Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P4 16/17

Holm Primary Playground Charter

A few weeks ago the Rights Respecting School Team were discussing how we could improve our school playground. Each representative asked their class for ideas and shared them at our meeting. From this we created common themes and worked with some PSAs to create our charter. The charter has created a shared set of values for our school and playground.

The RRS team decorated designs and the whole school voted. The winner was revealed at the assembly last week.

 

 

This was the winning design! The signs have been made and they have been popped up in our school; 1 in the playground and 2 on the field.

 

Snow White Performance

On Friday I went to watch the Snow White Performance by Highland Youth Theatre. The show was performed by pupils from Holm Primary and I was most impressed with the confidence and acting skills shown by all. Well done everyone, I loved coming along to watch this. I feel we may have a few stars in the making!

  • “I enjoyed doing the show because it was fun.”
  • “I enjoyed it because it was full of fun.”
  • “I loved seeing all of the dwarfs costumes and being Dopey.”
  • “I loved doing it because you got to wear different outfits. My favourite part was when I had to crack the egg on my head.”
  • “Come and try the shows, it’s really fun, you’ll make new friends and the teacher is brilliant!” 
  • “The reason I liked it was because the teacher is really kind and I would tell other people to go for it because it is fun.”
  • “I liked that I had a pillow attached to my suit because I was Sleepy.”
  • “I enjoyed when I was a dwarf and we came around the audience.”

 

P4/5 Electricity

P4/5 have been working hard learning all about electricity. To start with we looked at battery and mains electricity.
Next we learned how to stay safe around electricity.
We experimented with different conductors and insulators. “Conductors allow electricity to flow through them.” “Insulators do not let electricity through.”
We looked at electrical circuits. We know that for a circuit to work it must complete a loop.
We made games using all our electricity knowledge and shared them with other classes.

Here are some of the things we learned :
“I learned that if there is no battery the circuit wont work because it is not a full circuit.”

“I learned how to make a game using electricity. We used wires, buzzers, batteries and bulbs.”

“I enjoyed making my game at the end of term and I liked showing it off to the other classes. I liked deciding what our game would be like and experimenting with the equipment.”

“I liked checking to see if circuits worked or not.”

“I liked using Peppa and the energy balls to learn about circuits.”

“I liked guessing to see if circuits worked and then checking them after.”

 

B Block Easter Activities

On Monday 3rd April B block had an afternoon of Easter activities.

In Mr Henstridge’s classroom, the children were beavering away making beautifully crafted Easter baskets meanwhile in Mrs McAra’s they were delicately decorating biscuits like Easter chicks to fill the baskets.

Whilst this was happening Mrs McHardy’s classroom had an origami Easter card making session, where the Chick’s mouth opened and closed and in Mrs Gibb’s classroom, the children’s imaginations were going wild whilst making decorative, colourful Easter bonnets.

It was fantastic seeing creative minds at work.
“I enjoyed going around the 4 classrooms doing the different things. My favourite activities were making the baskets and decorating the biscuits.”

“I liked rotating around the classrooms because all the activities were really fun.”

“I really liked the origami card station because when you open it up the chicks mouth opens.”

” I loved using my imagination to make an Easter bonnet. I put ears on mine like a bunny.”

B Block would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Easter and we look forward to welcoming the children back after the holidays.

 

World Book Day 2017

B Block spent Thursday afternoon celebrating World Book Day. Each classroom had a different book related activity…

  • In Mr Henstridge’s class children were drawing a picture from Roald Dahl description. The children drew the BFG, Mr Twit, Miss Honey or Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spike.
  • In Mrs Henderson’s class children listened to the story “Where the Wild Things Are”. Then they followed this up with a range of drama activities.
  • In Mrs Gibb’s class children used their imagination to make up stories using props.
  • In Miss McHardy’s class children talked about their favourite book with their peers.
  • We also had an opportunity to visit the Travelling Book Fair and some of us bought a new book.

Reflections from the afternoon included:

  • “I liked making stories using materials.”
  • “I liked talking about my favourite book.”
  • “I liked drawing the picture of Miss Honey. I did not not managet o guess it was Miss Honey until the end.”
  • “I enjoyed making up short stories with the props.”
  • “I learned about a new book called ‘Wild Things’. I liked the ending because we thought it might be a dream.”
  • “I liked doing the Wild Things, it was an imaginative story.”
  • “I liked drawing the characters from Mr Henstridge’s description.”
  • “I enjoyed making stories and characters. It was fun guessing the characters.”
  • “In the play I was a sassy girl. I had a mirror and a fluffy coat.”
  • “Making a play was really fun.”
  • “I liked reading our own books and sharing with a partner.”
  • “I liked showing emotions in drama.”
  • “We used our imaginations to be wild things and a forest.”
  • “The thought tunnel was amazing. I was Max and the Wild Things shouted at me. I felt weird.”
  • ” I loved the whole afternoon!”
  • “It’s been good fun making our own stories”
  • “It was fun because we got to make our stories by acting and working together.”
  • “This was my favourite station because we got to make up our own drama story.”
  • “Stories- you get to make your own story and use different props.”
  • ”It helps us with our imaginations and writing in class.”
  • “It’s fun because we learned new words and helps us with reading.”

‘Holm’s Got Rhythm’

What a fantastic week of learning in our school. There has been lots of really engaging activities that the children and staff have enjoyed completing to help us find out about sound. Please click on the link below to watch a PowerPoint filled with some of this week’s highlights. This was shared at the showcase today.

Holm’s Got Rhythm!’ Blog

 

Science Week Reminder

Please find information for ‘Holm’s Got Rhythm’ Science Week in the link below. There is a homework task to be in for Wednesday 15th February.  Be sure to check back on the Blog throughout next week to find out about our learning.

Thank you for you continued support.

Science Week Information

R.R.S Group Trip to Lochardil

On Friday the RRS group went to Lochardil Primary to meet their Rights Group who were called ‘Unikids’. This was a great opportunity for us to share what we have done so far and hear about their journey. We would like to say a big Thank You to Lochardil Primary and the ‘Unikids’ as they were very welcoming and gave us some great advice to help us towards our Level 1 award. The group gave us a tour around the school and showed us their classrooms and playground charters. This was really helpful as classroom charters are on our agenda for this year. We have invited the ‘Unikids’ to come to Holm Primary next time. We are delighted to have started this partnership and we are looking forward to helping each other on our Rights journeys.

  • “I would like the Unikids to come to us next time.”
  • “I enjoyed going to Lochardil and sharing our ideas to their rights group. We also learned from them as they shared their ideas.”
  • “It was good to meet with another school to see what they have been doing.”
  • “I liked meeting new people from another school.”
  • “It was great when they showed us around their classrooms and told us what they have done for rights.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting their group.”
  • “I liked finding out about how they got their award.”
  • “I enjoyed seeing their class charters because they included lots of rights in them.”
  • “I enjoyed seeing what they do because it gave us some new ideas.”

The children were a credit to the school and their families; they were extremely polite, asked interesting questions and represented the school fantastically! Well done RRS group 🙂

 

 

R.R.S Group Meeting

Today the R.R.S group met up to discuss what we want to achieve this term. One of the main focuses was the R.R.S’ upcoming trip to Lochardil School to meet their Rights group. We spoke about what we want to ask them. We would like to find out about what they’re doing to earn their level 1 and see if they could give us some advice. We are going to share the things that we have done in our school too.

After Mrs Matheson’s assembly we thought about how we could help people in Yemen. We thought about having a day where we have games, a bake sale and dress down to raise money for people in Yemen. We will be meeting with the Pupil Council Group to discuss this further. We would also like to try to get in touch with the DEC to see how else we can help.

Here are the minutes from today’s meeting. Our next meeting is on Friday 20th January.

Rights Respecting School Group Meeting Minute 130117