P1/2 – Continuing using Active Literacy for our phonics and reading.
Whole class –novel study on ‘Gruffalo’s Child’
Writing- We will be looking at characters and setting and how to describe well using adjectives.
Handwriting practice – continuing practising fine motor skills and the correct formation of letters.
P1/2 – Recapping numbers to 100, looking at time (linked to our new sundial), data and handling and money. We will be creating a shop in the class and doing lots of different surveys of what our favourite things are!
Health and Wellbeing
We will be looking at athletics and all the different sports that we will compete in on Sport’s Day.
We will also look at Respect and Inclusion. How can we respect our new school and others? How can we make sure everyone feels included?
We will be producing a power point for the DYWF (Driving the Young Work Force) as part of the Biggar Learning Community. We have chosen to create a power point about being a farmer. This will be uploaded for all children to access and we will be able to access their power points whenever we need to to look at what skills etc you need for different careers.
Our classroom is named after Bizzyberry Hill so we will be looking at facts about the hill and producing some art studying Pointillism.
Our new sundial will be ready soon so we have been looking at shadows in science. We will also learn about the Earth, sun and moon.
In Expressive Arts we created some clay relief for our sundial, will continue studying music with the school’s ABC system and use ICT to improve our maths and reading.
***SNOW DAY PLAN ***
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:
o Look for all the words that contain a certain letter (a or s etc.). Write these in your jotter.
o Draw your favourite illustration from your book (try writing out the sentence that goes with it).
o 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:
January has come around again, a New Year and a busy term ahead!
Our Scots assembly is on the 29th of January. Your child will be given a poem home and each child will have one or two verses to learn. The children enjoy learning Scots and always have a chuckle at some of the words and phrases. Scuilwab is a great website to encourage them to learn more about the language.
In Maths we will be learning about time. The children will be learning to read an anologue clock in 5 minute and ten minute intervals. Please continue to encourage your child to read time at home, look at timetables, TV schedules (if there is still such a thing!) and to try and estimate how long it might take to do certain things. We will be measuring time in seconds and minutes, choosing appropriate timers to do so and , linking with the work the whole school will be doing with sundials, will be looking at how time was measured in the past and the accuracy of certain instruments.
In Numeracy, the focus will be on multiplication and division. Children should practise their times tables at home to assist with quick number recall.
In literacy, we are focussing on functional writing. As well as looking at all the different types of writing within this genre, the children will be writing instructions to make a bird feeder. Some children expressed an interest in learning about birds when they were thinking about what they would like to learn this year so this will tie in with their wishes and the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which is ongoing just now.
We are using the North Lanarkshire approach to teaching spelling and reading this year. Spelling will focus on different phonemes each week and a set of common words. It is a very active approach and , whilst the children are just beginning to learn the different strategies, they are already expressing their enjoyment in the lessons. In reading, we are reading a whole class novel ‘ The Demon Headmaster’ to teach the reading strategies. The children are familiar with some of the strategies as they tie in with the Stonelaw and Higher Order Thinking strategies however some of the language and terms used are new to them (and me!) The children have chosen their home readers and we will continue to develop our pace and fluency in reading using these books.
In Health and Wellbeing we will be learning about our bodies and how we Live and Grow. PE will be covering gymnastics and possession games.
Our topic this term will be farming. The children will complete their KWL grid this week and the topic will be planned from there. We are hoping to fit in a visit to a farm and to the local supermarket to help us to understand how produce gets from ‘farm to fork’.
P5 will be receiving musical tuition on a Tuesday afternoon.
*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.
*** Snow Day Plan ***
1. Build a snowman, make snow angels or even try to build an igloo (small or big!). Enjoy!!
2. Use Google to research our current topic and see if you can learn something to teach us all when we come back to school.
3. Make sure your homework and reading is up to date. Could you create a new front cover for your reading book? Could you challenge yourself to find more of the same homework?
4. Write a snow story adventure.
5. Write instructions on how to build a snowman.
6. Practice your times tables.
7. See what angles you can find round the house. Can you name them?
8. Visit these websites:
9. Make a healthy salad, fruit salad or vegetable soup with an adult.
10. Investigate how long it takes for snow or ice to melt in different parts of the house.
Welcome to Primary 5/6 class page!
We hope you had a great Christmas break and are ready for a busy third term!
Children will be starting Cross Country lessons on Monday January 22nd and these will continue for five weeks. We have an instructor coming from outside the school. This means we have PE on a Monday, Tuesday (gymnastics) and Wednesday (cross country) for these five weeks, and going back to Tuesdays and Wednesdays after.
As always, 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 will also continue trying to complete 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 Wednesday to be handed in the following Wednesday, complete with signed diaries. The ‘Homeworkopoly’ board proved very popular, and we will continue this. To be eligible for a shot on the monopoly board each week, pupils must have completed all their homework tasks and have a parent or guardian sign their diary.
This term we will be investigating Endangered Environments, and looking at different environmental solutions. We are hoping to visit Whitelees Wind Farm soon to learn all about wind turbines so we can design and create our own in class!
In writing we will be looking at functional writing and using our topic through this. In reading, we will study ‘Dragon Fire’ as a whole class and learn different strategies including: metalinguistics, summarising and inferring.
In maths we have been learning about rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and will move on to learning about partitioning and the use of brackets. After this we will be looking at measure: weight, volume, time, length/distance and timetables.
In science we will be studying the water cycle and creating and studying our own mini water cycles in a cup! We will also be finding out more about our sensory organs and create some art work around this.
You can find additional information about the environment on the following websites:
Summer is nearly here...I still can't quite believe it. The transition from Ridgepark to our lovely new school has been an incredibly smooth one, the children have all settled in and are enjoying getting a precious few minutes extra in their bed in the morning. After a long wait it is nice that the primary 7 get to spend their last couple of months at primary school back in Symington.
Over the last few weeks we have been incredibly busy. We have attended the rugby festival, athletics and the triathlon and the primary 7 children have spent 3 days at the high school. This week the House Captains have been busy organising the Inter House Football and working on their end of year assembly.
The primary 6 children have been working on a secret challenge that they have chosen, they have made posters, PowerPoints and are currently planning to film a short programme. I am looking forward to seeing their final presentation in a couple of weeks.
As part of their art and technology project the children have been designing and creating their own fashion items, we are hoping to hold our very own catwalk show towards the end of the year so that the children can show off all their hard work and share their achievements.
We look forward to seeing you at sports day this week.
***SNOW DAY PLAN***
Literacy - Write an Imaginative or Personal “snow story” using the literary devices we have been exploring in class. You could include some similes/metaphors, power verbs, adverbs, adjectives, emotive words, hyperbole, lists, repetition and rhetorical questions. Remember to SHOW not TELL.
Maths & Numeracy - As we are currently covering Time try some of the time games on the following site: https://www.topmarks.co.uk. You could also create your own TV timetable.
Social Subjects - Research the Rainforest and gather more facts and information for your PowerPoint presentation.
Well 2018 is here already! I hope you have all had a fantastic break.
We have been exploring Scots language and poetry and have chosen two poems to perform at our Scots Assembly on 26th January. The poems we have chosen are ‘Feart’ by Liz Niven and ‘Up Early in the Morning’ by Robert Burns. If you have the time you can listen to recitals of them on the following websites:
Feart - http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/feart#listen
Up Early in the Morning - http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/works/up_in_the_morning_early/
This term we will be covering Time and Measure. The children will be learning to solve time problems, work out time differences from timetables, organise events and record them in a timetable and solve simple speed problems.
In Literacy, we are using the North Lanarkshire approach to reading and spelling. To further develop comprehension skills the whole class will complete the novel study of ‘The Thief Lord’. This will involve modelling the following strategies; using prior knowledge and prediction, metalinguistics, visualisation, inference, main ideas and paraphrasing and summarising. In spelling we will continue to focus on spelling rules, strategies and curriculum based vocabulary. In writing we will focus on functional writing. This will include writing newspaper reports, letters and instructions and will link to our social subject and science topics.
Our social subject topic this term will be the Rainforest and the positive and negative effects humans have on the environment.
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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.