This afternoon we had our first session with Euan from G.A.M.T.A. You started with a warm-up, both your body and your voices. Euan is going to create a show based on WW2 so he split you into groups to brainstorm what you facts you already know. You then prepared a presentation to share your knowledge with your peers. Some of the facts were true but some of them will need a little bit of research to clarify their origin!
Euan then gave your group a scenario to act out. Can you tell from the photos who is doing what? You finished by letting Euan hear a couple of the WW2 songs you have been learning. Overall, a great start to our drama sessions!
This morning we started our new Maths topic, Data Handling. First we reminded ourselves of all of the vocabulary and charts. Next we made some physical charts to display some information. We made pie charts, Venn diagrams, Carroll diagrams and tally charts.
This afternoon, both P7 classes took a trip back in time to a 1939 classroom with Miss James. They had to change into a traditional uniform then they were lined up in a strict fashion before being instructed to their seats.
They had to recite their 2-5 times tables and then individually had to answer a question which was very nerve racking! They used a slate and chalk to answer five mental arithmetic questions (which even involved questions about shillings)!
Next they had a spelling test with the words: ration, siren, shelter, evacuation and coupon. After that, came the messy part when they had to use a fountain pen and ink. They copied the words from the chalkboard using cursive handwriting and used blotting paper to soak up the excess ink. Finally they wrote a label with their name, address, school and date of birth in case they had to be evacuated.
During the lesson, the pupils had to sit with their spines against the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor and ‘faces forward’. Miss James was a force to be reckoned with, without even using her belt! When Miss James came out of character, she explained that this was how pupils would have been taught and felt in 1939. Schools and teaching methods have changed so much since then. Tell someone at home what you enjoyed about the school experience and something you appreciate about how your school experience is today.
This morning we started our new P.E. topic, basketball with Kasia. She taught you the basics: how to bounce the ball, the rules, the four basic passes and also how to serve. Can you tell someone at home the name of the four passes? Can you remember what B.E.E.F. stands for in relation to shooting?
Well, the P7 classes have two very proud teachers because all of the planning and organising paid off! You hosted a successful Burns Supper with a total of 110 guests. We decorated the Gym Hall in the morning, had a quick run-through and then it was time for the actual event. Everything ran smoothly and the guests had a ball. Everyone was impressed with the performances and food. You truly did a wonderful job!
This morning we worked together to prepare and cook soup and shortbread for tomorrow afternoon’s Burns Supper. For the lentil and vegetable soup, we had to boil vegetable stock with red lentils to soften them. We had to peel and chop potatoes, grate carrots and dice leeks before adding them to the stock and lentils. The soup chefs did a marvellous job of preparing their ingredients and tidying and clearing the dishes. I can’t wait to taste the soup tomorrow!
This afternoon we were so impressed with the collaboration and creativity that went on! You worked in your own groups (Food and Drink, Entertainment, Administration or Decorations), to come up with ideas of how to plan and organise the Burns Supper. There were ideas and opinions shared while most people were listening and on task. There were very minimal squabbles while the sub-facilitators and facilitators worked hard to ensure everyone had a job and was on task. Your ‘to do’ lists are huge but we know if you work as well as you did this afternoon, it’s going to be an amazing afternoon! Have a look to see who was on task.
This morning we completed the first part of our Robert Burns topic. We had to work together to display Robert Burns’ name on the classroom floor. The only resources we had were ourselves! The time limit was 20 minutes.
By investigating a Scottish historical theme, I can discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a
The higher order thinking skill was synthesis: I can work successfully with others using organisational tools to complete a task in a given time.
After Lucy and Morgan took turns to read out the task sheet, you jumped up and started moving the tables to create a space on the floor. It was so hard for me to stand back and watch you without answering questions or giving suggestions but there was a lesson to be learned! Here is what I saw and heard during the twenty minutes. Which ones are positives and which ones can you learn lessons from?
After 20 minutes, the task was over and we had a good debrief to discuss what went well (W.W.W) and what would could have been done better (E.B.I). Here is your self assessment:
We compared your own self-assessment with my assessment and highlighted what we could use to improve any future tasks. Here you are in action.
This afternoon, we had our first origami masterclass. We discussed the origins of origami. The Japanese word “origami” itself is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: “ori” (root verb “oru”), meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper.
You then had a choice of origami instructions to follow in order to make some paper creations! I was impressed with your co-operative skills when helping each other and sharing resources. I hope you show off your folding skills and works of art to someone at home. Visit the website below to find more instructions:
This morning, we had twenty pupils from P6-7 to represent our school for the Road Race. We met at On-X in Linwood with loads of other Renfrewshire P6-7 pupils where they ran against each other for just under 2 kilometres. Not only did our 6-7 pupils behave exceptionally well, they all did their best and ran like the wind! Congratulations to our pupils and all of the other competitors who took part.