Last week, our Junior Road safety Officers organised a Walk to School Week. Well done to everyone for taking part and ALL walking!!
I really liked making the skeleton out of sticks, leaves and rocks. I learnt where to look for different things. (Elis)
We learned how to be safe around a campfire so that next week we can have a real fire. I think Forest Schools is brilliant because I enjoyed collecting sticks, berries and leaves to make potions! (Isla)
I was feeling a little bit nervous before we left but when I got there it was actually very good fun. I liked drinking the hot chocolate the most! (Sofia)
It was great to go around and explore. We collected sticks for the bonfire next week and we learned you have to have different sized sticks for a fire and they must be dry. (Connie)
When we collected the sticks for our mini-bonfire we found that some of the sticks were in different letter shapes. We thought we could use these to help us practice our spelling! (Olivia)
I liked when we got to make the potions and imagine something they could turn us into. It helped us be imaginative and we could maybe write a story using our ideas. (Keira)
I feel like I want to do it again because I really loved being outside and getting hot chocolate. (Max)
We collected a total of 18 shoeboxes for this year’s appeal! Thank you so much to everyone who donated a box.
Yesterday the Wild About Scotland bus came to visit our school. The people who came are from Edinburgh Zoo and other animal centres in Scotland. They go round to schools and teach children about Scottish animals.
First we went on a ‘Minibeast’ hunt and we found lots of ‘Minibeasts’. We used nets and sheets to gather Minibeasts from trees, grass and flowers. We also searched in our ‘Minibeast Hotel’!
Isla and Annika
We took the Minibeasts inside the bus and looked at them really closely with magnifying pots and magnifying lenses. We found out what they were and learned what they do for us in the garden. We learned that worms help to make the soil more nutritious and this helps the plants to grow.
Connie, Sofia, Max and Keira
At the end of the workshop we went up onto the top-deck and we looked at different animals that live in Scotland, one of which was a seal. We only saw the model of it’s skull but we learned that they have eyes about the same size as your fist!
We have been busy outside this week. The children have been practising very hard at their diabolo and yo-yo skills during break-time. We have been harvesting courgettes and we have a bumper crop of apples. We also collected seeds from some flowers to store over the Winter and plant next Spring.
On Monday we went to the Parliament in Edinburgh.
When we went in to the Parliament we had to go through security, just like at the airport.
We all thought the entrance hall was very grand and long.
We went into a classroom with Ian – but it wasn’t like our classroom in school. The roof was really really high.It was smaller than our classroom. Ian taught us about the history of the Parliament.
Did you know:
The King was in charge of all the decisions that were made?
M.S.Ps are members of Scottish Parliament?
There should be 129 M.S.Ps? – at the moment there are only 128
Every person has 8 M.S.Ps who represent them?
The new building was connected to an old building called Queensbury house? – It was owned by the Duke of Queensbury. Some people say that a ghost comes out from there at night.
The architect who designed the building was a Spanish man named Enric Miralles?
Miralles built a lot of symbols into the building? – Most of them relate to the Scottish people, the land and the sea.
All the windows represent an honesty between Parliament and the people?
We were making 3d relief maps out of salt dough and we painted them so they looked like the different continents. We had to show the major physical features in different colours. (Jake Younger)
Africa: We showed Mt Kilimanjaro, the River Nile, the Sahara Desert, Lake Chad and Lake Victoria.
Asia: We showed Mount Everest and the Himilayas, the Black Sea and the Caspian.
North America: We showed The Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and the Great Lakes.
South America: We showed Lake Titcaca, the Amazon and the Andes Mountains and the Brazilian Highlands.
Scotland: We made mountains and land.
I have learned how to read a bus timetable – Jake
We learned about diversity – everyone is different and we should respect other people – Charlie
We learned about SHANARRI and what it means – Casey
We learned a Mexican counting song in Music – Olivia
In maths, The Squares learned how to read a compass – Emma
We learned how to play lots of new games like Dominoes, Donkey, Happy Families and Pairs – Connie
We learned how to get a picture from Google and put it into our piece of writing – Harry & Darwin
Here are some photos of our SHANARRI work (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Responsible, Respect and Included)
Here are some photos of our work about diversity.
Stenton Primary school entered their P5-7 team into the East Lothian Schools Cross Country Event on Monday 30th March. Everyone tried their best with both the girls team and the boys team all finishing with personal best times. Alisha Mallen (P7) was the first girl in the small schools girls race. She was third last year and was determind to beat that this year-well done Alisha! And well done to all who took part and represented their school. The children were an inspiration to all. A great event.