Topic Work

We now have 2 skeletons on display in the classroom.!  We have had some helpers today, writing labels for each one.

The skeleton on the left has been labelled with common terms for the bones, such as thigh bone, knee cap and skull.  The skeleton on the right shows the medical terms for each bone, for example femur, patella and cranium.

This afternoon we made our own moving skeletons.  It was very fiddly and we had to have a lot of patience to make it work!   

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Skeletons

Today we worked in groups to try to build a skeleton!  It was interesting to see if anyone knew how our bones are connected.  We had fun trying to identify the internal organs too and where they are located inside our bodies.

Last week we wrote down all of the things that we would like to find out about the Human Body.  So many excellent questions!  We are going to begin group research projects soon to try to answer some of our questions.

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Quiz Time!

In P4/5/6, we have been learning how to build electrical circuits as part of our topic work.  We have also looked at which materials act as conductors of electricity and which materials are insulators.

We found out that metal is a conductor, so we used tin foil to help us build an electrical quiz board for the younger pupils in our school.

We thought carefully about  the focus for our quizzes and tried to keep in mind how to make the questions suitable for younger pupils.

It was amazing to see how many social skills were developed during this process:  turn taking, co-operation, talking and listening, compromising and providing support and encouragement to each other.  Of course, there were opportunities to develop ICT skills too.  It was lovely to see so many pupils eager to pass on their ICT knowledge!  What a team!

To play our games, you need to use an electrical circuit.  Instead of completing the circuit, the  wires at each end connect to our quiz board – one wire to a question and the other wire to the answer.  If the question and answer match, the bulb will light up!  This means that we have completed the circuit!

We can’t wait to show you the finished quiz boards soon and test them out on the P1/2 and P2/3/4 classes!

 

 

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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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