On Thursday 22nd June Primary 6 went for a visit to the Scottish Parliament. We heard about the history of the Scottish Parliament and learnt that our current Parliament building was built only 14 years ago. We had a tour of the building and got to go inside the Debating Chamber where the First Minister questions would be taking place later on that day. There are 129 seats in the debating chamber one for each of the MSP’s. We then had an opportunity to meet and pose questions to Andy Wightman, who is an MSP for the Scottish Green Party. He told us about what life was like as a politician and what kind of activities he was involved in as an MSP.
On Tuesday 9th May Primary 6 took part in a cluster event at Holyrood High School. We were split into 3 teams in order to learn about and take part in Cricket matches. Our teams were named after countries and our first task was to work as a team to come up with a team chant. Our countries were India, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Throughout the afternoon we played several cricket matches against pupils from other schools. We learned that in cricket you are not allowed to run once you have picked up the ball so we had to work as a team when we were fielding in order to stop the batting team from getting too many runs. It was great fun and as you can see from the photos it was also very warm!
As part of our Victorian topic Primary 6 have been learning about what life was like as a poor Victorian Child. At first we thought we might like to live in Victorian times but after doing a bit of research most of us changed our minds! We found out that children from poorer families would have to work for around 10 hours a day and would get as little as 25p a week for their hard work! There were a few different jobs for Victorian children including being a chimney sweep, working in a factory and working in a coal mine. We used the information from our research to help us write a diary entry as if we were a working Victorian child. We then used water to age them and ripped our diary entries to make them look as if they had been written during the Victorian era.
As part of the International Day of Peace on Wednesday 21st September Primary 6 took part in a Peace walk in Edinburgh City Centre. Along with 20 other schools from Edinburgh we walked from Lauriston Hall to the Scottish Parliament. There were over 300 pupils who took part in the walk. The walk was about 2 miles long and we were pretty shattered by the time we reached our destination! We took with us Peace Sticks that we had decorated to demonstrate that we are stronger together. At the Parliament we were met by representatives where we shared our Global Vision for Peace around the World and sang our Peace song which had been created by young people from our link school in Tanzania.
In science we have been investigating our 5 senses. We have looked at each sense and imagined what it would be like to live without it. We investigated the sense of taste and sight through experimenting with different fruits. In pairs we took turns to be blindfolded and see if we could identify the fruit purely through tasting it. Some of us found it quite tricky to tell which fruit it was but we found we could use our other senses to help for example the texture and smell of the fruit helped to give us clues.
This term in Primary 2 we are learning about Castles. We worked in teams to create a castle and label different features such as the portcullis, drawbridge and battlements. We have begun our technology project where we are making our own castles using different materials. So far we have made our plan and have begun to change our cereal boxes into fantastic castles. We are in the process of deciding how we are going to create a moat to go around our castles. Keep watch for pictures of our finished creations! We have also been discovering the way that castles are protected and had great fun making these super shiny Knights.
This term in Primary 2 we are learning all about Castles. We visited Edinburgh Castle on a very wet and windy day but we had lots of fun finding out facts about the castle. We discovered that Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano and we learned about the way that the castle would be defended when under attack. We all had a chance to dress up as the different people you would find in a castle. We were able to try on different types of armour and were surprised by how heavy they were! We are looking forward to transferring this knowledge into the classroom.