Primary 3/4 – 15/16
At the beginning of this year, Dancemania restarted for Primary 5 – 7. During this very short time, the children have achieved so much. I was proud to watch them celebrate in their many successes including:
The ASG Dance Platform where they performed a dance to “Sax” by Fluer;
The international Big Dance Pledge 2016 on May 20th at 1pm;
and recently led the whole school in morning dance sessions.
Thank you to all my Dancemania Divas and Rockstars. I have loved working with you all.
Jodi was kind enough to work with the children of B block during Health Week.
She and some children prepared a healthy, secret, green smoothie for all the children to taste.The secret team cleaned, chopped and mixed the four ingredients together.
Each class then tasted the healthy smoothie and tried to guess what ingredients were used.
If you made a healthy smoothie – what four ingredients would you put in?
Try it out and see what colour you get?
On Friday, we went into multi-aged groups and moved throughout the school to work with different teachers on various health related topics. Some teachers focused on physical health where others ran workshops on mindfulness, healthy eating, emotional literacy and social health. Here are some comments from Holm Groovers and B block children:
Ali “We had a story with Mrs Henderson. This was called The Huge Bag of Worries. This was the first time I had read this.” “This book was about a girl who was worried about her friend leaving, wars and bombs and her parents arguing.” Lewis C “This book was about facing your fears. She took all the worries out of the bag. Then someone helped her sort them and the girl realised that some worries did not belong to her. Some were for her mum and dad to worry about.” Jamie
In the hall, the children participated in some Yoga/Pilates moves. “We had to do planks and different moves like make a triangle.”
Miss Giblin had a French disco. Ryan said, “We got to dance and learn some new words. We played Simon Says in French along with singing some songs.”
“I liked Miss McHardy and Miss Shaw’s activity because they did Zumba. It was quite hard to do all the moves but I had fun trying.” Sophie
“I found Zumba great fun.” Leah
“I liked it when we had to pretend we had a pizza in front of us in Mrs Malone class.” Emily
“I really saw the pizza when you were doing it. I really pictured it. It was like real. Some wanted to close their eyes and some wanted to open their eyes.”
‘I thought it was really cool because you could actually believe it was there. It was only when we were asked to taste it then I got a shock that it wasn’t there. It is easier to imagine with eyes rather than my mouth.’
‘When I was eating it I really imagined melted cheese. If somebody had given me a pizza I would have thought it had happened.’
‘It was really calm and relaxing. Some people found it easy and some found it hard. I found it easy.’
“We did exercise with Mrs Nicholson. The first thing I went to was the running station. There was also a station with hula hoops. We normally do exercises everyday so this showed us the different types we can do.” Emily
“We made watermelon pizza with Mrs Gibb. The watermelon was the base and then we got to put various fruit on as the topping of our pizza. I have never tried watermelon until now and it was ok. It was fun to pick our own toppings on the pizza.” Katie
“Making watermelon pizza was my favourite.” Ryan
“I liked Mrs Chalmers as we got to draw all the things that would be healthy to put in your lunchbox.” Keira
Zoe said, “We did a friendship chain with Miss Campbell.“ “I liked this because we got to make a wee necklace and it was about friendship.” Keira
“I enjoyed taking part in the friendship chain.” Natasha
In our Holm Groovers’ classroom the children got to participate in GoNoodle. This has been a highlight for us this year.
“I really liked when we got to choose and we did Kitty High Five. This showed the other class what we do daily in our class to help our health. Miss Penman wanted the school to focus on the Flow Videos. These videos are all about emotional resilience and mindfulness. The ability to connect to the present and focus on just being still, positive and breathing. Furthermore, how small little acts can change your mood, focus and outlook. Each one had a positive purpose.
- Chin Up – “This was to focus on the feeling of the exercise. This was about moving your neck.” Putting your chin up is a sign to show confidence and positivity.
- Weather the Storm – “This was about being strong and after the storm there always comes the sun, eventually.”
- Rainbow Breath – Imagine and making a rainbow above your head using our breaths and stretches. “This was a nice thing to imagine and to start your day off. It lets me think that I have a rainbow over me all day.”
- Victorious – This simple activity can change your outlook and body language.
- Bring it Down was about gently controlling a balloon. This is one the hardest jobs but we made it using our breadth.
P7 and Teachers’ Football.
In the afternoon the Primary Sevens and the teachers had a friendly football match. Here are some comments the children had on the event:
Kirsty – “I liked when the music played and the teachers ran out. It was funny but some people did boo.”
Emily – “I enjoyed the match because it was funny that Mr Ross was wearing a wig.”
Lewis – “I liked when the first goal went in.”
Keira – “I liked it when P7 tried to score goals”
Lewis – “I liked when P7 scored their first goal.”
Nyree – “I liked when P7 scored.”
Amelia – “I liked half time because that is when it was 3 – 1 to Primary Seven.”
Ryan – “I liked when someone scored and everyone jumped out of their seats.”
“It was really fun because I really like football. The best part was when Primary Seven won.”
Emily – “I think it was quite sad because the teachers lost but at least they tried.”
Georgia – “I liked the match because it was funny to see the teachers all running around trying to win.”
Sophie – “I liked the football match as each year it is different. Last year the teachers won but this year the Primary Sevens won.”
We were very proud of all the children who participated in Sports Day.
All children trained hard for this event. They enjoyed, supported and celebrated their success both individually and as a member of their Team House: Red Kite, Buzzard and Osprey.
We are awaiting the next friendly competition we get to join in. Go, Holm GO.
What a fabulous day at the Baillie cup yesterday, even with the rain. All the children did so well and representing the school brilliantly. We also won best banner and got a box of celebrations.
‘It was exciting doing the Baillie Cup, I came third in the relay and the sprint.’ Charlie
‘It was fun running for our school. I got a medal for the relay.’ Grace
‘I was a little bit scared at the start but when it was my turn I sprinted all the way to get third place.’ Ewen
‘I liked running and getting a medal. I was doing the sprinting and I got a third medal, I felt excited after the race.’ Amber
There were different races of different lengths and primary 1, 2 ,3 and 4 went. I really liked when we did the relay because the primary one started, then primary two, then me and lastly Ryan. My group came third and I got a medal.” Jamie
“I enjoyed this activity because it was the first time going on the track.” Rhys
“I thought it was really fun as we won the best banner” Rachael.
“I liked the 100 metres relay race and the 150 metres sprint. I came third in both of these” Ryan
“I was nervous before my race. I cant really remember what I was thinking or feeling but I know that I had to run around the whole track once and a half in the 600 metres race. Afterwards I felt ok as I had manage to complete the whole race”. Harvey.
“I liked the bus journey. I felt nervous on the way there but then on the way back I felt mixed feelings. I was disappointed because I had not won anything but I felt happy to be involved in the opportunity to go and represent our school in the Baillie Cup” Kirsty
“I liked doing the Baillie Cup and the races. I came fourth in the relay. If we ran really fast we got a medal” Lily
“It was really fun. I came second in a running race I got a medal. All of it was amazing.” Rhys
“It was fun because we won the banner competition for having the best banner. I enjoyed running because I almost got a medal but someone overtook me. We needed to work hard and train for it.” Murray
‘It was really fun and everyone was really encouraging. Everyone ran really fast. I got a silver medal in the relay race.’ Kirsten
‘It was good watching other people’s races. We had a cool banner which said Bring the Cup Holm Sweet Holm. We got two chocolates at the end because we won the banner competition.’ Emily
‘I enjoyed being there as I saw lots of people I knew.’ Blair
Thank you to Mrs Dillon, Mrs Foxcroft and other parent volunteers for their time and enthusiasm whilst training the children and for attending the event on the day. 🙂
See you next year Mr Baillie!
On Monday morning we learned Capoeira with Fraser.
Capoeira is a martial arts without contact.
It is game. It’s like a dancing game.
We did lots of moves that were called different names.
We learned how to protect ourselves and stay safe.
Fraser explained how Capoeira was from different countries such as Africa and Brazil in South America. He played special music so we could do the different steps including the basic Jenga move.
“I liked the slow movement and I learned the names of the musical instruments.” Rachel P3
“I liked working with my partner and learning how to attack and defend with no contact.” Rio P3
“I enjoyed learning skills to keep me fit. It was fun.” Caitlin P3
“I thought it was really good because I liked when he did the kick and when he whipped his hand. They did have special names but these were spoken in Portugese.” Keira S – Holm Groovers
“I liked it because it was fighting, dancing and games. This was different and we have never done this before in our class.” Sophie S – Holm Groovers
“I liked at the end when we did a song. Fraser played a musical instrument with three songs. This was with a bow that sometimes breaks and it did in our lesson. Fraser has an extra one though just in case. We had to join in with clapping and singing back. We found it difficult to sing and clap back at the same time.” Lewis – Holm Groovers
Sammy said, “I like the way Fraser showed some other cool moves he could do such as flips, somersaults and other moves on his hands.”
‘I really enjoyed it because it was a good way to get some exercise.’
‘I liked when we learned the dance martial arts. It was good to learn different moves from a different country.’
‘Fraser was nice and friendly. He was good at showing the martial arts. He could do lots of tricky moves.’
‘He was good at playing the musical instruments. I felt cool singing and clapping in the circle like the people in the past.’
Katie the Ranger
On Monday, Katie Martin the Ranger, came to our school to talk about Endangered animals. We learned about the importance of animals’ habitats, looking after/caring for our environment and some pretty cool facts. P3 wrote some comments about what they learned.
“Dolphins are being hit by boats because drivers are not looking carefully enough to see the them. Speed boats are the worst. Some people are trying to create a safe space for dolphins to protect them.” Archi
“There are only 12 000 blue whales in the world. Katie told us that a blue whale would not even fit in our gym hall. Then she reminded us how big the world is and how much water it has. There too much water and not enough whales to help them make that many babies” Zoe.
“There are red squirrels that are endangered because the grey squirrels have a disease. Red squirrels would die if they got the disease. Red squirrels can be found near where we live. Pine Martens help the red squirrels by eating all the grey squirrels.”
All the children sat beautifully listening to Katie. They found the activity interesting and learn a lot from it. We talked about how some of the facts were shocking and could be very sad to think about. We were displaying kindness by visualising this and taking the time and care to talk about the importance of animals and our world.
Eco Activity Day
On Tuesday morning it was ECO day. We were so excited to try out our new activities and learn amazing stuff. The ECO crew were great leaders and we thank them for their time/effort. Below our some of our comments about just a few things the P4 covered that day:
“I liked when we went to the String of Life Activity. We had to play the game. First, we had to connect two words on different papers. For example, slug was connected to plants because that is what slugs eat.
Then we had to hold string to connect them BUT cut the string. The cutting was to try and make us understand what the world would be like without the connection. Everything is connected and if you take one thing away this will be bad for our world and many things will be affected. It is like learning that actions have consequences.”
Keira S – I liked when we did gardening. We put the soil in pots and planted sunflower seeds. It reminded me of when I help in the gardening group, and how it benefits our school community.”
Kirsty – I liked when we played top trumps in Mrs Malone’s class. The cards had pictures of bugs and it talked about the advantages of each animal. We played the game with others.
Nyree – I liked when we were putting things in the bug hotel. I liked it because we got to work with others that we don’t normally work with especially the younger children. This was a nice activity to do because it was kind for the bugs and good for our environment.”
We continued to talk about how the morning had made us feel happy. We were learning all the time, applying different skills and working with various ages. This allowed our skills to be pushed but supported at the same time. Some children felt it helped build our school community doing this which was creating a healthy environment.
In the ECO Crew, Shannon and Ella reflected on leading the activity of teaching the ECO song: “We enjoyed Eco day because we got to run a station and take charge of learning the Eco crew song”
The girls worked well together changing over jobs every time a new group came in. One would lead the workshop while the other assisted, with the technology, giving help when needed. They were well prepared with a powerpoint for the children to sing along with. As the morning, went on the children got better delivering the song and instructing/guiding their participants. They were keen to progressively get better at what they were trying to achieve by working on the areas they needed too. They did a fabulous job. Thank you girls for teaching us the ECO song.
We celebrated after lunch with a whole school sing a long!!
Thank you to the Eco Crew for organising our day.
A great day was had by all today at our Eco Day!
At one of the stations the children listened to the story ‘The Trouble with Dragons’ and thought about the messages the story was trying to teach us. Here are some of the children’s thoughts:
‘I liked the book because it was about being kind to animals. It was also trying to teach us that we must show kindness and love to our world.’ Melody P2
‘I enjoyed the book because I liked how the dragons had to look after the world and not treat it like a dump. They learned their lesson in the end.’ Suzie P2
The children had a wonderful time exploring all of the different activties!
‘It was a really good experience because I’ve never done it before!’ Rosa P2
‘I enjoyed all of it!’ Lincoln P2
‘I really enjoyed listening to the story because I hadn’t heard it before.’ Katie P2
We are fast approaching the day of our Spring Fayre, run by the Parent Council. This takes place on Saturday, 23 April from 12pm-3pm. There are a LOT of exciting things to do, including;
- Bouncy castle
- Fun slide
- Stocks – throwing things at teachers!
We hope you can make it and we look forward to a great community event