Wednesday 1st April 2020
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Tuesday 31st March 2020
I hope yesterday went well. Over the weekend I saw the International Space Station flying across the sky. The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour!). See if you can see if you can see it in the sky tonight at around 8.45pm.
When looking at the space station I was thinking about how astronauts cope with being in a small environment for such a long period of time. Much like how we are all indoors down here on earth at the moment, if there are any people who know what it is likes to be in the same environment for a long period of time it is astronauts! US astronaut Scott Kelly spent 520 days on the International Space Station! Astronauts obviously have a lot of work to do while in space, but they need to be kept busy. Scott Kelly’s advice for being in the same environment for a period of time is to have a routine. He felt it was important to have a similar routine each day like getting up early, having a wash, having breakfast etc. He would schedule time to speak to friends and family and have proper meal times. He says that exercise was vital. Tim Peake, the British astronaut, trained and completed a marathon on a running machine whilst he was up on the space station! Scott Kelly also took lots of books with him to keep him entertained.
Can this advice help you while you are indoors? If you haven’t already done so, maybe creating a timetable could help you keep a daily routine. For today, why don’t you pick your literacy and maths activity and decide what order you will do them in. Then select your expressive arts/STEM activity. Put them into a timetable along with the other parts of your daily routine and see if it helps you?
Nasa has researched the effects of being inside for a long period of time and have discovered writing everything down, like keeping a diary, has a positive effect. Why not try and keep a diary for a week? Write down how you are feeling at this unique period of time. When you are older, this period of time will be getting taught in schools! You are living through an important part of history. Think about what information you would pass on to the children of the future. If you were asked in 50 years from now, ‘what was it like to live through the Coronavirus?’, wouldn’t it be handy to have a diary of events you kept from the time…
Below I have listed some space themed activities you could choose to do today:
Maths: Can you find out what areas of mathematics are used in space exploration and say how they are used?
Literacy: Write a space themed story or poem.
Science: Draw a diagram of the Solar System labelling the planets in order from the Sun.
Art: Draw a space themed picture which must include an alien!
It was great to hear all about Abby’s interview with her Granny for the news report. Well done Abby!
It was also nice to see some cooperative learning going on yesterday with Daniel and Freya – well done team! Daniel also began his news report after interviewing his Gaga.
Keep up the good work P6!
Monday 30th March 2020
Good morning P6!
I hope you all had a nice weekend.
How would a normal Monday morning look for us in school? We would be feeling a bit rubbish it was only Monday morning, we would be wanting to share our weekend news and we would be wondering how we will get through another five days until it is the weekend again! And that would just be the teachers! In class you would be hoping Mr Main saw sense and decided against setting grammar and punctuation work, made maths an outdoor active challenge, break time was extended by an hour and that David, your German teacher, cancelled last minute to allow you to continue with expressive arts!
Well, as you have the responsibility for choosing what activities to do for your home learning, why not make up a really fun learning day? I would like your day to still involve some maths and literacy (I can hear your groans………. these are important P6!) but why not pick a maths activity and a literacy activity you really enjoy? Can you get active with maths and do some in your garden or house? Could you pick a times table you struggle with and play times table tennis, passing a ball between you and a sibling/adult, while saying that times table out loud? Could you go on an angle hunt and spot right, obtuse and acute angles in your garden/house? Could you draw a map of your garden/room in your house? Could you hide something in your garden or house and write down a detailed set of instructions for someone to find the object, as a part of a position and movement lesson? Your directions could include instructions like, turn 90s clockwise, turn 180 anticlockwise etc. You could measure something and draw a diagram of it with its actual measurements! Be creative and let me know what you come up with.
For literacy you could become a news reporter and interview someone about how they are feeling about being indoors at the moment. Record your conversation using a phone or iPad or any device that will allow you to record. Then you can listen back to the recording and write up your own newspaper report. Remember your interview does not need to be face to face. You could phone a family member or friend and do the interview over the phone. Just remember to have prepared your questions in advance. You could do some drama and film yourself delivering your interview as a news story on your own news channel. To help you, think about how Newsround provides us with news reports or watch the clips below of Bart and Lisa delivering ‘Kidz News’ on The Simpsons.
Are you a charismatic news anchor like Bart? Or the ultimate professional like Lisa??
You could even do some active spelling. You could spell your name or one of your commons words by doing a specific exercise for each letter. See below for examples:
As always it is great to hear what you are getting up to. Thank you to Caitlin for your email! I’m glad to hear you are doing well and working hard. The 30-day Lego challenge sounds like a lot of fun. You have a great imagination and I’m sure you will agree come the end of the challenge!
It was great to hear Jessica was supporting the NHS by applauding them last Thursday – I was too!
Sophie was creating a maths murder mystery as seen below:
Ben H was also creating a murder mystery as well as doing the Sumdog challenge.
Fantastic work everyone!! Thank you for sending these.
Here’s to another productive home learning week!
Thank you to Abby who has supplied Monday’s ‘Joke of the Day’:Did you hear about the guy who lost his left arm and left leg? He’s all right now.
Friday 30th March 2020
Get on with your work.
Only joking! How are you all doing? The first week of working from home is nearly complete and it is Friday!! Woohoo! Remember today is a half day so in the afternoon, you don’t have to do any of the P6 tasks. Why not try something new, be helpful around the house, or to others, or go for a bit of exercise (following the government rules of course)? Maybe you could have a think about all the people who are working hard just now to help us and protect us from the Coronavirus? Is there something we could do to thank them when we get back to school?
Friday is our problem-solving day so maybe you could use this morning to make a maths ‘murder mystery’ for someone in your house? You could make clues for them to solve and hide them around your house? Be creative and if you are stuck for ideas, think of some of the problem-solving tasks we have completed in class.
Remember to keep doing a bit of reading each day and you have the learning walls to select tasks from as well.
It is great to see some of the things you are doing at home. You are all working very hard! Matt designed a flyer that was based on a short video by a Graphic Designer on making the images for pilot flight simulators.
Elliot was working on some maths…
………while Matthew has been cycling, doing a circuit in his garden and made this brilliant 3D Harry Potter puzzle.
Fantastic work boys!!
Keep sending your photos to the Nether Currie admin email address and I will put them up in my messages. Keep healthy and have a nice weekend,
Today’s ‘Joke of the Day’ is from Daniel N, thank you Daniel! I’m sure it will start your day with a smile! : )
Plane with 5 passengers on board, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, the Pope, Nicola Sturgeon and a ten year old schoolboy.
The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes.
Sturgeon said “I need one. I’ve got to sort out Scotland!”, takes one and jumps.
The Pope said “I need one. I’ve to sort out the Catholic Church.” He takes one and jumps.
Trump said “I need one. I’m the smartest person in America”, takes one and jumps.
Boris Johnson said to the ten-year-old “You can have the last parachute. I’ve lived my life, yours is only starting.”The 10 year old said “Don’t worry, there are still 2 parachutes left. The smartest guy in America took my school bag.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Bonjour Primaire Six! Or as Del Boy Trotter would say, Au revoir Primaire Six (ask mum or dad)!
Did any of you practise your French yesterday as suggested by Mrs Johnstone? If so what did you learn? J’ai appris que Google Translate est un outil fantastique pour bluffer sur la qualité de votre français!
Over the last couple of days, we have come to realise how lucky we are to have internet access. It is keeping us all connected! It has also allowed me to see some of the great work you are doing. It was nice to receive a picture yesterday of Ben and his brother doing some maths (see below). I also seen via Twitter that Sophie and her sister have been doing some PE with Joe Wicks, and Ellis did some STEM and JRR Tolkein learning. Fantastic work all!
Please do keep me updated on how you are getting on via the Nether Currie email address: Admin@Nethercurrie.edin.sch.uk. I will put up any pictures I receive in my message to you all.
The internet is obviously an extremely useful invention. As a research task you could maybe think of some other inventions/creations that you are grateful for? Maybe you could pick one invention and research it a bit further? Who invented it? When was it invented? Why do you think it is useful?
I hope you are all well and being kind to those around you. While we are thinking about people close two us at this time, have you thought about how pets are being looked after at this time? I received a very funny video from Mrs Cooper yesterday in which a dog showed ‘disgust’ at only getting one walk a day! How are your pets feeling do you think?
As always, keep working through your home learning pack doing a bit of maths and literacy a day. You have the freedom to choose what activities you do and when but remember to fit in fresh air and enjoyment! If you are finding a task tricky, don’t worked at it for hours – take a break and go back to it with a fresh mind at a later date.
Bonjour…….(whoops I mean) au revoir pour le moment!
Joke of the day: What is the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know but the flag is a big plus…..
(Feel free to send in a joke of the day via email and I will stop using my poor ones!)
Wednesday 25th March 2020
How are you all getting on? I hope you are all well and that you are adjusting to learning from home. For the footballers, if you are anything like me, you will be missing the beautiful game. For some PE, can I suggest watching the following video clip to get your fix of football?
It is a classic match, with LOTS of goals from 2012……………enjoy : )
Did you know today is J.R.R. TOLKIEN READING DAY? Celebrated around the world on March 25th, J.R.R. Tolkien is a renowned author of the classic works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham. If you would like to do something a bit different for literacy today, you could find out more about the author, his works or even watch the three Lord of the Ring films (that would probably take you up until after Easter though!). Tolkein created many mysterious and wonderful creatures for his Lord of the Rings novels. Can you create your own mystical creature? Please be remembering to read a bit of your group’s novel each day and feel free to be reading your own personal reading books too!
I’m sure you are all getting on fine with your maths worksheets – remember to refer to the textbook if you need any reminders.
I hope you are enjoying doing some of the Expressive Arts and STEM tasks. Be as creative as you can and do share them with us!
Keep safe and healthy everyone!
Joke of the Day: Toilet paper eh? What a rip off!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Good morning P6!
I hope learning from home yesterday. I am curious as to what you have all been up to. Here is a photo from Abby from yesterday. Fantastic creativity Abby!
Have you; helped around the house, helped prepare a meal, washed some dishes, worked from the learning pack or carried out some exercise? All of these count as home learning experiences and are excellent ways to develop lots of skills!
I have set up a Sumdog competition which will close at 12pm on Friday. Feel free to have a go!
Hope you are all safe and well.
P.S. Today’s joke of the day is: “I’m a big fan of whiteboards, I find them quite re-markable.”
Monday 23rd March 2020
Good morning P6. Our new, temporary learning journey begins!
It will probably feel a bit strange learning from home but please do remember to do a bit each day from your learning pack. I would suggest doing a bit of maths and literacy and perhaps a task from your expressive arts / STEM learning wall. For maths you can select one of your worksheets to do and for literacy select a task from the learning wall. Remember to get some fresh air and do some exercise too!
It will take a bit of time to adjust, but just remember how resilient and able you all are!
Signing off with a joke to hopefully start your day with a smile:
A spider just crawled into my keyboard as I was typing…….. it’s ok though, I have it under CTRL.