Friday, 29 March 2013

Scotland's History - The Celts

P3 have been learning all about the Iron Age Celts who lived in Scotland over 2000 years ago when Scotland was called Caledonia and covered in forests and bogs.  The Romans invaded but the Celts were a wee bit scary for them!  We finished our topic by having a Celtic Feast out in our woodland area.  We painted our faces with woad to make ourselves look scary and dressed up in tartan rugs to keep ourselves warm. Miss Cotter lit a fire and we sang some of our songs about the Celts and told stories.  Then we had our feast of oatcakes and cheese, juice and slices of apple.  We had a great time.

Happy Easter

A very happy and peaceful Easter to all our friends at Singhania School. We are now on holiday for two weeks.  We ended our term with a celebration in the Kirk of Calder where we dramatized the Easter Story with some rousing songs.

Friday, 15 March 2013

FAIRTRADE - Laljibhai Narranbhai, Cotton Farmer, India

"I did not get any education but I want my children to. Because of the Fairtrade price, I can send them to school.”

For Laljibhai, this is the most important improvement in his life since he started selling his cotton as Fairtrade. As a cotton farmer he has to become a member of a farmer’s group in order to be able to get the Fairtrade price for his crop. This means he can share skills and equipment and farming tips with other members, and together they can work to get a better price for their cotton and new buyers.
The extra money from the Fairtrade Premium has been a real boost for their community in lots of ways, including funding solar street lamps, school books and uniforms for poorer families, and ways to save rainwater for farming. Over Fairtrade Fortnight we’ll be hosting some visiting producers as they tour the UK with their stories of the difference the stable Fairtrade price and premium has made in their communities.