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Kirknewton Primary Pupil Groups

Pupils at Kirknewton Primary have been working together in their house groups on the following initiatives in school: Eco, Fair Trade, Rights Respecting Schools and Health. It’s great fun as we get to work with other boys and girls from different stages of the school. We found out about the work already done in these areas then made an action plan of how we were to carry forward our work.

Kirknewton Local Study by Primary 3

The children were asked to use current knowledge of Kirknewton to enable them to design and create a new/unique feature for Kirknewton town.

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!

Festive Fun Outdoors at Kirknewton

This week P1-3 made some fantastic Christmas themed models outdoors. They used clay and natural materials found in the woods.

Christmas Tree by Finlay P3

Rudolph by Danny P3

Snowflake by Libby P1

Fishing for Stars at Harrysmuir

Primary 1 at Harrysmuir put on two performances last week of their Nativity ‘Fishing for Stars’. They had been rehearsing for weeks but the hard work was worth it as they were all fantastic. The lead roles were played by Oscar Corbett and Amiee Bennett and they both did really well at learning their lines and dances. The Primary 7 buddies really enjoyed coming to watch along with parents, grandparents and other family members. Well done Primary 1 – you did us proud!

P3 at Boghall visit Toby Carvery


As part of our healthy eating and food energy topic, P3 at Boghall had the chance to visit the Toby Carvery. They had a fun filled morning finding out about different fruits and vegetables including a game where they had to put their hands in ‘feely boxes’ to try and work out which fruit and veg was in the box. They also completed a colouring competition and one lucky pupil won a family visit to the carvery. After all of the work, pupils and staff were treated to a delicious carvery lunch.

Mid Calder Movie Madness

The children of P7, P7/6 and P6 at Mid Calder Primary have been working hard over the last few weeks learning all about movie-making and writing for the screen.

They have chosen a genre and written their own stories.  They have then thought hard about how to translate these stories into a screenplay using storyboards and script-writing skills.  They thought about camera angles and how they can help to convey a feeling or action.  When shooting their final movies they had to decide on make-up and locations as well as building props and making costumes.

To celebrate all this learning we all gathered at the Howden Park Centre to watch our movie masterpieces on the big screen.  Afterwards, Mrs MacKenzie and Mrs Buxton handed out awards in our own “Oscar” ceremony.

Seafield PS Remembrance Assembly

P4-5 class photo

Primary 4/5 did an Assembly for Remembrance Day.The children enjoyed learning about the history connected to Remembrance Day. They all worked very hard and were proud of their achievements. Cameron said it was hard work.

Ricksen said it was heartbreaking and was moved to tears by the song by Terry Kelly “A Pittance of Time”. Leon said it was awesome.

Seafield Primary 7 Athletics Festival 2013

Last Thursday the P6/7 class of Seafield Primary participated in the Athletics festival run by the Active Sports unit. The pupils loved taking part in all 8 different activities and learned many new skills such as how to throw a shot-put and how to maintain perseverance in sport.

The girls relay team came in second and the boys came in first meaning our school came in overall second out of all 5 schools.

Well done, Seafield!

Shape Building at Seafield

Today Primary 6/7 had Sharon from Construction Scotland come visit and work with them. They used some engineering skills and cooperation to create a MASSIVE tetrahedron in the main hall. The children worked successfully in teams to use 384 dowling rods and turn them into a 4 meter high construction.

The children’s comments ranged from, “Loving it!” to “Awesome”.

All classes were invited to see the completed construction and were amazed how quickly the children successfully completed the task.

Zombies take over in TLC

The children in TLC learned how Make Up Artists create Special Effect Make Up for the movies and then they created their own. They look very real and very scary!