The children are beginning to learn about volcanoes. As we begin new learning we use an object, experience or in this case a science experiment to spark the children’s interest. Here the children created their own volcano and their questions and wonderings about volcanoes were recorded and will form the plan for the learning.
The weather was perfect for our Sports Day this week as we began. Glorious sunshine and a lovely breeze. The children had chosen a mix of races, potted sports and a dodge-ball game. These were organised ably by Ben from Highlife Highland. It was lovely that we are beginning to return to normal as these are the events we really missed last year.
Sadly, it clouded over and the breeze dropped and midges stopped play, another reminder of how lucky we had been for most of the event.
The children planted and then mapped, measured and tagged some trees this week, creating a pocket orchard near the school on the site that used to be a playground. There are apple, plum and pear trees which we hope can be enjoyed by everyone in a few years time. Thanks to John Wood and Sue Pomeroy for making this happen.
This week we have been celebrating all things number with a range of activities. One of these was a Number Trail around the school grounds. The children worked in pairs and had a whole series of challenges to complete that included things like working out how old the tree stumps were, finding direction with a compass and calculating how much it would cost to swim in Poolewe pool. Other activities have included creating an outdoor cafe and mapping the trees they planted for the Pocket Orchard.
Thanks to John Woods for organising two tyre swings and a rope swing in the school grounds with the donated tyres. These are proving very popular and continue to be used daily. They are currently dens the children have been building. This type of creative play is a pleasure to watch.
Some of the learning is currently based around China. The children began their planning with a Chinese market. This allowed them to explore some objects linked to China and for questions and wonderings to be collected as a basis for planning. Today the class have been having a go drawing water lilies and using Chinese brush painting.
This was the first day of lockdown last year, we thought we might be learning from home for a few weeks, no one anticipated such a challenging year. This week the children are planting seeds in the Keder House, flowers for our tubs and vegetables to harvest. Our hope is that this growing season we will be here to watch them all grow.
Thanks to Alec at Forbes Garage in Aultbea for the tyres he brought for the children. These are going to be well used. The children have been racing them, building obstacle courses and dens so far. It is the kind of creativity we really enjoy seeing at break times.
The children are all dressed up today for World Book Day. The pictures show them with the books linked to their characters, but also with the free books arranged for us by Ullapool Book Shop. You can see from their smiles how pleased they are with these.
Later today they are linking up with Scoraig Primary to see their friend’s costumes too.