P7 Learning Blog – 17th January

The P7s have had a fun week directing their learning about America. We have compared some of our similarities and differences with Scotland, the sheer size and different time zones in the USA surprised many of us! We looked into how the ’13 Colonies became 13 States’ and learned some new vocabulary such as Congress, amendment and constitution!

We met our new Italian teacher, Valentina, and had a visit from Edinburgh University and Fife College to deliver STEM activities. Mrs Millar (the physicist) was very passionate telling us about her job working with very big and very small numbers. We learned about aerodynamics in our rocket launching lesson and about the power to move objects using positive and negative charge.20200116_13552620200116_14581320200116_14482120200116_144535

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Super STEM

Yesterday in P6, we had some visitors who taught us about STEM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and is a really important subject to learn about because it helps us to understand how the world works and these skills will be important in our future careers.

One workshop was run by Mrs Miller who is physicist. In groups, we tried to build the tallest tower out of Jenga, realising that the tower had to have a strong and stable foundation. This was challenging because we had a limited number of blocks so had to leave some to build the tower up high. We then had to build a bridge using the blocks too, including a ramp for the cars to go up. We also developed our teamwork skills, because we had to discuss our ideas and then find compromises, and we worked on problem solving too by adapting the structure.

The other workshop was about building rockets, and was organised by Andrew who is an engineer. First, we looked at different types of propellers and motors, including one which was 3D printed. Then we rolled paper round a stick to make a cylindar, then stuck on a cone on top and added fins to the bottom. This made our rockets more aerodynamic. Once we had finished our rockets, we placed them on a launcher which shot air into the rocket when we pressed the pump. This made the rockets fly through the air.

Overall, we had an amazing time! It was so interesting and we learnt lots of new things.

Thank you to Fife College and Edinburgh University for this opportunity.

Tea with SLT

Yesterday we had our first Tea with SLT of the new term. Beth and Aisling from P5 came to see us, Beth has thought of excellent questions for her new topic on Scottish Firsts, exploring inventors from our own country. Aisling thought very carefully about the meaning of Nurture, one of our core values, and shared her insights with her class.

Ibrahim in P6 has been a positive and encouraging team player in PE and a supportive and helpful peer in class. Laia from P6B has made an extra special effort to write in cursive handwriting, well done.

Ahmad in Primary 4 has been working really hard to improve his reading and has been making good progress in adding by carrying numbers. From P3, Armaan has been working very hard to improve his handwriting in class with evenly sized letters staying within the lines.

Well done to all our Tea with SLT visitors this week, I hope you enjoyed your cup of juice and chocolate biscuits! Keep up the good work!

Magic of Music – Primary 1

Today Primary 1 enjoyed a visit from Coranne from The Magic of Music. We sang songs together and enjoyed doing the actions.

Some of the songs we sang were the Hello Song, The Wiggles Song, Sally Goes Round The Moon and The Farmer Plants His Seeds.

‘I really did like it because we did loads of singing and it made me feel happy!’ Georgie

‘I loved the singing because it makes me feel very happy.’ Evie

‘That was fun!’ Luca

‘I liked it because it was magical!’ Ailsa

‘I liked singing because it made me feel happy.’ Alex

‘I liked the teacher! She was so much fun!’ Albie

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