Today is the closing date for entries for the Little and Large Cooking Competition. Now in its fourth year, this competition offers primary and secondary school pupils the opportunity to take part in a unique culinary challenge. The aim of the competition is to link secondary and primary pupils in the joy of cooking as well as to impart valuable life skills. It also aims to raise awareness of the healthy eating message in a fun, practical way.
In the first round of the competition, which will take place at a mutually convenient time, two P6 pupils from each participating school are invited to their cluster High School and teamed up with a secondary student who will work with and support the younger pupils to create a healthy meal.
The winning team from the first round will then go on to represent the cluster in a county cook off, where they will demonstrate their skills under the scrutiny of a panel of judges. This year, the final will take place on Thursday 27 May at Knox Academy.
Over the last 6 weeks the P6/7 class have been creating and producing crossing the road safety animations to encourage children to be safer crossing the road and while they are outside playing. The videos are to be shown at an assembly and uploaded to JRSO website and School website.
In what ways does this practice relate to Curriculum for Excellence?
This project was fully interdisciplinary with overreaching aspects of Health and Wellbeing and Technology. Numeracy, Writing and Expressive Arts aspects were also covered as part of the learning experience. Planning sheets are available with evaluation to be completed.
What were the reasons for doing this?
The School has 2 JRSO Reps and it was suggested that an effective way to grab the attention of all the pupils was to produce a multimedia presentation using equipment and materials from the school. The audience was Nursery-Primary pupils. The message was to be explicit in regards Road Safety. Pupils had free choice over how their story developed.
What has happened as a result?
The impact is to be measured by the response we gain from the audience regarding the videos. Initial audience results show a significant permutation of the message. The educational impact for the pupils involved has been significant with a great deal of out of school learning and development work being noted. The children worked in groups of 2 or three and had to carry out all types of roles. Writer/ Story boarder/ Designer/Editor/ Director/Sound producer/ Titles. They also had to learn the technology of digital animation using Ican Animate and Windows Movie Maker. Pupils also know how to upload to internet and add music to their animations to create effect.
What would you do differently next time?
The project deserves more time and could also incorporate tighter restrictions on story development and working to a tighter brief.
P5 pupils from Longniddry Primary School have been getting to grips with rock-climbing at the Tranent Climbing Wall lately. The pupils learnt different climbing techniques, how to tie onto the rope, how to belay and above all how to work well how together and trust their partners. But it wasn’t all just a physical session. During one activity they had to combine both their bouldering ability and their literacy skills requiring them to write and draw whilst climbing.