This term P7 have been learning all about our wonderful world of science as part of our STEM focus. We have been learning lots about how our planet Earth is formed and the science that takes place around it.
We learned that our Earth is made up of huge slabs of rock called tectonic plates and these plates are always moving. Did you know that millions of years ago the Earth would have looked very different than it does now, all because of the continental drift?! Sometimes the tectonic plates crash into each other or rub against another plate and this causes a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami! We have also been learning lots about volcanoes. We plotted famous volcanoes and some earthquakes onto Google maps with Mr Edwards and noticed that many of them are found along the ‘ring of fire!’ We now know the reason why!
As part of our STEM work we have also been learning about how to filter water and test the pH levels of different water samples! Did you know that you can use a red cabbage to find out if something is acidic or alkaline?! We carried out the cabbage water test on some water samples to find out how acidic and alkaline they were. We were amazed to find out that it worked! If it is acidic then the purple indicator turns pink and if it is alkaline then it turns blue! Take a look at the photos below to see for yourself!
P7I enjoyed a visit from the SSPCA this week where they learned all about different wild animals and their senses. They then build robot rabbits and programmed them to move in response to different noises and things around them!
As part of our Peace and Conflict context for learning, P7 hosted the Newton Primary Remembrance Assembly. This year was particularly important as it marks 100 years since the guns fell silent across Europe, and World War One came to an end.
In class we wrote emotive war poems and Amelia, Lewis C and Annabel F recited theirs during the assembly. We learned about the songs that the soldiers and their families on the Home Front used to sing to keep their spirits up during both WWI and WWII. We sang ‘Keep the home fires burning’, ‘Quartermaster Stores’ and ‘We will Remember’ for the school.
We created silhouettes of soldiers at sunset which we used as a poignant background. We also recited ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘The Inquisitive Mind of a Child’ to explain the significance of the poppy. Our P7 musicians played beautifully to close our assembly.
Primary 7I have had a very busy and creative start to school this year! We have been working hard in our friendship groups to design and build a theme park! We were set the challenge to create a theme park with a budget of £5000 and had specific criteria to meet! We LOVED it! We got to use whatever materials we wanted and had 2 days to create our park. We had to work on our teamwork, communication and time management skills in order to complete the task on in! Take a look at our finished parks!
On Monday 17th April Jane Nelson came and visited P6 and talked about starting a business. Her business is an Interior Designer business.
Jane came to talk to us because we are going to be starting a business which is a healthy tuck shop. She told us that her friend asked her to decorate her house and that’s how she started her business. She also talked about the skills you need to start a business. She said you need patience, responsibility and kindness. She also told us what to do if you make a mistake. Jane said to ask the customer what they wanted and try to do as much as you can to make it better. She gave us good advice for our healthy tuck shop like what we could sell for example strawberries, mango, fruit jelly, and smoothies.
I enjoyed learning about what you need and how to start a business.
On Monday 17th April we had a visitor in P6. She was talking about her interior design business because we are going to be running a healthy tuck shop and she was giving us some advice on how to start a business. Before she arrived we had been thinking of questions we could ask her.
We all wrote down what she said about her business. She was an Interior Designer. She also told us about how she started her business. Her friend was wanting her home refurbished so Jane said she would do it and she designed her house for her. Then from that she started a business. Now she has got a great business.
Jane said to us to work as a team because if you work as a team you will be able to give good customer service. Jane said it was important to listen to the customer so they will come to the healthy tuck shop. Also, she told us to shop at more than one shop to provide our food because sometimes shops can let you down.
This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland. The theme this year is ‘Positive About Dyslexia’. We have created a piece of art which shows the positives about being dyslexic. Our art work is being entered into a competition run by Dyslexia Scotland. All entries will be published on a new website called ‘Dyslexia Unwrapped’ which is being launched during Dyslexia Awareness Week. It is a new website designed for young people with Dyslexia.
Primary 6J have settled back into the routines of the classroom very well. We have had a very busy first few weeks with launching our Destination Dunblane context and performing our Primary 6 year group assembly.
For our assembly, we shared with the school the importance of keeping safe and healthy.
Our assembly performance, ‘Pause and Rewind’, took our audience on a journey through Fred and Alex’s very strange day!
We acted out 5 scenarios where Fred or Alex may not have made the most safe or healthy choices and rewound these to make better choices. These scenarios included; eating well, talking to others, staying safe while using technology, how football can be good for physical, mental and social health and that sleep is good for you.
We reminded our audience that in real life we cannot pause and rewind and so we need to make the right choices first time around!
Well done to all our fantastic actors/actresses, singers, dancers narrators, producers and props team!