## Pupil Focus group – our playground

Our first Pupil Focus group used the Think, Puzzle, Explore thinking routine to make some plans for our playground – some fantastic ideas!

## Learning Heroes – Reflective

Our Focus this week was being REFLECTIVE! These are our heroes…they really impressed us this week! Well done everyone!

## Learning Heroes

Here are our PERSEVERING Learning Heroes from last week. A big well done to them all…it is a lifelong skill.

## 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!

## 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!

## Catch up with P7

The first few pictures in the gallery are of our artwork that we have created in class – African sunsets and Molas from Central America. We’ve enjoyed adding pictures and work to our Around the World in 7 Weeks learning wall to share our learning journey.

Last week we visited Asia. We were lucky enough to have another of our P7 Granny’s join us to share their knowledge. This Granny had worked with a charity in Asia for 19 years, helping to build schools, wells and provide homeless children with supplies. She brought in lots of interesting items, clothes and pictures to share with us and we got to dress up in saris!

This week we are visiting Australia and learning about the Great Barrier Reef. We are continuing writing our stories in Literacy and adding and subtracting fractions in maths.

Our school nurse, Maggie has been visiting us as part of Headstrong, a series of 5 sessions surrounding mental health. We have decorated shoe boxes into ‘happy boxes’ where we are collecting things that provide happy memories. Sadly, our final session is next week.

This week we visited The Risk Factory as part of our previous topic ‘Risks to Health’. The children took part in 10 different scenarios, ranging from fire, to road safety to dangers around the home. This was very exciting!

Our P7s found out who had been selected for East Linton Gala day and were very excited to share this news and their certificates with the class.

## Heroes of the Week

Presenting our Responsible Heroes this week. They have all shown that they can take responsibility for their own learning and can be responsible citizens. Well done everyone! Be proud!

## John Muir – Conserving Day!

We have had another wonderful day outdoors in our local community for the CONSERVE part of our John Muir award. First, we collected litter in the park and field next to our school to conserve the environment there. P5 couldn’t believe it when our litter weighed a stone! We were shocked and will now encourage other not to drop litter. Then, P5 returned to the river. While there, we learned about Native, Non-native and invasive species and their impact on habitat. We also learned how dangerous some plants can be.

P5 want to say a huge thanks to Sam, our ranger, for being so full of knowledge and enthusiasm. It has really helped  to focus on the importance of being kind to our world. P5 showed great respect outdoor and should be so incredibly proud of themselves…they have even managed to convince Miss McKay that the outdoors are not so scary after all.