Last year Miss Alison applied for a cooking grant and we were given £3000 from Education Scotland to spend on cooking and growing equipment at Newton. We cleared out the storage area in the P6/7 open area and covered the shelves so it became a cooking area.
Cooking equipment was purchased including our new cooking trolleys which have an oven, two hobs and enough cooking equipment for a group of 8 children.
The Love Food, Love Cooking Leading and Learning group consists of children across Primary 4-7, supported by Mrs Campbell and Mrs Fitzgerald. We are currently in the process of making a soup recipe book to try and raise funds in order to purchase a dishwasher for the kitchen. We all brought in a favourite or family soup recipe which we have typed up and illustrated and have been designing front covers for the book too!
We have also tested out some of the equipment ourselves by making Halloween jelly and vegetable soup.
A few weeks ago we also welcomed John and Nicola from Soupbox to our session. We made protein balls and smoothies. We also asked questions and learned lots about setting up a business and nutrition.
We understand that a number of parents have been contacting the school since the First Minister’s announcement this afternoon that schools will close after Friday of this week. Stirling Council have shared communication regarding this which can be found by following or copying the link below. https://www.stirling.gov.uk/news/2020/march-2020/stirling-council-to-close-all-schools-after-friday-20-march/. As a school and learning community we have been planning for the possibility of closure and we will issue information to parents in the coming days in order to support home learning and to keep families updated. The health and wellbeing of all our families, children and staff continues to be a priority. I know that our families will understand that this is an ever evolving and dynamic situation and that we will communicate fully as and when we have clear information to issue
On Wednesday the 29th of January Primary 7 hosted a fantastic Burns Supper for our parents, carers and invited guests. Over the past few weeks we have worked in the following teams: decorations, food and catering, productions, entertainment and sales and promotions.
The decorations team made all the decorations for the event. They made place cards, thistles, bunting, posters and much much more!
Our food and catering team worked alongside our kitchen staff to create a great menu and helped to prepare all of our favours and shortbread that our guests enjoyed.
Not only did P7 organise a Burns Supper, but we also created a book full of our art work and poems. Without our production team this wouldn’t have been possible! The team worked hard uploading all of our work into the book, deciding on the layout and getting it published at Stirling Copy Centre.
Without the entertainment, the night wouldn’t have been the same. They also put together our program and wrote the script.
The sales and promotions team helped to raise money through the selling of tickets and the Scotland is…book! The team designed tickets, made ticket order forms, advertised the event and will be calculating our profit.
Our Burns Supper was an amazing night, one we’ll not forget in a while. It really showcased all of our talents and was enjoyed by all!
Primary 2 have had a very exciting start to their week. We received a letter from the friendly dragon asking us to help him and his fairyland friend. He left us clues in our rooms to find. We found a basket, a red cape and a wanted poster for a wolf!
We worked out that the clues all lead to the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We read the story in our classes and wrote our own description of the woods using relevant adjectives.
Primary 2 have really been enjoying turning our classrooms into fairyland, writing letters to the dragon in our spare time and completing some challenges (like growing our own beanstalks in the classroom!)
On Wednesday 22nd May, the Junior Eco Club visited Ochlochy Park to take part in a fantastic Pond Dipping session. The children drew wonderful pictures, observed seasonal signs of change and excitingly found a large number of Water Boatmen! Everyone had a fantastic time!
On Wednesday 13th of March 2019, Primary 2 visited ‘Our Dynamic Earth’ in Edinburgh.
During the tour my favourite thing was the 4D cinema and the rhino nearly hit me on the nose. After the tour we had our lunch.
Then we went to a dinosaur storytelling workshop and I really enjoyed when Vicky the Velociraptor was so excited about things that were dangerous. I also enjoyed when Vicky thought she had done it all by herself but actually she didn’t she had help from the 2 other dinosaurs.
The trip was epic! By Keira
“My favourite thing was when bubbles came out during the 4D cinema. It was cool.” Grace S
“My favourite thing was the cinema.” Olivia
“My favourite thing was the earthquake room and the rainforest.” Hayden
“I really enjoyed the storytelling workshop where we got told a story about Vicky the Velociraptor, Terry the Triceratops and Annie the Ankylosaurus.” Jackson
“I really enjoyed when we saw and held dinosaur fossils during the storytelling workshop.” Ronan
“During the storytelling workshop I really enjoyed the part where the dinosaurs all worked together.” Hannah
“My favourite part was the iceberg because it was cold and it felt good.” Harry
Primary 2 are very excited to find out their new learning context is Dinosaurs. They came into their classroom to find some rather interesting clues about their new topic. A really large egg was found and the class thought it was way too big to belong to a chick. There was also a tray with sand and they had to dig for their next clue – they found a huge bone and sharp tooth! The clues were beginning to become clear. Next to the egg there was a question mark with small dinosaur information cards surrounding it. The boys and girls are excited to become dinosaur experts and turn their classroom into a museum.
This week, P2 enjoyed a visit from RHET (Royal Highland Educational Trust). They participated in an oatcake and butter making workshop where they discussed where our food comes from. The children learned that arable farmers grow crops and they used the crops to make oatcakes. As well as that, they also learned that dairy cows need milked at least twice a day. They used cream and a little water to make their own fresh butter. It was super easy!
Primary 2 have also been busy trying some new foods. Everyone was open minded about trying new things. First up they tried some gluten free and vegetarian haggis with neeps. Most children enjoyed the gluten free haggis and not many enjoyed the vegetarian option. Afterwards the children tried a sweet oatcake then a variety of fruits that we would find in other countries. Some children were so proud of themselves for trying something new. Well done P2K!
Primary 5F have been busy this term. To start off we had a Halloween Poetry competition with Sam’s poem winning first place. He used excellent adjectives for description and lots of WOW words throughout. See for yourself…
Also in the first few weeks back we studied the work of an artist called Vincent van Gogh. We looked at some of his most famous pieces of artwork, in particular Starry Night. From this, we created our very own Starry Night inspired art.
Primary 5F are enjoying learning all about the past in our ‘Time Travellers’ context for learning this term. So far we have been to Ancient Greece and we are currently visiting the Romans. Over the remainder of the term we will be visiting the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Victorians and finally the Future. Here are some of our fact files and vases created whilst in Ancient Greece…
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