Category Archives: 2016/2017

John Muir Award

To complete the four aspects of the John Muir Award, P 6/7 took part in a 2-day wildlife event at the Hareup Plantation. We took participated in a variety of activities.

Discover                 Explore                      Conserve                         Share

Bird Ringing

There are over 2000 experts in the UK like Andrew who ring birds.

They keep track of the bird’s location and the date. They also keep track of the weight, wing length and where the bird has been. The people have a big net which is hard to see and catches the birds.

If someone finds that same bird they can go online and put the code [which is on the ring] in to see where the bird was ringed and where it has been.

Then they send that information to the Natural History Museum so they can put into their data base.


We went to do the conservation because if we didn’t the wildlife could die out in the pond. So what we did was drag the sticks, leaves and litter with some special tools such as a pitch fork with bent prongs and a stick with hook in the end.

The pond is getting on well because it’s only been around one year and it is already swarming with wildlife.

Moth Trapping

We went to Hareup Plantation as part of our John Muir Award. We had two groups and we both picked a location for our moth traps.

In the morning we checked our moth traps we found over 20 moths which were all different species.

There were lots of variety and they were very interesting.

For locations to put our moth traps we were looking for areas with lots of shade and lots of different types of plants.

The Moth trap is a very unique thing. All it uses is a light, a big plastic tub and a few egg boxes.

Pond dipping

Dave Wild took us pond dipping and the ponds were only dug out about 1 year ago and that gave us a new habitat to explore.

We used nets to fish out wildlife and see what species lived there. The wildlife we caught we put in a white tray and Dave Wild was surprised at how many species were there.

Ladybird City

The adults that were helping us planned lots of activities that were really interesting. However in the field next to the Hareup Plantation, we discovered lots and lots of ladybirds. Making the ladybird city was not part of the plan but our initiative led us to discover and explore the wonderful world of ladybirds. For more fantastic facts watch the video.

Thank You

A huge Thank You to Dave Wild, Katty Baird, Ang Morris and Andrew Thorpe for helping us achieve our John Muir Awards.

Citizenship Groups Summer Term Update

All four Citizenship groups have been extremely busy this term.

This is what we have been doing.

The Communication Group have created fabulous posters to remind everyone how to keep safe in the sun.

Gregor (P5) ‘We made posters and put them up around the school to help us to  remember to keep safe in the sun.  I enjoyed working with the P1’s.’

The Green Team  have been investigating food waste.

Olivia (P5)  ‘A third of the world’s food gets wasted.  Here at Dirleton we are trying to reduce our food waste.’

Bella (P5) ‘We need to stop buying too much food even if we are tempted by the ‘buy one get one free’ offers we see in the supermarkets.’

The Pupil Council Group have been investigating paper recycling and encouraging everyone to think about the paper they use.   Every week they have been checking how much paper we recycle and looking at ways to reduce it even further.

Graham (P5) ‘We need to stop wasting paper otherwise we will use too many trees resulting in more climate change.’

The Health and Wellbeing Group have made charts to  encourage everyone to  bring in healthy foods.   If you bring in a banana (for example) you will get a point on the chart, each point is worth a house point.

For De Vaux you get a paper strawberry to put on the chart.   If you are in Halyburton you get a blueberry and if you are in Ruthven you get a banana.  They have also been planting different vegetables that we can eat.


P 3/4 Learning Log Blog 16.06.17

Tam (P3) ‘I enjoyed the imaginative writing because it was fun starting to type up my giant story on the computer.’ Literacy

Ryan (P4) ‘The whole class painted a volcano which made me feel happy because we had to use straws instead of paint brushes to make them explode!’ Expressive Arts

Gemma (P4) ‘I liked when we did weight in maths and problem solving because it was really challenging and we chose our own partners to work with.’ Maths
Arne (P3) ‘I enjoyed music because we got to sing ‘Blue Skies’ and hear the backing track this seemed quite nice!’ Expressive Arts

Tyler (P4) ‘I’ve enjoyed PE this week because we practiced relays with sticks. Everyone was trying their very best which made it fun for everyone.’ Health & Wellbeing

Kitty (P4) ‘I loved doing literacy circles about ‘Wreck of the Zanzibar’ because I tried really hard with sketch artist and predictor roles! Literacy

P 3/4 Learning Log Blog 09.06.17

John (P3) ‘I enjoyed Lorraine coming in to do a talk about healthy snacks. She told us that there are treats that look bad but they are actually really good for you! Health & Wellbeing

Tam (P3) ‘I loved sports day because we got to do lots of different activities. My favourite one was the long distance race. I came 3rd! Ruthven won the overall sports day!’ Health & Wellbeing

Gemma (P4) ‘I liked doing Pilates because it was so relaxing that I nearly fell asleep!’ Health & Wellbeing

Ryan (P4) ‘We all liked doing Taekwondo when we had to run up to kick the pads because it took perseverance.’ Health & Wellbeing

Eleanor (P4) ‘I loved ‘Bike-ability’ because it was the first time P4’s did this in school. We learnt how to use and check our breaks, dodge obstacles and wave at our teacher whilst still riding! Health & Wellbeing

Duncan (P3) ‘I enjoyed ‘Cosmic Yoga’ because it was really fun and there were different themes. The Minecraft one was my favourite! Health & Wellbeing