Merry Christmas!

We can hardly believe it is the last day at school in 2021 already!  What a year it has been!

P4/5/6/ sat back and relaxed with an ice lolly on Monday afternoon while they enjoyed their online Christmas pantomime!

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2022!

Let’s make it a good one!

 

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Our Day

Friday 3rd December…

Our class is beginning is get ready for Christmas.  Each morning, we open the light bulb advent calendar we made and we also learn a new “sign” each day when we open a door on our Signalong calendar.   We are taking part in the reverse advent calendar again this year and want to thank you all for your kind donations to the Shetland Food Bank too.

We started our day with a reading session.  Lots of quizzes were taken with some great scores being recorded!  We’ve had a new delivery of books from the Sandwick School Library so lots of pupils had a look through them and chose stories that they think they will enjoy.  We have some very keen readers in P4/5/6.

We are working hard on handwriting in the class.  Some pupils worked alone on joined sentences while others copied my examples from the board.  Getting to grips with joining can be tricky but all pupils worked hard and did not give up!  It was great to see their confidence grow in just one short session.

Maths time was spent exploring 3D shapes and their nets.  We built up various shapes using construction, then folded it flat so that we could see how we needed to draw our own nets on squared paper.  There was a lot of learning in this activity!  It didn’t always work out but we spoke about how we’d improve on what we did next time!

After lunch we looked at two Christmas cards and spoke about the different themes that appear on them.  The class have been asked to look out for this over the coming weeks at home.  Do the cards link to the Christian faith and festival of Christmas or are they more winter themed with images of Santa, snowmen, robins and things we associate with this time of year?

Then we started to think about creating a Christmas card to take home.  We painted the background ready to start decorating next week.

We took advantage of the calm day to go outside for a longer Class PE session while Ruben and Ryan grabbed the chance to rehearse their guitar pieces for our Christmas Play in peace and quiet.  Two of our violin players also celebrated success in their individual lessons.  See the photos below!

Have a lovely weekend all!

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LEGO Renewables

Emma Chittick, who is a STEM Engagement Advisor for Skills Development Scotland, came in to help us with another STEM wind turbine challenge., but this time we used LEGO!

She set a competition to see which design could generate the most power.  The tricky part was trying to build a strong structure to set the turbine on.  The class also had to consider how they attached their blades and in which direction they were facing.

Everyone was so engaged and worked well on their own or with a partner to complete the task.

Well done P4/5/6!  You did a great job!

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Remembrance Day

Today, on the 11th of November, we stopped and remembered all the people who have died in wars around the world.  We also thought about those still fighting today, during our 2 minute silence.

We looked together at John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields.”  We copied this out very carefully in our Handwriting time and used our written work to form the background for our poppies.

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Wind Turbine Challenge!

As part of our topic work, we have been learning about Renewable and Non Renewable energy sources.  We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these and which ones would work best in Shetland.

Last week, we worked in teams to design and create a wind turbine using a selection of materials.  The turbine had to turn when  we used a hair dryer on it and it also had to lift a plastic cup!  Lots of things to consider in their designs!

It was lovely to watch everyone interacting and taking turns to contribute.  Everyone showed consideration towards the ideas shared and compromises were made as to what the design would look like and how it would work.

It was important to try little tests now and again, to check if any changes needed to be made.  Some groups found that when the hair dryer was switched on, the blades of their turbine were not strong enough and required further reinforcement.  Some found that there blades were the wrong size or shape and some discovered that they needed to attach their cup differently so that it would lift without getting tangled in the turbine blades.  Lots of learning going on!

We tested all the designs and everyone had the chance to add their thoughts on what they thought had worked well and what could be done to improve their designs further.  I was impressed with how the children were able to make suggestions in a such a positive, caring and considerate way.  Look out world…some future engineers here!

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Halloween

We hope you like the new image on our P4/5/6 Blog page!  What a motley crew we are!  We had a great time celebrating Halloween in class.  We made toilet roll tube characters, wrote spooky story starters, created a pastel crayon bat picture, enjoyed a special Halloween themed lunch in the canteen and took part in a co-ordinates Trick or Trick game in the afternoon.

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