In Numeracy we have been learning about distance, speed and time by using different formulas and strategies to calculate the answer. Our class have also been working on long division. We have used our knowledge of D, T and S to find the fastest way to evacuate London.
This week we are continuing to read when Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. For the task we wrote a summary and 5 open questions then swapped with a partner. We had to make sure our answers were detailed. We made questions using Blooms Taxonomy for an RAF pilot. Blooms Taxonomy helps us to make better questions with good openers. Example – What is the difference between the RAF now and in WW2?
Next Step – we will continue to use our Literacy skills to learn about WW2.
In WW2 we learned about evacuation. We started making power points and prove it sheets. We used researching and note taking along with skimming and scanning to improve our prove its. We learned that not just children were evacuated.
As a class we are challenging ourselves with our Ultimate Times Table Challenges. Each week we are improving on our times/scores.
We have been budgeting for our trip to Paris. Making sure that our amount are realistic and that we have enough spending money. We were adding and subtracting money amounts. These amounts all had decimal points. We then converted our spending money from GBP to Euros. To do this we multiplied the amount we had saved by the exchange rate. We practised our multiplication of up to 3 digit numbers. Ms Mullerova helped us with this.
Next Step – To move on our knowledge of currency we will practise using real life situations.
We are still enjoying “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit”. We have been studying this and discussing the story line. We used a number of tasks to help us study this novel. Some of us worked in groups for this.
Miss Fotheringham was very impressed with our discussions during Literature Circles today. Remember to do your reading homework each week so that you can join in on these discussions.
Grammar – we are reinforcing how to use apostrophes in the correct way. This is important for when we are older and are filling in job applications and writing essays in high school!
Next Step – we would like to write about a child from the 1940’s. We will use inspiration from Anne Frank and “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit”.
This week our focus has been womens’ role in WW2. As part of this topic we have created Propaganda posters. We used our team work skills as well as our research skills to find out what these were.
Also we have been budding artists and have used line and shading to create portraits of well known leaders from the 1940’s. For example – Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler. Next we will move on to find out who all these people are.
Next step – we are moving on to learn about evacuation during WW2.
This week in literacy we have been focusing on our comprehension skills which we have been developing by reading our class novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and answering questions based on the text. At the start of the week we also studied the political life of Winston Churchill and learned that he led Britain to victory during World War II. In addition to our comprehension work, we also chose our new books literature circles. We are reading: Blitzcat; Shadow Jumper; The Eagle in the Snow and War Horse as they are all World War II themed.
Our focus in Maths is on money. At the start of the week we were divided into co-operative learning groups where we all had crucial roles to carry out; we had to complete 5 different budgeting activities. We then created group posters to demonstrate our learning. Also this week, we have been learning about Exchanging Money and the Exchange Rate. We have learnt how to convert British money into foreign currencies and vice versa.
Other areas of the curriculum
In PE we have been focusing on our balance and control through gymnastics. To support this we created sequences on the floor and the equipment.
In Social Studies our desire to learn so many more facts to do with World War II has continued to grow, and coincidentally there have also been two Newsround specials on the Holocaust and Anne Frank during which we listened attentively and took notes. We carried out personal research to learn who the main leaders were and what the key events were during WWII. We created portraits of all the World War II leaders using the skill of line and shade with charcoal. The results were amazing!
In Health and Wellbeing our main focus was our Listening and Talking skills where at the start of one lesson we played a game of WWII Whispers. We also used our drama skills, in pairs, of going into role, to act out a route we took driving around a village. Our goal was to identify directions and landmarks using our listening and observation skills
Valuable information On Monday the 28th January we are having a whole Primary 7 year group memorabilia photo taken as well as individual photos for our Young Scot cards.
We have been using our note taking skills to learn about HOW WW2 STARTED. In order to do this we were also skimming and scanning. The next day we wrote in groups of three all about what we had remembered. Mrs Ritchie helped to add to our learning with a variety of interesting facts. Each day we have enjoyed watching the Holocaust special on Newsround.
Next step – next week we will be learning about Women’s role in WW2. I wonder if anyone can find out information about Alan Turing?!
We have been multiplying and dividing to help us convert currencies. We know this will help us if we are abroad – it will help us to make sure we are not paying too much for something. This week we have been using calculators and have needed to call upon our rounding skills too! We have added and subtracted amounts during our Budgeting learning. Our research skills have been tested while we search for cheapest flight options.
Next step – to link our Money topic to Rationing.
We read the first two chapters of our new class novel – When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. In order to improve our knowledge we created a summary and used skimming and scanning.
In grammar we learned the rules of apostrophes and practised this independently.
In spelling we were shown some common words and then using our knowledge of spelling rules and our visual recognition we wrote these down. We practised these words using Connect 4. We had to co-operate with each other and support each other with our learning.
Next Step – Next we will be reading more of our class novel and engaging with the text with a number of tasks.
We were reminded how to use a protractor to measure an angle. We did this by being told by our teacher and we showed our learning by creating an instruction sheet with our learning partner. We discussed the different types of angles (acute, right angle, obtuse, reflex).
We learned how Christians celebrate Epiphany and WHAT this is. We now know about traditions in different parts of Europe. We used our reading skills (skimming and scanning) to learn about Epiphany and shared our learning with partners. This helped to reinforce our learning. We used writing, listening and talking as well as reading skills here.
Newsround has been particularly interesting this week and we learned about an animal in Queensland, Australia. It is called a Bluebottle and this is similar to a Portuguese Man of War. We were interested to find out more and so we watched a short clip from Blue Planet.
In science we learned about Renewable Energy and the 5 main sources. These are Solar, Wind, Hydro/water, Biomass and Geothermal. We used our researching skills and learned together as part of a group to gather information and create a poster to show our findings.
Our team skills were put to the test this week during our Basketball session with Ms Hastie. Mr Jackson helped us to build up our Resilience using exercise where we had to negotiate with our peers and work as a team. We all needed to make sure we followed the rules!!
Reminder – next week we are visiting the Hub to attend an Art of Listening workshop.
Well done to all the awesome Primary 7 children who organised and delivered a fun and inclusive Activity Day raising vital funds for Children In Need. There were Free Activities where children could win a prize: Pin the Bandana on the Pudsey; Best Dressed Children per Stage. There was also a Free Quiz: winners will be announced next week once the Primary 7s have had a chance to mark the answer sheets.
P7M planned a Guess Pudsey’s Birthday competition at 50p per guess. We used a Random Date Generator to choose the date which was 30th November. The winner was a girl in P5HW. P7M presented her with her cuddly Pudsey backpack.
The Bake Sale organised by P7F was a massive sellout! Not a crumb was left! The Primary 7 children engaged with all the children and listened carefully to what their customers wanted and ensured they gave them the correct change.
P7R had queues out of the door for Face Painting. The Artists did a superb job of turning their customers into tremendous Pudseys, Tigers, Cats, Lizards and Dragons!
Mrs Magill, Miss Fotheringham and Miss Robinson are incredibly proud of you all!
This week in Maths we have been learning about measure; how to estimate and calculate perimeter and area using formulae.
In Literacy we have been putting the finishing touches to our Coraline display of art and poetry. We wrote a variety of acrostic, sonnet and haiku poems. In addition, we have been overwriting a few paragraphs of a story called The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone in order to uplevel our writing to a more sophicsticated level and engage the reader.
During P.E. we have been beginning to learn the first few steps of the Gay Gordons for our P7 Ceilidh in December.
In social studies we received a very exciting visit from an MSP called Ian Clark who presented a talk and a workshop where we had our very own debate on whether animals should be allowed to perform in circuses; the majority vote was that it should be banned.
On Wednesday we had an awesome trip to Liberton High School where over the course of the day we learnt different skills, activities and competed against 13 other schools. We performed our very best and we received several different awards. We returned home with two trophies for 1st place in Athletics and Boys’ Rugby, 2nd place for Dance and three 3rd places for Girls’ Rugby, Taekwondo and Boys’ Football. We also took 1st for Best Dressed!
This week we have also had a few of our p7s helping out at the Book Fair and they all worked very well and cooperatively to raise a fabulous amount of money.
As you can tell we have had an incredible week and are looking forward to the next one ahead of us. Have a fab weekend everyone!!