Category Archives: Endeavour Blog

Drew’s Magic Maths Endeavour

For my Endeavour I am doing magic maths and I’ve been doing it since the start of the year. Endeavour is something that you learn and it will help you in adult life and you do it for half a year.  I  inspired myself to research magic maths.  In my endeavour I wrote a letter to Dr Mark Biddiss and then he replied with a letter and  sent some of his books for me.  Also, everyone got one of the books, but I had more books, so I could do more tricks. Then I needed to learn his tricks off by heart, which was quite hard. After that I started making  an i Movie , filming all of my tricks I would have learned but there were one or two filming  troubles, including weather conditions.  I performed   my tricks for some people  in my school and most people enjoyed it. I managed to film these tricks. I am also planning to do a magic maths show near the end of term to perform the  tricks I have mastered.   I feel that studying magic maths could be useful in adult life for showing people what the tricks are and they’ll help you with things.  I have tried to fit a lot of stuff in with the time I had. I am already looking towards next year’s endeavour, but right now I need to concentrate on my current endeavour.

My Animation Endevour Alexander

My endeavour is about animation and I have been making stop motion videos with plasticine and rubber toys.   At first I didn’t really know what I was doing for example I couldn’t keep the camera still and that I didn’t really have a story Idea. I improved defiantly with timing and other things. I thought that animation was too much of a challenge but it wasn’t but, it was a good choice definitely. I have REALLY enjoyed endeavour this year I would almost say it is even more fun than last year

Bread around the World

My Endeavour is bread around the world and I have achieved one of my posters which has the history of bread on it and my other poster about facts about bread. I have also done a book creator about all the bread that I have done and made. I was inspired by my dad and my Uncle Chris because my dad is always making sourdough for the house and my Uncle Chris is a chef and really good at bread. I wrote a letter to Paul Hollywood to get information on the best bread to make and top tips on kneading but sadly he never replied.I have made all sorts of bread such as Foccacia which is Mediterranean and Islay garlic butter baguettes which is from Islay.

Scott’s Endeavour

My endeavour is all about world geography. I wanted to do this endeavour because I researched mountains last year,  I thought it was kind of similar but would challenge me more and I also chose this because I am interested in the world.

First for my endeavour, I started to make a book using  the  Book Creator app.  I chose at least two countries from each continent and I identified the president or the prime minister from each country. The next thing I did was to trace the world map and draw on countries. The third thing I did was I got a quiz off the internet and I am using that for my digital task. I also wrote a letter to a high school geography teacher to see if I could get any information I would need for my endeavour but I did not receive a reply. It was a hard start for me. So far I have finished my book creator and my quiz and I am almost finished my map. All I have to do is colour it in.

From the start, I have been following my endeavour plan carefully. The only things I need to do now are colour in my map, check over my work and set up everything up for the endeavour fair.

One interesting fact I found out is that Argentina’s real name is Argentine Republic.

At the start of endeavour I took a quiz and I had to name as many countries as I could and I could only get fourteen but now I can identify over thirty or forty so I am proud of myself for learning all of these countries. I have improved my knowledge of more countries in the world.

By Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caitidh’s Endeavour

My endeavour is making a business selling items made of  Polymer Clay.I thought of this because I was inspired by my mum as who used to make and sell pens and key rings to her friends .To make my business successful I thought of using polymer clay because it is cheap and easy to work with.With the polymer clay I have made sea themed items including pens, magnets and octopus key ring.For my digital skill, I have used  Book Creator,gathering  pictures of me making my key rings ,pen and magnets.

 I also sent a letter to a person who own a business called the Celtic craft shop.The main thing I needed advice on was  pricing because that is really important because you need to know about profit. For example, when you have made like a pen, I would have to sand it then put a coat of glaze on it to protect it . I would need to work out how much all of this cost and to make sure I was charging more than the cost of my materials and time.

Before any of this I had to do a survey to see what people wanted and what they would buy.On endeavor day I am going to lay out some designs and some clay and get people to try and make them as good as they can.The most important thing I have completed is my business plan.Business plans are very important because they are telling you what you have planned to do and when you have to do it.

In this endeavour I have learned many skills, some of them are digital skills which is my book creator. Another one of my skills I have learned is time management. Everything I will be making is going to be sold at the endeavour fair.I have learned a lot from this endeavour this year.The only thing I need to do now is to attach the key rings on to the octopuses then I am ready for the endeavour fair.

By CaitidhImage result for polymer clay octopus keyrings

Orla’s Endeavour!

Hi, my name is Orla and my endeavour this year is interior design. Interior design is when someone or multiple people design a space to the customers standards and its a way of expressing art. I chose this topic because I like decorating or making things because I’m very interested in art and when I’m older I would love to be an interior designer. So far I have done 1 mood board, 1 room design ( on paper ), a power point about interior design and have upcycled an old table of my parents. I still have to finish gluing tiles on coasters, draw another room design and make a 3d model of a room design. I enjoy doing interior design because its a way for me to express my sense in art, colour and show how creative I can be. What I find challenging about my endeavour is time management, because when I was making my table it probably took me about 4-5 endeavour sessions and along with having to paint it at home. At the start of my endeavour I wrote to a famous or well known interior designer named Kelly hoppen, sadly she did not reply, then I decided to write to another interior designer called Jo Hamilton and again did not get a reply so that made it a little harder because I had questions that didn’t get answered. Besides all that I would like to hope that the endeavour fair for me goes good.

Orla Campbell, P6, Endeavour Blog 2019.

Millie’s endeavor

My endeavor is sea life. I was inspired to research sea life because  my dad used to be a fisherman but still goes fishing. I thought he could help me if I chose this topic. I also wanted to do sea life because last year I researched whales and dolphins and wanted to learn even more about the ocean. The first thing I did was research how to set up and aquarium and got lots of information. My goal by the end was to have a working aquarium with sea creatures. Everyone wrote a letter to someone about there endeavor I wrote to Fiona McGillivary and I asked her some questions. I wrote to her because see works at the sea life centre in Port Charlotte. So far I have an i-movie,poster,fact file and I am making a wee game were you have to guess the names of the shells for the endeavor fair. In my aquarium I am thinking of having just some crabs , including hermit crabs. My aquarium is 29 litres which is not that big so can have only a few sea creatures in the tank. I can only have a few because if I have lots it will get hot quickly and the sea creatures may die. My i-movie is a few minutes long, showing how you set up an aquarium and where to get all the best sea creatures. My fact file is all the basic things you need for an aquarium. My poster shows my aquarium and what it will look like.The only thing I have left to do is my game and set up my stall. The endeavor fair is on Friday the 14th of June.

Evie’s Endevour

my endeavour is Ancient Egypt. I have completed my poster. I have also completed a cardboard pyramid, Tutankhamun mask ,cnopic gars and a mummy. I would like to complete my fact book and my Egypt flag. I would also like to complete panting my cnopic gars that are at school. This Thursday I want to complete my cnopic gars and some blogs. I would like to complete my fact book.  next week I will try to complete half of my stuff then I will do the rest at home so that I am ready for the Endeavour fair. I think that I will be organised for the Endeavour and I think it will go well. In the week end I am going to make some flat bread and that is what the Egyptians use to eat and I will bring it into school and let some students and teachers try the bread. me and my mum are in the middle if making a cover of Egyptians paper out of paper mashie then I will let it dry and write a pretend letter for Tutankhamun.

Mara’s Endeavour Blog-Writing a Book

My Endeavour is about Writing a story, for people to read. I have created this story mainly for little kids, but anyone can read it if they want. So far I am close to completing my story, I have an art book for my story; I have 1 drawing of a Hermit Crab, I am planning top add more. However I also have a writing jotter for my Endeavour so I can write at home, and when I’m in school I can add it in; I have done this a few times. Currently I am planning on having a feed back sheet, after somebody has read my book. The feed back sheet is for me to know what I could change, and what I did well. Letter; I also wrote a letter to David Walliams agent, for David Walliam to see, I thought that I wouldn’t get a reply but I did, I had a letter sent to me From David Walliams!

The Science and History Behind Ardbeg Distillery

This year for my Endeavour I am doing The science and history behind Ardbeg Distillery.  So far I have made an I-movie I have also made a blog and I have started my posters and they are almost finished.   At the start of this project we all wrote letters to a certain person or people.  This year I wrote to Mickey/ Michael Heads to ask him for help with my project.  This year I got a reply for Mickey heads and he gave me lots and lots of facts about the distillery.  I have used the facts that I got from my letter and put it into my blog I also used some of it in my I-movie.  I think that I will need a few more Endeavour sessions to finish my whole project.

BY CHARLIE P7

 

 

Electronics

For my Endeavor I decided to do electronics because I wondered how they work.  I have done was created 3 circuits the energy storage, led light with sensor and led light with switch. I have made a poster and a sign and I have learnt so much from doing endeavor. I have really enjoyed doing electronics this year. I’ve learned how to use a soldering iron and I got better at it so I don’t burn the circuit board or myself and I have been getting better better at electronics.

Ancestry

My Endeavour is my family tree. Altogether I have done Ancestry,G suite site,brought in photos and wrote a letter but did not get a reply but I still have to do my sway. I think I have  not done enough because I haven’t done enough because I haven’t started my sway.I have completed my planner And also have found out the definition of genealogy it means a study of someones ancestries or histories. I have completed my tree on two bits of A3 paper one is my nans side and one is my grandads side.

Genealogy Website Ancestry.com Explores Sale - Recode

 

Biomedical Engineering

For my Endeavour I am doing biomedical engineering. I chose to do biomedical engineering because this year the school have been entering loads of competitions to do with engineering and throught this project I have took a great interest in Biomedical engineering. I also wanted to do biomedical engineering because I always love to watch the paralympics.  I made a hydraulic robotic hand that could lift things.

 

 

Latin Endeavour

 

For my Endeavour this year I decided to do Latin! I decided to do Latin because I find it interesting that a lot of words we still use today come from Latin, I wanted to find out why we don’t use Latin and how some words from Latin sound similar to English words and some don’t. I am happy that I chose Latin because it was very interesting learning how to pronounce words and it was cool how I thought I didn’t know any Latin but after some research I found that I already knew a lot of Latin.

Mechanical Engineering Endeavour By Taylor

This year for my endeavour I have picked to do mechanical engineering. I chose mechanical engineering I like to play forza which is a car based game where you can buy and sell cars and drive around on a map with other players. I have also been really interested in cars and engines since I have been young but have never went into any detail with learning about them.  Endeavour is a long-term project that lets people choose there own thing to do and learn about what they have chose. It also lets people to learn about things that they like and maybe don’t know to much about and want to learn more but also you can do completely new things to you and learn about that.When we do endeavor it can help with life after school as well as you might want to get a job or start up your own business and if you maybe did an endeavour on that you will be able to have maybe more experience to start of with.

 

For my endeavour i have made a Haynes model engine which has a electric motor on the back which turns the pistons and then turns the crankshaft and then the sparks the sparkplug. I also made a sway on all types of different types of engine like v4,v6,v8,v2,v10,v12 and more.

The skills I used endeavour so far is ICT, time management and being organised. I have came over one problem I was doing my model engine I ended up putting the base on the wrong way and I had to take everything of and put it on the right way.

Charlie’s Baking Endeavour

This year for my Endeavour I have been baking cakes and tray bakes. So far I have written a blog and I have made balance sheets for the cakes that i have sold in the last few months. Endeavour is a long term project that we do every year. Every year we choose something that is challenging and not something that we have done already or too easy. In baking i had to overcome a lot of problems because i forgot to add some of the ingredients into the mixture.

 

 

My HTML Endeavour

For my Endeavour I am doing HTML/JAVA coding. I am making a webpage and I am going to use the website CodeCademy to help me. I have completed a planner covering what I will achieve in a certain space of time and answered questions like: how is this project ambitious and how this Endeavour will help me with my world of work. I have written a letter to a creator of a coding boot camp however I don’t know what I am going to do on my webpage. I am hoping that I get a reply for my letter and that it can help me with my Endeavour.

HEALTHY DIETS AND KEEPING ACTIVE

This year for endeavour i decided to do healthy diets and keeping active, i chose this endeavour because i wanted to improve my health and activeness and inspire others to keep healthy as their has been a huge increase in the amount of obesity in the world and i wanted to try and do something about it, So i have been doing an endeavour on it. So far i have been working mainly on healthy eating more than keeping active because i feel as though eating more healthily will improve to help others more efficiently than keeping active. so far my main achievements are making m=my milkshakes an how to make milkshakes i movie. my favourite milkshake recipe is called purple gem fruit. i like it the most because it has a twist with the berries that gives the drink an extra flavor, also because its purple and that my favourite color. Soon the endeavour fair will be on and the following i would have completed on my table: healthy testers (drinks,snacks) research on activeness/healthiness, Imovie, power-point, posters, G suite, question sheet activity to test others knowledge. If i was to change one thing about the way i have did my endeavour would be to focus on both active and diets equally instead of just mainly focusing on one.

Crocheting Endeavour

This year for my Endeavour I have chosen something that I really like. Crocheting. I really enjoy this Endeavour.

I hope to achieve a blanket, a hat, scarf, granny squares and some little things. So far I have made some squares for my blanket, my scarf, I have made lots of granny squares, a flower, a heart, a very long chain and a coaster. To make all of these there are different stitches of crochet you have to learn. These are some examples of those stitches. Chain stitch which you learn at the start, then you could learn the double crochet which I used to do the squares for my blanket. There is also treble crochet which I used for my scarf and half treble crochet for my hat. There is also single crochet which I used for my finger puppets.  I am really enjoying my Endeavour this year and I have learned lots from the project like how to crochet, to be patient, to be fiddly with my hands and to be ambitious. I have asked my questions and answered my questions. I have learned a lot from this project and when I am finished with it I will still crochet things.

 

Twirl Crochet Flower by RoseAlida | Crocheting Pattern

Bullying Movie

My endeavour is making an I-movie about bullying. I wrote a letter to Chris Columbus the director of Harry Potter, he didn’t reply I think he is too busy. I wrote to Chris Columbus because I am inspired by the way he edits movies and how he creates them. I am also currently making a G-suite, it is going very well. I have also finished recording my I-movie, I am now in the middle of editing the I-Movie. I have also finished my planner.

 

 

Islay Walks

For my Endeavour I am doing Islay walks, so far I have walked to: Waterfall Bay, Ben Solum, the Leache, Killeyan and Cliftons Hill. In this Endevour I hope to also walk to the American monument, Ben Vicar, Solum/ Plague Village and Soldiers Rock. For my Endeavour I have made a blog, a Gsuite, I have planned a Walk to Soldiers Rock, I have taken photos of the places I’ve been and I’ve learnt how to read a map. By the End of this Endeavour I hope to Have finished my blog, made a photo-album and finish my research.

In this Endeavour I have learnt how to read a compass and a map, I have learnt how to make a blog on glow and a website on glow. I’ve learnt how to plan a walk and I’ve learnt how to manage my time more successfully.

Art Styles

My Endeavour  is art  and I’m basing my art on Andy Warhol, Bansky and Keith Harings.

My aims are:

  • to evaluate and improve my work as I go along
  • to organise resources and manage deadlines.

In February I finished  of my planning , then  wrote my letter to Miss Roberts, the art teacher in Islay High School  and also started my research.

In March I looked at Pop Art, Graffiti Art, Modern Art and a little bit of perspective drawing.  I tried to copy these styles of art to understand the process.  I had planned to see the art teacher this month but did not achieve this.

By the end of my Project I hope  to improve my art skills and put on a mini exhibition for the Endeavour Fair in June.

I have done 3 pieces of art so far for my exhibition.

Animation Endeavour

I am doing an endeavour about clay animation. Right now I am making an animation about a volcano eruption because of global warming. I just have to animate it now and do the volcano eruption. But it is quite hard because I have to move the volcano and take pictures, it is hard because I forget where I took the pictures and it makes the animations bad sometimes so I need something to put it on so I can make the captions right. The reason I picked this endeavour is because animation is fun and I haven’t  really done much with clay so I thought it would be fun!

Port Ellen History

This year for my endeavor I am doing Port Ellen and its history. Endeavour is a long term project that lets us use learn and get better at new skills. Every year you have to have created something that you can show at the endeavour fair. Everything you do is put into a folder and you keep it all year. You also need to plan all year.

Port Ellen has changed allot over the years and I wanted to identify the changes by presenting a timeline, sway and a map of Port Ellen to show where people in the war live. I have learnt about the monuments and lots more changes. WW1 was a big event for Islay having that the Tuscania and Otranto sinking just of the coast. We had a memorial at the start of may where Princess Ann came over to celebrate 100 years since the incident.

I have learnt how to use a timeline on power point. For my endeavour I need to now how to work a computer. I also needed to plan my year and show what my ambitions and aims are. Every week you also need to plan what you are doing.

This year I made a sway on Port Ellen and the changes that took me a couple of endeavour sessions. I also made a map with all the people in the war and where they lived. That was displayed in the Ramsay Hall for the Princess to see. Im also in progress to finishing a time line on power point.

I think to get finished I would need to do some at home but I will hopefully have enough to show on the endeavour fair.

by Jack

Port Ellen - Whisky Cyclist

Kitchen Skills Endeavour

This year for my endeavour I am doing kitchen skills. I chose to do this because I am really interested in it and I really like helping out at home and the skills that I have learnt will help me when I am looking for a job. Through the weeks of endeavour I have learned a lot of new skills. I have learned how to chop, peel, core and I have learnt about hygiene. At the end of my endeavour I am hoping to make an i-movie to be able to show and teach other people about hygiene in the kitchen and different skills. I am really enjoying endeavour this year and I hope that I can learn more skills even though I won’t be doing endeavour anymore after this.

By Rebecca Morris

Highland Dancing

Endeavour is when you get to choose your own project and do it for the whole year. For this year I have choose to do highland dancing . I am learning how to get better at it, learning to talk with people if I am stuck with a step.Only p5/6/7 do Endeavour but the rest of the school do mini projects. This year I achieved lots, I also learnt new things, I had to overcome lots of problems and I learnt new skills like; learning how to put my costume away properly, how to tie my pumps and how to put everything away in its right place for the next time I go dancing. I learned how to put my sash on my white dress by my self.

I had to over come some problems like; my kilt would not fit me so I had to get it ajusted, my pump laces were to short so I had to get new laces, I went over my ankle and I could not dance, I staved my toe and I had to wear special socks to protect my foot and I was not able to dance for a whole week, I lost my pumps and I had to borrow someone elses, I was going to a competition and I forgot to bring my blouse to wear so I had to wear my sisters when she was not dancing and I was going to a practice and I for got my pumps again and I had to dance in my pumps and it was really painful and my socks were white at the start and at the end they were black on the bottom.

I have learned about the history of highland dancing, I have also learned that it is different than today, I have learned what they wear in the history and what they wear in different countries. I also learned that it was only men that did highland dancing untill the 20th century. I also learned that highland dancing builds up your muscels and makes you stronger.

To get all of my research I have been using SOBHD, wikipedia and youtube videos that have been teaching me how to choreograph a dance and how to dance properly. I chose Highland Dancing as my endeavour because I already do highland dancing and I wanted to learn more about it like the history, what other countries do it and what do they wear to dance, is what they wear the same as us in scotland, were the out fits in history the same as today in scotland. I also chosed it because I want to learn more dances becuase when I am older I would like to be a dance teacher.

 

RHDA - REGINA HIGHLAND DANCING ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animation Endeavour Project

I am doing animation for my Endeavour. I have made some animations.  I am making a storyboard for my last animation and I have done some research on the different types of animation and famous animators like Walt Disney, Dr Suess and Nick Park. Nick Park is the animator of the popular kids show Wallace and Gromit. Walt Disney is then founder of the amazing company which made amazing animations like The Lion King and Bambi. Dr Suess wrote the books for animations like the Lorax and How the Grinch Stole Chirstmas.   Some of the most famous animations are Zootopia by Disney and Wreck it Wralph also by Disney.

Photography Endeavour by Mathew

 

I am doing an Endeavour on photography and the reason that I am doing this for my endeavour because I won a competition called the My Place Photography Competition 2017.  I won a Nikon COOLPIX with my photo that I took of the old Port Ellen distillery funnels and then the Scottish civic trust entered my photo into the European competition and I placed 17th. Then I won a competition at Bowmore Distillery called the Islay Legends Photography Competition and I got a Cannon camera.

I also completed an online course called Photography Made Easy and it taught me all about photography like what IOS to use in different situations and what F Stop to use for different photos and I also made an Instagram account that has all of my photos on it called @mattsphotos06.

 

Skin Care And The Beauty Industry Endeavour

Endeavour is a long term person topic of your own choice that has to be ambitious and is carried out all through the year.

My endeavour was on skin care and the beauty industry. I chose this because of Lush. Lush is a well known brand because it is all organic and doesn’t test on animals and I wanted to be able to know how to look after my skin and make products.

In my endeavour I was able to make my own recipe book, which had recipes I had made. I made products to sell. I made a video on how to make lip balm. I had a poster all about animal testing, I also had research and I had a sway that I added to as my endeavour progressed. I also had my Aunty Bam in for an interview because she use to run Body Shops and knows all about working in the industry.  I also learned about the chemistry behind products.

I had to over come problems when I was learning about allergies. I had to keep on checking if the information was reliable.

This year I definitely improved my time management and I was definitely more organised that I was previous years.

The reasons why my endeavour was ambitious was because I had to learn how to follow recipes, I learn about things I didn’t really know about, I also learnt how to write recipes out. I learnt how to make different products.

I want to say a thanks to everyone who helped me. My Aunty Bam for coming in and helping me. My Gran and Papa for letting me use their computer and my Mum for buying me ingredients.

By Eva Munro