We really enjoyed visiting the Botanic Gardens in Dundee and Amazonia at Strathclyde Country Park, as part of our Rainforest learning context. Both visits really helped to deepen our learning about the Rainforest and also helped us to compare the climate in the Rainforest to our climate in Scotland. Some of us even conquered our fear of snakes and spiders!
As part of developing our team working skills we spent a day at PGL Dalguise. There was lots of fun and laughter alongside pushing ourselves to do things we hadn’t done before. We especially enjoyed the giant swing and the tunnel of doom! Thanks to all at Dalguise for making our day there so exciting!
To help educate people about the dangers of “flushable” wipes to our environment and sewage systems, we have been designing informational posters. Help spread the word!
Abernyte Primary has signed up to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, an exciting new reading initiative for children in Primary 4 – 7 (everyone is taking part in our school), delivered by Scottish Book Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government. We hope the challenge can be very much a home-school partnership with challenges taking place at school and at home, with books from school and where possible, from home.
Pupils will have a Reading Passport and Reading Challenge Record to keep track of their reading journey during the Challenge. They will have the opportunity to create their own reading challenges, as well as taking part with the wider school. You will find information about how you can support your child on the Reading Challenge website, https://www.readingchallenge.scot/
What are we doing in school?
- Reading will be celebrated in a variety of ways and have a high profile in our school e.g. with displays throughout the school, an interactive recommendations wall and a competition to see who can be photographed reading in the most obscure or entertaining location and displaying them in school (start taking your photos anytime now and hand them in);
- All the adults in the school will act as reading role models (if you know of any guest speakers who would like to come in and talk to the children about reading then please do let us know);
- Books will be embedded in activities across the curriculum;
- Reading for pleasure will be integrated into daily routine and time will be given for children to set and keep track of their reading challenges;
- We will be holding a Reading Challenge Community Open Day.
What can you do at home?
Encouraging a love of reading is really important for children, so have a look at the hints and tips on the Reading Challenge website. Little things you can do to support your child include:
- Signing up and visiting the library together
- Discussing your favourite books
- Making time for quiet reading
Scottish Book Trust have also put together some book recommendations to help children start their reading journey. You can search through these together on the website where there are over 300 titles, as well as book lists submitted by from children’s writers, well-known public figures, learning professionals and more.
Children and families are also encouraged to submit their own book lists – you can do so by emailing no more than 10 titles along with a short paragraph about who you are and the theme of your list to firstname.lastname@example.org
When does the Reading Challenge take place?
The challenge will run from now until June 2017. We’re excited to be taking part and hope that you can join in the fun too! If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
In response to recent reports in the news (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37772399), pupils designed and conducted their own fair experiment to test where or not “flushable” wipes really are suitable for flushing. According to the voluntary code that guides manufacturers, wipes should break down in the water system within 3 hours, but the sooner the better, so as not to block pipes and sewage systems.
After 3 hours, we found that only the toilet paper had broken down:
After 1 WEEK, the only “flushable” wipe to break down to any degree was Andrex, the rest were ripped in places but almost whole.
Lucy(P7) reports: “After 3 hours only the toilet paper broke down but after a week Andrex broke down too.”
Maya (P4) reports “Out of the wipes the Andrex was the best and the least best was the Kirkland Signature.”
Ellen (P5) reports: “I learned to not flush wipes down the toilet even if they say “flushable” on them”.
All families in Perth & Kinross with babies, under fives and school aged children are encouraged to give their views on
- the future delivery of Early Learning and Childcare (formerly known as Pre-School Education)
- their experience of arranging and using childcare services
- their anticipated needs around childcare in the future
You can complete the online survey by going to ELC Parent & Carer Consultation 2016
The survey will close on 31 December 2016.
Paper copies of the survey form are available from all Local Authority Nursery Classes and on request from
Tel 01738 472350 Email email@example.com or
Childcare Strategy Team, Community Wing, Perth Grammar School, Gowans Terrace PERTH PH1 5AZ
P7 organised this year’s Halloween party, which saw dressing up, a pumpkin carving contest, a spooky scavenger hunt, pin the eye on the skeleton, bobbing for apples and co-operative cup stacking!
On Friday 28 October, pupils came to school dressed in red to show support for Show Racism the Red Card, which they had been learning about in assembly previously.
More information can be found at http://www.theredcard.org/