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Map making in Primary 1

We were all happy to be back at school today, relaxed after a long holiday and raring to start our last term as Primary 1s!

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We could play outside without our coats on, and were amazed that the leaves on the trees had grown so quickly over the Easter holidays.  We were a bit sad to see that the daffodils had now died, but know we will see them grow again next year.

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather by heading to Holyrood Park to finish off some of our work from last term on directions.

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We directed our partners around the trees using instructions to make sure they didn’t bump into anything!  Some of us are trying really hard to remember the difference between left and right.

Afterwards, we had a bit of chill time at the park.

Mrs Pender taught some of us how to make daisy chains.

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Some of us had a good old explore in the dirt!

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Then we sat in silence and listened to the sounds of the park.IMG_2143

When we got back to school, we talked about our journey to and from the park.  We talked about the landmarks we walked past, like the road we had to cross, the cobbles we walked over and the tunnel we went under.  Then we drew our own maps to help you get to Holyrood Park from our school!

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Click to see a bigger image – can you spot the pictures which represent the school, the park, the tunnel, trees, and the lady working on the construction site next to the school?

Spring has sprung!

Yesterday, all the children in Primary 1 went to Holyrood Palace for a spring walk.

We were very excited to be together, and the weather was beautiful!

First we were taken into the special gardens, which aren’t open to the public at this time of year, and saw where the Queen’s garden party is held each year.

We got a chance to pretend to be soldiers looking after the palace.

  We looked out for signs of spring.

We saw some beautiful spring flowers, and got very good at identifying crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops.

Next we were taken into a secret wood, where the Queen has her cup of tea in the morning when she comes to stay.  We were very quiet as we listened out for birds and looked for signs of nest building.

Finally we looked for buds and blossom on trees and added them to our pictures.  We were lucky enough to spot a squirrel jumping through the trees.

We had a lovely trip, and can’t wait to go back next season.

Thanks to all our helpers for joining us on such a lovely day.

Great adventures…

We have explored our playground from top to bottom, so today Primary 1 went on an adventure to Holyrood Park.

We had SO MUCH FUN exploring our environment.

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We stopped to look at what we could see.  We waved at the palace in case the queen was visiting.

The first thing we did when we were sent off to explore was look at this patch of mud.  We realised it felt a bit more like sand.

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We dug holes in it.

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We found treasure!  We thought it might have something to do with Mrs Pender being a bit magical.

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We found lots of beautiful and interesting objects.  We found a stick that looked like it could be a fairy house.  We thought this might be a tooth belonging to a dinosaur or a tiger!

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We dug for worms.

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We wrote our names with sticks.

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We played games with sticks – they have so many different uses!  These ones had magical powers.

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Then we went on a bear hunt.  We found numbers on the trees that we thought might be the bear’s door number.  We made sure that the bear wouldn’t follow us back to school by doing some loud roaring (and hiding behind this tree for a while.)

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We had such a fun afternoon, and arrived back at school dirty and delighted.

What will we discover next time?