Lots of learning and fun took place as we celebrated World Book Day in lots of different ways.
Primary 1 and 2 made their own ‘tattie characters’, these were inspired by characters from our favourite books. This supported us in talking about different aspects of characterisation.
G1-2 and P1 and 2 had fun completing the World Book Day scavenger hunts, this was a great chance for us to explore a wide range of books and talk about books that are familiar to us.
Primary 3, and 4 used the AR MAKR app to make a story map for World Book Day! They had great fun exploring the app for the first time and loved getting outdoors too!
Share a Story
Our home learners in P5,6 and 7 engaged in World Book Day by reading a story to the P1/2 class using Google Meet, this was a great way to say hello and to enjoy some of our favourite stories!
Congratulations to Lola Mackenzie who was awarded the first level prize for the oot an’ aboot category in the Inside Competition. When out on a bear hunt, Lola noted that the grass was so tall, it was taller than her!
We investigated maths in the world around us as we took part in the Maths Inside Competition. We spotted lots of examples of maths in the world around us and we photographed and talked about these examples. Bowmore Primary was commended for it’s high level of participation in the competition.
In March 2020, just at the start of the first Lockdown, we received the fantastic news that we had retained our Green Flag status! Our chosen topics, identified after our Environmental Review, were Litter, School Grounds and Global Citizenship. Our Eco Change Maker group were the drivers behind our Eco journey but it was our whole school approach that was highlighted as being extremely impressive. Eco-Schools Scotland said that it had been a real pleasure to go through our application and to learn about all the fantastic work that had been taking place during the past years in Bowmore Primary School. It was said that we were a very active and involved school which showed a great example of what being an Eco-School really means.
We are extremely proud to announce that we have been award the full STEM Nation Award from Education Scotland. After submitting a detailed portfolio and taking part in interviews, we were awarded all five categories:
We were recognised for ‘the inspiring breadth and depth of learning covering all aspects of STEM’ , this helps to create ‘rich, engaging and varied experiences of STEM for learners.’ The school has developed ‘strong and diverse partnerships on the island and beyond, to support STEM activities and learning.’
We are passionate about STEM in Bowmore Primary School, we are very proud to have achieved this award and we look forward to continuing out STEM journey.
Primary 3 and 4 Code Outdside
Primary 3,4 and 5 worked took the spheros outside and coded them to play tag, bowling and to follow obstacle courses. The children had to ensure that their algorithms were precise and this involved some trial and error and some good team work.
Primary 6 and 7 Game Design
Primary 6/7 worked hard to code their own games using Kodu, they applied their tinkering skills when working out how to create different levels within a game and how to code different aspects of their games.
Primary 1 and 2 Digital Leaders
Primary 1 and 2 support the boys and girls in nursery to use some new apps on the ipad. Once a week, P1 and 2 visited the ELC and showed their buddies how to use various apps, they introduced fun apps such as Picollage, Duck Duck Moose Maths and Chatterpix. This was a great way for the boys and girls to develop their digital literacy skills in addition to supporting the transition from ELC to P1 and 2.
At the weekend some people in Bowmore Primary School took part in Islay and Jura Dolphins swimming gala. Lots of children won medals, trophies and other awards. We are very proud of our pupils as they have been training very hard. Well Done!
Written by Ava, Primary 4
We are so excited to have been successful at securing The Digital Xtra Grant. The money received will be purchasing robotics equipment for Islay and Jura schools. Through teaching robotics, our children will learn to create algorithms, apply their maths skills, problem solve, use their intiative, collaborate, tinker with new and fun equipment and much more!
Our Creative Coder boxes are ready to be used by all schools across the cluster.
Our whole school focused on a plastics topic to increase our understanding of plastic pollution, we worked alongside Port Ellen Primary School on this topic. We conducted numerous beach cleans, collected data and shared this data with others. We also discussed how we, as a school could reduce plastic waste and we encouraged everyone to use a reusable water bottle and to recycle their plastic.
Following the success of our topic, we were invited to Edinburgh to present our findings at the Primary Science Teaching Trust Conference. Three children represented our school, they spoke confidently and informatively about plastic pollution and they presented the data that they had collected from across our island.
We launched our Maths Home Link bags during Maths Week Scotland to encourage and support learning maths through play at home. Our maths bags contain fun and engaging toys with a matching activity card which suggests a range of indoor and outdoor activities with a maths focus. Parents and children have had lots of fun exploring maths through play.
‘Mara and her little sister have both loved them! It’s been great for me because I don’t have a maths brain so wouldn’t come up with many ideas myself!’
‘They do help when it comes to maths through play ideas as I would not necessarily think to explore more than counting and basic shapes.’
‘They have definitely helped me to teach her maths in a fun and interesting way.’