Kirkhill Primary School

The Storehouse –  My World of Work

The Storehouse from near Dingwall came into our class to talk to us about our future work. It was all about trying new things. To get this message across, we had 14 different foods placed in front of us and we had to guess what they were and if we did get all of them correct we would win a free meal for our whole family. But sadly nobody got them all correct. They were delicious. The skill we took away from this experience was to always try new stuff and if you don’t get something right at first you can always try again. But the class and I can all agree the food was the best part. Thank you to Quintin for giving us this experience.

By Calum

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SSPCA Visit

Yesterday the SSPCA came in to our class to talk to us about animal safety and how to keep animals happy. Then we had to build robots in the form of ‘Caitlin the chicken’ and we had to use our skills as a team to build it. We had to answer questions about animal safety and also animal welfare. If we got one right then we got to fit a piece onto the chicken then we had to use our programming skills to make her move and also make her make sounds. We all really enjoyed it and we would love Vanessa to come again. We then went over that a real chicken would not do what we want it to as it is a wild animal and goes into flights or fight mode if it is frightened. 

Thank you to Vanessa from the SSPCA for a fun and informative workshop.

By Angus

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My World of Work Live (Digital Studios)

On Monday P7 went to WOW (World of Work) Inverness and did 2 workshops to do with science and technology. We learnt about our skills and how these could be used in real jobs.

First we did a Lego renewables workshop. We had to build a strong structure for our wind turbines. We figured out that the blades on the wind turbines had to go a certain way to make it go faster. We found this very interesting and asked some very interesting questions.

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After lunch we did a workshop on DNA. We took  DNA from a strawberry (as you will see below)! Which was very cool!!! We learnt about the different jobs in a lab.

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We would like to thank  Ashley from My WOW and Dr. Evelyn Gray from the STEM Hub at the UHI.

By Bianca and Emily M

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Developing the Young Workforce with Robertson Group

On January the 31st, we had Jade come and she taught us about a company called Robertson Group. Within this huge company, is a construction firm who build houses, schools and hospitals. We learnt about the opportunities the construction industry has. Jade was here to help develop our skills for life and work. She told us about the skills we learn in school and how important they are for our future. We had to design a tower which would make a profit and figure out which designs would be better for making profit. We had to create a tender sheet and hand it in by a certain deadline (which put us under pressure) and had to work as a team. We all enjoyed the experience and it was interesting as we learnt more about ourselves. Thank you to Robertson Group for coming in.

By Liam and Calum P7

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This week we have also been undertaking quizzes to determine which animal we are best represented by. Ask us what animal we are and why.

 

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P7 Burns Supper 2019

Wow! What an experience. P7 were absolutely amazing and entertained a huge crowd last night. The organisation and time they put into the evening was huge and everyone had their part to play to ensure all ran smoothly. We hope you all had an incredible evening. We have calculated our total income and our costs and have a rough idea of the profit we have made. Ask us 🙂

 

We will be completing a Key Assessment Task based on our experience and the skills we have developed which will support us in our future life and work. This will come home soon and will include some more photos for you all to see!

 

Thank you to all staff and parents who made this evening such a huge success!

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STEM Workshop

Today we had a Science workshop from Charleston Academy S3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) group and their teacher, Mr Vincent. They did a workshop with us around microscopes. We learnt what each part of microscope is called and how to use them effectively. Skills which will be of use to use when we transition into Charleston. Lots of fun! Why not ask us about it?

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Fact or Opinion?

We have started to look at fact and opinion and when you are being influenced by what you are reading. Today, we wrote a fact and opinion on a piece of paper. We then scrunched it up and engaged with a HUGE paper fight (that Miss Morgan authorised). We threw our paper ‘fact and opinion snowballs’ around the classroom. When Miss Morgan said stop, we opened the paper closest to us and had to distinguish between both comments – which was fact, and which was the opinion?

Lots of fun!

 

We will be looking at applying this through our text, The Book Thief, soon.

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Litter Problem in Kirkhill and Surrounding Areas

Liam has been concerned for some time about the amount of litter in our local area, and as an active member of our Eco Committee has decided to take action.

 

We received a letter from Gairloch Primary School on Monday, who have been doing a lot to combat plastic in their surrounding areas. This has spurred Liam on even more to ensure everyone accepts responsibility. Take a look at his excellent and powerful message in the pages below.

 

We will be organising a community litter pick soon, keep eyes and ears peeled for news of this.

 

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Things you could say to children to encourage a love of reading

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read-2841722_12801) You’ll never guess what I’m reading right now?
2) Tell me what you’re reading now? What’s it about? What made you pick it up? Can you tell me about your favourite illustration?
3) Well, that’s reading too isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be a book! Of course, you can bring your comic or magazine in to show me!
4) I didn’t like it at all either. Why didn’t you like it?
5) I loved it because it made me feel… How did it make you feel?
6) Sometimes if I don’t fancy it, I don’t read either. What else do you like doing?
7) I think you might enjoy this one next…
8) Over the holidays I often re-read books, you can re-read anything you like, whenever you like!
9) OK, so imagine you have one question you’re allowed to ask the poet. What would it be? What about a question for the illustrator?
10) You should go and chat to… I know they like the same books as you too!
11) Why don’t you see if you can pop down to the library at the weekend? They will be able to help you find something you might like. If you can’t, I’ll try and help!
12) Why don’t you try reading it again to your brother or sister (or even a pet!) and see it they like it?
13) My mum often skips pages, especially if she’s reading a crime thriller and there’s lots of description – she says she just wants to get to the action! It’s fine to skip pages! You can even have a peek at the end of the book if you want!
14) I wonder if we can find another book together you might like?
15) Well done for sticking with it – did you feel it was worth it? What did you learn?
16) It’s OK not to understand every single word – I read a book called ‘Jude the Obscure’ when I was a teenager and there were SO many words that washed over me, but I DID understand the story and felt proud when I FINALLY finished it. And pretty devasted too – it was a really sad book.
17) Ooohhh! You know how this part of the story made us laugh? Why was it so funny? Perhaps we could include something like that in OUR writing? Here, I’ll show you how!
18) I wonder why this part made you think of that? Tell me more!
19) It’s fine to put it to one side – I often come back to books when I have more time!
20) I like reading on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket. What about you?
21) Would you recommend what you’re reading to anyone? Who? Why? Why not?
22) Well, if it is too hard to read, we can always read it together or find another one? Or, you could read along with an audio book?
23) Instead of ‘Show and Tell’ at the end of the week, we’re going to have a ‘Book Show and Tell’! You can come up and read us a part of whatever you’re reading – it can be ANYTHING – and tell us why you’re enjoying it OR why you’re not enjoying it!
24) Did any of the characters remind you of other characters you know? One of them reminded me a bit of… Shall I get the book so you can compare them?
25) You like drawing, don’t you? Why don’t you try and copy an illustration from the book or you could illustrate your favourite part of the story?
26) Shall we see what we can find out about the illustrator?
27) I’m struggling to find something to read, actually! Can YOU recommend ME something?
28) Just sit back, relax and enjoy. I’m going to read to you…

📚 Can you think of any more? 📚

Tips take from https://ieconsultancy.co.uk/2019/01/06/things-to-say-to-children-to-encourage-a-love-of-reading/

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