Mrs Pearce goes to Stonefields…

Our Depute Head Teacher – Mrs Pearce – will soon be embarking on a very exciting trip to New Zealand, where she will have the chance to visit Stonefields School.  She is really looking forward to this experience and will be sharing her learning on this blog.

Watch this space!

A & L

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Being Stuck

We talked about how we feel when we are stuck. These are some of the feelings we came up with:

  • Sad
  • Annoyed
  • Bored
  • Angry
  • Frustrated
  • Confused

The Stuck Stop

In class we use the ‘stuck stop’ to give us ideas on how to get out of the learning pit. The stuck stop helps us to work out spelling, maths and other subjects. Our class finds this stuck stop very helpful. If you use the stuck stop and still get it wrong don’t worry, mistakes are good (if you learn from them!)

  

Here are some of our Stuck Stop strategies:

  • Ask a buddy
  • Ask the teacher
  • Use resources
  • Go back and think
  • Have a go
  • Persevere
  • Trial and error

Remember to use these strategies in your learning to help you get out of the Learning Pit!

By Rhys & Alexandra

Talking about Learning in P6X

In class we have been working on talking about our learning.  We talk about our learning because it helps us know where we are in our learning and where we are going. Some of the things we do to talk about our learning are:

  • Natters about numeracy (this is where in our groups we go and see Miss Binnie and talk about what our next steps are and what we are doing well with in numeracy)
  • Learning ladders
  • Co-operatively plan learning challenges

   

We talk about our learning before and throughout tasks. Sometimes we talk in groups but sometimes we talk as a whole class.  We also talk about different strategies that we can use. When we do writing we talk about plans and our stories as well and we use peer and self assessments.

In our class we have something called Learning Challenges.  They are tasks that we do through the week and try to complete by Friday. We have eight. Here are some examples: Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Health and Well-Being, Problem Solving, Expressive Arts, IDL and Communication. The weekly communication learning challenge is where we can talk to others in our class about learning. Some of the things we have talked about are…

  • How we feel when we are stuck
  • How we feel when we make mistakes
  • How entering the Learning Pit feels
  • When we use or have used the Learning Superheroes

   
   

All our talking about learning helps us to know where we are in our learning, where we’re going next and how we’re going to get there.

Thanks for reading! 

By Nicole and Gregor

The Learning Pit and Making Mistakes by P6

In class we have been learning all about how our learning journey works and how learning is not always easy. We have been trying to push ourselves with all of the tasks we are given. We read a book called ‘I can’t do this’ which taught us all a valuable lesson about the power of yet. I CAN’T DO THIS YET!

The Learning Pit

The learning pit is a place where every good learner goes. The pit is an imaginative way to improve your learning and work by helping you to challenge yourself. As you go into the pit you will feel a mixture of feelings including angry, sad, confused, upset, annoyed, lost and stressed. At the bottom of the pit you feel like you can’t do something but then you use different strategies to help you to get out. As you start to come out of the pit you will feel proud, happy, glad, amazing, relieved, confident and more determined. There is no such thing as a fail.

FAIL stands for:

(F) FIRST

(A) ATTEMPT

(I) IN

(L) LEARNING

In class we made a class learning pit and then all made our own individual learning pits to help us in our learning. We all loved learning about the learning pit and it has helped us very much. When somebody is in the pit we talk about it and help them to use different strategies to get out of the pit. We celebrate when the person makes it out of the pit.


  
 

Making Mistakes

In class we have been learning about the importance of making mistakes and how they help us learn. In Citizenship Gathering we all talked about what we had investigated so far and all of the classes shared what they already knew. In our class we talked about how we feel when we make mistakes with a talking partner then had a discussion as a class. People said they felt angry, frustrated, useless and more. All of the things we came up with about how mistakes made us feel were negative. We got split into different groups and continued to make our own Visible Learning comics (this week we did a page on making mistakes) using the iPads with an app called Comic Life. We also made our own ‘Beautiful Oops’ pictures after reading the book and we got to use our creativity skills. Later in the week as an independent learning challenge we talked about mistakes with a partner and took notes of our discussions on a brainstorm. We loved learning about the learning pit and making mistakes. We hope these topics will help us to become even better learners.

 By Lauren and Sophie L

Developing Growth Mindsets

This week at school our focus has been on growth mindsets. In Primary 1 and in Primary 6 we have been  comparing fixed and growth mindsets. This is something we believe is a fundamental part of developing a positive classroom ethos which is crucial at this stage in the term and throughout the year. 

In Primary 1, we have been studying the book “Ish” which is about a boy who’s belief in his ability to draw is dampened and enhanced by his brother and his sister respectively. After reading the story of “Ish”, we talked about how it feels to have a fixed mindset and how it feels to have a growth mindset. We decided to exercise our growth mindsets by creating a “Crumpled Gallery” (as seen in the book) and using our imagination to give our paintings a subject. We also did our own “Ish” Drawings which allowed us not only to develop a growth mindset but practice our drawing skills, which we loved! We will continue to look at Growth Mindsets with “The Dot” next week and are looking forward to celebrating ‘International Dot Day’! Here is “Our Crumpled Gallery”: 

   

 In Primary 6 this week we have been working in talking partners to discuss the importance of your mindset in your learning and beyond. We categorised statements into ‘growth’ and ‘fixed’ mindset and considered how a growth mindset and a fixed mindset might look. We also made some very persuasive leaflets to convince a fictional new pupil at our school to change their mindset. 

  

   
We really enjoy teaching about mindsets and believe that this contributes to a positive learning environment for everyone. We can’t wait to embed this throughout the session and are looking forward to learning from other people’s journeys as well! 

A & L

 

A blog from P6

Welcome to our first blog from P6. We would like to tell you about our learning.

What is a Good Learner?

Last week we discussed what being a good learner means. We worked in groups and wrote down what we thought was a good learner. Then we made posters about what made a good learner and an inspired and passionate teacher. We wrote down a recipe for a good learner with all the ingredients being stuff like inspiration, concentration and team work.

   
   

  

The Brain

This week we have been learning about the brain.

Here are a few facts that we have learned:

Our brain controls our dreams.

Our brain never feels any pain.

Your brain grows when you learn something new.

Your brain has over 100 billion neurons.

Your left side of the brain controls the right side of your body and the right side controls the left side of your body.

And loads more. Our class have been really enjoying the topic of the brain. We have been learning about the main parts of the brain, these are the hippocampus which stores our memories, the amygdala helps control our emotions, the cerebellum helps control your muscles, the cerebrum helps you to think and speak and lastly the pre-frontal cortex which helps you to make plans and decisions.

We have been doing lots of activities such as making a model of the brain which we could wear, writing targets in a brain which we set to help our brains grow and doing research using books and the internet to help us learn about the brain and neurons.

   
   
Thanks for reading!
By Lewis and Declan