Sports Relief 2012

Sports Relief 2012 began in The Big Room with the morning challenge where children, working with a partner, had to create a two minute, keep fit warm up routine. The routine had to warm up all the different parts of the body, had to last exactly 2 minutes, (stop watches out guys), and children had to be ready to demonstrate and teach their routine to the big ones in the afternoon before our ‘run a mile’ event. Phew – makes me tired just writing about it! There were a lot of things to think about and it wasn’t always easy to agree – but all the children were very successful and we had lots of fun teaching the big ones too.

First we had to plan ...
... and record our ideas.
Then we had to practise ...
... and time our routines ...

So that we were ready to teach the big ones in the afternoon!

National Science and Engineering Week. 12th – 16th March 2012

As part of National Science and Engineering Week P1-4 explored ‘The World in Motion’. For our morning challenge  pupils had to draw and label non-living things which move on the land, in or on the water and in the air. We had lots of books to help give us ideas and we had to sort all the different machines and vehicles that we drew.

After break, P1-4 invited in parents and friends to join them as they explored and investigated different experiments and activities about forces and motion. They constructed amazing gearing systems, experienced the power of elastic or stored energy by constructing and testing paddle boats, flew paper areoplanes and tested the different designs, measuring distances flown to see which was the most effective and had lots of fun seeing how pushing forces could make balloon rockets speed along a length of crabbing line!  We kept the activities in the classroom until the end of term so pupils had plenty of time to investigate them.

Building with gears.
The aeronautics design team.
Ready for testing.

The  scientific concepts and rules behind the experiments are pretty big and complicated and we wouldn’t expect children to be able to wax lyrical about the detail of the physics, (could I – without a bit of swotting up?!), but it is really important for children to have exposure to these experiments – most of the planned activities could just as easily be classified as children’s games and toys as well as science experiments. Hopefully as they grow older, children will remember and be enthused by what they were able to discover and develop an appreciation that so much of what they experience and play with as children is grounded in science.

The balloon rockets were such fun!

Big White Snow and Ice Attack!

When Eilidh was setting her learning targets way back at the beginning of the Spring term, she decided that she would like to make a snow and ice picture in the creative area. ‘That sounds like a good idea Eilidh,’ said Mrs Harper, (thinking how well that would ‘fit’ into our Polar Lands topic!!). ‘How do you plan to make this picture?’ Eilidh thought that she should only use white things to make the picture, and that she could use paint and collage things …. BUT… she also wanted the picture to be very big and for everyone in the whole class to join in and make it together! WOW – what an exciting bit of independent planning. SO  …   we collected lots of white things, we used up all the rest of our PVA glue supplies and worked together to make a white snow and ice picture map of the Antarctic. We used different textured materials to represent different features in our white collage. We marked on Scott’s hut at Hut Point, and we showed the frozen sea ice, glaciers and the Transantarctic mountains and the ice plateau that Scott had to cross to reach the South Pole.

Thanks for your great idea Eilidh. We all enjoyed joining in with this project. What next??!!!

William, Kyle, Sophie and Allana make a start on the glaciers.

Eilidh and Connor making mountains.

And when we put it all together this is what it looked like.

Getting to know our Jura friends – Spring term.

During the Spring term we have been enjoying getting to know our new friends from Small Isles Primary School on Jura. Since half term the children have been coming across every Tuesday to go swimming with us in Bowmore and then joining us for lunch back at Keills Primary School. In the afternoons we practised some country dances and had time to explore and learn together in the Big Room. We enjoyed showing the Jura children around our new class and we are looking forward to seeing them again in the summer term.