Tag Archives: Life and Ethos of the School

Last day of term!

We have had a super last day of term!  Here’s what P4/5/6 have been kept busy with!

First thing, we all did a Double Doodle Soft Start activity.  Double Doodling is a great way to be creative, relax and stay in the present moment, only concentrating on where you want to guide your two pens.  You draw with a pen in each hand and use them simultaneously.  What one pen draws, the other mirrors.  This activity is a fantastic way to engage both sides of the brain so is particularly useful before written or reading tasks.  Why not watch the clip in the link and try this at home too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNzVn0BF9Ow

Once our brains were active, we continued to write our National Poetry Day poems.  We are still typing these up but hope to share them with you soon.  Here are some starting lines to whet your appetite!

If music had the power to heal the world I would … play the piano and the piano should give the world hope.  (Scott)

If music had the power to heal the world I would play every note, sing every song.
Think of the words to nature’s tune. (Georgia)

Every time a note is struck on an acoustic guitar,
A bit of litter is replaced with sand, so fine and smooth.  (Ruben)

We were in for a musical treat after break when Joy came to do drumming with us.  We even managed a dance outside as we moved and drummed to a Swahili song.

The afternoon saw us reflecting on what we’d enjoyed about Term 1 and what we need to keep working on next term.

Then we got the oil pastels out and created a moonlit sky background ready for a Halloween picture first week back.

It’s been a pleasure spending this term with you all!  Have a wonderful holiday!

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Dance in Class P.E.

Over the past week, we have been putting together a class dance with an African feel!  It was a beautiful day so we took our rehearsals outside and managed to run through all the steps as a class.  They’ve picked it up really quickly.  In the afternoon Fearne’s Mum, Mercyline, met us in the multi court to show us some moves that would be typical in the Sengenya dance and then she helped us add some of these movements into the group sequences that the children created.  They had some lovely, creative ideas!  We’ll record these dances tomorrow and hope to share our work at the end of term.  A big thank you to Mercyline for giving up her time for us. 😊

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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.
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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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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!

 

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!

Thank You Ethan

Recently, P5/6 were given a talk and PowerPoint presentation by our class member Ethan.  He prepared his talk with the help of Mrs Leslie, to tell us all about Erb’s Palsy and how this affects his daily life.  We learned about how Ethan came to have this condition and he told us about some of the physical difficulties he experiences.  We also leaned about some of the exercises he does to strengthen his arm.  This week, as a thank you for listening, Ethan gave us all a tattoo, badge and wrist band as a gift.  Here we all are!  Thank you, Ethan!