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).
Keep a diary of what you do in the holidays
Make a presentation
Mini Science Project
Make a movie
Write a Fact File
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,
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.
We headed for Dumfries and started the day at Dumfries Museum where the staff Tom and Carolyn gave us a really warm welcome. They very kindly opened the Camera Obscura for us, the oldest one in the world. We were amazed to see the streets of Dumfries come alive on the disc in front of us, cars and buses driving down the street and dogs doing what dogs do in verges out near the big Tesco. We could even look into people’s gardens and see their washing hanging out.
We were able to take part in a treasure hunt around the galleries and had great fun finding all the clues and working out the solutions.
The little class were able to see many items they had recently been learning about in the Victorians topic. The Victorian dolls were a wee bit scary!
The museum had a dinosaur exhibition going on which was a great hit.
When our time was up we made our way on foot to the new Catherine Street play park. We had our picnic lunches there and managed to dodge the rain showers. The park is amazing and the brand new equipment was so much fun to use.
The big class were then in for another treat as they went off on a walking tour of the Dumfries Bridges: Lauren one of our parents and an engineer very kindly agreed to lead the trip, her knowledge was amazing and she made the walk very interesting.
Both classes then rendezvoused at the Whitesands where our driver Kim was waiting to whisk us safely back to Brydekirk.
A great big thank you to all involved in making this a memorable day for all the right reasons. The staff were rightly proud of how our students conducted themselves throughout the whole day.
We’ve all being learning to recite a Scots Poem off by heart and had a class and then school Heat for the Annan Cluster Primary Scots Poetry competition. Well done to Donovan and Ben who were put forward for the Cluster Competition. Extra well done to Donovan who won his category.
Here’s some recordings that P5-7 made plus a couple of bonus tracks. One bonus track is Scots Wha Hae and the other is a very old recording that was on the recording device that I thought I’d share.
Here’s a video of the Scottish Country Dancing that Miss Irvine and Mr Archibald have been teaching to the whole school this session. P2-P7 had fun learning the dances to traditional music and also to Electronic Dance Music. Daft Punk were a particular favourite amongst the pupils.
The music in this recording is the song version of the Scots poem Scots Wha Hae! by Rabbie Burns which P5-7 learned during handwriting and Mr Archibald accompanied on the guitar. This poem is what Burns imagined Robert the Bruce might have addressed his troops with before the battle of Bannockburn. P5-7 have been learning about the Scottish Wars of Independence.