Tuesday 20th March was a very exciting day in the slate mosaic project. Fiona, the artist of Moontree Mosaics, came to school with all the finished slate mosaics.
This project has been ongoing for a year. The aim was to use 30 slates rescued from the old school and make them in to mosaics to include in the new school.
The aim of the project was for each child to design a mosaic of a local landmark that meant something to them and their families. The pupils then made this design in paper mosaic form. They then had a business meeting with the artist and their parents. They were able to bring any crockery which they wanted to try and include in the actual mosaic.
Fiona then went away with all the designs, paper mosaics and crockery and started work on the 22 slates. The staff also thought of some ideas for the 8 extra slates.
It was with great excitement that the pupils welcomed Fiona back to school on the 20th with all the completed slates.
Each pupil met with Fiona and she revealed their slate to them. Every child was stunned into silence. The slates are amazing and the pupils were amazed with them.
The slates have now been taken to the new school to be placed on the walls. An exhibition will take place soon after the school is open so families, villagers and any interested parties can view the new school and the slates.
A huge thank you to Fiona for all her hard work and to the Parent Council for sourcing a grant from the Windfarms. We couldn’t have done it without it. Watch this space for information on the Grand Opening!
Friday 16th March was an exciting day for all pupils and staff. It was the Engineering Showcase, the culmination of a project organised by Miss McCartney.
Engineers from various workplaces visited the school to talk about their jobs. The pupils asked lots of questions. The pupils were then inspired to think of an issue or problem in life which they could solve with an engineering invention. The pupils made their designs and labelled them to show how their design would solve a problem or issue. The pupils all wrote a pitch letter to the judging panel saying why the judges should choose their design to make into a prototype.
On Friday 16th , parents and friends came in to school to look at all the designs and pitch letters. They had then to vote on the one in P1-4 and P5-7 that they thought was the best design.
All visitors were impressed with the designs and realised how much work had been put into this project. Thank you Miss McCartney for giving us this idea to enter the competition. Let’s hope we have some winners!!
P5-7 have just completed a topic on The Romans. To finish it off they travelled to Hadrian’s Wall and visited 2 museums. At the Roman Army Museum they took part in a lesson from a holographic teacher in a Roman classroom. This was followed by a 3Dmovie.The children then explored the museum in small groups.
It was then off to Vindolanda where they had lunch outdoors. The pupils then received a really fascinating talk from an archaeologist. Then it was time to explore the ruins of the fort and village. The children had lots of fun doing that. Next was the museum and gift shop where the children got to spend their money.
This was a great trip and the children showed their existing knowledge of the Romans as well as learning some new things. It was great to see all the artefacts that had been recovered from the site.
A day to remember.
On Thursday 8th February all pupils went on a visit to Jupiter Artland. P4-7 were able to use an app to negotiate their way around the exhibits. P1-3 made stick characters and were told stories about all the exhibits.The children loved the whole experience and were inspired by the art. P4-7 are looking forward to the follow up where they will be trialing a Minecraft version of Jupiter Artland.This is part of a research project with Napier University.
On Tuesday 6th February all the pupils went along to Tea on Tuesday to entertain the locals. The children performed the poems they had been learning for the poetry competition. P1-4 sang Coulter’s Candy and Fitba’ Crazy.P5-7 sang If it wisnae for yer wellies and Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl. Ian and Christopher played a Scottish selection on their fiddles and Rory played Flower of Scotland on his tenor horn. It was a lovely morning and it was great to be back in the village. A big thank you to the Tea on Tuesday folk for making us feel so welcome, giving prizes to the children and providing refreshments. A pleasure as always.
On Thursday 1st February every pupil of Crawford Primary School recited a Scottish poem. Marjory MacArthur and Sally Simpson had the onerous task of judging the competition.
The winners were:
P1/2 Jacob Bias “Mince and Tatties”
P3/4 Rebecca Mooney “The Circus”
P5/6 Aleks Zatonski “A Dug, a Dug”
P7 Rory Hunter “A man’s a Man”
Well done to these winners but also well done to everyone for doing so well.
Ian Henderson, Rory Hunter and Christopher Brady provided musical entertainment on the fiddle and tenor horn. Well done boys!
Happy New Year to everyone.
A huge drop of snow meant that in week 2 of the new term school was only open for 1 and a half days.The children had a ball sledging and enjoying the snowy outdoors. They will need to work extra hard in class next week!
The pupils of P6 and P7, along with Mrs Wood, had a wonderful week at Kingswood in Hexham. Please see the photos in the Residential tab.