Sunday, 6 September 2015

P7 - Experiential Learning Trip

The P7s and Miss McLaren were lucky to take part in a day of experiential learning workshops in Community Safety at Dalmuir CE on Wednesday, alongside several other schools from West Dunbartonshire.  The children learned how they could make safe choices regarding fire, train safety, petty crime, litter, knife crime, drugs and alcohol issues, as well as how to provide first aid to someone who appears to be unconscious but breathing and with a heartbeat.  I'm quite sure that, after witnessing the chip pan fireball, no one will be trying to extinguish one of those with water any time soon!

The children also had the opportunity to make some new friends when they were mixed up in groups of the other children, making the day valuable in so many ways.

Unfortunately, as there were children from other schools involved, it was not possible to take photographs of our children participating in the workshops.  Miss McLaren was mightily impressed with the Gartocharn children's levels of participation and engagement, though.

Well done, P7s!

Keep your eye on the clock! Week 3.

We started our new numeracy topic this week - Time!  We began with some interactive games and quizzes to remind ourselves what we already know about 12hr and 24hr clocks, and then went on to look at converting between the two.  Next week, we will be moving on to look at timetables and international time zones.    

We were also introduced to a new mental language and maths game called Mallett's Mallet - I'm sure some of our adults will remember this from their childhood!

In literacy we have had a go at writing an explanation text; we will now look at some examples of what makes a good explanation and will decide on our writing assessment criteria for this term together.

We also started our topic activities for this term - We're Building An Endangered Species Zoo!  After some animal sorting/classification work, the children researched different kinds of endangered animals and also looked into the main issues concerning wildlife conservation, how animals are becoming endangered and how we can help the cause.  Each of the groups will now work towards building their own endangered species enclosure for the zoo which will be located in the school woodland at the end of term.

We are all now well into the swing of the first term and all have our hard-work heads on, much to the delight of Miss McLaren!