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This term we have been learning about electricity.We have been creating our own circuits and testing materials to see if they are conductors or insulators. We have also been writing instructions so that we could teach someone else how to create a circuit.

Last week we had a talk from Powerwise. The speaker showed us lots of interesting pictures and objects, including an overhead line from the railway. Most importantly, he reminded us how dangerous electricity can be and gave us useful tips to help us to stay safe around it.


Milk money for Term 2 is now due.

The cost is £10.03 and this covers payment from Monday 6 January to Friday 4 April 2014. Payment can be made by cheque (to be made out to EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL) or cash.

Whichever form of payment is used, however, payment and slip should be returned for each child via the class teacher in a sealed marked envelope with the child’s name, class and “Milk Money” written on the front. Please note the charge to parents for school milk is reduced by the School Milk Subsidy received by East Lothian Council from the European Community.

Pupils receiving free meals automatically qualify for free milk. Pupils who have paid for milk for the whole session do not have to return the slip.

Money will be collected on FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER 2013.
For your information, money for Term 3 (£8.67) will be collected on 28 March 2014.

The PIE Club Start Computer Programming with Scratch

The Pinkie PIE Club (Pinkie ICT Experts) have been starting to explore computer programming with Scratch.

They used a free program, Scratch, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to help children learn programming. Scratch can now be used as a web version, but, if you want, you can down load the application here:

Scratch uses a Lego-like “building bricks” interface to enable children to learn the principles of programming without having to worry about obscure command syntax. Learn more about Scratch here.

Here are some examples showing the sort of thing that the PIE Club members are now able to do one their own.

(Move your mouse pointer and watch how the fish reacts.)

(Use your arrow keys to navigate the ant around the course.)

You can view more PIE Club Scratch animations and games here.

Benmore – Tuesday’s News

We did orienteering and gorge walking on Tuesday.

The gorge walk was totally wet and wild! We all loved it. Some of us were heading to Dunoon during orienteering but we realised our mistake and got back safely. The night scavenger hunt was awesome.

See you soon.
Lewis, Allan, Sophia, Eilidh, Ellie, Michael G, Holly, Catherine, Kieren, Crystal, Katie, Jake, Sophie, Ciaran