Fidget Spinners

Ah, fidget spinners. The latest craze to sweep classrooms and playgrounds around the country. Anyone remember dabbing and the bottle flip?

Anyway, in P6 we aimed to turn the latest craze into a learning opportunity – all with the help from the wonderful people at Twinkl.

We started off our week by trying out the fantastic interactive worksheets on some facts behind the Fidget Spinner. This was something we were really excited about as previously we have tried to answer worksheets in pdf format on our netbooks and it has been pretty messy. To our delight we found that Twinkl have now started to offer pdf files which you can type straight on to. We loved using them compared to normal worksheets – think of the trees we have saved!

 

There were a few issues with how to store and send the final document – but that is a teaching point for me to iron out, the resource is solid.

 

Here are some examples of our work that day:

 

 

 

This was a great start to our learning for the week.

 

On Wednesday we decided to put our maths and science skills to the test, aiming to see how changing the angle of the spinner changed the duration of the spin.

 

We worked in pairs to spin the spinner five times with our right hand and five times with our left hand. We also investigated how changing the angle from 180 degrees to 45 degrees changed the spin duration.

 

We tried our best to make it a fair test so made sure we used similar power on each spin and kept the person who was spinning and the spinner used the same. We also made sure that we didn’t spin it on the desk as friction would slow it down.

 

We used stop watches to record the time (we then had to convert each time into seconds) then we worked out an average of each hand at both angles. We did this by adding up all the time in seconds and dividing it by the 5 spins.

 

Once we recorded all of our spins we thought about our results.

 

Here are some photos of us in action…

Here is an example of the fabulous resource from Twinkl (I edited it slightly to make it more suitable for P6).

 

So, all in all we had a fabulous day of learning. We used our maths, science and technology skills. Thanks again Twinkl – be sure to check out their variety of resources on Fidget Spinners. We are going to design our own tomorrow.

 

Also, look out for a couple of guest blog posts by our own pupils and check out a video on our school Twitter page.

St. Gabriel’s Primary Twitter

Martin Luther King Jr – Twinkl

Well, we are now approaching Term 4 and I am reflecting on the January – March Term. What a busy term it was. In St. Gabriel’s we had an even more busy time than usual as our whole school was preparing for our 50th Anniversary. Our show, mass and party were all a huge success. You can see for yourself here:

http://www.edubuzz.org/stgabriels/

Despite the term being so busy, I did not want to stop Primary 6’s fantastic learning on our Civil Rights topic The children were so enthusiastic about their learning and have really been displaying a mature attitude towards a sensitive subject. With many afternoons dedicated to school celebrations, I needed a quick lesson that would facilitate good quality learning but, at the same time not require a lot of preparation from the teacher (we can only do so much at once!).

This is when I turned my attention to Twinkl.  There are many resources websites out there for teachers to browse through. In recent years however, Twinkl has been my ‘go to’ resource site. The main reason for this is Twinkl is full of teacher created resources, tailored to whichever context or country you are teaching in. As a Scottish teacher, it is more difficult to find resources that are specifically tied into Curriculum for Excellence and Twinkl ticks that box. Twinkl also has a huge catalogue of resources so be careful, you can spend hours looking through all of their stuff!

That said, it is also easy to tailor your search if you are in a hurry and that’s exactly what I did.

The children had expressed an interest in learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and I found an excellent comprehension lesson on his life.

What I really liked about this resource was it was clear, to the point and I could differentiate the level of difficulty to suit the needs of individual learners. The fact that Twinkl provided an already differentiate resource saved me bags of time (usually I would have to edit the document myself).

I chose to go with this text for the bulk of my class:

coupled with these questions….

The text and questions started off quite straight forward, before progressing and requiring the children to draw upon more complex skills to answer the questions.

 

I also decoded to use another level of questions for other children in my class because I felt this would provide a good challenge to them and extend their learning. Here is a snapshot of the more challenging text below.

 

As you can see, the language used is more complex.

A pet hate of mine when I’m in a hurry is having to compile my own answer sheet for a resource that I have used. Well, Twinkl had that covered as well. With three answer sheets for each level of questions. Any teacher would agree on how helpful it is to have this. It is also part of the same pdf file so no frustrating moments of losing the answer book (or a fellow teacher ‘borrowing’ it).

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the resource you are using you can also feedback to Twink and ask them to update the document so it suits you better. There are also sometimes options for you to open as a word file so you can quickly tailor it to your own class as well.

Anyway, I should probably wrap this up, sorry teachers like to ramble.

In short, I needed a high quality resource that was differentiated at a busy time of the year (are there any quiets parts of the year?). I was able to quickly search Twinkl, find a resources and know that the learning would not be compromised as they have resources that are already high quality and most importantly, created by teachers.

Thank you Twinkl, you have saved me so much time again. I would strongly recommend getting a paid subscription with Twinkl as the additional resources are well worth the money. Twinkl provided me with a free platinum subscription in return for writing this post and let me tell you I was amazed with the amount of resources I now had access to.

I loved the resource and am looking forward to using more. Here are some pictures of the most important critics – the children-using the resource. P6 not only liked using the resource but more importantly got real, meaningful learning from it.

 

Mr.Andrew And P6’s Burns Lunch

On the 27th of January P6 Organized A Burns Lunch with the help of Mr.Andrew and Mrs. Kenderdine! We had LOTS of fun organizing it even though it was hard it was still fun! It was also very organized and Jessica got a shock when she had to get up and sing killiecrankie by the Corries!

Here is a video to remember our day made by Becky, Katie and Liam M.

 

Instructions: How To Use Google Classroom

In P6 we are experts at using Google Classroom. We hope to extend this to many other classes throughout the school.

As part of our writing task on writing instructions we decided to pass on our knowledge to others.

 

Here were our Learning intentions and Success Criteria:

 

LI: We are learning to write a set of clear instructions in order.

 

SC I need to:

Be clear and concise

Write them in order

Use commands

 

 

Below are examples of our work. Have a look at all of them as they all offer different tips. P6 have also used the ‘Snipping Tool’ to help show what they were explaining.

 

Mr Andrew was very impressed with the effort of P6. They showed great knowledge and great technology skills.

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Examples of Pupils Writing

We have some very talented writers in our class who decide to use their spare time at home to type up stories. They mostly use Google Classroom. This means that I am lucky enough for them to share their hard work with me.

 

Here are a couple of examples

 

ElectricaldisturbanceKey26byAlisdair – this is is by alder (aged 10)

TheMidnightLocket…– This next one is a joint effort by Katie and Leo (also aged 10).

 

I am sure you will agree they are very talented. I hope you enjoy their stories.

 

Persuasive Writing – the campaign to get wifi in our school.

We love using technology in P6 but at times, we are limited to the devices we use because we have no wifi…yet.

P6 have been working hard to change this. They have written persuasive letters which will be shared with Mrs Torley and people from the council. Mr. Andrew was very impressed with all the effort the children put in.

Mr. Andrew also likes to use memes to prove a point, so during the editing stage many children used this as inspiration…

 

I could say more but I think the children say it better.

 

Click on the links to each child’s Google Doc below…

 

We would love it of you left a comment to show you were here 

 

 

Brandyn, Ben and Bradley_ Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Abbey Owens Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Alisdair MacPherson Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Arran Adamson Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Ben Greenan Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Bradley MacGregor Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Brandyn Neil Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Corey Gorman Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Ellis Dickson Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Emma Neil Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Fionn Malone Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Jane Costello Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Jessica Hogg Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Katie O’Brien Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Leonardo Lucernoni Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Liam Gould Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Liam Munro Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Poppy Bell Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Rebecca Currie Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Rory selfridge Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Tayler McLeod Persuasive letter to get CLN (wifi) – Toni Wynn Persuasive letter