Tag Archives: Outdoor Learning

And they’re off!

You might have heard about the initiative ‘Mile a Day’, that has started in some schools around Scotland.

During school each day, children go out with their classes to walk, run, jog or skip a mile. Schools involved have seen fantastic benefits: improved fitness, behaviour and concentration.

We thought it sounded like an excellent idea! This week Primary 7 measured out two different tracks and got active. Primary 2 and 3b have also been using our track, with the rest of the school to follow after our February break, staff included!

Primary 7 have enjoyed their first full week of this, and have set targets for themselves. They also enjoyed buddy time, when helping Primary 2 on their first day, also joined by 3b.

Team building, outdoor learning and working those brains!

Primary 2 took a break from our fabby new classroom this afternoon for a bit of outdoor learning.

We put our team work skills and our thinking skills to the test as we worked in groups of four to find things around the playground beginning with each letter of the alphabet!  A few letters proved to be rather tricky – we are already looking forward to trying again next week.

   
     

  


Well done, everyone.  Excellent team work and extraordinary thinking! 

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.