P6 M&F

Week beginning 22nd June

For the last two weeks of term, we will be setting 2 core tasks per day, as outlined in Friday’s newsletter.

Literacy: This week will see us finish our class novel, Catscape. The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. There will be one final comprehension activity in the form of a ‘Blockbusters’ style quiz.

Spelling focus: suffixes – rules for adding ‘ous’, ‘ment’, ‘hood’ and ‘ation’

Numeracy:  pattern and problem solving activities.

Health and Well-being: yoga, tennis and outdoor exercise from Mrs Webster plus the whole school challenge for National Sports Week.

Mrs Bruce will this week share the Buddy slides created by the class with the new Primary 1 children.

SHARE: As part of our learning about relationships, sexual health and parenthood, we will be exploring what sex is. At this age children are often curious, and they may have heard or seen things that mean they have questions. We want to give the children good, basic knowledge. This lesson will encourage children to understand that adult sexual relationships should be based on trust, love, consent and intimacy.

Google Meets – the links will be posted on the morning of our meet.

IDL: we will look at our second IDL rich task, what changes might take place in our society as a result of the pandemic?

 

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

We wrote recounts of Danny’s adventure, with a particular focus on chronological order and sequencing our stories with interesting openers! How did we do?

Week beginning 15th June

Literacy: We are continuing to read and/or listen to our class novel, Catscape. The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. As before, the book will form the basis of comprehension tasks and writing activities. This week we continue with Chapters 12 &13.

Spelling focus: suffixes – rules for adding ‘ed’ ‘ing’ ‘ly’ and ‘ment

Grammar focus: using commas effectively

Numeracy:  this week, we will start to revise place value and investigate negative numbers. We will also explore problem solving strategies.

Health and Well-being: Mrs Webster will introduce tennis skills and yoga stretches, whilst always reminding the children to get outdoors to exercise as much as they can. We will also have a look at AFC’s PE activities on its YouTube channel.

We have started to create slides to introduce the new P1 intake to their P7 buddies, using suggestions from the outgoing Primary 1’s about what info they need to know!

Our focus for SHARE this week is the changes we should expect during puberty and the importance of personal hygiene.

As always, Google Meets are on Tuesday and Thursday.

IDL: following on from last week’s task on the Typhoid outbreak in the 1960’s, we will look at another global pandemic which has many similarities to our current situation but also many differences. As we research these global pandemics, we will begin to realise that many lessons can often be taken from these difficult times. We will look at this in further detail soon as part of our second IDL rich task.

Therapets!

After researching the role of therapy animals and their benefits on health and well-being, P6 produced some fantastic literacy work. Can you spot the references to Tilly, Hazlehead’s very own therapet?

Aberdeen Typhoid Outbreak

We have been learning about the Typhoid Outbreak in Aberdeen during 1964. The children made comparisons between the situation then and our current situation. They researched information and spoke to relatives who shared stories from this time. Primary 6 found this very interesting!

 

IDL – Healthy Me

As a follow up to finding out about foods rich in vitamins and minerals, the pupils were asked to create recipes incorporating some of those foods!

The success criteria were:
– make sure your recipe features food containing the vitamins and/or minerals you researched
– list the required ingredients
– provide the method, using instructions such as chop, peel, slice, simmer, blend
– add a simple illustration or picture

Here are the results (yum!)

Week beginning 8th June

Literacy: We are continuing to read and/or listen to our class novel, Catscape. The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. As before, the book will form the basis of comprehension tasks and writing activities.

Spelling focus: prefixes – de/un, auto, circ

Numeracy: we will continue to practise core maths strategies as these are the building blocks upon which all maths is based.

Health and Well-being: Mrs Webster has a variety of activities planned for this week including Fitness Bingo and ball skills, with the PE challenge involving a step and a timer!

We welcomed Mrs Bruce, Mr Andersen and some of his P6’s to our Google meet last Tuesday, and followed up some of the questions in Reflection Time. This week we will be turning our attention to good games buddies can play while socially distancing.

As always, we will have Google Meets on Tuesday and Thursday.

We will also start looking at the materials for SHARE – Sexual Health and Relationships Education. To start, a reminder of the physical ways in which our bodies change during puberty and the ‘proper’ names of the parts of the body! Next we will investigate the term ‘sexuality’ and what it means.

Cross Curricular Topic : Healthy Me

Last week we found out a lot of information about vitamins and minerals and what they do for our bodies, and many of us came up with delicious recipes to use some of the food which contain those goodies. Here is our Vitamin A – Zinc of research!

Leaf Art

Have a look at these wonderful creations combining art, outdoor learning and mindfulness!

Week beginning 1st June

Literacy: We are continuing to read and/or listen to our class novel, Catscape. Who knew that there were vaults under Stockbridge? The 3 investigators plan a stakeout…

The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. As before, the book will form the basis of comprehension tasks and writing activities.

Spelling focus: prefixes – bi, tele, therm & trans

Numeracy: division strategies, percentages and problem-solving (with a few online games thrown in!)

Health and Well-being: Well done to all who took part in Virtual Sports Week and earned points for their House! We can’t wait to find out who the winner is!

This week we are back to PE with Mrs Webster, but of course there is an extra challenge named after Captain Tom. In addition, we will continue to plan activities in preparation for becoming buddies for the new P1’s. Mrs Bruce and Mr Andersen’s P6 will join our Google meet on Tuesday.

Parents and carers should have received information about materials for SHARE – Sexual Health and Relationships Education.

Cross Curricular Topic : Healthy Me

There has been a super response by the class to last week’s rich task, ” What advice would you give to someone your age who faces lockdown for an unknown period of time? What qualities really matter?”

We have enjoyed reading the responses, and particularly watching the videos created by pupils!

Catscape activities – Chapters 1-4

Some chose to create their own incident rooms, while others took on the alliteration challenge with a bakery theme!

Week beginning: Monday 25th May 2020

Maths: This week’s focus is division and its link with multiplication (Mrs Morrice) and concluding the learning on subtraction (Miss Fraser). In addition, look out for maths challenges and problem solving questions!

Literacy: We are continuing to read and/or listen to our class novel, Catscape. Fergus and Murdo have a new ally to help them in their quest, and she is full of surprises!

The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. As before, the book will form the basis of comprehension tasks and writing activities.

Spelling focus: words containing the ‘sh’ sound (sh, si, ti)

Health and Well-being: This week is Virtual Sports Week so get practising and remember to log your scores by Friday at the latest! Head over to Google Classroom to see the instructions. There is also the chance to design your own House Shield.

Parents and carers should look out for information about materials for SHARE – Sexual Health and Relationships Education.

Google Meets are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for check-ins with pupils to see how everyone is.

Cross Curricular Topic

Our positive mindset slides can be seen below and we created some word art to capture the main themes.

We have also kept emotions and exercise diaries to explore the link between how we feel and what might affect those feelings – positive and negative. The pupils have shown great knowledge and awareness, which is so important in these uncertain times.

 

 

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

As part of Outdoor Classroom Day, Primary 6 took to the outdoors to work on their subtraction skills. They used outdoor materials to create and solve subtraction problems. Here is a selection of their creative calculations!

Will’s Mum and her collegues are SUPERHEROES

Positive Minds in Primary 6
Primary 6 have been thinking about helps them to keep positive during challenging times. They produced some fantastic Google Slides to share their reflections. Here is a snapshot of some of them!

We are delighted share with you the work that the pupils, along with primary 4, did for our DYW project. An ambition of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)  is that education and employers work closely together to equip all young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to flourish in work, and to support diversity in the workforce.

Hazlehead Primary and Culter Primary have been working on a combined project which looks at businesses within each of our catchment areas. The pupils identified companies local to their school and arranged to interview various people involved in the running of them.

Mrs Gordon and some of the pupils in Primary 6 have put together this Website to share the learning. Unfortunately the project was cut short with recent events, however we hope this brief snapshot lets you see the core learning and the enjoyment shared by both classes collaborating on the one project.

We would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who helped us with the project and the very kind people in the Hazlehead Community who gave their time to let us interview them. We hope you are all well and we look forward to meeting with you all again once we are back in school.

Click on this link to visit our website.

https://sites.google.com/ab-ed.org/dywhazleheadschool/home

NHS Superheroes

Using an image of Superheroes bowing down to NHS workers, our writing task this week was to create a news article about it in the style of First News or Newsround. Here is a selection to enjoy! Well done to Esther for her Incredible Work.

Primary 6 Google Classroom

As we reach Week 5 of Term, we have been very pleased with how well Primary 6 have responded to ‘home learning’ during this difficult time. A few glitches here and there have been resolved and we have been able to communicate with every pupil through Google Classroom. This will continue to be our way of communicating for the foreseeable future. Thank you to all the parents/carers for supporting and encouraging your child to remain positive and to engage in the tasks set.

Week beginning: Monday 18th May 2020

Maths: We are continuing to focus on the core operations: addition and subtraction with Miss Fraser and multiplication strategies with Mrs Morrice. We will be moving on to division next week and its link with multiplication.

Literacy: We have just started our new class novel, Catscape by Mike Nicholson. It’s a mystery novel set in Edinburgh with 2 boys, Fergus and Murdo, investigating missing cats and watches going backwards. The chapters are in the Materials section on Google Classroom with an audio version also available. The book will form the basis of comprehension tasks and some future writing activities.

Spelling focus: words containing ‘dge’

Health and Well-being: We are still aiming to keep ourselves fit and healthy during this difficult time. There are PE activities set by Mrs Webster each week and challenges for the children to respond to. Since it is also Mental Health week, there are also activities connected with this, in particular helping pupils focus on having a positive mindset and how we can respond when we feel down.

Google Meets are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for check-ins with pupils to see how everyone is.

Cross Curricular Topic

This term as part of ‘Our Healthy World’ Primary 6 are learning about how to stay mentally and physically healthy, at any time but in particular in the circumstances we find ourselves in. Here are our Big Questions which will be covered in a variety of ways this term:

  • What is the connection between our minds and our physical health?
  • What role does the government have in keeping us healthy?
  • How do our bodies work inside?
  • Where do vitamins come from and what effect do they have on our health?
  • What role do Therapets play in our emotional and mental well-being?
  • What skills do we need to thrive in difficult times?(IDL)

     Living and Growing 

  • What physical changes should I expect?
  • How do I keep healthy relationships?

 

Nature messages

The challenge was: can you use nature to write your name or a message to inspire others? Yes, is the answer!

 

They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Last week’s jazz challenge from Mrs Bruce at Assembly: adapt the lyrics to Ella Fitzgerald’s famous song to suit the circumstances we find ourselves in. Amazing effort, P6!

Learning – Term 4

Here is an overview of the timetable for the week commencing 21st April.

As before, lessons will appear on Google Classroom every morning during the week. Well done to our fantastic pupils for engaging so well with GC and completing tasks. Keep up the good work!

Mrs Morrice and Miss Fraser.

  • Mon: Literacy (Spelling) – Numeracy (Number) – Health (PE)
  • Tue: Health (Yoga) – Literacy (Reading) – Numeracy (Mental)
  • Wed: Numeracy (Number) – Literacy (Writing) – Health (PSE/ Assembly)
  • Thu: Health (PE) – Numeracy (Number) – Literacy (Reaing/VCOP)
  • Fri: Literacy (Reading) – Numeracy (Mental) – Health (Personalisation and Choice Grid)

Every Day Extras: 95 Things Challenge – Whole School Challenge

 

Spring poetry! 🌸🌼🐣

After conducting a spring walk in the playground just before school closed, we used the sights and sounds to inspire some poetry. Can you spot the Haiku poems?

 

Celebrating achievement 🏅🌟🏆👏

From Scots poetry to tennis medals, representing our school at athletics to Kahoot quizzes, here are some achievements from Term 3!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Learning

Here is an overview of the timetable for the week commencing 23rd March. Lessons will appear on Google Classroom every morning during the week. Good Luck! Mrs Morrice and Miss Fraser.

  • Mon: Literacy (Spelling) – Numeracy (Fractions) – Health (PE)
  • Tue: Health (Yoga) – Literacy (Reading) – Numeracy (Mental)
  • Wed: Numeracy (Number) – Literacy (Writing) – Health (Social)
  • Thu: Health (PE) – Numeracy (Fractions/percentages) – Literacy (Reaing/VCOP)
  • Fri: Literacy (Reading) – Numeracy (Mental) – Health (Personalisation and Choice Grid)

Every Day Extras: 95 Things Challenge – Whole School Challenge

🏠 Happy Holidays!🎄

It was great to be a part of the P4-7 Christmas performance, Home for Christmas. Thanks for coming! Wishing all our families a very happy holiday and merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

💼 P6 General Election 💼

Today was the day! P5B joined us for our presentations on our policies and then voted. We too used our democratic vote to elect our preferred political party. Congratulations goes to… Green Goals.

 

 

✏️ Persuasive Arguments 📋

Over the last few weeks we have been writing our persuasive arguments based on a priority linked to our chosen global goal. In groups we had to decide on the key points, find statistics and use emotive language to make our point. Tomorrow we will present these in the hope that our party is elected. Here are some snippets:

 

💻 Digital Technologies 🎅

As the festivities heighten, we enjoyed using the app Quiver today. It is an augmented reality app that enables you to view your picture in 3D. Something a little different on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

🧠  Engineering Week 🔬

We have been involved in a variety of activities this week, all of which were directly linked with developing the young workforce. The Engineer ‘n’ Our Lives programme is designed to help children appreciate how the skills we develop in school are the same skills that are used by engineers. These tasks have highlighted the importance of certain skills, one of which was communication. Our favourites were ‘The Vending Machine’ and ‘The Pipeline’-  ask us how to play and you can have some fun too!

 

 

 

✋ Party Political Update 🤚

Now we have heard all the speeches, we elected our Party Leaders. Congratulations goes to: Esther, Callum, Pola, Dawood, John and Dino.

Their first job was to get their team to decide on three priorities linked to their global goal and complete a manifesto. Over the next few weeks we will begin to research, in a lot more depth, one of these priorities and this will be the subject of our persuasive writing.

 

 

 

🎇 Houses of Parliament 👨‍🎨

Just in time for Bonfire Night, we have been exploring the building that is the Parliament and some fire safety! With inspiration from Claude Monet we used chalk to create the landscape of the iconic building. Having researched the House of Commons and the House of Lords (go on, ask us anything!) now we need to really understand what happens in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

💭 Flanders’ Fields ♥️

As we demonstrated our respect for Remembrance Day and reflected on war, conflict and loss, we read this poem. A beautiful piece of writing with an abundance of imagery. Here are some examples of the poem written with greatly improved cursive handwriting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

📚 The Boy at the Back of the Class 📝

To compliment our IDL topic this term, we are reading this novel which is about a refugee kid. So far, so good. It’s funny, insightful and in points controversial. It’s making us think twice! As we make our way through the novel we are creating a mini book of notes, visualisations and definitions. Here are some examples so far.

 

Parliament, Politics & Policy 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺

This term we are planning to keep a close eye on the general election and BREXIT. However, while business is business out there, we have started our own political parties in class. We have revisited the Global Goals and put them in order of what ones were most important/interesting to us as individuals. This was then used to group us into parties with a shared belief. We created our own party name, slogan and logo and have begun to write our own party leader speech with the intention of electing leaders next week.

 

🏠 House on the Hill 🏚

We have been using some images and current themes as a stimulus for imaginative writing. Working in groups, we created our own stories about the House on the Hill. Lots of VCOP on offer! Never ones to miss an art opportunity, we obviously created our own examples. Lots of fine motor skills being practised with this one!

 

 

 

 

🔎 Learning Showcase 🌏

Pupils from P6, P6/7 and P7 created exhibitions to share the learning from their respective class contexts. There was a wide variety of work on show as pupils reflected on their learning with each other. Whether the focus was Natural Wonders, Dynamic Earth or Natural Disasters, there was something for everyone to learn.

Well done to all involved!

➕ Numeracy Carousels ➖

We have been busy ordering, rounding, estimating, partitioning, adding and subtracting numbers – what a list! If the foundations of number knowledge are strong then we can pick up new concepts more easily. Hence, our fast paced practising of all things number, just to keep things fresh!

Curling’s STILL Cool

We enjoyed Curling so much that we went again.  Did you know that a curling stone weights 22kg – that’s 22 bags of sugar.  There are no “small” or “light” ones available – the ones we played with are exactly the same as the ones you see at the Olympics.  Lots of us showed courage as we did something we had never done before.

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🥌 Curling’s Cool 🥌

Ice, ice, ice… what a fantastic start we had this afternoon, on our first curling session. It was cold but we were roasting hot with our enthusiasm for this new sport (first time for many P6s). It is much harder than it looks on the tele! A combination of balance, co-ordination and communication was on the skills checklist today.

 

 

🏈 Rugby Taster Sessions🏈

As you are aware, on Tuesday mornings we have been enjoying rugby. Already we have learnt about the W shape when catching the ball with two hands, passing backwards and using spaces not faces. This week we even had some matches and in true All Blacks style we created our own Haka- click the link below to watch one of our attempts.

P6 Rugby Haka

 

 

💻 Digital Technologies 💻

We have been fine tuning our digital skills to create eye catching front covers for our individual research wonder topics. Having looked at a variety of tools, such as crop, rotate and layering, we think you will agree our covers look great. Our reports are almost finished and we have been utilising some of the Read & Write tools for Google Docs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

📚 Hazlehead Academy Library 📚

We were lucky enough to be invited along to Hazlehead Academy to offer our opinions on the shortlist of Science books. It was a great opportunity to discuss what we enjoy about books and how different styles appeal to different people.

🎼 The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen…✏️

We enjoyed a bit of a sing song this week as we visited the spectacular Northern Lights. A good opportunity to practise our cursive handwriting, create some poetry and develop our reading comprehension skills.

📍Next stop…Zimbabwe!

Another busy week plotting our travels on a world map, recapping the continents, oceans, countries and directions. Then we were mesmerised by the immense wonder of Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the World. We feel some art inspiration… looking at colour, composition, blending and brushstroke techniques to create lovely landscape paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

🌏 Great Barrier Reef 🐠

We have already learnt about the internal structure of the Earth, the rock cycle, geodes and so this week we looked at the 18 different types of landforms. Go on…ask us a question! We also turned our attention to the beauty that is The Great Barrier Reef.  Apparently it can been seen from space?

Here are some of our black line drawings of coral-

 

 

 

 

 

 

🌟 Natural Wonders of the World 🗺

So we are off on a tour around the World to study the natural wonders we are so lucky to have. Throughout this term we will aim to research a different wonder per week whilst becoming experts in our own chosen natural wonder. First stop, and what an iconic image it is, The Grand Canyon.

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