Monthly Archives: Feb 2017

500 Words Writing Competition

P4 have worked really hard over the last few weeks to prepare and type up their entirely original stories for BBC 2’s 500 Words writing competition. 
We managed to submit the entries on time and each received a personalised certificate. 
We did it!!
If you’d like more information, or to hear some previous winners stories, please have a look here. 

Digital Learning Festival at Tynecastle

P6A had a very enjoyable and informative trip to Tynecastle High School last week to take part in a Digital Learning event.  Our focus was within music, whereby we created sounds for animation clips called the ‘Foley technique.’
We then learned how to use Garageband to record our voices and create sound. Our task was an assessment of our learning within the human body topic, where we had to record 3 facts that we had learned so far.
We really enjoyed this opportunity to build on our ICT skills, especially when using the ipads for learning, and even Miss McArthur learned some new skills too!
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Team work in P4

P4 have been learning the gory details about death and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt.

The children worked in small teams to design and build a tomb, complete with sarcophagus, mummies, items needed for the afterlife and any added extras to make their creation stand out (one group even added a scorpion for effect!).

They then presented their work to the class. Some chose to build large pyramids while others built more modest tombs. It was interesting imagining who could have occupied these tombs, maybe a powerful pharaoh or maybe a more modest architect or engineer…

Everyone worked well together and had a great time designing and building their work.

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Bilingualism Matters

Dr Vicky Chondrogianni, Deputy Director of the Bilingualism Matters Centre at the University of Edinburgh gave a presentation on‘What It Means to Learn More Than One Language in Childhood’ and hosted a question and answer session for over 30 parents and staff at Dalry Primary school on 31 January. Dalry Primary School is unique in having the highest percentage of bi/multi-lingual pupils of any school in Edinburgh, with over  20 languages are spoken in the nursery alone.
Dr Chondrogianni told the group that research complied by her and her colleagues at Bilingualism Matters has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. But they also tend to be better than monolinguals at ‘multitasking’ and focusing attention. They are often more precocious readers, and generally find it easier to learn other languages. Bilingualism gives children much more than two languages!
What our parents said:
“The session was really very helpful for us”
“It really helped to get rid of doubts and questions we had”
“It encourages us to use our mother tongue at home”