P6C Update 28th Jan

It’s all go in Room 12 just now!

We are planning, writing and rehearsing our assembly for next Friday, 5th February.  Its theme will be Traditions, inspired by our work this week on Robert Burns and Scots language and by the visit from singer Iona Fyfe (https://ionafyfemusic.wordpress.com/) last week.

School, religion, sport, special days, Scotland and the evolution of traditions will get the P6C treatment in a variety of talks, movie clips and a trip into the Dragon’s Den!golden-pharaoh-9171023

We are also working hard to develop note-taking and report writing skills.  Every week we get together with a pile of books about Ancient Egypt and practise using the index or contents page to find specific information before writing brief notes from at least 3 sources.  We are even keeping track of our references! That way, when we then write up what we found we KNOW it’s our own work, a brand new piece of writing.  These skills will be needed after the February break when the children will be asked to research and present information about a European country in the ever popular personal research project… more on that to follow.

The children have now been matched with their P1 Paired Readers, and once each week will meet for a short time to read together, or perhaps do some writing or topic work together.  The P6 child gets to experience a new kind of responsibility, caring for and supporting a younger child from out with their family.  The P1 gets an older role model and big “buddy” to look up to in and around the school.

In maths it’s time to investigate the links between fractions, percentages and decimals and the children have been ORDERED to finally learn their tables to allow them to quickly perform these calculations! They have been given beautiful new laminated multiplication squares to take home and eat; anything so long as their knowledge of times tables goes in!

P6 Living and Growing

During the first part of this term P6 will begin their work on human reproduction.  We use the Channel 4 resource Living and Growing which consists of three programmes called Changes, How Babies Are Made and How Babies Are Born. 1783_4

“Changes” explores the physical and emotional changes that take place at the onset of puberty, and how we feel about ourselves.  It considers some of the changes that are outside our control, and the choices we face in others over which we can have increasing control as we grow up.  If reaffirms that puberty is a normal and natural process [while identifying and naming related parts of the internal and external anatomy.]

“How Babies Are Made” examines the whole process of life cycles and reproduction, rites of passage, friendships and feelings.  It emphasises the importance of a loving relationship between couples and the value of family and relationships within it.

“How Babies Are Born” reviews relationships and feelings and investigates roles and responsibilities.  It focuses on the development of the baby in the womb, the needs of the baby and the mother before the birth, and the inheritance of physical characteristics.

(From the teachers’ notes)

If you would like to know any more about this resource please get in touch with your child’s teacher.

Whit ye bletherin’ aboot?!

Guid mornin, hoo’s it gaun?

As you know Queensferry Primary are celebrating all things Scottish during our special week starting on Monday 25 January.

We are lucky enough to be part of a mini-project about different Scots dialect around the country, in which various Primary Schools are getting together and sharing information about their area and parts of their language.

Our job is to think of as many words as we can that are used specifically in the Edinburgh area and explain what they mean. 

To start us off, Primary 7 have thought of ‘shan’ meaning that something is unfair.

Any ideas are appreciated – just simply comment on this post. The final project will be displayed in the upper stages library.

Guid luck, bye for noo!

P1 Numeracy Resources

*Counting, Matching and Ordering numbers to 10
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

*Counting and Writing Numbers
http://mrcrammond.com/games/understanding_number/Understanding_number.swf?sid=3683

*Counting 2 groups of apples, fish or sweeties (addition)
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Simple-Addition-Stories-721

*Pattern Matching
http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/games/preschool-kindergarten/pattern-matcher/

*A favourite song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-FVERzap9E

P1 Literacy Resources

*A guide to help you with your cursive letter formation.

cursive formations

*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.
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/find-a-book/library-page

*Phonics – explore where the sounds are in different words
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Letter-Sounds-205

*Jolly Phonics actions
http://jollylearning.co.uk/2010/11/03/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!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aSU

*Questions to support reading. (A pdf of the card you were given during the P1 Curriculum evening)

Reading Questions

Scots Week

Primary 2 will be finding out interesting facts about Scotland!

We will be researching places to visit, famous Scots, our weather and things typically Scottish such as haggis, tartan, thistles and golden eagles.

The children will also be listening to familiar stories written in Scottish language. They will be investigating familiar well known expressions and use them oral and written literacy.

As part of our Scottish week the children will learn to recite and sing “Auld Lang Syne” when learning about Robert Burns.

At the end of the week there is a family ceilidh to which everyone is invited!