Our Primary 1 – 3 pupils have been enjoying Outdoor Woodland Learning in Stenton Woods over the last 4 weeks. ‘OWLs’ is a programme that aims to develop confidence and self-esteem in the children through learning new skills and experiencing exciting and challenging activities outdoors. We are very grateful to Fiona Wilson-Beales from the village who is a trained OWLs teacher and she gives up her day off to take groups of children along with staff and parents. The children benefit greatly from these opportunities and they love every minute of them.
On Friday 18th November, our Pupil Council organised a fundraising morning for Children in Need. We had face painting, pin the bandage on Pudsey, a colour-in Pudsey competition, a home baking stall and a Hidden Treasure challenge. It total we raised £66.90 – well done everyone and thank you for your support!
On Friday 28th October, we joined the community in a walk at Pressmennan Woods and then invited everyone to enjoy some homemade apple pies and Harvest celebrations at the school. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning , particularly the warm apple pies made from the apples we picked at Ruchlaw farm.
P4-7 pupils all enjoyed a great morning Paddle Boarding at Musselburgh lagoons. They really challenged themselves and every pupil managed to stand up and balance on their board.
The children have been very busy creating a video presentation on PowerPoint to help raise funds for the village hall. Everyone has worked hard and has learned a lot from the project. The children fully understood the purpose of this learning experience and really enjoyed undertaking this piece of work for their community. The ideas are all theirs – from scripts to power point and videos.
If you click on the link below and then download you will be able to see their presentations.
On Monday, we all walked to Ruchlaw Mains Farm to help pick this year’s apple crop from the Wyllie’s orchard. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All the children picked their own preferred variety of apple to take home. The rest of the apples will be used in school as part of our Making and Growing Topic. Thank you once again to Barbara and Jim Wyllie for making this a wonderful learning opportunity for our children.
We held our monthly open morning on Friday when parents come in to share in our learning journeys.
We led workshops on ‘Mathletics’, ‘The SHANARRi wheel’, ‘Pupil Voice Groups’ and ‘Our Learning Road to WOW’.
We had great fun sharing our learning and have taken on board lots of ideas for our next sharing morning on Friday 28th October.
Our pupils have been working on the SHANARRI wheel (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included). In this way, we give a lot of thought to our emotional and social health and wellbeing and understand how important all aspects of the “wheel” are equally important.
Our children are leading the way by running their own meetings and taking forward their action plans. Below are pictures of the chair, vice-chairs of our Eco, Pupil Council and Global Citizenship groups. Our two Junior Road Safety Officers were appointed following written applications for the job.
As part of our aim to reduce waste and be a sustainable school, Susan Carleton from Zero Waste visited, working with everyone at the school to further understand how to make compost, how to set up a wormery and how to reduce our lunch time waste. The children also learned how to conduct fair experiments and made a video showing why reduce, re-use and recycle is so important.