# Roman Villa

We have been making a Roman villa.

We made a fire out of tissue paper and made a circuit to represent the glow of the fire.  They also made under floor heating or a ‘Hypocaust’. The Romans would build a fire under their house and the hot air and smoke would heat the rooms above.

# John Muir Trust

On the 19th of February all the P7’s from 4 different schools went to Lower Shader to do some outside activities for the whole school day such as: bush craft, a walk with an archaeologist ,building a fishing platform and an indoor activity. After 4 weeks we hope to achieve the John Muir discovery trust award.

# Tchoukball Festival

On the 13th of February 2020 the P6 and 7’s went to a Tchoukball Festival. The difference between a festival and a competition is that in a festival no one counts the score and its about having fun not winning. We played 8 games and had lots of fun. The skills I used were: teamwork skills, communication skills and accuracy skills.

# Science – Electricity

We started a new subject in Science, this term we are learning about electricity.  We were experimenting with circuits.  One experiment we did was using a two-way switch.  When I pushed in one direction the first lamp lit up and when I switched it the other way the other lamp went on.  The skills I used were observation and problem solving.  I have also started learning about the symbols that are used when we draw circuits.

# Science Experiments

We have been learning about pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease).  We carried out a science experiment to find out how pathogens spread.  We found out that the best way to wash your hands is with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.  How you wash your hands is also important.

This is a photograph of another science experiment to find out which conditions cause the most mould growth on a piece of bread.  We found out that damp and dark conditions caused the mould to spread the quickest.

# This term we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages.

We are enjoying practical and real life maths this term.

On Monday the 18th of June we had our school trip to Scaladale. We got on the bus at school 06:00 pm and we arrived at Scaladale at 06:45pm. First we went on a walk up around the hill at the back of the Scaladale centre. The hill was very steep, it was really windy and there were two rain showers. After the walk we were all put into groups so we knew which room we were in. Then we had hot chocolate and snacks for supper. Then we helped to wash up, dry and put away the dishes.

In the morning I woke up at 7:00am. We got put into two teams – one team went climbing and the other one went gorge walking.

(Rosanna P5)

On Monday night we went for a walk up a hill at the back of the Scaladale centre, it was a long path. We had to stop at each junction so we didn’t get lost. It was really windy at the top of the hill, the wind was so strong it nearly blew us away! After the walk we had hot chocolate, toast, scones and cake for supper. Then we went to bed and at midnight we a midnight feast! I didn’t go to sleep until 1:30am!

(Sandy P6)

On the 19th of June the whole school went to Scaladale to do some activities. There was gorge walking and rock climbing for  P5-7.  For the Gorge Walking we had to get wetsuits on which took the boys around half an hour. Once the boys had got the wetsuits on we had to get life jackets on and shorts on top of the wetsuits for protection. After we were ready we got on the bus and headed to our destination. When we arrived we had a check that our equipment was safe and headed down the road to the river. In the river we got to climb up rocks, swim up currents and do bombs into very deep parts it was my favourite part. The skills I used were teamwork, swimming and perseverance (especially when I was swimming against the current – I didn’t give up!).

(Donnie P5)

On Tuesday 19th of June we went to the Scaladale Centre, the best thing I did was Gorge walking up a river. At the beginning we got a shock because of how cold it was but we got used to it after a while. Then we went up the river, on the first bank we had to do the Hebridean dunk.  We had to dunk our head under the water – it was really cold I had an ice cream headache!

We got to play for about 3 minutes in the pools then we went up more of the river.  When we got to a deep pool that we could jump off a rock and into the pool even Ms Macmillan and Ms Macarthur did it! When we got up to the last pool we climbed up a small cliff edge and then carried on up the river. Once we all got to the next pool there was a small slide which we all had a go on, it was pretty fun. We were all trying to climb up the slippery rocks. In the end we all made it, the pool we were at we could all jump in (in style) this time there was an even bigger slide which was longer than the other one.

After we were done at the last pool we headed up to the mini-bus and wentback to the Scaladale Centre.  Finally we could get a warm shower to heat up!

The skills that were important for gorge walking were communication and listening because we had to follow the leader’s instructions.  Teamwork was important because we had to make sure everyone was safe and didn’t get pulled away in the current.  I would definitely do gorge walking again.

(Josh P7)

# Wild about Scotland Bus 13.06.18

On Wednesday the 13th of June the Wild about Scotland double-decker bus came to our school.  We learnt about Biodiversity in Scotland.  The first thing we did was go upstairs to learn about 6 different animal habitats:

1. Farmland and croft land
2. Lochs, rivers & wetlands
3. Mountains, heaths and bogs
4. Woodland
5. Coasts and seas
6. Gardens and green spaces

We had to sort 24 animals into the correct habitat by looking at the clues. When we went downstairs we looked at some skulls and the fur or a red fox.  We had a quiz at the end to answer questions about what we had learned.

I found it interesting to learn about different animals and their habitats.  My favourite Scottish animal is the red fox.

# Outdoor Learning – Biodiversity

On Monday the 11th of June 2018 Tim Pickering came to the school to help us learn more about biodiversity in our local area.

We wanted to find out how many different species of insects we could find in the croft next to the school.  First we needed to gather equipment such as magnifying glasses, clipboards and paper, insect identification keys and sample jars.  I predicted that we would find between 0 – 20 different types of insects.

Once we had everything we needed we walked to the  croft.  We started looking for insects in the ground, on the wall of a shed and under rocks.  When we found an insect we put it in the sample jar and drew a picture of it, we then wrote down the name of that bug. I found it difficult to read the latin names of the bugs.  At the end Tim Pickering showed us an ant nest and we guessed how many there were.

Together we found 11 different species of insects including wasp spider, wolf spider, earwig, black garden ant, orb spider, woodlouse, slugs, beetles, ticks, red velvet mite and midges.

We found 11 types of insect in one hour but there were probably a lot more insects we didn’t find.

# Endangered Animals and Biodiversity

On Monday 28th of June we learnt about and made a presentation about endangered animals. We had to write about their habitats and food chain. Sandy wrote about the Giant Panda, Josh wrote about the Bengal Tiger, Chris wrote about the Blue Whale, and Donnie wrote about the mountain Gorilla. It is very important that we make sure we look after the animal kingdom and plants.

We looked at food chains of these animals and have been learning a lot about biodiversity.  Biodiversity means life diversity – we have so many different species of animals and plants on Earth.  The loss of biodiversity could cause animals to become extinct.  Different species may find it hard to survive if their habitats are being destroyed.

The ways you could help our world and animals from becoming extinct include: recycle your rubbish, not littering, not using harmful pesticides on plants or bugs.