Caring for Living Things

Spring gives us a lovely opportunity to think about caring for other animals and plants. The children have really enjoyed watching our tadpoles grow and helping to care for them. We can’t wait to see how they’ve changed over Easter.

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Thank you to all who have responded to our plea for seeds, bulbs and cuttings – the children have had a lot of fun planting and role playing a garden centre. If you have any cuttings or bushes you want to thin down we’d be glad to have them – especially Lavender, Clematis, Herbs and Buddelia. Equally, if you’ve been doing any DIY recently and have any guttering, pipes or plastic tubing, we could put that to good use in the garden too.

Scratch Programming

Primaries 5, 6 and 7 have recently been doing a block of lessons on programming. They have been learning to make their own games, literally from scratch! The children had to design their own backdrop and characters, then program the fish to move and react in a certain way. Here is Niall’s game. Watch out for the red fish – you can win extra points if you manage to catch him! To end the game, click the red button in the top right hand corner.

The children in P6/7 shared their games with the boys and girls of P3/4.
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Tagxedo

This year, some of the classes have been looking at using colour effectively. The children in P5, 6 and 7 used ‘Tagxedo’ to create word clouds about a creature they had created. After creating their creature, they chose words to describe it, then programmed specific colours to make their word cloud. This was quite tricky! Here are just a couple of the finished pieces of work.
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Puppets

P2/3 and P6/7 have been working together collaboratively to write playscripts, make puppets and backdrops.  Both classes had  been learning about puppets in the term before Christmas so we decided to work together to develop this further. We have worked well, sharing ideas and supporting each other in many ways. To showcase our productions we are going to stage these for the whole school, and family and friends, as soon as possible.