A few weeks ago we held an assembly on bullying. Mrs Williams set every class a different task which involved talking about bullying and how we feel. This week it was time for everyone to feedback on their discussions in class.
P1/2 had drawn and talked about their ‘bag of worries’.
P3/4 discussed what people feel when they are bullied. They drew posters to show how bullying feels.
P6/7 discussed different scenarios when someone is bullied and the strategies they could use to solve each situation.
Fire Safety Officers visited Elphinstone Primary yesterday and talked to Nursery, P1-7 in our assembly about Fire Safety. Using the website www.firescotland.gov.uk, the pupils were taken through an interactive ‘house’ to spot fire hazards in every room.
The children learned about the various dangers and the ways in which fires can start. We discussed the importance of smoke detectors and that they save many lives each year. The Firemen talked us through different fire scenarios in the house and the children had to work out the best escape route for each incident. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils were clearly interested and asked the firemen lots of their questions.
Every child was given an information card from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offering Free Home Fire Safety visits and Free Smoke alarms.
To book a free home safety visit for you, or someone you know….
CALL 0800 0731999
TEXT ‘FIRE’ to 80800
On Tuesday, the school office bearers held their committee meetings to discuss plans for the rest of the term. At our assembly the Eco Group, Pupil Council, Junior Road Safety Officers and the pupils responsible for the Fruit Trolley and Playground Equipment all gave their feedback to the rest of the school.
As part of our emotional literacy programme in school we looked at friendships. Mrs. Williams led an Assembly on friendships and each class got a task to do over 2 weeks regarding this topic.
In the Nursery we looked at what it meant to be a friend and we made friendship leaves.
In P1/2 we talked about friends and made friend badges.
In p3/4 we built a friendship wall with bricks naming the attributes of a good friend.
In 5/6/7 we looked at conflict in friendships. We identified triggers and strategies on how to deal with conflict.
All pupils were given Family friendship homework to do and it was pleasing to see how many were returned. Thank you.
The ‘Stars of the Week’ were the first pupils to sit on our new ‘Friendship Bench’. This will be painted in bright colours by every child in the school and placed in the playground.
Continuing Scottish Food Day and with the taste challenge, the whole school then participated in ‘Crunch at Noon!’ There was a countdown from ten, and then we all bit into our Scottish apples at the same time 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…………. CRUNCH!
In September two of our assemblies focused on germs and the importance of washing our hands when we go to the toilet and before we eat our food. Because we can’t see germs, children think they aren’t there.
At the start of September, we carried out a whole school science experiment using bread. Mrs Braby demonstrated this and organised the display. We took three slices of bread and placed them into labelled plastic bags and displayed these in the hall for everyone to see and keep looking at for changes over the next few weeks.
Bag 1– Controlled Hands: Mrs Braby first put on protective medical gloves and then took the bread and placed it into the plastic bag.
Bag 2– Clean Hands: Mrs Braby first washed her hands very thoroughly with soap and then placed a slice of bread into the plastic bag.
Bag 3– Dirty Hands: A slice of bread was passed around every child in the school and then placed into the plastic bag.
Many thanks to Leon and Huw’s mum for sending us details of this experiment.
Look what happened!
After 3 weeks we could easily see a difference between the 3 slices of bread. Bag 3 – Dirty hands’ is almost black with bacteria!
The message to wash our hands before having our lunch was made very clear by this simple experiment.
Erica Wishart , the new minister from Tranent Parish Church, popped in to see us at our assembly with Debbie, who runs our Wednesday lunchtime club. They told us a story and a new song with signing.