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Panda Visit!

No – we did not have Pandas in school! However we did have a visit from Sandie Robb from The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland who is involved in a project to protect Pandas both here in Scotland and out in China. She told us lots of facts about Giant Pandas and Red Pandas and brought some great activities for us to do to help us learn more about China and the pandas.

Climate Friendly Aberlady and The Sustainability Responsibility Group

We had a visit today from Pamela Candea from The Surefoot Effect, an organisation that helps people to work out how to live in a more sustainable way. Pam was here to talk to the whole school at assembly, and then to run a workshop, organised by Ian Malcolm from ‘Climate Friendly Aberlady’, that was open to the Aberlady Community. The school’s Sustainability Group were able to be part this workshop and we learned a little more about what a carbon footprint is, and how our carbon footprints here in Aberlady compare with those from around the world. What we heard certainly gave us lots of food for thought.

The Sustainability Group has now heard from a variety of people about what ‘Sustainabilty’ means and we have been given lots to think about! We now need to decide what work we would like to do this year to try to make our school and our community more sustainable.
Watch this space!

P2/3, P3/4 and the Sustainability Group visit to Kinwegar Recycling Centre

Today the Sustainability Group and two classes from school went to find out all about recycling in East Lothian at the Kinwegar Recycling Centre near Wallyford. P2/3 and P3/4 were visiting in connection with their topics on Global Awareness, and the Sustainability Group were there to find out how we can make sure our school – and wider community – recycle as much as possible.
Mrs Mair ferried groups backwards and forwards to the centre as only 17 people could go at a time for safety reasons. Damien and Mo (Ella’s mum and dad)were there all morning to help us.
Joe and John from the centre took us to see where bin lorries empty their waste – most of which goes to landfill – and then to see where all the sorting happens for recycling. We learned what happens to all the skipfuls of recycling that people take to the site. Did you know that glass from bottles in East Lothian can be used to make water filters for sending to countries where clean water does not just come out of a tap? Or that paper and cardboard can be recycled 7 times before it is too weak to be used again? Or that fleeces can be made from recycled plastic. (We all had a look inside Mo’s jacket! There is a big label that explains that it was made from recycled bottles!)
We all found the trip very interesting and loved watching some of the machines crushing the rubbish! Now we will be watching to make sure we all (at home and at school) make sure we recycle as much as possible. Look out for the recycling police!!

Autumn Fair

P2/3 have been working hard to make clay trinket dishes in the shape of their hands. They decorated them with some intricate designs like Hindu ladies decorate their hands for a wedding. They are quite fragile and the children had to treat them gently as they painted and varnished them. There were a few breakages along the way but we succeeded in fixing these and everyone ended up being successful and producing a dish to sell at the Autumn Fair.

P2/3 Go Seed Hunting

Yesterday we had a super morning at Waterston House (SOC) with John Harrison (our Ranger) and Stan and Wendy from the Centre, hunting for seeds to plant in our WOW. We were collecting Mallow and Yellow Rattle which are both plants that we will plant in the meadow area. The children had a great time in the sunshine and listened carefully to John when he explained what they were to do. We are going to plant them soon, and carry out some experiments (following John’s advice) to see what the best growing conditions are for these species.

We  had time to eat our snack – and even an impromptu numeracy moment when the whole class lined up their legs in a giant ‘caterpillar’ and counted in 2’s!

Thanks as always to our parent helpers without whom we could not make these outings.