P5, 6, 7 had great fun today rehearsing and performing 1719! with the Scottish Opera.
1719! travels back to a key moment in Scottish history to tell the story of the Jacobite Scots locked in a desperate struggle to restore the House of Stuart to the throne of Great Britain, while the Hanoverian King George argued with other European rulers over the lands and riches of the New World. King Philip of Spain sent troops and money to help the Jacobites in an attempt to distract the British government from this dispute.
Pupils went back in time 300 years when the Jacobites and their Spanish allies gathered in Glen Shiel for battle with King George’s forces, in what was the last close engagement of British and European troops on British soil.
It was an amazing way to learn about one of the most dramatic and exciting periods in Scottish history.
One of our parents came to school today to share his collection of World War 2 uniforms and artefacts with the P7s as part of their Social Studies topic this term. It was fascinating to hear some of the stories behind the items. Thank-you, Mr McIntyre!
Last week Primary 4 visited Largs to enrich their learning about the Vikings. This is what they had to say about it:
“It was very cool because we went in a longhouse and we saw a longship. The longhouse was also a bedroom and a kitchen. We got to try the helmets on and they were very heavy. We also went a walk to the Viking village. There were lots of Vikings there and the first tent we went they showed us where the Vikings would have slept. We also got runes painted on our hands we had lots of fun.”
Today we met Vicki from the National Mining Museum. She taught us all about how mines have changed of the years and about mining in Ayrshire. We found out how important it is to have our rights as in the Victorian period children did not have these and had to work in dangerous conditions in the mines.
Primary 5 and Primary 6 also visited Belleisle where the rangers taught us about the woodland habitats and the different plants and trees that grow in the park
We also had a visit from Miss Young to tell us all about a day in the life of a farmer.
Article 24 All children and young people have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay alive, healthy and safe.
Well done to our Euroquiz team for being excellent ambassadors for the school at the recent Euroquiz competition. They have all been working very hard remembering lots of facts and figures about Europe. Congratulations goes to Ayr Grammar for coming first.
Article 30 You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.
We recently received an email from Canada with a photograph attached that was found in the scrap book of a lady who grew up in Ayr. It is thought to have been taken around 1940. Do you recognise anyone – or do you have any other old photos? If so please send them in.
Last week Primaries 4, 5 and 6 went to the Glasgow City Halls to enjoy the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform the 10 Pieces Concert. The event was hosted by Barney Harwood from Blue Peter, helped out by Hacker and Dodge. Some of the pupils commented: “I liked how they told stories through music,” and “I’ve never been to anything like this before!” You can find out more about the 10 Pieces by clicking here.
Primary 4 also visited the Maritime Museum in Irvine and found out more about the Titanic and what it was like for the ship builders and their families.
Well done to the Euroquiz Team. They were excellent ambassadors of Holmston Primary at the recent local heat of the nationwide quiz. They demonstrated all the hard work and effort that they had put in to learning all about Europe.