Graduation at Queen Margaret University

Update on Learning Destinations/Activities

Thank you to all parents and pupils who have been emailing Queen Margaret University to ask for activities to be added to the website. We have had lots of requests for activities including Guides, Mini Rugby, Judo and Saltire Gymnastics Club. As the requests come through to Children’s University they are validated and added. Please do continue to email requests for activities to be added to ensure that we cover as many learning destinations and activities as possible in the local area.

Graduation Ceremony January 2015

The first Graduation Ceremony for Children’s University will be held on Friday 9th January 2015.  Pupils who achieve 30 hours will graduate with a Bronze award, those who achieve 65 hours will graduate with a Silver and those with 100 hours will achieve a Gold award.  The ceremony is a very exciting opportunity to celebrate the wider achievements of the children involved in Children’s University and will be the first of its kind in the East of Scotland.

We are very proud of our 23 pupils who will be attending.

Pupil Voice Initiative

The Pupil Voice thought that it would be a good idea to help children and their families  who are less fortunate than themselves.  They decided to set up an appeal for unused and unwanted presents to be donated to the school and these would then be given to the Forth One Mission Christmas Toy Appeal.   At  the school concerts, rather than asking parents to pay for tickets, they were asked to donate either a present for the appeal or food for the Food Bank.  The response was amazing and both appeals have benefitted from the generosity of the parents and wider community.  We are also very proud of our Pupil Voice.

Pupil Voice

Tranent Primary Schools Book Review Competition

To mark Book Week Scotland all pupils in St. Martin’s, Windygoul and Sanderson’s Wynd primaries  are invited to submit a book review on any book that they have read and would recommend to others. The review can take any format and is a good opportunity to get creative! Sanderson’s Wynd pupils should submit their entries to Mrs Pearce no later than Monday, December 1st. Winners will be announced by the 8th of December. There are 3 book tokens to be won for the best reviews in P1-2, P3-5 and P6-7, so get writing!

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Earth, Wind and Fire: the Book YOU Write

Some of our pupils have been reading Earth, Wind and Fire, a book that is being published monthly chapter by chapter on this website:

The Book You Write

A project of the Ross Rocks Reading initiative, it is such an exciting story and we love contributing our ideas for the author to use in the next chapter! You can find it here:  http://thebookyouwrite.blogspot.nl/ .

We can’t wait to find out what happens in Chapter 3!

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P7C World War 1 Topic

Due to technical difficulties P7 have been unable to post in a while, but we are now back up and running!

We have been working very hard on our WW1 topic. We have been learning about trenches, airships, weapons, propaganda and much more!

Currently we are in the middle of making model zeppelin air ships out of plastic bottles and paper mache. Pictures to follow soon. IMG_3841 IMG_3842

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Christmas Market

xmas-market-500x706-pixelsWhy not come along to Sanderson’s Wynd Christmas Market, Saturday 6th December, 10.00 – 12.00?

There will be lots of stalls, games, refreshments, face painting and craft activities – and a very special visitor in our Grotto!

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Nursery news…

This is our first attempt at our radio show.  We will be trying out a few different things over the next few weeks to get our morning children to talk about their learning at nursery.  We are open to suggestions so feel free to leave a comment! Please click the links below to listen.

Jack on Remembrance Day

Matthew on making potions

Gabriel on his good ideas!

Our morning boys and girls in the blue group had a fantastic time in the woods on Monday and the yellow group is looking forward to their trip next Monday. Here are some pictures of our fun-filled morning…

 

We have enjoyed watching lots of firework displays from around the world on our interactive board and have made some beautiful paintings of our own fireworks.  We have had fun exploring shapes and patterns on our magnetic board and in our consruction area.  We have had a visit from Annette who came to talk to us about getting our teeth varnished next week.  She brought along Max the dog to show us what happens.  We worked hard to make a lovely den area in the garden full of hot chocolate and seats made of logs!  Finally, we have had great fun building lots of fantastic models in the lego.  We have especiallly enjoyed making some excellent planes.

The Nursery Team

 

 

Nursery News…

We have settled back into the nursery routine  well this week. We have been enjoying getting outside despite (or perhaps because of) the windy weather.  We have been enjoying rolling conkers in the garden, building dens and our outdoor house has been busy providing cups of hot drinks and meals to help everyone stay warm! Inside we have been building some fantastic models in both the large and small block areas. Our dry sand has been busy with lots of children choosing to explore the concept of heavier and lighter in this area.  We have been enjoying some traditional tales at group time and are beginning to use puppets to re-tell these familiar stories.  We have welcomed some new children into the nursery this week and our afternoon children are delighted to have such lovely new friends. Our morning children are looking forward to our upcoming trips to the forest.

The Nursery Team

A Path to the Future