We were delighted to welcome Betty Light along to our Curriculum Evening on Wednesday. Betty provided some information about the Autism Family Support Group which supports the families and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Membership of the group is free and parents can join or find out more by visiting their website here.
As part of our Diversity topic we have been learning about prejudice and discrimination. When we came in after lunch today there was a sign on our door that read “blue eyed people can enter first, brown eyed people must wait outside” and “only blue eyed people may sit in a seat”. There were more signs inside our classroom and the brown eyed people were starting to get annoyed!! Brown eyed people weren’t allowed to talk to the blue eyed people or use the class pencils. Then blue eyed people were allowed to choose and the brown eyed people had to complete a Maths sheet- the brown eyed people were most unhappy, especially when some of the blue eyed people made signs and laughed at them.
Mrs Fairley stopped this after half an hour and explained that it was an experiment to show us that the class teacher was deliberately treating groups in the class differently . We had a fantastic discussion where we discussed our feelings, effects this would have in the long term, conflicts arising and the issues of respect and fairness. It was really interesting
We decided that if it was always like that in class we would see a divide and people would fall out , that people should all be treated equally and that we should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the ‘Technology to Support Literacy Difficulties‘ presentation at our Curriculum Evening tonight. As promised, here are the links to download the software discussed:
Click here to download WordTalk
Click here to download L’il Mouth
Click here to download Heather and Stewart, The Scottish Voices
Click on the link below to download the handout listing some recommended i-pad apps for learners with literacy difficulties.
My name is Cerys and I am in P6B.
This week we were reading the book ‘Tribes’ by Catherine Macphail and learning about the pros and cons of being in a gang. We also made our own tribe posters.
In maths we have been doing improper fractions and mixed numbers.
Did you know that in London lots of people have been hurt because of gangs?
My favourite part of the week was making food chains and food webs.
I am looking forward to topic next week.
In Science this week we have begun to learn about the parts of a flower. We will continue to investigate seed dispersal, fertilization and germination of plants through out the rest of the term.
All 3 Primary 1 classes have recently enjoyed performing assemblies for all of the staff and children in Primary 1-3. We are starting to plan our end of year assembly in order to showcase our learning across the whole of Primary 1, for family and friends. This will take place on Friday 19th June 2015. We are really excited and looking forward to seeing you all there.
P6 pupils took part in the annual Cross Country event at Howden Park today. Well done to everyone who challenged themselves. Other schools taking part included Toronto, Livingston Village, Letham, Riverside and Howden St Andrews. Toronto Primary School won both the boys and girls race. Well done to Casey A Bonnar, Niamh Macauley and Aimie Beattie who were the top three girls within our school. Heading up the boys competition in Harrysmuir was Logan Tait, Jordon Burns and Lewis Ball. Miss Barclay and Mrs Matthews would like to say how proud they are of the pupils for all taking part and for giving the race their best shot. Well done pupils!
Primary 3 received special visitors on Wednesday afternoon. Five students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Music Centre department came along and shared some lovely music with us. We heard them play the violin, the viola, the cello and the mini bass. We learned about the differences in the instruments and how the bigger the instrument, the deeper the sound they make. Do you know that we are just like a string instrument – both have a head, “ears”, a neck, a body, a leg and strings/vocal chords which vibrate to make a noise. The students played a wide range of music including Mozart, the Pink Panther, When You Wish Upon a Star, Twinkle, twinkle, a ceilidh reel and even a chart topping single, which the pupils loved singing along to. The musicians also shared the opportunity of learning one of these instruments free of charge on a weekly basis by attending a Music Centre course in Livingston from September. More details and an application form for those interested will follow – please look in your child’s school bag. Places are on a first come, first served basis. What a fantastic opportunity!
Today Primary 6 participated in workshops aimed at raising awareness of both dyslexia and autism. The workshops offered a fascinating glimpse into the characteristics experienced by people who have been identified as dyslexic or on the autistic spectrum and we learned how best to support friends who may be experiencing these difficulties.
Here are some of the things that we learned today…
“I learned that 1 in 100 people have autism.” (Aimie)
“I learned that autism can be something that can be good and bad.” (Christy)
“I have learned that people with autism can do very fantastic things (even though they can’t do some things we can do.)” (Ciara)
“I learned that people with autism sometimes find it hard to look at other people.” (Emma)
“I know that having autism can make it difficult to make friends. “(Rhiann.)
“I learned that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia.” (Finlay)
“I learned how dyslexia can affect people’s reading.” (Zak)
“I learned that lots of famous people with dyslexia still managed to achieve their dreams.” (Daniel)
“I learned that the words can jump about the page for people with dyslexia.” (Erin)
Click on the pictures below to find out what it’s like to have autism or dyslexia…