This week, pupils have spent more time composing their songs with Skerryvore. Some musical accompaniments have been added. Looking forward to final performances on 23rd February.
Primary 5/6 had our first exciting video conference with Dr Heather Reid, the former BBC weather presenter. We shared information about energy, our previous topic. Heather also gave us a presentation on the 8 different forms of energy.
Our focus this time was Potential energy into Kinetic. Heather challenged us to make mini catapults for marshmallows! We had great fun trying them out and discussing modifications. Our next session on 22nd February will be Energy in food and Heather is going to give use something else to create…………..
This week the Nursery visited the fire station as a conclusion to our emergency services topic. We enjoyed a chilly but, thankfully, dry walk through the park to the fire station. We got to look at all the equipment that the fire engine carries; we couldn’t believe that it carries 20 hoses! We got to sit in the fire engine, it was quite loud inside, and we saw the flashing lights and heard the siren! Some of us used a hose to knock a bucket off a cone, it was VERY powerful. Others tried on the firefighter’s equipment including wellies, leggings, coat and helmet. The firefighters told us that they need at least four people to operate the fire engine but ideally have six. Now we have some budding firefighters in the Nursery!
Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents that came with us, as always we really appreciate your help.
Song writing started this week. The children did some rhythm warm- ups(see videos) and then started writing the lyrics for their song(s). The children created the chorus ideas first then began to work on each verse in smaller sub-groups.
Song writing in groups.
Primary Seven have started working with the band Skerryvore as part of a Youth Music Initiative. Each week children are developing their musical knowledge and skills as well as working with the band to compose their own songs. Classes will perform songs to a wider audience later in the project. Each week we will up date the blog with photos and videos of our learning.
Week 2 – Getting to know each other
Week 3 – Drumming and rhythm work
More weekly updates to follow.
P5/6G visited New Lanark to find out about life in the Victorian era for their new topic. We had a great day visiting the working mills, where wool is now produced instead of cotton, and imagining Victorian children crawling underneath to clean. We then had a lesson in a Victorian classroom and had to wear the tunics that children had to wear.
We also visited the houses that families would have had- just one room! The cramped conditions meant that illness spread easily.
We also enjoyed the cinema and Annie MacLeod ride where a Victorian ghost child told us her story of life at New Lanark.
A brilliant day was had by all and the pupils were a credit to the school. Mrs Graham
Primary 5 and Primary 5/6 have been extremely busy this term out singing and entertaining in the community. First of all both classes performed at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Dalbeattie Town centre on 4th December. They have since sang carols at the Post Office and at Kinnairds. Both classes also visited Dalbeattie Day Centre to sing a selection of carols and Christmas songs. P5 visited Munchies care home on Friday 18th of December and P5/6 braved the rain and visited Alma House on 21st December to bring some Christmas cheer with their singing. It is fantastic to have the children involved in the community and we hope all who have seen the performances have enjoyed them. Well done P5 and P5/6 for showing such community spirit.
Carol Singing at the Post Office
Primary P5/6 bring Christmas cheer to Alma House with their festive songs.
Primary 5 and Primary 5/6 Entertained at Dalbeattie Day Centre
Primary Four this term have been learning about The Vikings. They have found out about different aspects of Viking life. As part of this terms learning, their homework task was to create a Viking longship and present how they made the model to the class. Feedback was given to each child in the form of two stars and a wish. Below are the long hips create by the pupils.