It was great to see so many of our families this week for our third open afternoon of the session. This time the location changed from the classrooms to our main hall. The children went in family groups armed with their PLPs, writing folders and one other piece or collection of learning to share with their families. Adults were asked to give feedback to their children on the learning they saw and also to spend time looking at the class floorbooks which captur,e through a range of evidence, the breadth and depth of learning which can’t always be represented in jotter work. At the end of a busy day children often don’t want to talk about what they did at school that day but the open afternoon allowed for an opportunity for the children to talk about their learning whilst looking through their evidence and seeing their progress. Thanks to all families who were able to attend.

P5/6 showed their entrepreneurial skills when they held a bake sale to raise funds for their class charity. the class were really well orgnaised with the other classes visitng during their allocated timetable slot and the cakes and other treats being rationed to ensure that every class were able to have a choice of goodies. Well done P5/6 – they raised over £150 for IRRI.

P3, P4 and P5 enjoyed outreach workshops from the University of Edinburgh’s Infectious Disease Department entitled Bugs and Bones. The Bugs and Bones chest contains a large variety of vertebrate specimens, the “bones”, alongside some of the microscopic parasitic samples, the “bugs”.  The children were able to handl the polar bear, alligator, fox and rabbit skulls to learn about tooth and jaw development in different species and how this is related to diet and life-style. They were also able to investigate the microscopic world of intestinal worms and flies, and learn how these tiny creatures can cause or transmit serious disease to humans and animals. These workshops related to the class learning on Living Things.

P1/2 finished the week in grand style as they put their Home Learning Castles to the attack test. Children could choose either an aerial or ground attack upon their castle to see if their defences would withstand the attack. The sound of the excited pupils counting down from 10 and the sight of them watching in anticipation whilst Mrs Doran launched the attacks filled the corridors with laughter! The children were able to reflect on which castles were the strongest, how they had been constructed and the materials they had used and how they may construct things differently in the future – a great way to learn!