This week we were very excited to have a special visitor to our classes. Magic Grandad came to visit us with an album of photos from his school days. We can’t wait to find out what school was like when he was young. We hope our parents and grandparents will help us to find out how schools have changed.
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As part of Owen’s prize the nursery was given an opportunity to attend the Gallery for a special tour and a practical workshop.
We went on the bus and were welcomed by the staff. We were taken around the Gallery and learned about some of the pictures. We then got messy! We made our own pictures using paint, glue, pens and crayons and produced lovely flowers in vases. We had a great day out. We will display our paintings in our own gallery next week.
Katie and Owen will attend an awards ceremony at the gallery to receive their awards and then their pictures will be displayed in the gallery until October when the full competition exhibition will then travel around various venues in Scotland.
A big well done to Owen and Katie and thank you also to the National Galleries of Scotland for the great opportunity which we all enjoyed.
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A half hour live broadcast that aims to answer young people’s questions on the topic of apprenticeships in the creative industries.
We’ll be hearing from:
– Apprentices currently in post in the creative industries to hear about their experiences
– Employers who have employed and who are looking to employ creative apprentices
– Training providers and colleges
– And a whole room of experts!
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Young people can ask their questions now on Twitter. To join in the creative apprenticeship conversation, tweet us @youngscot and include the hashtag #ScotMAWeek14. We’ll make sure all questions are answered.
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There was great egg-citement in the nursery this morning when our little Spring chickens started to hatch. Great commentary from our children, we love when we capture one of these magic moments. Count and sing along
World trade rules are unfair and often disadvantage developing countries. Today, Primary 5 explored international trade issues to try and find out how this has happened.
We were divided into ten groups, each representing a different country:
- A most developed country (e.g.France, Canada)
- A less developed country (e.g. India, South Africa)
- A least developed country (e.g. Honduras, Kenya)
Each country was given an envelope containing raw materials (e.g. paper) and/or technology (e.g. scissors). The materials and technology differed from country to country, according to their level of development. With the contents of their envelopes, the countries were asked to produce shapes; each shape representing a monetary value they could redeem by depositing in either the Bank of Deas or Valentine’s Bank. The goal of the game was to gain as much wealth as possible.
It didn’t take long for us to discover that the contents of our envelopes were not equally distributed; some did not have enough raw materials or technology to produce any of the shapes. In order for us to do so, we had to negotiate and trade with other countries.
Everyone soon become extremely engaged in the game and there was a real buzz about the room. We were eager to produce tip top shapes and were very active in negotiating and trading with each other. However, there was some very underhand dealings going on! Not all countries were cooperative and helpful; selling resources at astronomical costs, counterfeit goods were being cashed in at the bank, there was dodgy trading at one of the banks and even some materials being sold on the black market by Miss King!!
The afternoon was a great success, especially for Canada who earned an impressive £22,000. Everyone gained a better understanding of the situation Third World countries find themselves in such as Tanzania who only managed to bank £3,150.
Well done to everyone involved.
Day for Change 2014: Why Education is important.
Today is ‘Day for Change, 2014’ and the theme this year is Why Education is important. At our assembly we learned that:
- Education changes lives
- Education is the key to ending poverty and disease
- Education is a basic right
Education gives children the tools to do more and do better. Children who go to school are more likely to live longer, be healthier and have better lives. However, not all children are fortunate enough to be able to go to school. UNICEF helps children who are affected by war, poverty, disasters, amongst many other barriers to get an education.
We performed a play about a girl called Nancy, who had to work hard making embroideries to sell to tourists in order to make enough money to afford a tutor who would teach her to read, write and do accounts. When Nancy grows up she wants to be a Doctor.
Learning about children who struggle to get an education or who do not have the opportunity for learning made us think hard about how lucky we are to have a good education.
It encompassed all four capacities, specifically successful learners and effective contributors. The seven core principles – in particular challenge and enjoyment, personalisation and choice and breadth.
The challenge allowed for the pupils/school to work in partnership with the local community/parents and have them engage/participate in their child’s learning. The pupils also had the opportunity to share their learning with the other pupils in the school, where they had classes visit them and they gave short presentation to them all about their creations.
The outcome of the challenge was fantastic! The pupils thoroughly enjoyed engaging in the task and enjoyed working with their parents to create their unusual, unique and exceptionally creative designs. All success criteria were met and the pupils’ creations along with their presentations exceeded expectations and showcased the pupils’ knowledge, engagement in the task and dedication to succeed. Both the pupils and their parents are very enthusiastic for their next challenge for their upcoming topic – The Egyptians!