Yesterday, we had a variety of outside activities, which P4-7 enjoyed together and which were led by some of the High School Ambassadors from Knox Academy.
Learning some German!
Along with P6, we have recently had a newly qualified teacher from Germany, Miss Natterer, working with us. As well as helping out generally, Frau Natterer taught the children some phrases in German, which we all enjoyed very much!
Primary Games, Meadowmill
Yesterday P4 and P5 travelled to Meadowmill where we took part in the East Lothian Primary Games, along with almost 1000 children from across East Lothian. As well as having a great day out of school in amazing weather, we also had the opportunity to see the Queen’s baton for the Commonwealth Games, which arrived at Meadowmill in late morning.
By the end of the day, all the pupils had tried a variety of different sports, and many were quite pink, as the sun was really hot!
Burke and Hare
A winning song!
Our 2014 Schoolovision entry was voted into 14th position out of 30 countries by the pupils of Europe, which was a result we can be very happy about. But, perhaps more significantly, the teachers involved in the project also voted for their favourite songs in various categories, and I’m really delighted to announce that Scotland came out top in both the categories we entered. These categories were “voices” and “cultural traditions”.
Many thanks to the Polish partner, Marek, for his work in creating the certificates for all the winners in each category.
It’s no surprise at all that we won the “voices” category- as we certainly had the most positive comments you could imagine on the original entry. You can see these comments for our own song, if you look under the song entry on the Schoolovision blog itself.
You can also watch the song again below:
Rock Climbing at North Berwick
Earlier today, P5 travelled down to North Berwick, where, in lovely weather, we tackled the Law. But we didn’t walk up; no, instead, we worked with Andy and Anthony from the Outdoor Education team, and used rock-climbing gear to head up the notoriously tricky south-face of the Law.
Have a look at the photos below, showing what we got up to!
We now have entries from 30 countries on the Schoolovision blog, and this week, all the children in all the 30 countries will have watched and voted for each of their favourites. This is a massive undertaking, and we in P5 were ahead of the game a little, by starting to watch and evaluate each of the videos last week. We’ll finish this later this week, and prepare our overall class results. These will be added to the votes from all of the other countries – which must be submitted to me by Thursday evening by email.
This allows me to total up all the votes, and determine the winners of the contest. On Friday morning, starting at 9.00am, primary 5 will lead a Europe-wide live webcam conference, where we go round the partner countries alphabetically and ask them to submit their votes so that all the others watching can hear and see what they are being awarded. At the end of this, the totals are announced, and the winners will no doubt be very excited and ready to celebrate! As has happened in previous years, I send a trophy to the winning school, which they can keep as a memento of their achievement.
In the meantime, if you wish to see all 30 entries in one go, have a look at the round-up video below.
6 minutes of pure joy.
That’s Schoolovision 2014!
As a result of Anna Lodge’s winning entry (above) in the recent John Muir sketching competition, P5 enjoyed a great day at the Scottish Seabird Centre yesterday. We found out about the various birds and creatures that live on the islands around North Berwick, and discovered lots of creatures living in the rock pools around the seabird centre. We also met John Muir himself- see the photo on the main Yester website.
Working with our nursery buddies for World Book Day
Today is World Book Day, and we had a visit from our nursery group, who brought along their favourite books to P5. The P5 children took the opportunity to read the books the nursery children had brought along, and then questioned them about the books to see how they had enjoyed them!