This term we embark on a new science topic: ‘Living Things and the Processes of Life’
We are beginning the topic by studying flowering plants, vegetables and trees. So, we had a fantastic day today which involved some real planting in our school grounds and garden. Olivia brought in some wonderful vegetable seeds so Mrs Peart worked with a small group who planted the seeds, ready to bring the little seedlings on in our new greenhouse! The whole class planted a Hazel sapling in our ever growing woodland area. This is a native tree and we have learned lots about why these trees are so great. Just ask us about them!
Now that we are experts, we look forward to writing instructions about how to plant a tree and will be creating labelled diagrams of flowering plants tomorrow. Here are some fantastic pictures…….
Today we made an exciting and enjoyable contribution to this great project. We would like to thank Louise, Jacqueline, David and Paul- fantastic parent ECO heroes who supported us on our litter picking adventure.
After a ‘team briefing’ in class, we set of on our community adventure. Working in small groups, we had a variety of roles:
O Litter picking
O Bag supervision
O Litter recording (plastic, metal, food and other materials)
One group used a photographic map to plot the litter and added key features and routes from our journey. We started in the Church grounds before moving on to Preston Tower Gardens. We also collected litter as we walked along the streets. It was great to meet members of our community and we had the confidence to tell them what we were doing and why.
Come in to P2 to see our Clean Up Scotland work displayed.
We all understand our right to a safe, clean and healthy environment and today we showed our responsibility and commitment to creating a Cleaner Scotland!
Please click on the link below for more information and resources.
Our vegetable garden is now resting quietly and we are planning for the spring planting. Last year was our first growing season and we had great success with our potato crops, lettuce was good, we could have supplied Tesco with onions and our beans were not too bad. It was very exciting that some families tucked into St. Gabriel’s sprouts on Christmas day! Flat leaf parsley clearly likes our soil and we’re learning how to build up our cabbages. A huge success were the tomatoes which we grew in the eco-bottle greenhouse along with some ‘prickly cucumber’. All in all a good start, we learned a lot and are now looking forward to bumper crops this year.
We have been very lucky to have been involved in a successful climate challenge bid that will mean we will soon be receiving a large polycarbonate greenhouse.
This is where we need your help!
This fantastic greenhouse will need to be built; not our area of expertise. We are hoping that some practical, DIY enthusiasts will volunteer to come and raise the walls as well as give us advice on the best base. We are hoping to put the greenhouse up on Friday 21st February; we can fit in the time around the volunteers. So please ask around the family and coerce in any family member who is in the building trade or has practical hands-on experience. We are hoping that once the greenhouse is up we can begin to bring on some seeds before Easter so that we can have a really flourishing growing space this summer.
Please can you help? Just let us know in school if you would be available (phone, send in a note, pop in) and we’ll make arrangements with you from there.
The Lidl health bus came to visit us in school. We had lots of fun playing fruit games in the gym hall and making fruit smoothies with our friends. They were yummy!
Primary 4 went on a lovely Autumn walk to gather some leaves and conkers. This inspired them to write wonderful acrostic poems!
On Wednesday 11 Sepetember 2013, the Primary 6 class took part in the Green Scene Environmental Learning Festival at Newhailes in Musselburgh. During the course of the Day the Children enjoyed a variety of experiences:
The children were met by the Druids and taken back in time to the settlements of the Iron Age in Scotland. They experienced hunting in the forest and used Iron Age Tools.
The children explored sea life and they had the opportunity to fish for sea creatures in a make-shift rock pool.
The group played a game based on the life of a
The Bat Walk
Taking a walk through the beautiful grounds, the children were led on a discovery about the life of bats and some of them became bats and others their food source.
At The Dig, some of the children were introduced to the skills of archaeology. They pieced together clay pots, used artefacts to do detective work and dug for ancient artefacts.
In the afternoon, one of the groups went off exploring; looking in the grassy areas for the creatures that lurk beneath our feet.
How do you survive in the bush? This was the challenge set for this group. They had to use compasses to reach their destination in the forest and then they had to create a shelter made from materials they could find around them. Two teams competed for the best shelter.
This was a fabulous day with lots of interesting activities for the children to take part in.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the National Trust for Scotland and all the Rangers from across the country who facilitated the activities!