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School Improvement Plan 2019-2020

ELPS SIP 1920

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Catch up with P7

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.

P7 Journey Around the World in 7 Weeks!

P7 started this term off with a bang last week arriving to find their classroom transformed into an aeroplane accompanied by Captain Warrrender and co-pilots Mrs Gibson and Claire. The children had to complete their passports and boarding passes in order to board the plane.

Last week we visited Europe. This involved learning about European landmarks which we created using Kapla blocks. Can you guess any of our European Landmarks? We also looked at the Mona Lisa and created our own modern day Mona Lisas. To complete the week we tasted some European food; brioche from France and pizza from Italy.

This week we have jetsetted to Africa as it is Fairtrade Fortnight. We have learnt about Fairtrade and created posters to promote this which we have put up around the school. Miss Warrender shared her teaching experience in Tanzania and we have created our own ‘well done chant’ to use when someone in our class has been successful. 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 are finishing off the week looking at African art and trying some African food on Friday.

We have also been busy finishing off our division maths topic and have done very well in a multiplication and division assessment this week. We have moved on to look at order of operations (BODMAS). Every Friday we are also taking part in Bikeability sessions which are going very well. A very busy P7!!

 

Planning for Assessment

At our staff session on Tuesday we looked at Planning for Assessment – sharing our good practice and supporting each other

Book Week Scotland

Bit of a catch up going on here but “recently” we were very lucky to be invited down to our East Linton Library as part of Book Week Scotland, where we met Heather and the Team and received our P1 Book Bug goodie bags.

While we were there we learned about the library and how it works as well as getting a few stories read to us and a bit of a sing song!
A lovely day and we hope the first of many visits to our lovely library!
Since then we have shared the stories in class and had discussions surrounding them, as well as listening to the authors read them online. We voted for our favourite and One Button Benny was clear winner across P1.

Update on P6 teaching and learning

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MONEY SENSE FRAUD WORKSHOP

Alastair from the Royal Bank of Scotland came into our class to talk about Money Sense. We had to solve a problem that happened to the character Caitlin Bailey. We had to solve the mystery because she had her identity stolen and a loan was taken out in her name but she knew nothing about it till the bank demanded payment. We worked in groups of 4. Then once we had thought we had solved it we made a news report to say what happened in our groups. We discovered there were lots of ways your identity details could be stolen.  See videos above.

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT VISIT

This week we had Ross from the Museum of Flight in to talk to us. We did some experiments and chatted about flight and different types of planes. It was very cool! See pics below. We did some rocket launches with cones. We did some helicopter things. And we made paper aeroplanes.

NEW FRENCH TEACHER

2 weeks ago we got a new French teacher called Madame Ballantyne. Right now we are being taught the L’alphabet (Alphabet) we are also being taught how to count and say our names in French.

NEW CLASS NOVEL

In class we have started our new class novel called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis.  We are about halfway through the book and it looks like most people are enjoying it.

BASKETBALL NEWSPAPER TOWER 

This week we have been doing newspaper tower as part of our new topic, Inventors and Inventions. Each week we have a design challenge to complete using our STEM skills.  The first one we did was making a newspaper basketball tower. It had to stand up on its own and be able to hold a basketball on it for 30 seconds. Some were unusual, some didn’t work but everybody had fun and worked well together. They were in teams of 3 or 4. Look at pictures below.

PURPLE PINKIE

This week The Rotary Purple Pinkie came in. We had to dip our pinkie in ink and press it down on the world map where we think there is a  country that no longer have any cases of polio.

WINTER OLYMPIC PICTURES

A few weeks ago we did pictures that were for the winter Olympics. First, we painted the background and then put on fake snow if we wanted to, we then let them dry. While they were drying we coloured in a figure skater, downhill skier or ski jumper but some of us made our own figures.

WORLD BOOK DAY

On Friday we had our World Book day after the delay of the snow. We had a competition for the most unusual place to read. Findlay won, he was reading in a skip. He won a handmade wooden Harry Potter wand. This was only for P6. See pics below.

We also traced and decorated our favourite books covers. We put them on the door. There were some the same and some different. They were all very good.

Mrs Pentony put up our own special lending library just for our class.  So you put your name on a sheet and you have to write when you took it out and when you returned it. Then you could write if you wanted it after someone or recommend it to someone who may like to read it.

Further updates soon – please leave us a comment, thanks.

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