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Primary 2 and 2/1meet Magic Grandad

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.

Knightsridge EYC National Galleries of Scotland Competition

This year some of the nursery children from Knightsridge EYC took part in National Galleries of Scotland art competition. Over 7000 children from across Scotland entered the competition and we were delighted to be informed that two of our children had won an award in the nursery category. Congratulations go to Owen Davies who won 3rd place and to Katie Ewesor who was awarded a special merit.
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.

Creative Apprenticeships: LIVE

Please join us, for Creative Apprenticeships: LIVE

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!

Log on to on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 2pm and join us by live tweeting your questions.

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.

For more information or if you’re having trouble accessing the stream, please contact us:

Primary Five Experience…. APARTHEID

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You have the right to any rights in laws in your country or internationally that give you better rights than these

On Sunday the 27th April, South Africa celebrated 20 years since the end of apartheid when Nelson Mandela became the first black president following his 27 years spent in prison for fighting against this segregation. Apartheid happened for many years in South Africa and was when people with different colours of skin were not allowed to be together. The country had separate schools, banks, buses and even laws for white people and non white people. People who were not white were treated very unfairly.

To gain a better understanding of apartheid and how unfair and unjust it was, last week primary 5 actually experienced it first hand!

We had a long discussion about equal rights and how unfair it is when people are discriminated against, we agreed that everyone no matter who you are should be treated equally and everyone is entitled to their rights. To gain a better understanding of what it would have been like to live in South Africa during apartheid we were separated into 2 groups. People that were born in January to June were in group one and people born in July to December were in group two. We talked about how we didn’t get to choose what month we were born in, just like babies do not get to choose the colour of their skin, eyes or hair, or the country they are born in, who their parents are or if they have a disability.

Then we were told the ‘Apartheid Laws’ for the day. People that were born in the first half of the year were treated fairly but the laws for the people born in the second half of the year were very different…

A person born between July to December…

  • could not sit with or play with people born between January and June
  • could only play in one small area of the playground
  • had to work until the bell
  • could not take part in class discussions
  • went last for break and lunch
  • had to ask permission to use classroom resources
  • could not receive stickers, rewards and points
  • had to wear an identity badge at all times

Children who were born in the first half of the year wore bibs so both groups could be easily identified.

Children born in the second half of the year were not treated fairly at all, during P.E. even though they won the curling game 7-2, the teachers insisted that the other team won. It made the people in group 2 very frustrated! The unfairness also had an effect on children in group 1 who felt guilty and were angry that people were being treated so differently. We stopped throughout the day and we shared how we were feeling, it gave us a real insight into what life would have been like during apartheid.

On day two the groups swapped over so everyone had a chance to experience both sides of apartheid.

At half past two on Thursday we stopped our segregated P.E lesson and celebrated the end of apartheid and a very challenging couple of days. We scrunched up our idneitity badges and threw our bibs in the air and danced around the hall with our friends who we had been separated from for two days. This was a very valuable lesson, we vowed to always treat each other equally, never to discriminate and to stand up to injustice and unfairness.

Our Spring Chickens Have Arrived – It’s a Magic Moment!

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 :-)

Trading all over the world!

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.

St Nicholas Superstars!

Away to the BBC Studios!

Miss King e-mailed BBC Studios. She was hoping for a mention on Children in need, but she got more.

P5 have been raising money for Children in need; holding our own coffee morning, cake and candy and a show your spots day.  We produced own Children in Need show to explain how the Rights of the Child are at the heart of the programme.  The show included a Celebrity Come Dine with Me, This is your Life for our longest serving teacher, a visit to The Yard, a purpose built  adventure playground in Edinburgh for children and young people with additional support needs and even a visit from One Direction!

At the end of the show we were live on Radio Scotland with Fred MacAuley telling them all about our efforts.  Then came the exciting bit…

We found out we had been offered tickets to the Children in Need live show in Glasgow. We were gobsmacked!  So, along with Miss King, Mrs Buchanan-Coutts our class teachers, Mrs Brown our Head Teacher and Mrs Thomson our classroom support teacher, six of us

headed off to Glasgow.

We arrived at BBC Studios. We were amazed. The Studios were huge.  When we went inside, we had to wait in a few different rooms. Some of us got our face painted. Then, in front of everyone else, St Nicholas were called to go to the front seats. We felt like V.I.P`s (Very important people).  The stage was amazing – it was just like X factor. We were really excited. We were going over the rules and then the show started. Dez Clark was our entertainer and Jackie Bird was our host.  Jackie came over – we were to be interviewed for the TV show!

There were lots of performances. Some of them included: Susan Boyle, Nina Nesbit, the Children in Need choir and stars of Waterloo Road.  Finally, it was time to go home. It was well past our bedtime, but we were all still buzzing.  What an experience.

Rights Respecting Schools Assembly, Kirknewton Primary.

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.

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!

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