St John’s Gardening Gang get stuck in!

We’ve been really busy this term planting hundreds of bulbs along the bank at the front of the school. In the Spring we hope to see lots of daffodils, snowdrops, crocus’, grape hyacinths and alliums brightening up the bank. We’ve also made some new signs for the planters in the playground using some of the slates which Douglas’ mum has given the school.

We asked a few of the children to describe what we’d been doing since the October break and this is what they said:

“ We have been planting bulbs with our friends and we have taken a picture of some of them. We’ve had loads of fun. In the spring the bulbs will grow and we will have blue and yellow flowers. Bees, butterflies and worms will be really happy!”
Amy, Anaya and Lucia from P2

We’ve had some help from some parents too – Emily (Maisie and Sandy’s Mum) and Heather (Murran’s Mum).

Great work everyone

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P5 Learning Log – Week Beginning 10.12.18

This week we have been doing lots of Christmas things. Our favourite thing that we did was creating a winter scene with oil pastels and paints. It was really fun. We also made placements that we can use for our Christmas party on Tuesday, and we had a nice Christmas lunch.

On Wednesday we watched the P1 Nativity – it was really good. After that we talked about the Nativity story, then got into partners and made a Book Creator e-book to tell the story.

We played football in PE and everybody liked it. It was fun. Every week there are new teams and new people to play with. One week though the Brighton house were having their house treat so the teams were smaller, but this week we had full teams.

We also learnt a Highland Hustle dance for our Christmas party. It was really tiring but enjoyable. We did it to the song ‘Timber’.

By Sophie, Noel and Filip

 

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Today we learned about child safety with the NSPCC

Today we had an assembly and a workshop with NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). At the assembly they told us about Childline and the different types of abuse. They taught us how to speak out and stay safe. Also the different types of abuse like sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Two people including me were asked to go up in front of the school and filled a sack with all the worries we carry around. Then we thought about who we can talk to you and the sack got lighter as we took each brick out. Saskia sang two wonderful songs for us, we were amazed by her voice!
This afternoon we did a class workshop, we all had to work in groups to discuss things like, is it good to touch someone if they don’t want to? Later we watched a video about a person talking to Childline, then the NSPCC volunteers gave us an activity to do. Also, everyone learned about something. Ashkin learned that the phone number to Childline is for anybody who wants help. He also learned about the ways the NSPCC help people, Anna learned about that you can always talk to a trusted adult and Gabriela learned about all the types of ways people can hurt children.

by Zahra P7

Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag award achieved

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St John’s RC has once again been awarded a Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in recognition of our Eco-Schools journey. To earn the Green Flag we have been following the seven elements of the programme for the past two years to ensure that the whole school and wider community has been involved.

We have focused our work on litter, global citizenship and school grounds over the past two years. Pupils have also linked the Eco-schools Scotland action plan to UN Sustainable Development Goals which are linked to the three goals.

Scotland recently celebrated the 2000th school to achieve a Green flag award, so we are joining a growing number, not just in Scotland but across the world.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff at St John’s RC Primary for achieving the Green Flag Award.”

“Eco-schools supports schools in their work with Learning for Sustainability and Curriculum for Excellence and helps ensure our children and young people are equipped with skills that they need for the future. I hope that everyone had fun while learning about our environement and why it is important for our health, our business and our wildlife.”

Find out more about Eco-Schools Scotland at http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ecoschools

A busy week for P4B

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This week we continued to learn how to use Book Creator. We began to write about the Nativity story and we wrote about our class talks. We spoke into the i -pads and our words appeared on the screen. It was a bit difficult and funny because the i-pad sometimes mistook what we said and the stories were odd.

We have been listening to the Jesse Tree story each day. It tells us lots of different stories from the bible. We like it because the characters are sometimes funny and the old man in the story was grumpy at the beginning but is now more cheery.

Over the last few weeks, we have been learning lots of Christmas carols and a couple of Christmas songs. We did this because we were going to sing at different churches to elderly people. We sang really well and got better each time we sang to different people. BUT the best of all was when we sang to our families and to the school at assembly. We also explained about different Christmas traditions. People that heard us sing said that we sang clearly, looked happy and that they really enjoyed listening to us. We were tired by the end of the week.

At each place where we sang, people were very kind and gave us something to eat and drink.

Our favourite song was Frosty the Snowman.

By Primary 4B