Playground Science

We were delighted to work with Aigas Field Centre staff today.  🙂

First of all, we learned how beavers are eco-system engineers.  We had to work in teams of 4 to create the best dam that we could.  300ml of water was poured towards each one to test it.  We discussed why some of our constructions worked much better than others.

 

Secondly, we had a quick discussion about single use plastics and research that is being done to find environmentally friendly alternatives.

Our third task was to mix a special solution with algae.  This produced a slimy bubble.  Scientists in the UK are trying to improve this slime mixture, hoping to make “edible” plastic replacements in the future.  We were fascinated by the globules that appeared when the substances were combined – a very tactile chemical reaction!

 

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Scottish Government Children’s Rights Cafés

As you know, in November the school achieved Rights Respecting Schools Bronze status.  We are currently working towards Silver.  The event described below may be of interest to any of our pupils (& parents) who have a keen interest in The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC.)

The Scottish Government would like to invite you to make a reservation at one of our six Rights Cafés to work with us to design a menu of approaches to raising awareness of children’s rights across all groups of society, as set out in the Programme for Government.

At our Rights Café you will have the opportunity to design your own menu and consider the resources, programmes and training packages you have experience in using, delivering or participating in and help us identify those areas/groups you feel are not covered by existing materials.

If you’d like to get involved in shaping the menu, make sure to book onto an upcoming Café via Eventbrite

3 April, The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling
5 April, Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries
11 April, The Studio, Glasgow
17 April, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
25 April, Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee
29 April, COSLA, Haymarket, Edinburgh

Both adults and children are encouraged to attend these events.

(Unfortunately Miss Mullin cannot attend.)

Go For It…and Get Fit! Incentive Scheme

2018/19 Glenurquhart Primary News

This afternoon, Miss Mullin explained the “Go For It” walking/cycling incentive scheme which will run next term.  Families will be issued with consent letters but you can also find them here:

Go For It consent GPS April-July 2019

Go For It exclusion zone Glenurquhart Primary

The list of rewards can be found here:

Go_For_It_Reward_2017

The JRSOs are very keen to support this and hope that lots of families will want to take part.  If pupils walk or cycle to and from their homes or the designated drop off points, they could earn up to 100 stamps/ticks next term!

Many thanks to the local businesses who support this Highland Council scheme.

More information can be found at: Go For It (walking & cycling reward card)

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Danken Sie Ihnen Ms Beyer, und auf Wiedersehen!!

P7 loved their second German taster lesson yesterday morning.  Ms Beyer taught them how to introduce themselves and talk about their likes and dislikes.  This was the last taster session, as Ms Beyer is returning home to Germany shortly.

Thank you Ms Beyer – it was a pleasure to meet you and learn more about Germany.  🙂

Scots Wha Hae

We were treated to a brilliant rendition of “Scots Wha Hae” from some of our chanter and bagpipe players on Tuesday afternoon.

As part of our topic on the Scottish Wars of Independence, we’ve looked at the folk music that it inspired.  The lyrics to this song were written by Robert Burns, hundreds of years after the days of Robert The Bruce.

The pupils were keen to perform this for their class – it was the first time they had performed in a group, and for more than their own family members.  They all did a fantastic job!

Apparatus

P6/7M had great fun using our gymnastics equipment on Tuesday morning.  They tried hard to incorporate different 3 second balances on each different apparatus.  With practise, pupils improved their technique and felt much more confident.

Do you remember using the wall bars when you were at primary school?

PE kits required on Monday!

Please can everyone bring in their PE kits on Monday?

P6/7M will have their PE lesson at 11:15 on Monday morning.  In the afternoon there will be a Cross Country event from about 13:30 – 14:30.

Many thanks!

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