Jan-June p4/5

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! 

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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.

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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!’)

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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!

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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!

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Equivalent fractions were tricky but we got there in the end…

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And we also worked with the class next door to do some collective art work,

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Cool new lego!

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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…

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We were using fractions for dividing up random objects…(from pom poms to googly eyes!)

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We went to see a super presentation/workshop all about the value of prayer and contemplation across all faiths.

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We have also been decorating our French houses with portraits for the wall. I love the one of Max and adoring parents!

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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.

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Then we looked at coordinates. Some children got to try a 4 way coordinate grid using negative numbers too!

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We were also building houses for our French Town Nancy,

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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!

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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!