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STEM 3

Today is our final STEM session.

We started off by doing a sort activity about different types of energy.

Then we made a solar and wind farm.

Robert Leask really enjoyed making the power sources with Toby, Roman and Daniel.

Faith said “ It was really good fun to see how many volts our model generated – it was 4 volts!”

Isaac said “I liked fiddling around with all the little pieces. “

Mia especially enjoyed building the wind turbines.

 

John Muir Day 2

On Friday 1st November, we had a great day exploring Kergord forest. Pete and John picked us up in minibuses and gave us waterproof clothes and rucksacks. We ran up across the field and into the woods. The first thing that we did was to sit still and listen to all the sounds around us.

After that John led us in a snake, under, over,  along and across the wood. We walked across the stream on logs and climbed up and through trees.

We went up to the house to have our lunch and then spend a while in groups making dens.

We went back up to the house to find out about fire making and then looked at everyone’s dens on the way down.

We really enjoyed all the activities and everyone put 100% effort into the day 🙂

John Muir Day

We had a fantastic day at Kergord, for our second John Muir Day. The weather was perfect, even though it is still just February. The P7s were brilliant. The John Muir Award is about exploring the wild, but its also about challenging yourself, and our intrepid P7s certainly did that today. They were climbing the trees like monkeys by the end of the afternoon   Well done everyone, I was very proud of you all😁😊

RSPB Birdwatch

On Friday 1st February, Glen Tyler came to school to help us with our RSPB birdwatch. He took everyone out in small groups and we used the binoculars that Hugh Harrop and Ness Engineering have bought us.

We saw lots of starlings, house sparrows, a hooded crow, 2 herring gulls and a blackbird. The birds have enjoyed the seeds that we’ve been putting outside in all this cold weather.

On Monday 4th February our P6s (expert birdwatchers!) paired up with the Nursery bairns to help them complete their birdwatch.

Isaac “It was good fun and the nursery listened well.”

Cole “We helped the nursery go through all the bushes, so that they didn’t get hurt and it was good fun.”

Robert “It was really fun and they were so cute.”

Mirrin “It was really good and I was surprised at how well they listened and how many birds they knew.”

Our first John Muir Day

 

On Friday the 5 October the primary 7s went on our first John  Muir trip to Fladdabister. Pete Richerson came and met us at school , he gave us waterproofs , helments and backpacks. We got the equipment and went out to the mini bus, when we got to  Fladdabister, we have got our waterproofs, and backpacks on.

We set off heading North with partners and arrived at a square of stones, John  came to meet us.  Next Pete told us to get a different partner and follow him around the loch with a bit of distance between each pair. After a long walk we made it to the Fladdabister mills and sat down to have our snack,it was very nice and peaceful.

After snack we walk down the stream on our own with a bit of distance between us, we had to listen to the sound of the stream. When we got to Pete we got our helmets out our bags and put them on Pete made sure that they fitted. John did the rock climbing and stream jumping with us, we started easy and then got harder.we got down to a pebble bit at the bottom of the stream we had our lunch and left our backpacks behind when we went rock climbing. We climbed over lots of rocks and ended up in a massive cave where water was dripping off the edge and it looked incredible! We stayed at the cave for a little while and listened to all the lovely noises around us.  After that we went back, collected our bags and started walking back. We walked up a massive hill but after a little while we had a rest and there was a rainbow, Pete told us a story about a rainbow and after he told us the story we kept walking and got back to the mini bus and went back to school.

We all loved the day, it was fantastic thanks to Pete for taking us and we are all really looking forwards to the next John Muir Day!

By Ruby and Katie

 

Tree Planting in the School Grounds

We had a super time helping to plant new trees and cuttings in and around the school.

The weather was brilliant and we even had Sid, the cat, helping us in our work.

We were split into two groups, with one group planting willow cuttings in a wet corner of the nature garden. Luckily, because of the wet soil, it was quite easy to push the willows down into the ground, although we did have a spade and fork if needed.

The other group worked with John to plant a variety of trees outside the Primary 1/2 classroom and Music Room.

As this was a much drier area we had to use a hose to soak the ground and give the newly planted trees a drink.

We will have to put in temporary shelter fencing to protect the new trees over the autumn and winter.

We really hope the new trees and cuttings take hold and grow as well as those we planted in previous years.

A fun time was had by all. We even had time, later on, to sketch some of the established trees and enjoy reading our books surrounded by our growing ‘forest’.