March 24, 2017
by Mr Thomas
This week, I began my Learning Visits to various different classes. By the end of the term, I hope to have visited every class to observe the Learning and Teaching of Numeracy.
Primary 5 were revising their multiplication tables using Loop Cards. Each card has a question and an answer on them. When you hear the question which has your answer, you say it aloud and then ask the next question. It is a fun way to learn tables! The children were very motivated by this and even I joined in!
Primary 7B were participating in a variety of tasks relating to time. It was great to see them working in groups and individually, using technology and more traditional methods. One group was using iPads and completing tasks which the Teacher had set on Study Ladder, the other was answering word problems, another had a series of challenges to do using a digital Stopwatch and the other was using a Loop Card game. The children were very motivated and engaged in all of the tasks and they worked extremely hard.
Mrs Gilmour had linked the P6 Numeracy lesson to their topic on the Victorians! This was a brilliant example of Inter-disciplinary Learning. Again, the children were consolidating the block of work they had been engaged in over the last few weeks relating to patterns and sequences. The Victorian them allowed the children to explore Morse Code, Braille, Questions on the timeline of the Victorians and the design of a Victorian Garden using patterns and a grid. However, to begin the lesson, the children were using a new resource called ‘Number Talks’. This is being introduced across all NLC schools and is part of the Attainment Challenge. It encourages the children to talk about HOW they calculate and solve problems. Already I could see the benefit of using this resource! They children were growing in confidence around the various strategies they had learned to carry out mental calculations. Well done boys and girls!
Primary 7B were also using Number Talks to help them with their mental calculation strategies. It was great to see them really discussing problems and sharing a variety of strategies. It is clear that they have learned that there is not only ONE way to solve a problem! They then moved onto the hard business of fractions and decimals! The children were very keen to share their learning with me and talk to me about what they were doing. It was a really enjoyable time to be in their class. I loved seeing the art work they had produced relating to World War II. Well done P7!
P6/5 have been working hard learning all of the more difficult Times Tables in their mental maths. They were impressive with their rapid recall of the 6,7, 8 and 9 times tables. They have been learning about the properties of a circle (radius and diameter) as part of a wider topic on shape. They were using compasses to draw the perfect circle to a given radius or diameter. It took a lot of concentration! Again, it was great to see the children so motivated by their learning and fully engaging with the lesson. Keep up the good work P6/5!
Congratulations to our friends at Kilsyth PS!
Mrs Parkinson and Mrs Murphy accompanied some of our Eco Group as they accepted and invitation from Kilsyth Primary School to attend their Eco Flag Celebration. Mrs Parkinson said that our Continuous Improvement Officer, Mrs Pandolfi, was delighted to meet them again and that our children were so confident and a credit to the school. Mrs Pandolfi also passed on her compliments to the children. However, the main reason the children were there was to celebrate with their peers. We know how much hard work goes into achieving a Green Flag! Our hosts were very welcoming and gracious. We presented them with a lovely framed gift. Here are our children pictured before they presented the gift!
Eco Group – Earth Hour Talk
Our Eco Group gave a talk at assembly today about Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 25th from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. They encouraged us all to take part and switch off for that hour. Thank you boys and girls!
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to this weeks Stars of the Week! Well done everyone!
SCIAF Fundraising Cinema Afternoon
The children enjoyed an afternoon at the movies with a choice of viewing throughout the school. Many thanks for your support of our SCIAF efforts this Lent. More information will be sent out next week regarding our arrangements for the final day of term and our final fundraiser.