Category Archives: Outdoor education

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.

Blossoming in P3

P3 have been observing the blossom trees in the park for the last few weeks.  We have enjoyed watching them change from beautiful trees with masses of bright colourful blossom to trees which are almost bare with only some dark dying blossom left.

We have observed the shape and size of the trunks of the trees and how the branches spread out to create lovely structures.  We used our observations to create these stunning blossom tree paintings.

We completed our paintings in stages focusing first on the creating the trunk and branches and then we added our blossom using paint and tin foil instead of brushes.  The look beautiful on display in the corridor and are a lasting reminder of the stunning blossom trees in the park.

Play Pod Fun!

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!

Rock Stars in P3

P3 have been outdoors again – the weather was not so good this time, very damp and misty so we had to finish our lesson indoors.

We were looking for different types of rocks – we didn’t think we would find many in the school grounds but to our surprise there were loads.  We then spent time sorting our rocks into different categories, size, shape, colour etc.  We then used them to make some rock structures.

Leaf to Leaf in P3

It was Lily’s turn to pick the outdoor activity she picked leaf to leaf so we have been outdoors collecting different kinds of leaves.  We were looking for different shapes, sizes and colours.  We have been trying to find out what kinds of leaves they are so we can discover what trees we have around the school.  We then made some lovely artworks by drawing and rubbing the leaves.

Invent-a-nature in P3

P3 took their learning outdoors this afternoon, what a gorgeous day to be outside.  Phoenix picked a card from our outdoor learning bowl, our activity today was called invent-a-nature.  We had to pick up different pieces of nature and think about what other ways they could be used.  We worked in pairs and groups and collected lots of interesting natural materials.  We then got to inventing, we had lots of different constructions going on, including a step ladder for the birds so they could enter a safe area away from any predators, a fairy house and a top notch 5 star bug hotel.  We also seen some sparrows who were very busy in the bird boxes just outside our classroom, we think they may have chicks so we shall be keeping a close eye on them.

Planning for Assessment

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

P1 – The journey so far!

Welcome to the P1 blog.  Many apologies for it taking so long to get this up and running for you – we’ve been rather busy 😉  It is our aim that we will update this with more and more information about, and lovely photos of, your children’s learning with increased frequency.  Any outstanding photo permission slips would be gratefully received so that we do not inadvertently post pictures that you would rather us not.

This term the children have been using interdisciplinary learning to study Light and Dark.  We have  been exploring the various celebrations around the world that occur in these months from fireworks and Halloween through Divali and Hanukkah; the Swedish festival of Santa Lucia and Christmas.

Above and below, you can see the children using natural materials to create a mandala using rangoli patterns.  Miss Grierson and Mrs McDonald were really excited to see how the children used their knowledge of symmetry to add detail.

The children continued to show their learning about the Divali traditions in the classroom using coloured rice to make rangoli patterns on paper plates – these are currently decorating our learning wall and will come home with the children at the end of the topic.

Watch this space next week to find out more…..!

Our Playpod is ready to go!!!

Playpod getting ready thanks to Dundee’s @scrapAntics
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Thanks to @EastLintonPS parent, @DunpenderCC  and @lintonhotel2015 for funding