It has been a fabulous star-studded week in P7 with all pupils performing five spectacular shows of this year’s side-splitting musical, `Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. It has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved and we would like to thank all the people who have helped us. Special thanks to Mr Walker our janitor, Mrs Broadley our music specialist and to Mr Connell our art specialist for all their hard work and contribution.
This term we have been learning about the Scottish parliament and the democratic election process. We have learned about the workings of the Scottish parliament and following a visit from Iain Gray, we also learned about the day-to-day duties of an MSP.
In recent weeks we have formed ‘families’ in our local community and we have investigated the social issues and community concerns within East Lothian. Five MSP candidates were selected to form an election campaign. The candidates canvased the `families’ to find out their needs which formed the basis for their election campaign speeches. Yesterday the P7 MSP candidates gave their speeches and the rest of the year stage voted for the candidate who promised to address the particular needs of their ‘families’. The winning candidate was Keira who represented the `Blue Thistles’ party.
Today we have been reading the French tale of `The Necklace’, with the dislikeable character of Madame Loisel. Your discussion question tonight is – Is there a moral to this story? Please use examples from the text to support your answer.
Set 1 – reading homework. Today we have been reading Roald Dahl’s famous short story `Leg of Lamb’, or it is also known as `Lamb to the Slaughter’. Below is a link to the story if you would like to remind yourself of it.
For homework please post a comment that answers this question: –
`Do you think that Mary Maloney is a victim or a villan?’ Explain your answer with examples from the text.
Following last night’s blog post we packed our bags and had a fantastic disco, organised by our great instructors. We all hit the floor and felt those rhythms – well sort of! As a wee extra `last Loch Insh’ treat Mr Barnes was taken on an mountain bike ride on some very expensive wheels. He had a great time and emerged in the disco very mud splattered. Once we were boogied-out Johnny shown us a video made from his favourite video clips from our trip. It was great trying to spot each other. So looking back on our week there has been some tears, some injuries, some soggy pants, some late nights and lots of amazing experiences. Thank you to all of P7 for your company, for the laughs and for such a great trip. You did it !! Here are the last photos, Miss Brodie.
Day 4 – Loch Insh on PhotoPeach
A great day for ducks and all Law Primary kids. By day three there are very few dry clothes in our dorms but we have all had a fantastic time on the water. The loch has been so calm which had meant some epic journeys up the loch, we’ve visited remote islands and Mr Barnes almost made it to the River Spey. This morning some of us enjoyed problem solving, a chance to be on dry land for a couple of hours. During this session the girls trashed the boys at assembling a tent, we all became entangled in knots and we managed to engineer our own tripod to cross a deathly moat. Just a normal morning here at Loch Insh. Robbie has also had a fabulous time joining us with our activities. Just today he has been kayakking and sledging on the dry ski slop, even getting `some air’ off a jump; demanding to go higher and higher up the slope.
In the afternoon a group of us did some sailing, we mastered all of the basics and we had a chance to test our skills by sailing home in The Big Storm; well a wee hailstorm to be more precise. Here are some shots from today; look out for Mr Barnes’s funky cycling kit. I did miss a fantastic photo opportunity last night when Miss Skinner became entangled on the assault course netting until she was left flailing and hanging upside down. Thankfully the children were able to help her down as the teachers were too busy giggling – sorry Miss Skinner. Tonight is the final disco before a morning of further activities and a lunchtime departure. Getting those washing machines warmed up!!
Day 3 – Loch Insh on PhotoPeach
Last night was an unbelievable night…sshhh.. don’t tell them but the kids went to bed and they went straight to sleep!!! When we woke up this morning we were greeted by a beautifully sunny day and the loch was like a shimmering mirror. It was a great start. Whilst having a huge cooked breakfast everyone managed to catch up with the comments left on the blog so thank you to everyone back home it always makes us smile. Today I joined the biking and kayaking group. Firstly we practised our biking skills and then headed off the campus for a bike trail through the fantastic woodland tracks around the loch. One member of our group who had never cycled before was actually pedalling around the basketball court by the end of the session. What an incredible achievement, we were really proud of him. After a very quick lunch we were straight into our afternoon activity for us it was kayaking. The other groups were skiing, canoeing and biking. Our group had a momentous adventure as we kayaked travelling around the island, the home of the local osprey nest, and around to the other side of the loch. It was a fantastic afternoon. As we travelled back to the beach a very soggy Mrs Barbour could be seen standing on shore. Her canoeing group had had a little mishap that resulted in the three canoeists being tossed overboard. Ooops!! The rest of the group said that it was a spectacular head first entry. At the moment the boys are busy playing basketball and the girls are busy shopping. They are busy buying all of their loved ones lots of Loch Insh fudge; let’s see how much arrives back home. Here are a few shots from today.
Day 2 – Loch Insh on PhotoPeach
After waving off all our loved ones in the turning circle we have had a fantastic journey up to Loch Insh. We were all kept busy chatting and singing. As we travelled north we discovered snow…and more snow… and more snow. Fortunately were thrilled to find NO snow at Loch Insh – yeah! Mrs Barbour was particularly thrilled as she had discovered that she had packed two right-handed gloves; hopefully we will discover someone with two lefties!
Everyone was very excited to arrive and it was a quick turn around as we guzzled our lunch, emptied the entire contents of our bags onto our dorm floor and out for our first activities. This afternoon the groups took part in canoeing, archery, biking, skiing and a trip on the tour boat. Only one person ended up in the Loch as they needed to retrieve their oar…we’ve heard that one before Angus! Dinner has just finished with the afternoon’s activities causing everyone to pile their plates high. Fully fed and watered all of the groups are currently taking part in an evening activity. No doubt everyone will be in their pyjamas and in bed sleeping happily by eight…..mmm… let’s see.
Day 1 Loch Insh 2012 on PhotoPeach
Daily reports to follow but so far all is well and everyone is happy.