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We held a "Creativity Showcase" to show off the work the children have been doing all year, to make a "Big Ballinluig Timeline". We had support from a number of local folks who included former pupil Helen Sinclair, who Aiden and Olivia interviewed at her home in Dunkeld.
The children planned to event and in groups took responsibility for making up a display to show the information we had gathered. Eve drew a plan of the school and the names of the displays people would find there. Pupil's decided what refreshments we would serve and guests could choose form yummy pizza bites (recipes from our senior pupils - see below!); fruit kebabs; veggie sticks and Mrs Browns famous fruity flapjacks! On the day there was a rota of jobs for the children to do , from being waiters to running our film. Some children even volunteered to stay beyond the school day to allow us to continue on to 6 p.m., for families who had working commitments. Our thanks to everybody who attended.
Here are a few photos of the day
Harrisen welcomes our first guests who look at the display about Tulliemet Curling Club
A private viweign of our 3 minute film made by the children about their work.
Visitors were interested in our Pocket Garden!
Two of our guests look at old pots and postcards of Ballinluig as far back as the early 1900s - you can still see key buildings like the school; the Post Office and the hotel.
Keanan and Maisie are guides and explain about our work ; Summer and Angus meanwhile are two of our waiting staff and are preparing a plateful of tasty nibbles for a guest!
....."and very tasty it was too!" says Meg.
All our displays will be kept up for our celebration of Success which is on Tuesday 26th June starting at 2 p.m.
Senior pupils recently participated in the finals of the RHET competition "Beat the Takeaway". Working in pairs,the children had to use their knowledge of the different food groups on the "Eatwell Plate" to help them plan a 2-course meal, which was well-balanced nutritionally and used local ingredients. On top of that the children had to "cost" the meal. The finals took place at the "Let's Cook" cookery school, near Abernethy. Sarah the tutor and Alix from RHET asked the children questions about how they came to produce the menus. The children then had a masterclass in making pizza from scratch, using minimal and healthy ingredients. They were delicious!
Finally it was announced that Olivia and Eve were the winners, with Mathew and Craig runners up- once again a great result for Logierait, beating a number of other schools to get to this point!
Back at school the children prepared some notes from the day and shared them with the others.
Here they are with their trophies and certificate (they also received a fantastic goodie bag!) and in the kitchens, making the toppings to their prepared dough.
Eve and Craig wrote the next two articles themselves
to share some of our most recent learning with you..........
We have decided to do a project about our area in the past. Hopefully we create the Big Ballinluig Back in Timeline. We are inviting members of the community to an open event in June so they can see what we’ve learnt. We are trying to identify people in a photograph of dancers in 1949. Mrs. Barr found an old log book up in the attic/loft and we are studying it. We also found the date that the dancers [from photograph] were entered into a Scottish country dancing competition. If you know any information we would like to hear it. So keep your eyes peeled!
So far we have visited Tynreich Standing Stones and explored life in the Bronze Age, Mr. Brewster of Rotmell farm came and spoke to us about farming through the ages and then Olga, a local artist helped us learn how to make bowls and mugs. We have Mrs. Guthrie an archivist at Blair Castle coming to visit us.
We have been fortunate to have teaching student with us, both before the Christmas holidays and for another four weeks after. Miss Hulbert worked with a group of senior pupils, exploring the impact of different surfaces on friction. The children work is on display in the entrance hall - why don't you ask them what they discovered?
Teaching Block 2 is well under way now and will run to mid-February.
Listening and talking will focus on responding to higher order thinking skills questions, which go beyond simply recall of facts. Pupils will extend their skills in group discussion during HWB work. In reading, younger children will be exploring fact/opinion and looking at characterisation, while older pupils will be looking at a range of genres and their particular features and identifying the purpose of texts and their main idea with supporting evidence. Writing will focus on both imaginative and functional writing with connections to our creativity project, thinking about sequencing, layout and presentation. Older pupils will learn about persuasive text which seeks to influence the reader. In maths, the focus is on multiplication and division, which are taught simultaneously. Tables are taught in a new order now - 2,4,8 then 3,6 and 5,10, as each is twice the previous table. Pupils will also improve their skills in counting in multiples. Older pupils will include fractions, percentages and decimals. Money work will also feature. Expressive arts will include social dance for PE and notation development work in music. In art the children will find ways to express feelings through their work and continue to improve their skills in use of pattern, line , texture etc. Health and wellbeing has two main foci - healthy eating and the "Bounce Back" resilience programme.
At a pupil focus group, P4-7 talked about how more children can be involved in school improvement – not just commenting on what we have done, but also helping to plan what comes next!
We then thought about a display. They started off wondering about “red, amber, green” but then Eve’s idea of “stars” was the start and from there it was built up into the....
“Galaxy of Learning”,
where all the skills stars would come together! Later that week we gathered art and craft materials and made this large display. We plan to add writing and photos to show us developing the skills from the school’s two main priorities for improvement this year – writing and creativity.
The children then shared their idea with the younger pupils...and here it is!
Continuing with "pupil voice", the children had all contributed to a mind map of ways in which they thought playtime could be improved. They had thought about peer play; playground games, for which Olivia and Eve are leaders and other times when children could play together. Here is Mrs Brown asking them to explain their thoughts...
....while during the same Get Together, our younger pupils had the chance to "lead the learning", following some research work they did about St Andrew. They presented information they had discovered in the form of drawings, photos and facts. Older pupils gave them feedback about their work and their presenting skills!
We were delighted to welcome a new visitor to our school recently! Olga, (already a familiar face to many of us from her work at the nearby garage!), is also a very talented artist! She agreed to come and help us with our creativity project, thinking about how people might have made their own pots etc in the Bronze Age. We didn't realise how time consuming it would be - but after a quick demonstration from Olga, we started making our own coil pots - base first; then the coils; then the "smoothing and melding" work which took so long and we now appreciate the effort such a simple thing requires! have a look at our photos below! Afterwards, Summer did some research to find out the types of decoration possibly used in those times, which we will copy when we paint our pots.
Thankyou so much Olga for helping us!
Just before the holidays our Primary 2 girls, along with Mrs Taylor and Olivia, went to the post office to send off "storystarters" everyone had written. The envelopes were headed for the pupils at Kinloch Rannoch school, with whom we have made a connection, in working on our creativity project, "The Big Ballinluig Time Line". Our stories were inspired by the visit to the standing stones (see below) and were set in the Bronze Age. Our starters set the scene for the other pupils to develop and finish. Today in the post we received their stories for us to do the same with! How will they end? Watch this space!
We were all out and about when we walked to the stone circle within Tynreich Nursery. Stewart Shillcocks the owner of the nursery, told us about the mysterious stone circle, which is believed to date from the Bronze Age. We learned that the largest is the "heel" stone and this would have cast the shadow of the sun at both summer and winter solstices. The site was excavated when a woodland nursery was being crated for the Duke of Atholl in 1855. Two urns were found with human ashes inside - one was broken but the other is possibly still at Perth museum! Historians believe the circle was a gathering place for an extended family, possibly using the river nearby, its course changed since then. There was no copper in the rocks here, so again, it is believed the people exchanged amber for copper to make tools etc. Our thanks to Mr Shillcocks for taking the time to provide us with lots of interesting information for our creativity project - and all right on our doorstep! Here are some photos of our outing.
It was "E I E I O" all the way, as the whole school visited Rotmell farm, near Dunkeld, as part of their Health and Wellbeing work. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learned some interesting facts about farming - as well as making friends with some of the chickens! We have been given the honour of choosing a name for a new Aberdeen Angus bull. Our thanks to farmer Mr Brewster; RHET representative Alex Ritchie - who co-ordinated the visit and all the H&S considerations! - and Mr Meldrum who drove the minibus!
Here is a selection of photos from the day - and our drawings of the bull with the names we have suggested!
If you have any knowledge or skills which you feel would enhance any aspects of our curriculum, please contact us!
Trip to Vane Farm RSPB Reserve
We couldn't have asked for better weather as both our schools joined forces at the RSPB reserve. Pupils worked in two groupings to learn more about the natural world around us.
Here are some photos of the day!
How do you make a model of the Eiffel Tower from newspaper and sellotape?
That was the question pupils had to answer when we got together for a joint schools problem solving challenge!
The answer was: with lots of teamwork - discussion; co-operation; collaboration; communication; nifty paper-rolling skills and lots of fun!
Here's a "before" and "after" for each of our groups!
....and...... the finished items! (one with a little extra help from Millie!)
We joined our friends the Ballinluig Blethers for a games afternoon at the village hall. It is such a pleasure to meet up with the ladies, who had organised a range of games. We contributed some "Easter nest cakes" to the snacks and had a fab time with wii bowling; indoor curling, golf and more! There had to be one daft race of course and the balloon between the knees always goes down a treat! Thankyou everybody for making it such a lovely afternoon - it really makes us feel part of our community!
Mikolaj goes for a "strike!" Will Olivia manage to keep that
balloon under control?!
Keanan lines up a perfect putt! Craig almost gets a "stone"
in the "house"!
Our younger pupils have continued their learning about weather and part of their studies was to find out how people measure the strength of the wind. They made their own wind gauges using strips of different weights of paper, from tissue paper to thin card and taped them onto a ruler. They then took them outside to see how strong the wind had to be, to move each one. In our picture below you can also see the windmills the children made, again to see the effect of differing strengths of wind.
We hold pupil focus groups every term, discussing different aspects of school e.g. number developments; setting targets. This time we talked about the joint events we have with our partner school, Blair Atholl. The children carried out a "carousel" activity, which involved working in four groups and giving their responses to four different questions. By moving from table to table the children wrote their comments using a different coloured pen so that we could see the different ideas each group had.
Here the children are with their final results,.which were shared with staff and discussed for future planning.
Our youngest pupils learned about weather. They have made rain gauges; learned about snowy weather through their book study "The Snow Lambs" and have even tried their hand at being TV weather presenters! Here is Maisie, using the ipad to film Emily as she tells us what the weather is going to be like, using the map and weather symbols. (Hopefully she will give us some sunshine!)
In August 2016, our pupils were studying the classification of animals - minibeasts in particular for our youngest children. Here are some photographs of a "Zoolab" visit, as well as senior pupils "leading the learning" with younger children.
Can you spot a mollusc; an arachnid; an insect; two reptiles reptile and a crustacean? Which one do YOU like best!
Here we are sorting cards into animal groupings - we used a "key" to identify each one, just like trained natural historians.
The staff and pupils of Glenlyon school visited us to find out some of the work we have done in music! It was a bit of a "whistle stop" run through, but the children played some of our special singing games (oh, and they met Tiger!) then looked at how rhythms can be quickly learned from standing people on "spots" on the floor. After lunch altogether and a good stretch of the legs at playtime, some of the senior students from Logierait, led practice sessions putting it all together. Here you can see Olivia with Hiba, Ayan and Millie, reading the rhythm on a flashcard; Sarah, "signing" the notes soh, me and lah to Leo and Hiba and finally three proud girls, Alice, Hiba and Sarah, who have just written their first piece of "music" in stick notation with a melody! We had a super day and hope to see everybody again soon!