YEAR 1 ROUND-UP | It has been a busy week for Year 1, who have been exploring everything from creepy crawlies to curling! The boys and girls have painted some fantastic pictures of animals and their young, looking at change as they grow.
On Thursday morning it was time for Year 1 to get into the spirit of the Winter Olympics! With the squash courts transformed into a curling rink, everyone had lots of fun sliding the indoor curling stones across the floor!
ROUND THE CAMPFIRE
ROUND THE CAMPFIRE | Year 2 tuned into their new Unit of Inquiry, ‘Indigenous cultures create stories to enable them to explain the world around them’, by pitching camp in their classroom and gathering around a ‘campfire’ to play storytelling games! They explored the oral storytelling tradition, and discovered that stories change as they are passed on by word of mouth, as each person adds their own ideas to a tale and leaves out other details. Even well-known traditional tales are always changing!
FUN WITH FABRIC
FUN WITH FABRIC | Years 1-3 managed to get their hands on some fabric in the Lower School playground this week, with some very creative results! Here they are wearing it, playing with it and learning collaboratively outdoors!
BOYS' HOCKEY VS FETTES
BOYS' HOCKEY VS FETTES | Our U11 and U12 boys’ hockey teams travelled to Fettes on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations to the U11 squad on their win – a great team performance! In the U12 match, Tom scored two goals for St Leonards. A great result!
PAST CIVILISATIONS | The boys and girls in Year 4 have been developing their knowledge as part of their Unit of Inquiry on ‘Evidence of Past Civilisations’. This week, they have been starting to make connections between historical figures and present-day societies.
The following pupils received certificates at Celebration Assembly on Wednesday:
Zachary received a Headmaster's Commendation for writing a beautifully presented, well written and deeply researched introduction to Alchemy. Zachary has taken special care with his handwriting and illustrations.
Rachel for researching gravity on the Moon, and writing a well-informed PowerPoint presentation on the topic.
Lucy received a Spirit of St Leonards award for showing real kindness and consideration to another pupil in an older year group.
James received a Headmaster's Commendation for producing an extremely well written manual, following the Unit of Inquiry on Simple Machines.
Jack received a Spirit of St Leonards award this week for showing kindness, loyalty and true friendship to Cameron, who joined us for 3 weeks in January.
Hari was this week's Year 3 Pupil of the Week for his diligent approach towards class tasks and being able to work effectively with any of his peers.
Hamish was presented with his Trinity College London certificate for achieving Distinction in Grade 1 guitar.
Evie collected a record three Headmaster's Commendations this week for producing a wonderful account of a 'flying visit to London', which was researched thoroughly and presented beautifully; for creating a PowerPoint presentation about Mount Tiede, a volcano in Tenerife; and for her outstanding achievements in horse riding throughout the year. Congratulations Evie!
Eleanor was awarded Year 1 Pupil of the Week for working hard to improve her non-fiction book by adding fantastic writing and a super front cover.
Emily and Katherine were both presented with Headmaster's Commendations this week. Emily's certificate was awarded in recognition of a PowerPoint presentation she created on swimming pool safety. The project was thoroughly researched and contained clear imagery and instructions. Katherine's award was for producing a fantastic poster showing various safety signs.
Archie was presented with his first 'blue' Blue Peter badge. His drawing of Santa Claus with his reindeer earned him this terrific achievement!
Congratulations also to Cameron, who collected his gold gymnastics medal at Celebration Assembly this week.
Bronze stars for 50 House Points were awarded to Calum and Struan. Silver stars for 100 House Points were awarded to Alina, Bruce, Henry, Jack, Scott and Will.
CAVE COMMUNICATION | Communication is the focus of Year 3’s latest Unit of Inquiry and so far they have been looking at ancient forms of keeping in touch. The boys and girls have been creating their own cave paintings with Miss Neave in art, as well as learning about papyrus and hieroglyphics!
HOCKEY ACTION | The U12 girls played away at ESMS in Edinburgh on Wednesday afternoon, with a tough game ending with a loss for St Leonards. Well done to Corinne who scored against a very strong ESMS side!