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Welcome Back

Our website has been undergoing some changes recently but we are now back online. News will follow shortly but in the meantime feel free to find out what the boys and girls have been doing in the nursery by clicking here.

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Illustration workshop with Red Kite Animation

On 14th May, Jim Stirk of Red Kite Animation came to work with Primary 4/5,  who had just completed their  Health topic Emergency Services. We had worked in four groups to devise rough storylines about ordinary superheroes who answer 999 calls, using their superpowers to fight crime and save lives. Our first mission was to turn them into short animations.

As the pupils drew and assembled characters, props and scenery, the storyline evolved. This allowed hovering teachers to ask them whether they felt their story could be fully told through pictures, or whether some text was always necessary. We also talked about the other forms their story could have taken – a novel, a play, a poem, a game – and which suited this plotline best. In this way pupils realised that they were developing their own sense of how, or when, a story works.

The finished animations were terrific. The children were thrilled, and enjoyed presenting them around the school. Now you too can enjoy their work…

As a follow-up, we had a flash fiction workshop where each pupil wrote his/her own story to match the animation.  While not always their favourite thing, this time the children saw writing as an act of storytelling, and showed good awareness of pacing and timely description in their writing. This, they said, was because they had talked about these same things when making their animation – what could be left out, when to lengthen a shot etc. The flash fiction workshop also gave them the chance to use all the ideas and plotlines that didn’t make it to the final cut.

The children and Miss Harrison would like the Scottish Book Trust very much for giving us this opportunity.  The discussions during and after the workshop were rich and – yes, creative!

Miss Harrison

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Dalguise 2014

Over a May weekend the boys and girls of Primary 7 challenged themselves in a range of mental and physical tasks. As a bonus the weather remained fine for the most part!

Abseiling, Vertical Challenge and Challenge Course

Abseiling, Vertical Challenge and Challenge Course

Raft Building, Giant Swing and Challenge Course

Raft Building, Giant Swing and Challenge Course

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School Meals

Please note that the cost of a school meal will be £2.00 as of Tuesday 1st April 2014.The latest menu is available from the ‘Useful Information’ section alongside or by clicking here.

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Fairtrade Workshops

Andover Primary School pupils had an early introduction to Fairtrade fortnight when Chief Chebe and Mrs Chebe visited the school on Thursday to present a Fairtrade assembly and a variety of interactive workshops.

Chief and Mrs. Chebe

Chief and Mrs. Chebe

The children were captivated by the lively approach to finding out about Fairtrade and particularly enjoyed hearing some new African songs, accompanied by Chief Chebe and his unique African xylophone.

Everyone learned about how supporting Fairtrade helps the people in Ghana and many other parts of Africa, where pay can be very low and fresh water a luxury.

Throughout the day pupils made drums, banners and learnt about African life and culture.

Fairtrade Collage

Next Wednesday 26th February, Andover pupils will hold their annual Fairtrade Coffee morning. Please pop along to school between 9.45 and 11.45am.

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Food For Thought

Events at Andover

Andover Primary was successful in applying for a bid from Food for Thought in September 2013.  This meant we had a grant of £5000 to support the development of food education and an understanding of the provenance of local food as well as developing additional links with the community.

Locally produced apple juice

A link was developed with a Nutritionist at Robert Gordon’s University and several community events were planned at which pupils, mainly those attending the School Cooking Club, could showcase their skills.

The first event was a Harvest Meal in October.  This was sourced, with support from Brechin Community Council, from many local producers. The menu was selected following a competition for Scottish dishes organised within the Brechin cluster. The winning dishes were prepared by the children in school.

Recipe designs

Prior to the meal every child in Andover (a big school) visited a local producer and did follow up activities. This was funded through the project and organised with the help of Carol Littlewood from RHET. Visits included a dairy farm, smoking house, strawberry farm, poultry farm, an arable farm as well as the co-operative farm in Blairgowrie.

Harvest display

Over one hundred guests attended the supper.

This month a Scottish Event is being hosted. Not only will guests enjoy a three course Scottish meal, but entertainment including music and poetry.

All pupils now have a much greater understanding of where our food is grown and its journey.  The Cooking Club pupils in particular have a very good knowledge, understanding and practical experience of basic cooking skills including using a knife correctly, the importance of a varied diet, including fruit, eating together,  manners and basic food hygiene.

Many of the Health and wellbeing outcomes have been achieved and everyone has had a lot of fun and enjoyment.

Liz Howson 

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