Well after a lovely summer holiday our new primary 5’s have been busy since starting. So far we have created lovely self portraits, stained glass names and even started our topic.
The pupils enjoyed making their stained glass names and put a lot of thought into the colours they wanted to use. They were so excited when they were finally put up on the window and luckily for us, the sun was shining so we were able to see the effect of them.
The pupils have also been busy making kites where they looked at what they enjoyed last year, what they are looking forward to in primary 5 and what their strengths are. They also thought hard about something they would like to become better at.
We have had a great start to the term and can’t wait to keep you updated with all of our fun activities in class and what we are learning.
Yesterday (Tuesday 21st March) Primary 5 had a wonderful science STEM day and made cornflour slime. The children all enjoyed getting involved with the experiments and trying things out and following the instructions to make new things and to show changes in colour and changes in state.
The children found it quite tricky to mix the cornflour and water and had to work hard to combine the two using lots of muscle power.
Eventually, when the consistency was correct the pupils chose their preferred colour for the slime.
adding a little water didn’t work well and we had to add more
cornflour and water mix to create a substance that is hard when you tap it and turns runny when you handle it.
Yesterday (Monday 20th March) Primary 5 were exploring these questions in some depth.
Firstly we came up with our own theories regarding the reasons(s) why the Titanic sank which included;
the weight if it was balanced
the mass and density of the Titanic made it float
The turbines and propellers made it float by spinning
it was made with enough density
the funnels had air going out
it was made of metal
the shape of the metal allowed it to float
there was a lot of air on the Titanic
it was very spacious – air on board
lots of hollow spaces
I am sure you will agree that Primary 5 really thought very hard at this and did very well at giving reasons and when questioned further were able to justify their reasons.
Today we had a guest in the class to help us answer this question and allowed us to have a deeper discussion and develop our understanding. They were all so engaged in the lesson and the questions that the class were asking were just fab!
Today we learned that the Titanic stayed afloat through buoyancy where the upward thrust of a force allowed it to float – when something is placed in water it will sink until it moves enough water to support it.
The reason the Titanic sank = it hit an iceberg and ripped a hole in its hull. water then poured into the hull and the ship became too heavy – there was not enough support or upward thrust to help it float.
Why did it sink diagonally and why did it snap?
Think about a seesaw – more weight at one end will lift the other up, so one end of the Titanic came out of the water. The end that was in the water was filled with water and pulling the ship down. The end that was in the air did not have the support from the water and so became heavy (because it was made of metal) and therefore snapped.
Primary 5 really did a brilliant job today of digging deeper into these questions and have developed a good understanding of them now. Their questioning and reasoning was great!
Primary 5 had a fabulous time learning all about space, and in particular, the Moon Landing.
They put all of their knowledge to use and created newspaper articles describing the Moon Landing and enjoyed creating their own headlines.
The effort they put into their reports was excellent and they were all keen to learn more about it.
I am sure you will agree that their display looks lovely.