Following our World Water Day assembly and learning about Water Aid, P4 decided they want to do their bit to make a difference and decided to organise a fundraiser.
On Monday 27th March 2017 P4 took part in a Sponge The Teacher to raise money for Water Aid. We got buckets of warm water and dunked the sponges in the buckets and threw them at Miss McGregor. We donated 50p for every sponge we threw. Miss McGregor got completely soaked! We all had lots of fun and together with P4WE, we raised a fantastic £141.10 for Water Aid. That will help Water Aid build pumps and wells and get clean water for people who really need it. Learning about Water Aid and people in other countries who don’t always have clean water has helped us to realise how lucky we are!
To celebrate British Science Week, we were challenged to create a piece of work about technicians for home learning. We each chose a different type of technician to research and then created posters and models to share our research.
We learned that there are so many types of technicians…pharmacy technicians, stage technicians, horticultural technicians and even high ropes technicians.
Have a look at some of our fantastic creations in the gallery below.
Wednesday 22nd March was World Water Day. To celebrate, Primary 4 presented an assembly all about Water!
We shared lots of facts like these:
- 750 million people around the world don’t have access to clean fresh water.
- It is dangerous to drink dirty water and every 15 seconds a child somewhere in the world dies from drinking unclean water.
- On a typical day most people in Scotland use around 150 litres of clean fresh water.
- If you had to walk to collect your water like lots of people in other countries do, it would be the same as walking from Dunblane to Bridge of Allan and back 10 times each day!
We explained that it is one of the Global Goals for everyone to have clean, safe water by 2030. Charities like Water Aid can help us to achieve this goal.
Written by May and Kirsten
This term in P4M, our context for learning is Water and Weather.
We started our context with an exciting challenge called The Water Balloon Drop where we had to use materials to create something to protect our water balloons so they wouldn’t burst when they were dropped from up high. Fortunately, our designs were quite successful and Miss McGregor didn’t get soaked when she was dropping them!
Next we learned about the different states of water. We learned that water can be ice which is a solid, water which is a liquid and water vapour which is a gas. We learned what the water particles do when they are solid, liquid or gas and we acted like water particles.
Yesterday, we had a visit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) who told us all about what causes flooding and how we can protect ourselves.
Next, we are looking forward to learning about how water gets into our homes and to preparing for our assembly about World Water Day!
This term in Primary 4, our context is Polar Explorers. So far, we have learned about Antarctica and the Arctic, their climates, the explorers who have been there and people who live there.
As part of our learning about explorers, we investigated what materials would be good for keeping a polar explorer warm. We tested our materials (bubble wrap, plastic wool, tin foil and fleece) around bottles of warm water and checked the temperature every 2 minutes. We compared the insulated bottles with a control bottle. The temperature of the control bottle dropped a lot but the insulated bottles only dropped by a few degrees. Surprisingly, the tin foil was the best insulator in the end. Most of us had predicted that the plastic wool would be best!
We have also been learning about Inuit people who live in the Arctic and how they survive the extreme environment. We learned that Inuit don’t actually live in igloos- they actually live in wooden houses. However, they will build igloos if they are travelling and need a shelter. We watched this video http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/humanplanetexplorer/environments/arctic#p009lv1r and were amazed that Inuit can build an igloo in only 30 minutes, even though it is freezing cold! Inspired by the video, we tried to build our own miniature igloos. We used mini marshmallows as bricks, polystyrene cups and PVA glue. It was really fun but a real challenge not to eat the marshmallows!
We are looking forward to learning about polar animals next week!