Primary 6&7 have been using a great resource so they can look at data from around the world and use it to compare life in different countries.
Using the Gapminder tools online they have been able to compare things like income, life expectancy and child mortality for a range of places around the world, creating their own comparison graphs on Excel.
They have also visited Dollar Street, a fantastic tool that show exactly what it means to live on one of the four income levels, no matter where in the world you live. The children have researched a family living on one of the income levels, and created a fact file. We now know a lot more about the world around us, based on facts!
Neil Chattle, our Rolls-Royce mentor, visited the school on 26th April. He gave a talk to the whole school about jet engines and brought some model jet engines for us to try building. We had a great day and ended with a challenge for teams of children to work together to build the model engine in the fastest possible time!
One day after rugby club we where pulled in and I was chosen to be the mascot for the Scotland Rugby Team through the Islay Minis Rugby club, which is a club for people who want to play rugby till there in s2 and then they have to go to the one in high school. On February 24th me, my dad and my grandad headed to Murrayfield to see the Scotland vs England rugby match as I was the mascot. When we got the stadium we had to meet up with the rest of the mascots to go and sit in a room and wait for some other people as they were late. When every one was in the room our parents went to there seats and we were taken into the tunnel where we waited for the game to start. When the game was just about to start the players came out and lined up. I was partnered with Stuart Hogg who was my favourite player. When we ran out we had walk forward and kneel as Princess Anne walked behind us and shook the players hand. After that we went off and went to our seat and watched the game. Where we were sitting we had the subs right behind us. After half time we back to our seats and the game started up and it started up. When England were progressing through our defence, Jamie Bhatti, another one of my favourite players, he was injured and carried off and when he came up the steps to his seat he almost fell as he had torn something in his leg. After the game we went down and had to wait till the players got ready and got changed then they came out to sign our t-shirts and other stuff. I was really thrilled that Scotland won!
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.
On a Tuesday at lunch time at Port Ellen Primary School Charlie, Ciaran and Aidan run a Knex Club for P4-7. We put everyone into groups of 5. Every week there is different things that get made and done like frisbees and tracks we also made a lot of houses out of knex. A lot of people came to Knex club so we had a lot of things that were made. After the Febuary break we are starting Knex club again. We hae also been doing Knex building challenges in class. We built a hydro electric machine, a wind powered machine and a solar car in class from Knex and even maneged to make electricity. It was very exciting!
This term P67 have been learning about renewables and how energy is produced from different sources. They went on a trip around the renewables projects on Islay and this inspired a group to enter the BP STEM Challenge by making and testing their own Hydro Energy device. Watch the video they made for their entry below.
Nuclear is a non renewable energy source.
Nuclear doesn’t release any gasses or fuels but if a tsunami happens or a terrorist attacks it, it will release a lot of bad chemical that can cause global warming it can also kill people and it wont go away for thousands years.
The chemical reaction will cause radiation the parts of it will have to be hidden in a special rock because its the only rock that can hold it with out letting it go this rock has no cracks so it can hold it. This rock is on Islay!
Nuclear is from Radioactive minerals which are uranium they are found by mining. When the minerals are spilt they split in Nuclear reactors.
Nuclear only needs a tiny bit to create a lot of energy, It doesn’t release gasses or fuels.
They are expensive to run, if they leak they can have a massive effect on people.
Hydro power makes electricity by water being released from a reservior flowing through a turbine,spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to make electricity. Hydro power is a renewable energy source. 18% of the UK uses hydro power. It’s negative point is that it is expensive to build and it dams water flooding lots of land. However it won’t pollute the air with greenhouse gases like power plants that burn fossil fules. We have small scale hydro electric projects on Islay that make electricity for a house. There is also a large scale project near Oban, called Cruachan Hydro Plant. Islay has used water since olden days to move things as this old abandoned waterwheel shows.