Fantastic chance for the pupils of both P4/5 and P6/7 to try their hand at programming with the Lego Mindstorm challenge. The pupils learned how to programme their robots and had to use these newly learned skills to tackle a series of increasing more complex problems. Working together, the pupils had to utilise different sensors on the robots to get their robots to drive round obstacles, turn corners and even carry out a small dance!
Yesterday P6/7 enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Moneysense team. We learned a lot of skills around budgeting based around the context of organising a birthday party.
These skills will come in very handy in later life, and more immediately, as we gear up to running a Fairtrade café towards the end of term.
As I’m sure you know, we will soon reach our School’s very special date, and I would like to update you on events around our anniversary week.
I have had a number of discussions with staff, pupils, parents and partners of the school over the past few months, and we have agreed a range of activities and events which I believe provide interesting learning opportunities for the children as well as a number of fun and exciting ways of sharing this learning while marking a special occasion. The children have already been working in class on a number of curriculum areas which have allowed them to reflect on the 50 years which have passed since the school first opened on its current site. I am very grateful to members of the parent forum who have given time to help us in organising events and sorting memorabilia, and I am delighted to be able to advise that we have successfully bid for funds to allow us to commission a purpose built display cabinet which will feature a range of school history for years to come.
I attach an overview of activities for the week commencing 25 February. Please note that items marked in red are intended to be sharing events and we are very keen for as many parents and friends of the school community to join us as can manage. We totally understand that everyone has busy lives, but if you are able to take some time to join us at any of the marked events, you will be very welcome. The finale to the week will be the Friday Assembly, and it is likely that we may have to regulate numbers by way of tickets per family. More details on this to follow.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or the school office should you wish to discuss any of this further, and in the meantime I hope you will be able to mark a couple of dates in your diary.
Last Thursday, P6/7 went to Queen Margaret University to take part in the Holocaust Memorial service. Introduced by the Lord Provost, the class heard a number of speakers talk about different aspects of the Holocaust. We took part in an art project around the theme “Torn From Home”. We had a number of pupils who were confident and eloquent enough to volunteer to go up on stage to speak to the audience about their artwork and feelings.
The class behaved amazingly well, throughout what was a very sensitive topic, and did the school proud.
On Friday P4/5 shared all the interesting facts that they learned in their Jacobite topic. Thanks to everyone who came along to the assembly!
P1-7 received a visit from the Scottish SPCA this morning. Each class participated in a different workshop, which involved watching videos and playing games. P4/5 discussed the importance of caring for all animals and also learned lots of interesting facts about different animals… Did you know a sea monkey has three eyes?!
P4/5 had a great morning consolidating our learning about the Jacobites at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures when we got inside the Palace… which was a shame because Grant got the chance to dress up as Bonnie Prince Charlie!
While we were there we had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Jacobites with a member of the Palace Learning Team, visiting rooms used by Bonnie Prince Charlie. We also got a chance to handle replica Jacobite objects! We all had a fantastic time!
On Monday, the P6/7’s went on a visit to New Lanark to consolidate some of their learning about the Victorians. It was a long bus journey there and back but it was worth the effort. We were able to sample a real Victorian classroom with an authentic Victorian teacher (scarier than Mr Cain) and learned that while some things in school life has changed considerably over the many years, other things had remained much the same.
And we got to see some real Victorian buildings, engines and factory machines. Finally there was an interactive ride through history seeing (and smelling) the development of the Victorian age through the eyes (and nose) of a young Victorian girl.
A very interesting day out for everybody!