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Welcome to P6NM!

Welcome to P6NM with Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson.

The pupils have all settled back well and we have really enjoyed meeting everyone this week. 

Important Information 

Our PE days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, please come to school in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, which you will be able to exercise in.   

This week we have focussed on the expectations and routines in P6 and lots of Health and Wellbeing.  

Here are some highlights from our first few days in Primary Six: 

  • We started to read a book called Wonder. 
  • Self portraits in the style of the cover for Wonder.
  • Having pictures taken for learning partners.
  • Solving riddles.
  • We decided on our class name (P6 Nanny McPhee). 
  • Starting a patchwork quilt for our class charter.
  • Starting ‘rough jotters’.
  • Making birthday cards for our classmates to get throughout this session.
  • We have enjoyed catching up with existing friends and have had the opportunity to widen our friendships even further with our new classmates. 
  • We have enjoyed more freedom of movement in the playground at break and lunch.
  • Teachers and pupils getting to know each other.  

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs McFarlane 

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P6NM Our Learning WB 25.05.21

We have had a busy week in P6NM. Here is a summary of our learning:

Literacy

Reading

We held our Literature Circle meetings on Tuesday. The next meeting is on Monday 31st May.

Writing/Links to IDL

We read more of our class novel Wilderness Wars. In it, one of the main characters discovered bats roosting in a cave. We used this opportunity to read for information, using leaflets from The Bat Conservation Trust. We then worked in trios to construct a mind map sharing our new-found knowledge. Finally, we used these mind maps as plans for our writing. We wrote non-chronological reports on bats.

Opportunities for home learning

Here is a video explaining more. Once you have watched it you could try to write your own report around an area of your interest.

How to write a non-chronological report – BBC Teach

Maths

We have been learning about quadrilaterals.  This is a useful summary of the key points in our learning this week.

Classifying quadrilaterals – Year 5 – P6 – Maths – Home Learning with BBC Bitesize – BBC Bitesize

Opportunities for home learning

  • Can you see any quadrilaterals around your home? Draw and label the types of quadrilaterals you find.
  • Extra challenge- here is an interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

Math Game: Quadrilaterals (iknowit.com)

HWB

  • We have been dribbling using hockey sticks and balls in preparation for the P6 competition Games@thehub 2021.
  • We have been taking part in circle times around the themes of friendship and bullying. In particular, we talked about the role of witnesses.
  • We found out more about puberty using the new RSHP resource.
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P6NM Learning Stories

Learning Stories are being sent home today. These have the term 3 overview/newsletter along with targets for this term.

Term 2’s work was completed when Learning Together at Home. We loved seeing the photos and uploaded worksheets on Teams and know that a huge amount of effort was put into completing tasks at home. The pupils have chosen a couple of pieces of work (from school) which they are proud of but if you would like to add any worksheets or photos completed at home then please do.

Mrs McFarlane

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P6NM Our Learning Week Beginning 26.04.21

A few reminders for next week.

Monday – HOLIDAY

Tuesday – HOLIDAY (for pupils)

Wednesday – Normal school day

Thursday – Learning Together at Home (please make sure you can still access Teams). Some hard copies of work will be sent home on Wednesday so please check school bags!

Friday- Normal school day

Here is a summary of our learning this week. The pupils created mind maps to show the skills we have been working on, the challenges they encountered and what they feel the next steps are in their learning.

Literacy 

Spelling

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Listening and Talking and Writing

We looked at the #freecuthbert story that has been circulating recently. We discussed the impact of social media and wrote persuasive letters to either M&S or Aldi depending on our point of view. 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Keep an eye on current events and the way that social media can be used to influence our feelings. For example, with the upcoming election. You might see political party broadcasts on the TV or on the internet. Identify how the different parties try to persuade you to agree with their point of view. Can you use the skills from our persuasive writing this week to persuade someone to agree with your view on who should be elected? 

Maths

We began our maths lessons with core numeracy revision (multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as times tables).  We talked about the importance of revisiting these key skills frequently even though our main focus is on a different area of maths.

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The main area covered in maths this week was investigating how to construct triangles when you are given 3 pieces of information (SAS- Side, angle, side and ASA- Angle, side, angle). 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Here are some videos we watched in class, which you may find useful to watch again. Please only watch video 81 and 82, WE DID NOT COVER SSS triangles (video 83).

https://corbettmaths.com/2019/02/12/constructing-triangles/

If you have a protractor and ruler at home you could try some further examples.

Remember, it is also really important to keep revising times tables and other core numeracy skills. We will be doing more of this on Thursday.

Please read our mind maps to find out about our learning in other areas of the curriculum.

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P6NM Week Beginning 27.10.20

**Please bring in a palm sized pebble on Monday.  We are going to be painting these next week.**

It was great to see everyone back after the October break. Here is a summary of our learning in P6NM this week.

Literacy

  • We read more of our novel Friend or Foe. We focussed on how the author uses dialogue to show us what different characters are like.  We also explored how Michael Morpurgo created a sense of danger and excitement. 
  • We watched an video clip titled ‘How wolves change rivers’. We made notes on the interesting facts and used these to create leaflets.  

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Do some independent research on a topic that interests you. Develop your note taking skills to show your understanding of the information. Remember only to write the key words which are important.
  • When reading, think about how the author creates excitement and drama. What techniques do they use? (Think about the types of words and sentences they use.)

Maths

In maths we revised the chimney method of multiplication.

Here is a link which demonstrates this (it is the first one which is called short multiplication).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjbyvk7

We then moved on to think about how to multiply a number by a multiple of ten (20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90).

For example 70 x 364, 40 x 213 or 50 x 975.

We did lots of examples to demonstrate that when you multiply by a multiple of ten you move all the digits one place to the left and put a zero in the empty space.

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Write out 7 x 264 using the formal layout that we have been working on this week. Explain to someone at home the steps you took to solve it.
  • Use the digits 5, 6, 7 and 8 to create a list of 1 digit x 3 digit sums, then solve them.  For example 5 x 678    6 x 758   8 x 675
  • Try some sums involving multiples of ten. For example, 30 x 212. Lay it out as shown in the picture above.
  • Revise your times tables and increase your speed and accuracy by completing the ‘Daily 10’ or Hit the Button on Top Marks.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • In assembly we focussed on keeping ourselves safe on Bonfire Night.
  • We enjoyed the Pumpkin trail and French with Mrs Bailey on Friday.
  • We enjoyed being outdoors and making spider webs with wool and sticks.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane

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P6NM Week Beginning 5th October

We had a busy week in P6NM. Here is a summary of our learning.

Literacy

  • We read more of our novel Friend or Foe. We made inferences about what characters were thinking and feeling. The tricky bit was finding evidence in the text to support what we were saying.
  • We researched and made notes which will help us to write biographies next week.
  • Here are our spelling words.
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Opportunities for home learning:

Think about these questions:

What do you notice about the way they are structured/organised?

What do you notice about the language features?

  • Write a mini autobiography. Think about your personal family history and important events in your life.

Maths

In maths we identified lines of symmetry and created symmetrical shapes. Here is some jotter work.

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Play this symmetry matching game and select ‘patterns’.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

  • Log into Education City and use the Username P6NM and Password P6NM. Click on Homework and there is an activity to complete in the folder called ‘Symmetry’.

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Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We made food chains with paper chains.
  • We enjoyed using drama to understand a key event in Friend or Foe.
  • We enjoyed being outdoors and making symmetrical obstacle courses.

Here are some grids and posters from our reflective Friday session this morning.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane

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P6NM Week Beginning 22nd September 2020

We had a really enjoyable week in P6NM. One of the main things we focused on this week was our class assembly. Well done to everyone for contributing today. I am proud of you all!

If you still have your learning story at home can you please bring it back in ASAP! Thank you to everyone who has already done this.

Here is a summary of our learning this week.

Literacy

  • We used this shorter week to revise the spelling already covered this term.
  • We discussed the themes of the different books we are reading in class.
  • In Writing we used paragraphs to organise the different sections and we investigated using different sentence types and lengths.

Long sentences can:

  • create a slow rhythm
  • include plenty of descriptive detail
  • create a sense of time dragging

Short sentences can:

  • create a choppy, punchy rhythm
  • draw attention to dramatic thoughts or actions
  • create a sense of panic or breathlessness
Opportunities for home learning:
  • Our group reading homework is due for Tuesday 29th September, please see the reading record for the pages to be read.
  • Talk to an adult at home about the themes of different books you have read. For example, acceptance (if a character supports other characters and their differences) or overcoming obstacles (if a character does not let obstacles stop them from achieving their goals).
  • Write a paragraph describing how you are being chased by a hungry, flesh-eating monster. Remember to use a mixture of long and short sentences for effect!

Maths

In maths we looked more at the rule of the order of operations (BODMAS) We investigated how the order of operations can change the answer in a calculation. We know that we start by looking at multiplication and division before addition and subtraction. We used this order to carry out calculations correctly.

We also worked on multi step word problems. Here are some examples of the kind of questions we were answering:

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Opportunities for home learning:
  • Write the numbers 2, 12, 6 and 3 in this order several times. Write any signs you choose between the numbers (including brackets) and find as many different answers as you can. For example:

2 × (12 ÷ 6) × 3 = 12

(2 × 12) – (6 × 3) = 6

(2 + 12) ÷ (6 ÷ 3) = 7

  • Explain to someone at home how the order of operations changes the answer to a calculation.
  • Log into Education City and use the Username P6NM and Password P6NM. Click on Homework and there is an activity to complete in the folder called ‘Problem Solving’.

https://www.educationcity.com/

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We recapped on Road Safety messages such as Stop, Look, Listen, Think! This was as part of our preparation for assembly.
  • We enjoyed sharing our learning in assembly.
  • We enjoyed the outdoors and the maths treasure hunts that we have been creating.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane

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P6NM Friday 11th September 2020

Good afternoon Everyone.

We have had a great week in P6NM and have been busy setting up our Learning Stories for P6. These have been sent home today so please check school bags! We hope that you enjoy looking over the Newsletter for this term and the targets. Once you have done this, please return the Learning Stories so that we can start to put evidence of learning in.

A few reminders:
  • We are outdoors every afternoon so please remember a jacket!
  • Please label all jumpers/cardigans as we no longer have access to a lost property box.
  • In March, when the school closed we sent home packs of resources. Many of these have been returned, thank you. We are particularly keen to use the smart pals (clear folders which you can slip A4 sheets into) so if you still have these at home could you please send them back in. Thank you!

Here is a summary of our learning this week.

Maths

We have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

Here is a poster which is useful to refer to.

We have also been using rounding to estimate an answer to a calculation. For example:

51 + 78 will be roughly 50+80=130

792 – 323 will be roughly 800 – 300 = 500

We also looked at the RUCSAC technique which helps us to solve word problems. Click on the link below to download a poster explaining this method.

RUCSAC POSTER

Opportunities for home learning:
  • Give yourself a budget (e.g. £5) Ask an adult to give you 3 items to search for using supermarket prices online. Find the total cost of 3 items then calculate the change you would receive (if any) from your budget. Make this more difficult by adding more items or changing your budget.
  • Challenge yourself with funny puzzles using your home environment. For example, ‘What is the number of doors in your house multiplied by your favourite number then divided by your age?’.
  • Use Daily 10 on the Top Marks website to practise the concept of rounding. There are different levels so choose the appropriate level of challenge.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Literacy

Spelling

Our spelling pattern this week has been soft c.

  • c is soft (saying s) when it comes after e, i, y
  • ce and ci are more commonly used in the middle of words than se and si

Writing

We had two opportunities for story writing this week. The first was an adventure story based on a short text called ‘Mission Possible’ which we read and analysed. The class came up with fantastic character names for the spies and the ‘baddies’ in their stories. I really enjoyed reading them! The second was an imaginative story based on a picture stimulus. The picture had the title ‘Time stood still but for all but one man…’ There were some very imaginative ideas in the stories!

Reading

We are nearing the end of our class novel ‘A Kind of Spark’ and are still really gripped by it. We have had some very in depth discussions about the issues raised in the book.

Opportunities for home learning:
  • Reading homework (please check reading records!)
  • Revise this week’s spelling words by creating your own word search or use this link to get you’re a computer to do it for you:

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp

Ideas for writing activities related to our class novel:

  • Have you ever felt sorry and wanted to apologise for what you had done but the other person wouldn’t listen or talk to you? Use these ideas to write an apology letter from Nina to Addie to apologise for all the issues/hurt they have both gone through.
  • What advice would you give Addie about how to deal with Miss Murphy? Imagine you’re an agony aunt and Addie has written to you to explain her teacher seems to hate her and mistreats her. What would your reply be?

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We have been developing our fitness in outdoor PE lessons.
  • We enjoyed working with different partners in outdoor learning activities such as making maths puzzles using natural materials.
  • We enjoyed using the laptops to log into teams with our new passwords.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs McFarlane