Monthly Archives: Sep 2016

The P6 Literature Circle Journey Begins!

Primary 6 started Literature Circles a few weeks ago and are already acting like Literature Circle professionals! They have learned the first 4 Literature Circle Jobs of Summariser, Illustrator, Word Wizard and Question Writer and prepare for their Literature Circle meeting each week by completing the set section of their reading book and preparing their job to present to their group.  The class are already coming up with fantastically creative ways to present their jobs and are having some very interesting discussions about their group reading books.

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Apache Relay Race

Primary 6 ended their “School of Dreams” project with the “Apache Relay” this week.  Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about people from all walks of life who had big dreams and worked hard to make these a reality.  We have been working collaboratively in teams to think about our own dreams and goals, and some of the attributes, like determination and perseverance, that we all need to achieve our dreams.  We have completed a series of tasks and through the process have learnt that “success is 99% failure” and that when things go wrong we can use that and learn from it, as an important part of the journey to success. Our learning culminated in the battle to end all battles between the teams – the Apache Relay.  To complete the relay, each team had to reflect on the different skills each individual member brings to the team and then use these different skills to assign different tasks in the relay to different group members.  Some tasks were number based (sudoku puzzles), some needed fast letter recognition skills (wordsearches), some required good visual awareness (drawing challenges, jigsaws), whereas others relied on a good memory (matching games), and others needed good fine and gross motor skills or physical fitness (lacing a shoe, juggling, press-ups).  For the final task, team members had to work together to build a lego model without seeing a picture or diagram, relying only on their team mates to relay instructions for what to do.  We had a huge amount of fun, and also learned that we are all good at different things, bringing different skills and qualities to the team, and that when we work together and utilise all these different skills, we can achieve even more.

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P6 Gallery Visit

As part of the Artists in Residence program leading up to the Colony of Artists Event this weekend, Primary 6 had the opportunity to visit the Talbot Rice Gallery.  We had a private tour of the Alice Neel collection and shared our thoughts and feelings about her work and then were given a masterclass in portrait drawing.  Using a grid system, we thought about where the different features of the face lie in proportion to each other and then practiced our new skills by drawing each other!  Some of our portraits bore a fantastic likeness to our subjects!


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Happy Roald Dahl Day

Primary 5 saw witches, fantastic foxes, a Matilda or two and even a golden ticket come into school today to celebrate the life of Roald Dahl, and the learning we have done so far this term.

Today we did lots of Roald Dahl themed activities. Primary 5 brought in revolting treats and we threw a party in the afternoon. As you can see, we all had a scrumdiddlyumptious time!