Thank you to everyone who made it along to our class on Wednesday to join in some of our problem solving activities. Information was sent home to anyone who couldn’t make it in – please feel free to ask us all about it! You gave us such wonderful feedback on our Problem Solving skills and the learning atmosphere in our class. Here are some of your comments that have been shared with the class.
What did you enjoy seeing today?
‘Fun new ways to learn about numbers and also draughts.’
‘The Smartboard and the number patterns.’
‘Enjoyed seeing kids doing activities in class.’
‘I loved my daughter’s game of draughts! Brilliant problem solving real life stories.’
‘I enjoyed watching my son being confident with Maths.’
‘I enjoyed seeing and learning Maths.’
‘I enjoyed seeing my son working through his Maths and Problem Solving.’
‘I enjoyed learning different ways of doing Maths.’
‘Enjoyed the presentation!’
‘I like my granddaughter’s real life problem solving skills and her lovely snowflake and Roman pot [on the wall displays].’
Thank you to parents for coming along to our PATPAL afternoon. It was a great success. The children were very excited to show their parents and extended family about what they have been doing in mathematical problem solving.
Please find a link to our i-solve booklet and our power point presentation in the section “Information for Parents” (above right).
We would also welcome parents to give us some feedback via the following link to Survey Monkey.
This week, we had the opportunity to ‘teach’ our parents what we have been doing in our class for Numeracy. Our main focus was Problem Solving and we had different tables for our parents visit. We also gave them the chance to experience our Problem Solving activities by giving them a chance to shine……..although some shone more than others!
We had our Scottish Maths Challenge table, our CSI Maths Investigation table, our Designing and Running a Martian Theme Park table, our Skills table (Blooms Taxonomy) with the focus upon fractions, decimals and percentages and our Create a Tower table.
We all enjoyed showcasing our learning to parents.
To view the above images as a PowerPoint Presentation, simply click on the first one and the screen should expand. Next hit < or > at the side of the screen to navigate your way around the presentation.
I am seriously afraid that I may be out of work after the P1 pupils became the teachers on Wednesday! They did such a great job of teaching their parents some of our problem solving activities. It was lovely that so many parents and grandparents were able to attend. Everyone seemed to enjoy the activities and the adults were model pupils with one even asking to go to the toilet before leaving the room! Although just a taster, we hope that parents have a better idea of some of the things we do during our day.
In other news, pupils continued to work on and complete their Scottish landscapes. They are so beautiful that our self portraits will need to come down from the cloakroom to make room for them!
A reminder to parents that all P1 pupils will be expected to recite a poem to the class on Monday. We are looking forward to hearing them.
This week we have been getting ready for our handball tournament. Connor, Liam and Robbie from JYHS came along to coach us in different skills: passing, movement and possession. Next week they will be back to work on these with us.
In Maths we’ve been learning to read scales in kilograms and grams and problem solving ready for our PATPAL. It was lovely to see so many parents come in and try to solve some of our work. We have been learning how number lines can improve our number sense and make out working out much quicker.
Miss MacKenzie has joined us this week (Rebecca thinks Miss MacKenzie is nearly as a good a teacher as Mr Todd!) and has been teaching us German – we can now answer the register in German and are looking forward to learning lots more.
Today the winner of our Inventors Challenge topic was announced. Congratulations to Ben and Corrin in primary 6 and Amy and Logan F in primary 5 who made up the team Building Blocks, and were the winners of the challenge! Their invention was a fantastic self-cleaning and self-heating shoe called Heatwave. Well done to all members!
PATPAL stands for Pupils as Teachers, Parents as Learners. On Wednesday we invited parents into school to demonstrate different problem solving activities and let parents have a go. We enjoyed sharing our strategies to our parents and had fun. We hope the parents enjoyed it too.
We have recently been learning about solids, liquids and gases as part of our science topic. Last Thursday, we participated in an experiment to cause an irreversible change from a solid to a liquid. We created icing by mixing icing sugar and water and used this to ice our own cupcakes. Primary 5 thoroughly enjoyed this experiment!