Another busy day at East Linton with lots of exciting science activities going on. P3/4 were learning about non Newtonian fluids by playing with some cornflower and water and discovering when you apply force the fluid behaves like a solid WOW!!!! Then P3/4 made some fabulous PVA putty which can bounce and stretch. P7 were learning about the layers of the earth with the help of some tasty ingredients. Cinnamon drops for the core, marshmallows for the mantle and chocolate sauce for the crust – edible earth yummy!! P7 then spent some time outside firing rockets. We had great fun with the juice bottle rockets which hit great heights and soaked us and then we had some smaller film canister rockets. P4/5 were learning about the light spectrum with some new resources – diffraction rainbow glasses. The children were amazed when looking at different light sources around the school. P4/5 also spent time outside using UV beads to discover that there are UV rays around outside even when it is cloudy. Another busy day of fun and learning through science at East Linton.
P4 – P7 were very lucky to participate in an Africa in Motion afternoon today, where the children enthusiastically listened to storyteller “Mara” and watched a selection of films from Africa. Through these film screenings, pupils were able to reflect on a variety of aspects of African life covering a wide range of subject areas, topics and issues such as the environment, community, global citizenship.
Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM) is an annual film festival based at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, now in its 6th year. Since the inaugural season in 2006 AiM has screened over 200 African films to Scottish audiences, films which otherwise would have had very little exposure in the UK.
To learn more about AIM go to www.africa-in-motion.org.uk
P4/5 have been focusing on health and wellbeing. Over the last few weeks we have been learning about how to care for our teeth; what are the healthy options to put in our packed lunch; what does all that information on food packets really mean and how adverts persuade us to eat certain foods. Today we all had a chance to prepare and eat healthy fruit kebabs. The children worked in groups and had to prepare bananas, grapes, oranges and pineapple and then make them into fruit kebabs. Very healthy and very tasty!!!!
Here are some photos of the P4 butterflies. They were released into my garden today and they looked really happy flying around the flowers and at last the sun was out too!!! All ten butterflies were released today, so well done P4 for taking such good care of them. The last photo shows the empty chrysalises. See you all after the hols.
Just to let you know that the butterflies have finally emerged so far there are nine out of ten. They look beautiful and very healthy. I have given them some sugar water and will release them in a few days. I hope that the final one will emerge by then. I will release them in my garden in Edinburgh and will post some photos of the release, keep an eye out for them in East Linton!! They are called painted lady butterflies. Hope you are all enjoying your Summer hols.
On the 20th August 2010 P4 sealed their time capsule. We included information about ourselves such as our height, age, shoe size, favourite books and films and our wishes for the year. Today we opened the time capsule and realised how much we had changed over the year. We had all become a year older!!!! grown taller, changed our taste in literature and fullfilled many of our wishes. It is amazing the differences in just one year.
We are continuing with our life cycle work in P4. We have had some success with our ladybirds with several of them hatching from their larvae over the last few days. We released them into the wildlife garden today and found some other creatures too. We also have some very hungry caterpillars in the class they are getting bigger and bigger every day. We hope we will have some butterflies before the end of term.
Over the last few weeks P4 have been learning about the native American Indians. We have been learning through drama, art and dance and have had specialist in each area coming into the classroom to enhance our learning experience. Today we visited Wallyford Primary School to share our learning with them. Together with took part in a drama, shared our traditional dances and looked at the artworks we had produced. The children used the masks and feathers they had made to add to their dance and drama work and their individual artworks had been combined together to make fantastic teepees. It was a great experience for the children to see all the individual work they had taken part in over the last few weeks come together in one great big Pow Wow.
It was a long wait until P4 camp but it was worth it. What a brilliant time we all had. We had fantastic weather, fabulous food and fun filled activities. On day one we had a full day in the woods with blind folded walks, hanging about in hammocks and a long nature walk. We had fun in the park in the evening after tea and then off to bed. Day two was spent at Seafield pond with a variety of activities which included canoeing, kite making, nature art and constructing a teepee. We had a pyjama ceilidh/disco in the evening before a long needed nights sleep. It was a great few days with the children gaining experience and skills in team work, creative and imaginative thinking, problem solving, risk assessing and confidence building. On top of all this learning we even managed to have a lot of FUN!!!!!