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.
On Wednesday 7th September all of the children in the school participated in ZOOLAB workshops. We found out a huge amount of information about a wide range of creatures. We all enjoyed seeing the animals and some of felt brave enough to touch or hold them.
On Thursday 8th September all of Primary 6 attended a fantastic farming event in at Luss Estates. This was organised by The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). Although it was a wet day we all enjoyed learning about the important work our farmers do.
On Tuesday 13th September we all celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. It was a fantastic day!! All the children enjoyed taking part in special activities and some dressed up as characters for the day.
Primary 6 have been exploring Harry Potter novels and completed this with a wonderful showcase. All visitors thoroughly enjoyed this experience. They also held a themed bake sale which was a great success. Look out for some familiar faces in the Paisley Daily Express.
Primary 5 had great fun exploring the life and times of the Ancient Egyptians for their term 2 Social Studies topic.
They were asked to create a tomb of artefacts in their classroom to showcase their learning to other pupils and their parents and family members. The local newspaper came along to photograph the grand tour of the tomb.
They learned a great deal about a range of topics including: God’s, The Afterlife, King Tutankhamen, Mummification, The Great Pyramids, Daily Life and the Hierarchy within Egyptian Society.
On Friday 22nd January the school and nursery had a visit from Cyber Coach. Cyber Coach is an interactive media system for schools . It allows pupils to enjoy 100’s of hours of enjoyable exercise. Each class took part in a short gym session using this. All of the children enjoyed the activities and were tired from all the movement!
On Friday 27th November the school had a special St. Andrew’s Day Assembly. All of the classes performed a song, poem or a dance. It was a fantastic celebration. Primary 7 stole the show with an amazing rendition of Calendonia.