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!
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!
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!
I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend! In wonderful Scottish fashion we’ve had bright sunshine, rain and hail – four seasons in one weekend (or one day).
Your Parent Council has been busy over the past few months, starting the year with the Quiz Night in January which raised nearly £1000. Many thanks to all participants and sponsors for your support, and to the events and fundraising group for their amazing efforts! The events and fundraising group also ran the Easter Disco for the kids last month. If you’d like to get involved or have any ideas for future events, help is always welcome, and you don’t need to be a member of the Parent Council in order to get involved. It’s a great way to get to know each other, and contribute to your kids’ experience at the school too.
Improving the outdoor space at the school is a priority, and has been for the past few years, however progress has been limited due to uncertainties around the upcoming school expansion and renovation, which is scheduled to be completed by August 2021. In the meantime, small improvements have been made in the garden – we’ve had a generous donation of soil from Caledonian Soil, and the planters at the back have now been re-planted with donated herbs and vegetables, thanks to the hardworking playground group. There are also donated planters at the front, which need to be filled with soil and planted. If you’re able to help the playground group either with labour (adults and kids welcome to help!) or by donating surplus seedlings or plants that have been split, that would be wonderful! Plans are also underway to replace the broken basketball hoop and relocate it to the rear of the school where there’s more space.
The next meeting of the Parent Council will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), where the adoption of the proposed updated Constitution and Equality and Fairness Policy will be voted on. The EGM is being held at 7pm on Tuesday, 14th May, at The Crown, East Linton.
Thank you to all parents who responded to the consultation on the draft Constitution and Equality and Fairness policy. Your input has been taken into account, and the updated documents, along with the notice of meeting and agenda can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or visiting the Parent Council page on Edubuzz.
As always, any parents and carers of children at the school are welcome to attend. Please RSVP either via the event page on facebook, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to get in touch via the parent council’s email address at any time with feedback, suggestions, concerns or questions. Please note that all Parent Council members are unpaid volunteers with other commitments, so while we will do our absolute best to respond quickly, we may not always be able to do so. Your patience is very much appreciated!
It may be that we can help, or alternatively we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can. We’d love to hear what your priorities are for the school, and how we can all best support the kids to have a positive learning experience.
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!
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.