Our Learning in P5M 07.02.20
It was great to see so many of you at the drop-in on Wednesday! Thank you for coming along and we hope that you enjoyed sharing in your child’s learning.
Thank you also for all the donations for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. We had a really interesting workshop on Thursday with Daniel who is their Education Officer.
Here is a summary of our learning this week.
We continued to work on our descriptive writing and had some very imaginative ideas this week!
We have been learning about synonyms. A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word. For example shut is a synonym of close. Using synonyms in our literacy work will help us to expand our vocabulary. We made a word jail and put the words big, small, happy and sad inside! We will try to use more interesting words instead, for example enormous or miniature.
In spelling we have been learning the tch Rule: insert t when ch follows a short vowel sound.
We completed a dictation to see if we can remember the spelling rules we have covered over the last few weeks.
Opportunities for home learning
• You could try to find synonyms for the word ‘said’.
• Reading homework
• There is a writing competition for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. If you are interested in this there is a photo below. Great stimulus for writing!
Thank you for all the newspaper and magazine cuttings of adverts for credit cards, banks and building societies. We have looked at them all and used some for a display in the classroom.
Times tables continued as a focus this week. Everyone has a tables test at their desk and throughout the day we have been calling ‘Stop! Tables test!’ at which point the children race against the stop clock to complete their test.
Opportunities for home learning
• Please continue to practise times tables with a particular focus on speed and accuracy.
• You can also use different mathematical language to ask multiplication questions. For example “How many groups of…?” “What is 7 times…?” and “What is the product of…?”
• As you will have seen from our drop-in session we have been comparing costs and determining what we can buy with different budgets. To support this at home you could write some items and their prices on a piece of paper e.g. CD £8·99, pencil case £3·20, magazine £2·97, book £4·85. Tell your child that they have £12 and ask questions about the items. Can you afford all the items? Which three items could you buy? How much would this cost altogether? How much change would you receive?
Other areas of the curriculum
• We enjoyed a talk from Mrs Ritchie on plants.
• We created our own Scottish dances in P.E.
• We enjoyed presenting our research on Scottish inventors in the style of Dragon’s Den!
P5 will be holding auditions for anyone in P5 who would like to go through to the Buckstone’s Got Talent competition. The auditions will take place on Wednesday 19 February and following on from this audition two acts from P5 will take part in the whole school audition on Thursday 20 February. The acts can be dancing, singing, telling jokes, reciting poems, magic, juggling or any other skill or talent your child would like to share.
Have an enjoyable half-term break and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 17th February.
Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson