Holiday Homework

What a term it’s been at Brydekirk and we are all ready for a break before the final term.

Here are some ideas for holiday homework, that P5-7 came up with, for anyone interested or at a loose end:

  • Mini Science Project
  • Take RME Values lessons and do another example
  • work on the iXL challenge
  • write a newspaper article
  • make a presentation
  • make a piece of art
  • write your own verse’s of Claire’s “Oh Aye!” song
  • practice Duolingo
  • do something about anything
  • or anything about something

Have a good holiday!

Mr A

Digital Learning Week

We’re taking part in Digital Learning Week tomorrow. P5-7 and Mr Archibald are hosting a Learnmeet on Glow TV which is open for all schools in Scotland to join us on. We’re hoping to share some of our digital learning.

Although parents won’t be able to join this live, we’re going to have another iCoffee Afternoon near the end of term where we hope to screen a recording there for anyone who wants to see how it went.

iPad mini Pilot Project Review

As part of an iPad Pilot Project, conducted by five primary schools in Dumfries and Galloway, I have been asked to give feedback on the project so far, by sharing observations and recommendations. For anyone interested in my findings, please click iPad Pilot Project Review to read the report. You may comment below too.

News

Above is a story about us in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

We also got some feedback from the Scottish Education Award Judges which we are allowed to share below.

Well done again to everyone involved and also to those mentioned below:

Dear Mr Archibald,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the Brydekirk team for today. We really appreciate the hard work and time that everyone put in to making us feel so welcome. We were all struck by the enthusiasm and confidence of everyone we spoke to. Please pass on our thanks to the parents who took the time to come and talk to us today too. It really helped to give us a rounded understanding of everyone’s perspective.

It was good to get a chance to speak to Marion and Deidre about their perspective on the iCoffee events. And a great problem solving opportunity for Mhari, Lexi and Emily who came up with a fantastic solution to the Peppa Pig problem- very good thinking girls!

We were very impressed by the range of apps that the children explained to us clearly- we all learned lots, thank you (but we still think Martyn learned most)! It was really helpful to be able to see the apps in action and gave us a clear idea about how having the iPads is making your learning better. It was really useful to show us examples of what you had been doing as well as explaining it to us.

The writing you did around ‘A Christmas Carol’ really blew us away. Duncan, thank you for explaining the process to us and you dealt really well with having a shorter amount of time than you planned for too. The effort and hard work you all put into the project is amazing. We will definitely look out for the blog post.

Sandy did a great job of summing up the benefits of having access to technology in its many forms at the end and coped brilliantly under time pressure. I certainly don’t envy you Mr Archibald in having to decide who comes along to the awards ceremony in June. That will be a tough decision but I’m sure the children will help.

Finally Mr Archibald, special thanks to you. We all appreciate how busy a teacher’s job is and we are very grateful for the time you have taken to prepare for the visit and coordinate the range of people we spoke to.

Best wishes

Alison, Martyn and Tony

Drama and judging on a Friday


Here are some pictures of our Drama Club making use of the new stage and storytelling chair, which we bought with Lottery funding.
On another note thanks to all pupils, parents, community members and staff who shared our learning with the three judges from the Scottish Education Awards, you were all great. We now need to wait until June the 10th to find out the result.

Earth, Sun and Moon

Here are our animations explaining about the Earth, Sun and Moon:

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Olympic Sailing Hopscotch

Some pupils having been using an app called Hopscotch. It’s a great way to learn various elements of mathematics including movement and rotation whilst also learning how to code.

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