Team-work challenge

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Earlier this week, we worked in small groups to try to solve a challenge to build a structure using only spaghetti and jelly babies. Firstly we drew some plans on paper, and on whiteboards. This got us thinking about how we might create a structure that would be strong. We discussed how the base needed to be secure.

Then, we got down to building our structures. We found it wasn’t as easy as we thought it might be to build a structure that would stand up. It was a lot of fun- but it was also a very messy project!

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10 years of eTwinning

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Although the programme was founded in 2005, I didn’t discover it until 2007, but classes working with me since then have been involved in a wide variety of ICT based projects involving collaboration with schools from right across Europe. For a number of years, we worked extensively with Kuvansi Primary school in eastern Finland, and we took our P7 class to Finland in 2011, as well as enjoying a visit from our Finnish friends here in East Lothian.
More recently, the P3/4 class have worked with more than 20 countries on the award winning European Chain Reaction project this year, when we built and filmed our own chain reaction, and evaluated the chain reactions from the other schools from right across Europe.

Next Thursday is (as well as being the day of the General Election in the UK) the official 10th anniversary of eTwinning, and I know P3/4 were very happy to receive their t-shirts today!

Kwik Cricket

Welcome back everyone after the Easter break.
As the weather has been lovely this week, we have taken advantage this afternoon and been outside to enjoy a bit of Kwik Cricket. We’ll be learning the basics of the game over the new few weeks and will try to get outside whenever possible, as it’s a lot of fun playing the non-stop version of the game, as we did today!
Looking at these pictures, I’d say we have some very serious players in P3/4!
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It’s good to be back!

After several weeks off, it’s great to be back with P3/4! We’ve been looking this week at how to create static electricity, using a ruler, tissue paper and a woollen scarf. We designed snakes using the tissue paper and decorated them carefully, before rubbing our rulers against a woollen scarf. Then, we pretended to be snake charmers – with some amazing results!
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We have also been looking at complementary colours in art. After discussion, we created some lovely portraits, but with the proviso that we used only two colours. Once they are all finished, we hope to make a nice wall display with the portraits, but here is a taster…
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ECR 2015

As we have done over the past few years, Yester represented Scotland in the annual European Chain Reaction project which is an award winning science based project devised by Mr Purves and a teacher in Belgium.
This year, a total of 32 countries from right across Europe took part in the contest, all of primary school age, and all trying to create and build the best chain reaction possible. Our P3/4 pupils discussed how they would do this and spent one afternoon creating their own chain reaction, with no help from me. Despite being almost the youngest class involved in the whole contest, once all the videos were uploaded, viewed and voted for, Yester (and Scotland) managed to score 574 votes, which placed us in 13th out of the 32 participating nations. Well done to all of the class for their super efforts!
The videos below show our chain reaction, and the results video, produced by the class in Belgium. You can watch all the videos from each country on the 2015 European Chain Reaction blog.

The run-up to Christmas…

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The P3s are ready to party!
It has been a very busy couple of weeks as we approach the Christmas holidays. Yesterday, as well as heading down to the church in the morning for our Christmas Assembly, led by the P6s, we then had the P4-7 Christmas Party in the afternoon. Later today, the P3s will have the chance to enjoy themselves as the senior members at the P1-3 Christmas Party! Tomorrow, we are allowing children to bring a toy or game to school to play with- but please note that no electrical toys or games are allowed. I’d like to wish all parents and of course the children in P3/4 a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Making Christmas Poinsettias last week. Below, pictures from the party yesterday… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The Hour of Code


Start by watching the 2 minute video above:
P3/4 have been busy the past week or so learning some Computer Science! This week, it has been hoped that 100 million students across the world would try to learn a bit of coding, and I’m delighted to say that not only have P3-4 learned a bit of coding, they have all completed their own “Hour of Code”, have printed off their own certificates which I have laminated for them, and they have also now gone beyond this and started creating their own games and apps!
The website the class have used is Code.org which has been promoted world-wide as an easy way into learning the basics of computer science. It’s a really brilliant website, and one which the class can use at home too. Adults may well also find it quite addictive!
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Above and below, working hard to learn some coding.
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An example of the certificates that each member of the class achieved.