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We have had a very busy week in Primary 5/6 this week. In literacy pupils were using techniques such as onomatopoeia, personification and similes to generate engaging space themed stories with a focus on hooking the reader with an interesting introduction. Our reading this week was focused around Robert Burns. Pupils then added to their findings with a research task allowing them to fill in any gaps in information left by the different texts. Pupils answered comprehension questions about the text and then create Burns fact files.

In numeracy and mathematics the pupils were learning to find fractions of different quantities. Pupils completed a number of different activities to identify fractions of number and fractions of different quantities of animals and objects. They also created posters showing and explaining their understanding of what they have learned so far.

As part of our topic work pupils used the recipes that they had created last week to create salt dough aliens. We were also exploring and investigating the role of the sun and we began to research the different planets within our solar system. The pupils were then using that information to create large pictures of the solar system with each planet containing different facts and information.  

For Chinese New Year we conducted research during our ICT time into how Chinese New Year is different from our own and found out about the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac. The pupils were also learning about Chinese characters and learning to write the numbers one through to ten in Mandarin. We also practiced writing the date using only chinese characters. The pupils also learned simple phrases such as “hello”, “how are you?” and “I’m fine thank you”.

As a friendly reminder next week’s social target will be focused around school uniform so all pupils should be making sure that they are dressing appropriately.

Each pupil has a new homework grid which is themed around Space as it is our topic at the moment. Pupils have been asked to try and complete at least one activity on the grid each week.

As a whole school we are now aiming to move further forward with our use of Seesaw to allow you a better insight into your child’s learning throughout the week. Within pupil's homework folder are letters explaining fully how to access your child's learning folder. This is different from the blog in that it allows you to see posts that contain only your child’s work. Please ensure you sign and return permission slips.

 Seesaw is a fantastic way for pupils to share what they have been learning in class so we hope to see as many parents signing up as possible.

We are also aiming to put on a production of Joseph at the end of this term if anyone has access to any cardboard that could be used to create scenery and props for the show it would be greatly appreciated.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday.

Mr Gray.