It’s been lovely to catch up with our pupils and hear about their holidays this week. The children look relaxed and rested – lots of them have obviously spent a lot of time outdoors thanks to the dry weather we enjoyed during the Easter break and there was a real buzz as people caught up with friends back at school.

A quick recap of some events at the end of term however. Thank you for your support at Parents Nights – we had almost a 100% take up of appointments – it is super to have such great interest and support from our families.

Our Big Pedal Fortnight also proved a great success – despite the sudden snow fall during week one of the event! The Superhero / Bling Your Bike Breakfast Day on the final day of term saw nearly 150 pupils and their families join us for breakfast on the Friday morning. Our JRSOs will announce the winners next week – this was because today’s assembly had a change of format. Instead of everyone gathering together in the hall, groups of children worked with children from two other classes to give their thoughts about our Personal Learning Plans to the Pupil Voice Reps.

We held our Science Focus during the last fortnight of term – a part of this was the Generation Science workshops – for those of you whose children don’t always give you lots of information about what they get up to in school, here is a little more detail.

P4 had Body Builders – The body, bones and organs show where they learned how the body is put together in a fast-paced, funny, interactive show and discovered why it was so important to keep it in good shape. In the Teaching Hospital, they met Dr Watson and Nurse Treat It Better, who illustrated common ailments and showed the children how to stay healthy.

P5, P5/6 and P6 had Fuel Hunters – Exploratory engineering where they delved into geology and discovered the nature and origins of oil. Pupils became oil geologists, engineers and drillers and investigated the story behind this precious resource. From identifying the rocks where oil is found, to learning about seismic testing, core sampling, and even building replica oil rigs. It was exploration on a brand new level!

For P7 it was  Fizz, Boom, Bang – The advanced chemistry workshop specifically for older pupils. This popular, hands-on workshop gave the children the chance to delve further into the world of chemistry. Pupils worked through a range of experiments to create cool, colourful chemical reactions, while an introduction to the scientific method to spark curiosity.

Mrs Motley’s class enjoyed Little Giants – Buzzy, the giant honeybee, leads pupils into the wonderful world of bees in this highly interactive show. Learn how a bee’s body is different from ours and find out how bees and flowers work together. Then join our Beekeeper on a magical mystery tour of a beehive and follow Buzzy on a trip to giant flowers, make pollen trail patterns and suck up nectar – just like a bee.

Finally P1/2 and P2/3 and P3 took part in the Bricks and Blocks session where they joined the robot sports training camp and coaches put them through their paces. Pupils learned about robots and coding as they used LEGO® WeDo kit to build their own goalkeeper and programed it to play. Then it was time to test everyone’s skills in the robot world cup penalty shoot-out.

I hope this summary gives you greater insight into the focus and worth of the Generation Science Workshops.

Next week in school we look forward to P5s performance with Scottish Opera of Tam O’ Shanter, Parent Council Meeting on Monday evening. Consultation events with parents at 9:30am and 6pm on Tuesday 25th and a reminder that school is closed to pupils on Friday whilst staff participate in In Service Training.

Finally very good luck to our pupils who are participating in the Scottish Cross Country Championships on Saturday and to those children participating in the Chess Megafinal at Broughton High School on Sunday! Great to have West Linton represented throughout the country! Have a happy weekend everyone!