Soar­ing to­wards sum­mer at Rock­field Pri­mary

The Oban Times - - News -

ROCK­FIELD pupils and staff have all been in­cred­i­bly busy this term.

The school has been in­volved in fan­tas­tic ed­u­ca­tional trips outwith school, had won­der­ful vis­i­tors come to school to share their ex­per­tise and are in­volved in prepa­ra­tions for the an­nual sports day, which will be held at Moss­field Sta­dium on Tuesday June 13, weather per­mit­ting (re­serve day Wed­nes­day June 14).

Pri­mary seven pupils have been in­volved in a tran­si­tion pro­ject with Oban High School.

This year staff from the English de­part­ment hosted a ‘Book Trailers’ day, when pupils used dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate an ad­vert for a science fic­tion/ hor­ror story by a cur­rent au­thor of teenage fic­tion. Rock­field P7 pupils worked with P7 pupils from St Columba’s on this suc­cess­ful ven­ture.

P7 pupils were also given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a ‘Healthy Me’ pro­ject, run by Mau­reen Evans, youth worker. Pupils were in­volved in cook­ing and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, which cul­mi­nated in a trip to tram­po­line park ‘Ryze’ in Glas­gow.

P6 en­joyed a day trip to the banks of Loch Awe on Fri­day May 12, where they vis­ited Cru­achan power sta­tion.

The chil­dren have been study­ing a science pro­ject based on re­new­able and non-re­new­able en­ergy, and have a keen in­ter­est in Scot­land’s en­ergy sources. The class stopped for a pic­nic lunch and sand­cas­tle build­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Gana­van be­fore re­turn­ing to school.

The emer­gency ser­vices came to de­liver a joint assem­bly on Fri­day May 12. Pupils from Rock­field and St Columba’s were given the op­por­tu­nity to learn about and sit in­side a fire en­gine and po­lice car.

There were smiles all round when older chil­dren paired up with younger chil­dren last week to read some favourite sto­ries to­gether.

Paired read­ing helps to im­prove at­ti­tude to read­ing for plea­sure, and im­proved speak­ing and lis­ten­ing skills.

P6 and P7 in­vited po­lice youth en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Claire Brown to Rock­field to help learn more about the dan­gers of drugs and al­co­hol.

The school is tak­ing for­ward sub­stance mis­use ed­u­ca­tion work cover­ing con­trolled drugs, safe use of medicines, al­co­hol, tobacco and sol­vents. Chil­dren and young peo­ple have been ex­plor­ing the im­pact risk tak­ing behaviour has on life choices and health. Giv­ing clear in­for­ma­tion on the risks helps young peo­ple to make healthy choices.

P4-P6 have been lucky enough to be given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in four weeks of tag rugby, fa­cil­i­tated by Al­lan Wright.

P3 and P4 went to Glen Coe to learn more about Scot­tish land­scapes and how to pro­tect wildlife.

P3 also en­joyed a trip to Cru­achan power sta­tion and Gana­van Sands. Through their Hoofin’ it Roond the High­lands topic, the chil­dren had been learn­ing about the fea­tures of Scot­tish land­scapes and how the land is used.

Chil­dren were thrilled to ex­plore the hol­low moun­tain to find out how it can be used to make elec­tric­ity. The classes headed off to Gana­van Sands where they took part in a beach scav­enger hunt and cre­ated some beau­ti­ful pieces of art­work in the sand.

As part of their learn­ing about travel and trans­port in Oban, P1 pupils vis­ited Oban air­port and were given a tour of the build­ings, in­clud­ing the con­trol tower.

Po­lice of­fi­cer Claire Brown was part of an emer­gency ser­vices visit.

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