For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been building on our understanding of angles – naming them, recognising them, measuring and drawing and using our knowledge to help us work out missing angles. Some pupils wrote out instructions for their peers to use to help them draw angles of different sizes. They then took on the role of teacher, supporting their classmates as they worked and offering advice when needed. The lesson was enjoyed by all and it was clear to see that some pupils had gained in confidence after working in this way. I think we have some future teachers in the class!
We have been talking about how, for some pupils, learning times tables comes easily, whilst for others, they are really tricky to remember and recall quickly. We looked at different learning styles today and talked about how finding a way that suits our individual learning style might just make it easier to learn these tables. Over the past two weeks, we’ve tried out various ways to see which way we prefer. We’ve also tried aural learning, chanting our tables to the clave rhythm.
In P5/6 we have been creating a list of things we would like to use at playtime. Our budget is £60, so we need to try to find the best deal for each item on our list.
We have been learning how to navigate around shopping websites, using filters so that we can find exactly what we are looking for. We found out that it was important to check how many items were being advertised and to compare products. Some products were very cheap but the delivery charge was very high!
Ethan discovered that if he looked a little further and narrowed his search a little more, he was able to find 3 basket balls for the same price as 1 in an earlier search. Well done Ethan!
Ava and Freya thought they had found a great deal on chunky chalk with 100 pieces in the pack! It’s a good job they read the reviews as that particular product had a low rating with lots of complaints! Well done for spotting that girls!
We have noted down all of the things that we think could be bought and now we have to add it all up to check that we are within our £60 budget. Fingers crossed!
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! 😃
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we completed all the last measurements of our project. We looked at all the data and tried to see if there were any patterns. Everyone found that the onions had grown most on day 8. We looked at the temperatures on that day and before and it had been warmest then. We drew graphs using Excel to compare the temperature and the rate of growth. We were surprised at how much the spring onions had grown.
On Wednesday 25th April, while the Primary 6s were on a visit to TOTAL, the Primary 5s had fun learning about yeast and how it helps to make bread rise.
We made bread rolls and a loaf and the best thing was that we got to eat them – yum!
We also did an investigation to see how yeast produces carbon dioxide as it respires. It was fun to watch the balloons expand.
On Monday 16th April we started our next science investigation -Grow. We are looking at how growing conditions across the UK affect how well plants grow. We prepared and measured spring onions and will be recording their growth over 2 weeks. At the end of the two weeks we will calculate the growth rate and upload data onto the University website.
Yesterday we looked at all the data that we had measured and collected and made a graph on the board to see what the range of foot flexibility was in our class. In the past our ancestors were tree dwelling and would have had a foot flexibility of less than 0.5, similar to most primates today. Our feet were all between 0.75 and 0.95, showing that our feet have evolved and adapted to our environments.
In our numeracy lesson today we finished recording all the information for our Terrific Scientific investigation. We had to take very accurate measurements in mms, use decimals, use a calculator to make calculations and use problem solving strategies and active maths to find our results. It wasn’t easy, but we learnt a lot.