‘Stars in our Eyes’ by Primary 7

 

 

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This week has been busy. Since it is World of Work week, we have had many visitors come into school to talk about their jobs. We had visits from a Councillor, a Prosthetist, a Seamstress, IT Manager, Advertising/Marketing Manager, Psychologists and so on.   Each speaker was very interesting – they told us about their jobs, the skills they used and what skills we had which could help us. For many of us, after listening to the speakers, we are beginning to look down different career paths.   Then, on Friday, we dressed up as our ‘chosen job’.  It was really interesting watching everyone in their different outfits.   

On Thursday we went to Edinburgh University’s math department to take part in a maths workshop.  The workshop was about Drawing Stars. It wasn’t as simple as it sounds – we’ve kind of left it to poor old Mr Hunter’s to explain!

So here goes.

First, a few of us had to sit in a circle. We made sure that we were spaced equally apart.  Next, one of us was given a ball of string by ‘Dr George’, the mathematician.  We held onto the lose end of the string and passed the ball clockwise a fixed number of spaces (the ‘pass size’ – for example 3 spaces) to someone else in the circle.  Next, the person who received the string held onto it tightly and then passed the ball clockwise to another person using the same ‘pass size’ (3 spaces).  We continued with this routine until the ball of string returned back to the first person, at which point, a shape, a polygon, a straight line or a star was formed.  Phew…..still with me?

Once we had tested this out using ‘people’, we split into groups of 3 and, using whiteboards, with different amounts of dots (people), we attempted to create stars, with different amounts of points, using different ‘pass sizes’.  We recorded our findings in a table and this allowed us to discuss (and predict) the following questions:

  • What happens if you ‘pass’ right instead of left?
  • What happens with prime numbers?
  • What is the outcome if you use odd or even numbers of people?
  • What combination of ‘people’ and ‘passes’ produce stars?
  • Is it possible to predict the outcome (points and stars) without actually doing the experiment?

Overall, we have really enjoyed this week – but some of us are still recovering after camp and trying to get back in the swing of things at school.

Freya, Dylan, Emma, Cara (& Mr Hunter)

 

Primary 3’s Romans and Caledonians Exhibition

Primary 3 had a wonderful time exhibiting their Roman and Caledonian artefacts to the p1-6s today. It was fantastic to receive so much positive feedback from our schoolmates and teachers! Everyone talked confidently about their artefacts and learning about our topic. Thank you to all parents and helpers who assisted in the creation of the artefacts – the pupils have done an amazing job!


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Primary 2

It has been a busy couple of weeks in Primary 2. In our language work we have been learning that an adjective is a describing word. We thought of lots of words to describe different nouns. Next week we are going to create our own giant class adjective snake and display it along with our verb bees. Our topic this term is Minibeasts and we have been thinking about what we already know and what we would like to find out. Using the internet and reference books we have already discovered that insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies and that a cockroach can live for several weeks without its head!
In science we learned that our sense of smell can help us feel hungry, taste food better and help keep us safe. We conducted an experiment using our sense of smell. Some of us were blindfolded and different objects were held under our noses and we had to try and guess what the smell was! Most of us guessed chocolate, onion, lemon, coffee and apple correctly.

Nursery visit to Science Centre

The nursery visited the Science Centre in Glasgow on Monday and all the children enjoyed exploring the different areas. The Planetarium was fantastic although perhaps a little overwelming for some of the little ones.

The bus journey was a trip in itself but  the children were very well behaved both coming and going.

Thanks to all who came and helped. It was a tiring day for everyone and it was quite hectic as we had only a limited time to see lots!

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A big week in Primary 5

This week in maths we have been learning how to use written methods to divide bigger numbers. We came up with some of our own questions and swapped these with a partner so that we could practise.

In PE, on Monday, we did badminton. We learned how to hold the racket properly and how to keep control of the shuttle cock.

We have also been using the laptops to gather information about the interiors of the Titanic. We each chose an area to find out more about and then used our facts to create information posters.

We have all chosen our favourite pieces of writing from Primary 5 to edit and redraft for the Young Writer of the Year competition. We have sent away our entries and have our fingers crossed!

Paddington Comes to Primary One and Other Stuff!!

Primary One is very excited about their Paddington topic.  Already we have been writing and creating all about Paddington Bear.  Pupils brought in supporting items from home.  Next week we will make something special with Mrs Martin.  One of the interesting things was writing about Paddington’s adventure for the ‘Young Writer’s Competition’.  We have enjoyed sharing our Paddington homework over the last two weeks and pupils have come up with some interesting facts and ideas about that old bear!

In PE, the students from Edinburgh University have been helping us with our skipping and we even got to skip outside for two days!  The students are going to be helping to teach us for the next three weeks.

A couple of pupils brought in special awards and medals.  Their photos are now on the celebration wall in the hall.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

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P3 Badminton

Primary 3 have been taking full advantage of the lovely weather today! We went outside to practise our badminton skills. We practised the forehand, the backhand and Mrs Green’s newly invented backwards flick over the shoulder shot. Mrs Green and Aiden managed a class record of 9 shots in a rally and Katie said we all made a ‘racket’ outside!

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P3 Fractions

We took our Maths outside this week! We drew boards on the ground then used stones to work out a quarter of a number. We then looked at what 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meant and worked out some sums! It was great fun and really helped us to remember what we had learned about fractions.

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P3 Lifecycles Walk

Primary 3 went for a walk along to Dedridge Pond on Friday morning to see the swans that are currently nesting on the small island. The female swan (pen) had built her nest in the centre and the male swan (cob) was protecting them. He was very good at protecting the nest as he was very busy chasing the ducks away! The female swan was sleeping when we arrived but woke to say hello just before we left. We also spotted lots of birds nests during our walk. We are planning to go back to visit again once the baby swans (cygnets) are born.

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P3 Probability

We investigated probability in Maths. Probability is the chance that something will or won’t happen. We thought that because there were 6 faces on a dice, if we rolled it 6 times each face should be rolled once (1/6 chance). However, this was not the case!! We all had different results, usually with one number being rolled most times. We thought about why this happened and came up with some things to think about, such as the starting position of the dice, the force we used to roll it, the surface it landed on and whether the edges were curved or straight. It was great fun!

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