Mar 272017
 

An e-safety self-review tool for schools in Scotland was launched in November 2013. The objective of this is to help ensure that schools have robust, up to date e-safety policies. This will be updated in comings months to reflect recent legislative and policy developments.

Schools can visit www.360safeScotland.org.uk<http://www.360safeScotland.org.uk which provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to build on existing e-safety and anti-bullying policies. This tool has been developed in partnership with the South West Grid for Learning to produce a new version of the award winning 360 degree safe e-safety self-review tool for Scottish schools.

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Mar 222017
 

Primary 5, 6 and 7 have been developing their computational skills through our game design topic. These have included problem solving, debugging and creating algorithms. The children have set up their own game design businesses and to ensure they met the needs of their target audience. Detailed questionnaires were created, handed out and then the information was collated and displayed as pie charts and bar graphs. The children worked hard to use their numeracy results to inform their game design.
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Mar 202017
 

The Digital Leaders from Kirn’s Primary 6 spent a morning being teachers for members of our community who felt they wanted to come back to school and find out more about the online world.

Using the school iPads P6 pupils began with the basics – turning the iPads on and and finding out what an app is. Then they were off! Soon holidays were being browsed and online shopping was being investigated.

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Mar 202017
 

Last week the pupils at Minard and Furnace Primary Schools learned skills for life when they undertook Junior Heart Start training with local specialist Andy Craven. Andy taught all of our pupils the ‘ABC’ of saving lives.
A – how to assess the situation if someone appears to be a casualty, to check for danger and ‘shake and shout’.
B – how to check for breathing, tilting the casualty’s head, lifting their chin, looking, listening and feeling for breath.

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Mar 202017
 

STEM has been a learning focus for pupils of Dalintober PS & ELC. Lots of activities and investigations took place with input from local STEM Ambassador, Joanna Holbrook, and various other partners. Pupils learned about, amongst other things, life cycles and how they can be recorded, drones and coding, buildings and structures and DNA. The focus ended with a whole ELC/school ‘Sharing Our Learning’ assembly.

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Mar 202017
 

The children from John Logie Baird Primary 1 and nursery have been demonstrating their skills for life while working collaboratively on STEM experiences as part of their Early Level Class.

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Mar 092017
 

Kirn’s P6 have been immersing themselves in the world of science and technology. We have been learning about the science of electricity in class using BBC Science and enjoying a fantastic science and technology workshop with STEM ambassador Kirsty Jackson-Stark. Kirsty brought an amazing array of equipment to measure and observe how electrons behave, how electricity can be created and measured, and what it can be used for. All the children enjoyed a really interactive and experimental hands-on day.

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Mar 092017
 

P5-7 pupils at Strone Primary School were offered an after school technology workshop last week led by Mr Steven Simpson, a Modern Apprentice with Learning Technologies at Argyll House.
Two P6 pupils Adam Lawton and Adam Smith gave the following feedback –
‘We learnt how to programme a Spark Plus. It is like a little plastic orb that you can control from your iPad using the ‘Lightning Lab’ App. We learnt how to programme it to go in a square’

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Feb 222017
 

film-4g-awards-in-glasgowSeo dealbh de Ruaraidh MacAlasdair agus a charaid Anna a bhuannaich an duais airson an Dealbh-beò is fheàrr aig Duaisean FilmG ann an Glaschu air Dihaoine 17mh den Ghearran. ‘S e Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid a chuir taic ri Duais Dealbh-beò na bliadhna-sa. Cuideachd, anns an dealbh, tha an Comhairliche Robin MacMhuirich à Ìle, Ceannard Poileasaidh na Gàidhlig air Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid.

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Jan 312017
 

dps-virtual-games-winners-3-jan-2017Primary 4 are delighted to announce that one of their teams, The Flames, have won the Virtual Games for the Primary 4-7 age group. What an achievement! The winning team; Lewis, Anton, McKenzie, Cara and Aoife recorded the highest scores in the competition. Well done to them. Mr McGregor, who organised the event, came to the school yesterday to present them with medals and some P.E. Kit for their use.

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Jan 272017
 

dalintober-young-leaders-janaury-2017P7 pupils at Dalintober PS have launched a programme of Young Leaders Lunchtime Clubs for younger pupils, beginning with Technology and Dance Clubs this week. The P7s plan, resource, lead and evaluate the clubs – building their leadership and organisational skills and inspiring their young school mates.

Jan 252017
 

lismore-goes-alpine-3To get the New Year off to a flying start Lismore Primary School had a “French Alpine Ski Week” to celebrate all things alpine and wintry! We have taken the overall theme in French of the alpine year and have a large changing display in the classroom. This week, we imagined we were all off skiing to the French Alps!

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Jan 182017
 

barcaldine-ps-virtual-games-winners-jan-2017Barcaldine Primary School children took part alongside other rural schools in a virtual games competition organised through Active Schools.

Over a 5 week period the children, who had been split into two separate age categories (P1-3 & P6-7), did the same games each week. In the final week, each game earned the children points for their achievements.

Our P1-3 children received third place in the competition.

Here the children are with Active Schools co-ordinator Gillian Walker showing off their medals.

Jan 042017
 

rhu-puppet-co-malawiThe P5 Pupils of Rhu Primary brought the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ to Malawi.
Through their script writing, puppet making and puppet show performances they raised over £500 for the Nora Docherty School. At the end of term service the school will perform the song the Twelve days of Christmas with new words telling of the equipment sent. Happy Christmas Malawi!

Dec 122016
 

hermitage-ps-dec-2016-tech-challenge-1On Tuesday 6th December the Hermitage Primary School P7 Technology Challenge came to a close with the group presentations to an audience of invited judges and guests. Using skills in Technology, Maths, Language, Science and PSD, the pupils had to work in cooperative groups to plan and design a working electrical vehicle which was supported by a good business plan. They kept track of their progress in a booklet using the Book Creator Ipad app and delivered their presentations supported by a Keynote presentation

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Dec 012016
 

st-columbas-digital-award-2016Some of the pupils in St Columba’s, have been awarded the title of Digital Leaders. The school works in partnership with iTeach, an education company who supports staff and pupils to embed the use of technology into their curriculum, who have helped to train some of the pupils to ensure that they can, amongst a wide range of things, troubleshoot and create video tutorials to support other pupils and staff. Every child in the school has their own iPad that is used to support them in all areas of the curriculum and to ensure that the children in St Columba’s have the very highest standard of digital skills possible.

Nov 232016
 

week7-2The pupil Digital Leaders event took place in Inveraray on Friday 18th November.   This event was attended by 244 pupils from 40 schools.

It is important that our pupil’s opinions are heard and we would like feedback from our digital leaders via the survey emailed to staff.

The survey will close on Monday 28th November at 5pm and will take around 10 minutes to complete.

Nov 082016
 

strachur-scottish-parliament-1-nov-2016Primary 5/6/7 were delighted to welcome Miss Mairead Mackechnie, Education Officer from the Scottish Parliament, into the class for an afternoon workshop. They have been learning about the topic for the last two weeks and this workshop was very helpful.

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