Category Archives: P5-7 ‘THE BIG CLASS’

2019/20 Term 1

We have been very busy since the summer holidays!

Outdoor Learning Days

Every month we join with Maidens Primary for outdoor learning in our local area.  All pupils, from nursery to P7, have an opportunity to learn in the outdoors and make new friends.

We were also lucky enough to visit a local dairy farm and learn all about ‘The Journey of Milk’.

Harvest Assembly

We held a Harvest Assembly and invited our families to join us.  At the assembly we launched our new school values.

Safe  –  Helpful  –  Kind  –  Respectful  –  Responsible  –  Tenacious

We also sent our harvest hampers to elderly members of our community.  Families and staff members donated items for these hampers.

#teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Kind Kids

We started the year off by thinking about kindness and how important this is.  We used the book and film ‘Wonder’ to help us think about being kind.

We decided the ‘Kind’ should be one of our school values.  We were delighted when Owen Kerr signs launched a ‘Kind Kid’  campaign and were very grateful to receive one of the free signs offered to all South Ayrshire schools.

STV Big Breakfast Children’s Appeal

We supported this charity by wearing PJ’s to school and inviting our families to join us for breakfast.  All families and staff member donated to this appeal and we had a lovely morning of munching.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Scottish Taster Open Afternoon

We held a wonderful open afternoon to celebrate all that is Scottish. We supported local business, sampled local produce and enjoyed some Scottish entertainment.  We really are a small school with a massive heart and are passionate about community involvement, this was a great event to open our doors and welcome everyone in!  Visitors could browse the classrooms, visit the food fayre and enjoy entertainment from our young people.

We had food donations from  some local small businesses:

Davie McKay

Deli sh

Broun’s Bistro

Doonfoot CO-OP

The whole afternoon was a great display of community involvement and sharing a wealth of local produce with our young people.

What the kids said….

Ailsa

  • I liked it because I like the Irn Bru and the shortbread.
  • I liked it all.
  • I enjoyed all the parents coming in.
  • I loved drinking the Irn Bru and trying out the haggis crisps, with the cheese it was delicious.
  • I tried haggis crisps and honey. I liked that people from the community came to our Scottish taster.
  • I loved the shortbread.
  • I didn’t like the fact I didn’t notice the tattie scones! I liked singing the song.
  • I found it very stressful pouring the Irn Bru. I loved the honey, especially the one in the middle. In the beginning I was afraid to do my speech but after I read it I felt a weight had been pushed off.

Arran

  • Yesterday we tried new food. I liked the Irn Bru
  • At our Scottish taster afternoon I showed my mum what I had been making in the class and I tried the haggis bon bons.
  • I liked everything because I liked how you could make stuff, I really like the square sausage and I like how eve was playing the bagpipes.
  • I liked the haggis balls and I liked the shortbread.
  • I liked when E and P did their reply fae the lassies. It was funny and she made a funny poster.
  • I really enjoyed all the speeches and listening to the toast to the lassies. I likes saying the reply as well. I really liked the wee ones poems because they were really cute saying them. I think it worked much better than the normal Burns supper that we have because the younger ones don’t like sitting down so long. I liked that people could go round the classes and go to the hall to try new foods. It had a relaxed welcoming feel.

Kintyre

  • Some didn’t like the haggis balls but I loved them. The look of them put you off but they were nice. My dad enjoyed coming up.
  • I really liked the shortbread and I liked the speeches because they were really funny.
  • I enjoyed being the butcher because I enjoyed talking to all the people and giving them information.
  • I liked the haggis crisps and it was my first time tasting them.
  • I liked tasting the food especially the shortbread and the cheese. I liked wearing my kilt!
  • I liked the shortbread and the Irn Bru. I liked saying my poem in front of all the people.
  • I liked the shortbread and the cheese.
  • I liked the cheese and having my wee brother up to school.

Masterclass 2019 – Creativity

 Our Term 3 Masterclasses got off to a great start. We are STEM exploring, Spanish speaking animators!

Animation – Mrs Martin

Week 1 – Create characters using a range of material.

Week 2 – Develop a story for the characters to tell.

Week 3 – Take stop motion pictures.

 

Spanish – Mrs Holland

Week 1 – Learn basic Spanish greetings

Week 2 – Choose Spanish words to include in animated film

Week 3 – Record sound for film

 

STEM – Mrs Blain

(supported by Helen Hamilton)

Week 1 – Engage with STEM related experiments

Week 2 – Experiment with stop motion animation technology

Week 3 – Build a junk model Cinema for their mini movie

There will be a Showcase of the stop motion animation films created by each house at the end of this term.

Christmas Crafting

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.