Hi Boys & Girls, family and friends. I just wanted to wish you all a safe and happy Easter Holiday. I hope that you can make the most of this occasion no matter what the circumstances and StayActiveHealthy&Safe. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all after the 2week break. It has been a real pleasure hearing and seeing all of your wonderful efforts at staying active. Therefore, I have set you and your household 3 more 60Sec Challenges over the holidays and included this weeks again. Please remember the P.E. grids, these take you through the holiday period. I have also attached a few other Scavenger hunt ideas on the back of Mr Brownlie STEM idea posted today, so please give these all ago. I have also attached ideas for the adults as well. Mr Glass
Morning boys and girls, I hope you are all safe and well. Week 2 P.E. lesson is on Hand Eye Coordination and ball skills, see the clip below. I would like you to try this during your own P.E. lesson if there is time or another part in the day.
Week 2 is also is where Mr Glass would like you to learn something new, from a new task or skill to something you have always wanted to do. I would also like you to remember that there is a lot going on and Mr Glass is only posting ideas and examples of what you could be doing in your spare time or when you want to be active.
I know boys, girls and their families will think of their own ideas and this is awesome, so please don’t overload or do to much. Also you have to learn that your studies come first and I have been so impressed to hear about all your good work with your teacher on seesaw, keep it up.
Therefore, Mr Glass has decided to challenge himself to firstly try and touch his toes without bending his legs, therefore he will have to work on his flexibility and stretching over the next 7 days.
Secondly, Mr Glass is also going to attempt how to learn to juggle, this is something Mr Glass has always attempted but sadly never mastered. In doing so Mr Glass is going to watch internet clips on how best to learn how to juggle. Therefore, I would like you to challenge yourself and post your before and after efforts on seesaw, so that Mr Glass can see all of your amazing efforts. I know myself I might not be able to achieve either or both tasks, but what I am hoping for is some improvement. Therefore, I will write a short diary of how my progression has went, with things I have found easy and challenging and I look forward to hearing and seeing your own attempts soon.
Our very own Heather Brownlee active schools coordinator for QPS is working with the rest of her team ActiveSchoolsEdinburgh to create an A-Z of active videos that you can try over the course of the next few weeks. You can access this from their own twitter page https://twitter.com/ActiveSchoolsED Please make sure and have a look and see if it gives you more ideas.
Other Idea this week that Mr Glass would like you to try from our P.E. grid are making shapes, kitchen games, dance (I cannot wait for this myself) Yoga and reading/drawing whilst being active. I have also incorporated a few ideas below to try and help you be creative.
Monday making shapes we can do lots of actives especially fitness related or gymnastics that can help with this. I have thought of playing noughts and crosses. This includes squares, circles and crosses, and you could be as creative as you think from the example below.
Kitchen games can be anything using something that you might find in the kitchen from recycling to actual games themselves. Mr Glass has made his very own throwing box challenge and golf putting challenge but you could think of anything else and be really creative yourselves.
Dance can be anything from aerobics to Fischy music just get up and be active. Mr Glass has decided to do the garden on Wednesday for 1 hour whilst listening to music and dancing whilst he weeds! So challenge yourself to something from dancing and dressing up as your favourite character to attempting the foot shale dance with someone in the family.
On Thursday we have yoga and Mr Glass has made his own unique Yoga YouTube video below. But there are many other ways you can do yoga and I have attached a Disney Frozen link which is 30minutes long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlg052EKMtk&t=407s and I have also a attached a grid that talks about health mind and body.
On Friday we have reading or drawing whilst being active, this could be that you’re in a wall sit or plank whilst reading or listening to an audio book, You could be acting out your favourite book whilst moving around the house, for Mr Glass it would be ‘Going on a Bear hunt’ as I would be able to use my imagination. You could also be drawing or attempting a word square and I have attached the below to try and give you some inspiration, but use your imagination and create your own.
This brings us to the weekend, as I said before above and below are just some ideas to keep Active and keep Healthy whilst studying at home. Mr Glass has also created another three 60 sec Challenges that you could attempt over the course of the week. But please someone challenge Mr Glass with their very own 60 sec Challenge!
Furthermore, as inspired by our sports ambassador Tegan if you want to try and write your name then do your attached fitness element per letter, here is something you and the family can try as well as useful links to famous people online that you can access and their time slots. Stay HEALTHY ACTIVE & SAFE. Mr Glass.
While you’re at home its important to keep yourself active, that in turn will burn off calories and keep a healthy mind (endorphins). There are so many benefits to keeping your body fit :
– Boosting your self esteem and brain power
– Reducing level of stress and allowing your brain to switch off at bedtimes
– Increased energy and allowing your body to burn off calories
Each day, challenge yourself and tweet Mr Glass or post your activities in Seesaw. I would like to challenge you and your family to a minimum of 10 minutes movement per hour. Be creative, use the grids provided as well as your knowledge and experiences from P.E. and other areas to assist with your ‘Movement Challenge’. Hula-hoop, run up and down the hallway, dance, do the dishes, draw, you decide….
– Improved level of fitness and skill set
Lets get active with Joe Wicks every morning he is live at 9am, Make sure you have a suitable space and water bottle. Log on at 8:50am https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=joe+wicks+pe+lesson .Wait on the session starting at 9:00am. During this time you can stretch and take your pulse prior to the start.
Can you do this every day for the whole 3 weeks that we are in the HOUSE! How many days in a row can you exercise with Joe?
I have sent out and posted home learning grids, but here are other ideas that you can also be doing from Early (Nursery) – Second (Primary 7) Level.
How many challenges can you complete in a week? Remember Mr Glass’s P.E. Grid as well. I would also like to create the QPS Pupils P.E. Grid so please share your ideas so I can create in 3 weeks.
Here is now a few other game ideas that you can be doing with the family. This was inspired by Heather in P7 through her Game of Life fitness board game idea. I would also like you to think of other games, from creating your own mini crazy putting course around the house, to dance and toilet roll challenges. Lets get involved and stay active.
We can always play fitness bingo as well. Complete each bingo exercise for _________________ seconds, you decide. Cross out the exercise on your sheet after the timer stops. Call BINGO for a horizontal, vertical line or 4 corners. I have attached a few ideas to keep you going.
Outdoor Learning & Stretching
This is now restricted to the garden and therefore I would like you to be creative. Can you actually achieve 10000 steps a day? For your information a man in France managed to run a marathon on his balcony whilst in lockdown, so anything is possible! Think about non sport based exercises like taking out the rubbish, sorting out the recycling, mowing the grass…
– Couch to 5k
– Listen and walk or dance to your own playlist or podcast
– Skipping, swing ball, trampoline, spin bike…
Mental Wellbeing & Daily Mindfulness
10 minutes per day, to clear your mind, relax your body and focus on your breath, helping you be present and in the moment. Think about a 2 minute story where you get comfortable on the floor and close your eyes. Slowly breathe deeply in and out looking to inhale and exhale for 5 seconds each, very calmly and quietly. Select someone in your family to talk softly about a family holiday which resulted in you having lots of fun and being very tired, an example of playing in the pool and then lying on a sun lounger with the sun beating down. Then get your family member to talk about a favourite meal being prepared and cooked and all the lovely smells and feeling really full. Now get your family member to talk about reading a favourite book or listening to a favourite track and then falling off to sleep and allowing your own imagination to dream and slowly fall asleep. Let there be no talking for the last 30seconds and then your family member, slowly asks you to sit up with eyes close, then slowly open your eyes. This would be a good time to stretch and share your dream if it relevant.
Mindfullness E-Book are easy to get, watching Joe wicks will also help. Think about headspace mediation- Training the monkey mind. Brilliant things happen in calm minds (1min) and using relaxing music when falling asleep or in your 10 minutes of mindfulness each day.
Sleep – Rest is also important to our physical health… GET A FULL NIGHT’S REST WHENEVER POSSIBLE. While the amount of sleep each person needs varies, most people need 7-9 hours to feel fully rested and this should be in one large chunk, rather than smaller naps (segments). While this may not be possible every night, try to slep a full night whenever you get the chance.
TOP TIPS – stick to a schedule. Keeping sleep times similar from day to day can greatly improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. UNDERSTAND THAT LACK OF SLEEP CAN HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ON YOUR DAILY LIFE! Avoid all-nighters or late nights. While you may feel like you want to watch your favourite shows or play against your friends online not getting enough sleep can impair your ability to concentrate the next day, so make sure you get the right amount of sleep wherever possible.
Create a Bedtime Routine – If you have trouble falling asleep at night, work with your family to try and create a routine that works for you. REMEMBER EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE! Creating a routine will let your mind and body know that bedtime is approaching and that it should get into sleep mode. After a few weeks of practice this should start to work and you will hopefully see an improvement.
Fuel before bed is not a great idea! Avoid caffeine and eating and drinking just before bed. It will unsettle your body. Certain food sources can also impact upon your nights sleep, whilst others can impact upon your health and physical appearance. 2 hours before bed is a good rule of thumb if possible, although taking a glass of water to bed to stay hydrated is also advantageous.
Make sure to keep hydrated as you go through out the day and top up with your fuel source. An idea would be that everyone has their own water bottle and snack box in house to start to self regulate your intake of food source whilst replenishing using your own bottle.
Nutrition – Eat breakfast as this is the most important meal of the day and eat at an appropriate time. Start your day off with a good meal when you get up. Think about taking turns to make breakfast each day to ease the pressures on others. Whether you’re rolling out bed or up and ready to go , start your day with a balanced, healthy meal
Learn proper portion size, I will post a video with regards the healthy plate and what type of food sources we could be trying more. To avoid eating too much of even the healthiest foods, keep a track of how much your eating. Numeracy and literacy challenge, create a food diary and work out portion/percentage of food intake your having over 3 days. For most people, meat servings should be about the size of a deck of cards and other servings mary vary with type of food.
Keep healthy snacks around. Its easy to eat healthily if you stock up (if it’s possible!) with fruits and other healthy snacks. You’ll be more likely to reach for these as keep junk food out of reach. This will set you up well for each day. HYDRATION – this is so important and water or diluting juice would be a great choice, this can boost your focus and concentration. It can also improve your healthy and reduce sore heads, sign of dehydration. A good test is your pee colour DON’T TOUCH IT just look. The yellower that it is then more dehydrated you are, therefore clear is excellent.
DAILY GOAL SETTING – What will you do today? Tray and have a daily plan with yourself and the family.
Academic goals – keeping in touch with your teacher through SeeSaw and achieving their tasks and stretching yourself with others if possible.
Social goals – Check in with your friends online or over the garden fence as long as your being safe and responsible. Make sure and talk to your family and classmates. Ask them how their day is and take it from there…
Movement goals – Complete one of the workouts in the grids or create your very own or research a homework or activity – please share.
Physical Activity – use resources that I’ve shared or that you have researched yourself. We still want to keep learning on our skills and techniques. Therefore look at the picture above a choose a significant aspect of learning you have developed/worked on and describe;
Look at additional challenges such as Bear Grills – The Greatest outdoors, Uno Fitness can be found on YouTube, #Toiletroll challenge, Jenga Fitness, Dance Alone or Together.
How you used the SAoL? What were your strengths? What challenges did you face? How could you improve the quality? Ask a family member to help you with this if needed.
My Challenge was to create some P.E. Video clips for you and please see Part 1 below. My challenge to you is to create our very own QPS craze like #Toiletroll challenge. Lets see what we can come up with.
Good morning all, please see the attached P.E. grids to try whilst at home. I would also like you to share, your own ideas with me that you have created yourselves. Please try and also tune in to Joe Wicks https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0goTda8&feature=share
I will be uploading new tasks and videos each week, so please keep watching this space, until then stay active and safe. Mr Glass
Robin found a big flock birds and she flew with them to Bethlehem. She found a special baby called Jesus. Mary and Joseph were in a stable. A star guided people to the stable. Angels told people about the baby and guided them to the stable. Three wise men, camels, shepherds and sheep all followed the star to visit the baby. It took them all a long time to get there. Some of them had to travel 2,000 miles. It was very tiring and sometimes they had to rest. The birds could travel quickly because they didn’t have to follow roads.
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.
The First Blog of 2017!
23rd of January: We got our new CLIC maths groups and then we started to look at time in maths. Then we watched an educational living and growing video about how babies are made. Next the people who needed to recite their poem again got a chance to do so and the people that had already recited their poem self assessed it on the SC grid. Then we worked on our Egypt project on mummies and played handball in PE. YAY!
24th of January: On Tuesday we started off our day by writing a Scots language mingin recipe. After that we looked at all the different time zones in Europe. We learnt that there are 4 main different time zones in Europe. Then we had our Burns Poetry Semi-Finals competition. Ewan, Abbie and Bryce competed for our class and Abbie got through to the finals which is on Friday.
25th of January: We had our CLIC maths session and then we finished our European time zones work. We had an awesome break after that we played netball in P.E. and we were learning how to use useful tactics while working as a team. Finally, it was HOME TIME!
26th of January: Firstly, we looked at our OneDrive and our e-mails and found out how to work it. Then after break time we had art with Mrs Love and we were looking at watercolour and finishing off our Paul Klee inspired wax art. In the afternoon, firstly we started taking notes for our Chapter Two of our Egypt Project and we were looking at how we can make an interesting and engaging introduction to it.
27th of January: Firstly, we presented our non-fiction reading homework in pairs. Secondly we wrote Kyle’s Special Person comments. Then we went to the Burns supper in the gym hall and we had haggis, neeps and tatties. We heard the contestants say their poem for the Burns poetry Final and they were all really good.
By Abbie and Marilena