Well done to all of the boys and girls in P4/5. We had a wonderful time at Holyrood Palace when sharing our knowledge about Mary, Queen of Scots and learning many other interesting facts about her life. The children enjoyed discovering how people dressed in the 16th century and were entertained by Emberlee and Calvin who dressed up as Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley. It was tremendous fun!
A well-known bank once used the slogan “Teamwork makes the dream work”. Now a lot of these statements can be trite and twee but I think this one hits the mark. It was brought to mind this week by our Scots evening. I hope those of you who were there, would agree that it was a great event. The children performed really well without a great deal of rehearsal. The P7’s were very gracious hosts and we had a very appreciative audience- I think.
The best part of it for me was to see the school team in action- staff, pupils and families. Everybody knew what had to be done and everyone did their job and a little more. I feel proud and privileged to be part of the team and look forward to many more such occasions.
I have taught now in East Lothian for 36 years- yes, I am that old- and for nearly 30 of those years I have been in small schools. One of the best features of a small school, in my opinion, is the opportunities it can offer children to be responsible for aspects of school life- events, playground issues, choosing activities and so on. Then they have the responsibility of making these things happen- planning, resourcing, preparing, running and evaluating. All great skills for life.
All of this, of course, chimes with Cooperative Learning where each child is a member of a home team and jointly responsible for the performance of that team. They may have a specific role to play or be responsible for one area of learning which must be shared with others to successfully accomplish the task.
If we can build an ethos of corporate responsibility, accountability for your own actions and loyalty to a team, then we can look forward to many more successes like last Monday.
Have a good weekend,
Macmerry Scottish Evening on PhotoPeach
We were extremely lucky today to have a visit from Linda Strachan, the author of the Hamish McHaggis stories. Hamish is helping us to learn about different places and landmarks in Scotland and it was so exciting to get to meet the person who created him. We learned all about Hamish and his friends, heard a new story and even learned how long it takes for an idea to turn into a published book….any guesses?
A very short piece this week with two strands. The first is to invite you again to our Scottish evening on Monday 26th between 6pm and 7pm. This is a short, but very sweet and poignant, celebration of being Scottish. We will have singers, dancers, recitations, solo performers and some very impressive comperes! Add some Irn Bru to that mix and it must be nearly irresistible- what else would you be doing on a dreich Monday night?
I would also like to ask what you feel about being Scottish- if you are. It is a theme we will pursue in assembly next week. We will look at some famous Scots, consider what values they portray and think about what it means to be Scottish. I will allude to the 4 qualities on the Parliamentary mace- which I am sure you all know. If you have forgotten, ask your child after Friday!
I would be interested too hear what you think being Scottish means to you or what you consider to be our national traits, characteristics and good points.
Have a good weekend and don’t overdo the haggis- or anything that goes with it.
Tickets are now on sale for our P4-P7 Scottish evening on Monday 26th January 2015 from 6-7pm in the school hall. All children from P4-P7 are performing this year. They are currently practising their songs and poems and we look forward to sharing our learning with as many parents and carers as possible – please come along to support us!
P7 have continued their investigations into the world of forensic science by analysing the loops and whorls in their fingerprints and attempting to lift a print from a glass using cocoa powder and sticky tape. Our favourite afternoon last week, however, was when we were learning how to handle and use both light and digital microscopes. We analysed samples of various materials, cyrstals etc. The digital microscope brought up the images on the laptops and the children were able to then insert these images into powerpoints. We have some fantastic slides shows of magnified skin, dust, cotton, sugar and salt crystals!
Well I have made it to the end of my second week. It has been busy and productive and I earned some bonus points at assembly this morning for knowing some more names. However, a long way to go on this yet and I certainly find it harder to remember things these days and unfortunately there is no other reason for that than advancing years and retreating brain cells. Continue reading TGIF 2
In Primary 2 we have been working really hard during topic time learning all about China and the different traditions and culture there. We now know all about the Chinese New Year story, we have made lanterns and we have even been learning some mandarin!
Roughly translated we are singing:
Hello hello, how are you?
I’m great I’m great, thank you!