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Gardening Week 2021

Beatlie have been hard at it again this week

But I am sure everyone will agree that they had fun with all the different gardening projects they were involved in!

We all had different jobs to do in and around the school grounds maintaining and tidying up areas to make the place look nice for all the times we will be out in the garden to enjoy the summer weather that we hope to get for a couple of weeks before the holidays.

We also took on a special community based project this year – Street Sign Planting. We wanted to take this on and be a part of the community of Craigshill who are coming together to make improvements within the local environment. The staff and children have done an excellent job and I hope you are able to enjoy the blooms when they come out over the coming weeks.

 

World Bee Day @ Beatlie 2021

We have all had a fabulous day celebrating World Bee Day in our own Beatlie way!

You will see from the film all the lovely interesting & interactive activities we have enjoyed bringing lots of smiles to our faces.

We hope you have had fun having a go at the bee quiz to see what type of bee you are and that you will support the cause for bees in our country by providing bee friendly environments where you can.

Next week we will be participating in the UK National Children’s Gardening Week so we will be continuing the theme of creating bee friendly environments as well as lots of other exciting project ideas – so come back next week to see what we have been up to.

World Bee Day

Today we are celebrating World Bee Day in Beatlie.

This year’s theme is ‘Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees’

So what’s the buzz about bees?

A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.

Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettes, as well as things like tomatoes and strawberries.

Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment.

They also help reduce pollution.

Scientific studies have proven that bees have become increasingly endangered. So what can be done to help?

  • Planting bee-friendly plants like heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help
  • Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to shelter
  • Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
  • Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
  • There are also special bricks which bees can live in
  • Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
  • Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/which-bee-would-you-be-quiz

Welcome - Celebrate World Bee Day

 

Welly Boot Planters

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who donated some of their old/unused wellies. They are fantastic and have been put to good use.

I have put together a sway to show you what we have done with the wellies and hopefully in May/June we can update you with some beautiful ‘blooming’ flower displays!

We have made some bee homes so it will be brilliant if the flowers attract them to the courtyard garden.

Foodbank Collections

 

Dear Parent / Carer,

We are organising a collection for West Lothian Foodbank again this year.  This will help to provide local families across West Lothian with vital support over the Winter period and during these uncertain times.  More information can be found on their website at https://westlothian.foodbank.org.uk//

A typical food parcel would contain a wide variety of items.  Some suggestions given on the website include the following:

Long Life (UHT) Milk                     Tinned beans                                           Biscuits

Breakfast cereals               Tinned meat (including Tuna)                   Pasta sauce

Soup                                  Tinned vegetables (including potatoes)          Snacks

Pasta                                 Tinned fruit

Rice                                   Tea or coffee

If you would like to contribute in any way, please send your donations into school with your child between now and end of February.  We will be following government guidelines ensuring the safe transitioning of goods with a box for each class to allow for quarantine.

Many thanks.

 

Hello from Glendevon

Hello everyone and welcome back! Although it’s been so long since we have all been together we have all settled in as if we’ve never been away. We’ve had lots of fun getting to know our new staff team, new friends and for some a new room. We have wasted no time getting stuck into lots of messy play, outdoor play, gardening and music and are getting used to our new timetables and routines. This term our topic is Storyland and we have lots of exciting activities and stories to explore and enjoy.

 

Term 3 in Pentland

Our topic this term was Emergency Services and we had fun exploring this in lots of different ways. We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Fire Service and the Police and we wasted no time getting dressed up and climbing on board, the fire hose was by far a favourite for most! We used our senses in science to explore making our very own fire with vinegar and washing up liquid then had to use our squeezey bottles to put out our overflowing fires.  We also set up our own hospital and with the help of some very thorough investigations there were all sorts of diagnoses made from sore heads to broken legs and treatments given out! We experienced lots of sounds associated with emergency vehicles and had fun with some remote control and switch vehicles racing around the school looking for emergencies (although we did cause a few emergencies of our own from crashing into people!)

Messy play is always an important part of our learning and we take lots of opportunities to explore this. We use both wet and dry materials and this term we have explored smells, textures and temperatures e.g. painting with frozen paint, puffy paint and fruity teabags. And of course there is always good old fashioned water play which is always a hit!

Some of our pupils have had the opportunity to have a block of gymnastics at Astro Gym, there has been lots of climbing, rolling, jumping and balancing with lots of new equipment to explore and opportunities to work on co-ordination and control. In school we have all had lots of fun trying out the trikes.

All in all a very busy although short term. We look forward to seeing everyone back safe and healthy.

Harburn – Term 3

Harburn have been very busy this term.  We have started a new group with Aisling (music therapist).  Aisling comes to our class on a Wednesday and has been bringing lots of different instruments for us to try.  S particularly liked the steeldrum and was keen to try to play the notes that Aisling asked for (these were written onto the drum for him to find).  C has also been really interested in the guitar and likes to strum it while Aisling is singing to other pupils, his concentration during this group has greatly increased and he is now happy to join in rather than choosing to sit at the toys in a different area of the class.

We have been out for a few litter picks this term – F was showing how high he can count by counting the different pieces of litter we found lying around.  The boys had to work together for this as one person had to help hold the bag while the other used the grabbers to lift the litter.  We then sorted it into what could be recycled when we got back to school.

Lots of hand washing has been taking place (more than usual) this term.  The boys are all being very patient with us as they are taken so many times to the changing area to have their hands washed.  We sing a little song so that we know we have washed for long enough before rinsing the soap off.

This term our topic has been “people who help us”.  We have had a visit from the police and the fire fighters.  Most of our class thoroughly enjoyed these visits however it was a little noisy for some and so they watched from a distance.  The pupils had a turn with the fire engine’s hose and in the driver’s seat of the police car.  We have been dressing up and being doctors, nurses, dentists, police and army soldiers.   F particularly enjoyed being a doctor – he was full of smiles and posing in the mirror! We shared sensory stories about going to the dentist and then all took turns at cleaning our “pet dog’s” teeth.

Even though this term has been cut short we managed to fit lots in and we look forward to seeing photos on learner’s journals of what you’ve all been getting up to!

Stay safe everyone 🙂

 

People Who Help Us/Emergency Services

There are a few classes in the school who are covering the topic of ‘people who help us’ and ’emergency services’ so we thought it would be a great idea to invite some of these fantastic people to visit the school and make it a whole school event for anyone to come and see them.

2 weeks ago we had a visit from the community police and they were fantastic! we had so much fun and interaction with Paul and Ollie who were so good with the children.

 

Last week we then had a visit from the local fire brigade – Blue Watch! Again they were fantastic and cannot thank Ross Duffy and the crew enough for all they did for the children and I must admit we had lots of fun too! We look forward to seeing them again in the future.

We would love it if we could get a visit from a paramedic – if you or if you know someone who is a paramedic who could give up some of their time to visit us we would love to see you. If anyone has an ambulance parked in their driveway the children would love to see that to!