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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!