Mrs Ferguson planned an interesting STEM challenge for her class today as part of their Social Studies topic on the Titanic. The children were given just one resource with which to make a vessel capable of holding an increasing load of coins afloat.
The boys and girls were required to measure and cut a tin foil rectangle 13cm by 15cm with which to make their lifeboat – that’s it, nothing else!
We popped out into the sunshine to test our vessels in buckets of water. Some sank without a trace, and some floated victoriously. The maximum load was an impressive 23 pennies!
Everyone concluded that the designs that allowed the weight to be distributed as widely as possible, with the largest surface area, were more capable of holding coin weight. We all agreed that this was the lifeboat we would like to be on.
The boys and girls then experimented with a larger quantity of tin foil to give more design flexibility. Murray’s team constructed a very high sided vessel that was able to hold all the coins. Even though it got weighed down by the all of the coins, the water didn’t breach the sides of the craft.
After a suggestion from Pupil Council members, Luke B and Calder, we enjoyed a session of story sharing together to read for pleasure. Have a look at the lovely time the children had reading together in the beautiful weather.
What a brilliant day out the North Rhins P7s enjoyed at Galloway Activity Centre on Friday! This was organised as a special treat as they had missed their last two residentials – and what a fabulous time they had together before they head off to S1 at Stranraer Academy.
Thankfully the high winds and rain of Thursday had abated and Friday dawned dry and reasonably bright. We met at Port Rodie and clambered upon the minibus to head down the road to Loch Ken.
Once there, we got kitted up with our laser guns and headsets for our first activity. Diving in and out of the wooden hides (and in Mrs F’s case headfirst over a tree trunk!) the teams worked to avoid being ‘killed’ by the opposition. Strategy meetings were held, tactics discussed and rounds of ‘ammo’ were fired… and yes the teachers were shot! All good fun. The teachers went from being quite cool and mature to being VERY into this game! Why had I never played this before? Highly recommended!
Next up, the children donned their wetsuits (many comedy moments were had with Mr Cloy!) and enjoyed a session of kayaking. They were naturals! Once they were kayaked-out, the suggested dare from Instructors Rob and Hannah to jump off the the end of the pontoon was met with great cheers all round. The phrase ‘drowned rats’ comes to mind as they all padded back up towards the centre to get changed into dry clothes.
A quick bite of lunch and it was time for the climbing wall and zipwire with instructors Rob and Ben. What a bunch of adrenaline seekers we have! Superb climbing and ‘zipping’! The offer was then there for those who wanted to have a 2nd,3rd and even 4th shot of the climbing wall.
We thanked Rob, Hannah and Ben for a great activity day and climbed aboard the bus to head to Castle Douglas for a bite to eat. Chip-shop dinners in hand, we stopped the bus by Carlingwark Loch and munched our tasty suppers, before heading back along the A75 towards home.
The kids were an absolute pleasure to be with, the activities were fantastic fun and the chip-shop tea rounded off a perfect day out! Just check out our pictures below to see for yourselves….
We had a fantastic time exploring our new Kirkcolm surroundings for Outdoor Classroom Day today!
The sun shone as we headed down Fisher’s Lane to the beach. P1-4 investigated symmetry in the natural environment, explored a measuring challenge and enjoyed creating messages using the Viking Rune alphabet.
P5-7 worked on some sand multiplication challenges, measure and writing about settings – and what a fabulous setting we have.
The older pupils had rugby training in the afternoon and then carried on the fun with a school rounders game. Great fun!
Take a look at the fantastic photos to see just how much fun we all had! What a brilliant day!
It’s been a busy few weeks here at Leswalt as shelves have been cleared, boxes packed and containers filled in preparation for our temporary move to Kirkcolm whilst our wee school has a refresh! Huge thanks to our buddies at Kirkcolm for letting us come and share their building. Leswalt had its last full makeover in 1989 and we’re super excited about the sparkly shiny school which we will return to some months from now!
We’ve made so many happy memories here; but there are so many more to be made. Our location may be changing for a wee while but we’re still Leswalt pupils! It’s not goodbye but see you soon…
Check out the BEFORE pictures! We can not wait to show you the AFTER!
The parent council have been awarded £10,000 from Killgallioch Wind farm! That is amazing.
This money recognised the efforts of the fundraising initiative started by Andrew in P7 and the subsequent efforts of others to provide additional funding in recent sponsored activities.
Many thanks must also go to Elaine Mc Gregor and Mags Agnew who have been working on this bid and promoting the fundraising. The money will be for new playground equipment – including outdoor gym equipment and an outdoor classroom.
Well done to all pupils and parents for the part you have played in this – top teamwork!
Now we will have both a shiny new school and new playground to look forward to!