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.
P3 have had a busy afternoon in the walled garden working with Richard the gardener. They learned about crops that grow well in Scotland both above the soil and below the soil. There was lots of problem solving and team work evident especially in manouvering the wheelbarrows through narrow spaces. By the end of a very enjoyable afternoon in the sun they were all more aware of the hard physical work involved in growing food. Well done P3!
Well it’s not every day that your class sets their very own Viking longship alight on a bonfire. But today was the day! Dressed in helmets and carrying flaming torches, a hagar of P3 Vikings, with the help of many willing parent volunteers, paraded their eight foot longship down the lane and through the woods to The Mansion Walled Garden in Gracemount. The children were chanting Viking boat songs all the way.
A huge bonfire awaited us thanks to Steven and the other helpers from the Gracemount Grows Stronger Project at the Mansion. In no time the boat was up in flames and the children gave out a great big cheer. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Steven and the other helpers and to all the parents who made it along at very short notice to take part. What a memorable event indeed.
An Edinburgh Evening News photographer attended the event and we have been informed that a feature will be in the newspaper, hopefully tomorrow (Friday). Be sure to get a copy fast as I’m sure they will be snapped up!
Update: We made the Front Page!
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.
In Social Studies Primary 3 have been learning about Vikings. We have looked where Vikings came from and which countries they travelled to. We acted out different jobs they would have in and around their homes like trappers, farmers, fisherman and weavers. We thought about how they would have made their clothes without all the machinery that is used in the modern day clothing industry.
We explored the fleece of a sheep; it felt oily and sticky and it had a smell of soap. We now understand there are lots of different stages in processing woollen fabric.
The shepherd breeds and shears the sheep.
The fleece is spun on a bobbin.
The weaver weaves the wool on a loom.
The fabric is sewn into clothing.
Vikings used plants to dye the wool different colours. We experimented in dying sheep’s fleece using onion skins and red cabbage. We are going to leave it for a few days to allow the dye to soak in. So if you see a P3 pupil, ask if our wool dying was successful. Next week we are looking forward to a Viking Day Out at the National Museum of Scotland.
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.
Last week Primary Five enjoyed a visit to Our Dynamic Earth to attend a Rainforest workshop. In the rainforest we studied which plants and animals were found in each layer. We experienced a heavy rainstorm and saw the impact of the rain on the environment.
In our workshop we looked in more detail at the orang-utan, an endangered species that is dependent on the rainforest habitat in the Asian rainforest which is under threat through deforestation. We debated many issues including zoos, pets, hunting, farming, transport and the use of products grown in the region. It was interesting to look at these important issues from different points of view and to explore possible solutions to safeguard a future for this beautiful animal.
Here are some photos from our trip.