Over the last few weeks we have been setting this term’s targets. The targets, which have been created jointly by the teacher and the pupil, focus on three areas of curriculum – Literacy, Maths and Numeracy and another subject suited to each class.
We have been discussing targets in class so the children know themselves as learners so please ask your child what their targets are (your child may call them Learning Intentions and Star Steps depending on their age) so we can all be partners in the children’s learning. These targets may have already been shared with you at Parents’ Evening and at the Drop-in today.
Evidence for these targets will then be gathered and shared in the pupils’ Learning Stories to see how they are progressing with their individual target. The staff can edit these targets if necessary. The Learning Stories will be sent home in December in order for you to see your child’s learning.
If you have any questions or queries then please ask the class teacher.
How to convert fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths. We then solved real life problems in a pizzeria using this learning.
How to write a character reference for a Head Teacher position in our Literacy Writing. We had to use our knowledge of writing pursuasive letters and using positive launguage in this reference. After reading chapter 4 of Coraline, our class novel, we used the Drama convention of Hot Seating to question the characters in depth, drawing on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
How to use Garage Band in Music to create a soundtrack for good and evil charaters to make connections to our class novel.
Next week we are looking forward to:
Completing our Bikeability!
Consolidating our knowledge of converting fractions, decimals and percentages.
Using our knowledge of Banksy grafitti art and David Zinn, chalk artist, to bring a smile to our playground 🙂
This week we have been learning about the graffiti artist Banksy and how to use stencils and create tags. We learned that Graffiti releases feelings and emotions, and also uses artistic skills such as line drawing. Graffiti Is Academic in that it is a combination of imagery and text. Usually, the text is a “code name,” or a unique aspect of the individual’s identity. We created and designed our own code name or tag to represent an aspect of our own identity. Our graffiti art incorporated imagery demonstrating our understanding of symbolism, metaphor, and artistic conventions.
We learned how to use persuasive language in our writing. We have been learning to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to up-level our questioning skills to understand texts in more depth.
We have been learning how to round decimals to tenths, hundredths, thousandths and tens of thousandths.
In Social Studies we used our maths knowledge of time to research the Scottish Parliament Time line.
In PE we consolidated our dribbling and passing skills in Hockey.
In Music we were learning how to keep a beat and a pulse by using Boom whackers and Maracas.
In Health and Wellbeing we discussed what coping mechanisms we use when we are feeling down.
In other news we celebrated the announcement of our new house captains and vice captains. In our class we have two house captains and one vice captain. Go us! We also celebrated two members of our class being successful in their job interviews for Fundraising Assistant and Resources Manager. In our classroom we decided to take on more responsibilities which would benefit the whole school.
We finished our board games and wrote the instructions. Then we tested them out. This week has also been Scottish maths week where we’ve been challenged with different problems to solve each day.
We have been learning to use evidence from our class novel, Coraline, to back up our first impressions of the main character. We also been identifying key details to highlight how the author creates suspense.
We used the Experiences and Outcomes to help us to choose to learn about the Scottish and European Parliaments as our next topic.
Remember: Closing Date for House Captain and JRSO applications is Monday 3rd September.
We have been learning to write a biography of a friend and learned how to correct a draft.
We have been learning how to design a board game to develop various maths skills, as well as applying our previous maths skills to carry out an assesment.
We have been learning that equality means not treating people the same but treating people how they need to be treated. Following this we wrote a newspaper article or a script based on a true story about a Muslim woman who was discriminated against for wearing a head scarf.
We learned how to play African drums using plastic tubs. We also designed our class name display on the city of Madrid. We worked in small teams and researched different aspects of life in Madrid.
We decided this week that our three skills clubs were ICT where we learned how to code using Scratch, the Bakers made Empire biscuits and the third club made slime.
Looking forward to another magical week of learning, have a lovely weekend.