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Science and Gardening with P2!

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…….

Compost!
Compost!
Preparing seed trays.
Preparing seed trays.
These will be yummy peas!
These will be yummy peas!
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Our wee Hazel sapling going in!
Our wee Hazel sapling going in!
Bump!
Bump!
Protecting the sapling.
Protecting the sapling.
Staking the  sapling.
Staking the sapling.
Safe and secure!
Safe and secure!
Here she is!
Here she is!

P2 Launch the Clean Up Scotland Campaign!

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!

The Mappers
The Mappers
Clearing the fence line.
Clearing the fence line.
Sadie gives her support to Louise and Bradyn.
Sadie gives her support to Louise and Bradyn.
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Team Paul at work!
Team Paul at work!

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Which way now mappers?
Which way now mappers?
Cleaning up our streets.
Cleaning up our streets.
Preston Tower Gardens
Preston Tower Gardens
Well Done Team!
Well Done Team!

St. Gabriel’s School Garden Update

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.

Many thanks,

Mrs. AdamsGrenhouse

the National Trust for Scotland GREEN SCENE 2013

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:

Celtic Crag

Meeting the Druids

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.

Meet the Hunter

 

 

 

 

 

Grinding the Wheat for flour.

 

Iron Age Tools

 

 

 

 

 

Sensational Seahorses

The children explored sea life and they had the opportunity to fish for sea creatures in a make-shift rock pool.

It’s crawling up my hand.

 

 

What do you see?

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing for life.

 

 

The group played a game based on the life of a

limpet.

The Limpet Game

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Learning about Bats.
I’m a Long-Eared Bat!

 

I have bat wings!
A Bat!

 

 

 

 

 

Archaeology

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.

Piecing together a clay pot.

 

The Dig!

 

 

 

 

Historical Detectives!

Grasslands: Minibeasts

In the afternoon, one of the groups went off exploring; looking in the grassy areas for the creatures that lurk beneath our feet.

Bushcraft

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.

Team Work!
Gathering in the Forest.
The Winning Shelter!
A Close Runner-up!

 

 

 

 

 

 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!