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.
Today we learned about DYW. We spoke about all of the different jobs you can do. We also spoke about the qualities that you would need to get a job. We worked in teams to create life-size characters that we wrote jobs, skills and qualities around.
We decided that this year we would like to have a DYW day, mock interviews for the P7s and Guess the Job game for the infants with real people about their jobs.
We are also going to write to parents/carers to invite them in to share information about their jobs with us.
P5/6 had a fantastic day recreating a Victorian Classroom. Children experienced a typical school day from the Victorian era including bible lessons, reading, writing and arithmetic before the potato lesson and drill. Children also had hand inspections after break and lunch to ensure they had clean and tidy hands ready for work.
Boys and girls lined up separately, ate separately and took different afternoon lessons. The boys tried their hand at technical drawing and construction whilst the girls hand washed stubborn stains from clothing to prepare them for a life as a housewife or servant.
The day was a real insight into how different school life would have been in Victorian times. We can’t wait to visit Scotland Street on Wednesday!