January has proven to be a busy start to Term 3. We have started learning about money, recognising coins, matching coins to price tags and we have also been adding coins together to give a total. Mrs Robson is also beginning to teach the children about measure which will include, length, volume and weight.
This month I decided to introduce Robert Burns to the class. We have been discussing the great man himself as well as what happens during a Burns Supper. We have learned about Tam O'Shanter and the children have drawn their favourite part of the story as well as retelling the story in their own words during a writing lesson. I am so proud of the children, they have really embraced their learning and have worked very hard.
As a school we celebrated Burns on Friday 24 January by enjoying a wonderful lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties. Primary 2 and Primary 6 had a ceilidh in the morning when we enjoyed dancing to the Grand Old Duke of York, Military Two Step and the Dashing White Sergeant. We all had a great time. Thanks to Miss Mitchell and Primary 6 for helping us!!
In the afternoon we had a wee party where we toasted Robert Burns with a glass of juice and we ate Caithness oatcakes with cheese and a shortbread biscuit. Mrs O'Hagan joined us and she also presented the class with certificates for listening and working hard during our lessons regarding Robert Burns. Please accept my apologies, I forgot to take some pictures to share with you!
We have also been learning some Scottish and Caithness words. I believe it is important to preserve our dialect and I will contine to introduce the children to some new words in the coming weeks.
The children have also commenced recording what they have learnt each week at school through their learning log. Please encourage your child to discuss their pictures with you.
On Friday 27 September, we had a very different morning in class. We had five different activites set up and the children were learning different skills at each one.
The first activity was to weigh different fruits to see which one was the lightest and which was the heaviest and records their findings in pictures. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi fruit and a pineapple was available for the children to weigh.
The second activity was for the children to work at the board and use their skills to match the names of the fruits with the pictures provided.
For the third activity, the children were given a sheet with the pictures and the names of fruit and they had to put the names in alphabetical order on a separate sheet, remebering to copy out the names of the fruits carefully. This was a tricky task but they did very well with it!
In the fourth activity the children were colouring in pictures of fruit and their target was to try to stay within the lines.
At the fifth activity we were making fruit smoothies! We made, strawberry, raspberry, banana, blueberry and a mix of strawberry and blueberry. The children wore plastic aprons and their hands were cleaned with an antibacterial gel before starting to prepare the fruit.
As you can see from the pictures below they had a great time and they really enjoyed using the blender!! Once all of the smoothies were made we tasted them and even had enough left over to ask Primary 3 if they would like to come along and try some.
Apologies for the delay in posting this article.
On the morning of Wednesday 18 September the whole school was treated to a show from the Kakatsitis (pronounced Ka Ka Chee Chee) Drummers from Ghana. Primary 2 then took part in two workshops, the first gave us an opportunity to play the drums and the second was to learn and take part in some traditional dancing.
As you can see from the photos below the children really enjoyed the workshops. Please accept my apologies for the poor quality of the photos.
I have also attached some games which can be used to assist the children in developing their addition and subtraction skills.