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Life Skills: Skills for Learning, Life & Work

‘So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.’ (Dr. Seuss)

They might not move mountains just yet but by following these Life Skills, it will be a stepping stone on their route to success!  See how many life skills your child/ren manages over the Easter Break.

 

Bellsquarry Nursery Class – Care Inspection – Thursday 26th October 2017

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Yesterday we had an unannounced inspection in our nursery from the Care Inspectorate.

We are very proud to announce that we received all ‘VERY GOODS’ on the themes inspected.

There will be further information to follow.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all our fantastic staff for their hard work and professionalism.

Thank you to our parents for all their continued support in engaging in their child’s learning.

Last but not least, thank you to our nursery children who are complete stars and were praised highly by the inspector.

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We All Fit Together…

Hello from the all-new P3 class at Bellsquarry Primary School.

We are a brand-new class made up from two sets of last session’s Primary 2 classes.  We are really excited to all be in one class and we fit together like a lovely big jigsaw puzzle.

We have been busy this week thinking about what makes a good classmate, friend and teacher as well as working on our Growth Mindset and Class Charter.  We are aiming to build a great P3 community and we are looking forward to the year ahead.

P2 Rookie Rockstars

This week in school, we have been lucky enough to experience a visit from Rookie Rockstars, who have spent every afternoon working with the whole school. It has been a fantastic experience, with the chance to learn songs, record them and then perform them for families.

Here are some of P2’s highlights from the week:

Lee – I liked Challenge Time because the people that were doing it were having a challenge and it was hard for them to do the challenge.
Anna – I liked the question time because some people asked funny questions, like “How many marshmallows can you shove in your mouth?”
Isla – I liked the penguin dance because the guy made penguin noises
Jack R – I liked Challenge Time because you have to do funny stuff because whatever’s picked you have to do it
Jack M – my favourite thing was, at the end, when they had a song that was a pop rock medley
Reese – I liked when it was Challenge time and I can’t for the performance
Murren – my favourite part was Challenge Time and my favourite song was Don’t Give Up
Amelia – my favourite thing was the same as Jack M because you could do the songs that you might not have sung before
Alistair – my favourite one was the pop-rock at the end

Ryan’s Keys in Primary 2

We love learning about and using Thinking Skills in Primary 2.  We have been learning these to help us improve our analysis, evaulative and creative skills.

Today, we had lots of fun trying out a new way of thinking.  We used the Reverse Listing Tool, which is one of Ryan’s Keys.  Ryan’s Keys consists of different tools to aid what is sometimes called “blue sky thinking” or “thinking outside of the box”.  This helps us broaden our horizons and be as creative as we can – no limits!

We practised using the Reverse Listing Tool today.  To do this, you make a list of things that aren’t true, or are the opposite of facts about something.  It is a very creative tool!

We discussed what we had for breakfast foods using the tool.  This meant we only listed things we didn’t eat!

Here are some of our ideas:

My breakfast – chips, potatoes, beans, green beans, noodles, nutella, ketchup, mud, grass, a dog bone, flowers, bird poo, dirty water, a cat, a horse, a tree, a rock.

Then we used the tool to list disgusting smells:

A flower, air freshener, your dinner, marshmallows, hot chocolate, aftershave, perfume, candyfloss, candy, a cupcake, a candy cane.

We also used the tool to list things we did in the holidays.  The ideas were very wacky!

This made us laugh a lot – but it also made us THINK!

Here is what Primary 2 said about using Ryan’s Keys Reverse Listing Tool:

“Ryan’s Keys – you use your imagination.  It’s the opposite of something” – Isla

“Ryan’s Keys – it can be funny things or nice things” – Aaron

“It is the opposite to White Hat thinking, because White Hat thinking is facts and this is things that we didn’t do” – Jack M

“Ryan’s Keys is something that you tell people you haven’t done” – Jessica

“Ryan’s Keys are like the opposite of the truth, so if it was a nice smell, you would say horrible smells” – Maisy

“Ryan’s keys are something that you say something that you do when it is actually stuff that you don’t do – it is kind of funny” – Tara

Here are some more ideas that we came up with.  For example, if we use Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool to describe things we wear, we might say:

“A gym rubber on my head” – Anna

“Fries” – Maha

“A chicken on my head” – Aaron

“Fish fingers” – Alistair

“A cup of tea on your head” – Jack R

“Lego on my feet” – Lee

“The Earth on my tummy” – Haaris

If we were discussing places to go to sleep using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool, we might say:

“In the grass” – Reese

“In a pit of rhinos” – Murren

“In a burger” – Natasha.

What is the point of this?  Using the Reverse Listing tool is fun  and helps us use all of our Learning Muscles . (Anna)

“Distilling because when you are thinking about stuff that isn’t true you have to ignore the stuff that’s true” – Natasha

“The green hat – you use your imagination” – Murren.

Why not have a go using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Key yourself?  How creative can you be?

More Measure

P2 recently finished their revision on Weight and Capacity. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to revisit our work and helped us to deepen our learning.  It was also a chance for us to exercise some of our Learning Muscles, such as Distilling, Collaboration, Revising, Interdependence, Absorption and Capitalising.

Here is a small insight into this work.  The ultimate aim was to make a set of posters for ourselves and others to help us remember and understand Measure.

Each table worked together to revise and note down everything we knew about each subject – in writing or pictures – then we peer-assessed the work and revised it further to make the improvements our peers recommended. This is the pupils’ learning in their own words and images. Here are some pictures of this process, and the final results. Can we teach you something new about measure?

 

Working in table groups to create the posters:

 

Peer-assessing another table’s work:

The final posters:

A Lengthy Task!

Over the last few months, P2 have been expanding their knowledge, understanding and skills to do with Measure. There has been a lot to learn about this topic and we have already covered Length, Weight and Capacity.

Over the last week or so, we took time to find out how much we could actually remember and if we could apply our knowledge. We revised what we knew about length and the children produced fantastic posters summarising their learning. It took us a long time and lots of toil to remember what we had learned as we covered this work way back before Christmas. It was even harder, however, to try to explain what we knew! We imagined we were trying to explain our learning to our penpals. This helped us focus on what was important and to make sure we included everything we needed to know. We used words and illustrations to get the information across.

This was a demanding task that required us to use all of our Learning Muscles and Thinking Skills.  As you can see, P2 did this in an exemplary way.

Have a look at our posters – can you see what we have been learning?

East Meets West – Parent Council Event

The Parent Council organised a very successful ‘East Meets West’ event on Saturday night at the Scout Hall.

It was a fun social event which brought together women and children from the local community.

There were stalls selling perfume, candles, scarves, jewellery and lots more. There was some Bollywood style dancing, henna hand painting and delicious eastern food.

It was well attended and we would like to thank the parents who worked hard to ensure that the event was a success. Well done!

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Supporting your child with maths and numeracy

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.

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Please find a link below to a slideshow of photographs from our PATPAL afternoon :

PATPAL Photo Slideshow