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School Improvement Plan 2019-2020

ELPS SIP 1920

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P3 make the news with our big project!

Another busy week in P3.   We had two visitors for World of Work Week, Andy told us all about being a  journalist and showed us his shorthand for taking notes accurately and Julie told us about being an illustrator and demonstrated her fabulous skills, thanks so much to you both.

We have also been busy making resources for our outdoor classroom and writing instruction so other classes have ideas for how to use them.

We were learning about the feeding needs of the birds at this time of year, we have been putting out seed every week and have seen a lot more birds coming to the playground so we made bird feeders using apple, raisins, grapes and cheese, we hope the birds enjoy them.

We also set up our pond this week, the water is still a bit murky but to our great surprise and delight we had a visitor this morning – a frog has appeared and we hope he continues to visit.

Our project made the news this week we are in the latest edition of the East Lothian courier.  Great work and great news for P3!

Big Project continues in P3

P3 have been making great progress over the last few weeks to get their big project moving.  We have finished tidying the courtyard, it is looking great and is now much easier to get around in and use.  When we were cleaning up we found all the bits for a wormery so we have set this up and hope our worms will get to work and make us some compost.

Out in the playground we have spent lots of time clearing away the overgrown shrubs – a great big thank you to the parents who helped with this very hard work.  We can now see what space we have to work in.

Our library TARDIS arrived (thanks Mr Pentony) and is beginning to fill up with books.  We have also been painting pots to use in the garden and we are making resources to use outside too.  We will be encouraging wildlife by setting up a small pond, a bug hotel and a hedgehog box in the next few weeks.  Great work P3!

Update from P3

We have had a busy start to the new term in P3.  We have been doing some work with 2D shapes and created some amazing tessellations.  Thanks to all the parents who gave us a Desert Island Disc playlist, we have been enjoying a few songs everyday.  The children are loving it, lots of singing and dancing going on.  We have had a great selection of music and will continue to play them everyday, if you haven’t given us your list of have thought of some more you would like to add let us know.

We have created our reading rivers and were quite amazed how much we are reading without really thinking of it as reading.  We have also been working on our repeated addition and skip counting, we had some messy maths when we were skip counting in 5s.

We have  been continuing our work in the courtyard and have made an amazing job of organising everything and finally got around to some planting, it looks great.     We have also had the first story stones arrive – looking forward to seeing the rest of them!

Big New Project in P3 begins!!!

P3 have decided on their project for this term – we have been spending a lot of time outdoors and have been looking at the barked area next to our classroom and feel it could be so much better, therefore our project is to create an area which could be used as an outdoor classroom.  We are currently cleaning the courtyard area so we can use the green house to grow some plants.  We were also using our maths skills outdoors measuring different items and taking measurements of the outdoor area so we can draw plans to help us decide how best to use the area.  We also planted our first seeds today – ain’t no stopping us now!

Story Sticks in P3

P3 have been continuing with their outdoor learning this week.  We have been keeping our feathered friends well fed.  We made story sticks today which told the story of all the things we had

seen when we were out walking around the field.  We collected different interesting things we found on our walk and hung them from sticks and shared the stories of our walks using the stick to help us.

Blast Off in P3!

P3 were experimenting further today with solids, liquids and gases.  We managed to get a hold of some gallium, an amazing metal which melts in warm water and changes into a beautiful shiny silver coloured liquid which just rolls around the palm of your hand.

We were outdoors learning about the power of gases, we experimented with canister rockets, exploding lunch bags and launched water/air rockets.  The water/air rocket was hard work to fill with air using the foot pump but it was worth the effort when it blasted off skyward to the screams of delight from P3.   We also experienced air resistance using parachutes.

 

P7 travel around the world in 7 weeks!!

Last week Ms Warrender visited Dunbar Grammar School to observe two maths and two English S1 classes in order to aid transition from primary school to secondary. The P7s were very surprised when Ms Warrender came back with some S1 fractions maths questions that they could solve already!

This week we completed our final Headstrong session with Maggie our school nurse. We shared our ‘happy boxes’ with the rest of the class, looking at the memories that we brought in.

Last week the P7s completed their home learning booklets on a country of their choice. Ms Warrender was amazed about the amount of time and effort that the children had put into their booklets. Well done P7!

P7 have completed their topic ‘Around the World in 7 Weeks!’ This week so have travelled to Antarctica and had a look at the different types of wildlife that live there. On Tuesday we had our international food festival, inviting the P7 parents and our P1 buddies in to sample our dishes we had made from countries around the world. Again, the P7s excelled themselves, producing delicious dishes to tempt the taste buds. Our bellies were definitely bulging afterwards! We managed to raise £60 from donations from parents that will go towards our P7 end of year party!

We completed reading our whole class novel, The Hobbit, and so have been watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this week in class, comparing the similarities and differences between the book and the film.

This week we completed our stories, and produced our final drafts. We then created bunny Easter cards and decorated Easter eggs for our competition that will be judged tomorrow by Mrs Gardner.

Councillor Sue Kempson is coming in to assembly tomorrow to present us with our Level 1 certificates and then its off to church!

What a busy term for P7! We wish you all a very Happy Easter!