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Are at the core of all we do.
Our Aims to Develop our Core Values
• To promote care of all through a culture of wellbeing and respect.
• To foster openness and honesty between all members of the learning community.
• To be inclusive and strive to meet the needs of all.
• To promote high quality learning and achievement.
• To develop all individuals to enable them to reach their full potential.
Mrs Hinton could not be any prouder 🙂 P7 have had Robotics as a topic this term and have been working through the Vex Robotics curriculum. This STEAM ( science, technology, engineering, art and maths) topic has really taken off and a team of 8 travelled to Birmingham with another team from St David’s Primary School to compete in the National competition.
Pupils have had to study robot builds from simple from complex, they analysed how they work and designed their own robot for for a challenge, built, it was then programmed to move, pick up hex balls, lift and transport them, place them in high and low goals, go up and down a bridge and balance in a bridge with 1 other robot…..very tricky. They also had an engineering notebook detailing, step by step, how they built and programmed the robot and this was assessed.
In Birmingham, pupils represented Scotland as the only 2 teams from Scotland and competed in driver and skills matches. Their robot was inspected and analysed and they were tested on their knowledge and understanding.
They had under 3 weeks, as a team, and we’re up against teams with experience from 2-6 years so they have done amazing. Thank you to the parents who have come in to help over this time too.
We have learned a lot from our fast paced day yesterday and saw some truly technological robot design and programming. We also are so happy to have won the Think Award for knowledge of programming, being able to talk about it on detail with terminology and relate it to our chosen robot design. Well done!
A different P7 team will.compete in a Midlothian school contest in 2 weeks.
Primary 4 and I are taking part in a monthly writing competition run by the Scottish Book Trust.
The children will get a chance to write a 50 word “story” based on a visual prompt provided by the book trust.
The children should enter the “young writers” category.
I have started a creative writing course and will be taking part in this too. Why don’t you have a go?
This month is:
Write a story that features the roll of a dice.
There will be an opportunity for the children to brainstorm ideas in class and write some ideas for their story as well as begin to write it.
I would appreciate it if you could help them to apply at home when they bring you their completed piece of writing.
The website is:
and all information can be found there. There are also examples of last months winners.
Every month we will post a few entries on the website so that you can see what the children have been writing.
Primary 5 would like to thank everyone who has already donated to our Out Run May event last month. Our total so far (including gift aid) is £970! This is an incredible amount and a lot more than our initial target of £204.
The class all did really well, running their mile(s) a day in all weather and our best class time was shaved from 11 minutes 90 seconds to an amazing 7 minutes 15 seconds (well done Archie).
We were even featured in the advertiser (is anyone has a spare copy can you let Mrs Hinton have it please?) and on their web page! http://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/loanhead-pupils-keep-on-running-1-4141332
P.S It is not too late to donate. We will have a final total for MacMillan next week when one of their volunteers can hopefully come to visit the class. DONATE NOW