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Euro Event P7 Transition

This week Primary 7 pupils from across the Harris cluster have been invited to take part in a morning or afternoon of European themed modern language games. The event, hosted by the Modern Language department at Harris, took place in Menzieshill Community Center. Our Primary 7 pupils enjoyed all the activities on offer, and two were even part of the winning team and received trophies for their efforts.

Being part of mixed groups was really beneficial to all the pupils involved. They have made some new friends and spoken to pupils from other schools that will potentially be in their classes next year. There will also be an opportunity to expand on this when we have an informal cluster gathering in Victoria Park next month.

Peer Educators - Secondary Transition

This week Primary 7 and Primary 7/6 recieved a visit from pupils from Harris Academy, including some ex-Blacknessers. Both classes took part in activities aimed at easing the transition from primary school to secondary. All the pupils enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions about their move to secondary, coming away with clearer pictures about what secondary education might be like for them.

World Book Day

Fun and games as the pupils of Blackness got dressed up as their favourite book characters.

 

P6 and 7/6 Gymnastics

This week our Primary 6 and Primary 7/6 classes were given the opportunity to experience the new gymnastics facilities at the freshly re-purposed Dick McTaggart Center, Old Glamis Road. A great time was had, with free rein given to try most of the equipment as often as they wanted.

"We got to on the equipment and everything," said Reinards (P7/6). "We got to jump in the foam pits, and it was also fun jumping off the trampoline into the foam pits as well. It was like the best school trip we have been on!"

The sweat was certainly flowing when all the pupils came off, with all of them making the most of their time on the equipment.

Triple fun with Leona, Asto and Eugene.

"Higher than it looks..."

Road Runner sound effects please!

Witches Win!

Blackness Primary pupils win big for Dundee REP's annual art competition.

This week saw two Blackness pupils being presented prizes from Dundee REP.

Pupils are invited annually to submit a piece of artwork themed around the winter show at the Dundee REP. This year pupils were asked to create a new potion for the Witches to use. Three pupils were chosn to recieve prizes, two of which were from Blackness Primary School.

Lytisha Ismail and Asto Tanaka, both from P7/6, were presented with their goodie bags after the performance of the Witches on Thursday.

Perfect Pupil Pumpkins

Primary 7 pupils were given the opportunity to take part in a competition run by the Apex Hotel in Dundee. Pupils were each given a pumpkin by the hotel and were asked to submit it, carved and decorated, to be displayed in the foyer of the building at City Quay. The pupils rose to the challenge and pumpkins were returned sporting wicked grins, evil stares and haunting lights.

Going for the more tradition route, many of the pumpkins came carved, using the carving alone to create the design. Others, however, used some less conventional methods to decorate their gourds, including cocktail sticks and LED lights.

The winning pumpkins were created by Zainab Rizwan (3rd), Reinards Strouds(2nd) and Xanthe Brewster-Black (1st).

DCA Visit - Paper Planes

Primary 5 and Primary 4/5 visited the DCA to watch the Australian film Paper Planes as part of the annual Discovery Film Festival. They were so inspired by the film about a boy, who makes it through to the international finals of a paper plane making competition, that they decided to hold their own event.

The two classes held heats, with pupils encouraged to create and alter their own paper plane designs. The aim of the competition was to construct a plane that would fly the longest distance. Four pupils from each class were selected to continue through to the final.

The film and follow-up activities generated a wide variety of discussion and investigations. These ranged from the effects of de-forestation to aero-dynamics.

 

Authors Live:Danny Wallace

Primary 7/6 and Primary 5/4 have been offered the opportunity to visit BBC Scotland and take part in an Authors Live event on Thursday 26 November.

Authors Live is a series of events broadcast live online for children to watch in school or at home, and then available on demand afterwards, produced by BBC Scotland Learning and Scottish Book Trust.

The events are a fantastic way for families to share a love of reading. You can share in your child’s experience by watching the event at home; just visit the Scottish Book Trust website: http://goo.gl/wBi4ao. (To watch live you will have to register prior to the 26th November using the link).

Authors Live: On Demand

You can share in your child’s experience by watching the event or any of the previous Authors Live events with likes of Michael Rosen, Tony Robinson, Julia Donaldson, David Walliams or Polly Dunbar & Long Nose Puppets at home (for free) by visiting http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/teachers-librarians/authors-live/watch-on-demand

All the pupils are very excited to be part of a live audience and are looking forward to parents and carers having the opportunity to watch them live or watch the event played back through the Scottish Book Trust Website.

Toothy Tigers

Today Toothy Tigers visited Primary 7/6. An initiative implemented by the Dental Students in Dundee, Toothy Tigers deliver talks to children of all ages about dental hygiene and health. The primary 7/6s were given hands on experience of how to create fillings and build teeth as well as investigating the sugar levels in common everyday foods and how to brush teeth efficiently. Most pupils were surprised at how much sugar is in a lot of the foods we take for granted, especially tomato sauce which contains a cube of sugar per teaspoon!

Below are some of the pictures from the session.

Creating fillings on false teeth

Discovering that even nuts have sugar!

Journey to Improve

We have been working hard at Blackness to ensure all our hard work as a school, improving attainment and the quality of input that all pupils at the school receive whilst in our care, is clearly displayed throughout the school.

A new TV/AV system has been installed in the lower hall to allow parents carers and other visitors to see current initiatives, classroom displays and work that is being completed by our staff and pupils. Hanging on the wall in the middle hall is our "Journey to Improve" train which shows the elements of our School Improvement Plan (rewritten by the pupils to increase their understanding) with links and eventually pictures to evidence the great work being curently undertaken in the school.

QR codes are displayed, linking to our website, evidencing how the school is meeting the targets we have set ourselves. To acces these a QR code reader app can be installed on your phone or tablet (e.g. http://www.i-nigma.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html)

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