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Gobblers seen at Keills Primary School! April 18, 2012

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This picture could be a contender for a caption competition BUT in fact this is a primary 1 pupil joining in with the rest of his class to hunt for right angled corners in the playground. First the children had to make ‘right angle gobblers’ by cutting out a circle of card, folding it in half, then folding it  into quarters and then cutting out one quarter to be a ‘mouth’. The addition of an eye and some teeth, and the boring old circle becomes a ‘gobbler’ and is ready to head off into the great outdoors to ‘eat’ some corners! The children had great fun and were quite at home chatting about halves, quarters, right angles etc. Next steps for the older children, (but knowing P1/2 they’ll want in on the action too), is to learn about degrees of a circle and that right angles are ninety degrees of a circle. One of the great things about Curriculum for Excellence, The Big Room and the children being so much more active in their learning, is that many of the traditional learning ceilings are removed. Children see what’s going on around them and are keen to have a go – just because you are only 5 shouldn’t mean that you can’t join in and learn about right angles. And just to show that our P1 was having a bit of fun when the gobbler tried to eat him, (he knows he is not a corner!), but does know how to correctly  identify right angled corners in the real world, here are a few more pictures.

Right angled corner on the raised beds.

The bench.

This gobbler loves eating corners!

Well done to all the gobblers and their P1-4 friends. You found lots and lots of right angled corners and interestingly we noticed that all the corners were man made – we couldn’t find any right angled corners in the natural world. Mmmmm.

Spring flowers at Keills. April 18, 2012

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The face pots are feeling very happy with their red tulips!

If  you take a look in our school grounds you will see that Spring has truly sprung at Keills Primary School. All the hard work from P1-4 children and our parent helpers last October has paid off and we now have tubs of daffodils and tulips to brighten up the playground. As Isla M said, “It’s like the bulbs we planted in the Autumn have woken up now that it is Spring”. This afternoon P1-4 went outside to have a good look – and smell – of the flowers and then we wrote about what we thought.

(Thank you to all the great spelling and grammar checkers in the class who kept me right when I was typing the blog – especially Allana, Isla M and Isla K, Nave and Innes. Kyle checked my finger spaces for me too – thank you!)

This is what P1-4 wrote about their successful bulb planting.

Katie felt happy because the flowers grew. Kyle thought the daffodils were pretty. Our flowers are bright yellow.

Our flowers were bright and colourful but they are mostly over now. Our bulb planting was successful and we felt happy. (Innes, Allana and Connor and Mrs Urquhart  planted little early narcissus daffodils which looked beautiful in February when it was so grey and rainy – thank you – it helped to cheer us up!)

The flowers were very cool and pretty. Our flowers are fantastic and awesome. There are yellow daffodils and there are red and yellow tulips still to come.

It made me happy and all of my group were happy too. Our flowers were wonderful and colourful. They are the red tulips in the face pots on the steps.

Well done P1-4! Good gardening team work!

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