Green Flag Award Ceremony on PhotoPeach
On Thursday we had a special Eco Assembly where the Eco Committee presented information about the Green Flag Award and Mr Hunter gave a talk about the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch.
Click on the link below to see the powerpoint from Mr Hunter.
As part of our global citizenship project “Send My Friend to School” we had a visit from Mrs Fiona O’Donnell (MP). We have been working on messages to send David Cameron and other world leaders on the issue of “Education for All” We prepared presentations, refreshments(delicious smoothies) and questions. Murdo P4 remarked: “she was down to earth”. Another pupil commented on the fact they felt their opinion was heard. Fiona told us about her work on this campaign and about her job in Westminster. We grilled her with questions and she even told us her favourite sweet. You will need to ask someone from P4-7 for Fiona’s response!
Stuart Macpherson, East Lothians biodiversity officer, visited our class to tell us about how we can be a biodiversity champion. We also discussed food chains and pyramids and how the environment has changed in the last 50 years.
Personal Biodiversity Plan (click here)
For those people who have a ticket for the bat event on Friday we are going to meet in the school grounds at 8.30pm. We probably won’t be able to see bats until after 9pm so the rangers will do a few activities with us before we go out. This event, at the request of the school, is being run by the East Lothian ranger service. As with all their bat events it is important to know that the accompanying adults are responsible for the children in their care, not the rangers or any school staff present. The rangers have also asked that each family bring a torch with them and to have suitable footwear and clothing. This should be a great night and a late night! See you at 8.30pm.
Due to the nature of the event we had to limit the number of tickets sold to 45. I know this caused disapointment for some families, be assured we did try to hold 2 events this session. The rangers have said that they could offer another session in September, which we can hopefully arrange.
We have been learning about scale in a very real context. The Eco Committee need to know the size of the area where we intend to plant the wild flower meadow so the correct amount of seedlings can be bought. We are mapping our schools grounds very accurately using scale drawings and we will be learning about area to give an accurate answer. We discussed proffesions and other contexts where we need to use the skill of scale drawings. I told the class about the scale drawings I did of their classroom during the summer holidays so I could decide the best use of furniture and space in their room.
After consultation with the school community the eco committee have decided to introduce “fruit & veg” only snacks on Mondays and Fridays They are asking all pupils and staff to bring fruit & veg as a snack on these days. We plan to start this initative on Monday 14th May. Please help support this healthy venture.
The eco committee have been discussing the idea of having some fruit only days for snack. We first discussed this during health week as a way of encouraging our 5 a day of fruit and veg. Yesterday it caused some debate. Each rep was to poll their pals to gauge opinion. Next week the Eco committee hope to make a recommendation after their consultation. What do you think have having a fruit/veg snack only day in school on a regular basis? Would you commit to a 2 day week? 3 day? It has been an interesting debate in class too.
As part of our John Muir Award we are discovering and exploring the forest. Today we went out on our usual weekly forest school lesson but we were accompanied with Richard English, the countryside ranger. We had to complete 3 levels to be a nature detective. We discovered lots about a forest that is very familiar to us. Mrs Leslie will continue to help us explore the
forest more deeply using our senses. We are going to be taking part in a conservation project…..watch this space for details.