P6 Drumming Up Fairtrade

For Fairtrade Fortnight, P6 have been investigating Rice.  Each home team were given different information on a specific topic, for example the history of rice, and the nutritional values of rice.  Their task was to produce a page of information with suitable pictures and diagrams, and this they achieved through cooperatively working together.

For their showcase, Daniel Duggan worked with P6 and P7 classes together (that’s 60 children at once!) with amazing results.  Even the teachers participated with different drums or Ghanaian bells and managed to follow the rhythms.

Nursery Fairtrade Coffee Morning Please Come Along and Support

As I am sure you are all aware, as part of our Global Citizenship work all of our classes have been learning how we at Lasswade can help farmers and their families in Africa to enjoy the fruits of their labour by purchasing Fairtrade products.

To celebrate our Fairtrade Fortnight the nursery are hosting a coffee morning on Friday 2nd March from 9.30 to 11.30 in the school hall. It would be lovely to see all our friends come along and join us for a cup of tea and a chat, whilst giving to this worthwhile cause.

There will be a Fairtrade stall, a Fairtrade food hamper, raffle tickets on sale on the day, and of course lots of wonderful home baking! This is where we need your support. In the past so many people who are in nursery class or whose children have moved on, have always been so generous with their baking donations and we are again asking for your continued support. If you would like to bake we would be so grateful for your time and would appreciate that all donations are given in to nursery class on the Thursday afternoon or the Friday morning.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.  We hope to see you there.

Denise Mitchell

Parent Council Update – Curriculum for Excellence

Some new short films on Curriculum for Excellence for parents are now available on the Engage for Education web site at www.engageforeducation.org/cfefilms

The films illustrate, in pupils’, parents’ and teachers’ own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country.

The films contribute towards the Cabinet Secretary’s CfE Action Plan 2011/12 commitment to develop new materials for parents that illustrate the benefits of CfE, following calls for such resources from parents – – http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/resources/c/cfeactionplan2011.asp

The films have been developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) – http://www.parentforumscotland.org/

Please take some time to have a look at these.

Dyslexia Dress Down Day

Earlier this session our Learning Council worked with Mrs Stewart to tell us all about Dyslexia. Some of the children in our school are Dyslexic and we found out that it means these children may have to learn in different ways!

We also found out that lots of famous people and celebrities are dyslexic like Albert Einstein, Jamie Oliver, Jackie Stewart, Richard Branson, Ozzy Osbourne, Robbie Williams and Hans Christian Anderson.

Sheena and Lesley from Dyslexia Scotland came along to our Parents’ evenings and spoke to our parents about Dyslexia. They also gave us lots of goodies like pens, pencils, rubbers and even stretchy men!

We decided we would like to raise some money for Dyslexia Scotland so on Friday the 10th February everyone enjoyed dressing up as famous people who have Dyslexia. Each class received a gift from Dyslexia Scotland. We raised £248.40 which is a fantastic amount – thank you to everyone who took part.

If you want to find out more about Dyslexia  visit www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk

Learning Council Update

Here are 2 updates from the Learning Council on their visit to Lasswade High School Centre

On Friday the 3rd February we went to Lasswade  High   School and we met the Head teacher Mr Jaster.  We got a tour round of the school and we saw lots of pupils in class. We went to the Gymnasium and saw some girls warming up, one of the girls in the Learning Council got to jump on the bouncy floor.

We saw a few pupils sewing with proper sewing machines and we saw a lot of pupils doing home Economics. Also we went in to the CDT room and saw lots of pupils making wooden clocks. One or two pupils were using a razor to bend metal and there was sparks coming off.

We went to the Drama studio and it was really big, we got to sit on the stage. We made our way to the assembly hall and we got some juice and biscuits. Then all of the Learning Council went back to their own school.

We went to LHSC on the 3 February. We were given a tour around the whole school! I even heard someone say  ‘This is as big as an airport!’ (now you know how big it is)

When we went to the CDT room it was very noisy. The gymnastics studio was amazing as they had a special bouncy floor. Some girls were warming up for PE. The new school will have a gymnastics studio with a bouncy floor too.

Before the tour was over we went to the drama room and it was very interesting. We then made our way to the assembly hall and we got juice and a biscuit, it was fun!

Then we all went back to our own schools.

by Neve, Ellen, Kayleigh and Jack

P1 are Learning It, Loving It and Growing It!

P1 have been learning about winter through co-operative learning strategies.  The children worked with their talking partner to discuss the features of winter and they made graffiti boards showing what they had learnt.

P1 have been enjoying their PE times with Mrs Campbell the PE specialist and with Miss Reid.  The children have been learning how to work safely in the large hall and have been learning Basic movement skills.P1 have also been enjoying working with our work experience student, Laura Melrose, from Lasswade High School on Wednesdays.

We are looking forward to learning different skills through our IDL theme of ‘Plants’ this term and are enjoying opportunities to work with different people using Cooperative Learning Strategies. On the 10th of February our parents are coming in to plant bulbs with us. The money raised will help us to buy seeds and vegetables for our plot in the garden. If you would like to help in the Spring please let a member of the P1 team know.

We are also going to be working on our novel study which is ‘Percy the Park Keeper’. During this time the children will not have ORT books home to read but are encouraged to try different genres and will be given a sheet to record the different titles they have tried.