🏠 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.
🥌 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.
💻 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.
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.