The cluster P7s joined us at Lochend Campus for a curricular transition morning on Thursday 28th April led by Dunbar Grammar School staff. Eight faculty teachers set up a lesson in different classrooms and P7 pupils followed a timetable from 9.30am – 12.30pm. The bell rang every 20 minutes to indicate it was time to move on!
Gareth Hill (Active Schools Co-ordinator) and the DGS P.E department planned a sports session for P7 pupils after lunch.
Aims of the afternoon:
- Introduce P7 pupils to DGS in an informal and social setting
- Develop relationships through sport and activity with pupils from different schools
- Introduce P7 pupils to DGS P.E and extra-curricular sports staff
- Provide the P7 pupils with a positive experience of Dunbar Grammar School’s extensive extra-curricular programme
- Have fun!
The theme of our curricular transition day was ‘Learning for Sustainability’ with a focus on communication and collaboration skills. This theme will be continued on the three day visit to Dunbar Grammar School in June.
Photos to come!
You should have received a paper copy of the P7 Newsletter on Friday 15th April. We thought it might be a good idea to stick it up on the fridge at home to keep track of everything going on! We have also sent a copy to parents on our e-mail distribution list.
Please see an electronic copy here:
APRIL – JULY 2016 Newsletter
It has lots of important dates and details about the term ahead. The P7s have come back after the Easter break ready for a busy but exciting time!
If you have any queries throughout the term, please do hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Eeles.
Thank you for your continued support.
P7 had a great week learning all about skills for learning, life & work. Activities in class have all been based on the ‘World of Work’ and we’ve had a huge range of visiting speakers!
Dr Liz Fletcher (science manager at The University of Edinburgh), John Ferguson (retired firefighter), Mr Orr (teacher), Matthew Alsop (financial consultant), Calum Robertson (principal software engineer), John Sparksman (retired special constable), Iain Gray (MSP), Jane Wood (managing director), Miss Todd (teacher), Richard Illingworth (chartered accountant), Douglas Wight (journalist & writer), Callum Maguire (Queen Margaret University), Barry Chisholm (mechanical engineer), Lawson Auden (owner of CrossFit East Rocks) & Dr Mark Brougham (hospital doctor).
Thank you so much to all the visiting speakers! The week would not have been successful without your input.
P7B are saying goodbye to Jenny! Some of the girls made a cake & we wanted to take a class photo for Jenny on her last day. Good luck!
A team of P4 – P7 pupils played Kings Meadow, Compass School, Tranent cluster & Musselburgh cluster yesterday after school at Hallhill.
Yesterday, P7 engaged in an exciting technology workshop run by the Museum of Flight. We started our workshop by discussing of the role of an engineer when designing different parts of an aeroplane. P7 were then set the challenge of working in a team to design a new model drinks trolly for an aeroplane.
There was strict criteria for the trolly, including the length and height. The trolly also needed to be able to hold a fizzy drinks can and survive going down a slope (the idea of turbulence!)
All groups demonstrated fantastic communication and team working skills as well as key measurement skills!
Take a look at the work in progress and the finished results. A big well done to ‘Team Cola’ who were voted by the the rest of the class as the team who constructed the best trolly. A great warm up for learning more about the world of work next week!
P7 have been studying the Scottish artist, John Bellany. He was a painter, born in Port Seton in East Lothian. His father and grandfather were fishermen in Port Seton and Eyemouth. During the early 1960s, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art and attended the Royal College of Art in London.
Many of Bellany’s famous paintings are inspired by the Scottish Seas and life by the harbour. Bellany painted landscape scenes of both Port Seton and Eyemouth harbours. He also painted protraits of fisherman and woman. Many of his paintings show the colourful countryside of Scotland.
Inspired by his colourful paintings, P7 painted their own harbour landscapes complete with fishing boats. Each finished piece looked very unique with each pupil adding some personal touches.
During this art project, we were also lucky enough to see some of Bellany’s original work. Dylan kindly brought in his Gran’s painting of a fishwife. We also found out that Dylan’s Gran was lucky enough to know John Bellany!
Well done to all the P7 artists. The finished pieces look great!
P7s from Dunbar, East Linton, West Barns, Innerwick & Stenton took part in a transition morning at Lochend Campus. They were joined by S2 & S5 representatives from Dunbar Grammar School.
The groups started with some ice breaker games before having fun learning how to tie a tie!
The pupils then talked about hopes & fears for Dunbar Grammar School & took part in a Q&A session with the S2 & S5 pupils.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Dunbar Grammar School pupils for their positive attitude and great tips!
Remember the cluster ‘Spring Fling’ disco is on Thursday 11th February from 6.30 – 8.30pm at Lochend Campus.
Please make sure you have brought in your money (£2) and permission slip by Friday 29th January so we can organise refreshments.