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The Primary 7s have been working for the last 6 weeks on a homework project… and the results are fantastic!
They were asked to build a model of an Anderson Shelter out of any materials they wanted! There are so many creative ideas with recycled materials, it goes to show what you can create if you look at an item in a new way.
We also got a chance to talk about our Anderson Shelters in class, then did a couple of rotations where we could look around at other people’s work and also present our own.
We are planning on showing off our work at our P7 Parent and Carer Learning Showcase on Wednesday, 6th December at 14:30 in the P7 classroom.
Well done P7!
On Tuesday we visited Lauriston Castle. We were invited by a friendly Dragon who needed our help. Sir Nasty McKnight had cast a spell that made Dragon’s castle disappear and he had been hiding at Laurston Castle ever since. We had to find clues to help make Dragon a new castle and a spell to stop Sir Nasty McKnight from casting any other spells! Luckily we managed to do this and Dragon flew away to Fairyland. Although we didn’t get to meet him, we did hear him snore because our guides, Mike and Erik, told us Dragon liked to sleep lots during the day. Once the spell was cast, Dragon zoomed through the sky, safely back to Fairyland. Some children thought they spotted his black tail as he flew away!
Primary 6 have loved learning about the Solar System this term. We have researched the planets that make up our Solar System and after finding out many are named after Roman Gods we had the chance to share our findings in the form of a presentation to the Primary 4 class who have been learning about the Romans. We learned a Mnemonic to help us remember the planets in the correct order and had fun making up ones of our own. One of our favourites is My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos which reminds us the planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. After researching the planets we made papier-mâché models of the planets to show their size and distance from the Sun.
Thank you to all the parents who came along to Primary 3’s parent session on number sequences. The children really enjoyed showing their family members what they are learning in school and having them join in with games and activities. Everyone took home numeracy bags with resources for supporting numeracy development at home. We look forward to seeing you again at our next session in Term 2.
Primary 4 were put through their paces in training for the Roman Army this week. We had a fantastic afternoon learning about what life was like for soldiers in the Roman army.
We learned lots of facts about the structure of the Roman army and had the chance to try on some pieces of armour and clothing. The armour was extremely heavy and this made us think about just how tough it would have been for soldiers marching for hours at a time in the time of the Roman Empire.
We learned that the shields that the Roman soldiers would have used were extremely useful for both defending and attacking because it protects almost your whole body at once – we had the chance to test this out by trying to “stab” Joe, our Roman reenactor, with a sword, but he was far too quick with the shield!
Joe brought lots of Roman artefacts with him that we were able to have a look at. One big discovery we made was that the Romans didn’t have toilet paper, but instead used a sponge on the end of a stick that would be dipped in water while at the communal toilets – we’re certainly glad things have changed now!
The highlight of the afternoon was getting to practise some Roman battle formations. To help us march in time, we shouted “Sin, Dec, Sin, Dec” in rhythm with our feet. The whole class used their shields to create the Turtle formation. This was used by the soldiers when their opponents had archers. By the end, we found that our arms were starting to get very tired from carrying the heavy shields for so long!
Primary 3 enjoyed a superb trip to the Scottish Owl Centre and Polkemmet Country Park. The class joined in the ‘Hoot’s For Dinner’ game which involved selecting foods for different types of owls. Following this they had the opportunity to observe lots of species of owls from many different habitats and compare their sizes, shapes, diets and other interesting facts as well as seeing a flying display. It was a very wet day but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits and we all had a hoot of fun.
After our Owl experience we visited the adventure playground within Polkemmet Country Park, where we had a splashingly good time!