# Wk beg: 11/12/17

Happy New Year!

Here is what we have been learning in P4H this week.

Maths and Numeracy

We have learnt about 5 minute intervals for clocks and we played a new version of Stop The Clock! If the hand is on the one it is at 5 past, if it is 2 it is 10 past and if it is on the 7 it would be 25 to and hour. Here is the link http://coolsciencelab.com/stop_the_clock_harder.html

We added half an hour to a time to help us solve problems. E.g. half an hour after quarter past 2 is quarter to three.

We made our own rocket challenges for time problems.

We had fun revision column subtraction.

Literacy

We used our handwriting practise to show how we should lay out our work with a title and date.

We wrote new year goals, we had 2 school goals and 2 home goals.

Using our ERIC books we had to find intersting openers and use them to start sentences.

Other Curriculum Areas

In trios, we made weather forecasts. We had to locate towns and cities and put them on a Map of Scotland. After this we designed and created weather icons and icons for the temperatures and wind direction and speed. Then we enjoyed showing our weather forecasts to another group.

We researched information about the weather using the website BBC What is Weather.

What have we enjoyed?

Theo – I enjoyed making our new year goals.

Gregor – I enjoyed our maths sheet at the begining of the week.

Ella – I enjoyed using the computers to research the weather.

What have we found challenging?

Ella – I found 5 minute intervals in analogue time a bit tricky, but iti was easier in digital time.

What would we like to learn next week?

Theo – More time work, I really enjoy it.

Finlay – I would like to do subtraction with 4 digit numbers.

Ella – I would like to use the dictionary more.

Roni – I want to find out what our new topic is!

# Wk beg: 11/12/17

Here is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We have been matching digital clocks to analogue clocks, we were matching up quarter past, half past and quarter to.

We have been playing a game called STOP THE CLOCK to help us with this. Our class personal best time is 30 seconds!

Here is the link for the game;

http://coolsciencelab.com/stop_the_clock_easy.html

Literacy

We wrote a story about an elf adventure. We had to include time connectives and openers e.g. next, after, soon after, then, later, the next day and firstly.

Other Curriculum Areas

We put together our cubes all about the weather this week. We had to read facts about the weather and then highlight the important parts then use our own words to write about it.

To make the cube we had to cut out the faces, fold the edges in and out, glue them together and then trim the edges to make them look neat. Now we need to decide where to display them!

We made some Christmas cards with a bauble design.

On Tuesday we went to the Pantomime! We saw Beauty and the Beast. It was funny and had a lot of characters. There was a man dressed as a woman, they were the Dame.

We learnt about cooperation and learning to trust other people who we don’t know as well as our best friends. We had to start a picture then pass it round for others to finish off.

What have we enjoyed?

Zara – making the Christmas cards.

Louise – The Panto.

Gregor – I enjoyed ICT.

What have we found challenging?

Theo – I found making the cubes challenging.

Ruairi – ICT was challenging.

Hannah – Making the Christmas cards 3D was hard.

What would we like to learn next week?

Ella – making Christmas crafts.

Finlay – I want to play more STOP THE CLOCK.

Mrs Haynes – I would like to teach everyone about the Christmas story.

# Wk beg: 4/12/17

Here is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We have been working on the iPads to solve subtraction sums.In our jotters, we have taken away two digit numbers from three digit numbers, it was hard.

We estimated how long a minute is.

We have been counting on and back in tens off the decade, this means counting in numbers like 103, 113, 123 etc.

We played some time games.

Literacy

We have been learnig about connectives, e.g although, while, if, when and because.

In spelling we have learnt about soft g. We spelt words such as sausage, engagement, advantage, stage, village and image.

Other Curriculum Areas

We have designed a new jumper for Rex the reindeer who is visiting us from Santa in the North Pole.

In ICT we created a powerpoint and learnt how to save it.

In RME we learnt about the Good Samaritan story and that we should treat other people like our neighbours.

We made our weather experiments and put them outside to collect information on the weather.

What have we enjoyed?

Jaiwant – Making Rex’s jumper.

Ryan – ICT was cool.

Zara – I enjoyed designing a jumper for Rex.

What have we found challenging?

Cameron – taking away three digit numbers from each other.

Bea – using connectives.

What would we like to learn next week?

Eilidh – I would like to do more maths games on the iPads.

# Wk beg: 1/12/17

Here is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We used an empty number line to help us with our subtracting.

We have been learning how to estimate how long an activity will take and then we timed it to see who was the closest. Some of the activities we estimated were how long it took to do 10 jumping jacks and how long it took to do 10 pushups.

Literacy

We have been learning how to assess our elbow partners work using tickled pink and green for growth. After we did 2 stars and a wish using the S.C.

We learnt about soft c in our spelling words. Some words with soft c are race, cinema, literacy and face.

We have been celebrating Scottish Book Week. We have done reading buddies and DEAR time and we made book marks about our favourite book.

Other Curriculum Areas

We have been making our weather investigation projects. Some of us made wind vanes, rain gauges and anemomiters. We are going to put them outside next week. Here are some pictures of us making them.

What have we enjoyed?

Euan – I enjoyed doing French and learning the body parts.

Charlotte – I enjoyed making weather instrument.

Lily – I enjoyed doing our topic.

What have we found challenging?

Finlay and Gregor – I found making the experiment challenging.

Jaiwant – Doing the conga without tripping up.

What would we like to learn next week?

Ella – More French!

Alice – More about the weather.

Jacob – I would like to do more maths.

# Wk beg: 20/11/17

Here is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks. We have practised quarter past , half past, quarter to and o’clock. If it was quarter to an hour for digital time e.g. quarter to 4 we would still have the hour as a 3 because it hasn’t reached 4 o’clock yet. – 3.45, this was a bit tricky when we first saw it.

We have also been writing out our number bonds onto a poster to make a display to help us us take away.

Literacy

We have been learning about commas in a list. When we use commas we need to use them to replace the word and apart from the last and. E.g – We had apples, corn and strawberries.

We are learning how to write a story that has different openers in it.

Other Curriculum Areas

We have been learning more about weather including the instruments that we use to measure the weather. We have been thinking about how to make our own instuments. We have written a letter to people at home, asking them to help us bring some things in for this.

Dear Parents/ Carer,

In class we are making some experiments to measure the weather. To make them we need some equipment. If you have any of the junk we need then can you please send it in.

We need the following;

2 litre bottles

Yoghurt/custard pots (small/medium size, no more than 10cm tall)

Straws

Ducktape (for strength)

1 litre bottles

Plastic cups

Pencil with a rubber on the end.

Thank you, P4M

We made Christmas Tree shaped decorations for the Christmas fair. We used a brown stick and then we had to measure green paper with a ruler and cut and stick them on. We then put decorations and glitter on.

# Wk beg: 13/11/17

Hello from Mrs Haynes!

I have had a lovely week getting to know the pupils.

Hannah – We have played a few name games to help Mrs Haynes learn our names.

Lily – We have been making statements about ourselves and everyone has to guess if they are true or false. Mrs Haynes did it too and we found out that Mrs Haynes shared a flat with an Olympic siver medalist but she had not climbed Ben Nevis!

Here is what we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about subtracting and exchanging using columns.

Here is what we thouhgt of this

Jaiwant “It was a bit challenging”

Connie “I found it a bit hard but it got easier when I used the tens and units”

Hannah “I thouhght it wasn’t easy but it wasn’t too tricky either”

Literacy

We have been planning a story about a trip to the beach. It is a fiction story, and we are using our immagination to help us write it.

We wrote our plan in notes, which are not written in a full sentence and we thought about what emotion we might be feeling for each part of the story.

Other Curriculum Areas

We learnt about what makes a quality class, a quality pupil and a quality line. We are going to make sure that we are all quality pupils in P4m!

We learnt about the weather as part of our new topic. We have been watching the weather forecast every day to help us with this!

# Wk beg: 6/11/17

What we have been learning this week:

Maths and Numeracy

We have been continuing our learning on using the formal column  method for addition.

This week we have been working on adding using three digit numbers.

“Last week I found carrying the tens tricky, but this week I found it easier.”

“I found it easier this week.”

Literacy

We have been learning about legends and have been using planning tools to help us write our own legends.  We had to think of descriptive words, problems and resolutions.

We created ‘wanted’ posters for characters in Roald Dahl books.  We had to read and think about what was happening in the text and how the character was described.

Other Curriculum Areas

Science / Drama

We demonstrated our knowledge of food chains using drama.  We thought about how a food chain works and were able to show what happens if the middle or beginning of a food chain collapses.

Music

We have been listening to Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and were identifying the different characters represented by different instruments.  We thought about the sounds the instruments made and how the characters might move or feel.

“I thought it was really good how he [Prokofiev] uses different instruments to make the different characters.”

“I thought it was good how the music told the story.”

“Once you knew who the characters were, it felt like you could see them.”

# Wk beg: 24/10/17

What we have been learning

Maths and Numeracy

This week we began to look at column addition. We found it tricky once we started carrying the tens.

We played a racing car game to make our learning more fun.

Literacy

The children had fun taking on the role of teacher to assess each other’s writing. Each children wrote their holiday news before reading it to a friend. The friend then read the piece of work themselves, marking it with two stars and a wish.

Other Curriculum Areas

In drama this week we explored movement, facial expression and taking on a different character. The children worked in pairs with a child from P4G to act out a scene from a fairy tale. As the audience the other children then guessed which fairytale it was.

In Art the children created Autumn pictures. The chose their own art materials and  whether to create a 2d or 3d design. Here are some of the results. Well done P4M.

In our Living Things project we began to learn about food chains.

Iggy: It goes from plant eater to carnivores.

Jaiwant: The sun is in the food chain too as plants get their energy from the sun.

Lily: A food chain can collapse if you take something out of the bottom of it.

Ella: We are a part of the food chain.

Theo: It has predictors in it.
Well done this week P4M.

# Wk beg: 02/10/17

What we have been learning in P4M.

Mathematics and Numeracy

This week we have been using Carroll Diagrams to sort information. We looked at which children had pets. We also used this approach as part of our Living Things project to sort Living Things found on a beach.

P4M, here are some you can try at home if you want some extra practise.

We continued learning to use an empty number line to help us in adding numbers. This week we were adding 3 digit numbers. E.g.: 145+321=

For an example of how to use an empty number line please see our blog from last week.

Literacy

The children worked on their descriptive writing this week, writing a story about a doomed voyage. They used VCOP to improve their writing. Using a check sheet they then each assessed what they had done well and what they could work on next time. Well done P4M. Great work.
Our spelling pattern that we have been working on can be found below.

Other Curriculum Areas

Our favourite thing this week was creating board games based on fact books about ‘living things’. We used the books to research our questions. When our games were made we taught them to our friends who had to use the same book to find out the answers. It was a great activity for learning to research subjects using books. Here are some pictures of us making our games.

Christmas Cards

The children all completed Christmas cards this week. Their cards will come home with them today. If you would like to receive an order form for the card that is sent home please return it with the details completed to the school office by Thursday 12th October.

Learning Stories

This week Group 3 will be bringing home their learning stories. They will be able to share any evidence they have collected of progress in meeting their targets. These targets can be worked on at home for homework if you and your child decide it would be helpful.

# Wk beg: 25/09/17

What we have been learning in P4M.
This week the children would like to tell you about their learning in their own words.

Mathematics and Numeracy
Hannah: We have been learning to create Venn Diagrams. We use them to sort things into groups. We sorted names and words.
Millie: We made Venn Diagrams outside. Ryan: We all picked different things to sort into groups using the Venn Diagram.

Here is an example and a challenge that the children worked on;

Finlay: We have looked at different strategies for working out addition sums. One of these was a number line. We start with the biggest number. Then we add on the tens. Then we add on the units.

Mrs McClintock: Some children found this tricky but everyone worked very hard. Here is an example created by two of the children to help if you want to do some extra practise at home.

Literacy
Theo: We have been learning to use VCOP to make our writing better. It means;

V for vocabulary

C for connectives

O for openers

P for punctuation

We have highlighted the VCOP in the start of a story and we then wrote what would happen next.

Roni: This week we have been learning spellings with ‘ing’ endings. We looked in books and used our heads to come up with the most interesting ‘ing’ words. I had the longest list and I’m still going!

Other Curriculum Areas

Living Things
Jaiwant: We have learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates. We can classify animals into groups.

Iggy: We have learnt how to spot reptiles. We have books that we can put information we learn into.

Learning Stories
This week Group 2 will be bringing home their learning stories. They will be able to share any evidence they have collected of progress in meeting their targets. These targets can be worked on at home for homework if you and your child decide it would be helpful.