Week beginning September 14th 2009…

This week on the ELP programme we will be even busier – as we get through as many things as we can in the build up to the holiday weekend! (Parents should remember the school is closed next Monday the 21st September for the Edinburgh Autumn Bank Holiday).

Details of all important school dates can be found by following the link on this site to the school calendar. (https://www.edubuzz.org/plhs-today/school-calendar/)

ELP Science

This week in ELP Science we will be looking at two very different aspects of science. In Junior Elp Science we will be finding out all about the Water Cycle. How does water get into the clouds in the sky so that it can then fall as rain? How does this help our plants in the garden? Could we use this to any useful effect in our own school garden?

This diagram might be of use to any parents wishing to discuss the Water Cycle in simple but relevant terms with their child.

In Senior Elps we will be continuing to look at measuring aspects of our health – including making decisions as to whether we are using “hi-tech” methods or “low-tech” methods to do so.

Consider the following two items…


Digital and forehead strip thermometers. Which one do you think is “hi-tech” (might need some expertise or training to use) and which one do you think is “low-tech” (simple to use by most people)?

ELP Social Subjects

Miss Strachan continues to walk like an Egyptian this week as we find out more about the world of the pyramids. Pyramids were buildings the Egyptians built to bury their dead Pharaohs with many possessions that might help and protect them in the after life.

There are 138 pyramids in Egypt, built for kings such as Tutankhamun. Here is a diagram of the inside of a typical pyramid. They were built in this shape for maybe more than one reason and we will find out a little more about this – concentrating on the Tomb of King Tut as our focus. Here is the entrance to his tomb, which is in the Valley of the Pharaohs…

ELP Maths

In ELP Maths this week we will continue to work on our own individual plans, concentrating on number, sequence, money and time. Please continue to help your child by encouraging them to tell the time in everyday situations (concentrating on o’clocks and half pasts). Money recognition practice at the shops or in the home is also invaluable.

ELP Gardening

Last week in ELP Gardening we planted some lovely bulbs in the school garden. We chose places in our plots that would be appropriate for the flowers we are trying to grow. The species of plant that will be brightening up our spring mornings in 2010 will include:

  • bluebells
  • crocus
  • muscari

These have been added to the irises, tulips and ranunculus we planted last autumn. The effect shall hopefully be very pleasant for any staff member or pupil who have rooms overlooking the garden. This week we will be planting more crocus and muscari in pots to grow indoors and cheer up our rooms in the Learning Zone after Christmas time.

It has to be said that the name of one of these flowers was not previously known to any of the pupils and even one or two of the staff. The muscari americanum (see picture) was definitely not as easy to identify as the good old woodland bluebell!

However, we have come up with a way to remember its name by reminding ourselves that this flower is NOT the thing Mandy puts on her eyelashes in the morning before coming to work! I’ll get my coat. (But it works!)

We will also be starting to consider how we can recycle in our garden this year (see ELP Gardening for lesson on composting) and have agreed to join forces with Mr Bell’s SVS project composting old organic waste for use in our school gardens. Any old banana skins, apple cores and the like will be gratefully received – more details about collection will be with you soon.


We hope people have been enjoying the new ELP Blog. The pupils certainly are enjoying researching items, interviewing people, writing up stories and publishing them. We have been overwhelmed by the number of offers of subjects and interviews and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has done so. In the coming week you will be hearing more about Mrs Allan’s trip last week, composting in the school – and fish!

PS A big thank you to Mr C and Mrs P for our first interviews – they have recieved rave reviews and much of that has been down to the manner in which the staff concerned have engaged with the pupils. Many thanks!


In ELP Art this week we will be finishing off our Egyptian Scarabs, getting on with making “Mummy Masks” (scary biscuits!) and continuing our work with clay with the subject specialist.


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