We have been working on these pieces of art over the past few days, and now that most of them are finished, I think you would agree that they are really outstanding! We have taken the first steps to investigate technical drawing by using some tricks that are employed by those who draw images in technical drawing. Hope you like the end result- let us know what you think! (If you wish to see each of these full-size, click on a picture, then click on it again when it opens in a new window.)
As part of our Health Week, each class was asked to lead a short session where they demonstrated a work-out to the rest of the school. We did our session earlier today, leading the school in a work-out based on our own recording!
Many apologies that the quality of the sound is not good- we used the huge speakers in the hall, which played the song very loudly, yet clearly. For some reason, I think the camcorder couldn’t cope with the volume!
The 2012 Schoolovision contest came to its end last Friday, and it was a great day for our P5/6 pupils as they learned that we had finished 4th out of a total of 38 countries from right across Europe, with our version of The Proclaimers’ song, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles).
Our 2012 entry to Schoolovision is now on the blog, ahead of Friday’s deadline, when all 39 countries’ songs need to be there. With entries from as far north west as Iceland, right down to Azerbaijan in the south east, we have already seen that the standard for this year’s contest is probably the highest yet! By Friday, we should have entries from new members Luxembourg, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as Azerbaijan and Bosnia & Herzegovina’s which was the very first song uploaded last month.
We all enjoyed watching our entry this morning, and we should thank Castlesound studios in Pencaitland for allowing us to use their venue, as well as Gavin Tully-Jackson from Haddington who filmed the song for us. Thanks too to Miss Traill, who worked very hard to ensure that we sang fantastically at the recording studios! How will we fare against 38 other countries? We’ll find out next Friday, 25th May!
This morning, we enjoyed our second drama session with Shona from the drama team. The results are here in this short video!
This week, in art, we have been working on creating pictures titled, “Falling for Foreshortening!”
Foreshortening is the optical illusion that occurs when a part of something moves from one part of space to another. For example… a bridge travels from right in front of us, to far away from us on the other side of a river. The same thing can happen on a smaller level with human limbs. For this lesson, the class traced their feet and hands on paper. They then drew their arms, legs, body and head to create the illusion that the body was further away than the feet and hands. The images all end up looking like the subject is falling toward the viewer.
Already in the first week back, we have been very busy on a number of different things. We looked last week at how to create attractive leaflets and brochures, as well as learning to make some very unusual pictures in artwork. In addition, we filmed our 2012 Schoolovision video around the village and we should be able to see the results of this in the next couple of weeks.
Looking ahead, we plan to continue to concentrate on various types of writing this term, allowing the class to develop their own styles of writing as they tackle a variety of genres. Looking back through the writing jotters, we have written some very diverse pieces in the three terms up until the Easter break! We will also on a weekly basis try to look at a piece of writing for comprehension purposes, to strengthen our understanding of different types of written work. As well as this, we’ll revise some things we have come across before, and continue to think about how we can improve the overall quality of our grammar and punctuation.
In maths, we have already looked at information handling this term, and we have been learning more about the terms mean, median, mode and range this week. We’ll look at volume and 3 dimensions, as well as revising lots of things we looked at earlier in the year too.
We are just starting a new project called Travelling Green, which takes a truly multi-disciplinary look at the ways we travel to and from school. This project is very diverse, so it will consider social and scientific aspects as well as looking at healthy eating and how we can become fitter. It includes mapping work, which will strengthen what we learned from last term, and language work, where we look at poetry! Truly diverse!
Over the next few weeks in P.E. Mr Clelland will be looking closely at who might be considered for the annual East Lothian Sports team at Meadowbank, which takes place at the end of May. Today, he was assessing the children in their long-jumping techniques, so I hope that some of P5/6 are successful in gaining a place in the team for Meadowbank.
I have today given out homework, asking the children to plan a presentation or talk to give to the class, which is due for Monday 14th May. There is a sheet which gives advice about what I am looking for. Be aware that each week, the class receives spelling homework, reading in their groups, and where appropriate maths homework. From time to time, I also ask for other things to be done, such as this talk, or other research things from the internet or which might be project-related.
Can I please remind everyone again that we have gym each week on a Tuesday and a Thursday, so everyone needs to have their P.E. kit on these days. Miss Traill will continue to work with the class on Wednesdays and Miss Turbayne will continue with the violinists on Thursday afternoons.
I know some of the childen have been trying to describe to parents exactly what we have been working on in art this week- and that it has been quite difficult to explain clearly what we have done! We looked at illusionary artwork, where you create a picture that can play tricks on the eyes, if you look at it very closely. It’s been quite a long task, and not all are finished yet, but here’s a flavour of what we have created below. Once they are all finished, I think we’ll have a really striking display! What do you think?