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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

 

 

 

Creativity with Culzean Clay

We had great fun being creative with  Culzean Clay to create models of sea creatures.  These will be on sale at our ‘Fisherton Festival’ on the 28th of June.

We had great fun being creative with  Culzean Clay to create models of sea creatures.  These will be on sale at our ‘Fisherton Festival’ on the 28th of June.

We had collected this clay while we were exploring the caves at Culzean during our residential visit.

We talked about how the clay smelled and it reminded us of our time in the caves at Culzean.  We thought the clay looked like chocolate and wondered if it might taste like chocolate brownies!! The clay felt very soft and squidgy, and it made a thudding sound when we dropped it on the table.

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.

Outdoor Learning Day 2

Today got artistic and messy outdoors.  We have been thinking about inherited traits, evolution and why organisms adapt and change over time.  We decide that we would ‘evolve’….hairstyles, wizards and teachers!

After scavenging to find painting tools we got started.  We had to work in teams to complete our creations then explain their evolution process to the rest of the class.

Here is what we thought and learned….

 

 

Outdoor Learning Afternoon 1

This term we’ll be having some outdoor learning afternoons.  This week we planted seeds, made predictions, sketched plants and talked about ‘living things’.

We have decided to see what things will make a difference to how the plants grow.  Some will have no light, some will have no water and some will have no air.  We will also grow some plants outside and some inside.  We have a special box with a window that will allow is to see how roots grow.

We had some great discussions about living things and asked the question… ‘is a seed alive?’

Holly taught us about the magic that happens with seeds and taught us a new word…. Germinate.

For a seed to germinate it needs a WOW!!

W…….ater     O……xygen    W……..armth

And then the magic happens!!