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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!

 

Peace Garden – Fisherton Church

Today we started work on the peace garden at Fisherton church.  We loved mapping out the shape using our maths skills.  We also loved naming all the worms we found!

We hope this will be a peaceful and tranquil place for all to visit.  Watch this space for updated pictures!
We also chatted to Rev. Stirling about our refugee crisis project and are looking forward to talking to his colleague who works as a missionary with Syrian refugees. 

Graffiti Project 2018

In a primary school not far from here, there was a playground wall that needed sprucing up….Tosh to the rescue!!

What the kids said:

It was fun to do the background because you got to do whatever you wanted.  When we did the blue background it made it really stand out.  I liked being part of it because I love graffiti to look at.  I feel proud of myself and glad I got to do this project.

I think the wall is a great thing and I feel really happy I got to do it.  The wall looks a lot better than it did before.  If we could I wish Tosh would come back again to help us do the other wall.

It was really fun and I wish he could come back again.  I liked doing the background and it was fun when we got to do whatever we want all over the place.  It fun being in a little group because we usually do things as a class or the whole school.  I liked being part of a little group instead.  It was just brilliant in general.

 

Our project was topped off with a visit to Shred skate park in Ayr.