Minecraft is way out!

Me in my uniform, Hazel explaining how to get into a cart (This took a while and a coffee break!