Category Archives: sustainability

P6 trip to Culzean

On Friday 7th September, the P6 visited Culzean Castle to study biodiversity as part of their Science topic. This is what they had to say about the trip:

“We went pond dipping and we caught newts in the pond. We went deep into the forest to look at the diversity of plants and animals. We had two rangers, Ian and Kate, who taught us about biodiversity.” Jayden and Scott

“When we arrived at Culzean we went on a walk with our ranger, Kate. we were identifying leaves. I found a lime and a beech leaf. Then we looked at invasive plants: rhododendron and bamboo. Bamboo has a great story! We have no pandas  in Scotland but years ago the people that lived in Culzean wanted to look fancy because wealthy people grew bamboo. To get rid of an invasive plant you have to remove all the roots. When we went pond dipping we found newts, leeches and waterboatmen. We even found two rare newts!” Charlotte

Forest, Farms and Mines Day 6

Today we met Vicki from the National Mining Museum. She taught us all about how mines have changed of the years and about mining in Ayrshire. We found out how important it is to have our rights as in the Victorian period children did not have these and had to work in dangerous conditions in the mines.

Primary 5 and Primary 6 also visited Belleisle where the rangers taught us about the woodland habitats and the different plants and trees that grow in the park

We also had a visit from Miss Young to tell us all about a day in the life of a farmer.

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All children and young people have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay alive, healthy and safe.


Forests, Farms and Mines Day 5

We had lots of exciting experiences today. Every class had the opportunity of being mammal detectives with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Some of the classes had a visit from Mr Robertson, the Climate Challenge Officer, from South Ayrshire Council. He told us all about climate change in the local area and the skills you need for his job. He also gave use ideas about how we could make a difference to the climate.

A lecturer from the SRUC, Mrs Gray, taught us all about different plants and trees and how to identify them – this will be useful when we go for a walk along the river!

Mr McLeish, an operations manager from QTS, came to tell us all about  his job of overseeing the de-vegetation of the railway lines across Ayrshire and Scotland.

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Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Forest, Farms and Mines Day 1

Day 1 of our Forest, Farms and Mines themed fortnight kicked off with a visit from the bee keepers. They told us all about their jobs and the importance of bees in pollinating flowers. We got to see how the bees live and also got to taste some of the honey. Yum!

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You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.