Community Warden Visit

Three East Lothian Community Wardens (Callum, Stuart and Jimmy) came to our school to talk about their jobs. East Lothian is a wonderful place to live and we saw many photos we recognised of lovely and favourite places that we have visited with our families or the school.

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It is important that they stay nice places to visit. The Community Wardens help to keep our environment looking neat, tidy and safe but they need our help to do this. Callum, Stuart and Jimmy talked about litter, dog fouling and damage in our towns and villages. We saw how it can be dangerous for children and wildlife.

Biodiversity – A Word From The Expert

Stuart MacPherson, East Lothian’s Biodiversity Officer, visited Elphinstone Primary School this afternoon to help the children understand what is meant by “Biodiversity.”
Stuart arranged volunteers into a food pyramid. He started with flowers which were eaten by slugs which became food for birds. The birds were then eaten by our newly introduced Lynx (Josh and Kelsey)!
Thanks for a very informative talk.

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Mini Pots of Care- fundraising for Marie Curie

Elphinstone took part in a Mini Pots of Care fundraising activity for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Back in November, the P6/7 pupils buddied with the rest of the school to hold a planting and learning morning. Each pupil planted a couple of daffodil bulbs into a wee pot of soil and placed it in a sheltered place in our school grounds. IMG_5721 IMG_5722 IMG_5723

Now in March, our bulbs have grown and showing buds and daffodil flowers….just in time for our fundraising Yellow day on Wednesday 1st April.  

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The nursery and P1-7 children have taken home their decorated pots together with a personal envelope for donations for Marie Curie. Over the years, ‘Mini Pots of Care‘ activity has raised over £3.8million- that’s a lot of daffodil pots and enough money to  provide nursing care for terminally ill in their own homes. Thank you for your donations and for your support in our forthcoming Yellow Day.

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Making our own wormeries

Tim and Liz from ‘Ormiston Grows’ visited the school to show us how to make our own wormeries. 

First you need a plastic bottle. Fill it with a layer of stones.

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Shredded paper makes a good layer of warm bedding.

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Add a small supply of food: tea bags, banana skins, vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, are all good. Then place a layers of good compost soil.

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Add lots of wriggly worms!

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Finish off with a layer of dried grass and seal the top of the container.

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Everybody worked together in their school home teams to make their own wormery. 

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It took very little time to make a wormery. 

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We gave their new homes name labels and found cool and dry places to keep them safe. Tim told us that every now and again we need to add a couple of teaspoons of water to keep the wormery moist. 

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Why do we need worms?

Anyone who spends time in a garden will tell you earthworms are a gardener’s best friends. In fact, earthworms may be the most important factor in the success of a garden. Some people even call earthworms “nature’s first gardeners”!

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If you’ve ever been around a farm in spring, you know that farmers need to plow the soil. Plowing breaks up the soil, allowing air and water to get to seeds and the roots of plants. Earthworms act like tiny plows when they live in a garden.

As earthworms move through the soil of a garden, they make tunnels. Just like plowing, these tunnels allow air and water to get to the roots of plants.

Read our post on how to make a wormery.