Last term we were offline for the last two weeks so I couldn’t blog! But we are back…..for the final push!
This week we have been using the ipads for looking at First News. First News is a newspaper specifically for children. Freya has been very kindly bringing her copy in each week, and we’ve all become big fans! The school has purchased a subscription and we can all view them on the ipads. We have to go to room 12 to do it, because our room has weak/no connectivity.
We were thrilled this week to be able to hand our cheque over to Mrs Lemon.
It seems like a long time ago that we raised all that money, but we waited until the judges for the Scottish Education Awards competition were in the school! We made a display for the judges and told them about the water filters and the hats.
This term has 3 outings. I’ll just tell you know the dates at the start so you can get time off if you fancy helping out.
27th April – Gangsta Granny
9th May – Walk along the canal (more information to follow soon)
6th June – Visit to Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies (more information to follow)
Please remember to come along to our Open Afternoon from 3pm-4pm on Tuesday 20th March. We have our lovely French Town and our Book Study display to show off to you!
We had a visit this week, and for the next three weeks, from Catriona from Feis Rois, who was teaching us all Gaelic. She teaches it using song and movement and it was a lot of fun.
We were also very privileged to watch the fantastic Scottish Opera people in action. Our brilliant primary 5s were actually in it, but we were lucky enough to be able to watch at the CCC. It was a visual treat, as well as a super cultural event.
Lastly, we were working on measure in maths this week. The children had the ‘Teeny Tiny Challenge’ first of all, where they had to find things in the playground that they estimated were certain small lengths, such as 10mm, 15cm etc.
Then they had to see if they could work out the length of the playground, BUT they were not allowed to use a metre stick or a metre wheel. Some interesting techniques! (Yes they were doing handstands!)
The blog isn’t working very well, but I don’t think it was me this time! I’m going to try again this week. Very frustrating when I spend a lot of time uploading and writing posts, then they don’t work!
The photos from last week survived so I shall put them in.
We did a very exciting challenge. Inspired by our new hero William Kamkwamba,the children had to come up with ideas for how to keep an egg safe that will be dropped from our window! They had to bid for bits of scrap with monopoly money…
The bidding was fast and furious!
Then they had to make their very own invention, just like William.
Two of the eggs survived…the other 4 were scrambled!
We also had World Book Day. The children looked a treat!
We had a visit from a local author – Barbara Henderson, who did a great game of Book Blind Date!
Finally we made huge pictures for World School Dinners Day this week, for the canteen. Believe it or not, we did some work too! (The children are all getting very proficient at dividing sums with remainders!)
Another busy week! Thank you for giving me the money or Gangsta Granny so promptly. I will be able to pay this at the weekend. Thank you as well, for all the very kind offers of help for our various trips out. I will get the children to pick names out of a hat and will let you now if your help is needed or not this time.
I went to see the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies when I was down in that direction this weekend. The people were extremely enthusiastic and helpful so we are in for a great day out. The date I’m penciling in, is the 6th of June.
This week’s Blog will show pictures of the gymnastics display the children did with Miss Barclay, as well as our first foray into the Polytunnel and a cool talk by the whale and dolphin lady!
Can you believe the size of the sperm whale!
The gymnastics were very adventurous. Some of them look ready for the Olympic squad…
The Polytunnel is a big mess, but this is what we will be transforming into a beautiful French town……….eeek! We love a challenge.
We went Fraction Fantastic this week!
A great day of fractions on Wednesday. We scoured the school for all the fraction resources we could find, and used them to make up games which test your fractions.
The children at the table are playing a game they made up themselves called, ‘Who wants to be a Fractionaire!’ (Elsie is the ‘phone a friend!’)
Under the umbrella of Global Citizenship and Rights Respecting Schools, we are going to be doing Book Studies as a school. This will feed into a wall display of work which you will hopefully get a chance to see at our Open Afternoon in March.
We are going to be studying a very moving book called ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind.’ I’m going to be lucky to get through it without greetin’!
This is the true story of William Kamkwamba, an amazing man, who was only a teenager when he made a wind generator from old scraps, having taught himself English so that he could read the relevant science books to do so.
The whole of Milawi had a drought, William’s family could not afford schooling for him or food. They were down to one meal a day and his father went temporarily blind with hunger. William made a wind generated pump, to pump water to the whole village saving many lives. Inspirational stuff!
Just a quickie!
We were working as a team to try to win the Brain Gym tasks. The children were given a point for buzzing in with the correct answer…..but a point off for the wrong answer!
Equivalent fractions were tricky but we got there in the end…
And we also worked with the class next door to do some collective art work,
Cool new lego!
Huge thanks to you all for your enthusiasm on Parents’ Nights. I will go ahead as planned with the trips to Muirton, Falkirk and Gansta Granny.
Lots of cool things happening this week.
Miss Ross takes the children on a Monday for science. They have been investigating all about electricity. The children had to make static electricity by some means, (Oliver offered his noggin!) and then use it to pick up a paper snake…
We were using fractions for dividing up random objects…(from pom poms to googly eyes!)
We went to see a super presentation/workshop all about the value of prayer and contemplation across all faiths.
We have also been decorating our French houses with portraits for the wall. I love the one of Max and adoring parents!
Welcome to p4/5s shiny new blog! I have put too many pictures etc on the old one, so it became totally unusable. (3 minutes for one letter to appear!) I’ll keep the old blog on the site as it is good for everyone to be able to look back on at the end of the year.
Apparently it is better to use the thumbnail photos to stop me bunging up the blog. You can click on these to make them bigger? We will give it a go!
In this blog I’ll show you some of the of activities we have done over the past two weeks, and then share our plans for the next term, and the long term plans too.
Lots of maths this week and last. Firstly the children were looking at ways of displaying information using various graphs, charts and tables.
Then we looked at coordinates. Some children got to try a 4 way coordinate grid using negative numbers too!
We were also building houses for our French Town Nancy,
This is our project for this term. I hope the children have come home each day, talking enthusiastically about it… but if they are anything like my own children, you will have got NOTHING from them!!!
We have given ourselves French names and have decided on what we look like and our place in the family dynamic. We are making houses for our town, and are deciding soon on what our professions are. We’re going to construct the town of Nancy (any resemblance to the REAL Nancy is entirely coincidental…) in the Polytunnel. We’re working with the children in primary 4 to make a huge model town. We want to include shops and all the facilities you would associate with a real french town. We will label all the bits and bobs in French so that the children are learning words in a more meaningful context.
In literacy and numeracy we are currently doing an audit of where the children are, in relation to other children their age. It is a computer based process and the children quite enjoy doing the tests. This helps me to look at where they are at in a very specific way, to help with individual problems, and in a general way too, so that I can target particularly weak areas as a class. Very useful!
We’ll be tackling homophones in spelling bread/bred etc. as it is an area that I have noticed is patchy in the children’s written work. We will be trying to use the hard ones too e.g. to/two/too, their/there/they’re and of/off. We are currently looking at how to use speech marks. In writing we have been making up a newspaper article about, and will be making up a news report script about the terrible Line Dancing/Yoga disaster that struck the town of Nancy, wiping out most of the female population!
In maths we will be really going for it with the tables! We have learnt almost all of the tables, and so now we can play very cool tables games, online and on the carpet!
In other maths, we will be looking at the properties of 3D shapes, measure, starting fraction work, and looking at percentages and decimals with some children who are ready to move on.
I am hoping to take the children on a couple of trips this year. I will speak more about this to you on parents’ nights, to see what your thoughts are. More info to follow in due course, when everything is definite.
Very wordy this one…is it any wonder I bung them up!