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.
A fortnight ago it was broad beans and this week Miss McGregor and the Green Team have been out picking runner beans in the school garden. Look at the fabulous crop we’ve grown this year after all that springtime sunshine. There was enough for all the P6 pupils to take some home to try cooking. Let us know of any successes in the kitchen!
In St. Catherine’s we love books and authors! We are delighted to announce that Primary 4 -Primary 7 will be receiving a visit from the award winning author Mark Smith in October. Yay!
Q: What do the following pictures have in common?
A: Well they are all connected to Mark’s brilliant new book titled ‘Slug Boy Saves the World’. Read on for more information:
Thanks to an unfortunately tasty-looking radioactive garden slug, eleven-year-old Murdo McLeod is now the world’s worst superhero. His two powers are pretty unique: the first is sliding up walls. Quite slowly. The second is secreting slippery slime from his skin. (Yes, just as disgusting as it sounds.)
Now, Slugboy has to use his not-so-super and oh-so-gross abilities to save the world. Let’s hope he doesn’t slip up.
Sounds interesting doesn’t it? More details about Slug Boy and Mark’s visit to follow.
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.