Creating Photographers of the Future! Not Long Left for Donations!

Please see below for information about how we are raising money for cameras to create photographers of the future! If we manage to raise enough we have lots of exciting plans, such as starting a photography club at school. 

Thanks to everyone who has made donations so far – we now only have 11 days left for donations or sponsorships. If you are able to help us at all by donating we would be so so so grateful!!


 

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As you will have seen from the blog post in December, we are desperately trying to find sponsorship/donations to allow us to purchase two digital, Nikon B700 cameras and all their essentials, to allow our Mad Scientist, Miss Williamson, to set up and run a Camera Club.

This club is being set up to link in with the very public push towards encouraging children to engage with the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We have big ideas for these cameras!

  • Camera club: During this after school club, the children will learn all about photography and editing. They will be able to take exciting pictures and edit them using specialist software on our Chromebooks. They will also be able to create short films and stop motion animation.
  • Outdoor learning: During outdoor learning sessions, classes or groups will be able to use the cameras to take nature shots or films to get to know the woodland and marshy areas around us up close and personally. These shots could include macros (up close, detailed shots) of our surroundings and all-encompassing shots of what we are getting up to. There is also the opportunity for small groups to create films about their special projects to show the rest of their class or the whole school.

These cameras can give children the chance to learn new skills, get excited about a potential new hobby, discover a talent they never knew they had, become enthused about the outdoors or animation or even just have a great time getting snap-happy! With photography qualifications now being offered in some secondary schools, this is an unmissable chance for children to get started and develop solid grass roots that can propel them towards a potential career!

We have set up a crowd funding page to allow anyone who might be able to help, to do so. The link to this is: https://spsr.me/f62D  

We have had a few responses from people offering donations to a raffle or sale, but in this specific instance we are looking for contributions via the crowd funding page.

Many thanks in advance.

P1 – 3 Lunch Time Update

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As we approach the wild winter weather that Milton of Leys has to offer we have made a change to the structure of our lunch times for our P1-3 pupils.

Lunch time for P1-3 runs from 12:20 – 13:30

Pupils will go to lunch. When they are finished eating, P1-3 pupils will have playtime on the MUGA. At 13:00 P1-3 pupils will move off the MUGA to allow the older children to have their turn.

At 13:00 P1-3 pupils have the choice of coming indoors or staying outside for the last 30 minutes. On a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday P1-3 will be invited into the gym hall to watch a film together. On a Wednesday they may come indoors to the P7 classrooms for drawing and colouring.

It is very important to us that all pupils have time outdoors to enjoy physical play. As the younger pupils lunch time is considerably longer we have decided to give the wee ones the option to come in for part of the time while the weather is particularly cold.

When weather is extremely wet and/or windy all pupils will have an indoor break.

It would be helpful if you could spend 5 minutes chatting to your child about whether any of these ‘indoor’ options are something that your child would like to do. This will allow them to be clearer as to how their lunchtime will look.

 

 

Muddy Muddy Muddy

Unfortunately due to our very mild winter, large parts of our playground have become extremely muddy. Although lots of pupils absolutely love playing in the mud and we have seen some outstanding learning through play mud experiences, some areas are soon going to become too dangerous to continue playing in.

Today we have cordoned off areas of the playground that are now too muddy for pupils to play safely.

Although we have cordoned off a number of areas of the playground there will still be times that pupils become wet and muddy during the term. It would be very helpful if every pupil could please take a spare change of clothes to keep in their tray at school. This means that if anyone has a fallen the playground weather it be mud, wet or snow they are able to change quickly and this also saves a phone call home for dry clothes to be dropped off.

Finally, please could you ensure your child has a pair of suitable indoor shoes. Indoor shoes are important has it helps keep our school tidy and essential for having to go outside in the event of an emergency.

ALL PUPILS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE INDOOR SHOES.

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A Message from our science expert Miss Williamson

Please and thank you!

As you will have seen from the blog post in December, we are desperately trying to find sponsorship/donations to allow us to purchase two digital, Nikon B700 cameras and all their essentials, to allow our Mad Scientist, Miss Williamson, to set up and run a Camera Club.

This club is being set up to link in with the very public push towards encouraging children to engage with the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We have big ideas for these cameras!

  • Camera club: During this after school club, the children will learn all about photography and editing. They will be able to take exciting pictures and edit them using specialist software on our Chromebooks. They will also be able to create short films and stop motion animation.
  • Outdoor learning: During outdoor learning sessions, classes or groups will be able to use the cameras to take nature shots or films to get to know the woodland and marshy areas around us up close and personally. These shots could include macros (up close, detailed shots) of our surroundings and all-encompassing shots of what we are getting up to. There is also the opportunity for small groups to create films about their special projects to show the rest of their class or the whole school.

These cameras can give children the chance to learn new skills, get excited about a potential new hobby, discover a talent they never knew they had, become enthused about the outdoors or animation or even just have a great time getting snap-happy! With photography qualifications now being offered in some secondary schools, this is an unmissable chance for children to get started and develop solid grass roots that can propel them towards a potential career!

We have set up a crowd funding page to allow anyone who might be able to help, to do so. The link to this is: https://spsr.me/f62D  

We have had a few responses from people offering donations to a raffle or sale, but in this specific instance we are looking for contributions via the crowd funding page.

Many thanks in advance.

Fantastic Writing!

I had a lovely visit from Isla and Lacey from P5/6, who came to share their amazing writing that they had completed this morning.

They had both written superb pieces about the famous tortoise, Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl.

They were both so proud of their writing!

Anyone for a New Year’s Day Dip?!!

Take a look at Monica and Zara who came to visit me to tell me about their exciting adventure on New Year’s Day as they took part in the annual Loony Dook dip into the Firth of Forth! They told me that it was very cold and that it took them a long time to thaw out!!! Well done, girls!