Parent Council Meeting on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 6:30pm at Loretto RC Primary School
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The Nursery Morning Group were joined by Primary 6 to help clear the school field of litter as part of school Eco Week. The P6s will be our buddies when we go into Primary 1. It was good fun working together. The field didn’t look very messy at first, but we found loads of litter.
Click here to go to the Nursery Website and see some photos of us working, and the litter we found. You may need to scroll down to get the photos to appear.
P2M had a fantastic visit to the Museum of Flight. There were lots of hands on activities to try out. We also made and flew our own paper planes before visiting Concorde. We finished off our day with a short play in the adventure play park.
Here is Trashie, our Eco Mascot. This was the winning design (by Ailsa, now in P5) from our Spring Eco Week.
Our Eco Committee:
Here are the Eco Committee reps for this year.:
Ruby and Dawid – P1, Filip and Rebecca – P2K, Adam and Shane – P2M, Liam and Jessica – P3, Charlie and Scott – P3/4, Ailsa and Chloe – P4/5, Katie and Bruce – P6, Beth and Alex – P7.
At our first Eco Meeting, we introduced our new Eco reps, had a chat about recycling and then focused our attention on Litter Week.
Litter Week will take place after the October break. We will start with a whole school litter pick up, have a litter poster competition, a recycled art project , do some litter themed Maths and so on. One of the main ways we can cut down on litter is to reduce the amount of rubbish, so we will have a wrapper-free snack challenge where we are asking all pupils to bring either fruit or snack in a tub for their morning snack. The class with the best results over the three days will get an extra playtime on Friday! During Litter Week, we’ll also be thinking about our Eco Mascot, Trashie. We hope to use wrappers and recycled objects to create 2D and 3D models of Trashie.
Litter Pick up:
The litter pick up will take place on Tuesday 21st October at 10am. Please make sure your child brings a pair of gloves that they don’t mind getting dirty. If any parents/carers wish to help us clear the playground and the woods, it’d be very much appreciated. There will be tabards and litter pickers available. Thank you!
The Eco Committee
Today, P2K and P2M went to the Museum of Flight to celebrate all of the learning we have been doing about Transport this term. We had a fantastic day. We got to explore the inside of a real Concorde plane and really liked looking at the controls in the cockpit. We had fun in the Science centre where we tried using different machines to explore the forces involved in making a plane fly. We learned about lift, gravity and drag. We made our own paper aeroplanes and had a flying race inside a real aeroplane hangar. After all of this we tried on some of the clothes that the pilots of fighter jets wore during the war before having a picnic outside for lunch. To let off steam, we enjoyed some time on the Museum of Flight’s assault course before getting on the bus to come home. What a wonderful day!
In Maths on Wednesdays, we have had lots of fun focusing on Measurement this term. We have been estimating and then measuring length and weight using cubes, blocks, beads etc. We compared our heights, hair length and measured our feet and height using rulers and metre sticks. We even measured the length and width of the netball court using trundle wheels!
In our classroom we have a Post Office role play area. We can measure the length and weight of parcels as well as writing envelopes, filling in our log book, applying for passports and posting letters!
P2M’s Measurement on PhotoPeach
On Friday 3rd October, P2K held a book festival for their families. At the beginning of term the children did a book study about ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’ by Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland. They noticed how similar the story was to ‘There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly’. The children decided to write their own versions of the story and Mrs Muhammad bound them to create beautiful books. The children invited their families to our school library to their book festival. The children gave a short presentation about their learning and then the grown ups got to meet the authors! Lucky them! They shared their books with one another and then sold them – thanks to Robyn and Fraser, P7 who helped with the money. We raised £45 and will spend this on Golden Time activities! We had a fantastic day and want to thank all of our grown ups for their support!
Here we are:
This morning, Mr Carwell from the Musselburgh Museum came into the P2 classes to talk about transport in the olden days. We looked at black and white photos of all sorts of transport. We saw horse drawn buses and carriages. We saw lots of pictures of electric trams in Musselburgh and pictures of the old depot too. We saw pictures of trams during wartime in Edinburgh and one had crashed because they weren’t allowed lights on. We also saw a tram that had toppled into someone’s garden! Then we saw pictures of old buses and as time moved on we began to see some cars too, although these cars didn’t look like the ones we have nowadays!
Lily – I learned that in the olden days, horses were useful for pulling transport.
Alex – I learned that trams were used during wartimes and that sick people were pulled to hospital in horse drawn carriages.
Shane – I learned that lights needed to be switched off in wartime.
Ada – I learned that the old trams had an upstairs without a roof.
Zac – I learned that sometimes you needed extra horses to pull a bus up a steep hill.
In P3 our topic this term is the ancient Egyptians. In our art lessons, we have been working Egyptian style portraits. Firstly we looked at examples of ancient Egyptian portraits. We noticed the the tall and decorative headdresses and crowns worn by Kings, Queens and Gods and we spoke about the colour and pattern shown in the paintings.
We started by drawing our portraits, paying particular attention to pattern. Then we added paint and thick black painted lines to make the colours stand out. After cutting out our portraits and sticking onto coloured paper, we finished by writing our own names using heiroglyphs.
We are really impressed with all our hard work and think our portraits look fabulous!
P2 have been learning about travelling movements in the gym.
Here they are stilt walking, balancing, hopping, jumping, crawling, cartwheeling (and much more!) all around the gym hall!