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Outdoor Learning Adventure in Rozelle

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…

Ailsa

  • 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.

Arran

  • 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.

Kintyre

  • 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.

 

 

 

Halloween 2018

 Halloween Activity Day

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.

I LOVED EVERYTHING!

This was the best Halloween ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masterclass – Rotation 1 2018

Our masterclass runs on a Wednesday          11 -12.                                                                                     We currently have BSL, art and gardening.

Mrs McGinn also runs a sewing class with P6&7.

If you think you have a skill worth sharing, and some time to spare, please let us know.

P7 Survival Camp 2018

What a fantastic weekend we had at the first EVER Dolphin House camp!

We…… pitched, sawed, sparked, cooked, ate, drank, gathered, walked, feared, chatted, slept, washed, canoed, escaped, shared and cleared…..ALL OUTDOORS!

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!

 

Outdoor Learning Day 1 2017/18

Today we had the first of our outdoor learning mornings for the    year.  We have a few projects we would like to complete this term.

  • Seasonal planters for the school entrance.
  • New mural for the playground.
  • Prepare veggie patch.

We crammed loads of learning into our morning.  Here is what the pupils said.

ART :

We sketched designs for the new mural.

Gardening:

We weeded the planters.

We harvested our crop of broad beans that were planted last term.

We cared for our environment and learning in our outside space.

Maths:

We used scales to weigh the beans.

We counted the beans.

We estimated how much the beans weighed and how many we had gathered.

We used Number Talk strategies and formal algorithms to solve problems.

Group Work:

We worked together.

We discussed ideas.

We voted democratically!!!

 

 

 

Holistic Assessment – Term 4

P5-7 pulled many skills they had developed and knowledge they had gained to produce some fantastic presentations.

Pupils…

Worked in pairs to gather natural materials from our local beach and used the materials to create a collage. The collage was in the form of a mascot for plants. This mascot needed to have a name and the pupils had to explain why the mascot has certain features and attributes (character description). Pupils will had an opportunity to sketch a plan/design of the mascot before creating the mascot. Once they had created the mascot they continued to work together to write a poem (pupils choice – acrostic, rhyming, free verse, shape) The poem was delivered to the class by the mascot.

They used notes from previous research, activities and tests relating to this topic.

They shared the mascot and poem with the rest of the class and received peer assessment.

 

Learning Intentions

Convey what all living things do.

Research and present how plants reproduce.

Design and create a collage using natural materials.

Explain the reasons for my design choices.

Present information about plants though the medium of poetry.

 

Success Criteria

I can explain how plants reproduce.

I can explain the lifecycle of a plant.

I can combine natural materials to fulfil a design brief.

I can use my own notes from more than one source to select and organise information and to develop my ideas in order to help create my own text – a poem.

I can use relevant technical language that adds accuracy to my writing.

 

They had a design task….

Design Task:                                                                                                                Work in pairs to gather natural resource which will be used to create a plant mascot.   This plant mascot needs to have a name and you must write a poem for the mascot. The poem should include details of what a plant needs to grow and survive, how plants reproduce and what all living things do (MRS GREN).

Design your mascot by sketching a rough plan. Explain why you chose certain materials or for your mascot to have certain attributes.

 

E’s & O’s

By investigating the lifecycles of plants and animals, I can recognise the different stages of their development SCN 2-14a

I have the opportunity to choose and explore an extended range of media and technologies to create images and objects, comparing and combining them for specific tasks. EXA 2-02a

I can make notes, organise them under suitable headings and use them to understand information, develop my thinking, explore problems and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate. LIT 2-15a

Having explored the elements which writers use in different genres, I can use what I learn to create stories, poems and plays with an interesting and appropriate structure, interesting characters and/or settings which come to life. ENG 2-31a

Beach School – Crafting

Today we delivered a beach school with P1-7.  This stared with a walk from the school to the local beach located in the village.  The pupils were given a scavenger list and got to work gathering the listed items. They gathered natural materials such as shells, sticks and stones.  They used the items to make beautiful crafty ornaments  to sell at our Fisherton Festival on the 26th of June.

They gathered items to take back to school and we will use these for some secret activities next week!

After we made the items we had lunch and playtime using the beach as our playground.  It was very important for the pupils to remember the safety instructions they were given.  They would all like to have more leaning experiences in our beach school setting.

What the pupils said….MTV

The ormaments we made are really pretty and I think they will be popular at Fisherton Festival. P6

I enjoyed getting the rocks for the mascosts. P4

I liked how I felt when I was walking down to the beach. P5

When we walked through the forest bit I really liked the scenery.  It reminded me of a film I watched. P4

I liked helping the wee ones make the wind chimes. It was quite hard trying to tie the wire on the shells. P5

I enjoyed sitting on the beach and picking out pebbles to use.  It was really calm and relaxing.  P6

I liked looking for the shells that already had holes in them.  When you found one you felt a sense of achievement because there wasn’t very many of them. P6

I loved finding eyecatching pebbles in the sand.  I found blood stone, copper and jasper. P6

 

 

 

Dolphin House 2017

We have arrived and the bed making giggles have begun!

Fun first day….. Park walk, beach talk, cycling, marshmallow toasting, hot chocolate drinking movie night awesomeness.

Day 2….

Beach yoga, perfect porridge, teepee playing, coasteering and rock pooling……all before midday!!

And the activities continued all day in the gorgeous sunshine!

Day 3 activities included more abseiling, caving and archery.  Nearly time for D.I.S.C.O night!

Famous DH final night disco has definitely not dissapointed! Some awesome moves AND live acts.