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What is going on in the Science Department? Well, apart from learning about the standard Biology, Chemistry and Physics, there is a drive to improve the thinking and problem solving skills of the children. You may recognise this as a large part of the scientific approach in any case, with the need to develop a hypothesis, design and carry out an experiment and conclude on the findings. However we have been trying to widen the children’s experience to help their thinking, and to stimulate their interest in Science.

As educators we have the job of trying to prepare children for their future life, but it is very difficult to know exactly what their lives will look like. With the pace of change and the current uncertainty about the political landscape, who knows? It is likely that a high proportion of these children will end up working in jobs that are unfamiliar to us today; indeed, they may not even exist currently. It is therefore very important that we provide them with opportunities to improve their ability to think things through and help them to be able to tackle problems that they have not come across before.

Science aims to stimulate our curiosity in finding out why things happen and it teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate our critical and creative thought. These will be valuable skills for the future.

The British Science Week gave Form Four and Five the chance to carry out some new and interesting activities. On Friday 15 September we spent all day working on a wide range of different STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

We investigated the sneeze zone- how far a sneeze can travel and how we can prevent others from getting ill. We were able to learn about the spread of microbes and their potential to infect people.

The ability to be able to come up with new ways to tackle infection is a critical area in medicine today. 

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We investigated the problem of microfibres in fleece material and were horrified to discover that these microfibres get into our own food chain. This issue links with the need to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our environment. As the WWF advertisement says”we are the first generation that knows we are destroying the world and could be the last that could do anything about it”. Mr. Stephen ran a Dragons’ Den style activity which invited groups of children to design a possible solution to the problem of plastic waste, and pitch for the investment required to take their idea forward. 

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We also explored static electricity and discovered that is used to help reduce pollution from smoke stacks and in other challenging environments. We looked at a photo on an electrostatic precipator but probably preferred the twelve different stations where we were able to experiment with static electrify! 

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Engineering came to the fore when we were challenged to build the best paper airplanes and also the highest possible tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows and, of course, our knowledge of the triangle as a very stable building base. 

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It was a very successful day, enjoyed by all the children. Perhaps the best moment for me was when a young girl said to me that she had never thought that she could be an engineer. Well, why not?

In the Summer Term we will be building a simulated neuron network to help us understand how when we learn something new, neurons in our brains make new connections. This links with research into Alzheimer’s disease, which is forecast to grow rapidly. One million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and this will increase to two million by 2050. (Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Form Five Maths plan to carry out a Waste Audit, identifying the waste that is sent to landfill. They will also carry out a Plastic Waste Audit. Both sets of data will be reviewed later in the year and we hope that we will see an improvement.

Science and Maths are very useful in helping the children learn how to investigate problems and how to use a structured method to do so. Ensuring that they are able to be creative is also part of this process. It is quite likely that some of the children at Cargilfield will go on to make a significant contribution to the problems of the future. Hopefully we can help give them some of the skills to do so.

Fiona MacKerron

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What is going on in the Science Department? Well, apart from learning about the standard Biology, Chemistry and Physics, there is a drive to improve the thinking and problem solving skills of the children. You may recognise this as a large part of the scientific approach in any case, with the need to develop a hypothesis, design and carry out an experiment and conclude on the findings. However we have been trying to widen the children’s experience to help their thinking, and to stimulate their interest in Science.

As educators we have the job of trying to prepare children for their future life, but it is very difficult to know exactly what their lives will look like. With the pace of change and the current uncertainty about the political landscape, who knows? It is likely that a high proportion of these children will end up working in jobs that are unfamiliar to us today; indeed, they may not even exist currently. It is therefore very important that we provide them with opportunities to improve their ability to think things through and help them to be able to tackle problems that they have not come across before.

Science aims to stimulate our curiosity in finding out why things happen and it teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate our critical and creative thought. These will be valuable skills for the future.

The British Science Week gave Form Four and Five the chance to carry out some new and interesting activities. On Friday 15 September we spent all day working on a wide range of different STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

We investigated the sneeze zone- how far a sneeze can travel and how we can prevent others from getting ill. We were able to learn about the spread of microbes and their potential to infect people.

The ability to be able to come up with new ways to tackle infection is a critical area in medicine today. 

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We investigated the problem of microfibres in fleece material and were horrified to discover that these microfibres get into our own food chain. This issue links with the need to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our environment. As the WWF advertisement says”we are the first generation that knows we are destroying the world and could be the last that could do anything about it”. Mr. Stephen ran a Dragons’ Den style activity which invited groups of children to design a possible solution to the problem of plastic waste, and pitch for the investment required to take their idea forward. 

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We also explored static electricity and discovered that is used to help reduce pollution from smoke stacks and in other challenging environments. We looked at a photo on an electrostatic precipator but probably preferred the twelve different stations where we were able to experiment with static electrify! 

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Engineering came to the fore when we were challenged to build the best paper airplanes and also the highest possible tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows and, of course, our knowledge of the triangle as a very stable building base. 

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It was a very successful day, enjoyed by all the children. Perhaps the best moment for me was when a young girl said to me that she had never thought that she could be an engineer. Well, why not?

In the Summer Term we will be building a simulated neuron network to help us understand how when we learn something new, neurons in our brains make new connections. This links with research into Alzheimer’s disease, which is forecast to grow rapidly. One million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and this will increase to two million by 2050. (Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Form Five Maths plan to carry out a Waste Audit, identifying the waste that is sent to landfill. They will also carry out a Plastic Waste Audit. Both sets of data will be reviewed later in the year and we hope that we will see an improvement.

Science and Maths are very useful in helping the children learn how to investigate problems and how to use a structured method to do so. Ensuring that they are able to be creative is also part of this process. It is quite likely that some of the children at Cargilfield will go on to make a significant contribution to the problems of the future. Hopefully we can help give them some of the skills to do so.

Fiona MacKerron

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“Sooper fox is zooming doun in her jet pouwerd boot.”

“The see animls have been capcherd by the rued soap tub.”

“Traction man flies on to the cooshuns with his majic caip.”

“Youch screemed the eevl wien glases loudly and off they ran.”

“Sooper gerl saivd us screemd the see animils.”

“Laizer ies cratee cicks the eevl chears and of thai dug away.”

P1 have been story writing this term, a mere 6 months after learning how to write their very first sounds. Some examples of sentences from their story writing are above.

Learning to write is no easy task. The English language may have 26 letters but our language is made up of 44 phonemes, or sounds. It is these 44 sounds that children need to know how to write.

Some, like s, are pretty simple. In the P1 classrooms we learn a song, an action and play games and practise writing the sound and these can be picked up quickly. Some are trickier, like ai, where two letters join together to make one sound.

As we know as adults however, it doesn’t stop there. Although there are 44 phonemes in the English language, most of these phonemes can be spelled in more than one way. Take the long ‘ee’ sound for example. This can be spelled:

e as in be, ee as in bee, ea as in meat, y as in lady, ey as in key, oe as in phoenix , ie as in grief, i as in ski, ei as in deceive, eo as in people, ay as in quay

Tricky indeed! In the teaching of phonics and writing in the pre-prep these sounds and rules are introduced to the children slowly. We start with the ‘ee’ sound and teach only this sound, although the children are aware there are other ways of writing this. You can see above the children writing the word ‘see’ when it should be ‘sea’. Once this is secure, we introduce the ‘y’ at the end of the word, like in the word ‘happy’. This is a useful and easy to understand rule for them.

This slow, step by step approach works and importantly the children have belief in their ability to write from the very beginning. The children in P1 are writing stories, letters, poetry and much more thanks to this relaxed and step by step approach. They know they don’t know all the spelling rules yet but that doesn’t stop them.

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“Sooper fox is zooming doun in her jet pouwerd boot.”

“The see animls have been capcherd by the rued soap tub.”

“Traction man flies on to the cooshuns with his majic caip.”

“Youch screemed the eevl wien glases loudly and off they ran.”

“Sooper gerl saivd us screemd the see animils.”

“Laizer ies cratee cicks the eevl chears and of thai dug away.”

P1 have been story writing this term, a mere 6 months after learning how to write their very first sounds. Some examples of sentences from their story writing are above.

Learning to write is no easy task. The English language may have 26 letters but our language is made up of 44 phonemes, or sounds. It is these 44 sounds that children need to know how to write.

Some, like s, are pretty simple. In the P1 classrooms we learn a song, an action and play games and practise writing the sound and these can be picked up quickly. Some are trickier, like ai, where two letters join together to make one sound.

As we know as adults however, it doesn’t stop there. Although there are 44 phonemes in the English language, most of these phonemes can be spelled in more than one way. Take the long ‘ee’ sound for example. This can be spelled:

e as in be, ee as in bee, ea as in meat, y as in lady, ey as in key, oe as in phoenix , ie as in grief, i as in ski, ei as in deceive, eo as in people, ay as in quay

Tricky indeed! In the teaching of phonics and writing in the pre-prep these sounds and rules are introduced to the children slowly. We start with the ‘ee’ sound and teach only this sound, although the children are aware there are other ways of writing this. You can see above the children writing the word ‘see’ when it should be ‘sea’. Once this is secure, we introduce the ‘y’ at the end of the word, like in the word ‘happy’. This is a useful and easy to understand rule for them.

This slow, step by step approach works and importantly the children have belief in their ability to write from the very beginning. The children in P1 are writing stories, letters, poetry and much more thanks to this relaxed and step by step approach. They know they don’t know all the spelling rules yet but that doesn’t stop them.

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P3 is an interesting year group to take on. The last year group in the Pre Prep, it is around this time of year that we start looking at moving up to the Upper School and all the things that come with that. Below are some thoughts from P3Y about this year and what they are looking forward to in the Upper School.

What has been your favourite lesson/subject of P3?

Art is my favourite subject because we have been making roman helmets – George

I like P.E. because we have been learning about tennis – Monty

Maths is good because its is quite challenging and challenges are good for me. – Wolfie

I like maths because I like adding and multiplication. I like using hundreds, tens and units to help me out – Iain

I like maths because we have been learning how to use money with coins. – Abbie Rose

I like writing because we wrote stories about the Bear and the Hare and we wrote about our visit to the Roman museum. – Emilia

I like topic because we have been learning about the Romans. My favourite bit was when we had a visit from the Roman soldier. – Matthjis

I like art because sometimes it’s a surprise and its really fun. – Beatrice

I liked writing about the Farm visit on the iPads – Archie

I like P.E. because we get to go on the soft mats and do gymnastics – Sasha

I liked it when the Roman soldier came and we got to try out his armour. – Alexander

I liked it when we drew the outlines of each other to create our own full sized Roman Soldier. – Malysa

My favourite bit of topic was designing our Roman shields. – Gabriella

I like topic because we got to make Roman soldiers – Dexter

I like music because we are starting to learn how to play the recorder – Maxi

I like topic because we got a visit from a Roman soldier. He taught us how to march!

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What are you looking forward to in Form 4?

I’m looking forward to doing the 500 word story writing competition. – Alexander

I’m looking forward to doing more joined up handwriting. – Abbie Rose

I’m excited to try the new uniform. – Malysa

I’m looking forward to doing more sports and learning about decimals. – Wilfred

I’m looking forward to walking to classes by myself. – Everyone

I’m looking forward to having more French. – Gabriella

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends. – Everyone

Is there anything you are going to miss about the Pre Prep?

I’ll miss filling out my merit card. – Maxi

I will miss all the nice teachers – Everyone

I’ll miss Miss Younger. – Everyone

I will miss having special table at Friday lunch times. – Everyone

I will miss Scottish Country Dancing with Mrs Brockbank. – Gabriella

I will miss story time at the end of the day. – Abbie Rose

So there you have it! There is some definite excitement about what next year will bring but P3 should know that they are always welcome to come down to the Pre-Prep to see their old teachers when they are in Form 4. It is only a short walk away!

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P3 is an interesting year group to take on. The last year group in the Pre Prep, it is around this time of year that we start looking at moving up to the Upper School and all the things that come with that. Below are some thoughts from P3Y about this year and what they are looking forward to in the Upper School.

What has been your favourite lesson/subject of P3?

Art is my favourite subject because we have been making roman helmets – George

I like P.E. because we have been learning about tennis – Monty

Maths is good because its is quite challenging and challenges are good for me. – Wolfie

I like maths because I like adding and multiplication. I like using hundreds, tens and units to help me out – Iain

I like maths because we have been learning how to use money with coins. – Abbie Rose

I like writing because we wrote stories about the Bear and the Hare and we wrote about our visit to the Roman museum. – Emilia

I like topic because we have been learning about the Romans. My favourite bit was when we had a visit from the Roman soldier. – Matthjis

I like art because sometimes it’s a surprise and its really fun. – Beatrice

I liked writing about the Farm visit on the iPads – Archie

I like P.E. because we get to go on the soft mats and do gymnastics – Sasha

I liked it when the Roman soldier came and we got to try out his armour. – Alexander

I liked it when we drew the outlines of each other to create our own full sized Roman Soldier. – Malysa

My favourite bit of topic was designing our Roman shields. – Gabriella

I like topic because we got to make Roman soldiers – Dexter

I like music because we are starting to learn how to play the recorder – Maxi

I like topic because we got a visit from a Roman soldier. He taught us how to march!

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What are you looking forward to in Form 4?

I’m looking forward to doing the 500 word story writing competition. – Alexander

I’m looking forward to doing more joined up handwriting. – Abbie Rose

I’m excited to try the new uniform. – Malysa

I’m looking forward to doing more sports and learning about decimals. – Wilfred

I’m looking forward to walking to classes by myself. – Everyone

I’m looking forward to having more French. – Gabriella

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends. – Everyone

Is there anything you are going to miss about the Pre Prep?

I’ll miss filling out my merit card. – Maxi

I will miss all the nice teachers – Everyone

I’ll miss Miss Younger. – Everyone

I will miss having special table at Friday lunch times. – Everyone

I will miss Scottish Country Dancing with Mrs Brockbank. – Gabriella

I will miss story time at the end of the day. – Abbie Rose

So there you have it! There is some definite excitement about what next year will bring but P3 should know that they are always welcome to come down to the Pre-Prep to see their old teachers when they are in Form 4. It is only a short walk away!

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Thoughts about moving up to Form 4

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