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Music with Gordon 23 April: Exploring sounds

What to do today

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)

  1. Hello
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Watch the video
  4. What things can you find that make a sound that you like?
  5. Play them along along to the video or get up and move. If you like get a scarf to play with.
  6. Time to chill
  7. Goodbye

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Watch the video

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Fairtrade

 

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.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

Go Green Week – Day 3 – Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – Walking/Cycling

It is virtually impossible for the children of Beatlie School to walk to school! Therefore to highlight the campaign during Go Green Week, all classes will be taking a walk round the school grounds and carrying out a 2 minute litter pick. #2minutecleanup

Due to weather conditions some classes may be unable to do this until next week.

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Walking Drastically Cuts Your Carbon Footprint – And Helps Your Waistline!

Walking is the best way to help the environment. One study concluded that walking a mile and a half would release 75% less greenhouse gases than we would produce from driving the same distance.

Driving less doesn’t just help the environment. It can also make us healthier. By reducing our car usage, we can help both ourselves and the environment.

Walking and cycling can tackle climate change now

Follow the link below to read more on what’s happening in Scotland.

Walking and cycling can tackle climate change now

 

Wriggly Litter Less Campaign

Beatlie School is participating in this years Wriggly Litter Less Campaign.

We have been awarded a grant which we put to good use and bought a ‘handy cart’ with the grant – this can be used by any of the children to help when out and about in the community when participating in litter picks.

In order to achieve the second part of the grant, we need to carry out 4 litter picks between now and the end of April.

We made a great start and everyone in the school made great efforts to clean the local environment of litter!

You can click on the link for further information on the campaign. There are also lots of photos showing the great commitment and ethics of the school on litter.

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Eco Beatlie Litter Pick

Towards the end of last year we made an application to ‘Neighbourly’

https://www.neighbourly.com/

Through the support of them we have been linked up with TK Maxx and Homesense who voted to support and donate funds to our cause which was an environmental clean up.

Continuing our action against plastics and our litter pick at the canal last year, we wanted to continue to our cause with a trip to the seaside and see the impact of litter on our coasts and marine life.

Glenedvon decided to make a day of it and have some enjoyment as well as doing our bit for the environment.

We started the day off at ‘Silver Sands’ in Aberdour, Fife. As I thought and to any visitors, the beach looks and is immaculate with very little litter to be found.

TRUE – BUT………..

On closer inspection, the ugly truth could be seen – Micro plastics!

Wet wipes, straws, fishing nets, tags, engine parts to name a few of the small but deadly plastic contamination bits and pieces.

It was staggering the amount of wet wipes entwined in the seaweed all along the coast line both here and our next stop at South Queensferry.

We may have only filled 2 black bags and 2 recycle bags! but we were not picking up large pieces like plastic bags etc, this was micro plastics and the amount we collected over just a few hours would be devastating to many marine life!

From getting stuck in nets to eating plastic that they think is food, creatures worldwide are dying from material we made.

On a boat off Costa Rica, a biologist uses pliers from a Swiss army knife to try to extract a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nostril. The turtle writhes in agony, bleeding profusely. For eight painful minutes the YouTube video ticks on; it has logged more than 20 million views, even though it’s so hard to watch. At the end the increasingly desperate biologists finally manage to dislodge a four-inch-long straw from the creature’s nose.

Raw scenes like this, which lay bare the toll of plastic on wildlife, have become familiar!

So the next time you are at the beach – Have FUN but when you go to leave have a short walk along the tide line and pick up some micro plastics on your way – help our planet one bit at a time.

 

I would also like to give a big thank you to all staff involved in making it such a successful day, the staff at McDonalds and our driver for the day Kev.

Sensory Garden Eco Group

Participants: Fletcher, Taylor, Andrew, Marc, Lauren and Isabel

We have been given the task of helping to make the sensory garden more interesting, fun and eco-friendly. A tall order!
So far we have looked into ways of collecting water for the garden in order to avoid using the hose-pipe. We experimented with lots of containers and ideas for raincatchers and had fun testing them to ensure they were water tight by holding them above staff heads. You will guess correctly that some did leak. We now have a collection ready for spring and they will be placed directly above hanging baskets and plant containers where possible.

We also have a supply of plant pots made from old plastic bottles which we have ready and waiting for planting up in spring. We will be trying out lots of ways to make seed pots from old bottles,food containers and anything we can recycle to help us in the garden.

We have enjoyed playing hide and seek but found very few places to hide so we bought tarpaulins to rig up as temporary dens . Our den building skills need a lot of improvement but hopefully planting our willow screens will do a lot of the work for us.

 

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