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Friday 30th April – Our Day

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.

Last Day Of Term

What a busy two weeks we’ve had … but it’s been great! The planned activities have really helped the children settle and reconnect. Today, we finally were able to present our learning about life cycles. We started this piece of work during our biodiversity topic and were due to share our work when we started term 3. Sadly, this had to wait! The children worked in groups or individually, to research the life cycle of a living thing. They then had to display this information in an eye catching way. They worked very hard on this project, with great team work and cooperation. Although it was started a long time ago, I know they’d be keen for you to see their work!  Happy Easter and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new term!

The Fairy Wasp’s life cycle only lasts for a few days! Eveline shared so much information about this tiny insect.
She did a great job sharing her findings!
Fiona and Conor’s oak tree display was very eye catching and made good use of resources from outside too!
They told us that a fully grown oak tree can be 45m tall and as wide too!
This display was about the panda. It was simple but very effective!
Kayla and Roma had some difficult words to read and explain about the early stages of life for the panda. Well done!
This bright display was all about the flamingo.
Isla and Kathryn worked well as a team. Did you know a baby flamingo’s feathers are grey at the start of life?
Esther and Aiden worked on the life cycle of a cheetah. We heard how hard life can be for an adult cheetah so its life span is usually quite short.
Esther presented this on her own today and coped brilliantly.
Hannah and George found out about the pine tree. There are 126 species of pine tree with more being discovered all the time.
Here she is showing off her display.
Ethan’s was about the salmon. He wrote about 6 different stages in the cycle!
Leighton, Anders and Magnus found out about the life cycle of an eel. We realised there were a lot of similarities to the life cycle of a salmon.
Here they are presenting to the class. We liked how they made it look like the eel was emerging from the stones!
This display is about the life of an alligator. Did you know a baby alligator has a special egg tooth to help it escape from inside the egg?
This group did well to present their findings first!
Freya and Fearne confidently told us about their seahorse findings.
A newborn seahorse can be as small as 2mm in size! Ava helped this group when she was here too.

First Week Back – Done!

For the final two days of the first week back, we focused on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to structure our days. These were…Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give. The link is below for you to watch at home.This clip is for children … and adults too!

All our class activities fitted into one or more of these areas. At the end of the week, the children wrote in their Think Books to say which activities they enjoyed on returning to school. “Connect” and “Keep Active” were definitely the firm favourites!

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Christmas Lunch…Three Cheers For The Cooks!

We really enjoyed having our Christmas meal in our classroom this year.  Although some changes are difficult just now, this was one that we all agreed was good fun!  We got on the Christmas songs and tried hard not to sing along!  We couldn’t have crackers this year which was a shame.  We would have loved sharing this tradition with Eveline and Liam!  However, we did tell some Christmas cracker jokes.
Here are some of them….What do you call a reindeer with ear muffs on.     ANYTHING YOU WANT!  What’s the best Christmas present?  A BROKEN DRUM….YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT!

Once again, the canteen staff did us all proud!  Thanks too, to all those who delivered the food to our room.  Team effort as always!

Not too many photos from today but these will give you an idea of the atmosphere in P5/6!

 

 

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Class Debates

Today, saw the culmination of several lessons spent discussing what a debate is and what the main aims are before choosing topics for us to debate in class, and then writing our arguments.  We spent a lot of time discussing the best language to use when trying to write a persuasive piece and how we could incorporate some facts to back up our arguments.  We also rehearsed our speeches in our groups and tried to make our presentations memorable and convincing so as to gain more votes.  The class all tried very hard.  It’s not always an easy thing to do and they had a lot to remember along the way e.g. using expressive voices, making eye contact with the audience and gesturing as they talked.

Here Liam is sharing his argument for longer playtimes.

Each pupil listening to the debates, left those making the speeches some constructive feedback which we would hope to take on board another time.  The results were as follows…some votes were very close!

Jenga Blocks – An Inside Toy For Rainy Playtimes? 

FOR 8 / AGAINST 10

 

Mobile Phones in School Debate

FOR 10 / AGAINST 9

 

Playtimes Should Be Longer Debate

FOR 14 / AGAINST 6

We hope the class have enjoyed going through this process and that the skills they have worked on, will be of use again in the future.
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Mud Kitchen Progress!

What a surprise to come back to school to find that John has pieced together all the mud kitchen resources we sourced last term, many kindly donated by parents throughout the school and our staff members.  A HUGE thank you from P5/6!

We hope to begin playing with it next week, but first we are going to organise ourselves into friendship groups for playing, these will be swapped around so we get to play with different people.  We also want to decide on some rules and have time to organise the bits and pieces we’ll play with.

Because we want to quarantine the equipment between groups, another offer of a fish box or similar storage box would be great so we can split the equipment.

Finally, we have been drafting a letter to our Parent Council to see if they could help us purchase some waterproof suits that will help protect our clothing.

Here we are with the kitchen….so far!  John may have more plans for us!

 

Musical Performances and End of Term

What a superb end to our first term!  Over the past two days, the children have worked brilliantly in groups, pairs and on their own to carry out research on their chosen life cycle.   We look forward to sharing our finished displays and information next term!  We enjoyed a brisk walk around the Boddam loop road during our class P.E. time today and finished off with a short musical concert from our cello and violin players.  It was fabulous to hear them play so beautifully and with great confidence!

A huge well done to all the children for handling this first term so well!  We are extremely proud of you.  Have a relaxing holiday!

Ness Book Fest Reading Challenge

In P5/6 we do ERIC time (Everyone Reading In Class) every day.  It’s  20 minutes of peaceful, calm reading which really sets us up for the day!  Today we joined up with many schools all over Scotland to take part in the Ness Book Fest Reading Challenge.  There were 14,200 children all reading simultaneously all over the country! More than double the number reading last year.  David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and David Baddiel books continue to be favourites in P5/6.  Keep on reading everybody!