P5, P6 and P7 pupils visited the Edinburgh Bookshop today to see the FANTASTIC World Book Day display they had created. We created ‘Book Monsters’ which were reading hand drawn copies of our favourite books.
Marie was kind enough to talk to us about her love of reading and to share an extract from Spellchasers: The Beginner’s Guide to Curses. We exchanged our World Book Day tokens for an exciting new book and received some expert advice on choosing our next read. Thank you to Marie & Kate for making us feel so welcome.
A huge well done to all the pupils involved in creating the window display. You did a tremendous job!
Primary 6 have been learning about what it would have been like to live as a child during Victorian times. We had a great, but eye-opening, experience when we visited the Victorian School Room. We met Miss Ingram and Miss Craig who taught us a lesson in the three R’s, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The punishment in Victorian times was thankfully very different to the punishment we have now. We quickly realised how important it was to use our right hand, to sit up straight and to answer every question with Miss at the end. Otherwise there was the threat of the taws or the wriggle board! We did enjoy trying to write neatly using the nib and ink and we liked the layout of the classroom so much that we thought we’d give it a try in our own classroom when we got back.
We also learned that hard work wasn’t finished when the children got back from school, they would have had many hard and tiring chores to do around the house. It’s safe to say that most of us are glad that we are children in 2018 rather than in the 1800’s!
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.