Basketball Tournament Jump2It

Jump2It came to our school to prepare for an exiting basketball tournament. We took part in basketball sessions focusing on each skill in basketball. First of all we focused on handling and controlling the ball in our hands, how to shoot, how to pass and how to dribble. We set out a drill for dribbling, passing and shooting as we set out cones as checkmarks. After we learned the basics we then moved on how to make runs, space, open shots and marking. We got into groups of 4 and practised by playing games and learning how each player plays and where they usual are best at shooting, passing etc.

Over the past weeks of training we have become better at each and every skill in basketball, we knew we where ready for this tournament! When we got there at the Greenock Sports Centre we got put into to teams  but it was really hard for the teachers to pick the teams because we where all good at this new sport to us! We had to use all of our learning skills and put them into play. As we progressed my team was winning a lot but I wasn’t sure about the other teams but I’m sure they played amazing as they used all of their skills! At the end it was a great tournament but we never won sadly but we showed respect because the school who won where really a tough challenge. Euan from GP4-7 won a trophy for best sportsmanship. We were really proud of him!

I’m an Engineer, I can help here!

Four primary sevens went to an engineering competition called ‘I am an Engineer, I can help here!’ There were lots of different things  to do like  raft building. In raft building you had lots of different materials. There was a ruler, pencil, rubber, scissors and some cardboard, it was a pizza box. In the challenge we named our raft ‘The Whinhill Raft’ we came 1st in the raft building!

The second challenge was the circuit challenge was where you had to set off a circuit by adding the wires together and make a beeping noise. This was very hard and we had to work together to decide what to do but we managed to complete it in the end.

Challenge three was the pumping water challenge. You had to build a tube to pump the water through and then you had to go down to the bottom of the hall and pump the water from one bucket to a another. This was a lot of problem solving but we managed 117ml!

Challenge four was building a boat to float on water. We managed to build it and it had to survive between two tables with a bottle of sand on top of it. We only had wool sticks and zip ties. We managed it and it survived the table balancing between them, it was so fun.

I am interested in building and making things so I think this is linked to Children’s Rights Article 29, Every child’s education should help them use and develop their talents and abilities.