Today we went on a trip to Rozelle for some fabulous outdoor learning all thanks to Stagecoach, who helped us to get there FOR FREE on our very own private Stagecoach double decker bus! 3 parents took the opportunity to join our learning today.
The weather was beautiful and we loved having so much space to run around and explore. We even went on a hunt to find the Gruffalo and climbed on top of his big tree stump hideout.
P67 have been learning all about different artists and the techniques that they use. We were delighted that local artist Tom Craig could join us to tell us all about his exhibition at the Maclaurin Art Gallery. We even recognised some of the places from his paintings!
He had a lot of interesting stories to tell us about his travels to Papua New Guinea.
We were all feeling really inspired and held our own drawing competition which was judged by Tom himself. Well done to Elsi, Campbell and Eve that won.
We had a Scavenger Hunt to find objects that start with the different letters of Tom Craig’s name. It was a lot harder than we thought! Look at all of the beautiful Crocus flowers that we spotted.
What the kids said…
I liked sitting on a tree stump when I had my snack. I enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt to find things that spelled out TOM CRAIG because that was the name of the artist.
I liked chatting with Tom Craig.
I liked drawing.
I liked looking at all the artist’s things.
I liked all the paintings especially one that was shiny.
I thought it was really nice that we got to go on a double decker bus!! I really liked the painting when it looked like it was raining.
I found the scavenger hunt competition fun because we got to choose what things we could find.
I really liked the picture of Croc Rock. My mum might be getting one because she really liked it. My mum really enjoyed it and my baby brother.
I liked getting fresh air, especially when we had been in the rooms because it was quite warm. I enjoyed the double decker bus because I was sitting at the top.
Today was my first time EVER in a double decker bus.
My favourite parts were the double decker bus and the scavenger hunt. I didn’t like the gallery much because it was a bit boring but I would like to make the things I saw.
I thought it was really nice that we all got to go out as a whole school. I really enjoyed getting to look at all the paintings. There was one I really liked because it was a view of Arran from Dunure.
I liked when we were on the double decker bus.
I liked looking at the Tom Craig artwork because I liked the colours and the way he did it.
I enjoyed doing the drawing competition because I to draw a BB8.
At the end when we were waiting for the bus some of us were sun bathing and looking up at the clouds.
On the way back to school I was at the top of the double decker and looking out the window and I could feel branches hitting the window.
I liked winning the drawing competition because you got to make your own picture. I used different pictures by Tom Craig.
I enjoyed when we were crowding round The Gruffalo because we got to climb up little logs that were around him.
I enjoyed everything and going on the double decker bus.
We have a had a fabulous couple of days crafting with Hannah. She told us all about her career in the props making industry, what she studied at art school and university, and about some of the things she has made for film an television. We then took part in a Christmas craft extravaganza!! Check out the picture of our fantastic wreaths…pompom and messtastic.
What the pupils said:
When Hannah came in I found it interesting because I had never met anyone that had made things for films before. I found it interesting because it’s something I could think about doing when I’m older, it’s inspiring. At first making the wreath was confusing but the more I did it I found it easier. It turned out pretty good.
When she first came in it was good to figure out how people make the stuff and how to make it. It was fun because when we were winding the wool around the template it was hard at first but then it got easier when you went a bit slower because then it didn’t get all tangled. Mine looks really good because the purple goes well with the red ribbon.
I thought Hannah’s job looked really fun and I would love to grow up to be something like that. I thought it was fun making the pompoms and it was cool how you got to make big ones, wee ones and even bigger ones. I think it loos really cool and I like the snowman on top.
When Hannah first came in I was excited to see what she was going to show us and tell us and make with us. It was hard to wrap the fabric around the wreaths as it was hard to make it stick. I do like mine even though it’s plain.
I was really excited when Hannah first came in and I thought it was really cool how she had made loads of famous people. I really enjoyed making the pompoms because I could experiment with the different colours and see what it looked like. I’m really happy with how it looks and I would make more in the future.
When Hannah came it was really exciting because she was showing us about her career. It was a bit tricky to make the wreath to start with but I enjoyed the challenge. I am happy with my wreath because it is beautiful.
When Hannah came I was thinking that she maybe made hundreds of props for movies and she did. It was nice to know that she made stuff in Gravity. I really enjoyed the experience.
I didn’t know that she was a prop maker I thought she was an artist or something. It was good to know that her props were in some movies. I liked making the pompoms because it was fun to wrap the wool around the template.
I was excited when Hannah came in because I really wanted to know what we were going to make. I enjoyed making the wreaths because we could put the stuff on that we wanted.
When Hannah first came in and Mrs H said prop maker I thought it was more for panto’s than MOVIES! I was impressed. Wrapping the wool around the template was hard but the pompoms were worth the effort. I liked putting the glitter tape on my wreath.
What Hannah said:
I loved coming to see what it’s like being in P67 these days. I loved telling you all about my job and think your wreaths are beautiful. They are all so different and individual.
To top off our entertainment learning theme we certainly entertained!
Our show featured character ‘Richy Rich’ who, despite being very successful, is a very unhappy man. He soon realises there is more to life than his career and learns the true spirit of Christmas.
Work starts in August with ‘the big class’ working on characterisation and plot. A script is written after many ideas are shared. I don’t have enough words to explain how creative, engaged, committed, motivated and talented the pupils are – you really need to see it to believe it!
We turned into a real entertainment business to create this show and to tell this modern twist on a traditional tale. The Literacy learning and Expressive Arts is clear and evident throughout the process. We also linked our holistic Maths assessment to figure out how many tickets we could sell, what the best mince pie deal would be, how much profit we would make and how to spend the profit!! A true example of CfE in action.
See below for some photos and pupil reflections:
Richy Rich – We thought of stuff we haven’t done in the past and we came up with the type fo story we wanted to tell. I thought I couldn’t do it because I kept forgetting my lines when we were rehearsing. However, I kept practising with my mum and dad, I kept getting better and better. I found the show night quite nerve wracking but when I was on the stage the words just flew out. I enjoyed when people were dancing along with ‘All I want for Christmas’. My grandparents kept saying I should go to acting school and my parents said they should book me a slot at the Gaiety.
Random Duck – I felt really excited because I got to be the comedy character. I acted funny to help make people laugh. I wasn’t nervous about doing it in front of people because I have performed in loads of shows and assemblies now. I felt confident. My mum enjoyed when I sang ‘I can see clearly’ and she started crying after ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.
Superstar *** I thought it was going to be easy but it wasn’t as easy as I thought. You have to practise so you know it off by heart and don’t need to look at a script. You have to know your part so well that you can be confident and deliver the lines like the person would. There was a lot more people in the audience than I thought there was going to be and when I first went on stage I could see them all looking at us; I felt nervous. I just didn’t think about it and I just thought about doing my part well and how it would make them feel. My mum said I was really could and I couldn’t have done any better. My nana said I was good and funny when I was doing the twirls. My dad said I was good at singing.
Lucinda Loveadore – At the beginning we were all sharing ideas of what we wanted to do, we pretty much all wanted to doing something like good versus evil. I designed an evil character but I didn’t want to be it. I didn’t mind what kind of part I had. I was really excited at first when I first heard the script and I just wanted to start rehearing because it sounded so good. I started practising and reading over the script as soon as I got it because I didn’t want to forget my lines and I thought if I started learning them at the beginning it would be easier. At first I thought it was a very ambitious show and it would be very hard to pull together but we all did our best and it turned out really well. Just before I was going on stage I liked the nerves and I used the nervous energy to help me perform as well as I could. It was a very exciting night and I just really liked doing shows and stuff in general. I like seeing my dad and mum crying because my dad doesn’t normally cry and he was probably quite proud of me.
Penelope Peaceman – Every pupil created characters and wrote different plot ideas. We discussed what would fit well together. I was very happy with the character I got because I was one of the main characters and that’s what you want in P7 because it’s our last year. I was scared that I wasn’t going to learn my lines on time and that I would forget them on stage but I worked hard and managed to learn them on time. I was very nervous because it was a full house and everyone was eyes on you when you were talking. A weight was lifted when I finished ‘I have a dream’ and I could relax and enjoy it a bit more. When I got home everyone said well-done you were amazing, and so did my friend. Both my grans were crying at ‘I Have A Dream’ and I saw my dad have a wee tear in his eye.
Suzie Sensible – We had to keep changing the script to keep making it better and get the story right. I enjoyed my character and I liked when I was my turn to have centre stage. I had to find a dress that would suit my character and I had to find tights that looked nice. I was a bit nervous and shaky but then I felt ok. I was my birthday and it felt really special doing it on my birthday because my nana came to the show. My friend gave me a nice compliment saying I was good standing up, being confident, and saying my lines. My nana and my parents said I was great.
Ronnie Rich – We looked at different characters when we designed them and came up with back stories to help us know who they were and how they would act. I was quite worried just in case I messed up my words because I thought I didn’t pay enough attention to it at the beginning but then in the middle of rehearsals I started practising about an hour every night. My sister helped me and I helped her. When it came to show night I think we were both bang on and I received quite a lot of compliments. My mum said, ‘I’m so lucky to have you as my son.’ My aunt said, ‘You did so well I was crying halfway through.’
Bertie Balance – I liked the idea of doing it like a scrooge type of story and liked how we got to choose what character we wanted to be in it. We got to design characters and we decided what ones got to be in the show and what ones didn’t. I said my lines in my head and I said them to my mum and dad to get me ready. I was a bit nervous considering the hall was full of people. What I did was I imagined nobody was there so I wasn’t as nervous. I enjoyed it because I enjoyed the singing. I liked it also because we got a mince pie when we were leaving! My mum said I was good enough that I could play games when I got home. She liked the character I played.
Superstar * At first it was hard to learn the parts because we had to muck about with it a few times to see what was the right way to play the parts and stuff. As we progressed it stared to come together and we started to understand more about how the story should be told. I said my lines to my mum and I would peek at the script if I got stuck. Show night was nerve wracking but once you got out and on stage it felt a lot easier. I enjoyed that I didn’t get embarrassed and I made the crowd laugh with ballet dancing. My nana said that it’s the best show she has ever seen in 40 years. My mum said it’s the funniest show she has ever seen.
Superstar ** – We started thinking about what we should do for a story and then we thought of an idea called ‘Believe’. We started writing a script to tell the story. Then we sorted out who would do each part. I practised my lines till I knew them off by heart. There were loads of people there; I didn’t think there would be that many. It was hard to not laugh and I got a bit embarrassed but I enjoyed it. My mum and dad said, ‘good work’ and they really enjoyed it. In the last song my mum started to cry.
Mrs Martin is so proud of all of the children for their astonishing performances!
What the pupils said:
I felt scared because there were so many of my family there to watch me but I feel happy because I did really well.
It was really nice that John and Varry came from Youth Club.
I was really nervous for both shows so I tried to concentrate on my lines so I wasn’t distracted by my mum. I enjoyed being a narrator.
I was really happy that my dad got to come and see the show – he stuck his tongue out at me and made me laugh!
I enjoyed when the wee class were on the bench and my dad was making funny faces at me.
I enjoyed when my sister was in the front row and she stuck her tongue out at me so I stuck my tongue out at her. My favourite part of being a narrator was when we got to go up on the stage.
I am proud because I think I did a really good job of screaming like a fan.
I really liked being a narrator and when I was holding up the ‘Cheer’ sign my mum was smiling at me. I felt very nervous.
I enjoyed being the Lemonade stand man because I liked making angry faces.
I was nervous when I had to speak into the microphone but I LOVED IT! I was really proud of my big brother being Richy Rich – I think he did really well.
I thought it was funny when my brother sang “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.”
My brother was funny when he was dancing!
I thought my brother was really good at playing Ronnie Rich.
Our fantastic script also got us to the semi finals of a nationwide competition.
We have been working hard learning about many aspects of health and safety. This Halloween we were tested on our skills and knowledge through a fun activity day. Have look at all the things we got up to!
We used our kitchen hygiene and safety skills and knowledge to make spooky gingerbread. P6/7 also applied many of their literacy and maths skills to read the recipe and measure the ingredients. We remembered what Jacqui had taught us about kitchen safety and hygiene.
Miss Ross had a terrible accident……. She burnt and cut herself! We had to respond to this emergency. We administered first aid but also called an ambulance as we felt the cut was too serious to treat at school. We were glad that the paramedic had given us information on what to do.
Owl Magic brought some spooky animals to school. We learned about how the animals are cared for and how they are all safely transported from place to place. We remembered some of the information given to us at our road safety assembly.
We made a fire to keep us warm outside. We had to be careful when moving around near the fire. We toasted marshmallows and told spooky stories. We remembered what Liam the Fireman had told us about fire safety.
We carved pumpkins and had fun squishing the insides. We had to be very careful when we were using the cutters to carve the pumpkins. Thankfully we had no emergencies like Miss Ross!! We’ll now leave the pumpkins outside for the animals to eat and we’ll watch how they decompose.
What the kids said…
I enjoyed mixing the ingredients together.
I liked cutting the a bat shaped gingerbread biscuit.
We used maths while we were baking.
We washed our hands and made sure all our equipment was hygienic.
I enjoyed baking gingerbread biscuits.
Miss Ross cut her arm so we had to call the ambulance by dialling 999.
We had to put pressure on the cut using a rag or a bandage…not cotton wool.
We advised her run the burn under cold water for 15 mins.
I enjoyed holding the barn owl.
I was quite disgusted when the owl pooped on my arm.
She talked to us about being safe around the owls.
The owls need to be safe and secure when they are being taken places in the car.
My favourite part of the day was Owl Magic.
We had to stay safe and keep a good distance from the fire.
You have to be careful not to burn yourself on the fire when toasting your marshmallow!
It was quite hard to light the fire using matches… The wind kept blowing them out!
We told spooky stories.
I liked telling spooky stories.
We had some really good ideas for our pumpkin designs.
It was quite hard to scoop out the pumpkin guts!
We worked well together in pairs to carve our pumpkins.
Our experience was loads of fun but also had a serious side. Throughout the event we reflected on the life of refugees in a different type of camp! We had 2 activities that were very refugee focused. They were called FEAR and ESCAPE. If you want to know more then please ask us!