An assembly, a newspaper, some eggs and bananas... and a little bit of direction...

 The last few weeks of this term have been very hectic preparing for our assembly so here is a quick summary of our activities.
We have been learning about instructions for directions. This is very similar to coding and programming toys except we used each other with one person as the coder and the other as the 'robot'. we invented 2 games which we shared and each group tried out the other groups' game.

Back in class we got to grips with compass points and how to divide up 360 degrees and made maps with instructions for other groups. We swapped round to try them out.
Craig Taylor from The Orcadian came in to tell us all about how a newspaper works and what his job involved. We created some good questions for him and took notes ourselves in preparation for our own newspaper 'The Glaitness Herald' - coming soon!
Finally after much preparation, and with the help of Mrs Linklater our drama teacher, and Chris Giles and Gill Smee from the local Fair Trade group, we completed our script and presented our assembly on Fair Trade bananas.
Back in the gym with Ms Mackay we continued our better Movers and Thinkers lessons with more coordinated moves and a little bit of juggling! What a challenge that was - with impressive results!
Finally it was time to think about Easter and reflect on the Easter story with a few traditional activities. Beautiful eggs everyone!

Meanwhile at golden time two technology teams have emerged and are now competing with each other in vehicle races.

Phew! Time for a break!
Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Red Nose Day!

A  happy Red Nose Day to everyone!

Multiplication movies

We have been explaining three strategies for multiplying mentally - splitting tens and units, doubling and halving and adjusting. Here are some of our videos. You can see more on the P5 maths channel. The link to P5 Maths TV is in the sidebar.

Volume and capacity

 We have been finding out about volume and capacity. As well as estimating and measuring litres and millilitres we made up some cuboid puzzles in 3 parts - it was surprisingly difficult to visualise how they could be put back together again!

Next week we will be starting to prepare for our class assembly and the School Fair which will be all about Fair Trade. Keep visiting the blog to see how we get on!

Better Movers and Thinkers, Better bakers and mathematicians...

We have been working on thinking and moving at the same time, coordinating what we do with other people, using a rhythm, using both sides of our body, changing direction... its surprisingly difficult!

Creating our own sequences this week was good fun, but involved a lot of concentration and good listening, watching and communication skills.

We finished Fair Trade fortnight by writing a newspaper article about Fair Trade bananas and  baking cupcakes using fairly traded sugar, chocolate and bananas.
It was hard work! Look at all the maths we had to do to make it successful.
We wrote a few instructions of our own - luckily we got a chance to practice with jam sandwiches before wasting any of our precious cupcakes!
You can find the recipe book here.