P5/6 are hard at work designing and constructing their lorries for the SCDI Charge Challenge. Their challenge is to build an electric lorry to transport as much cargo as possible across a 3m course in 10 minutes.
The class are working in groups to measure and saw wood to create a frame to support the axle and wheels. They will then work on designing the body of their vehicle.
Our STEM Champion, George Burns, provided a safety demonstration before getting to work with the tools.
The winning vehicle from the class will go forward to the compete in the competition at the STEM Showcase at Dumfries House next month.
On Friday 21st February primary 4 t0 7 had a theatre production called ‘Hope’ and it was about bullying . A girl called Hope was getting bullied by another girl called Aimee and her old friend Joe . Hope’s friend Joe was bullying her even though he didn’t want to do it but Aimee forced him to do it .The only thing that made her bully Hope was her dad because he screams at her and it makes her upset . After 10 years Aimee and Hope bumped in to each other and Aimee was upset because her bag was stolen and it had all of her valuables and her train ticket in it. Then Aimee asked Hope for £5 for a train ticket to see her daughter Sammy. Hope gave Aimee the money and Aimee asked Hope if she wanted to sit together on the train and Hope said yes.
by Evie and Kiera in P7
This theatre production was a very thought-provoking event for our P4-P7 pupils. It highlighted that actions cause reactions – both positive and negative, and emphasised how hurtful name-calling can be. After the show, all pupils participated in drama workshops with the cast which gave them a chance to ask questions about the issues raised in the production.
A brilliant show which was thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils!
Next week P5/6 will be working alongside our STEM champion George Burns in an electric lorry building task.
The challenge is part of a National STEM challenge and requires the use of different tools to construct the frames and create the vehicles. George will demonstrate the safe use of equipment, such as saws and bench grips prior to the task.
If you have any concerns about your child using tools as part of this STEM activity, please contact the school office.
As part Internet Safety Day P5/6 have been chatting about how to protect their identify online. They looked at the different apps, games and sites that are used by everyone and how much about your own identity is shared by having a profile or account.
As part of the Internet Safety Day initiative they completed the East Ayrshire Avatar competition. Check out our three winners’ designs. Aren’t they great? They were created by Neve, Sophie-Kate and Madison.
This month in our DYW committee group we were learning lots of science skills. We learned about wiring a circuit to
light a bulb and then we added a switch. We experimented with different materials to see which ones were insulators and which were conductors. This means which materials let electricity flow through them and which ones stop it.
After break we learned about forces and motion. We had a Rocket Challenge to see who could design and build a rocket that could cut through the air. The winning rocket was ‘Pencil’. It was like a pencil with a sharp top. It moved the furthest and quickest.
This week in P5/6 we have been writing letters to our new penpals. We have buddied up with Uryside School in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, as part of our Scottish focus this month. We hope to get to know the P6 class at Uryside and learn about them and where they live.
We are really excited and can’t wait for them to write back.
P5/6 have finished reading the novel Matilda. The class will now watch the movie and complete various comparison activities linked to the book. Matilda has a PG rating. If you DO NOT consent to your child watching Matilda please contact the school office by Wednesday 11th December.