Fun with Friends on Fresh Air Friday!

Sun shining? Tick! Smiling, happy pupils? Tick! All the ingredients for fabulous fun outside for Fresh Air Friday!

We looked out the playground games and enjoyed one another’s company. From skipping games to dominoes, hula hoops to draughts, balance boards to Connect 4 – there were plenty of laughs to be had.

I hope these photos make you smile. Hopefully we’ll all be back together soon to plan some more fun times.

A Handy ‘How to…’ Guide to access GLOW

Here is a handy ‘how to’ guide on how to access your child’s Glow account at home.  This gives access to email and shared resources could be uploaded to Microsoft Teams here too. Your child’s Glow login will be in their homework diaries.  They have all been checked as working today.

Some pupils tried sending emails to one another today, after being reminded about responsible internet use. They seemed to really enjoy doing this!

 

 

S6 STEM Ambassadors share Science Fun!

This morning we welcomed S6 STEM Ambassadors Lily and Emma into our P4-7 classroom.

The young ladies delivered four fun Science activities.

The first activity was testing our peripheral vision.  The boys and girls attached string to a protractor to create an arc with which to rotate an object into our field of view.  We were using our rod cells to sense objects.  There are fewer rod cells at the periphery of our retina.  This is why we could not determine what the object was until it was more directly in front of us.

Then, the children used their sense of smell to determine whether they could smell as well as a shark.  The pupils had to sniff vials of varying strengths of water/perfume from zero, 20ppm, 200ppm and 100ppm.  They then ranked them in order of weakest to strongest.

Next up, the pupil had the very enjoyable activity of making slime like a slug by creating a mixture of cornflour and water .  The children explored the properties of this substance – what force needed to be applied and how this linked to the movement of slugs.

Finally, the pupils engaged in a brain challenge.  They read colour words written in a non-matching colour e.g. the word pink written in green pen.  The children had to try and say the colour word and not the colour it was written in.  This isn’t easy!  Most people find it easier to say the word rather than the colour as the word has a strong influence on the brain.  The class worked in two teams to see who could conquer this tricky task!

The STEM Ambassadors held a Q+A session at the end and took feedback from the pupils.

It was a great learning experience – thank you Lily and Emma!

Super Scientific School Day

As part of our British Science Week celebrations, the whole school headed out this morning into the glorious spring sunshine to the Aldouran Wetlands. The pupils worked in pairs to find, name and record various woodland mini beasts, aided by an identification key. We also had a peek at the bulbs we planted a few weeks ago to see if they had grown – and we were delighted to see some beautiful purple flowers blossoming!

In class, P4-7 pupils used our new iPads to explore different scientific stories currently in the news, and completed some experiments that they have been doing all week (including making eggs bounce!). P1-3 pupils started a very topical science experiment using bread to see how germs spread and whether hand-washing really is effective. They will continue to compare the bread over the next week to see how quickly the germs multiply.

In the afternoon, several parents joined us for some STEM activities. Pupils worked in mixed ability groups and rotated around a range of challenges and experiments on offer, including: creating soap bubble prints, invisible writing, rainbow paper towels, a challenge to build the tallest tower, designing a marble run, and coding.

Everyone had a super school day doing all things science!

World Book Day Winners

Our Library monitors, Noah and Ellie, ran a competition for World Book Day, where pupils had to design a new front cover for their favourite book. Today, they had the difficult task of judging the entries and selecting 2 winners – one from P1-3 and one from P4-7. Ela was chosen as the winner in P1-3 with her eye-catching design for ‘The Enchanted Forest,’ and Auryn was the winner in P4-7 with her colourful ‘Billionaire Boy’ entry. Both girls had a selection of books to choose from and took 1 home each as their prize. Well done to all the boys and girls who entered the competition – it was great to see so many pupils having a go and sharing their favourite books.

World Book Day Fun!

Leswalt Primary pupils enjoyed celebrating World Book Day today! The Great Big Book Swap Shop took place with everyone heading home with something new to read! Noah and Ellie, the library monitors, had created a Front Cover competition (this will be judged on Monday) and also took charge of the Swap Shop with a little help from the P7 pupils.

P1-3 enjoyed a book hunt in the library and watching author Chae Strathie as part of the Scottish Book trust author events. P4-7 were busy using the Book Creator app to design their own books linked to their RME topic of Sikhism and completing their own podcast stories using Soundtrap. They also enjoyed listening the prologue of an audio book through the World Book Day website and sketching freeze-frames of story scenes as they listened.

Pupils have all headed home armed with their pre-loved book (or perhaps quite a few pre-loved books!), a World Book Day sticker and a book token which can be exchanged for any £1 book in WHSmith or used to reduce the price of another book they like the look of!

A Fisherman’s Tail!

This afternoon we all travelled to Kirkcolm to enjoy a theatre production by a very talented foursome known as 4front Theatre!  The show had been written and produced by one of the members and retold the story of Jesus through the eyes of four disciples James, John, Andrew and Simon Peter. The production was full of music, dancing, acting and fun… and the audience loved it! From the fishermen on the shores of Lake Galilee to a non-stop run through the many parables; this was a fabulous RME lesson on Christianity for our pupils. This production was supported in our schools by The Scripture Union and Stranraer Baptist Church – who very kindly gave every child a pencil. Brochures outlining Scripture Union Camps for any interested P5-7 pupils are available too.

Do take a look at 4front Theatre’s website. You can check them out at https://4front-theatre.com/

 

Happy Birthday Author’s Live!

As part of this week’s World Book Day celebrations, our whole school joined an Author’s Live Event this morning. This was the 10th birthday for the Author’s Live Events – bringing authors to our pupils. This Glasgow-hosted event featured Michael Rosen who shared lots of rhythms and rhymes with us and encouraged audience participation from everyone! His rhymes ranged from baby buggies to chocolate cake, Stone Age school to speaking Yiddish! We tried a tongue-twister too about a sticker and a ticket. It wasn’t an easy one to say! Michael had been part of the very first Author Live event back in 2010. He answered lots of questions and shared some very funny stories with us – he was hilarious! He had lots of suggestions and ideas for us to try; freeze-frame and hot-seating as well as illustrating particular scenes; creating a tableau of a scene. We will definitely be trying this out!

Tanya Roberts, who is a Scottish comic illustrator, was on-hand to sketch characters as Michael entertained us all.

The Author’s Live event introduced us to Cressida Cowell who is this year’s Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate as well as being the fabulous author of the How to Train Your Dragon series.

We have lots more World Book Day fun planned this week – keep an eye on our blog. Why not google BBC Author’s Live to catch up on previous events?