As part of our Play on the Longest Day celebrations, Primary 1 and Primary 2/3 decided to make the most of the nice weather and explore the outdoors. We talked about the skills that we develop through play.
Here are some of their ideas…
‘We were being creative.’ Bette
‘We were learning to solve mysteries.’ Kiara
‘If someone falls we help them up.’ Olly
‘We share with each other.’ Lexi
‘Being kind to each other and if you fall out you can help each other to sort it out.’ Ellie
Primary 1 had a fantastic day exploring Blair Drummond Safari Park. We drove through the Animal Reserve to see some of our favourite animals. After that we went to see Lola, in the Sea Lion show. We were very excited to visit the play park, followed by a trip on the boat to Chimp Island. Then we headed over to Lemur Land & finally we rounded our day off by having a shot on the Astroglide slide.
As part of our Outdoor Learning Day, Avalon were creating their own trailers and movies in the outdoors. They worked in groups to create their own story boards, gather props and film their production. What a wonderful morning we all had! 🎞📽☀
As part of Digital Learning Week 2019, we had the Hopscotch Theatre Company visit the school yesterday. We were learning all about internet safety and the best ways to stay safe online. We learned that you should never give out your personal information & that you should always tell an adult if something happens online.
The digital learning committee were learning about Keynote. They created their own Keynotes, all about the people in their group.
Stuart and Kerr started to create an iMovie documenting our Digital Learning Journey so far. They have been interviewing the children and Mrs Govans about the use of Digital Technology within our school.
Today we had some visitors from the Fire Station in Kilmarnock.
We learned that fire fighters have to wear a helmet, a jacket, boots that are joined to trousers, gloves and a balaclava. They are made from a special material that means they don’t burn as quickly. We got to try some of them on.
As part of our Chinese New Year topic, we teamed up with Margaret from the Maidsafe Foundation. Primary 1 drew pictures of a dragon, Margaret took them away and used a laser cutter to put them on to a different media. Margaret showed us videos of the laser cutter in action and then we used tissue paper to create our own dragon sun catchers.
Today we were learning about the use of QR codes and Keynote. The P1 children in our committee chose some of their favourite books from the reading area in their class. Some of the older children then created iMovies of them reading the book. They then uploaded their video into a Sway, copied the link and created a QR code. They then stuck the QR code on to the book. This allowed the other children to scan the code and have an audio recording of the book read to them. The P1 children had great fun listening to the stories this afternoon. The rest of the committee designed their own characters and created an animation using Keynote.
Today some P6s went down to the nursery to meet their buddies. We got to join in with some of the activities and got to play outside with them. We also got to talk to our buddy and find out more about them.
We are looking forward to having them come up to visit us at school.
Today the Digital Learning Committee joined up with the Inclusion Committee. They demonstrated to all of the members in the Inclusion Committee and some of the teachers how Immersive Reader can be used to support their learning. The Primary 7 children can’t wait to show Mrs McKenna the new translate function, to help with their French.
We then went on to look at Internet Safety in preparation for Safer Internet day on Tuesday 5th February. The children have prepared a SWAY to share the importance of Internet Safety with everyone at home, a PowerPoint to share with the learners at assembly and posters to put up around the school.
Primary 1 have been learning to balance in gym. They were trying a few different activities. Here they are practising the v-sit, balancing bean bags on their heads and walking along the bench and jumping off.
Primary 1 & 2 had a fabulous time at their Christmas Party. They were showing off their wonderful dance moves & participated in a variety of Christmas themed games. We even had a very special visitor arrive at the party after hearing our amazing singing. The children then went to see Santa down in his very own Grotto, thanks to Mrs Watt & Mrs Goudie.
Today we met for the first time. We had a group discussion about applying for our Digital Schools Award and what we need to work on.
We learned about a new tile on GLOW called Office 365. We went in to Word and used the Immersive reader feature. Immersive reader has built in overlays and can help to support your reading in different ways. It can read your writing back to you, it can also show you different parts of speech and it can split words into syllables.