A few nice things from this school week.
We were doing some character description in our writing today. We watched The OceanMaker, which is a great video and the pupils wrote short pieces of text focusing on describing Katrina. They produced some great work.
Jonah came up with:
Katrina was gently holding her big wound. Glancing at her bloody hand, washing all the blood away with her painful tears.
We have been working on the grid method of multiplication I challenged some of the children to make something to teach younger children about this. Heather & Rhea made this video.
I hope there will be some more videos next week.
We have a new pupil, Kaitlyn, who is setting in well and working hard: Welcome to the Biggies Kaitlyn.
We had a visit from a Pedagogy teacher Mr Dorman today he lead the class in some Number Talks, the pupils worked hard, behaved perfectly and enjoyed the lesson. We look forward to Mr Dorman coming in over the next few weeks to help with our maths lesson.
I posted earlier about:
Finally we have been trying Minecraft Education Edition to support our maths, here is some Minecraft Multiplication Visualisation!
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.
Rubbing in Butter
Howe many decorations
The J team
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!
It has been a short week but enjoyable week.
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.
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.
Our Victorious Team Captains