Thank you all for your participation over the last 3 weeks. I hope you all found it informative and perhaps make you think about what you can do no matter how small to make the World a better place for generations to come!
This year OutRight is focused on the important topic of climate change and what a changing climate means for children’s rights.
Climate science is a very big topic, so the purpose of this activity is to make sure we all have a common understanding of some of the most important facts and terms.
Have a Go!
Answers will be published at the end of this week.
As part of our commitment to the Outright Campaign and speaking out for the rights of our children we have been using the Story Massage Programme which combines the benefits of positive touch with the creativity of storytelling.
In this story we have addressed the issue of Climate Change and how it is affecting our planet which is having adverse effects on our children’s rights across the world.
I just wanted to let you know I am back from maternity leave and so pleased to be back. I’m excited to we working with the children in Glendevon and Ochiltree classes this year. With me they will be focussing a lot on exploring the outdoors, what is growing in the Beatlie garden each season and what changes happen throughout the year in the garden and community too. We will be using our senses to explore and possibly create seasonal art as we investigate.
This term we have started to look at the flowers and fruit growing in the garden and the community. The children have already taken photos of the flowers they see, created a flower scavenger hunt from their photos for their peers to find them in the garden. We have discovered we have a lot of colourful flowers in the garden, especially pink. The children also have been making sensory flower bottles which they have enjoyed shaking and exploring the shapes and colours moving about in the water. I will keep you updated on our learning this term.
Today, we’re going to do some careful listening and find explore what sounds we can find from things that we might have around the house. We can turn them into instruments. Afterwards, keep the things you like together so that you can reuse them.
If you haven’t seen the previous post and videos on making instruments at home, you can find it here.
Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like.
Activities (links below)
Bounce and catch
Watch the video
What things can you find that make a sound that you like?
Play them along along to the video or get up and move. If you like get a scarf to play with.
Earth Day will be celebrated by millions all around the world on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – marking its landmark 50th anniversary.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.
Earth Day activity ideas while self-isolating in 2020
Although this year limits how groups can participate in Earth Day 2020, there are several ways to celebrate at home or your backyard using the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”:
• Enlist the kids to help build a bird feeder for the backyard or patio — by using a plastic bottle and filling it with bird feed.
Be sure there is adult supervision when cutting a hole (near the bottom) to allow access to the feed. Place on a patio table outside, or tie a string around the neck of the bottle to hang from a tree.
No seed? Use bits of whole grain bread or cereals like Cheerios to fill your feeder. NOTE: You can also make a nature-made feed bowl out of half an orange peel. Fill it with seed and place on an outdoor table or windowsill.
In the garden, scope out a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, egg shells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden — instead of it ending up in a local landfill.
Around the house, begin a spring cleaning project by clearing out the cupboards for old clothes you will never wear again. Stack them in a box or garbage bag so they are ready to donate on the next available trip to a local charity organisation.
Perform a household energy audit. Focus on things like electronic devices that are left on 24/7 — which accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use per year! Turn them off when not in use and you can save an average £100 on your electric bill annually. While you’re at it, check lamps and light fixtures to replace old bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy-efficient ones. Not ready to take the plunge into solar energy just yet? Look for solar-powered porch or entryway lights you can easily install yourself.
Quotes for Earth Day
““Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature
can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” — Thomas Alva Edison
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? — Henry David Thoreau
“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” — Bill Vaughan
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favouhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?rable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas Alva Edison
More about Earth Day around the Web:
Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Earth Day – Wikipedia – A good overview on the history of American environmental concerns, the origins of the celebration plus links to more on international events.
Trees can help with soil erosion and contribute to dealing with carbon emissions, so make your mark—and give the next generation a greener future, too—by planting a few trees this Earth Day. The best part is, you can do this just about anywhere!
Plan your own Earth Day science experiment.
This Earth Day, try out a cool science experiment to show how different disasters can affect our planet. For example, pour oil into a tub of water to see how difficult it is to clean up and why it’s so important that we keep oil spills from ruining our planet’s oceans.
Build birdhouse or bird feeder.
Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old cardboard box or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.
DIY a dry seed bomb.
Get your hands dirty with this fun and crafty activity that will help you get start on the planting season. To make, combine one part seeds, five parts compost, and 3 parts clay powder or clay soil (this helps it all stick together) in a bowl. Add a few drop of water at a time as you mix the whole thing together. Shape it into balls, then lay them out in the sun to dry. They’ll be ready to plant within a couple of days!
Build a terrarium.
Building a terrarium is a neat project to try any time of year, but especially on Earth Day! Not only is it a great way to bring a little bit of nature indoors, it makes for some cool bedroom decor, too.
Build a bug hotel.
Every animal on Earth has a special role to play in keeping our environment healthy—even the little critters! A bug hotel attracts beneficial insects that help control pests and gives them a place to nest during colder months, so they’ll stay close to your garden year-round. Make one by filling a small wood box with dried grasses, bark and pinecones.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your neighborhood. Look for a regionalist list of native plants online to help guide your search!
Start a compost bin in your backyard.
Start a composting bin for your home this Earth Day. This eco-friendly way of disposing of veggie scraps and other bio-degradable waste products not only cuts back on the amount of trash you produce and send to landfills, but it creates a nutrient-rich compost mixture that can give your garden a boost!
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Craft a nature collage.
Celebrate Earth Day this year by making an all-natural art collage with things you’ve founding in nature, like leaves, pressed flowers, pieces of bark and other small items. Collect items while you’re out for a hike or exploring your local nature trail.
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!
Friday saw Beatlie have another fantastic cafe supported by staff, friends and family who all enjoyed a selection of cakes and biscuits made from our specially selected spices: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Sugar, Honey.
Thank you everyone for supporting Fairtrade – we collected £105 which will be sent off to the Fairtrade foundation.
Please click on the link below for further information on Fairtrade.