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Farm to Fork

With thanks to the RHET (Royal Horicultural Education Trust) P3 had a busy day yesterday visiting Templehall Farm in Pencaitland where Farmer Barclay taught us all about the animals and crops on his farm. We were learning about the care, hard work and technologies that go into growing our food in Scotland.

Weighing and measuring is very important in farming. In one of the photos you will see us standing on the weighbridge. The weight of the entire group was 1140kg!

Following the farm we were off on a tour of Tesco at Hardengreen, Dalkeith with Claire who showed us what goes on behind the scenes (including a visit inside a huge freezer) to get our food from the farm and onto the supermarket shelves.



Happy Hatching

Nursery and Primary 3 pupils have had an exciting time today. We were greeted by three chicks that had hatched overnight and over the course of the morning they were joined by a further three. This is all part of our joint Living Eggs project and we will be caring for them for two weeks. Family and friends are welcome to come in for a look when dropping or collecting pupils.

Here is a little time lapsed video showing our 5th chick hatching. Amazing for the children to see a new life coming into the world.

Some quotes from the children:

I couldn’t believe my eyes when the egg cracked and the chick hatched! –  Chanelle

It was amazing to watch the chick hatching. -Marcel

I felt relieved when I saw the egg shells crack and the chicks hatching. – Natalia

I was speechless when Miss McGregor told us some eggs had hatched – Kayla

It felt like a dream come true. – Lucy

I was amazed when I saw the chicks drying and getting so fluffy. – Dorota

I was excited when I came up to the classroom to see the newly hatched chicks. – Joel

It was emotional when the eggs were hatching. – Olivia

When I first held them I felt so joyful. – Angel

I was excited when to see the chicks. – Albert

I was glad to see them. – Jacob

I was gobsmacked when the chicks were hatching. – Chloe

I was super glad when the eggs hatched. – Demi

I felt so emotional when I first saw the chicks. – Brogan


The Nursery and P3 children worked together to make their own hens and chicks.



Primary 6 Solar System

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.

Primary 2 Science

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.  


Making Materials Change in P6


In Primary 6, we have also been working extremely hard on our new Science topic; ‘Making Materials Change’. This has been a very practical based topic so far where we have been participating in active investigations and experiments. We began this topic by learning to categorise different materials and more recently, we have carried out investigations to discover whether different mixtures of substances are soluble or insoluble. We were particularly fascinated to discover what happened when we tried to mix oil and water together!

Primary 3 Science Show

The Generation Science company visited Primary 3 on Monday.  They taught Primary 3 all about magnets.  Here are some photos that show everyone having fun learning about magnets.

IMG_0664This is a photo of the Science presenters intoducing themselves.IMG_0671Primary 3 sorted a tray of objects into magnetic and non-magnetic categories.IMG_0679We learned about attraction and repulsion in relation to magnets.IMG_0682We learned how to make magnets ‘float’.  It was just like magic!IMG_0689We used bar magnets to learn about magnetic fields and learned that even the earth has a magnetic field.IMG_0695

plant investigation 2

Check out what we’ve been up to in Primary 7!

We are very excited to start a new term in P7. With this new term comes new a topic, artwork and projects.

In Science in Term 1, we spent some time exploring the life cycle of plants and how they reproduce. We also discussed what elements a plant needs to grow. We talked about the benefits and risks of using biological or chemical fertilisers in plants or crops that we eat.

We used these discussions to ask ourselves a question: what is the effect of biological fertiliser on a household plant?

We decided to test out our question to find out. Over several weeks, we watered three different plants with the same type of bean planted: one with water, one with water mixed with the recommended amount of fertiliser and one with water mixed with way too much fertiliser.

Our results varied slightly but overall, the plant with the recommended amount of fertiliser thrived while the one with way too much fertiliser dried out and died.

We displayed our results on a poster so they were easy to understand.

Plant investigation 1plant investigation 2

plant investigation 3

making plant posters

Plant posters

The results are displayed

Check out this BBC Science page to get an idea of what we’ll be learning about this term.        The Earth’s Changing Structure!