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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Sharing our Learning with Primary 4

We discovered that Primary 4 used the same video clip in their writing for Anti bullying week as we did.  We decided to share the stories we had written. We also read some other books together.

‘I enjoyed listening to the story about cats.’ Darci

‘I read my story to my buddy and I listened to Jessica’s story.’ Lucy 

‘I enjoyed sharing my story.’ Sam

‘Jack read his then I read mine. We were in a trio.’ Liam 

‘I liked working with another class.’ Joel

‘I liked the whole story that my sister read to me.’ Rose 

‘I liked reading the ballerina story with my buddy.’ Kaitlyn 

‘I liked it when they come over and we read together.’ Kyen 

‘It was really nice to be able to share our work’ – Lois

‘We helped them read tricky words’ – Sophie

‘It was fun listening to their stories’ – Gabby

‘I enjoyed reading my story to them’ – Dougray

 

Nursery learning about the Body

As part of learning – how to look after our bodies, the children have been talking about our muscles and bones. Through art and craft activities, we explored what bones and muscles look like and how exercise helps us.  For snack, we tried natural yoghurt.  We added healthy food like blueberries, raspberries, peaches and even honey!

This is our skeleton.

We have ribs!

We are stretching our bodies after exercising!

We can balance on the floor and put our leg in the air!

We are exercising our legs and using our legs to balance.

Look how strong I am.  I have strong arms!

We have muscles inside our body.  It is red because it has blood in it.

The children took part thorughout the week to fill our skeleton with bones.

This is our germ experiment.  We used glitter as germs. Some of us had red germs, some had green and some had gold.  Then we shook hands and got lots of different colour germs on our hands. You can catch germs quickly – we need to wash our hands to wash the germs away.

Look at my clean, germ free hands!  We use soap to wash our hands.

This is our x-ray.  We can see our bones.  Some of us made our skeletons.

 

We loved our healthy snack.

I love honey!

Road Safety Week 2017

For Road Safety Week, we enjoyed a carousel of activities in C-block involving all P5s, P6s and P7s.

  1. With Mr. Henstridge we looked at a Road Safety PowerPoint and answered questions all about road safety.

 

  1. With Mrs. Chalmers we enjoyed blether stations. This allowed us to share our opinions on current rules of the road such as whether we agree with speed limits around schools.

 

  1. With Mrs Nicholson we enjoyed a range of computer games all in relation to road safety from the Think! website.

 

  1. With Mr. Ross we learnt all about the different road crossing including Toucan, Zebra and Subways.

 

  1. Finally with Miss Allan we created our Road Safety posters. These will will be entered into a completion with winning entries from each class being displayed around our school carpark.

“It’s good to make road safety posters so adults and children know in the carpark have information such as the speed limit and where to park – it makes them more aware.”

“I learnt that a solid white line means no overtaking and a broken white line means it’s okay to overtake.”

“Always look left and right when crossing the road.”

“I am making a road safety poster about looking both ways when crossing.”

“I made a speed limit poster, explaining that school car park speed limit is 5mph.”

“I enjoyed the blether stations because it was nice to talk and share opinions.”

“I liked the computer game where you had to cross when no cars were coming and the game where you got to be a police officer.”

“The fine for drivers when they are caught speeding is on average £100.”

“I learned all the different types of crossing for example the toucan crossing which comes from two-can-cross so bikes and pedestrians can use the same crossing.”

“I liked the blether stations because we could say what we thought about rules of the road.”

“I learned not to be silly on the road because it can hurt others.”

“My favourite activity was creating a road safety poster which helps people to stay safe.”

“I enjoyed being in a mixed group with lots of different classes.”

“Today was really good – it was good because the activities were fun and we were learning all about road safety.”

“I liked the game don’t distract Dad, so it taught me how to behave in the car when mum and dad are driving”

“I learned all about the different crossing which I didn’t know before.”

The BBC Blog on their campaign: ‘Everyone’s Welcome’

Primary 6                                                        Everyone’s Welcome

Video and Blog:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/c6ac99df-5ab5-4b16-a02f-4e38c6ae597f  

The children watched the BBC’s video about their campaign “Everyone’s Welcome”.  This is their initial reactions and reflections on the campaign.    

Freya – “The video was talking about difference.”  

Kirsten – “I enjoyed watching the young children saying what was different ignoring what they looked like.  This was the most obvious easy thing that we can see as a viewer.  However, they talked about the differences in their personalities, talents and abilities.”  

Ruby – “The video wanted us to learn about not judging others on their appearance,  This counts for skin colour and physical conditions like being in a wheelchair.”  

Lewis – “The children talked through their differences and this took a long time.”  

Marta – “This is because they did not just comment on physical differences but went further.”  

Fergus – “In the video, there was two boys at the beginning and the end that looked very similar.  They were the same height and both wore glasses.”

Aaron – “The children obviously went to the same school as they had the same uniforms on.  At the end, they talked about strengthens in playing tig.  One was good at catching and the other was good at running away.”   

The class listed the following items:  

FOOD             GAMES                 HOUSE               HOBBIES                   INTEREST

as differences that the children talked about.  Only one pair talked about how they had different hair.    

 

The children then read the BBC’s blog about their “Everyone’s Welcome” campaign.  This is the children’s thoughts and evaluations on what the goal and purpose of the campaign was.  

Children’s Comments to the BBC

“Thank you for helping big and little people minds grow and helping shaping them to become better by promoting diversity.”  

Georgia:  “I think this was really good and a true post.  You have created a really heart warming message that all people should know.”  

Nimra and Ryan:  “Your blog helped us learn more about the BBC  and the world.”  

Hira:  “I like this blog as you include everyone no matter what.  The main message was for us to learn from the BBC.” 

Josh:  “The way you are developing different programmes about diversity is is very clever way of teaching young children in an enjoyable way.  Well done and thank you.”     

Main Message

Marta:  “I learnt that diversity is not just skin deep.  The message of the blog is to teach everyone that diversity is a good thing and important to the BBC.  They want to represent and respect all groups in their media.”    

Freya:  “There is a programme (or media) for everyone”

Murray:  “The blog is to teach people about diversity and how important it is.  They want to ensure that everyone is treated equally and that everyone is welcome.”  

Matthew:  “The blog is about how the BBC want to teach children about Diversity.”

Aaron:  “The BBC want to include everyone and that is important. “  

Daniel:  “It is important to think of others and their situation and feelings.”  

Emily F:  “Therefore they are trying to teach people to be kind to others.”  

Ruby:  “They are trying to teach us about diversity, including everyone and not leaving anyone left out because of their differences.  

Nyree:  “Everyone has a right to feel welcomed.  It is important to include everyone and not leave others out.”  

 

Amelia:  “The BBC takes responsibilities for their young audience and how they can teach/influence them.  The BBC are trying to highlight that everyone is unique and we should still be treated equally.”  

Emily M:  “We should not judge others on people’s physical appearance.  The most important thing is the way we act towards others.”          

 

Blair:  

Leave a comment:  Well done to the BBC for putting out this message.  Now all children and adults know that difference doesn’t matter.  
Main Message:  Everyone is different but that’s what makes them special.  By watching the variety of shows on the BBC  they can understand even better about diversity.  

Thank you for reading our blog.  We love sharing our learning with everyone as we work so hard in school!!!!!

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Today Lorna from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)  Centre at Spey Bay, came in to speak to us about her job. Lorna talked about the different species of whales and dolphins, the dangers to these animals and ways in which we can help with whale and dolphin conservation.

We learned:

  • Dolphins off the coast of Scotland are bigger as they have a layer of blubber to keep them warm.
  • Bottlenose dolphins stay in Scotland all year round.
  • We saw the difference in size between dolphins, whales and porpoises.
  • We looked at pictures of dolphins and sharks and discussed the differences.
  • Using a model, we named the different parts of a dolphin.
  • We learned about a dolphins food chain and how we must protect all the animals in the chain.
  • We learned about the threats to dolphins and whales and ways in which we can protect them.

Afterwards we were able to ask Lorna lots about her job. It was great to hear all about the work done by WDC and we very much thank Lorna for coming.

P5 Developing the Young Workforce

P5 have been learning about the skills needed for different jobs. On Tuesday 21st November we were visited by a mechanic from Ross’ Garage, a vet from Crown Vets, a member of the dolphin and whale conservation society and a worker from the Bank of Scotland. On Thursday 23rd November we were visited by members of Rewarding Dogs – Dog behaviour Specialists and members of Inshes Vets.

 

  • I found it interesting that all of them have different skills that are the same, they all enjoy their jobs and they wanted to do that job when they were younger.
  • That a dog could swallow a ruler and had to have it removed by the vet.
  • It was great finding out how big the minke whale was when we held a cloth the real life size of the minke whale, it was the size of half the class room.
  • That a dog could eat two bowls of small stones
  • That Ross’ garage fixed one of the Top Gear’s cars.
  • That David from Ross’ garage drove a Ferrari.
  • That every job had maths in it and also lots of jobs need skills we already have.
  • When you work in a bank you need to be good at reading and writing.
  • Most of the jobs needed to use computer skills to find things out.
  • How a dolphin’s body works and the names of the dolphins different fins.
  • Most places of work need a first aid worker.
  • I liked seeing and hearing about the different animals vets have to deal with.
  • I liked learning about what skills are needed to do a dogs check up.
  • I didn’t realise dogs could have so many different bad behaviours.
  • I enjoyed touching the snake.

P5H Trip to Winter Wonderland

Thanks to Dana, who entered and won a competition with MFR, P5H visited Simpsons Garden Centre’s Winter Wonderland. We had a great time meeting the elves, Santa, a talking bear and owl, some Yettis and some real live reindeer. After visiting, we had some lovely mince pies and biscuits and some juice whilst posting our competition sheets through the talking letter box.

We really enjoyed the whole experience. Here is what the children said:

“Santa was pretending to be asleep but we managed to wake him up.”

“I loved seeing the singing Yettis.”

“I enjoyed learning about the real reindeers. I learned that their favourite food is moss from Norway. Some of the food they eat is like rabbit pellets. They live to 15 or 16 years old. They stop growing when they are 6. The most common places to find them are Sweden, Norway and Scotland. They click when they walk so other reindeer can find them. Baby deer are called Fawns.”

“I liked learning about Elf Town, Narnia and the North Pole.”

“At Christmas the talking bear drinks Peppermint Coke.”

“Penguins do not belong in the North Pole.”

“I enjoyed going into Narnia through the magic wardrobe.”

“I like the bear and owl’s riddles.”

Article 38

In class we learnt all about Remembrance Day and took some time to think about all the people who have been affected by war around the world. As part of our learning we created poppies from tissue paper to replicate the poppies in Flanders Field.

Afterwards we looked at Article 38 which states, “Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war. Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces.”

In class we discussed and came up with a variety of answers for the questions:

1.) What should the government do for children affected by war?

  • Someone to talk to about their worries and feelings.
  • If they have been injured because of the war, the government should help with the healthcare.
  • Children should be sent to safer countries (evacuation).
  • Provide them with shelter, food, clean water, blankets and clothes.
  • Make sure that they are taken care of after the war.
  • Providing some form of education

2.) Why should the governments not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces?

  • May not win the war – children may be too frightened and cannot do what is asked of them.
  • May not be fully trained or experienced.
  • War is something children should not see.
  • They can’t send children to war because there is too big a chance they will get hurt.
  • They may not listen or understand instructions.
  • They are too young to be handling weapons.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week

During Anti-Bullying Week P3 Pupils carried out Random Acts of Kindness. Here are some of their random acts:

tiding up my bedroom

grated the cheese for macaroni

unpacking when moving house

washing the dishes

tiding up my playroom

helped to tidy up after dinner

cut up mushrooms for pork stroganoff

helping my friends

making my bed

putting pyjamas out on the bed

asking someone if they wanted to play as they had no one to play with

giving a Happy Pudsey Day note

Well done to everyone in P3 for thinking about others.

 

 

Children In Need 2017

We had a great time today raising money for Children In Need!

We wore our Pudsey headbands, enjoyed Pudsey cookies and took part in a variety of games set run by Primary 7. We also had the opportunity to buy Pudsey merchandise including badges and key rings all to add to our fundraising total. Thanks for all your hard work Mrs Nicholson and the Pupil Council!

As a school we were able to raise lots of money for a fantastic cause!

“I enjoyed the different games that we could play.”

“The biscuits were amazing.”

“I enjoyed drawing Pudsey and Blush.”

“I feel proud that I have donated money to help other children.”

“I am happy we raised so much money for Children in Need.”