Science afternoon with Dave

One afternoon a scientist called Dave came to see use to tell us about light and lasers. It was fun. We made a thing that can see spectrums. We told the p3/4s about our day with a scientist. He told use about the laser that he built and the biggest laser in the world. I hope he comes back because it was really cool.

by Ewan and Scott

P7 Islay High School Visit

On Thursday 21st March every P7 in Islay and Jura went to the the Islay High School to do some science.  The day started when Mr Kitchen filled a flask with water and placed it on a gas cooker.  The water turned into steam which came out off the flask and then he put the lid on it.  Then we went to Ms McNaughton who was talking about air in our lungs.  She also showed us how to float a straw in water and measured in many different ways.  We also found out how to get a boiled egg into a flask without touching it.

India Afternoon Food

The India afternoon was an afternoon where parents could come in and see what we had learned about India. There was a stall that let people eat Indian food like, Chapatis, banana pure, nan bred, potato curry, veggie pakoras,  poppadoms and a super hot chick pea curry.


P6/7 and P3/4 have been learning all about India, we have learn’ t about Hinduism; here are  some things we have learn’ t,  Hindus believe in many gods like Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma. In India they have 3 seasons, Wet, Dry and Cool.  Some Hindus wear saris, a long piece of material with several patterns. There are over 1 billion people living in India and 750 million of them are all Hindus. Hindus paint patterns on feet and hands with Hena, that is called Mendhi.

Food Experiments

Last week was science and engineering week.In school we were learning about food science. We tested for glucose, iron, fat, protein and starch. For the protein we got protein strips and food juices. We then got a test strip and dipped it into the food juice. We then looked on the bottle and seen what colour it matched to. For the iron we got different cereals and put them into a sandwich bag and then we sealed the bag tightly. Then we crushed the cereal with a rolling pin and then added a bit of water. Then we got a strong magnet and kept sliding it back and forth looking for iron(wee black dots).  For fat, we got a piece of brown paper and drew a circle it, then rubbed what ever it was, and held it up to the light and the parts in it are fat.  For glucose we used Benedicts solution.

India afternoon

On the 26th of march we had a India afternoon we invited parents and we had stalls ready for the parents to interact with. Like a food stall and a India quiz.  To start of the day we showed power points on different celebrations in India we also made Indian God masks to show to our parents. In p3/4 there Rangoli patterns to do also hand paints and guess the spice. We also set up a build the Taj Mahal with lego stall.

by Robbie and Liam

Easter Egg Competition.

On Tuesday 26th March the Port Ellen Primary school and the Pre 5 unit took part in an Easter egg competition. We do this every year and if you take part or win 1st 2nd or anything else you would get points for your house and you would also get a Easter egg! Each class has it’s own competition and if you win you get 100 points and if you get 2nd you get 75. If you enter you get 50. This year Texa and Nave both got 1100 and Orsay got 975 points. There was Egg Craft, The ReserEGGsion of Christ and Eggie the Eagle. Everybody tried really hard and we all liked looking at the different eggs!
By Danni and Elinor.

Indian Gods and saris

In the primary 6/7 class room we have been learning about Indian gods. Mrs Clark has also been telling us Indian stories about the different god and what their job is. The whole class did a god mask for each Indian god there is, for example Ellen’s god was Brahma,  and Alicia’s god was Annapurna. We found out that in most Indian stories there is a god.

We also learned all about saris. A sari is an outfit that women wear in India. We all learnt how to put on a sari( we thought it was hard).Mrs Clark and Miss Brown wore a sari on  India day, the saris had very nice patterns on them. On India day we also designed a sari with the P3/4 class and our mums and dads. We designed it with rangoli patterns and it looked very pretty in the end. We had a very fun day.

By Alicia and Ellen

Eco Ferrys

In our class we are making eco ferrys for a science compition in Glasgow. We made them in our table groups. We did a practise speed boat which worked alright. But our real thing will have to carry cargo and the boat that is done in the fastest time will win. You can go back and forth as much as you want. The ferry can only be 18 cm wide as thats as wide as the tank is. You also will get extra points if it is powered by a renewable source . It is alot to think about when were building the real thing . We attempted to make a prototype out of junk some worked much better than others. Some tipped over when they started and others couldn’t go straight. Were are working on it and adjusting it so that it will go straight in the water.

By Maisie and Eilidh

Extreme Weather

Recently we have been having lots and lots and lots of snow and wind making power lines to snap and fall over, some of us were without power for over 24 hours. The isle of Arran are STILL without power and might not have power until Friday, workers and electricians are working hard trying to get power back on the road for everyone. Port Ellen Primary School’s internet is routed through Arran and since Arran is down the Port Ellen Primary has no internet, which means we missed our second Glow meet with India. There was a weekend with cold dinners and no toast and tea but thankfully everything (apart from Arran) is back to normal.

By Emily & Cameron

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