Primary 4 learn about Law & Order at Bantaskin PS

IMG_4651Yvonne McBlain visited Primary 4 at Bantaskin PS on 16th November, to hear about their Green Street and Friendship Street Storyline work. Mrs Russell’s class helped Yvonne write this blog post, and took some of the photos too. Mr Davidson’s P4D class held their court hearing during the visit – they were all desperate to hear the verdict! 4R will visit Falkirk Sheriff Court on 17th November and then stage their court proceedings back in class. DSCF6599

We have been busy creating a street of houses in our classrooms. Each group in our class created a “typical” Falkirk 8 year old character, then made up a whole family to live with them.

Our families needed houses, so we designed  homes which were just right for them. We got letters asking us to do different jobs. When  an elderly couple from Malawi moved into the empty house on Friendship Street, 4D had to come up with ways to make them feel welcome in their new country. Another letter said that the council had given us a piece of land near our street, and that we had to design and make a community garden on it. IMG_4654Primary 4 used their tiling skills to create a tiled centre-piece for the  garden using squared paper. The gardens had to be Eco-friendly – Olivia said that eco-friendly is “putting everything in the right bins”, Caitlin said “eco means don’t waste anything”. We learned how to tile a hexagon shape, and when our gardens were finished, we displayed them and organised a Grand Opening tea party to celebrate. The next day we were “outraged” to discover that  our community gardens had been vandalised!  Who would do this terrible damage? Why would they do it? The pupils discovered clues – a bottle of black paint, some fingerprints, and apples with bites taken out of them.    DSCF6588

Children in both classes learned about Law and Order in our country by investigating the crimes of vandalism which took place in their community gardens (SOC 1-20a). Their storyline included a visit to the local Sherriff Court, and the storyline letters they received, highlighted skills and knowledge they would develop during this interdisciplinary work. The letters helped to engage the children in their learning and made it accessible to them. The pupils also developed their understanding of the impact of vandalism on real people because they experienced it through their make-believe storyline. Storyline is often valuable for this reason in helping children to develop sound values and attitudes which contribute to their development of the four capacities. DSCF6615

 

Click here to see a version of this storyline plan which was developed by Yvonne and primary 5 teachers at Ladeside Primary School a few years ago. It has proven to be a valuable way to link or bundle, specific Social Studies and Health and Well Being experiences and outcomes with elements of Learning for Sustainability.

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2 comments

  1. jane craik says:

    I am supporting a school with developing IDL and your site has given us lots of valuable advice and support- thank you. Do you have any examples from schools who have created frameworks for IDL from these resources?
    Thanks,
    Jane

  2. Y. McBlain says:

    Hi Jane
    Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m glad the blog is helpful. I don’t have a fully populated IDL framework I’m afraid, but we are getting closer. We are working on progression pathways and some of our schools are building frameworks for their whole curriculum. I’ll share these as they emerge if I’m able to. I’ve actually been in touch with Aberdeen City and hope to see what they have been working on soon. It would be good to keep in touch.
    Regards
    Yvonne

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