What a lovely afternoon we had today, exploring the tree and pond areas, trying to find as many species as we could and then finding more frogs than we could have imagined! Everyone was very engaged and we all enjoyed the afternoon.
The Paper Bag Challenge
As part of our Fairtrade project, had an afternoon of very hard work, trying to imagine what it must be like to have to work really hard, in poor conditions, with hardly any pay. In areas of Kolkata, lots of children the same age as our class and younger, have to do this for hours every day and seven days a week. It is one of the reasons why Fairtrade is so important, to help families in this situation and make sure that children have access to an education.
Our class groups were paid for every 10 bags that they made and there was a rush to make as many as possible. Once we found out how much we had earned, we could have a look at how much food, rent, medicines etc cost and how much we could afford.
The groups worked really well together, but wouldn’t want to have to do this all day, every day!
This morning we continued our Fairtrade topic and learnt about the chain from farmer to consumer in the chocolate trade. We then read stories about 4 farmers in different African countries and thought about the challenges and difficulties that they face. We read about how Fairtrade has worked with them to solve the issues.
This afternoon Primary 7 did something a little bit different for their assembly / show of learning. They split into four groups to explain about all the things that they were finding out about in Block 1. Each group split into two teams to make display boards and explain all about Pneumatics, Electricity, Enterprise and John Muir. The school split into their Focus Friday groups and parents joined the teams to visit each of the four workshops.
Toby did a fantastic job of timekeeping to keep us all on track, and everyone seemed to find their way from group to group.
After that, Primary 7 played a short piece from the beginning of their Radio Scotland Junior Historians show, that they made in the autumn. And finally Drew played a ‘Thank you for listening’ film that he had made using his drone.
The Primary 7s really enjoyed doing their assembly like this and said that it was a lot more fun and they enjoyed speaking to smaller groups and doing lots of activities. Ms Scanlan was very proud of all of them and hopes that the audience were too. Well done P7s!
This afternoon, we had our first Christmas concert and P7 were fantastic. Well done to everyone and especially to Mrs Inkster for all her help. The class started with Merry Christmas Eveyone. The instrumentalists played beautifully and the singers were superb. Then everyone sang Little Drummer Boy, Issac sang a solo, while Hannah played the keyboard. It all sounded wonderful.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE 🎄
You’ve still got time to see it tonight at 7.
This afternoon we finished off our models and what a great job everyone has done. Lots of imagination has gone into all the different designs .
Well done P7s.
The Primary 7s worked really hard during the last two terms on the Virgin Make £5 Grow enterprise project. They raised money for their school trip and staycation and will be selling more at a future date. Altogether so far, they have raised a fantastic £ 543.90!
We posted the amount on our FB page a few weeks ago.
Today is our final STEM session.
We started off by doing a sort activity about different types of energy.
Then we made a solar and wind farm.
Robert Leask really enjoyed making the power sources with Toby, Roman and Daniel.
Faith said “ It was really good fun to see how many volts our model generated – it was 4 volts!”
Isaac said “I liked fiddling around with all the little pieces. “
Mia especially enjoyed building the wind turbines.
This afternoon Elliot Tait and Isa Bragg from CAB, came in to run a workshop about Climate Change and its effects. We had a really interesting afternoon, with lots of discussion and activities.
What a great day we are having, with Rhona Brudenell from BBC Scotland and Davie Gardner from Radio Shetland making a Junior Historian radio programme, about the Braer.
We are having lots of visitors in to talk to us and we have learned all about the Braer disaster. We have been learning how to ask good questions to find out the most interesting information.
The visitors today were Jonathan Wills, Helen Moncreiff, Jim Budge, Sheila Fowlie and Mary Blance.
Carla – It has been really good fun, we have learnt a lot.
Becca – It’s quite nerve racking peaking into a microphone.
Isaiah – I have really enjoyed listening to their stories, it’s been fun learning, like a treat!
Hari-Lou – It’s a bit odd, but exciting.
Robert B – I’m really looking forward to hearing it on the radio.