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‘Tern Around’ Animation Project

P3/4 have been very busy recently animating aspects of the life of the Arctic Tern. We have been working with Jim and Claire, from Red Kite Animation, animating the first part of a film about the migrating habits of the Arctic Tern. Other P3 classes from Dirleton, Athelstaneford, Gullane and Law Primary Schools are animating other sections of the film. Pupils from North Berwick High School are also working on the project.

We worked in groups to research the Arctic Tern and spent four sessions drawing and animating main events in its life.  Did you know that the Arctic Tern can live up to 34 years of age? Every year it flies from its Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back again. This journey is a 22,0000 mile round trip. In its lifetime, the average Arctic Tern will fly 500,000 miles – the same as flying to the moon and back! 

The film is to be launched in June at a special event at North Berwick. We can’t wait to see the finished film!

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Primary 5 Science Experiment

Primary 5 have Science lessons every Wednesday morning with Mrs Penman. They are currently studying the topic of Solids, Liquids and Gases. This week they were doing an experiment to try to make clean water from dirty, muddy water using a filter. They were trying to separate solids from the liquid. As you can see from the photographs, their experiment was a success!

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Ellen: ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ Prize-Winner

On Wednesday, 19th March 2008, P3/4 had a grand day out! Ellen, in P4, had won second prize in the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ poetry competition for her age group. She won prizes for herself and her family, and we were lucky enough to go to Hampden Stadium, in Glasgow, to see Ellen presented with her prizes.

First of all, we were taken on a guided tour of the stadium. We saw behind the scenes (the changing rooms and practice areas), the pitch and the Scottish Museum of Football. It was very interesting and we were given fantastic goodie bags! We also saw an exhibition of the poster competition. We saw Eli’s entry. It looked really good.

 There were lots of other schools there from all over Scotland and the atmosphere at the presentation ceremony was very exciting. George Burley, the Scottish team manager, and Gordon Smith, the SFA chairman, presented prizes, along with lots of famous footballers. Soon it was time for Ellen’s presentation and we were very proud of her. John was kind enough to read out Ellen’s poem for her, so we were very proud of him too!

 All too soon it was time to go home. We had a fantastic day.

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Primary 5 Trip

Primary 5 went on a trip recently to find out more about John Muir. They spent the morning rock pooling on Dunbar Beach with the help of two Countryside Rangers, Mark and Tracy. John Muir spent his childhood exploring this beach. They found many different sea creatures including a goby fish, hermit crabs, a sea squirt, brittle starfish and prawns. It was great fun!

In the afternoon Primary 5 went to John Muir’s birthplace where they found out many interesting facts. They found out that John Muir had been an inventor but had an accident and was blinded for a little while. It was during this time that he promised himself that if he was able to see again he would devote the rest of his life to the exploration of nature. He regained his sight and is well known today as a conservationist.

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