Term 2 Week 3 – Poems, Poppies and Pandas

On Tuesday we learnt about Diwali and we made some lanterns. On Wednesday we finished our maths topic on symmetry, also on Wednesday we learnt about remembrance day and why we should remember. On Thursday we did some poems to remember all the people that died in the war, most of them were about poppies. Today in Mandarin we were using ink to draw pandas and bamboo.

By Ceitidh and Harry

Halloween Fun

P6/7 had lots of Halloween fun on Friday. Pupils arrived in a variety of imaginative and very creative costumes, some of which had clearly required lots of hard work at home! Ms Wang came in for our Mandarin lesson, where we learnt about the Chinese performance art of ‘Changing Faces’. The pupils then created their own masks, inspired by those they had seen in the Changing Faces video.

After break we had some fun games and activities, with a few sweets thrown in too! Everyone got up to tell a joke, or in one case sing a song, to earn some extra sweets!

Our Halloween winners were….

Best fancy dress costume: Skye

Best carved pumpkin(s): Ruaridh

Best Halloween pop-up card: Erin-Louise

Splat the Pumpkin: Freya

Poly-tunnel Opening

On Friday, P6/7 joined the other classes in the school for the official opening of our wonderful poly-tunnel. We also got a chance to hear about all the different plants which have been grown this year, and the exciting plans for what we can grow next year. We’re all really looking forward to being able to use the poly-tunnel and learn more about plants.

Mayan Masks

Last week P6/7 were learning about how the Mayan civilisation wore masks for different occasions and purposes – for example, some masks were made to decorate temples, while death masks were worn to protect the wearer on their journey to the afterlife.

P6/7 have made their own Mayan masks inspired by actual Mayan designs. They have come up with some very colourful and creative masks, as you can see:

Playing with Fire!

By Erin-Louise

On Monday Marnie and I went on a walk around the bike tracks, while Eve was at brownies. We found some big dry sticks and a pine sap tree. We started popping the sap bubbles on the tree with our sticks until the end was covered in it. Then Annette lit my stick with a lighter, once mine was going, Marnie and I put our sticks together, so we had fire on both sticks. Then my mum and Annette both got a stick each and did the same thing. When they had theirs going we all put our sticks together to make the fire even bigger. Rosie just sat there and watched  with a confused look on her face. My fire stick lasted for what felt like ages. It turned to white ash and the smoke smelt really nice.
We found out that pine sap is an antiseptic for the tree in helping it heal wounds and keep healthy, by keeping bugs out.  We also found out that it a good antiseptic for our wounds too, but best of all we found out it is highly flammable.  
Mum and Annette said we shouldn’t do this without an adult and what we would do if we accidentally started a fire. Marnie said she would run and Annette said she’d run and phone. I said I’d run down the hill and get water from the river.  Mum said sand is good to put it out and damp soil . It helps to stamp on small embers that drop.  As fire requires oxygen, heat and fuel and if you take one of those elements away it will die.  
If you ever try doing sap fires make sure you use a nice long dry stick. When fire is lit don’t point it at others or wave it around on your stick. You need to be really careful.  Make sure you are facing the way that that the breeze is blowing the fire away from you. Don’t touch any other sap tree with it as sap is very flammable! Don’t chuck away your stick even if you think the fire is out because it will still be hot and could catch fire as the breeze blows. It is best to stick it in water , sand or mud. 
Remember don’t play with fire kids!! 

Aqueduct Engineers

Yesterday P6/7 put the finishing touches to their aqueducts which they have been building over the last couple of weeks. We had learnt about how the Romans used aqueducts to supply clean water to their cities, and how they had to use gravity to ensure the water flowed evenly from the source to where it was needed. P6/7 had to use lollipop sticks to build their aqueducts, and the challenge was to build it so that a marble (representing the water) could travel from one side of a table to the other, powered only by gravity. There were some very creative ideas and designs, and the winning design was by the ‘Sea Foxes’ table group, which carried their marble an impressive 1.22 metres!

Seven Wonders of the World

This week P6/7 have been learning about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Yesterday we made pop-up dioramas of the different wonders, while today we are doing some factual writing about them.

The seven wonders were…..

The Pharos of Alexandria:










The Great Pyramid of Giza:






The Hanging Gardens of Babylon:


The Temple of Artemis:






The Colossus of Rhodes:





The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus:









And the Statue of Zeus:

Woodland Art

This week for our Art lesson we were learning about the seven visual elements (line, shape, colour, tone, texture, form and pattern) and we were using combinations of them to create some fantastic outdoor art using natural materials.  The pupils had a great time in the woodland area making some wonderful creative natural art!

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New Term Update

So, we’ve reached the end of our first full week back!  I’m delighted to say that P6/7 have all settled in really well to the new term, and have adjusted very comfortably to the many changes that have had to be made to our school routines.  We’ve been doing a lot of work this week on Health and Wellbeing, particularly looking at our mental wellbeing, and focusing on themes of self-efficacy, hope and gratitude.

The P6 pupils were delighted to see their new chromebooks being delivered yesterday, which was a lovely surprise, and are looking forward to using them soon – once they’ve been connected to the school network.