As part of our Eco Schools action points, the children were set a challenge of designing an Eco Mascot for Portpatrick Primary. The requirements were to draw a mascot that represented our eco targets incorporating recycling features into their creation.
The entries were so good we decided to award a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Here are the winning entries:
1st – Izzy White
2nd – Ava Lily
3rd – Alba White
Sammy has now taken pride of place on our Eco Display.
Linking across topics, the children in P5 – 7 also created party manifestos incorporating elements of Learning for Sustainability and the Rights of the Child. They canvassed their electorate and presented their manifesto speeches to the class. A democratic vote was held and a coalition party was formed with the B.E.A. and Panther parties.
Primary 1 – 7 held a mini-Olympics as part of their Maths Week Scotland challenges. The children watched a video from Olympic athlete Eilish
McColgan all about how she uses maths in her training. They then looked at some of the events that took place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and discussed where maths was used. Not content with being spectators, everyone went outdoors and got active in a range of physical challenges. The children timed their personal best to see how many of each activity they could complete within the timeframe allowed.
Next on the agenda was a live NFU session where P5 – 7 calculated air miles for just 3 toppings for making pizzas. The children then compared these ingredients with other choices to see if substitutions could be made to lesson air miles. The focus was using our maths to calculate the environmental impact on food choices as part of learning for sustainability.
Every child participated in a Fun Maths Roadshow provided by D & G STEM. Problem-solving activities were presented to learners in free-flowing carousel activity stations which encompassed both challenge and enjoyment.
For our last day of this year’s Maths Week Scotland, Primary 5 – 7 followed a Portpatrick village maths trail. The children had a range of questions to answer through observation and calculation. As well as observing numbers around us, we had time durations, multiplication and addition questions to answer. The children created their own informal questions to challenge each other as we walked around.
Here is a copy of the challenge if you fancy having a wee go for yourselves when you are having a stroll in the village.
Alternatively, here is a Mental Maths Trail for all the family that can be done from the comfort of your own homes.
P4 -7 got stuck into active learning for the start of this year’s Maths Week Scotland. The theme for 2021 will be ‘Our World’. We will explore the importance of maths in understanding and responding to the climate emergency, as well as continuing to find the maths in the natural world around us. The theme links with our commitment towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The children applied their STEM and HWB skills to make a healthy and delicious plant-based cous cous recipe which helps reduce the impact on our planet’s resources (SDG 12, 13 & 15). Using hygienic food practices, they had to read scales to measure ingredients and liquids, ensuring they had the right quantities. They also had to apply their literacy and comprehension skills to understand and follow the steps required.
Everyone really enjoyed the taste and thought it was a great way to help munch your 5-A-Day.
The boys and girls have been busy this last wee while creating creature comforts for our nature area to encourage birds and insects.
After all the fabulous work community helpers have previously done donating their efforts and equipment to tidy up our nature area, it was time to tempt more of our local bug and bird life to take up residence.
First, we began by collecting natural materials from our local woodland. Next, our families and friends organised donations of repurposed materials such as pallets and bricks from local businesses. Finally, we constructed our fabulous Bug Mansion in our nature area. We are sure you will agree that it is fit for any king critter!
Not content with just that, we decided to make bird boxes to support our feathered friends. Again, our wonderful school community rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. They sourced repurposed wood & materials and machined the template sections to help the children construct our bird boxes. The children were able to apply their STEM skills to interpret the schematic instructions and then construct the boxes. The results are fabulous.
Next weekend, now that Covid restrictions are lifting, our willing helpers plan on returning to our nature area to continue the good work. They will be laying paths with chippings made from the bushes and plants that were taken out from the garden. Recycling and Eco is at the forefront of our activities.
Many thanks again to everyone involved including Robert McQueen for providing his time and digger, Jewsons for donating materials, William Halliday of Galloway Tree Care & Gardening for his time and machinery , Mr Henry of Henry’s restaurant for sectioning the bird box pieces, Kim for her organisational skills AND, of course to our ever fabulous volunteer helpers!
To help develop the skills for life, learning and work and as part of Developing our Young Workforce, our boys and girls applied to join our Pupil Council, our Eco Council and to become Digital Leaders. The children had to detail their skills and attributes that would match the role they were applying for. They also offered ideas and suggestions as to ways we could take our Pupil Voice forward for the benefit of all.
The standard of entries was high and much deliberation was needed to elect this year’s representatives. Have a look at our Responsible Citizens who have been appointed as pupil representatives for 2021- 2022.
In addition to this, many of our children applied to take on school monitor roles to help contribute to the effective running of our school:
Library Monitors – Alba and Tilly
Dinner Hall – Izzy
Playground Buddies – Ruby, Katie & Carter
Outdoor Area – Rebecca & Cameron
Cloakroom Area – Atticus
As well has having whole school responsibilities, all of our pupils have been keen to take on roles in each of their classrooms. Everyone will be given the opportunity to contribute and participate.
It is important that our children are given opportunities to use their ‘voice’ as part of our commitment to being a Rights Respecting School. Having achieved bronze, we are now working on achieving our silver status. The enthusiasm of our pupils is great to see. We are looking forward to a successful year with our Effective Contributors!
Our boys and girls at Portpatrick Primary used and applied a democratic process to elect our new House Captains today. Fitting with our Social Studies topic of Democracy in Scotland, our candidates wrote their own manifesto speech to present to their audience.
Each applicant demonstrated a very high standard of professionalism and confidence as they outlined their personal skills and attributes. Everyone spoke with clarity about the ideas and initiatives they had for the role of House Captain. We were all very impressed with the standard of each candidate’s talk.
The whole school then carried out the electorate voting process by selecting the candidate they felt would best represent them for the year ahead. Everyone filled out a voting slip and posted it in our ballet box to be counted privately.
It was a VERY closely run campaign with the results as follows:
Dunskey: Lilly Weatherby
Portree: Alba White
We are sure both House Captains will represent their houses well in the coming year. Our thanks to all of our candidates who really did themselves proud. We can’t commend the quality of each candidate’s presentation highly enough! Each of them has earned a merit for their house team.
The activity helps support our learning as part of our curriculum and as part of a wider context; helping develop the Skills for Life, Learning and Work. It also supports our drive towards our Rights Respecting Schools award and applies UNICEF’s Rights of The Child (articles 4, 12, 15, & 25)
Politics and democracy were the topic for discussion this afternoon in P5 – 7. Emma Currie, former MYSP kindly visited to give the children an insight to the democratic processes in Scotland and the UK. This is in support of our Social Studies focus this term on Local and National Government.
Emma explained how there are three tiers of government: our regional council, the Scottish parliament and the UK parliament. The children then discussed the roles and responsibilities of each and how the process works locally and nationally.
Emma talked about the rights and responsibilities we all have. She encouraged everyone to recognise the contributions we can make for the benefit of ourselves and our society through taking an active role in politics. This links well with our learning about UNICEFs rights of the child; in particular, Article 12 (Respect for Children’s Views), Article 13 (Sharing Thoughts Freely) and Article 15 (Setting Up and Joining Groups).
Emma shared her experiences of working in politics from an early age. Her interest was first piqued when she became a pupil council member at primary school. We are currently in the process of electing our own new pupil voice committee members. Perhaps one of our members will become a future politician too!
We took the opportunity to practice our literacy skills during the session, using the 5 R’s of note taking: Record, Reduce, Recite, Reflect & Review.
The boys and girls asked a range of interesting questions and shared their views freely. It was a very interesting session. Thank you Emma!
We all had an absolute blast at Mabie Farm Park today. There was just so much fun to be had!
Portpatrick Primary was joined by Leswalt and Kirkcolm Primaries on our annual summer school trip. Everyone agreed that it was a very well deserved treat for the challenging year the children have had. The weather was very kind to us, with the day brightening to match our smiles.
The photos of the day speak for themselves. You only need to look at all the beaming faces to see how much everyone enjoyed their day.
A wee treat to take on our trip courtesy of Connor’s restaurant.
And we’re off!
‘Choo Choo’ Train
Hay Barn High Jinx
Play Park Fun
And of course, there was a wee trip to the gift shop to round the day off after an ice-cream. What a way to end a fabulous day!