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Brydekirk Primary – The small school with the big ideas

Welcome to Brydekirk Primary News World, a blog of what’s going on at our great little school, in the south of Scotland.

We hope you enjoy reading, listening and seeing our work and would love your feedback.

P7 Criffel Challenge

On the 4th of June the P7โ€™s went to climb up Criffel with Mr A, Mr Fitzgerald and Mrs Fitzgerald. First we got a mini bus from Brydekirk all the way to the bottom of Criffel. When we started to climb it was quite cool because there was a big stream going down the entire hill. It got a bit harder the further we went up and very steep. Then we got to the top. Not long after we had about finished lunch and all took a lot of pictures (see above). We soon found out that it would be a lot harder than we thought: the new path (that was fine going up) was only gravel and we all just kept slipping but after a few brakes we made it down. After we went to Drumuir Ice Cream Parlour for some ice cream – there were loads of flavours to choose from. Finally, we got on the mini bus and drove back to school before the bell rang. We had an amazing trip up Criffel!

The P7s

We are a Rights Respecting School

Pupils from Brydekirk Primary have been working together on animations and songs to show that they have learned about their rights.

Some P5-7 children wrote a script and drew and coloured characters and backgrounds. Next, a couple of P7s scanned the work and saved them in our shared folder which were then used to make animations in 2Simple 2 Animate. After that Mr A transferred all of the animations onto another computer.

Ms Davis, our Music Teacher, taught both classes and recorded pupils from P1-4 who made their own song and also played the bells. She then edited the videos and shared them with the staff.

Finally, Mr A edited all of the videos withย iMovie. Then we narrated the videos in the P5-7 class, all with respect to social distancing, which was a challenge.

We really hope you enjoy our video which has been loads of work and we’ve put a lot of effort into.

All the best for 2021,

P1-7 Pupils from Brydekirk Primary ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday Homework

It’s the end of the second term and I’m really pleased that we’ve made it through the last two terms. Everyone has worked hard and should enjoy a well earned break.

Having said that, I often set holiday homework for anyone that is at a loose end and as I didn’t do it for the last holiday here’s some ideas for anyone that is stuck in on a wet day. This is optional and you should only attempt this with permission:

  • Cardboard box / diorama project (as discussed in class and see above).
  • Art work
  • Keep a diary of what you do in the holidays
  • Make a presentation
  • Mini Science Project
  • Make a movie
  • Write a Fact File
  • Practice Duolingo
  • Something about anything, anything about something
  • iXL challenge (woosh for every 100 hundred questions at a challenging level)

For any of the above think about some of the things that you have learned since August: ecosystems, Judaism, circles, graffiti, discussion text, suspense stories, A Stranger Came Ashore etc.

Good luck if you give something a go.

Best wishes, I hope you all have a good break and see you in 2021,

Mr A

The Nativity 2020

This year due to the limitations on social gathering, instead of our usual Nativity, we took on a project to make a video instead, to be shown on the Internet on Thursday the 17th December at 7pm, now!

We read the Nativity in a book called Catherine Marshall’s Story Bible and then planned our film using a storyboard. Some P5-7 children then wrote a script, whilst other pupils drew and coloured characters and backgrounds. Next, a couple of P7s scanned the work and saved them in our shared folder which we then used to make animations in 2Simple 2 Animate. After that Mr A transferred all of the animations and a couple of green screen videos onto another computer.

On another day, pupils from P1-4 made green screen videos of some of the scenes and also recorded songs which they didn’t sing but did actions in Makaton. These videos were also transferred to the computer.

Finally, Mr A edited all of the videos using OBS and iMovie. Then we narrated the video in the P5-7 class and also did the same in the P1-4 class, all with respect to social distancing, which was a challenge.

We really hope you enjoy our Nativity which has been loads of work and we’ve put a lot of effort into.

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021,

P1-7 Pupils from Brydekirk Primary ๐Ÿ™‚