It has been a busy and productive start to the year in P5/6.
Pupils have already started one of their long term projects – our basketball-based Sports Education programme. Over the course of the year, pupils will work in teams to develop their skills in various different areas of sport, including playing, coaching, organising and refereeing – so by the end of the year, as well as having improved their basketball, the young people will also have developed valuable personal and social skills.
The Sports Education programme will also be linked to other areas of the curriculum, particularly maths. Already this term, pupils have been collecting data about their individual and team performances, and using this to create different graphs to measure their progress. This is a good example of how sport can create a meaningful context for learning.
One of the key principles of Sports Education is that pupils work in the same team for a long period of time, rather than making up new teams every week. This allows pupils to develop teamwork over a longer period of time. It also means that everybody benefits, whatever their ability; less able players can learn from their more experienced teammates, while the more able players develop valuable coaching skills.
Each team has been given a ‘team book’ to document their progress. So far, we have had two practice sessions and two mini challenges. The pupils are really motivated and enjoying both the basketball and the wider learning which accompanies it.
Pupils also did their first writing activity of the year – creating wonderful poems about the natural world using personification. We have also created some personalised artwork to decorate the classroom.
Aside from Sports Education, our other main topic during the first term will be an outdoor learning focus, with the class studying some of the history and geology of Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat while working towards the John Muir Award. We plan to visit the park several times this term – you will receive news of our first visit early next week.
Finally, we also have some exciting work with Royal Mile PS planned for the first term. The P5/6 classes from both schools will be attending the Crags Sports Centre for special sports coaching sessions. Pupils from the two schools will work together as they experience basketball, parkour running and climbing. Over the course of P5, P6 and P7, young people from Preston Street PS and Royal Mile PS work together on a range of special activities. This helps pupils prepare for the transition to high school – as they are already used to getting to know young people from other schools, working together and making new friends.
If you are able to come to the Meet the Teacher evening on Thursday 25th, you will be able to see some of the fantastic work which we have done so far this year. However if you can’t make it, then don’t worry as the P5/6 blog will continue to be updated throughout the year.
All in all it promises to be a fantastic year in P5/6!