This week in Literacy we were have been learning ‘oo’ and ‘ew’ as in grew. We have found that ‘oo’ is mainly found in the middle of a word and ‘ew’ is mainly found at the end. We have also been practising our new tricky words – her and of.
We have been learning about Spring this week and had fun going outside to look for the first signs of Spring around the school. We found some flowers and saw buds on the trees and bushes and were excited to find a nest high up in one of the trees. When we got back to the classroom we did some fantastic ‘Spring Writing’ which you will be able to see on display when you come in for your Parents’ Evening appointment.
In Numeracy we have been continuing our learning about subtraction within 10 and have focused on subtracting from 10, 9 and 6.
We found our work on Money a bit tricky this week. We were trying to work out which coins we could use to make up a given amount. We were good at working out numbers which made the amount we needed but got a bit muddled deciding which coins were real. We had lots of discussion about whether there was a 3p, 4p, 6p, 7p or 8p coin! We enjoyed playing an online money game, working on sorting, ordering and counting coins (single coins to 10p and 1p to 10p). You could play this at home too – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game.
Within our Transport topic we managed to finish our junk modelling. Everyone chose a form of transport to design. There was lots of discussion and problem solving during our building as we tried to work out the best way to structure our models. Everyone used their imaginations very well indeed and successfully worked out how best to fix their models together.
In Health and Wellbeing, we have begun to see our plant life cycle in action. Our sunflower seeds have already started to grow into seedlings. We have been looking after them carefully and have been very good at taking turns to water them.
This week we have enjoyed a wide variety of lessons.
In maths we have looked at addition and at data handling. We have drawn bar graphs that show facts about astronauts and their trips into space. We also looked at the types of questions that bar graphs can answer and created some questions of our own.
In PE we have continued to develop our skills in hockey, developing passing and shooting.
We have logged lots of books for the First Ministers Reading Challenge. Lets keep this up and see if we can be the class who log the most!!!!
Storywriting this week saw our aliens going on an adventure. Our focus was to ensure the story had a clear beginning, middle and end.
Below are some photographs of homework science projects that we have seen in school over the last couple of weeks. Well done to our creative pupils.
This week in Primary 5 we have been learning about the 5 point scale, to help us understand our own and other peoples feelings. We also completed our Class Charter, using emojis to show that we agree to keep the class rules.
In Maths we did a carousel of activities practising our tables and subtraction. In number talks, we looked at subtraction strategies.
In PE our focus is teamwork. We played a variety of games to help us with this.
In writing we wrote a story based on video clip called ‘Create’.
We also completed some dictionary work.
We read the Dr Seuss story – ‘The Places You’ll Go’ and discussed how having a Growth Mindset will help us in life.
In science with Mrs Tulloch, we created mnemonics – for the planets – ask us if we can remember these.
This week in P5A, we have started our literacy circle activities. We were well prepared and able to take on the different roles. The directors made very good teachers, leading the groups. To help with our reading and research we focused on identifying the main idea. At writing, having looked at different samples of text we were able to workout where the new paragraphs come. This will help when writing stories.
In number we have continued to find fractions of amounts and use real life examples. This makes much more sense to us now. We have been finding perimeters of shapes with Mrs Gordon and doing more number talks. She loves our strategies.
As part of our expressive arts and IDL we are comparing a classical artist, Edwin Landseer’s ” The Monarch of the Glen” (1851), with modern Scottish artist, Scott Naismith’s different beach scenes.
We painted our own version of Scottish mountains from photographs and then positioned a stag in the foreground. Next week we will use pastels to create beach scenes.
At science we discussed light and shadows and whether materials were translucent, opaque or transparent. We took part in different activities which involved making shadows smaller, larger and from different angles. We revisited how a solar eclipse occurs from our Space topic in term 1.
For IDL we studied the different landscapes in Scotland and also studied map symbols. We looked at the universal colour code and then designed our own ordnance survey symbols.
What great matches we had at basketball this week. The passing was super and there was great dribbling and shooting. Mr Logan said the class worked really well during his football lesson.
We started our literacy circle this week and everybody was very pleased with their choice of book. There was lots of discussion about the cover, illustrations and our initial feelings about the story line and characters. Mrs Tulloch had a job trying to get us to stop talking. Everyone has a role for next week and we look forward to listening to how everyone in the group manages their literacy circle task.
We were using dictionaries to help when up leveling our writing. For comprehension, we focused on reading for information and this should help us prepare for our class talks.
In maths, we focused on equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. This was quite tricky and we need to practise the method we have been using in class. Next week we will be finding fractions of an amount. Mrs Gordon was pleased with our work on area and we will continue with perimeter.
We started our new IDL geography trail about Scotland and used a map to show: what we know, what we would like to find out and how we are going to do it.
At PE, we practiced our drills at basketball and had some very fast games. Lots of double dribbles though!
Mrs Bain gave us instruments and we were practicing keeping different rhythms.
Mr Logan continued with our internet safety and we completed our posters.
We continued with Scratch and have been showing our work, cartoon and movies to rest of the class. They are fab.
Well done for all the great activities you did during our snow days.
This week we learned how to multiply by 2 digits to 2 digits. We are continuing to work on our multiplication tables and we were getting quite fast playing Buzz. We also started work on analogue time, minutes past, minutes to , am and pm. We found digital time easier.
Although we missed the RBS coming in to work with us for our “Party Plan”, next week we are going ahead with it and some P7 pupils will be helping us.
We were learning more about Fairtrade and we completed our footballs for the competition at Linlithgow primary tonight. We played the banana game in class.
For science we continued investigating separation this time by evaporation. We separated a solution of salt water by heating the solution over a candle. There were great salt crystals at the end.
For literacy we completes our grids for comparing life in the Palace with life as a lowlander and we are now ready for our visit to Linlithgow Palace on Monday morning. We drew pencil portraits of the important people in Mary Queen of Scots Life.
This week in Primary 5 we have been researching the people who were part of Mary Queen of Scot’s life. We were highlighting the key facts and will produce a fact file for our timeline.
In maths we are continuing to reinforce our multiplication tables and are getting quicker when we play Buzz. We are able to do chimney sums with decomposition and then used this method to help solve everyday problems. Next week we will focus on multiplication and division sums. We also have the RBS coming in to Primary 5 to support us in a “planning a party” workshop . This will help to reinforce the work we did on money.
In literacy we looked at the different skills we need to use to help us understand a passage. Sequencing and finding the main idea were the main points we looked at.
In science we continued to look at mixtures and how to separate them. This week it was sieving. We didn’t realise how many different uses they had. Our task involved separating 5 different substances by making our own sieves from card. We were very successful and the classroom carpet wasn’t too badly covered in rice and lentils.
After the staff course on “better thinkers, better movers” we have now started a block on basketball. It really got us thinking and concentrating. Next week we will be adding also throwing and catching a tennis ball while we are dribbling and passing!
Mrs Tulloch enjoyed watching our canon routines we put together with Mrs Reid at PE. Unfortunately the video clip is too large for the blog. Sorry.
We have started a new class novel ” Kid Normal ” by Greg James and Chris Smith. It has got off to good start.
Letters have been sent home about our Palace visit on 5th March.
On Monday we learned our new spelling sounds and practiced them by completing various activities at our “active” spelling stations. In Maths we finished off our work on symmetry by cutting out and folding shapes to find out if the shape was symmetrical. In the afternoon we completed our board games all about “Maui” by making up question cards and writing a set of rules on how to play the different games.
We have also been learning about nouns, verbs and adjectives during literacy time. They have been self-assessing their writing to ensure that they try to include many different adjectives to make their stories more engaging for the reader.
The class had great fun on Wednesday when they created their own mythical creatures after being inspired by the story The Secret of the Kelpies. The class were so enthusiastic about their creations they have asked to write their own imaginative stories based on their creatures.
On Thursday the class discussed the importance of Remembrance Day and the significance of the poppy. They also explored the poem The Inquisitive Child and had some super ideas as to the meaning behind this poem.
On Friday we work hard to develop our mental maths strategies by completing our “BIG Maths” challenge.
Last week, we were very busy practising for our assembly and making props! For Halloween, we made Frankenstein and Mummy styled egg boxes. We created dangly monsters. We did a Big Maths Beat that Challenge. We worked on alliteration for Halloween words.
This week, we have completed a bird survey outside in the school grounds. We designed a bird feeder. We worked with a partner to create bird leaflets/fact files on the netbooks.
P5 have made rockets with Mrs Tulloch. P5b have tested their rockets. Lewis’ rocket went the furthest- from the P1 door onto the pitch! P5a are going to do their investigation next week.
We took up the challenge of the Sumdog competition. We had Finlay complete all his questions- Fabulous! We have been finding out about 3D shapes in and around school. P5a have made some 3D shapes from resources outside in the environment. We have looked the nets of 3D shapes.
We have continued working on alliteration and did some work on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark linking in with Bonfire night. We welcomed our parents into our class to see our writing.
P5 organised the collection of the shoe boxes. We had several parents help us to sort them out. On Thursday, 125 boxes were sent on their way! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone!