Today we had loads of fun comparing the weights of different vegetables. We then chopped them up and made vegetable soup. Delicious!
It’s amazing that we are nearly halfway through the year already! The children have been working really hard right across the curriculum, while taking onthe duties of P7 well.
Since the beginning of November we have been at Benmore, had Parents’ Evenings, welcomed Pudsey to a Strictly Assembly, been immunised against the flu, learned about the Old Testament during Bible Alive presentations and helped at the Christmas Fair! And this is all as well as the Number Talk numeracy, improving our reading and writing and the Remebrance and Friction work we have been investigating.
And what’s coming up? Next week we’ll attend the P1-3 Nativity (not the staff one…) and are looking forward to Macastory’s Festive Friday show, The Frost Giant 2 – The Mirror of Malice. Don’t forget your winter jumpers!
On 18th December our violinists will entertain us with a concert and Wednesday 20th December is…our ceilidh!
We have hired a 6 piece band for this event, and the children are encouraged to dress well for this. More grown up than a “just” party they will dance with the invited guests and take part in games.
We also ask that each child brings something for the buffet table – enough for themselves and one other or tow others, not all 55 pupils! – and will ask them for their ideas in advance to prevent 55 plates of sausage rolls which, while delicious, have finite appeal…
Term will end after the church service on Friday 22nd December at 12 noon. Then we’ll see you are the break for 2018!
All Primary 6 pupils have each received their loan of £1.00, and they are already busy putting together their business plans and recording expenditure.
The main aim – to make a profit!
All other classes will be invited to our sale on Friday 10th November, where all products will be available to purchase – all your support is greatly appreciated, as all profit made will go towards a P6 school trip.
Photos and the final total will be available via our QPS Twitter page.
Thanks for all your support!
As ever the term is snowballing and with every passing day we are finding more and more things to do!
Most exciting (for some?) is the decision and announcement that our P7 show this year will be Honk!, a fun and lighthearted take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Find out more here – http://www.mtishows.com/honk-jr – and get ready to help learn those words and sing those songs!
High School Visits
We will hopefully get many high school transition opportunities over the coming months, and we were excited to receive an inviatation to the art department to do some printing, and perhaps sculpture work, to support our Japan topic. It’ll be good to have our first class look at the “big” school.
If at all possible try to download the free app Skoolbo (UK) which will allow the children to practise literacy and numeracy skills, including French, at their own individual levels. Now and again I will send targeted activities to those pupils who needs them, and this is simply another step to help our P7s be the best they can be as they enter high school. They all have accounts and passwords, and please email me for clarification if needed.
These appointments have been handed out and I look forward to meeting with you again (4th time??) to discuss your children’s progress.
In class just now we are using some computational thinking skills and numeracy to plan Escape Room type activities.
We are writing reports about the structure of the earth, and homework is only to be reading, note making and planning a project about natural disasters.
We have been looking again at JASS folders – some children are very independently filling these in while others seem less sorted with how to proceed, or vague about whether these folders are at home or not. Please take a moment to see if they need any support here, and let me know.
In PE we are playing handball, using brand new balls (!), to practise drills in throwing and carching, moving in to space and using strong high throws.
This week in P6 we were converting seconds to minutes and minutes to hours. We very much enjoyed this fun song to help us remember how many seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour and how many hours in a day. It’s super catchy!
Games to support maths
Here are some games we like to use in school to support learning in maths. We hope your child can have fun playing them at home too J
General number bond games for differing abilities:
This game provides quick fire questions on number bonds and covers doubling, halving, multiplication and division too. It is a timed activity so the children often enjoy trying to beat the clock! (Tablet friendly)
*The following games are not tablet friendly so a laptop or computer would be required*
This game allows you to work on number bonds to 5, 10 or 100.
A super interactive game which allows you to work on your number bonds to 10, 20 or 100 (just click the pairs activity for your desired level!). If looking for doubling, halving, multiplication or division activities, this fits the bill too.
Can you make the sums balance? Choose from addition bonds within 10 or addition bonds within 20.
A fun game where children can repair the slide by choosing 2 pieces which total 20. This game progresses on to dealing with number bonds to 100.
Games which will specifically help develop number bonds to 10:
Save the whale by finding the pipe showing the correct number bond.
Find a pair of aliens which would total 10 then watch the flying saucer soar away!
Games which will specifically help develop number bonds to 20:
Complete the sum which totals 20 each time then watch the Egyptian mummy have a boogie!
http://www.ictgames.com/funkymum.html is another version of the above game and gives simple 1 digit add 1 digit sums where the answer totals no more than 20.