Soaring towards summer at Rockfield Primary
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.