June 12, 2011
Very recently, I stumbled upon a comment on twitter by Oliver Quinlan about Negotiated Learning.
I followed a link to his blog and read this :
“Mr Quinlan… can I show you something..?”
You don’t have to have been teaching long to have had one of those moments; when a pupil brings you something amazing they have done of their own accord. When left to their own devices children and young people can often come up with the most exciting examples of their learning
I decided to introduce the idea to my Primary 6 stage class last week – and they loved it. I wanted to stress that the idea wasn’t about regurgitating what they already knew, but that the point was to learn something new then share this new learning with their peers.
They were allowed to work on the task on their on, in pairs, or in small groups.
There was a buzz of excitement in the class as they all made their choices about what they were going to learn. The excitement obviously spilled to areas outwith the class, because the HT mentioned how she’d overheard some Primary 6s discussing their ‘negotiated learning’. I hadn’t had the opportunity to share the concept with her … but I think she’s sold on the idea, too now🙂
Here’s some of the new learning that took place last week:
The trouble is that, every time I started to write this blog post, some other exciting thing happened and I had to put it off.
I love getting a bit older, but I’m learning that the older I get, the more full my diary gets!
I’ve finally managed to take some time out from my busy life to let you all catch-up.
I’ll begin with our visit to Scotland.
My nana and papa thought it would be a good idea for me and Theo to spend some time with them. Before we came, my nana helped our wee cousin Bella to send a message to us.
Have a look.
We were really looking forward to our trip because daddy was going to drop me and my brother off at nana and papa’s house, then drive back home to Manchester.
Just before we set off, though, nana phoned daddy to say something sad had happened – auntie Pat had died.
Theo and I loved auntie Pat and we were very sad too.
When we got to Scotland, daddy decided to stay there a bit longer so that he could go to auntie Pat’s funeral.
Theo and I went along to the funeral as well. Everybody we know loved auntie Pat and there were lots and lots of people there. My daddy wanted to say something special about her.
Have a listen.
Daddy went back home to Manchester after the funeral – and Theo and I had a really fun time catching up with all our Scottish relatives.
Soon it was time for nana and papa to take us back home.
It was a long journey, but Theo and I were very well behaved.
Our mummy and daddy were very pleased to see us, but they told us that we needed to get back down to the allotment to help out.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is hard work, but we don’t mind because the food we grow is very yummy!
We had to make sure the allotment was especially well looked after that weekend for another reason.
We were heading back up to Scotland in just a few days for auntie Laura’s wedding!
I loved it – and I loved wearing a Scottish kilt again.
Everyone had such a fun time!
Have a look at some of the photographs.
My daddy chatted with me about the wedding.
Have a listen!
We all had to pack our summer clothes because we were going on an aeroplane to Greece!
Four of our friends (two for me and two for Theo) were coming with their mums and dads as well.
Here’s a picture of us heading off to catch our plane.
We had such a fun time there …. but one thing made us a wee bit sad.
We missed our wee cousin Bella’s first birthday party.
We heard all about it when we came home, though.
It looked like Bella had a lovely day – starting from the minute she woke up.
Have a look.
Her birthday cake looked yummy.
When mummy showed us a picture of it, we told her that we were sad that we hadn’t been able to come along.
Bella was coming to visit us in Manchester!
We were so excited that we almost jumped out of our car seats when daddy told us the news!
A week later she arrived with her mummy and daddy.
Theo was very happy to show her around all the favourite places we like to visit on a sunny day.
I think he was feeling quite grown up when she was around.
We had such fun playing hide and seek with her.
I liked showing uncle Graeme how to make pizzas.
Pizzas are one of my favourite foods and my daddy has taught me how to make really good ones.
Uncle Graeme watched how I made mine, but he was so hungry that he didn’t even want to wait until it was cooked.
I think he likes food almost as much as my brother Theo.
What do you think?
We loved having a visit from Bella and her mum and dad and it was sad when we had to say goodbye to them.
But – guess what happened the very next weekend?
Uncle Brian came all the way from Scotland to visit us as well!
We enjoyed showing him our new playroom.
He was very interested in all our toys and books. We spent hours chatting and learning together 🙂
Theo and I were a bit sad when all our Scottish relatives had gone home, so daddy thought that he’d cheer us up with a visit to the zoo.
We made a list of all the animals than we might see there.
We thought it might be a good idea to take the list along and tick each animal off if we spotted them.
Guess what? We managed to tick off every one of them!
Here’s a picture of me and Theo having a good look at the elephants.
Phew – I told you that I’d been too busy to write.
So busy that I almost forgot to tell you about our trip to Wales. Here’s a wee clip of us playing in the woods.
Theo and I have a trip to Scotland planned soon.
I’ll try to write a blog post about our adventures there …. before our next Scottish wedding.
Watch this space!
Today is the last day of school until the Easter holidays.
We did an egg competition and Frazer, Jamie and Scott won.
1. Frazer made a Dalek.
2. Jamie made an Alien.
3. Scott made a Parrot.
Comment down below if you have ever decorated an egg and what you decorated it as.
in art this week we were making silhouettes for our Victorian topic there was quite a lot of steps
you will need scissors,a partner,a pencil,a pen,black paper,coloured paper and glue.
1. draw the side of your partners face
2.glue it to some black paper to it then cut it out
3.cut out an oval shape of paper
4.glue your silhouette to the oval
5.in fancy writing write who it is and who it’s by
6.go over it in pen
7. cut out another oval in black paper
8. glue the black oval to the other oval
9. enjoy your Victorian silhouette!!!!
we are sorry to say that Mrs Vass is leaving she leaves a comity of bloggers to people who will do it Ruth Connor a Connor p and Zoe t . we are so sad to see Mrs Vass leave we will miss her forever
Primary 5 have been busy writing poems again. They have a Winter theme. Here’s what we did to help us write them:
We thought of somethings that we see, hear and smell in Winter.
We wrote these three nouns down, then placed two adjectives in front of each noun
For the last line of our poems, we wrote down three adjectives to describe how Winter made us feel.
When the poems were finished, we added them to a template in Microsoft Publisher and then saved them as JPeg files before uploading them to Windows Movie Maker.
Here they are below. Let us know what you think of them!
This week we wrote Friendship Cinquains. First of all we interviewed a friend in class and asked them these questions.
1.What is your name?
2. What are some adjectives that describe you?
3. What are some activities that you enjoy?
4. What do you think makes you a good friend to others?
5. Do you have a nickname?
We used the answers to help us to write our poems. Have a look and let us know what you think of them!
Hello World! This blog now belongs to a new class at Carronshore – Primary 5S/V! We will be posting on here regularly to let you all know what we have been getting up to in class this session.
We thought we’d start of by introducing you to some of our favourite Precious Possessions. We’ve been writing about them in class and we’ve put some of them on here for you to have a look at. Please leave us a comment to let us know what you think 🙂