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Outdoor learning – Burns Walk and Den Building

On Tuesday we had an outdoor learning day in Alloway and Rozelle.  We went on a Burns walk and built a den in Rozelle.  P5-7 were our tour guides.  They had decided on a route and created fact cards for each landmark.  They also devised an activity for each place we stopped.  Here are some of the places we visited, the activities we took part in and some pictures of us.

Brig o’ Doon

  • The Brig o’ Doon is thought to have been built in the early fifteenth century . The bridge was thought to be built by James Kennedy.
  • The bridge is on the Bank of Scotland £5 note.
  • The final scene in Tam O’ Shanter took place here.
  • The Brig o’ Doon, sometimes called the Auld Brig or Old Bridge of Doon, is a late medieval bridge in Ayrshire, Scotland.


You are going to get 5 groups of 5 and we will give you parts of Tam O’ Shanter to act out or characters from Tam O’ Shanter to act like.

  1. While we sit bousing at the nappy,
    And getting fou and unco happy,
  2. Where sits our sulky sullen dame.
    Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
    Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
  3. Or catch’d wi’ warlocks in the mirk,
    By Alloway’s auld haunted kirk.
  4. Weel mounted on his gray mare, Meg–
    A better never lifted leg–
    Tam skelpit on thro’ dub and mire;
    Despisin’ wind and rain and fire.
    Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet;
    Whiles crooning o’er some auld Scots sonnet;
  5. Ae spring brought off her master hale,
    But left behind her ain gray tail;
    The carlin claught her by the rump,
    And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

Burns Memorial Gardens

  • The building is 70-foot high Grecian-style temple.
  • It was designed by Sir Thomas Hamilton.
  • It has nine pillars.
  • It was built In 1823.

Game – What’s the time Mr Burns

Haggis, neeps and tatties time – 3 steps

Poem time – 1 step

Lassies time – girls only 1 step

Lads time – boys only 1 step

Kilt swing time – 2 steps

Highland fling time!!!! – all perform pas de bas or high cuts – best dancer is the next Mr Burns.

Auld Kirk      

  • The Auld Kirk is mentioned in Tam O’ Shanter.
  • William Burns (Rabbie’s Dad) is buried in the graveyard.
  • The Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.


  • Work in pairs to find different textures within the graveyard.
  • Use paper and a crayon/ charcoal to create a rubbing of the texture.
  • Discuss the different textures you find and use adjectives to describe them to each other.

Poets path

  • This attractive pedestrian pathway connects Burns Cottage with the main museum site.
  • Look for creative ironwork signage crafted by Timorous Beasties and bordered by attractive seasonal plantings.
  • There’s plenty of art to spot along the way. Look out for Kenny Hunter’s cast iron mouse and Jake Harvey’s larger-than-life granite haggis! 

Activity: tim’rous beastie (like murder wink)  

  • The mouse must twitch their nose at people in the circle.
  • Step out of the circle and hold your tummy when you’ve had too much cheese!
  • The ploughman must guess who the mouse is.

Burns Cottage

  • Burns Cottage was built in 1757
  • It was built by William Burns
  • Robert Burns was born on the 25th January 1759 and died on the 21st July 1796 at 37 years old
  • Michael Jackson’s song Thriller was said to be inspired by Robert Burns poem Tam O’ Shanter

Activity – Burns Photo Poses

  • Witch from Tam O’ Shanter
  • Tam’s Horse Meg
  • Angry Haggis
  • Playing the Bagpipes
  • Highland Dancing

Rozelle park

  • Rozell House was made in the 1700’s.
  • It’s open all year long.
  • There is a very big house there called a mansion that people like to visit.
  • There are lots of animals to look out for. There are foxes /wood peckers /owls/baggers/birds/squirrels/bugs and more.

Activity – Den building.

We are going to have a picnic lunch then work in teams to make some shelters.






Materials, materials, materials!

In Science we have been learning about materials and their uses. We can describe the properties of materials and we can identify different materials in our environment.

Today we went on a material hunt. Have a look at some of the things we found …

We looked at old and new houses and discussed the different materials used. We also found lots of brick walls that all looked different.

Here is what we thought of our lesson today:

“I enjoyed going on our material hunt. I found a post box that was made from metal and wood. The box was made from metal because it is strong and waterproof.” MYC

“We found walls made from bricks. The old and new walls were both made from bricks but were different” MD

“I liked the material hunt and taking pictures” KD

“I took the picture of the wall that was made from rock” CM

“I enjoyed looking at the bus stop that was made from plastic and metal” OL

“I liked everything. I learned that the materials can be all different shapes” HA

“It was really fun and I liked taking pictures” AG

“I learned about all the different materials that you can use. I found the lamppost made from metal which is waterproof” KS

“I had fun when we were doing the material hunt” LT

Super Shape Work!


Over the last few weeks P1-3 have been learning all about shapes. We have been so busy making models, going on shape hunts and making patterns using shapes.

Here are some of the things we have been doing:

We found lots of 2D and 3D shapes during outdoor learning


We have made models using shapes


Primary 1 have been making patterns and symmetrical patterns using shapes 


Primary 2 and 3 have been learning all about tessellation. They went on a tessellation hunt and created their own patterns on the computer.

A very windy day …

We had lots of fun today making and flying our very own kites! It was such a windy day that all of our kites flew easily although some got a tangled up and had to be rescued!

Calum joined us from the nursery and it was a good job because Miss McVie was amazing at rescuing tangled kites!

“I had lots of fun doing tricks with my kite” KS

“I danced with my kite” OL

“My kite was awesome! It was a bit silly and kept going down” CM

“I loved playing with my kite I had lots of fun!” MYC

“Mine went so high in the sky” AG

“Mine got stuck on the fence. It was funny!” LT

“My kite did a loop” ES

“My kite was so high it nearly touched the wires” HA

“I had so much fun flying my kite” LO

“It was cool it kept falling but I still liked it. It was super fun” LD

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.


We sketched designs for the new mural.


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.


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!!!