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Farm to Fork

As part of our Food and Farming topic, Primary 3 have been out exploring the supermarket store Tesco at Dalkeith. First we met Claire our guide and in the staffroom we put on our tabbards so we could be seen in the store. In the fruit and vegetable section we did the Rainbow Challenge, finding fruits and vegetables from all the colours of the rainbow. We slooked at packaging to find which countries the foods came from. We found ginger from China, chillies from Kenya, green beans from Tanzania and tomotoes from Poland. We learned about how bread and cheese were made and we were amazed that it took 10 litres of milk to make one block of cheese! After that we went into the storeroom to see where the trucks deliver the cages of food and we even went inside the deep freeze where it was -22 degrees! Back at the staffroom we all tried different breads, cheese and fruits and chose out favourites. It was a very interesting trip!

Report written by Primary 3

 

Farewell Our Feathered Friends

A day of mixed emotions in Nursery and Primary 3 as we bid farewell to our chicks. They are being adopted by Alan, who will take good care of them and also keep us up to date with how they are getting on. But Alan did not come to collect the chicks on his own. He brought with him two of his prize winners, a hen and a cockerel. The children were amazed to see how big they were compared to our chicks. See for yourself in these photos below. We all look forward to meeting up with our chickens again as Alan has promised to bring them back for a visit in a few months.

 

 

Living Eggs in School

Take a look at this amazing time lapse of our final two chicks hatching out of their eggs. Thank you chicks for waiting until all the pupils were there to see it. After a day of drying off their down in the incubator the chicks are all now enjoying life in the brooder box with their friends. We will watch them grow over the next week and keep you posted.

Walled Garden

P3 have had a busy afternoon in the walled garden working with Richard the gardener. They learned about crops that grow well in Scotland both above the soil and below the soil. There was lots of problem solving and team work evident especially in manouvering the wheelbarrows through narrow spaces. By the end of a very enjoyable afternoon in the sun they were all more aware of the hard physical work involved in growing food. Well done P3!

 

Up Helly Aa!

Well it’s not every day that your class sets their very own Viking longship alight on a bonfire. But today was the day! Dressed in helmets and carrying flaming torches, a hagar of P3 Vikings, with the help of many willing parent volunteers, paraded their eight foot longship down the lane and through the woods to The Mansion Walled Garden in Gracemount. The children were chanting Viking boat songs all the way.

A huge bonfire awaited us thanks to Steven and the other helpers from the Gracemount Grows Stronger Project at the Mansion. In no time the boat was up in flames and the children gave out a great big cheer. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Steven and the other helpers and to all the parents who made it along at very short notice to take part. What a memorable event indeed.

An Edinburgh Evening News photographer attended the event and we have been informed that a feature will be in the newspaper, hopefully tomorrow (Friday). Be sure to get a copy fast as I’m sure they will be snapped up!

Update: We made the Front Page!20170421_131643