The Superstars visited the Signal Tower Museum in Arbroath on Friday as part of their topic on lighthouses.
The buildings where the museum is now housed used to be the accommodation for the lighhouse keepers of the Bell Rock. They lived there when they were on shore, with their families.
The museum was recently refurbished and was officially opened again last month by Princess Anne.
We were shown around the museum by Eileen and she told us lots of facts about the Bell Rock and told us more about the artefacts on display. We were also able to watch a film about the construction of the Bell Rock. We would like to say a big thank you to Eileen for making it such an interesting visit.
Click here to be taken to Signal Tower website. They now have a webcam which you can move about to look at the lighthouse and the harbour!
This afternoon we invited our parents to come in and help us make our lighthouse models.
We were planning to make them a wee while ago but all the Pringles tubes we had collected had been thrown out when the school was being tidied, so we had to start all over again!!
We made a base for our lighthouse using an old shoebox lid or half of a cereal box. We painted it and covered it with blue tissue paper for the sea. Then we made our lighthouse by covering the crisps tube with white paper and added red or black stripes. We used mod roc to attach the lighthouse to the base by packing it around the base of the lighthouse to make rocks. We added a plastic tub to the top to house the light.
We will be finishing them off by painting the rocks and adding our electrical circuit so our lighthouses have a flashing light. We think we have done a super job, don’t you?
After we had all tidied up we were able to eat the fruit kebabs we had prepared that morning. Our parents really liked them and we think some had more than one!
This term we are learning all about lighthouses. We have a very famous lighthouse near Arbroath called the Bell Rock. It is 200 hundred years old this year and is the oldest surviving sea washed lighthouse in the world!
We will be linking our learning about lighthouses to our science topic of electricity. We will be learning about electrical circuits and will make our own lighthouses with a flashing light.
If you would like to see some of the planning we did for our topic together click on the link below. Keep visiting to find out more about our topic.
Today we brainstormed what rubbish is and made a class mind map. We will be using our mind map to ask questions and research what really is rubbish and what we can do to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost our waste.
Today we visited the Discovery ship in Dundee to find out more about Captain Scott's first expedition to the Antarctic. We were given a guided tour around the ship where we found out lots of interesting facts. We were able to look closely at the living quarters of the crew.
Then we took part in a workshop where we were able to compare the clothes that Scott would have worn in the Antarctic to clothes that explorers would wear now. This was great fun as we got to dress up!
After lunch, we looked around the visitor centre. Some of us went into the theatre to watch a short film. We had a brilliant day out. A big thank you to all the staff at Discovery Point.
Today Mrs Stewart told us the thrilling story of Scott's first journey to Antarctica, aboard the Discovery. We looked at this powerpoint she had made. Some of us wondered why all the pictures were in black and white!
We started to illustrate slides for our own powerpoint. Some children worked on recording their voices on the computer for a Voicethread about the Discovery. We will post this once it is finished.
Our topic this term is all about Antarctica. We will be finding out all about Antarctic explorers and the geography, climate and animals.
This week we found out that Antarctica is one of the seven continents of the world.
We also found out that millions of years ago our continents were not shaped the way they are today. As a matter of fact, they were not separate continents at all! Scientists now believe that the earth’s land masses were once all one giant land mass called Pangaea. Over the last 250 million years the continents have broken up and drifted to where they are today. Scientists call this Continental Drift.
They also believe that Antarctica was once a warm land roamed by dinosaurs!
We have been investigating houses and homes in our local area with Flat Stanley. This week we went out with Mrs Campbell to take some photographs of houses around our school, made collages of our own homes and during our Walk on Wednesday we looked out for examples of street furniture and took more photographs.
We are also drawing maps of the route we walk from school to home. We are doing this for our homework this week. Flat Stanley was bit worried that he would forget how to get to our houses if he was ever invited back for tea!!