Eco School highlights part 1 – Snails and Fish

These photos show Andrew, Nathan and Cody are getting to know some of the animals that live in the Pinewood garden. The snails were found hiding in old plant pots and the boys really enjoyed looking after them. They discovered that snails really like banana!

In these photos Ryley, Aiden, Andrew, Nathan, Joe and Graeme are using waste materials (foil cases from cakes and sweetie wrappers) to make an Eco fish. It was their entry for the Waste Material Menagerie which was showcased at a special primary assembly. There were lots of great entries but their fish made a huge splash!

The eco committee’s plan(s) of action

List of what we do in Pinewood to help the environment

The eco committee have been busy taking stock of all the things we do at Pinewood to help the environment. As you can see from the lists above we do a lot! But, not content to rest on their laurels, the eco committee (group 6) plus some of group 2 went for a walk round the local area to spot what else they could do to help the environment. They spotted lots of things they would like to improve:

  • Reduce the litter around school by doing even more litter picks
  • Give the park benches and signs a good clean
  • Tidy away fallen logs and branches so that the council landscape team can mow the grass more easily
  • Contact the dog warden to get new dog poo signs and dog poo bags for the park

It is now up to the committee to decide which of these things they would like to do first. I imagine it won’t be long before they are back out getting things done. Keep an eye out for them!

Recycled rockets

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Groups 1 and 2 have had a rip-roaring time this week with their recycled rockets. The pupils used old juice bottles to make water powered rockets and had a great time shooting them across the playground. In this photo Matthew is just preparing to launch his rocket using a foot pump. He pumped it so full of air that when the water exploded out his rocket almost hit the roof! In the video clip (link above) Ethan is enjoying launching his rocket. Recycling and physics in one go – you’ve got to love it!

Group 1 try out their recycled juice bottle rockets

The time has flown by!

The Eco committee celebrate the arrival of Pinewood’s Green Flag

We can’t believe that it is almost two years since Pinewood was awarded its first Eco School green flag. The flag now proudly flies above the front door to the school telling everyone who visits that we are a school that cares about the environment. Watch this space for a round up of all the environmentally friendly activities we have be doing.

Comic Relief Danceathon Pinewood Style!

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We had a fantastic morning taking part in a ‘danceathon’ to raise money for Comic Relief. Both primary and secondary danced non stop for half an hour… we did the Macarena, toe tapped to Cha Cha Slide and showed off our Flossing skills! Well done to all the pupils and staff who took part.

Class 6 have been exploring the earth

Group YPI Donations Needed

Group 8 would like to help a local charity called ‘The West Lothian School Bank’. We are asking for donations of any school uniform, shoes and jackets. Also items such as pencils, pens, school  bags and lunch boxes etc. These can be used and in good condition or brand new. Any help would be much appreciated. Drop off point is in the language room where group 8 are based.

Term 2 Highlights Group 6

Group 6 have been very busy this term.  They have been enjoying stories and rhyme time.  During cooking they have used different equipment to measure – spoons, scales measuring jugs and cups – and different food preparation techniques – peeling, slicing, cutting and mixing.  The children have enjoyed using different technologies and have been participating in household chores, next term we hope to make snack, lay a table and invite a guest to join us……watch this space.  The children have been playing a variety of board games and physical activities.  Cycling on the Go Kart and the swing are both popular activities.

Group 6 wish all the other children, staff and families a happy Easter and we will see you in Term 3 – hopefully a sunny term 3 😉

 

Snow Day Photos

Thank you to Leah, Christopher and Luke for sending in their Snow Day photos. They look fantastic. Your prizes will be sent home next week.