Primary 5 are exploring their local area as part of their North Berwick topic and the outcome of their research will be creating trails/ maps around North Berwick. They will include their favourite places to visit and have been creating versions using ICT . They used a Google resource and this was really successful. Have a look at their work and the Google activity is included for your information.
All primary 5 teachers and pupils would like to say a heartfelt thank you to former Headteacher at our school, Mr MacNeill. He kindly gave up some of his valuable time to come into school today to talk to us about the history of North Berwick, our current topic and particularly the background to the wonderful song he wrote about our home town. We all learned so much from his talk, it was really interesting.
A few pupils spoke to Mr MacNeill afterwards and their podcast is here for you to listen to. A copy of the song words are also here and a podcast of the middle area singing it, amongst others at our recent Scots afternoon.
In reading Setting we are learning about different styles of poetry. We wrote our own and have made a podcast of them. What do you think?
Remember a Cinquain poem has
Line 1 has 2 syllables
Line 2 has 4 syllables
Line 3 has 6 syllables
Line 4 has 8 syllables
Line 5 has 2 syllables
Here is on we wrote in class
playing with firends is fun
and we are always together
Yesterday 11th march we had another very entertaining visit from the Hopscotch theatre and their performance about recycling. Everyone had to learn a song before they came which was great fun. Afterwards as a follow up activity some pupils wrote their own poems/songs and for homework last night explored tunes and music that they thought would go with these.
Today we shared our ideas and how fabulous they were. We had to rearrange our day to fit everything in. We had guitar players, ipods and stations, CD`s flying everywhere and someone even composed a tune on garageband from scratch……..which we will all be doing before the end of term! What a lot of talent! The children will share their songs and poems here and explain their musical choices. We may also include some podcasts too….
P5 got another chance to show off their ‘Conservation of the Coast’ pop-up books to the public this weekend. All the children were there from 2pm to around 4pm with their parents to show the general public not only their books but how to make them too! Sandra Vick even had some examples of her book ready to show us all. It is amazing to see all your ideas and artwork there in the flesh. I cannot wait to see the real thing! Well done for all your efforts. No sign of Neil Oliver today! Thank you to all the parents and visitors who came to see the exhibition.
They are doing this as part of their John Muir Award. Check out this link for more information.
Pupils from all P5 classes have been “manning” an exhibition of the books that they all worked extremely hard to make down at the Seabird Centre this week. (They will also be there at the weekend!) They have worked closely with the Seabird Centre and Sandra Vick our local artist over the course of this session. We had an exhibition in school which many parents and family members attended and this is another stage in the process.
The children are exploring the issues of conservation and our coasts and particulalry the problem of our depleting rockpools. They made the books in order to raise awareness of this issue as part of the process working towards achieving their John Muir Award. It is also hoped that an official book will be publised containing elements of their work.
Please come and see for yourselves.
Some of P5B met Neil Oliver today at the Scottish Seabird Centre! Some of you may recognise him from the television shows ‘Coast’ and ‘History of Scotland’. He is an archaeologist, historian, author and broadcaster. Click on his photo for more information.
The children were at the Centre exhibiting the pop-up books they designed and made for their Conservation of the Coast project. He was spotted coming off a boat and coming into the Centre and, before you knew it, there he was chatting to the children. They were all very excited to meet him and he managed to stay with them for almost 20 minutes discussing their books. We are all so jealous but well done!
P5Bs mini Scots Afternoon was a great success! We went to Castle Rock sheltered accommodation where we sang Scottish songs, recited poems and entertained the guests. They even entertained us! One man sang a song from his childhood and then did a card trick (which didn’t work, poor soul!). Thank you very much to everyone there for our lovely goody bags, biscuits, shortbread and juice. We hope that they had a great afternoon because we certainly did!
Here are some photos of the class and their new friends…Cara and Archie the dogs!
“Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.
The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables
and the middle line has 7 syllables.
The lines rarely rhyme.
Here’s a Haiku to help you remember:
I am first with five
Then seven in the middle
Five again to end.
Write your Haiku poem in the comments box and share it with others.