Pupils enjoy outdoor learning, from traffic lights to fly fishing

Coldingham pupils taking a survey of their local burn. They measured the flow rate, calculated the depths at different parts in the stream in order to create a stream cross-section plotter and looked for signs of pollution and obstructions
Coldingham pupils taking a survey of their local burn. They measured the flow rate, calculated the depths at different parts in the stream in order to create a stream cross-section plotter and looked for signs of pollution and obstructions

Coldingham Primary School pupils got out of the classroom this week when they enjoyed a series of outdoor learning sessions.

On Tuesday they had technology staff and pupils from Eyemouth High School visiting, to teach the children about Scratch programming on the Raspberry Pi (a mini computer).

SBBN-03-12-15 Coldingham primary outdoor learning

SBBN-03-12-15 Coldingham primary outdoor learning

The children learned to program a set of mini traffic lights, and everyone found the lesson very interesting and engaging.

On Wednesday, with kind permission from Ted Wise, Coldingham kids were delighted to be able to go fly-fishing at the Whinney Loch with Kenny Galt and Eoin Fairgrieve from Tweedstart.

The children learned to cast and reel, as well as fining out about the invertebrates which support the fish food chain.

The fine weather enabled the classes to take a survey of their local burn, on Thursday.

They measured the flow rate and also calculated the depths at different parts in the stream in order to create a stream cross-section plotter.

Children looked for signs of pollution and obstructions in their local burns, too.

In the afternoon, Matt Barnes from the Marine Conservation Society gave a presentation to P4-7 children on ‘Endangered Turtles’ and the importance of reducing our plastic bag usage to stop marine litter.

The children found out that turtles don’t have very good eye sight so they often eat the plastic bags which are littering the seas.

Eventually the plastic will fill up the turtle’s stomach and it will starve. It was a very informative and interactive presentation.

The children would like to say a big thank you to all the people who made their week so engaging.