Our new chicks have gone to a new home. They have settled in well to their new surroundings at Mrs Ewing’s. They are very happy in their new cage looking at the drawings that some of the P1/2’s girls made for them.
As we welcome pupils back to school, a reminder that the cost of meals in all Renfrewshire Council schools have changed from the start of the new school term. Grab and Go Days are £2.05, while Dine in Days are now £2.25. The price of a paid nursery meal will also be £2.25. Children entitled to free school meals will still receive them as usual. Parents or guardians who receive certain benefits are eligible to apply for a free school meal for their child. All children in P1 to P3 are eligible for a free school meal.
The hatchery and eggs have been in P4 for a couple of weeks and we now have some young fish, known as Alevin ( they still have the yolk sac attached to them to feed from). Louise, the scientist from the Clyde River Foundation, visits the school each week to oversee the trout development and is really pleased with how well the young fish are being cared for by the class.
The children have shown great commitment in caring for the fish. They have learned how each part of the tank works and what needs to be done to maintain a perfect environment for the fish. The water must be kept cool by using ice packs, in the form of frozen bottles. The children monitor the temperature of the tank by recording the temperature 3 times a day and keep the water clean by regularly replacing with fresher water.
Here are some pictures of the tank:
As the fish continue to develop, the children will be engaging in various learning activities. These activities will allow them to become more aware of how to look after their local environment and encourage a responsible attitude.
Some examples of their learning activities:
The trout lifecycle
Parts of a fish body
Looking at the fish food web
Understand the water cycle in relation to the River Clyde
Investigate the effect humans can have on a river eco-system
Finally, when the yolk sac is used up the Alevin are known as Fry and need to feed themselves. At this point P4 will release the fish back into the environment. The plan is for P4 to release the fish into a local stream which then feeds back into the River Clyde.
P1/2 went on an autumn walk around the school grounds. We found conkers, conker shells and all different colours of leaves. We are going to use these to help us with our story writing about autumn. We had great fun!
Primary 3/4 took part in brilliant activities as part of ‘Maths Week’. We learned about time. We pretended to be the Earth, moon and Sun and talked about how long it took the moon orbit Earth and the Earth to orbit the Sun.
We revised days of the week and months of the year by playing maths games at P.E. We learned how long one minute is, estimated how many sit-ups, star jumps and dice rolls they could do in one minute. Then we tried it out to see how close we were.
On Friday 24th February we had a fantastic visitor to our school, GB Long Jumper Jade Nimmo. She took part in a great healthy fundraiser activity. She also took some time to talk to us about what inspired her and how she finds the energy for all of her training. We all had a great time working with her.
Come back soon and see the photo gallery for this amazing day.
This year Fairtrade fortnight takes place from 27th February to 12th March. We have already held our coffee morning, many thanks to those of you who managed along.
The children have also decided to fundraise further. Guess the birthday of the Fairtrade Bear and raffle tickets for a Fairtrade chocolate explosion box will be available from Tuesday 21st February. Tickets will be priced at 50p for each and you can purchase as many as you would like. Many thanks for your continued support.
Internet Safety – Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Each term we discuss Internet Safety and encourage children to discuss things that are doing online. If you would like further information on keeping your child safe online go to THINKUKNOW.co.uk This includes ideas for discussions and guidance for parents.