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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!

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!

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