This morning the whole school gathered together for our weekly assembly. We were delighted to welcome our friend Reverend Brian Hilsley back after the summer break and appreciated the wise words that he shared with us. During the assembly we also celebrated the success of a group of children who took part in the “Big Friendly Read” challenge which was organised by Scotland’s libraries and the Reading Agency over the summer. Then it was the turn of Primary 1 to have a go at the “Just for Fun” challenge this week. Well done to Magnus and Ruaridh for working so well as a team to build a tower in one minute.
Yesterday we had a super morning at Waterston House (SOC) with John Harrison (our Ranger) and Stan and Wendy from the Centre, hunting for seeds to plant in our WOW. We were collecting Mallow and Yellow Rattle which are both plants that we will plant in the meadow area. The children had a great time in the sunshine and listened carefully to John when he explained what they were to do. We are going to plant them soon, and carry out some experiments (following John’s advice) to see what the best growing conditions are for these species.
We had time to eat our snack – and even an impromptu numeracy moment when the whole class lined up their legs in a giant ‘caterpillar’ and counted in 2’s!
Thanks as always to our parent helpers without whom we could not make these outings.
Today Aberlady Primary School had the Most Mega Marvellous Monday ever! To round off our whole school Anglo Saxon investigations, all the classes from P.1/2 up to P.7 took part in a wonderful day of outdoor learning at Traprain Law. The expedition was led by Andy, the head of the Aberlady archaeological dig. Andy took the children up to the top of Traprain Law and told them about the Anglo Saxon fort and settlements on this site and in the surrounding area. The children also took part in activities at the bottom of the hill including team building challenges, being nature detectives, archaeologists and much more. John the ranger and Katie the archaeologist were there to share their expertise along with Andy and the children also benefited from the support of a fantastic team of parent helpers. Mrs Currie and the staff were very proud and impressed with the responsible way that all our pupils conducted themselves, especially the older children who watched over the little ones so attentively. Sincere thanks to Andy, Katie, John and our team of parents for helping to make the day such a resounding success.
This week has been our Eco Week and as usual we have had a variety of activities through the week.
At assembly on Tuesday the school learned about the importance of reducing the waste we produce and were specifically asked to ‘Think before you WEEE’ (think before you Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment). An email about this went home asking for old mobile phones, lap tops and tablets that we could send for recycling – we would still be pleased for these to be sent in to school.
The main focus for the week has been on looking after our new Wood of Wonder, maintaining what is there, adding new features and learning to play in the space with care so that nothing gets damaged. Have a look if you’re in the playground – it is looking fantastic.
Everyone in school has now planted a sunflowers seed (in pots made by the pupils from newspaper). These will come home later in the term for planting and after summer we will ask the pupils to measure their sunflowers and bring in a photo. There will be a prize for the tallest!
The whole school have been designing art work to decorate the WOW and the outdoor sheds. These will be made from bottle tops – please keep sending all your bottle tops in for this.
The week ended today with our (now traditional!) Litter Olympics where the children played fun games using recycled materials. A huge thank you to Mr Noonan Ms De Mowbray and the Eco Committee for all their work in planning, preparing and running the event.
Please take the time to read a case study written by John Harrison, Warden at Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve. It really sums up all the hard work and enthusiasm from last term.
The nursery and Primary 1 enjoyed another successful Marvellous Monday this morning! The outdoor maths focus this time was “Directions” and the children took part in four activities including mapping, an obstacle course, making a maze and planning a route to help Dr Foster get to Gloucester without stepping in any puddles! Great effort boys and girls! Well done!