Making History In The Smith Museum!

St Mary’s EPS has had a very special history topic called Shaping Our Nation. We worked on this in partnership with the Smith Museum and our topic was launched by having a night at the museum sleepover for P4-6.

Throughout October and November all the classes in St Mary’s EPS were preparing different parts of the project for when they took over the Smith Museum once again – to share their learning. P7 started their World War 2 topic. They used an app called ‘Morfo’ to make key figures in WW2 come to life.

Primary 5/6 were doing, People Who Shaped Our Nation, for example William Wallace and Sir Alexander Fleming. They chose four important people throughout history and gave persuasive speeches to try to prove who they thought was the most important and influential, our parents had to vote based on how persuasive we were.

Primary 3/4 were learning all about Romans and used their knowledge to create, from scratch, and perform, an opera called ‘The Pottery Promise’. They did all the composition, instruments, script, acting and props themselves!

Primary 1/2 were learning about jobs in the olden days and how these people used jobs to help other people. They made a blacksmiths, a castle kitchen and a school and set these up in the museum.

On Tuesday the 29th of November the day came for sharing our learning and everyone was very excited but also nervous. The museum, as normal, was open to the public but family members were given a special invitation to visit the museum. Everything was set and ready to go. There were 2 sessions, the first session was a great success and a quote from a parent was “It’s amazing how you have managed to do all this so well!”

Some children had a packed tea at the museum which went down very well with the pupils, before more guest came to hear about our learning in the evening. The day was a great success with the whole school coming together as a big team. Some quotes from the pupils of St Marys were “I think it was a brilliant learning experience for me from the aspect of our WW2 topic.”(Lukas P7)

“I learned more about being a team and about William Wallace.”(Chiara P6)

It is safe to say that history was really brought life through this way of learning and sharing.

By Archie, Vienna and Madeline      

GREAT GARDENING FUN

picture2A lovely start to the year! In September, the whole school had an exquisite time doing gardening and making their playground more attractive and making it a better place for wildlife and insects. The playground is now growing tasty food that everyone can enjoy together.

Every class from nursery to P7 have been given a barrel and planted something in it. Everyone has worked really hard planting it, keeping it nice and will continue to do so. The whole school feel very proud of the playground.

Nursery have planted a Hazel Nut Tree, Saskatoon JB 30 which is a shrubby Canadian blue berry type fruit and viloa cornuta – you can eat the flowers!

Primary 1 have planted yummy Apple Julyred, Victoria Rhubarb and Bloddy Sorrels.

Primary 2 have planted Beauty of Moray apples, Champagne Rhubarb and Roseroot.

Primary 3 have planted Apple Api, Timperely Rhubarb and salad burnet.

Primary 4 have planted Tam Jeffreys which are nice stripey eating apples. They have also planted Strawberry Symphony and annual herbs.

Primary 5 have planted an Ashmead’s Kernel Apple tree, champagne rhubarb and annual herbs.

Primary 6 have planted a Bardsey Apple tree, annual herbs and small sweet Alpine Strawberries.

Lastly, Primary 7 have planted Raspberry Allgold and three wild strawberries.

The boys and girls at St. Marys cannot wait till the plants bloom and are they are very excited to taste the yummy food they planted.picture1

 

By Tom P4, Cameron P3 and Aurora P6

 

 

Cromlix Art Time

Thanks to all the children in Cromlix working so hard and getting lots and lots of points, Cromlix won an art time for getting the most points! On the 5th of December the whole of Cromlix and Mrs Currie got together to have some fun art time in the nursery.
You could paint, draw sprinkle glitter everywhere, play with Lego, make collages and make junk models. We all really enjoyed it and left with some great work in are hands. They can’t wait to win another art time!

This is what Cromlix thought after this time:
Sophie “It was fun to have everybody together and have a laugh.”
Lizzie” It was fun and I got to do what ever art you wanted to do.”

Cromlix are aiming for another prize from the pupil council for points.

Cromlix House News

Cromlix’s responsibility this year was litter, grounds and composting. But during the year it got changed to energy. We enjoyed learning about both of these and so did the rest of the house. Everyone in the house has been really enthusiastic and really helped contribute good idea’s and helped each other.
Everyone helped make a Cromlix Anthem and it was to the tune to We Will Rock You and this is how it goes…

Go Cromlix you’re the best
Shining out from all the rest
Always emptying all the bins
Cromlix rules the place, and wins the race
So don’t throw your litter all over the place

We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!
We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!

We are eco, we are strong
We will compost all day long
There’s no litter here, when we are near.
We tidy the leafs for bugs and bees.
Cromlix rules the place, and wins the race
So don’t throw your litter all over the place

We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!
We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!

We’ve done lots of brain storms so that we can see what people know and don’t know and what they want to learn about. We’ve also done competitions for designs for the railings and the best ones got picked to go on the railings. The wild life club are going to paint them because now we do energy and we are looking forward to see them when there finished.
Its been a very good year and we’ve enjoyed being house captains.
By Victoria and Luc

Cromlix House News

Cromlix – Litter & Compost

Cromlix had litter and compost this year as our house responsibility. We decided that we were going to focus on emptying the bins at least twice a week and getting a new litter bin and a better compost bin. We also would like to teach the nursery children about composting, litter and the three R’s Reduce, Reuse and recycle  

 We have tried to change the way people think about litter and compost, and so far we think we are succeeding. Everyone in the school is willing to empty the bins if asked the younger ones sometimes join in with out being asked.

This year in eco mornings we have done lots of activities including

  • Cleaning out the compost bins.
  • Making and producing Bee bags
  • Making decorations for our carol concert.
  • We made things out of news papers.
  • A woman from Keep Scotland beautiful called Emily came to talk to us about litter and composting.
  • We learnt how to make objects from reusing litter including wallets (made from juice cartons) and a tea light holder (made from an old can)
  • We also empty the bins on the house days.
  • How litter harms animals.
  • We made a litter trophy to present to the tidiest class.
  • Campaigning to stop people dropping litter by posters and leaflets.
  • Trying to get litter bins and litter picks.
  • Litter pick around community.
  • Making bird feeders by reusing objects.

Plans for next year
We would like to organise fun experiments which younger children would like, the older children could help the younger ones.

By Kirsty and Jamie P7

Cromlix House News

On our last house morning we went on a litter pick around Dunblane. At first there was hardly litter any because Stirling council litter pickers had just been, but as we went up towards the Braeport centre and Holme hill we found lots of the rubbish of  which was disposed of properly and will certainly be a help to the community.

 For the rest of the morning we made bird feeders out of tetra packs which was great fun as well as doing the not so fun job of empting the bins .We hope everyone in Cromlix enjoys all the house mornings and helping the environment to be a better and more eco friendly place.

Cromlix Eco Morning

On our third and final eco morning for this year Cromlix were very busy making things. First of all most of us stayed inside and made some stars to decorate the garden, while some of us braved the freezing cold and emptied the bins. Unfortunately the lid of the bin had frozen to the bin but eventually it came off. After we had emptied the bins and made lovely stars we had a special visitor.

Emily who works for Keep Scotland Beautiful came in and talked to us about the ever growing problem of global warming. Then she taught us to make some amazing wallets made of only old juice cartons. They worked very well and were surprisingly strong. This was definitely one of our best eco mornings and everyone put in a lot of effort. 

Dec09_5

Focus On Eco Days

On our second eco morning we all brought news papers in to make something with. People made all sorts of thing from a hat to a boat and even a hedgehog. The best ideas and designs were put on display outside the office. It was great fun and we all enjoyed doing it.

Some other people made posters to advertise the new eco bags. We hope you will buy lots of the bags because they are lovely and very well designed. Sophie and Rachel wrote letters for people to fill out for the bee bags which you can bring into school.

We also put up posters to stop people littering.

Next eco morning Emily will be coming to talk to us about how to be even more eco friendly. We will also be making a bird feeder out of recyclables and paint animals and things on rocks.

newspaper challengeeco bag poster

Cromlix’s house day

On the 2nd of October 2009 Cromlix had their first house  Eco morning. In Cromlix we:

  • Cleaned out the bins. The bins had mud all over them so we cleaned them inside and out. They were very dirty and smelly but it was great fun and a huge percentage of Cromlix wanted to do it.
  • Designed a logo for a bag to be sold at the Christmas Grotto. Mrs Paterson was the Judge and she chose Catriona’s Bee Eco design.
  • Drew posters about what goes in a bin. And about dropping litter.
  • Played a recycling game on the computer.

 

Our new responsibility is Litter and compost.

 

Washing the compost bins

Washing the compost bins