February 2014 Dear Pupils and Parents, Welcome back to a new term and exciting learning. We are going to have a topic focus investigating ‘Castles and Commmunities’ linked to the outcomes:
! By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history. SOC 1-‐02a ! I can use evidence to recreate the story of a place or individual of local historical interest. SOC 1-‐03a ! I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 1-‐04a ! I understand that evidence varies in the extent to which it can be trusted and can use this in learning about the past. SOC 1-‐01a ! I can describe and recreate the characteristics of my local environment by exploring the features of the landscape. SOC 1-‐07a
We will be reading fantasy stories and have already started reading the first series of Adam Blade’s ‘Beast Quest.’ He uses amazing descriptive language which the children and I have been enjoying and discussing in class (we have our milk and a story after break to settle us back into class). We will be writing our own fantasy stories, poems and medieval menus this term.
I have organised a trip to Direlton Castle on Tuesday 1st April (no April fool!) Leaving school: 9:00am walking to X24 Bus stop (using the crossing, with snack and coat). Returning to school: 12 nooon (At school in time for normal school lunch arrangements, where they can also have their school milk). The cost is to be finalised but will be no more than £5.00 per pupil (no money is needed yet). There will be an Historic Scotland Guide taking us around the castle to add to the experience and historical interest. I would once again appreciate the support and company of six parent helpers to ensure a safe and memorable experience. We will be travelling on public transport (walking to the bus stop, around the castle and returning the same way). The usual ‘yellow permission’ letter and ‘payment due’ date will be sent out a couple of weeks prior to the date of the trip. But if you are interested please fill in the section below and return the slip to school. ............................................................................................................................................................................ Offer of help to accompany children to Direlton Castle via local b us service on Tuesday 1st April 2014.
Name of helper: __________________________________ Child: _____________________________
This past term has seen the children practising with vigour their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 x tables (practising this when you’re in the car often, will help to get them cemented into their long term recall memory). As we know they are vital in the real world and will improve their mental maths processing and speed as well as confidence. We have applied this knowledge to division work and would like to remind you of the useful website: http://www.mathsisfun.com/long_division2.html 8.8kb to help explain methods of long division and carrying. This term we will be looking at area, fractions and symmetry as well as continuing to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (money is also addressed through these applications). In addition I would also like to give this homework activity (all children created such fabulous space models last term). build a Technology Challenge: create and mythological fantasy creature At home create your own mythical creature using (recycling) unwanted packaging. You may want to research ideas of creatures created and used in existing stories or movies. There was a three headed dog in Harry Potter as well as dragons, a unicorn, a
We will also be looking at heraldry and creating our own shield designs, building castles and hopefully hosting a medieval feast and sharing information afternoon before we break up for a well deserved rest for Easter, more information will follow. With thanks Mrs. Cowie