We have been working on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been looking at finding equivalent fractions, simplify fractions and using mixed numbers. Some people have been working on adding and subtracting fractions. We have also been doing work on answering and creating word problems. We have been thinking about real life situations where we use decimals, fractions and percentages and creating questions based around that.
We have completed some excellent reports in Gaelic this week. They are focused on the effects of smoking. We found information from watching videos and learned a lot of new Gaelic vocabulary to use in our reports.
In PE we have been playing handball. We have been learning a lot about team work and tactics. We have been working on improving our throwing and catching.
Skills for life, work and creativity
Today, we had a display of what we have been working on during our Friday sessions. We had an erupting volcano, an art exhibition, a clay sculpture about climate change, some comics, a manga inspired art work, a healthy eating menu and the runners from running club telling us about how they are working towards representing us at the cross country running festival next month.
In maths this week we have been learning about and working on decimals. We have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals including working with negative numbers. We have been working on rounding to the nearest whole number, tenth and hundredth.
We have also started doing ‘Number of the Day’ where each day we put a new number up and we have to do different mental arithmetic related to the number. Our numbers this week have had one or two decimal places.
In literacy this week, we did a Gaelic written piece about our hopes and wishes for the year ahead. We also completed a book review of Wonder in English.
This week, during our Friday ‘Skills for Life, Work and Creativity’ session, we had a group working on making a moving carriage with an axle which will work on a zip line, a group creating a volcano, a group working with clay to make a scene about endangered animals and many more exiting projects on the go! We also have a team in training for the cross country running festival!
This week, we have been continuing to work on enterprise in maths. We researched how much our calendars were costing us to make and then did market research to ask people how much they think they would pay for them. This helped us to work out the costings for our business and we are looking forward to selling them next week.
In literacy, we did an extended piece of Gaelic story writing and thought about using a variety of more interesting adjectives and similes to make our writing engaging.
We are really enjoying reading Wonder as a class novel and it has helped us to discuss many themes including bullying behaviour. It is helping us to think about how others can feel and showing the importance of showing kindness and respect to others.
A group of C7s made pitta pizzas on Friday during our skills for life, work and creativity lesson. First we had to wash our hands and the tables to make sure we were being hygienic. We washed the vegetables and then we chopped them and made sure the oven was at the right temperature. We learned how to peel mushrooms and we were practising using knives safely.
‘It was so satisfying peeling the mushrooms!’
This week, we decided to share out the cooking and everyone got to taste the pizzas.
‘They were healthy and tasty!’
We also recently made Blueberry Muffins and unfortunately we didn’t have a scale to measure the weight of the ingredients so we had to do a lot of maths calculations to work out the right measurements. We converted the measurements into cups.
We have also had a group playing music together and a group learning how to use a sewing machine. We enjoyed a great dance performance from a group who had worked hard to make a well coordinated routine.
In maths we have been making calendars so we have been learning about time and the biggest part of our learning in maths just now is Enterprise.
We are learning about profit and loss and how important it is to think about money when running a business. This week we are working out how much we are spending to make our calendars and then we will decide how much to sell them for to make sure that we make a profit.
We are learning about how to analyse a text and how to create character logs and we are also learning about how to create a setting using interesting vocabulary. For writing our own settings, we were given an image and we had to use it creatively.
We are reading ‘Wonder’ just now as our class novel.
‘Wonder is helping us to think about what might be going on around us and that everything isn’t perfect. It has helped us to look through the eyes of someone who has a disadvantage. It helps us to think about how everyone is not the same and that it is important not to judge people because they are different.’
This week we entered our new classroom! Our classroom is now much more homely, it has a mixture of furniture like sofas, a hanging chair, rocking chairs, giant bean bag cushions, high office chairs, and ‘pizza’ tables. Our classroom has helped us to feel like we are learning in a more relaxed environment. Here is what we thought when we first saw it:
‘It was worth the wait!’
‘Absolutely amazing, in fact, more than amazing!’
‘It was better than I was expecting’
‘I felt like I was in a totally different world’
‘This is different to normal classrooms’
‘I would like to live here!’
We think it will help us because:
- We are learning to respect our belongings and look after our environment
- We feel more relaxed and that is helping us to focus and concentrate
- We have different spaces available for different tasks
- We are learning skills for life like working in different spaces, the same way that adults hot desk
- We are developing independence and flexibility before we go to high school
- We are having more choice and responsibilities
- It helps to make learning feel more fun
We are very happy with our new learning environment!
Today we continued our skills for life, work and creativity. Everyone was busy working on different things, for example:
- Writing a news paper article
- Creating dance routines
- Writing drama scripts
- Using a sewing machine
- Role Play
In Sports this week we really enjoyed doing a hockey tournament. We have been learning about zones and staying in position which has made it a lot easier to pass and work well as a team.
This week, we started a new way of organising our learning. We had the opportunity to do independent learning, then we worked in a small group with Ms Hoy, Ms Brown , Ms Charnley, Mr Vitry or Mr Charity. For independent learning we had a lot of choices and we did activities like modelling using spaghetti and blu tac or junk, making board games, editing texts, kaboom (maths game) making a maths jigsaw and playing a marbles game to learn times tables. It was fun being independent and getting to choose our activities.
Today, we got started with our skills for life, work and creativity. We had groups doing role play, knitting, running club (time trials), drama and art. We decorated big jotters to show our personalities and interests. We are going to use the jotters for proof of learning. Today, after our activities, we marked what we had learned and thought about our goals.
Numeracy and Maths – BODMAS
This week we have been learning about BODMAS and how it works. We learned that there are rules for the order that we work out a number sentence in if there are more than one operation. For example if there is adding and multiplying in the same number sentence, we need to do the multiplying first.
BODMAS stands for:
BODMAS gives us the order that we have to answer mixed number sentences in.
Here’s an example:
2 x 2 + 10 x (18 – 4)²
2 x 2 + 10 x 14²
2 x 2 + 10 x 196
4 + 1960 = 1964
Today, we have been planning ideas for what we can do for our skills for life and creativity lessons on a Friday. Some of our ideas are:
- Book Club
- Chess Club
- School Newspaper
- Running Club
This week we were working hard on the times tables. Four visitors came in to see our maths work! The visitors thought that we were a really lovely class and we were working hard and very good at self-assessing. They thought we had lovely manners! We looked at different steps to help us to learn the times tables and made an order we think is good:
- 5 and 10 times tables first
- 2 and 4
- 3 and 6
- 8, 9 and 11
- Then 7 and 12
To learn them we thought, these were good steps:
- Learn the stations
- Practise writing the times table in order
- Learn to skip count and use dot patterns to work out the answer
- Memorise the times tables to answer automatically
We need to learn the first step really well before we step up the ladder so that we don’t end up like Mr Bean on a shoogly ladder!
When it was sunny, we did some of our learning outside in a shady spot!
We also learned a really easy way of tying our laces! We called it a new life hack!
This week we have been learning about 2D shapes. To start with we were learning the names of different 2D shapes, e.g. octagon, hexagon and pentagon. We also learned about regular and irregular shapes. Regular shapes are when all of the sides are even. We were thinking about all of the different things that we know about 2D shapes and to start with, we got 11 facts about a rectangle but when we thought really hard, we knew 18 different facts about a rectangle!! Our facts were things like:
- Rectangles have 4 right angles
- Rectangles have 4 vertices
- Rectangles have no diagonal lines of symmetry
- Shapes with 4 sides are also known as quadrilaterals
- The parallel lines in rectangles are equal
We have also been learning about how to measure the perimeter of a shape. We can calculate a perimeter by adding all of the sides together.
On Friday morning, we worked a lot on times tables and talked about our learning ladder. We decided to make sure we were very confident and quick at answering the questions for the times tables at the start of the ladder so that we don’t climb up the ladder and end up with a shoogly ladder like Mr Bean. We are aiming to know all of the times tables for going in to P6.
To finish the week, we also made some funny number jokes!
We have been working hard on designing our own board games! We had to design a game that:
- Made sense
- Challenged our partners
- Is fun
- Was unique and creative
- Wasn’t too complicated!
We made a plain board so that we could make different sets of cards to link with the game. This week our cards were for times tables, multiplying and dividing.
Most of us finished our games today and we enjoyed testing them out together.
In Spanish this week we were learning about families, we learned:
We also went to the park to do the daily mile and learned a new running game called The Lion’s Tail!