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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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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!

Friday’s Activities

We’ve had a lovely day in P5/6!  We started off working on refreshing some of our times tables by making fortune tellers and testing our friends.  Then it was outside to work on our fitness in Class PE.  We clocked up an amazing total of 194 laps of the multicourt as a class!!  Our Accelerated Reader time was so peaceful and relaxing after our run outside.   We also worked in pairs to talk about positive emotions…naming them, recognising what they look like, compiling lists of what makes us feel good and, perhaps the most difficult to describe, how our bodies feel physically when we feel good.  The afternoon was spent designing our Christmas cards!!  Yes…in September!

Sometimes, the most fun and memorable things to happen are the unexpected moments!  Today, we were gifted a pile of tree cuttings from our nature garden for P5/6 to use in the grassy area to make dens.  I was delighted to see the joy and excitement this brought to everyone and we are keeping fingers crossed for good weather next week so we can enjoy it.  I also loved seeing the enthusiasm and team work bringing up the branches! 😃

 

Family Game

We are enjoying all of the posts coming in for our poem about an Outdoor Classroom.  Keep them coming!!

In the Henderson household, we have been playing lots of board games together as a family.  We didn’t get a chance to complete our Maths games in class, so I challenge you to use your imaginations to create a game for your family instead!  Perhaps you would like to teach someone in your family some of the French words and phrases we have been revising…?

It could be a…

  • board game (will you need counters, dice/spinners, cards…?)
  • card game
  • physical game (will you need music, instruction cards…?)
  • spelling/maths game for younger brothers or sisters

Remember you will need to include instructions too.  We’d love to see examples of your games, so you are welcome to send us a photo/video to the school email address.     dunrossness@shetland.gov.uk 

Have fun!!

Friday 20th March – Language Challenge!

Hello!!

How are you all?  I hope this Post finds you all well and enjoying your home schooling.  It’s very different for all of us but we all just have to try our best to get used to the new situation that we find ourselves in.  Mrs A. Henderson has asked that, from time-to-time, we still use our Class Blog to set small challenges.  Well…are you up for it?  Here is a Language Challenge you could try and post up your work.

I found a lovely poem all about using the outdoors as a classroom and how you can learn from it.  Please read the poem below and then add your own verse in the comments to tell me how you’ve been using, or could use, outside as your classroom.

 

The Best Kind of Classroom – by Ian MacMillan

This is the best kind of classroom,

No walls, just sky and trees.

This is the best kind of classroom,

No radiators, just a gentle breeze.

 

This is the best kind of classroom,

It’s a journey through time and space.

From the smallest seed to the largest tree,

This is a forest and a learning place.

 

This is the best kind of classroom,

Where the seasons don’t happen in books.

Where learning is watching and thinking and talking,

Where everyone notices and everyone looks. 

 

See what you come up with P5/6!