Over the past week, we have been looking at the Topmarks maths website, using some of the games to help our times tables learning. Here’s a great example of what the pupils have been working on!
Despite some technical problems with our webcam conferencing software today (for the first time ever in over 10 years of using it!) we learned just after morning break that P4 had secured 17th place overall out of 33 participating countries in this year’s Schoolovision event.
Some of the children appeared a little disappointed – but they shouldn’t be, as they are ALL stars, and I think we should recognise the fact that in what was an extremely strong field, it’s always difficult to score points when only 10 countries receive votes from each partner country!
You can read the full results here.
Just before the Easter break, we made both a sound recording and shot footage for our 2017 entry to this Europe wide multi-award winning project which is based on the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, there are 33 countries taking part from Iceland in the far north west of Europe to Russia, Georgia and Armenia in the east and Turkey in the south east of the continent. All the participating schools are recording a song representing their own country, hoping to win the specially commissioned and engraved trophy which is currently on order from the trophy shop in Dunbar!
Yester’s P4 class are singing the Fischy Music children’s song “You Are a Star”, well known across the UK for its catchy lyrics, which celebrates the fact that all of us are stars in our own way.
Turn up the volume, set the video to HD and sing along with the P4s as they try to match or even beat our best ever placing of 3rd place way back in 2010! If you like the video, please comment here, as well as on the main Schoolovision site, as all positive comments could influence the voters (the children in all 36 other countries) who will also be watching the song before May 12th, when the results will be announced…
Meanwhile, if you wish to read a bit more about the history of the project since 2009 including about the prizes it has won, you can find details here.
As well as our entry, this brilliant “wrap-up” video shows all 33 participating countries’ entries alphabetically, in short clips!
We were very happy to learn this morning that our entry to this year’s European Chain Reaction project had finished in 4th place overall, out of 23 countries from across Europe!
This is the highest we have ever finished in the seven years we have taken part in the project, so well done to all the P4s!
You can watch the results newsflash video below.
Earlier today, P4 led our Burns Supper, and there was a fine mix of speeches, recitation and instrument playing by all the classes. Hope you enjoy it!
Since 2011, Yester have been the Scottish representatives in a Europe-wide science-based project, the European Chain Reaction and this year for the first time, Mr Purves’ class managed to secure the services of a local drone owner, Gary Crowe from Dunbar, to help us in our quest to do as well as possible in the contest.
Around 30 countries are taking part, and the object for the pupils has been to create a class chain reaction, which is videoed and uploaded to the project blog.
Next week, all the pupils in all the countries will evaluate all the entries and vote for their overall favourites. The winning country will receive a specially engraved trophy.
We proudly present our 2017 entry. Please let us know if you like it!
P4 have been busy this last week preparing for their entry to the ECR 2017 – a Europe wide project run by the teacher we met last week via webcam from Belgium and myself, and involving primary schools from as many as 30 or more countries, who all create their own chain reactions, then upload them to the project blog, where in January all the videos will be evaluated by the pupils themselves in all countries, who will vote for their favourites.
Here, we have been filming using various cameras, including for the very first time a drone, which was at school earlier today to take some footage outside.
We plan to complete our filming inside before Thursday, and then it’ll be up to Mr Purves to edit the film to create our entry!
Meantime, we also created a short introductory “human chain reaction” today, which is also on the project blog.
This morning P4 took part in what was quite probably a unique project!
Together with pupils from Belgium and Germany, we met via a live webcam conference to remember the event 102 years ago at Christmas, during WW1, when soldiers from both sides laid down their arms and celebrated Christmas together, singing the song Silent Night.
All three schools took turns to sing a Christmas song of their choice to each other firstly.
The Belgian pupils sang O denneboom (O Christmas Tree), then the German pupils sang Kling Glockchen (Ring, Little Bell) and finally P4 sang When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney.
Then, we joined together to all sing Silent Night, one after another in our own language, which proved to be a really wonderful experience.
On the main Yester homepage, you can also watch the recording of the event.
Note: If you have any problems getting the link to work, please try this link here, and click where it says “Go to the Replay”. Note, this won’t work on a phone – it needs to be a laptop or a PC.
This morning we worked in groups of 4 to create a whole range of different circuits, using special Snap”n”Fix packs. Some of us lit bulbs, some managed to create working alarms, others worked on making helicopters, while some others also managed to create working electric motors. In all cases, we experimented and added switches to our circuits. Great fun!
We’ve had a fun week in both art and when creating our own circuits in project work!
In art, we learned how to draw trees using only a pencil to shade carefully with, and the results, as you can see were pretty impressive!
In project work meanwhile, we looked at electricity use in the home, and which appliances use mains and which use batteries. We then experimented with batteries, foil and bulbs to see if we could make a bulb light by creating our very own circuits. After this, we used more conventional wires to do the same thing. The class had lots of fun doing these activities – and did them very well!