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 are going to try and get outdoors a bit more this month. Today was a beautiful clear day with only a little wind, a good day for some leaf art.
We went out and gathered leaves of different shapes and colours for the play ground. First we created designs and patterns with the leaves, thinking about colour and shape.
After that we cut leaves in half and sketched in the other half, trying to match the veins and shade and blend colours.
The class enjoyed working outdoors and identified some of the reasons:
It felt peaceful, calm and relaxed. We had better concentration. We felt free. We could sit beside different people had more choice and enjoyed working with nature.
We will be adding all of our work to the blog soon to the Art Gallery and add links from here.
Last week we went a trip to the National Museum of Rural Life.
We went round the farm and saw lost of old bit of machinery in the museum. We also when to a workshop. Click on the thumbnails below to see some reports and writing by the Biggies.
We have been learning to tint and mix colours to paint like Georgia O’Keefe.
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.
Yesterday we went to Dow’s Wood with Mr & Mrs Carter. We found many signs of autumn, seeds, plants and signs of wildlife.
The Children have written a little about their finds, click the thumbnails to read more.
What it’s about
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.
As usual the Biggies have been a delightful company. Here are a few things that have stood out for me.
Jess painted a marvellous picture of a poppy. She did a brilliant job of tinting and shading.
Rhea worked very independently in literacy. She researched the meaning and pronunciation of some new words using an online dictionary, wrote sentence to show she understood the meanings and recorded her self reading the sentences showing she had learnt how to pronounce the words correctly!
We started our e-Portfolios by adding our first targets of the year. The children in primary four and five had not used e-Portfolios before. I was amazed to see that 3 of them had posted to their e-portfolios from home. Not only that they had customised their blogs even though I had only mentioned that it could be done. Well done Grace, Rhuraidh M and Alice. Grace posted a beautiful picture taken from her window, Rhuraidh some lovely ones of his family’s cat. Alice found some Red Tractor labels while food shopping after we had been talking about them in class.
We were learning to animate in keynote. We practised grouping and layering. We applied gradients and colours. We used our imagination.
There was a lot to take in and we had you use our listening skills.
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