A huge well done to our P5/6 pupils on two wonderful performances at our Carol Concert! We are very proud of you all! What super singers, instrumentalists, percussionists and performers. We hope you enjoyed your time rehearsing and on the stage. Thank you for rehearsing so well and thanks too, to parents and carers supporting at home and on the day.
Today we looked at the next aspect of our topic – electricity. It was great fun exploring the electricity boxes and trying to make an electrical circuit to light the bulbs! Lots of exciting discoveries were made and I’m sure the hilarity could be heard throughout the school as we tried to create a complete circuit with our bodies!
Today was our last STEM session with Emma Chittick this year. The children were asked to use all of the knowledge and skills gained over the past couple of weeks to build something that would generate electricity. Everyone was raring to get started and it didn’t take long for their designs to take shape!
Some made wind turbines, some used solar cells, while some used both in the same structure. It was great to see the children interacting and problem solving together to try and achieve success. I was very proud to see everyone working so well as a team and providing support for each other. Well done P5/6!
This term we are looking at renewable energy so we invited Emma Chittick into our class to work on a few STEM projects linked to our learning. In week 1, the children were challenged to build a wind turbine using Lego. When their structures were ready, everyone had a trial run and were given time to make any necessary alterations to their design. It was very exciting waiting to see if it would turn with the wind from the fan! We measured how much electricity was produced from each design.
In week 2 the class were asked to build a structure with solar panels that would capture natural light and artificial light. This meant that they had to design a structure that could change the angle of the solar panel. Again, they were given a trial run, then a fair test with the same conditions for each group. During our testing, we quickly realised one disadvantage when relying on solar energy. The position of the sun moved as we were testing at our classroom windowsill, resulting in less direct natural sunlight for some of the tests.
Keep a look out for the final challenge next week!
Today our newly appointed JRSO’s got to meet Elaine Skinley and receive their welcome packs. They have already been busy updating our JRSO board in the foyer area…so watch this space during the year for all the competitions and activities they are planning.
This week we had 5 members of the class sharing their achievements with us.
Isabel told us about her success in finally landing a front flip on her trampoline. She has been practicing for a while now and was thrilled to share her success with the class. Although she doesn’t always successfully land on her feet she is happy to say that she’s getting more confident at it. Well done Isabel!
Abi built on a previous achievement talk this week. She was proud to share that she had learnt how to do a tumble turn push off in her swimming. This is a big step for Abi in building her skills to hopefully compete for the swimming club in the future. Keep it up Abi.
Kelsi demonstrated her abilty to walk in the bridge position, she can then go up and down the wall again (whilst remaining in the bridge position!!) This was impressive to watch, I wish I was that flexible! Well done Kelsi!
Isaiah was proud to share the success of the school football team in the recent triangular sport event. Dunrossness successfully won both of their games, pulling it back from being behind at half time – a real team effort from all involved. Isaiah also shared his success at the local climbing wall, explaining how although it was a little scary at times it was also great fun. Well done!
Ellie shared her excitement that her family were going to start building their own house in the very near future! She is very excited to be getting her own room. Another blessing is that she will not have to leave her family and friends who live nearby as the new house will be built in the field next to her current home. We look forward to hearing all about the developments as the build progresses.
Thank you to all those sharng their achievements. The pupils are all gaining confidence with their presentation skills through these talks and it’s fantastic for us all to hear them sharing something that they are proud of inside and outside school. Well done P5/6
Today the class were delighted to have another installment of our class achievement talks.
Mia shared her success in class spellings – Mia has really improved with her spelling this year and it is lovely to see that she is making use of this in her written work too.
Emma told us about her first trial of doing the hurdles at the athletics track in town. Her uncle had spent time at the track teaching her how to do it, now she’s hoping to go on the waiting list.
Tory demonstrated his ability to perform a handstand-walk. He’s been working on it for a few weeks and still has time to practice but he has come on a long way.
Koll showed us a video of him throwing playing cards and getting it stuck in an apple. To prove how hard it is we all had a go at throwing our own cards – it’s not that easy.
Frankie shared with the class that he was very excited to have his very own Poochon puppy arriving on the plane on Sunday. He is delighted that his parents have trusted him with this responsibility.
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!
We had a lovely afternoon today. Lots of the class had made or brought in party food 🎉 🍰 🍪 . We said our goodbyes to Hasan and wished him luck in his new school in England.
We had an awards ceremony for achievements for the year, our Accelerated Reader lucky dip and then played Winky Murder and then Pie Face 🥧! It was so funny!
Then we opened our ‘Go Wild’ packs from Ms Scanlan. Finally we had our party food outside (watching a couple of frogs 🐸). Here are some of our Pie Face photos, thanks for that Faith! 😂
On Monday 4th June, we had a very exciting day at Sandwick, working with some of the Sandwick and Cunningsburgh primary classes to perform The Dragon of the Western Sea.
We met in the games hall first to run through all the singing, with a bit of acting, then we separated off to polish our performances. After lunch we had a dress rehearsal and then at 2pm, the performance in front of an audience of school bairns, family and friends. It is amazing how quickly the final polished performance was put together and we were very pleased with how well our bairns did. What a fantastic day.