Over the last few weeks, we have been practising our measuring skills and learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of squares, rectangles and composite shapes.
As an extra challenge, we took our learning outdoors and tried out our new skills on a bigger scale. Working in small groups, we had to create giant shapes with chalk, then measure and record the length of each side using trundle wheels and metre sticks. Back in the classroom, we then had to work out the perimeter and area of each of our shapes.
Each group demonstrated fantastic teamwork and problem solvingskills which ensured that everyone was able to participate equally and complete the task successfully!
On Tuesday 20th November, we were invited to attend a curling taster session at the Peak. There were 3 coaches there to help us – Norman, Judith and Elspeth – from Active Stirling and Scottish Curling. When we arrived, we began by warming up and then had a go at walking on the ice. It wasn’t as slippy as we thought it would be!
We spent the morning learning a variety of different skills such as :
- ‘the delivery’ – (how to slide on the ice)
- how to slide the stone properly across the ice – it was 20kg so pretty heavy!
- Tactics involved in curling games
After we had practised the skills we required, we had the opportunity to play games of both long and short curling. Long curling involved sliding the stone as far down the rink as possible, with ‘sweepers’ in each team helping it to travel further. Points were awarded for how far the stone travelled and the closest stone to the centre of the ring at the end.
Short curling was from a close range, trying to aim the stone to land as close to the middle of the ring as possible. The closest stones to the centre awarded the team points for that rounds. There was 2 rounds in total.
‘I liked curling because it gave us a new sport to play and it was exciting. I thought it was going to be boring but it was very fun’ Chloe
‘It was hard, but eventually I didn’t fall over and I really enjoyed it’ Kirsten
‘I never expected that I would like it as I’ve never done anything on ice before but I found it very exciting and fun’ Alex R
On Friday 9th November P6 went to DHS to participate in a multi sports festival. The S4 pupils had been training to deliver a variety of activities and we had a chance to try some of them out. The activities available were dodgeball, football, baseball and different kinds of races and team games. We were joined by other P5 and P6 pupils from St Marys as part of our transition to high school, so we could get to know each other.
“I loved doing the multi-sports because it was really fun and I got to see my friends from St Marys” Esmee
“I enjoyed doing the sports at the high school and meeting up with other people” Sienna
So far this term, we have been learning about place value and how to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
We have been transferring 12 hour time into 24 hour time to help us with reading and making timetables for our Destination Dunblane trip.
Using the chromebooks, we have been introduced to Microsoft Excell, or the equivalent Google Sheets, to organise information and create graphs. These new skills will help us when we have collected information during our Dunblane trip.
We have just started using mathletics for homework and we are really enjoying it. We took part in a National Sumdog Competition as part of Maths Week Scotland and as a class, we came 228th.
“I really liked going on Google Sheets, making graphs and making a formula to do the calculations for you.” – Eva
“I really liked doing the 12 hour and 24 hour time.” – Amelia.
“I am happy because I have definitely improved multiplying and dividing with decimal numbers.” – May
Over the past few weeks we have set up a book recommendation wall and a display to keep track of all the books we have read during the year. We are encouraged by Miss Guthrie to share a little bit about what we have been reading, because other members of our class might enjoy reading the text too.
Every week we go up to the library and we have a recording system so that we can borrow books to read from school and from each other.
During Guided Reading, we have been looking at non-fiction books. One is called ‘How to Persuade People’ and we have been using this to look closely at persuasive language and techniques. We have also been learning how to take effective notes and have been practising our note-taking skills using books and video footage.
In Shared Reading, we have been reading a book with Mrs Savoury called ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. It is about two boys who get evacuated from London because of a war.
“I really like Friend or Foe because it is very adventurous and I like those kind of books. I also love going up to the library to get comfortable and read a nice book.” – Esmee
“I love reading in the mornings and when we go to the library. I love when I read an adventurous book because it takes me in and makes me excited to see what happens next.”– Evie
“I like reading because it’s when I feel most happy when I read. Friend or Foe can get really dramatic at times, where it makes you want to keep reading it to find what happens next.” – Lilith
During the first week of term, our class revisited and reflected upon our school values and discussed the behaviours that we expect from each other at all times. We came up with 11 statements that have formed our P6G Class Charter.
We then went into small groups to come up with different designs to display our charter. We voted using counters to choose our favourite design. The Piñata idea, created by Saul and Theo, won our class vote.
Led by Theo and Saul, we split off into small groups to make the design come to life. One groups made sweets, one worked on the statements and one created the Piñata itself.
When we had finished our display, we all chose a sweet to write our names on, to show that we agree with the statements on our class charter and that we will try our best to follow them throughout the year.
On Thursday 6th September, Primary 6 became the first year group to perform for an assembly this year. This term, all of our assemblies are focused on our five school values.
For our P6 assembly we focused on responsibility.
As a whole year group, we decided together how we wanted to share our ideas about being responsible. We then volunteered for different roles throughout the performance and we wrote our own speaking parts, created drama scenes and choreographed dances.
We also learned and performed a new song about responsibility, to the tune of One Directions ‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’, to finish our assembly. Every member of P6 had a part to play, we were all included in some way.
“I was really nervous, but the assembly was amazing. I felt proud afterwards.” – Anna
“I felt like birds were flying in my tummy, after I felt happy!” – Victoria
“I felt nervous at first because we hadn’t learned our drama scene perfectly, but on the day it went smoothly and I felt amazing when we did it right.” -Bailey
P6 Hi-Five Group have been working on the Chrome Books with their writing. Here is what they have to say about their learning…
“Hi-Five is fun because we are learning something new” – Kirsty
“It’s fun because we get to use the Chrome Books” – Harvey
“It’s good because it improves your skills in writing, reading and spelling” – Isla
“It’s exciting!” – Aimee
“It’s good to have a mixture of reading and writing” – Andrew
“Hi-Five is good fun” – Alex
Please follow the link below for P.6 Meet the Teacher information leaflet.
P.6 Sharing Learning Leaflet
As part of their learning context, P5 have been actively working on achieving their own personal John Muir Award. As part of the Award the children have explored the school grounds and taken part in a variety of outdoor learning experiences, which they have thoroughly enjoyed. As well as exploring the school grounds, they have visited Holmehill, a local woodland area. Whilst visiting Holmehill the children had great fun searching for a ‘secret tunnel’, participated in a scavenger hunt and measured the ages of trees to compare with the trees back in the school grounds.
For our second outing we were lucky enough to have the support of Rosie who is a volunteer for TCV, she planned a mini-beast hunt and discussed air quality with the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who allowed us to visit Holmehill.