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Christmas Cards … and Poetry

I hope you have found your lovely Christmas card that was sent home today!  This class enjoy craft work and created really striking winter tree paintings for their cards.

We also used these pictures to inspire us to do some creative writing.  We went out into the nature garden to look at the winter trees and gather words, phrases and ideas for our work.  Back in class, we looked at various free style poems to give us more inspiration before creating our own.  The poems needed to sound as if we were having a conversation with the tree.  They needed to have questions and repetition within it and they were not to rhyme.  This proved harder than we thought!  Some excellent pieces were created, very quickly.  Here are some of my favourite lines…

Dream and dream until the sun shines through to wake you up, winter tree.          (Amy)

Tall and elegant, but dead looking inside so bare and brown.  (Fergus)

Will your leaves ever return?  Lying dormant on the ground but in the summer you’re tall and proud.  (Magnus)

Trees do you hear me?  How do you feel?  What do you see?  Dusted with frost.  (Fiona)

Oh winter tree, how do you survive the harsh, harsh cold winter?  (Matthew)

Oh cold frosty tree, how do you stand so strong and proud in the strong winter breeze? (Hannah)

I’ll speak to you next year but now it’s time to sleep, sleep, sleep. (Isabel)

No reply came from the winter tree.  Then I wonder… Is he alive? (Robbie)

The newly fallen snow is…hair.  It’s winter, tree.  (Ellie)

I don’t know how you can stand so tall and proud in this bitter wind.  (Kelsi)

Are you cold?  Surely you are!  Will your leaves ever come back?  You’re so naked.  Soon your leaves will return.  Just keep dreaming and dreaming.  (Liam)

Oh tree so cold, bent and old.  Your pine cones so spiky.  Do you feel it if you bend so bold? (Kathryn)

Winter tree, your leaves have fallen.  You’re covered in a cloak of snow.  You are freezing in the bitter temperatures.  (Bella)

How do you live outside in the cold lifeless winter, tree?  You must have thick skin.   (Bobby)

You dream about the summer and the flowers and the grass and how you’ll have leaves at last.  (Ava)

Winter tree, how can you live like this…in the vast winter wind where your life has faded…?  (Abi)

Yes, yes, yes!  I can get cold on the outside but in the inside I can feel happiness.  (Anders)

Do you want my jacket?  Wait, no, that strong, insulating bark of yours will surely keep you warm.  (Evie)

Mum said you’re dreaming of spring with your green, vibrant leaves but I can not see it!  (Fearne)

Bare, chilly and frosty, you need some warmth.  Dream of spring, summer, flowers and the sun.  (Tory)

Your fantastic green leaves, gone but when summer comes around, you will be remade and beautiful once again.  (Koll)

That’s too many questions!  Let me stand here until spring!  (Hayden)

Are you ever going to take off in this winter breeze?  Swaying in the wind, bare and cold.  (Kayla)

The full versions of our poems will be displayed in school next term.  Please feel free to come and have a read in the new year!

Happy Holidays

That’s been a fast term!

What have P5/6 been up to on their final day of term?  They all worked on grammar activities first thing before heading out to the multicourt for class P.E. where we scored a record number of frisbee goals! Then we all worked on our own personal learning goals before lunch so all different types of activities were going on at the same time.  The afternoon saw us gather together to have a whole school photo to celebrate our 50 years and this was followed by a great JRSO assembly.  Happy holidays everyone and here’s hoping this weather holds!

Rocket launch day!!

We’ve had a super morning today launching our bottle rockets at the sports pitch!

The pupils have been using our learning on forces – notably friction, air resistance and thrust – to try and adjust their own bottles to build the best rocket design possible. There have been some variations in style and we have all been looking forward to the day when we finally got to test them out…

We set a challenge to see which group could get their rocket to fly the furthest.

Becca and Hannah were the winners with a magnificent 24metres!

Once all of the groups had launched their rockets for distance the ones who struggled with coverage were given the chance to “take to the sky”.

It was a lovely, slightly chilly, morning and a fantastic way to extend our learning outside the classroom. I hope the pupils enjoyed the activity as much as I did – though they did work me hard with the hand pump and I did get a little wet a few times …

Our hopes and dreams for the future.

We have recently completed our Health and Well-being topic where we focussed on  “Hopes and Dreams”. The pupils have been discussing their personal hopes for the future (displayed on the clouds) and investigating their dream job and the steps needed to achieve this (their steps are on the leaves).

It has been really interesting to hear the variation of careers that the class would wish to pursue in the future. I’m certain a lot of them have found some information regarding expected salaries and the qualifications needed to achieve this enlightening too – the importance of some key subjects in school for most careers was a shock to many.

I hope that many of them manage to achieve their hopes and dreams in the future.

Engineers in the making

This term we have been exploring forces. Using this knowledge and understanding we spent the morning designing and constructing our own bottle rockets.

The pupils were working in pairs to design a rocket that they thought would be aerodynamic and light, but withstand enough pressure to create optimum thrust (and distance) for launch day.

We are looking forward to finishing the project at the beginning of the next term and seeing who’s rocket performed the best on launch day!

Broo Archaeology Trip

This afternoon Primary 5/6 and some of Primary 6/7 went to visit the dig at Broo. Gerry Bigalow, the project coordinator met us and gave us a really interesting talk all about the house site. Every year they find something different and reveal more of the house. This year they have uncovered a huge fireplace and a window that hasn’t been looked through for 300 years!

After the talk and walk around the site we split into two groups and had a chance to do some real hands on archaeology. We used the large hanging sieve to look through buckets of the sandy earth from the site and it was exciting to see how many things we found. There were lots of bones and some burnt peat.

The second activity was to use the trowels to scrape back the soil and look for artefacts. This time there were again quite a few bones and the remains of a very old bottle.

We were lucky with the weather and really enjoyed the walk there and back too. Primary 5/6 gave the afternoon 10/10!

Thanks to Faith and Robert’s mums for coming with us too.

Terrific Scientific

 

Today we completed all the last measurements of our project. We looked at all the data and tried to see if there were any patterns. Everyone found that the onions had grown most on day 8. We looked at the temperatures on that day and before and it had been warmest then. We drew graphs using Excel to compare the temperature and the rate of growth. We were surprised at how much the spring onions had grown.

Scatness Visit

This morning P5/6 went back in time 2000 years to the Iron Age. Chris Dyer from the Amenity Trust showed us round Scatness. We started in the visitor centre, where he talked to us about Shetland’s history. We completed a jigsaw puzzle, which had a timeline from the Stoneage to present day.

He also explained to us how housing has changed through the ages. Chris had lit a peat fire in the middle of the reconstructed wheelhouse and we all enjoyed going into it and hearing more about life in the Iron Age. After that we went for a look at other houses on the site and saw the broch.

We finished off by playing a really good Viking game called Kubb.

A big thank you to all our adult helpers too!