Good Morning West Barns!

Here is a wee comment from each of our P7’s about their experiences so far.

Finlay – I did the cat-walk this week, it was really high and we had to climb up
a tree and then walk along a beam. Then we could jump off the beam or hang off. It was
really good and fun. It felt quite scary when I got to the top because I didn’t think it
would feel that high – but it did!

Thomas – Hi Mum and Dad. I really enjoyed the tree climb. We had to climb up a tree which
was twice the height of the cat walk. Half way up I didn’t think I could go any more and
only wanted to do a few more steps but Mrs Hay and my group encouraged me to do it
and get all the way to the top to ring the bell. I felt relieved when I returned
to the ground!

Dillon – Yesterday I did the mohawk walk with my team. It is a team building
activity where you have to work together to figure out how to get across the
low-wire obstacle course. I kind of liked the activity, I had a new experience
and I’m pleased that I tried it because now I know that I like it.

Euan – Yesterday I did the night-line activity and I really enjoyed it because it
was a fun, new experience. Also, Mrs Hay gave me a pile of muddy pine needles and
because I was under sleep-shade I didn’t know what it was but I did know that my
hand was then very muddy.

Ben – Earlier in the week I did the mohawk walk, it was really fun and it was a
team-building activity where everyone in my group had to work together to solve
the problem of how to get across the wire. I really enjoyed this activity and
I think my team did really well.

Jack – I did archery this week and we were taught different safety rules and
how to use a bow and arrow. I hit the target board three times. I really enjoyed
it and would like to do it again.

Cameron – Yesterday I did the night-line walk, I really enjoyed it and we were
blind-folded so we couldn’t see where we were going. I walked into lots of trees
and fell over lots of times. Mrs Hay put pine needles down my back because I kept
peeking out of my uncomfortable, wet and soggy goggles.

Today is our last day and our pupils are taking part in a mixture of the following
activities – the day hike, tree climbing, archery, cat walk, raft-building, night-line
and the mohawk walk. Tonight is also the disco and we are all excited for it!

Mrs Hay’s Daily Update!

Hello everyone!

What a day we have had today but despite the rain (and when we say rain, we really do mean rain)
we all managed to enjoy our day.

Ben, Jack, Thomas and Finlay were off-site for most of the day on a hike. They built shelters on their way up the hill, had lunch at the top and then came down the rocky path to return to camp. I will let them add details of their hike when I meet with them later tonight.

Mrs Hay’s moments of the day:

1. Dillon on the night-line activity. Pupils are under sleepshade for this activity and
have to navigate around an obstacle course. A perfect opportunity for staff to ‘get their own back’ on pupils, and now Dillon wants his revenge – something about mud-balls.

2. Jasmine was an excellent shot in the archery activity today.

3. Euan and Cameron on the ‘cat-walk’. Both were incredibly supportive of their peers which was lovely to see.

4. Trying to wake Ben up this morning at 7.15 (at his request) to go on the school 2 mile run. After quite an effort to wake him up he decided that this morning was not the morning to go for a run, but he did change his mind and joined in for the run.

All messages are being passed on to our pupils so please feel free to leave more.

Tomorrow is our last day of activities and the event of the year – the Dounans disco. Check in tomorrow for another update.

Mrs Hay

News From Dounans!

Hello West Barns!

We are having such a wonderful time at camp. We are all in different activity
groups so we get to meet lots of new people and make new friends. We have been
doing different activities and really challenging ourselves. We have taken
part in archery, raft-building, a night-walk, mohawk walk, pole climb and tree climb.

Mrs Hay would put pictures online to share with you but she forgot her camera cable!

Mrs Hay’s moments of the day:

1. Thomas really challenging himself to reach the top of the tree climb activity.

2. Euan and Cameron soaring through the air in the flying fox activity.

3. Capturing Finlay’s and Thomas’ friendship on camera – picture to be revealed when we are home.

Keep checking back for more updates!

P5/6/7 Politics in Progress!

As you may have gathered P5/6/7 have been very busy today blogging website posts about all
the latest going’s on in our very busy classroom!

We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey below.
The results of the survey will be used to help us form manifestos in our political parties.

Copy and paste the link above into your web browser. Thank you in advance 🙂

Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

This week P5/6/7 have been learning about the Debating Chamber in the Scottish Parliament. We went on the computer and typed in a website about the Scottish Parliament, it had lots of facts about all of the Scottish parties. There were also facts about the public gallery and the media gallery. The media gallery is for journalists and reporters. The Parliament has a mace, it represents Scotland having its first Parliament. The Scottish National Party is the biggest party there is in the Scottish Parliament, they sit in the centre of the room because they are the biggest party. There is a Presiding Officer that lets everyone speak and has one of the most important jobs in the Scottish Parliament. There are also helpers who sit next to the Presiding Officer.
By Daniel Stuart & Roan

Scottish parliament

In P5/6/7 we have been learning about the Scottish Parliament and new laws and new rules that the government make in the debating chamber. We have learnt that there are 4 main political parties in the Scottish Parliament. The biggest political party is the Scottish National Party. It has 65 seats and its leader is Alex Salmond. He is the First Minster of Scotland.

By Thomas,Finlay,Cameron

scottish parliament

This week we have been learning about scottish parliament in class. We’ve had a debate about whether school uniform should be banned or not.The majority voted in favour of the ban. If it was a real debate in the scottish parliament then the bill would go to a committee for review. In Ocober we are going to go on a trip to the parliament.

By Ben and Jack.

Lord Of The Flies

In P5/6/7 we have been reading Lord of the Flies. The book is about a plane crash on a desert island. The two main characters are Ralph and Piggy, They find an conch and blow into it to see if anyone else is on the island. After a while they make a fire on the mountain. When everybody on the island is gathered Ralph and Simon start to make wooden huts on the island. Jack and his choir start to hunt and turn into murderous savages.

By Olivia, Lochie and Declan