Mrs Murray took us on a wild goose chase when she drove the minibus around Slamannan looking for Bean Geese. With the help from the RSPB and a local farmer, we eventaully found the geese grazing just behind the school!
The classes played games with the RSPB, drawing different garden birds when they were being described.
Have a look at our drawings…can you name the birds?
We were all very excited when the RSPB took us to the park next to the school and demonstrated a cannon netting to us. Children from Greengairs Primary School joined us on the rainy afternoon. We heard a bang when the net exploded over the Bean Geese and captured them, Connor T investigated the site and took photographs of the netted geese.
In August 2012 Mr Findlay and Mrs Murray welcomed the children to the new school year. The children were very excited to learn they would be progressing their learning of BEAN GEESE!!! The classes had a visit from the RSPB and created posters showing the type of habitat Slamannan offers and why Slamannan is such a special place!
In 2011-12 Mrs Bell worked with SNH and Greengairs Primary School to make a link for Slamannan Primary and the Beangeese Project.
In 2012-13 Primary 4/5 and Primary 5/6 with Mr Findlay and Mrs Murray would take up the project to try and track the Beangeese to find out where they go. Greengairs would try to find schools in the area to contact.
Mrs Bell, Mrs McNaughton, P3 and P4 had a fantastic year learning about beangeese. We would like to thank SNH, RSPB and Artist Andrew!
With all our artwork, cards and mural completed, P3 and P4 decided to have an Art Exhibition. We collected all our work and displayed it in the GP Room and invited distinguished guests, friends and family to attend.
We also had learned a lot about beangeese. Our science learning had soared because we now knew much more about birds, biodiversity and of course beangeese. We had learned some geographical facts because we found out where Beangeese came from, where they visited in Slamannan and where they went to after Slamannan. We had used all this information to write Recounts, Reports, Instructions and Imaginative Stories about Beangeese and our Visits to the Plateau and Vane Farm.
We wanted to do something with our knowledge, so P3 held an assembly to tell everyone about the Beangeese that lived right on our doorstep!
After P3’s assembly, P4 opened the Art Exhibition, Where Have You Been Geese? It was a roving success.
With the help of Artist Andrew, P3 and P4 made a mural out of charcoal to show Beangeese and where they had come from. We needed lots of old shirts to keep our uniforms clean.