Post from Gareth Hill, Active Schools Coordinator (Dunbar Cluster)
Active Schools has worked in partnership with Robertson’s Mixed Martial to deliver a self-defence class to 19 P7 Girls from Dunbar Primary. With this programme as well we took points from the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and adapt the programme to fit in line with the Health and Wellbeing framework.
The main points worked with from the CfE were
- I am experiencing enjoyment and achievement on a daily basis by taking part in different kinds of energetic physical activities.
- I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my health and wellbeing
- I am learning to assess and manage risk to protect myself and others to reduce the potential harm when possible.
- I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.
After the 4 weeks girls were presented with a certificate of their attendance to the self-defence class at Dunbar Primary P7 Assembly on the last day of term. Picture from presentation above.
Instructor Brad Robertson “The girls came the first week and didn’t speak or interact a lot but as the weeks went on and their confidence grew which enabled their skills and understanding of what they were doing to increase. Hopefully the course has enabled the girls to gain the confidence to go try new sports and challenges outside of school but also made new friendship from working with new people on the course. The skills they have learned should benefit them in the years to come.”
Active Schools would like to thank Brad and Dunbar Primary for running the programme. The programme has proven to be a huge success and we are now working on the next group we will be working with.
Here’s more of our fantastic P7s being recognised for their contribution to the school & excellent attitude to learning! This term, the P7s were nominated by their class teachers & dinner hall supervisors.
As you know, one of our Dunbar Unplugs & Reads community books is ‘Spy Dog’ by Andrew Cope. We contacted Andrew to let him know and he kindly signed a copy of ‘Spy Dog – Gunpowder Plot’ and ‘Spy Cat – Blackout’ for us to give away!
Find a copy of ‘Spy Dog’ in the community with the Dunbar Unplugs & Reads sticker on it and tweet a photo to @DunbarPrimary or e-mail the school (email@example.com) with the subject ‘Spy Dog Competition’. Miss Eeles will take a note of all the entries and organise a draw on Friday 26th May.
All pupils from Nursery – Primary 7 can take part.
Good luck on your search!
Primary 4 visited Lochend Woods this week to take part in some outdoor learning activities. They worked in teams to find materials suitable for creating a sculpture, a den or a pattern.
Take a look at some of their creations!
Information taken from the ‘North Lights Art’ Website: https://northlightarts.org.uk/2016/12/plankton-project-dunbar-primary-school/
North Light Arts have just completed five amazing days in Dunbar Primary School in connection with Donald Urqhart’s public art work for The Battery on Dunbar Harbour.
The two incredible artists Linda Greig and Anna Davis from Dunbar worked with the classes for a full day, creatively helping the students learn about and interpret the life of plankton. Linda had sourced some water from the harbour that had tiny specimens of the species of plankton that can be found in the waters around Dunbar.
The students then studied the structure of different plankton through observational drawing and later by inventing and naming their own plankton. Traces were then made to take their drawings into mono printing and screen printing with Anna. The results were so good they will be displayed in the Community Room of Dunbar Town House at the same time as Donald’s exhibition is being held here in March 2017.