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World War II Stories

We have been so impressed by the efforts of the pupils in P5/6 to find out about a family member or important people who lived during World War II and create a presentation for the class.

Below are just some of the presentations that we got to enjoy this week.  Other pupils chose to create PowerPoint presentations.  It has been fantastic to see everyone developing their presentation skills and having the confidence to give it a go!

We heard about German captures, escapes from work camps, sunken submarines,  medals from the King and so much more!  We have discovered how important it is to pass on these incredible stories and keep it going for the next generation to enjoy.

Well done P5/6!  What a brilliant way to end such a fabulous year with you!

 

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World War II

Our topic this term has been World War 2.  We have been finding out about The Blitz, blackouts, evacuations and what life was like for people in the UK at that time.

The pupils have also been working in small groups to research a chosen aspect of World War 2.  The groups have chosen to research:

  • The Soviet Union
  • Anne Frank
  • Women in World War 2
  • New Inventions/Products in World War 2.
  • Adolf Hitler

Everyone has been working so hard on their presentations  and we are looking forward to sharing what we have found out with each other next week!

Some pupils have also been conducting some further research at home, finding out about their own family members who lived during the time of World War 2.  We are going to share these on Monday and Tuesday in the last week of term.  I can’t wait to see and hear what they found out!

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Blackout!

Today Mrs Douglas did a science experiment with the class to find out which material would work best to black out our windows during an air raid in World War 2.

We had 4 materials to choose from.  We made a hypothesis, writing down which materials would be most effective or which materials would be least effective.

Then we attached the materials to the windows and went outside to test them.  From inside the classroom , Mrs Henderson shone a torch behind each material and we had to see if any light could be seen on the other side of the window.

The red cellophane was the least effective and we were surprised to find that the light was blocked by the white paper!

P5/6 CLASS ASSEMBLY ON WW1

Today was the big day for all of us in P5/6, time to share our learning with friends, family and the whole school. There were a few nerves building as the day progressed and much relief when it was all finished – also some pleasure in being able to reduce some parents and staff members to a tear at the end!

Isabel, Jay and Alex sharing details of how WW1 started.

Emma, Carla and Tory sharing details of women in WW1

Robbie, Ronan and Robert shared information about life in the trenches.

Kelsi, Mia and Evie talked about some key Shetlanders from WW1

Amy, Koll and Frankie spoke about the battle of the Somme, where Shetland suffered the biggest loss.

Hayden, Isaiah and Lucien shared some details of the weapons used in WW1.

Becca, Hannah and Daniel shared their thoughts on the end of the war and our learning.

Ellie, Evie, Hannah, Isabel and Robbie all shared information about their own connections to WW1. This was a lovely addition to the assembly and all of the pupils had found this information in their own time!


Quiz time (Abi, Ellie and Kayla): time to check if the audience had been paying enough attention to the assembly… Well done audience!

Getting ready to sing “Keep the Home Fires Burning” – we are blessed with such beautiful singers in P5/6

Soloists: Emma, Evie, Hannah, Tory, Kelsi, Abi, Becca and Carla.

Quartets: Robbie, Lucien, Hayden and Koll and Ellie, Kayla, Jay and Frankie.

I can honestly say that I could not have been more proud of all of the P5/6 pupils. They have put so much thought and effort into this. They have been very instrumental in deciding how we should do it, what should be included, all slides and scripts were prepared by themselves too.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the topic of WW1, both the pupils and myself, and I believe that was clear in the presentation of their assembly this afternoon.

Well done P5/6, you should all be super proud of yourselves – have a well deserved break over the weekend!

Achievement Talks 30.11.18

Today it was the turn of those on Nerdy Nuggets (consisting of Alex, Becca, Carla, Evie, Hannah and Lucien) to share their achievements with the rest of the class.

Today Carla shared with us some work that she had been doing at home based on our WW1 topic. Using the learning that we have been doing in class Carla created a diary of a woman during the period of WW1. It contained information of life at home, stories she had heard from the trenches and the impact of the loss of family members too. Well done Carla!

The diary of a woman during WW1.

Hannah told us all about her Grade 2 piano exam she sat earlier in the week. Some of the tasks she had to achieve were – play 3 pieces of music, accurately read and play a new piece and demonstrate her ability to follow a beat. We look forward to hearing how successful she was in the coming weeks. Good luck Hannah!

Lucien and Alex talked us through their WW1 PowerPoint presentation they have been completing in class. We have been concentrating on a specific area of WW1 each week and the pupils have been updating this information onto a PowerPoint presentation. There is some really interesting information being shared here boys, well done!

WW1 power point before we leave school.

Well done Nerdy Nuggets. Again, there have been some great achievements shared this week. I am also enjoying hearing all of the information that the pupils have been finding out about their personal connections to WW1.

Keep  up the good work P5/6!

Remembrance Crosses

This week we have been concentrating on Remembrance, discussing who and why we remember and why the poppy is used as a symbol for this.

After our class trip the pupils have taken note of some of the names of local people who lost their lives in WW1. Some pupils have also found members of their own family who were involved too – we hope to research this more in the future.

As part of the act of remembrance the class were introduced to the Remembrance Cross, where crosses are decorated with a poppy and dedicated to a particular soldier. We decided to use the  information from our trip to dedicated a cross to our own local hero.

Each member of the class was given two pieces of wood, some sandpaper and string to create their own cross. The pictures above show them sanding down the rough edges in preparation. They then decorated the cross with a poppy and dedicated their cross to a soldier they were either related to who had lost their life during the war or one that we had learnt about during our trip.

The pupils have taken their crosses home with them where they will either keep them to remember their soldier or leave it at a War Memorial this weekend.

Well done P5/6 the crosses look fabulous and you have all done a great job in understanding and respecting the meaning of Remembrance.

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.

Primary 5/6 Assembly

On 28th March we had our class assembly. Everyone worked really hard together to prepare assembly boards and scripts. We presented information about the Old Stone Age, New Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Picts and Vikings and Kenya. Everyone sang beautifully, starting with ‘What does Shetland mean to me’ and finishing with Hakuna Matata and Archie and Ronan also played the cornet and accordion. A big well done to all the bairns for their performances, we know that it’s not always easy to perform to a big audience, but they all supported each other and did so well.

Making Iron Age Brochs and Viking longhouses

Chris Dyer came into school again this afternoon to help us to make our models. Last week we planned them and this week we were given all the materials and now we have to make them! We used polystyrene blocks for the stonework and wood for the roof. We’ll be making other artefacts with clay.

Here is how we got on today.