Rag Bag Collection

As part of our on going Eco Development, we have arranged a Rag Bag collection at school on Thursday 9 February 2012.

If you have any unwanted textiles including clothing, paired shoes, bags, hats, towels, soft toys, curtains and linens. in any condition, please put them into bags and send into school during the week beginning 6 February.

We are also collecting for the Book Reuse Scheme so would welcome any unwanted textbooks, general literature and novels.  Please do not send in exercise books, directories, journals, magazines or newspapers.  Please put books into a separate bag to the textiles.

Thank you for your co-operation.



Writing and Recording Speeches

This week, one of the points we were looking at in Literacy and English was the different features of spoken language. We discussed what a speech is, and how we can use language to make it more effective. Two examples of speeches we listened to were from Martin Luther King, (“I have a dream”), and William Wallace in Braveheart, (“They’ll never take away our freedom!”) Eddie made a fantastic observation, that the speeches were said ‘from the heart!’
The children were given a text which a child was supposed to have written as a speech, to try and convince the listener that they should be given the “teacher’s pet” award, (fictitious, of course!) With a partner, they had to decide where to add any pauses, which words to stress, when to raise their voices etc.
Then their task was to write their own. Here were the children who were brave enough to record their speeches. See if you can recognise your child!

Click on the green arrows to play each speech.








Writing in Scots

We have been looking at Scots Language this week, and the class were asked to brainstorm in groups how many Scots words they could think of. Although they came up with some good suggestions, the children found it hard to think of many, but they discovered we sometimes use words which they didn’t realise were Scots. The children listened to the story of ‘Rumplestiltskin’ told entirely in Scots, and they understood it all!!
In our I.T this week, we used the website: to create a cartoon strip, then used an English to Scots translator, to convert our writing:
Here are the results……

Website club update

The Website Club by Jacob
The website club has made some major improvements to the St. Marys school website.
The website used to be dull and boring but now we have a new banner and an opening slide show.
We have all done sterling work in making this website a lot better.

So far 655 people from all around the world have viewed our website, including people from Japan, Peru and Malaysia.

On behalf of the website club I would like to thank all the people who have posted comments on our site.
We really appreciate it.
Reported by Jack Lemmon