Watching the Solar Eclipse

Today we were learning about the Solar Eclipse. A Solar eclipse is really rare and next time I might see one is when I’m well over 40! Watching the eclipse this morning was AMAZING! It was interesting to find out that in ancient Chinese history, they thought that an eclipse was a dragon eating the sun because eclipse in Chinese is ‘shi’ which means ‘to eat’. We all used our home-made objects to reflect, see and watch the moon as it passed over the sun. We knew we couldn’t look directly at it so we used things to watch it safely. Anton had a special box to look into, it wasn’t so successful but looked really cool! David had a rectangle of black glass which he put over his eyes. This worked really well because you could really see the shape the eclipse was making. It was good because David managed to use it to watch the eclipse safely without hurting his eyes. We all had a turn too, including Mrs Hunter, Mr Sinclair and Miss McCready! Alana and I had two pieces of white paper with a pinhole in the middle of one which reflected the light and allowed us to see the shadow of the sun. The sky slowly got darker as the moon moved in front of the sun and it went really cold. We all really enjoyed watching and learning about an eclipse and hope that we see one again. By Rebecca

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Our New Rights Charters!

Recently, the Rights Action group got together to make a playtime and lunchtime charter to make sure we are safe and happy in school. We looked at the UNCRC and decided on rights that meant most to us at playtime and lunchtime. Our charters got sent to a special sign maker to get made into big boards for the playground and gym hall. We are now going to get them up all around the school so pupils know their rights and how they can help others get their rights too. We had to be confident and present to the whole school at assembly to tell them about the rights charters and why we have them. The letters of the word RESPECT have been cut out and today we got all pupils in the school to sign their names on each letter so that they are in agreement to uphold these rights. Everyone got a band that said ‘we care, we listen, we act’. You might have seen the billboard posters about Inverclyde with the new campaign supporting children’s rights. By Lucy F

Here are the posters.

we caew we care

Here are pupils signing the letters.

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Learning How to Code Using Scratch

Scratch is a computer animation and programming site and this term we have been learning to use it. We have had to learn how use code to make things move and how to make things called sprites, change. One of our tasks was to make a children’s rights game. Some people made their game like flappy bird or paddle and you had to collect wee icons and a right would pop up. The game is meant to help you learn your rights. I am good at Scratch and have been using it for a while now. I understand it really well so I had to go around helping everyone with their coding and make their game work. You had to be creative to come up with ideas to make your game interesting for people to play. Some people found it difficult to use code but everyone now knows how to make a basic game with controls now. I want to have a job in computer programming when I am older so I hope this will help me prepare for it.

Here are Nick and Aidan’s games

Scratch NickNick's gameAidan's game

This is Abbi’s game