Over the past week, we have been putting together a class dance with an African feel! It was a beautiful day so we took our rehearsals outside and managed to run through all the steps as a class. They’ve picked it up really quickly. In the afternoon Fearne’s Mum, Mercyline, met us in the multi court to show us some moves that would be typical in the Sengenya dance and then she helped us add some of these movements into the group sequences that the children created. They had some lovely, creative ideas! We’ll record these dances tomorrow and hope to share our work at the end of term. A big thank you to Mercyline for giving up her time for us. 😊
What a super Transition Day we had with the new P4/5/6 class this week! Mrs Smith came in for the first part of the morning when we spent some time getting to know each other with the Find the Fib game. Everyone (including Mrs Henderson and Mrs Smith) had to think of 3 things to share with the class about themselves. BUT, 1 of them had to be a fib. We had fun trying to guess which statement was false. Sometimes it was very tricky to decide!
We spent a little time writing down all of the things that were important to us. Some people had similar interests but it was also good to point out that it’s OK to like different things too.
We then got into groups and took part in some team building games. We played Lower the Hoop, Pass the Hoop, Lego building Relay and Silent Birthday Line up. We managed to put everyone in order from youngest to oldest…without saying a word! Well done everyone! Amazing!
The afternoon was spent doing a STEM activity. Each team had the challenge of building a newspaper bridge which would be strong enough to hold a textbook. Some bridges were so strong that they were able to hold more than 10 books! It was great to see how everyone worked together as a team and took responsibility for the task.
We are looking forward to welcoming the class back in August where we can continue to get to know each other and work as a team.
Our topic this term has been World War 2. We have been finding out about The Blitz, blackouts, evacuations and what life was like for people in the UK at that time.
The pupils have also been working in small groups to research a chosen aspect of World War 2. The groups have chosen to research:
- The Soviet Union
- Anne Frank
- Women in World War 2
- New Inventions/Products in World War 2.
- Adolf Hitler
Everyone has been working so hard on their presentations and we are looking forward to sharing what we have found out with each other next week!
Some pupils have also been conducting some further research at home, finding out about their own family members who lived during the time of World War 2. We are going to share these on Monday and Tuesday in the last week of term. I can’t wait to see and hear what they found out!
We have been thinking about what it would have been like to be evacuated in WW2. We are going to write letters home, pretending we have been evacuated, thinking about the differences between life in a city and life in the countryside.
It was just too lovely outdoors so we took our planning sheets out of the classroom and enjoyed working in the sunshine!
Today saw the end of Mrs Douglas’ time with us in P5/6. We have very much enjoyed having her work alongside us and wish her well as she continues her training.
Roma and Kathryn were so delighted to receive their letters from their buddies for next year! The pictures are beautiful! They are starting their replies!
Yesterday, our Primary 6 JRSOs had a visit from Police Sergeant Douglas. He came to talk to them about road safety and asked them about their previous JRSO campaign. He let them see the speed gun and explained how it worked. We are very grateful that he gave up his time for us. Please look out for more JRSO work coming in the near future!
While P6 have been taking part in their Play Leader training on Monday afternoons, P5 have been busy with Mrs Douglas, planning and preparing for their own stop motion animations.
Over the past 4 weeks, Liam, Eveline, Conor and Freya have been exploring how stop motion animations are created. They have written their own storyboards and spent time creating resources for 2 different short stories. These stories will be shared with P1/2 when they are ready.
Today the children began filming their stories and quickly learned that it was not going to be a simple task! It requires a lot of patience, trial and error. The group are learning so much from each other and it has been lovely to see everyone being so supportive.
Here are some behind the scenes shots of their filming session earlier today.
For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been building on our understanding of angles – naming them, recognising them, measuring and drawing and using our knowledge to help us work out missing angles. Some pupils wrote out instructions for their peers to use to help them draw angles of different sizes. They then took on the role of teacher, supporting their classmates as they worked and offering advice when needed. The lesson was enjoyed by all and it was clear to see that some pupils had gained in confidence after working in this way. I think we have some future teachers in the class!
Our day today started with Mrs Douglas’ symmetry lesson. The class all concentrated so well on their shapes and patterns. Then it was out into the fresh air to tidy up to the Croft House doing our Redd Up. See the photo of our most unusual find! Then it was reading time followed by a lesson on alliteration. The children made up sentences about their classmates using alliteration and interesting verbs, adjectives and adverbs. After lunch, we recapped on Health & Wellbeing work from last week, relating to naming external body parts. Mrs Douglas made up a fun game that had everybody answering questions and using the correct names. It was a fun and relaxed way to learn.