Happy Christmas everyone, and here’s something to maybe make you smile over the break!
I can’t believe we’ve already started our last term in P1. What an amazing year we’ve had already. Have a look what we’ll be up to during our last term, we’ve still got lots of exciting activities and learning to do – hopefully in the sun!
Miss Hall, Mrs Sawers and Mr Bennett
Queensferry Primary School runs I Bike events and we have an active I Bike Crew. The I Bike crew are a group of Primary 5 children who are enthusiastic about riding bikes and bike safety in and around school. These children are:
Emma Garmany Rihanna Connell
Charlotte Grant Niamh Gorman
Rory Davidson Meggie Clark
Ruby Hood Abigail Whyte
Each week this crew count how many bikes and scooters come to school. The also help to organise events in school that encourage even more children to cycle or scoot to school.
At the minute we have the Golden Padlock competition. This involves a bike that is regularly brought into school, being chosen each week. A Golden Padlock is attached to the bike by the I Bike crew and the owner comes to Primary 5 to select a prize of their choice. As the year goes on we will hold a variety of events to encourage healthy journeys to school.
For upcoming events please watch below:
Friday 24th March – Our Big Pedal competition has been running for a week now and already we have a number of children who have brought their bikes for four days and have their golden tickets for prize draw. The school target was to get 15% of children bringing a bike or scooter to school. This week we have achieved 16%, so well done to all those children who have taken part.
Monday 20th March – The I Bike crew are launching a new competition called ‘The Big Pedal’ which will run from Monday 20th March until the end of term. Children are being encouraged to bring their bikes to school and they can win a variety of prizes including a scooter, a helmet and lots of other smaller prizes. Over the two weeks, if children bring in their bikes for 4 of the 10 days they will be entered into a prize draw. Also each day there are over 50 bikes and scooters together the school bike will move around the world map. We are hoping to move all around the world. Our school may also win prizes just for taking part in this national competition. Thank you.
For more information please see this link http://bigpedal.org.uk/
Wednesday 15th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.
Wednesday 15th March – Primary 5 are taking part in a Dr Bike initiative to ensure bike safety and teach simple maintenance.
Wednesday 8th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.
What is I Bike?
Sustrans’ I Bike project works with schools in Scotland to promote cycling, scooting and walking to school. It is an excellent way to incorporate physical activity into children’s daily routines. The benefits of physical activity include increased alertness in class, improved health and reduced risk of obesity. I Bike aims to increase the number of children travelling actively to school, particularly by bike.
They work with each of their schools to develop a structured programme of cycling related activities including route planning, led rides, themed Bike To School events, bike maintenance sessions, bike clubs and themed assemblies.
Active travel also includes walking and scooting and is great for all ages. It can incorporate healthy exercise into the daily routine, can improve children’s concentration at school and increases independence for older pupils, as well as being a more sustainable way to get around.
Through running a series of fun and inclusive activities, I Bike aims to keep pupils cycling when they move on from Secondary School and to increase the numbers of pupils who want to cycle to school.
For more information about I Bike: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/what-we-do/schools-and-universities/i-bike
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.
We wanted to help the birds during winter because they find it harder to find food. So we have been following a recipe to make fat balls. We used our maths to make sure we followed the recipe in the right order and we used the right amount of the ingredients. We got to the 4th step. Our fat balls are now setting in the fridge. Our last step is to think carefully about where to hang them up in the playground.
We reused our milk cartons too!
Here’s a copy of the parents’ plan for this term.
*A guide to help you with your cursive letter formation.
*Free ebooks and activities – You need to join by setting up a username and password, it’s well worth it as there are loads of great resources that you can use on an ipad too.
*Phonics – explore where the sounds are in different words
*Jolly Phonics actions
*Jolly Phonics – Songs which your child will learn in class to help them remember their sounds. The children enjoy hearing them and singing along!
*Questions to support reading. (A pdf of the card you were given during the P1 Curriculum evening)