We have been writing a short autobiography with details about our early years, school years, family, friends and aspirations. In French, we are becoming much more confident when talking, listening and writing. We have been learning the names of animals in French.
Some of us have been learning about missing angles, supplementary and complementary angles. We can apply our problem solving skills to work these out. We have been practising multiplication and division with bigger numbers, and some of us are learning to identify and find multiples and factors in numbers.
Mrs McGaffney has been teaching us about patterns in music (ostinato), and we have been singing and playing music to a simple Japanese song. In PE, we have developing our skills with athletics. We have also been learning more about famous artists including Kandinsky and Romero Britto. We know that both these artists used colour, shape and sometimes pattern in their work – we recreated this in our own style.
We have been developing comprehension skills to help our understanding of the texts we read. We are also learning to write answers using proper sentences. We are developing our VCOP skills and have been writing stories with interesting vocabulary, connectives, openers and accurate punctuation.
We have been learning more about angle. We have been practising measuring angles using a protractor. We have been learning to name, identify and classify different types of angles such as acute, obtuse and reflex. We also know that a right angle has 90 degrees and that certain angles are certain sizes. We also know a full turn is 360 degrees and a straight line is 180 (half of a full turn). We will begin to focus on drawing angles.
Context – Forces
We have been learning about different types of forces including push, pull, twist, gravity, friction, air resistance, water resistance and buoyancy. We created anchor charts to help us remember what these forces actually do. We have also been learning about balanced and unbalanced forces.
Primary 5 have been thoroughly enjoying their WW2 Context for Learning. We have compared life in WW2 with life today and explored many events that occurred during this time such as evacuation, rationing, campaigns and propaganda posters, Victory Gardens, The Blitz and more!
We had our classroom ‘Blitzed’ and came to school dressed as WW2 children and workers. Throughout the day, we developed our understanding of The Blitz through literacy, art, music and drama. Pupils were highly motivated and fully engaged with learning.
In literacy, Primary 5 have been learning more about report writing and have written WW2 reports. We are also continuing with VCOP, spelling activities and speech marks for grammar.
In numeracy, we are continuing to develop our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. We are also beginning to apply our understanding of area and perimeter to plan and create a Victory Garden.
Primary 5 have been learning more about fractions, decimals and percentages. We are beginning to understand equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and fractions of quantities. We will move onto decimals and percentages in the coming weeks. We are also developing our understanding of area and perimeter.
In literacy, we are all enjoying reading our class novels Carrie’s War/Friend or Foe and we are developing many reading skills. We are currently writing a report on WW2.
We have covered many aspects of WW2 over the past weeks and we are learning more about Victory Gardens and Anderson Shelters.
Primary 5 have done really well with their WW2 homework tasks and have created many artefacts, posters, toys and games – well done and keep it up!
Primary 5 are enjoying their WW2 topic and have learnt many things so far. We are currently learning about food during WW2, rationing and the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. We will use this knowledge to go on and create our own Victory Gardens to present and display in school.
We are also developing many literacy skills through reading our class novel. We have written a letter from the perspective of an evacuee, taken many notes on various aspects of WW2 and completed menu plans and comprehension activities on rationing. We plan to write a report on WW2 using what we know.
In numeracy and maths, we are continuing to practise multiplication and division to help us work with fractions. We are learning to identify fractions, equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and finding fractions of a quantity. In the following weeks, we will learn about the links between fractions, decimals and percentages.
Primary 5 are beginning to learn about fractions, decimals and percentages in Numeracy. We are working on fractions of quantities and equivalence this week.
In Literacy, we are reading class novels (Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden and Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo) linked to our WW2 topic. We are developing many skills including reading aloud, comprehension, prediction and understanding of words and phrases.
Furthermore, for our context we have been learning about what led to WW2 and what was it like when war was declared. We have also looked at evacuation and are currently learning what rationing was and how it was organised.
In numeracy, we have been developing our understanding of shapes and their properties to help us design packaging for our food product. We also plan to explore measurement (weight and volume) in preparation for writing our recipes and making our foods.
In literacy, we have been writing imaginative pieces using all VCOP strategies and making sure our stories have a clear structure. We have also been practising our spelling, comprehension and grammar. We will continue to work on speech marks!
Our context is developing well and this week we explored food packaging and food labelling. We will apply this knowledge when we design and create our own packaging and adverts for our products. Next week, we plan to do more tasting and decide on ingredients for product (Global Snack/Multicultural Consumers).
Primary 5 19.11.18
Our context for learning is ‘Global Snack Bar’. As part of this topic, we have explored different tastes and investigated the digestive system. We will move onto exploring more foods, investigate food labelling systems, create a snack, design and make packaging and advertise!
In language, Primary 5 have designed and written their own menus for an imaginary food establishment, and have been learning more about persuasive writing. We have written letters to kitchen staff persuading them to use our menus in their kitchens. This week, we will begin an imaginative story applying VCOP strategies.
In maths, we have been learning more about spending money and giving change. We will move on to discussing and understanding some financial terms such as bank card, debit card, credit card, budgeting, profit, loss and so on. This week, we have explored 3D objects and their nets in preparation for creating packaging for our food products.
Primary 5 12.9.18
In numeracy and maths we have been revising multiplication and learning more about division. We are all practising times tables up to 12 through singing, interactive games and written methods. Our aim is to understand the link between multiplication and division. Some of us are working out simple division using the ‘bus stop’ method and others are using this method to work out trickier division with remainders. We are doing so well using our Growth Mindset strategies (Learning Pit and 5 B’s) to enhance our understanding of how we learn, and to help us when we get stuck.
In literacy and language we are continuing to read our class novel ‘The Butterfly Lion’ along with completing Literacy Circle and comprehension tasks. We have taken notes on natural disasters and used these notes to create information leaflets and posters. Furthermore, we are enhancing our understanding of topical science through researching the recent typhoon in Japan and hurricane Florence. We continue to practise spelling, comprehension, handwriting, ICT and reading daily as part of our literacy half hour.
This term, our Context for Learning is ‘Natural Disasters’. So far, we have investigated volcanoes, tornadoes and tsunamis. All pupils can discuss what these disasters are and describe the processes that cause them. We have used pastels to draw volcanoes and labelled the main parts. In addition, we have drawn tornadoes detailing the funnel shape and destruction caused. Next, we plan to write a newspaper report on one of these and perform an oral news report to the class.
Primary 5 have had a great start to the year.
In numeracy and maths we have been revising place value, partitioning, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000 for some. We have been adding/subtracting numbers and plan to continue with this to make sure we are confident when working with larger numbers. In addition, we will revise our times tables and work towards being able to answer multiplication questions quickly and accurately.
In literacy and language we have been reading our class novel ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo and completing Literacy Circle tasks to enhance and illustrate understanding. We have written a letter to our Headteacher telling her about Kinnoull School and our class. Furthermore, we have been writing personal pieces providing detailed description and using all VCOP strategies.
This term, our Context for Learning is ‘Natural Disasters’. So far, we have named and identified various disasters and extreme weather we know. We have explored what is ‘Under our Feet’ and sketched diagrams of the layers that make up the Earth. Now we plan to find out how volcanoes are formed, where they are and the effects of such events on the people and the environment.