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!
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…?)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you have found your lovely Christmas card that was sent home today! This class enjoy craft work and created really striking winter tree paintings for their cards.
We also used these pictures to inspire us to do some creative writing. We went out into the nature garden to look at the winter trees and gather words, phrases and ideas for our work. Back in class, we looked at various free style poems to give us more inspiration before creating our own. The poems needed to sound as if we were having a conversation with the tree. They needed to have questions and repetition within it and they were not to rhyme. This proved harder than we thought! Some excellent pieces were created, very quickly. Here are some of my favourite lines…
Dream and dream until the sun shines through to wake you up, winter tree. (Amy)
Tall and elegant, but dead looking inside so bare and brown. (Fergus)
Will your leaves ever return? Lying dormant on the ground but in the summer you’re tall and proud. (Magnus)
Trees do you hear me? How do you feel? What do you see? Dusted with frost. (Fiona)
Oh winter tree, how do you survive the harsh, harsh cold winter? (Matthew)
Oh cold frosty tree, how do you stand so strong and proud in the strong winter breeze? (Hannah)
I’ll speak to you next year but now it’s time to sleep, sleep, sleep. (Isabel)
No reply came from the winter tree. Then I wonder… Is he alive? (Robbie)
The newly fallen snow is…hair. It’s winter, tree. (Ellie)
I don’t know how you can stand so tall and proud in this bitter wind. (Kelsi)
Are you cold? Surely you are! Will your leaves ever come back? You’re so naked. Soon your leaves will return. Just keep dreaming and dreaming. (Liam)
Oh tree so cold, bent and old. Your pine cones so spiky. Do you feel it if you bend so bold? (Kathryn)
Winter tree, your leaves have fallen. You’re covered in a cloak of snow. You are freezing in the bitter temperatures. (Bella)
How do you live outside in the cold lifeless winter, tree? You must have thick skin. (Bobby)
You dream about the summer and the flowers and the grass and how you’ll have leaves at last. (Ava)
Winter tree, how can you live like this…in the vast winter wind where your life has faded…? (Abi)
Yes, yes, yes! I can get cold on the outside but in the inside I can feel happiness. (Anders)
Do you want my jacket? Wait, no, that strong, insulating bark of yours will surely keep you warm. (Evie)
Mum said you’re dreaming of spring with your green, vibrant leaves but I can not see it! (Fearne)
Bare, chilly and frosty, you need some warmth. Dream of spring, summer, flowers and the sun. (Tory)
Your fantastic green leaves, gone but when summer comes around, you will be remade and beautiful once again. (Koll)
That’s too many questions! Let me stand here until spring! (Hayden)
Are you ever going to take off in this winter breeze? Swaying in the wind, bare and cold. (Kayla)
The full versions of our poems will be displayed in school next term. Please feel free to come and have a read in the new year!
Today was the big day for all of us in P5/6, time to share our learning with friends, family and the whole school. There were a few nerves building as the day progressed and much relief when it was all finished – also some pleasure in being able to reduce some parents and staff members to a tear at the end!
Isabel, Jay and Alex sharing details of how WW1 started. Emma, Carla and Tory sharing details of women in WW1 Robbie, Ronan and Robert shared information about life in the trenches.
Kelsi, Mia and Evie talked about some key Shetlanders from WW1
Amy, Koll and Frankie spoke about the battle of the Somme, where Shetland suffered the biggest loss.
Hayden, Isaiah and Lucien shared some details of the weapons used in WW1.
Becca, Hannah and Daniel shared their thoughts on the end of the war and our learning.
Ellie, Evie, Hannah, Isabel and Robbie all shared information about their own connections to WW1. This was a lovely addition to the assembly and all of the pupils had found this information in their own time!
Quiz time (Abi, Ellie and Kayla): time to check if the audience had been paying enough attention to the assembly… Well done audience!
Getting ready to sing “Keep the Home Fires Burning” – we are blessed with such beautiful singers in P5/6
Soloists: Emma, Evie, Hannah, Tory, Kelsi, Abi, Becca and Carla.
Quartets: Robbie, Lucien, Hayden and Koll and Ellie, Kayla, Jay and Frankie.
I can honestly say that I could not have been more proud of all of the P5/6 pupils. They have put so much thought and effort into this. They have been very instrumental in deciding how we should do it, what should be included, all slides and scripts were prepared by themselves too.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the topic of WW1, both the pupils and myself, and I believe that was clear in the presentation of their assembly this afternoon.
Well done P5/6, you should all be super proud of yourselves – have a well deserved break over the weekend!
Today it was the turn of those on Nerdy Nuggets (consisting of Alex, Becca, Carla, Evie, Hannah and Lucien) to share their achievements with the rest of the class.
Today Carla shared with us some work that she had been doing at home based on our WW1 topic. Using the learning that we have been doing in class Carla created a diary of a woman during the period of WW1. It contained information of life at home, stories she had heard from the trenches and the impact of the loss of family members too. Well done Carla!
Hannah told us all about her Grade 2 piano exam she sat earlier in the week. Some of the tasks she had to achieve were – play 3 pieces of music, accurately read and play a new piece and demonstrate her ability to follow a beat. We look forward to hearing how successful she was in the coming weeks. Good luck Hannah!
Lucien and Alex talked us through their WW1 PowerPoint presentation they have been completing in class. We have been concentrating on a specific area of WW1 each week and the pupils have been updating this information onto a PowerPoint presentation. There is some really interesting information being shared here boys, well done!
Well done Nerdy Nuggets. Again, there have been some great achievements shared this week. I am also enjoying hearing all of the information that the pupils have been finding out about their personal connections to WW1.
Unfortunately, I missed the Achievement Talks last week, but Miss Budge left me some details of what was shared.
This week it was the turn for those in The Cool Unicorn Tractor group (consisting of Hayden, Daniel, Robert, Amy, Ronan and Isabel).
Isabel treated the class to a tune on her fiddle, she has been working well in her lessons and her confidence is building. Well done Isabel, it can be a little nerve-wracking standing in front of the class playing an instrument but I hear that you did a lovely job.
Hayden shared his excitement at moving up a swimming group in class swimming with Mrs. Smith. He spent the October holidays abroad with his family, where a lot of the time was spent playing in the pool. He thinks that this may have helped to improve his confidence in the pool. Mrs. Smith was very impressed with your improvements when you returned after the October break. Well done Hayden.
Amy also shared a swimming achievement with the rest of the class. She has successfully managed to master the art of performing a handstand flip in the swimming pool. This is great news as Amy has been suffering with an injury in recent swimming lessons, so it’s great to see that she is feeling more confident in the pool. Well done Amy.
We look forward to hearing more from our next group on Friday. Well done Cool Unicorn Tractors – sorry I have no photo’s to share this week.
On Friday we started our latest round of achievement talks for the term. This time it was a chance for those on the the “Pink Fluffy Unicorn” group to share their achievements with the rest of the class.
Emma shared with us a letter from the trenches that she had written at home. The letter showed how Emma had taken the learning that we had been doing in class and built on this at home. She took time to colour the page to make it look like it had been aged too.
Well done Emma.
Tory told us how he had mastered the art of performing a handstand flip over. He was proud to share this with us all as he had been working on it for some time and gained a few injuries in the process. We will look forward to hopefully seeing this in action at some point soon!
Mia was proud to share how she had been working on her reading this term and was pleased to see that she could now see progress with this. Well done Mia, you’ve been working well on this and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement.
Koll successfully had us all giggling with his achievement this week and relished in his time to share the numerous hairstyles he could now perform with his extra hair growth.
The achievement talks are a great opportunity for the pupils to show us all something that they are proud of, it’s great to hear when they have something to share that is from outside of school too.
On Monday 4th June, we had a very exciting day at Sandwick, working with some of the Sandwick and Cunningsburgh primary classes to perform The Dragon of the Western Sea.
We met in the games hall first to run through all the singing, with a bit of acting, then we separated off to polish our performances. After lunch we had a dress rehearsal and then at 2pm, the performance in front of an audience of school bairns, family and friends. It is amazing how quickly the final polished performance was put together and we were very pleased with how well our bairns did. What a fantastic day.