P1/2 Snow Day Activities 2017
o Use a torch in a dark room to practice writing your sounds and common words we learn in class, ask someone to guess what you are writing or get them to write it and you guess.
o Try using sauce or something else you would eat to practice writing your sounds and common words.
o Practice writing your sounds, common words and numbers in your homework jotter in rainbow writing, pyramid writing or bubble writing.
o Use your homework jotter to keep a diary of things you have done during any snow days (pictures and or words).
o Write all the sounds we have learned on a sheet of paper, cut them out and try to make as many 2 or 3 letter words that you can. Write these words in your jotter, you can add another of the same sound if you need to. Remember you have to be able to read the words!
o Use your reading book:
Look for all the words that contain a certain letter (a or s etc.). Write these in your jotter.
Draw your favourite illustration from your book (try writing out the sentence that goes with it).
Look for our common words in the book. Write these in your jotter and count how many times they appear.
o Make a snowflake or draw a picture of your snowy garden or street.
o Can you make snow cubes and build an igloo? Or make a snow angel, or a snowman?
o When mum or dad asks how many fish fingers, sausages or slices of toast you want show them the answer as a picture rather than answering in words.
o Look at numbers and letter sounds when you are out and about and copy these into your homework jotter (house numbers/names, car registration numbers etc.).
Use the following websites and try some of the activities:
What I am learning this term Primary 1/2 - Term 1
Personal learning targets will be developed from this and put into yellow jotters which are available to view at open days.
Our topic this term is ‘Dinosaurs’
P1 – Beginning with wordless books and introducing phonic stories
P2 – Resuming progress through phonic reading books
Whole class –novel study on Tyrannosaurus Drip
Writing- Personal writing activities focus on planning through drawing, constructing sentences and using detail.
Handwriting practice – practising fine motor skills and focussing on good pencil grip.
The first few weeks we will focus on nursery rhymes working on rhyme, syllables, sounds and patterns in language.
P1 – Starting with learning all phonic sounds in class with flashcard games at home and children will begin to learn tricky words with short homework tasks for practice
P2 – revising tricky words and all sounds from primary 1. Consolidation homework games and practice.
P1 – beginning number, focussing on number sequence to 10 and number bonds to 5, then 10.
P2 – revising all number bonds to 10 and 20 and beginning to work on numbers to 100.
Health and wellbeing
Ball skills and team games. We will also work on our motor skills programme with short sessions.
This term our health and wellbeing focus will be ‘safe’
We will be working within the First Level of Curriculum for Excellence where lessons will be differentiated to meet the needs of all learners within the class.
Termly overviews will be added to the school diary each term and personal targets will be in the yellow record of work jotters.
Literacy and English
Within reading, the children will be using books which are ‘book banded’. This means that books across different genres and styles are appropriately matched to a specific level of reading. The children will be using ‘Tools for Reading’ activities which will help them develop different reading skills including predicting, connecting and skimming. The children will be encouraged to ask and answer key questions, listening intently. The children will also be using Bloom’s higher order thinking skills to help them remember, understand, apply, analyse, evaluate and create. The children will be using their knowledge and understanding of spelling patterns and common words to read more fluently and develop expression. The children will have the opportunity to write a variety of texts including imaginative, personal and functional. We will be using VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) to enhance and up-level our writing. We will also be revising phonics and learning new spelling patterns as well as improving our handwriting.
Numeracy and Mathematics
Across the year, children will broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding of number, shape, time, money, fractions, information handing and problem solving. A variety of resources will be used to aid learning including Numicon, ICT and Numeracy Maps. Children can also access maths games on the computer at home and times tables can be found at the back of the school diary. The 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables will explored and learnt throughout the year.
Health and Wellbeing
Through activities, games and sports the children will develop a wide range of skills including communication, resilience, spatial- awareness, control, balance, following instructions, teamwork and hand eye-coordination. The children will learn about how everyone is unique and the importance of building positive relationships. They will explore and discuss a variety of emotions and how to manage them effectively. The children will learn about food including hygiene, the journey food makes and will experience preparing and cooking food.
Learning across the Curriculum
There will be a main topic each term which will either be Social Studies or Science based. The interdisciplinary topic will provide a basis for other curricular areas to be taught.
This term our topic is ‘Fairy Land' with a focus on Scottish Castles.
Our P.E sessions are on a Wednesday and thursday this year. We will also be going out for a daily mile so can you please make sure that your child has outdoor shoes/boots to change into please.
If you are sending any money in with your child can you please ensure it in a sealed envelope/purse that is labelled.
Homework will be given out on a Monday to be returned on a Friday. (No homework in August, December and June)
We have been working very hard for a few weeks to prepare for our Nativity performnace and this week we had 2 fantastic performances! Thank you to everyone who helped us with lines and costumes. We hope you enjoyed the show!
If there is a snow day then here are some ideas for activities to do at home:
Use food colouring to colour the snow.
Build mini snowmen and use the hairdryer to melt them.
Make snowflakes out of paper.
Which snowman lasts the longest? One with a coat on and one without!
Well, here we are in December, where has this term gone?
The children have been busy this term and in language our focus has been on imaginative writing. We have used the John Lewis Buster the Dog advert as a stimulus for our own piece of writing and we have been incorporating all of of this term's language focus into our work. We have been using our core targets for writing and our own personal targets to self check our work. We have worked hard and are looking forward to producing our own books next week.
In numeracy and maths, we have been been learning how to use informal jottings,such as empty number lines to help us with our mental maths and we have been learning how to use a more formal written method fro addition and subtraction. In the next two weeks, we will be exploring the properties of 3D shape and lines of symmetry. We have targets within shape which we will evidence in our purple portfolios..
In Health and Wellbeing we have been learning about some conditions that require medication to keep people safe and in PE we have covered fitness. We have also been learning social dancing for our forthcoming party. We have been joining in with P5/6 and have enjoyed this opportunity.
We have also been playing 'Jingle Bells' on the recorder! This ties in with our science topic which is sound. Our playing is coming together nicely and we have learned a lot about rythm, pitch and counting beats as musical notes. We are also working well together and being supportive and encouraging to one another.We are beggining to make quite a nice sound too!
*SNOW DAY PLAN*
If there does happen to be a snow day, here are a few ideas for activities to do at home.
Write an imaginative “snow story”/create a newspaper article on snow or keep a diary of what you have been up to in the snow.
Write an imaginary story about a snowman that comes to life in your back garden.
List as many adjectives as you can to describe the snow and weather. Use your adjectives to make a word search.
Health and Wellbeing
Find a healthy recipe e.g. soup. Write out the recipe. If you have the ingredients you could make this with the help of an adult.
Catch a snowflake/snowball. Make up a game where you catch something.
Make up a circuit of activities you could do in the snow. Numeracy and Maths
Numeracy and Maths
Design a symmetrical snowman using 2D shapes.
Hunt for 2D shapes and 3D objects around your house. How many can you find? Make a list of them.
Practise mental maths – can you improve your speed and accuracy?
Make a snowman, igloo or something else that is a metre tall! You could draw or take a picture of it and bring it into school.
Investigate snow and ice. e.g. how long does it take to melt in different places inside and outside the houArt
Look out of your window and draw what you see.
Make a “snowy day” collage.
Design your own ‘super sledge’. Label it and make a list of the materials you would need to build it.
Design your own “snow” board game. Don’t forget the rules for the game.
If you wish to contact me for any reason then my email address is Gw17davidsongillian@glow.sch.uk.
Welcome to Primary 5/6 and Mrs Andrews class page!
We hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday and managed to see a little bit of sunshine.
Here you will be able to find details of what we have been up to in class and upcoming topics or special events. We will also post links to a variety of websites which are relevant to our learning.
As our learning progresses we will post updates of some of our favourite activities and events, so keep your eyes peeled for new information.
Primary 5 have begun their swimming lessons at Lanark swimming pool, and will be taking lessons every week on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their swimming kit on a Tuesday.
Our PE days are currently Wednesday and Friday, although this may change as the term progresses.
All pupils should leave their gym bag in school through the term, and we will send this home at each holiday. Gym bags should include shorts, a t-shirt and indoor gym shoes. Girls may want to keep socks in their gym bag if they wear tights to school and hair bobbles to tie back longer hair are advisable. If you child is bringing deodorant to school for after PE we ask that this is a roll-on.
We are always encouraging our students to be active, and this includes our Golden Mile walk. As our grounds can get a little wet, after all this is Scotland, we would like to ask if each child could have a suitable pair of outdoor shoes/ welly boots, that they can change into for going into the school grounds.
Homework in P5/6 will be given out on a Monday to be returned on a Friday. This term we are trying out a homeworkopoly board, where pupils can earn rewards such as choosing a class tune and sitting on a cushion, or even a homework pass. To be eligible for a shot on the monopoly board each week, pupils must have completed their homework tasks and have a parent or guardian sign their diary for Friday.
We are all settling in well to our new classroom, and adjusting to our daily routines. This year we will be setting up a very special project in our class called a 'Classroom Economy'. Each week the pupils will have the opportunity to earn a wage, gain bonuses and even lose money through fines. In the coming weeks the pupils will be choosing the rules for their classroom economy, as we value pupil voice in our class. The classroom economy will help support our financial education throughout the year.
This term we will be investigating Ancient Egypt, and comparing the Egyptian society with our own modern society in Scotland. We have already enjoyed making pictures of the sunset over the pyramids and are looking forward to finding out some of the cool and disgusting facts about mummies!
You can find additional information about the ancient Egyptians from the following websites:
Welcome to Primary 6/7 and Miss McKillop's class page.
It is hard to believe that it is September already! It has been a busy couple of weeks. The class have discussed and agreed upon a Class Charter to ensure that our classroom is a positive learning environment with high expectations.
Primary 6/7 have been discussing the skills and qualities that they think would be important for a House Captain to have. They then designed an application form and conducted a short interview. This process has helped the children to further develop skills for Learning, Life and Work. I would like to congratulate all the children who applied as I was very impressed with their applications, interviews and presentations.
In Term 1 we will be covering the following topics:
Health and Wellbeing
Within our Health and Wellbeing topic we will be developing our knowledge and understanding of the human body and will be investigating some of the physical, mental and social benefits of taking part in physical activity, both indoors and outdoors. (HWB 2-15a & HWB 2-25a)
In P.E. this term we will be consolidating and refining our ball handling skills and sustaining and improving our levels of fitness. We will be further developing our fine and gross motor skills such as eye-hand and eye-foot co-ordination in order to refine our movement skills. We will be working co-operatively as a team and developing our understanding of both defensive and offensive strategies and rules within a game situation. (HWB2-22a)
In Maths this term we will be focusing on Number and Number Processes. This will include estimating and rounding to any decimal place, place value up to 7 digits and beyond, using BOMDAS to follow the correct order of operations, multi-step word problems using the four operations, using inverse operations to solve problems and exploring multiples, factor and primes. (MNU 2-03a)
In Literacy this term our focus will be on personal writing and developing our knowledge and understanding of VCOP and higher order thinking skills. We will also be further developing the following literacy skills to enhance our writing and engage the reader; using paragraphs and a range of punctuation effectively, varying sentence length and using conjunctions to link sentences, exploring word choice and imagery and using a checklist to review and assess our writing.
The children have been leading their own learning and have chosen to research the Ancient Egyptians. In doing so they will compare how this ancient society differs from our own.
To help the children to develop their time management skills homework will not be given on a specific day each week. They have been advised that they should bring their school diaries with them every day so that they can take a note of any homework tasks or other important events or information etc.