This week in maths my group was working on fractions. We mainly had to find out quarters of a number. We found how to find one, two and three quarters. We played a board game to help us learn these. Now that we know the steps to do it, it is easy and a fun way to do some maths.
A Story Teller Visits
On Wednesday afternoon Fergus the story teller came and he told us a story using picture cards this was a Japanese story telling method. It is called Kamishibai. It was about a boy that was called Peach Boy. He arrives in a village in a massive peach on the river. He is adopted by an old man and woman and has to go on a journey to fight the evil on an island nearby. Some of the skills we watched him use when he told eht story were – he knew the story by heart, he spoke confidently, he did lots of actions and he got us to join in in some of the songs he made up. We think these are all things that will make us good story tellers.
Last week there was an assembly about Fairtrade and our challenge was to bring as many Fairtrade snacks as we can for our playtime and lunchtime. We got a sticker for every snack we brought in. This week we learnt all about how Fairtrade is not just about food but also about sports equipment. We learned that 85 per cent of all footballs sold are all made in one small village in Pakistan. Because they got money from the Fairtrade Foundation they were able to get free education, medical supplies and there was a system called micro credit. This meant they could also borrow money from Fairtrade to start up their own businesses.
This week our investigation was all about sound and how sound is made. We tried to make higher and lower sounds by stretching elastic bands. We worked out that the more area to vibrate made a lower pitch. A smaller area to vibrate make a higher pitch sound. We also investigated what made material made the best sound insulator. We tested a timer in four different materials and timed to see how long it would be until we heard the timer clearly.
We really liked doing freeze frame scenes from our novel Kenuke’s Kingdom. We were trying to show the different feelings Michael had after he was washed up on a desert island. We acted out a lot of different situations that he was in on the island and our class had to guess what the emotion was that he was feeling. We really enjoyed acting these out.
By Caitlin (we hope to have pictures next week – we are having problems with the ipads).
This week we have been busy doing some more about time. We had to look at the written time and then say what time it would be in the time trail after we added more time to the starting point. Our challenge was to make up our own time trail for a partner to solve. Our group also did 3 digit addition to get to an amount already written.
Metaphors and Similes – Literacy
We were using similes and metaphors to make posters. Similes are saying something is like or as something else. ( e.g. Tom is as slow as a turtle.) A metaphor is saying something is something else but not literally. ( e.g. time is money.) We made a blurb using similes and metaphors. The blurb was about a scary incident that happened to us.
Health and Wellbeing
We were being food detectives. We learnt that our daily sugar limit is 24 grams. Too much sugar may cause diabetes or some cancers or heart disease. We looked at the sugar in different food with a sugar smart app.
We are each taking a piece of a Japanese painting and creating a class mural. We are looking at line shape and colour. We are learning to sketch our pictures before painting them with water colours.
We have been learning how to use speech marks and then turning direct speech into indirect speech. We used two characters to make up a conversation. We made notes for a debate – our debate was whether it would be a good thing to sail around the world with your family for one year. We had a good discussion remembering to take turns and listen to everyone’s opinion.
We are rounding large numbers and adding and subtracting with 2 and 3 digit numbers. We are using exchange and borrowing. In our Time lessons we have been estimating how long it takes to do an activity and then finding out if we estimated correctly. This will help us to plan things that we do everyday.
Our project this term is going to be about the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo. It is about a boy who sails around the world with his family, but it does not all go to plan!!!
We have been looking at a painting by Hokusai – a Japanese painter. We then made our own paintings using cold and hot colours.
We went on a trip to the National Library to study maps. For our project we have made maps of our lives and we will be plotting Michael’s trip around the world from the novel.
We looked at how the area around our school has changed when we went to the library.
We are really looking forward to working some more with Miss MacRae, who will be teaching us for some of this term.
We have been learning all about storytelling. We have learned how to create story hands and story maps to help us keep the story in our heads. We have also been learning how to make the story interesting when re-telling it.
We created a story map of Tam O’Shanter to be able to tell our own version of it. We used our story maps to help us tell an interesting and creative version of Tam O’Shanter to P5b.
We had great fun telling our stories and the Primary 5s gave us lots of great feedback to help us with our story telling in the future. Thank you P5b for being such a great audience!
It helps us to remember our new spelling words and their meanings when we play games like Spin and Spell. You might have to spell the word by saying it or writing it or say what the word menas or use the word in a sentence.
More Spelling games
These are our wizard board games. You have to challenge your partner to spell your words the person with the most words on the board is the winner.
We have all been learning how to make nets for some complicated 3D shapes. This means you need to measure and cut very accurately. You also have to be able to work out what a 3D shape will look like if it were unfolded!
We looked at Bridget Riley’s op art paintings. The optical illusions that she made gave some of us sore eyes and heads! Here are our versions of op art.
Colour and shape
Colour and shape are really important elements of op art so we looked at some art by Victor Vasarely. We used simple shapes and hot and cold colours in a pattern to make this large art piece.
Communication and signals
Before radios were invented sailors had to create ways to communicate over long distances at sea. We discovered how they used flags to send messages on their ships and used hand held semaphore flags to send messages. When it was dark or cloudy they used blinking lights using morse code. Morse code was still used once radio was invented. We had fun creating our own messages using these different codes.
Once we discovered that it was women that painted the dazzle ships we wanted to see if we could find out about any other famous women in history and now. We first wrote about someone we admire and then we started to research about famous Scottish women.
We “dazzled” the portraits of the six famous Scottish woman that we researched. Can you see Nicola Sturgeon, Elsie Inglis and Mairi Chisolm? These woman are well known for their work in politics or medicine.
This is Flora McDonald she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape by dressing him up as a woman. One thing that all these woman have in common is how brave and strong and intelligent they all are or were.
Science Fiction Writing
We have been watching science fiction aninmation clips and writing descriptive stories about the planets and creatures. We are also creating and writing about creatures that would live on our planets.
We have been making sure we read carefully so we can write descriptions of characters from our novels. Then our partner draws from our descriptions. This is some of the images and descriptions of the Iron Man. This is the novel that one group is reading.