Miss Penman will be working on our emotional literacy this year.
In our very first session with her we had our first check in about coming back to school.
First Week – Emotional Check in
How do you feel coming back to school and starting in a new class?
Daniel: I feel tired coming back after the holidays. We all have to start getting up early and then it means we have to go bed earlier too.
Matthew: I feel happy coming back to school because we get to see our friends and hang out. Others enjoy school as they like learning especially new things.
Emily: You get a funny feeling of being nervous as you don’t know what it is going to be like with a new teacher and new classmates. You can feel excited about this too though.
Josh: Teachers will enjoy coming back to met their new class. They will like getting back into a routine as they have spent the summer relaxing. They will want to be productive again.
We are excited to see how the year develops and changes. Keep posted for more updates.
All the children in P5 to P7 have completed a block of lessons on Attitude.
The children had to uncode three words to see what their percentage was.
Here are some quotes about what they have learned.
“Our learning was about working hard and trying to work together with a partner” Olivia P6.
“Today we looked at the words hard work, knowledge and attitude. We had to code these words with numbers.” Arran P7.
“We found out that attitude was the most important one. It added up to one hundred.” Crombie P6.
“It is important to have a positive attitude.” Ollie P7.
“Attitude is about what you say.” Wiktoria P7
“It is also about how you act.” Emily P7.
“Having the right attitude is being willing to face a challenge and be positive about it.” Shannon P7.
“It is about your behaviour and feelings towards something. If you think you can do it you will be able to. Have a good attitude to go far.” Kirsty P6.
“Good Attitude is to think/feel and act positively.”
Bad attitude is to be negative.” Matthew P6
“Never let anyone dull your sparkle and keep a positive attitude.” Lara P6.
“You are the boss of your own attitude not anyone else.” Marta P6.
“Remember – your attitude affects other people.”
“Think bad things and this will happen. Think good things and it will come.” Nyree P6.
“Stay positive” Kirsten P6.
“If you believe you can do it.” Daniel P6
“Behave nicely and think positively.” Blair P6
“Your attitude is what you think.” Aaron P6
“Show a good attitude by acting nice to others. If you do something wrong – don’t sulk and just try, try again.” Georgia P6.
“You will get stuck with a bad attitude as you won’t be able to get anywhere.” Amelia P6.
“What you do bounces back to you so have a good attitude to others.”
“Positive attitude is behaving properly.” Harvey P6.
“Your attitude is your most important attribute. It says a lot about you and will determine how successful you are in everything.” Sophie P5.
A Positive Attitude
Primary 6 completed grafitti boards in groups to display the different aspects of a positive attitude.
These are their results:
How do you behave/What you see/What do you do?
- Helping others
- Do activities you enjoy.
- Do chores at home and class jobs at school.
- Listen to others.
- Follow the rules
- Stand up for others if someone is being mean.
- Include everyone.
- Do not react negatively to others.
- If someone is sad/upset/crying – check in with them. Can you comfort them? Cheer them up? Show you care. Just be there.
- Use your manners and be polite.
- Share with others – from ideas to materials.
- Ask others to play/be friends/work together.
- Be fair and treat everyone the same no matter who they are.
- Be responsible.
- Hold or pass the door.
- Talk to others.
What do you say?
- Greet people by saying hello.
- Say goodbye to people when you leave.
- Ask someone how they are?
- Good manners – please, thank you,
- Cheer others on – say well done.
- No yelling
- I will try my best.
- Apologise when you do something wrong – Sorry
- Give someone a compliment today Amazing work.
- Ask questions.
- Have a good day.
- Do not be negative about yourself or others.
- What am I missing? What can I add to make this better?
What do you think/feel?
- Think of others and not just yourself.
- Think and say good things about yourself.
- See the positive in any situation.
- Be calm
- Each day find something you are proud of.
- Think positively by thinking you can achieve.
- Say kind things about others work by saying what they have done well.
- Be cheerful with others.
- Always try to make others feel good.
- Be confident.
We have put all of this information into a wall display which includes Persuasive Posters by the Primary 6s and 7s. Some are orginals and others are based on famous quotes to do with attitude.
In class we looked at the work of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who was well known for his print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’. We discussed how the wave on the front cover of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo, was similar in style to Hokusai’s work.
We created our own paintings of the scene when there was a storm at sea.
“We drew a pencil outline of the waves then we went over the lines with pen.”
“Next we mixed different shades of paint. We used this to paint the waves. The background was then painted by layering paint on top of each other.”
“We finally drew the Peggy Sue boat on paper and glued it on our waves. I was happy with the way my picture turned out.”
As part of our topic this term, we will be focusing on diversity and the Rights of the Child. Our class novel is ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.
“Kensuke’s Kingdom is a very interesting book because the characters are travelling around the world. They visit various countries and will hear different languages.”
“Diversity means people are different and have their own opinions and looks. We are all different. The characters in Kensuke’s Kingdom are different and all interesting”
We have been busy creating Class Charters this week. We worked together and shared our ideas to select the rights we wanted to include in our charter. We wanted them to be a reminder of the rights we have in our classroom and in our school.
Here are some comments the class have made about our Class Charter.
“Having our Class Charter will help people know their rights and responsibilities.”
“We included all our ideas in our Class Charter. We did this using a place mat and wrote down our ideas. We shared our thoughts and opinions with the class.”
“We were born with rights and we will always have them. Everyone in the world has rights.”
“In class we watched a PowerPoint all about Class Charters. We were learning why a charter is important.”
Learning about angles
“We are learning all about angles in Maths. I am enjoying it because I now know angles are everywhere. We looked for angles outside in the playground, inside the classroom and in the garden.”
“I can now identify different angles and describe them. We have been learning using lots of different games.”
“I have enjoyed learning about angles. I can estimate, and measure angles using a protractor.”
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
We were lucky to watch a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the start of term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“I thought the show was funny because the adults were acting as children.”
“I enjoyed the play as the changing of the scenery was fantastic.”
“We asked the actors questions about their jobs which I found really interesting.”
We hope that you have all had a fantastic summer and that you are ready for another fun year of learning.
We hope that you enjoy following our learning through our class blogs.