P7C – Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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P7C are doing a new novel study on ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. The children are really enjoying the story and have completed some amazing art work about the main character.

August  was born with facial abnormalities and the story is about his journey of going to school for the first time. The book addresses issues such as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.

The front cover is a fabulous stimulus in engaging children in what the book is going to be about.

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Using this front cover image we created character profiles from the information we know so far about ‘Auggie’.  It has created a fantastic display and I am very impressed with the work they have produced!

Help design a new town centre for Tranent – Friday 27th March

As you will no doubt be aware by now the Town Centre Charrette for Tranent is taking place this week – an opportunity for the community as a whole to help develop a masterplan for the centre of the town that will meet their needs and help revitalise the town centre for the benefit of the whole community.

There are a number of different sessions arranged over the coming week where people can find out more and get involved in the designs – but there is one in particular that has been timed for this Friday –   around the end of the school day to give people and families a chance to drop in on the process while they are already out and about, see what has been discussed so far and give their input and ideas.

Come along to:

The Open Design Studio – Friday 27th from 12-2:30pm in the main hall at Ross High School

More details about the rest of the sessions and how else people can get involved can be found at:

http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/news/article/1879/help_us_design_a_new_town_centre_for_tranent

or on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/tranentcharrette

Nursery news…

We had great fun last week taking part in lots of silly activities for Red Nose day.  Lots of boys and girls came in with funny faces and they all had great fun giving their teachers a Sanderson’s Wynd Nursery Class makeover to make their faces funny for money. We had lovely red playdough, red water, red nose cakes and had access to A4 size photos of our teachers’ faces at the writing table and painting easel to decorate in lots of imaginative ways! Thank you to everyone who made a donation for Red Nose Day, we managed to raise a fantastic £135 in the nursery.

Some of our children have started talking about firefighters after our recent fire practice and many have been talking about police officers in their play so we are beginning to look at people who help us and have arranged some visits over the next few weeks.

 

Millionaires’ Club

Today we held our very  first Purple Tea Party to celebrate the hard work and exceptional effort of our Accelerated Reader Millionaires.

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We currently have 9 members of the Millionaires’ Club:

Kwally Nugent and Kate Johnstone  from Primary 7

Jack Fairbairn and Jonah Greig  from Primary 6

Euan Thornton, Aaron Shearer and Benjamin Taylor from Primary 5

Finlay Giles and Zoe Watson from Primary 4

Euan, Finlay and Jonah are actually Double Millionaires!

Millionaires Tea Party

This afternoon our millionaire readers were treated to a lovely spread of pizza, purple grapes, blueberries, Millionaire shortbread, and fairy cakes to celebrate their very special achievement! They will be receiving our new SWPS Millionaire badges very soon.

Who will be our next millionaire? Could it be you?

 

Primary 4 Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth

On Monday pupils from P4p visited the Townhouse in Haddington to help raise the Commonwealth flag. They listened to the Queen’s message delivered by Michael Williams MBE, Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian. Afterwards we displayed the Commonwealth flag board game we had made in class and enjoyed some delicious scones! It was a fun morning out representing our school.

These are some of the flags we  learned about. Can you identify them? If so, leave a comment below.

 

Nursery news….

We have been busy talking about how to keep healthy in the nursery over the last few weeks.  Our morning children have been logging their breakfast on our breakfast chart every day and our morning and afternoon children have been discussing how they travel into nursery.  We have been trying out different breakfast snacks scrambled eggs, cereal, fruit and pancakes to name a few.  We have also been having great fun at our fitness activity station where the children can complete two exercises to earn a sticker for their team – the red group have powered ahead of the other groups so far! We have also been focusing on using our bodies well in the gym hall while doing gymnastics with Mrs Gray and Mrs Hood. Our afternoon children have been having fun pouring in the sand and water tray and have been making some lovely cards at the gluing table.  We are looking forward to Red nose day where the children will be able to decorate their teacher’s faces making them funny for money!

Electricity Circuits

Holly and Aiden P7C: For the past two weeks we have been working on building circuits. The most basic circuit is called the series circuit to build this you need two wires, a bulb and a battery. There are other types of circuits such as the parallel circuit.

We have been expressing our imagination and using many different materials to make our bulb light.

Today we have used tinfoil and paper and the basic circuit to create an energy saving switch. Afterwards we drew a picture and added the basic materials from the series circuit to create a interactive picture. Many people used their motor to create a spinning effect on the picture for example a spinning bow tie.

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P7C WW1 Workshop

Even though P7 have finished their WW1 topic we were lucky enough to have receive a free workshop earlier this week from the Museum of Flight .

By Kate Johnstone: They told us a lot about the planes and pilots and a little bit about how the war started. They showed us lots of thing from old planes and what the pilots wore. The things we saw were : a pilots coat , a flesh head which was a bit like a dart , a propeller blade,  something used for messaging, flying goggles , gloves made from beaver skin, a hand held bomb, a map holder that would go on your wrist and tells you if your flying straight  and north east south and west.

It was really great to see all these artefacts. It was also amazing to see the knowledge the children had gained about WW1.

 

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P7C Circuits

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Fantastic to see some problem solving skills put to the test this morning as P7C built various circuits using bulbs, wires, batteries, switches, buzzers and motors.

After the holidays we will be using potatoes and lemons to make our own batteries!

A Path to the Future