As a part of their topic, Scots who Shaped our History, the children in P5/6 worked in pairs to act out a piece of dialogue based on Rabbie Burns’ poem, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose! They were really enthusiastic about getting into role, some even dressing up. The only problem they had was with the Scots dialect…..”but Miss Drummond, we get in trouble for speaking in slang at home….” I had to assure them that it was ok in this instance. Some excellent drama skills were practised during this lesson. Some budding thespians in the making!
The class wanted to me to announce the “Stars” this week on Edubuzz so here we go.
Dylan did a fantastic piece of independent writing. In his writing he wrote in sentences, used paragraphs and used a word bank and dictionary to help with his spelling. Keep it up! This makes Dylan my “Successful Learner of the Week”.
Miss Manson couldn’t believe the effort that her class were putting into their handwriting today and thought that she would share their success with you.
As well as learning our 8 times table we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10. This was easy until we started using numbers in the hundreds and thousands…but we’re getting good at it. Have a look at the photos below to see how we have been learning and how good we are.
We played “Gladiators”. Miss Manson wrote numbers on the board and then once we were in our two teams, boys against girls, she shouted out a number and the contestants at the front of the line had to rub out the number that you would round the shouted number too. The girls won 12 points to 10!
Then we got out our whiteboards and drew on an empty numberline. Miss Manson then gave us a number that we had to mark on the numberline and then we had to mark on the two tens numbers that the number was inbetween. This helps us to see what the nearest 10 is. We then held up our whiteboards to show our answers.
In groups we began to plan our weather forecast that we will present to the class and video. Hopefully we will be able to get our forecasts on here to let you see, so keep watching.
We had to decide the season and month that our weather forecast will be for so that we can research the type of weather that we have then.
We watched some weather forecasts so that we could see how a forecast should be presented and the type of words and phrases we will need to use. We watched an old weather forecast from 1979 with Michael Fish, he had to move the weather symbols around by himself but the modern ones were changed by the presenter pushing a small button in their hand.
“How do you measure the weather?”
This afternoon we looked at how we could measure the weather. We used thermometers to check how hot the classroom was. Our class was 78 degrees fahrenheit / 27 degrees centigrade, the hall was 64 degrees fahrenheit / 19 degrees centigrade. Some people put the thermometers in different places like under the arms and on the radiator, it was much hotter there than in the class.
An anemometer is used to measure the strength of the wind using the Beaufort Scale. We have a copy of the scale and will be able to tell if the wind outside is a breeze, a gale or a hurricane.
We will make rain guages and put them outside to measure the rain that falls in Cockenzie and put it on a weather chart we have made.
We investigated using a wind vane and had to use a compass to find north first and then stand with the weather vane facing north. When the wind hits the wind vane the way the arrow points will tell us where the wind is coming from.
P4M found out today that their new topic for this block is “Water and Weather” and what great start we’ve had with all of the snow!
We had a group and class thought shower and came up with lots of questions about our topic that we want to answer. Here are just a few:
- Scott wants to know, “Why do places like Alaska have snow every day?”
- Helen asked, “How does water get to the clouds?”
- “How do we get thunder and lightning?” asked Matthew.
- “Why do the clouds have names?” questionned Rebecca
- Sam wants to find out, “Why is the sky blue?”
- Lucy has noticed that the sky is not always blue and wants to know, “Why does the sky sometimes change colour?”
- Kiera wants to know, “How do you measure the weather?”
So keep visiting us on Edubuzz to find out our answers and to see photos of us investigating the weather.
We had fun in P1M on Monday 21st December at our Christmas party. We played games, sang Christmas songs and enjoyed a snack together.
P4M worked together in small groups to carve out a pumpkin lantern. They took photographs of each stage of the process so that they could use them in ICT to produce step by step instructions and in their writing to produce a report.
On the 11th November 2009, 20 children from primary 5 attended a basketball gala at Meadowmill Sports Centre. They spent a fantastic morning competing against children from Longniddry Primary School and Prestonpans Primary School, and everyone who took part received a well earned certificate at the end. Well done!