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.
We would like to invite P6 & P7 parents to our debating showcase next Monday, 5th June at 2:30pm. Come and see what we have been working on!
Invitiations should be with you tomorrow!
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.
A group of P6 and P7 pupils went to the South Neighbourhood Office Library yesterday to entertain staff and visitors with some Christmas carol singing.
Last week in Mrs Northcott’s Maths set, the Purple group were working on working out percentages of a quantity.
We used money to help us understand.
First, we used our dividing skills to calculate the percentage of a quantity.
Then we took it a step further- we asked ourselves “How much does it cost now?”
We used take away sums to find the answer.
We decided to put this into a real life context by making adverts for an imaginary shop. These imaginary shops were all having sales! We incorporated our ICT skills to display our learning.
Take a look at some of our really great adverts! Do you think they are offering good deals?
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.