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.
P5 enjoyed learning about the journey chocolate takes from the plants to our shops. We didn’t realise how hard it was. Sally from Field to Fork even gave us a taste of delicious Fairtrade chocolate. We had banana too so we were balancing it out!
Congratulations to our heroes this week. Our focus was on Respect. You should all be so proud!
Lots of imaginative play using our Play Pod this week – digging for gold, den building, moving parts play – litter picking is fun too – and great for practising our counting skills in P1!
P7 finished off visiting Africa with cracking open a coconut and trying some foods from Africa – lychees, bananas (fairtrade of course), coconut and watermelon.
Last week P7 visited South America and created Mola artwork (artwork to be shared soon!) This involved cutting and layering paper to produce different patterns. We finished the week looking at foods from South America and tried mango, papaya (we read a story about a boy called Pele from Brazil who sold papayas), avocado and honeydew melon. The mango was definitely the favourite!
Last week was the P7 Spring Fling at Dunbar Primary. Everyone had a great night making new friends and dancing. We’re looking forward to the other transition events coming up.
This week P7 have moved on to fractions in maths. We went outside to create fraction walls using sticks. We are visiting North America this week and have continued with our Mola artwork. We have began story writing in Literacy and the children have enjoyed creating their own characters for their stories. This Friday is our last session of Level 1 Bikeability before we begin Level 2 on the roads after the Easter Holidays.
Some fantastic opportunities to find out more about sustainable living and Earth Hour!
Today we supported Dunbar Rotary in their Purple Pinkie Campaign to eradicate polio from the world – well done everyone!
Today, PC Jackson from the British Transport Police ( East of Scotland ) visited us to talk to everyone about safety around the railway line. He was impressed by how mature everyone was, their listening skills and excellent questions.
P7 had a visitor this morning as this week we’re visiting South America. One of our grandmothers was born in Uruguay in South America and created a PowerPoint to share some information of the culture, music and food of Uruguay.
As mentioned below, this week P7 are learning about Africa. We have learnt about the story A Blind Man Catches a Bird by Alexander McCall Smith, which is an African story that Miss Warrender taught in Tanzania and we have taken part in trust exercises to do with this. We made use of the good weather to go outside with one partner being blind folded and the other had to use communication skills to guide them to a ‘safe space’. We then finished using our circle time outside, to use our non-verbal communication skills to work out how to always having 4 people standing in our circle, but for a maximum time limit of 10 seconds.